Bishop Donald takes part in virtual House of Lords foreign aid debate

Bishop Donald takes part in virtual House of Lords foreign aid debate

Bishop Donald took part in a virtual House of Lords debate yesterday (18th June) regarding the proposed merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office. Bishop Donald’s contribution was as follows: My Lords, I thank the Leader of the House for answering questions on this matter. On these Benches, we affirm the […]

Guidance from the Church of England regarding counting attendance

Guidance from the Church of England regarding counting attendance

Churches are busier than ever, whether it is providing pastoral care and support for their congregations or navigating the daunting task of reopening their doors, so we recognise that collecting information on virtual church offerings may not be a priority for some. However, for those who are keen, we have produced a simple attendance tracker spreadsheet which enables churches […]

Are you up to the task?

Are you up to the task?

One of our Gen2 missioners has been keeping children and young people entertained in an unusual way during lockdown – thanks to Taskmaster. Lizzie Moesbauer, Youth Minister at Whitefriars Church in Rushden, has been organising Taskmaster activities twice a week for the church youth. For those unfamiliar, Taskmaster is a TV show (previously on Dave, […]

Victim Support to run Church support service for survivors of abuse

Victim Support to run Church support service for survivors of abuse

Victim Support has been awarded the contract to manage ‘Safe Spaces’, a joint Anglican and Catholic Church in England and Wales (CCEW) project to provide a vital support service for survivors of church-related abuse. The charity, well known for its work with people affected by crime, abuse and traumatic events, have been awarded the contract to […]

St John’s Peterborough gives over £7,000 to lockdown charities

St John’s Peterborough gives over £7,000 to lockdown charities

Charities working with those affected by COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown are among those to receive support from Peterborough’s St John the Baptist. The city’s parish church, based in Cathedral Square, has made gifts of more than £7,000 from last year’s proceeds of the church’s coffee shop. In addition to supporting the work of the Church, […]

Important guidance on construction work and water supply

Important guidance on construction work and water supply

The Church of England has issued some important guidance regarding construction work, now that certain elements of the lockdown are beginning to be eased. Guidance for using professional contractors can be found here. Guidance for churches and cathedrals on access to their buildings for construction work can be found here. The closure of many premises […]

Good news activities from the Castor Benefice

Good news activities from the Castor Benefice

Like all churches in our diocese, the Castor Benefice has been involved in a huge amount of work since lockdown began on 23rd March. We thought we’d let you know what the six parishes and churches within the benefice (St Kyneburgha, Castor; St Michael at Sutton; St Mary the Virgin, Marholm; St John the Baptist, Upton; St John the […]

Fancy taking part in a singalong for Thank a Teacher Day?

Fancy taking part in a singalong for Thank a Teacher Day?

Attention all schoolchildren in our diocese! Do you fancy taking part in a mass virtual singalong for Thank a Teacher Day? The chosen song is ‘Looking To The Rainbow’, composed by Becky Drake for Bluecoat Church of England School in Birmingham, where she is chaplain. A video of Bluecoat School pupils singing the song was […]

HOPE Together’s ‘Talking Jesus’ online course FREE until the end of August

HOPE Together’s ‘Talking Jesus’ online course FREE until the end of August

HOPE Together has made the hugely popular ‘Talking Jesus course‘ available to watch online for free during the COVID-19 crisis. The course includes six practical, video-based teaching sessions with inspirational testimonies, as-well as short parable-style films designed to get small groups thinking. Small group members are invited to discuss the video teaching, apply it to […]

Thy Kingdom Come 2020 is still coming!

Thy Kingdom Come 2020 is still coming!

Thy Kingdom Come – the Archbishops’ initiative to pray, which since it began has gone ecumenical and international – is taking place again this year. However, due to the current coronavirus circumstances, it will be in a slightly different form. At the heart of TKC is still an encouragement to pray in the time between Ascension […]

Christian Aid Week 2020 goes digital

Christian Aid Week 2020 goes digital

Christian Aid Week 2020 has begun, taking place from Sunday 10th to Saturday 16th May. But this year will be a different, digital campaign of prayer and action. Since 1957, the week has brought communities together in action and prayer. Think of Christian Aid Week and you might picture red envelopes through doors, plant sales, […]

Live streamed and online services

Live streamed and online services

A variety of churches in the diocese are broadcasting live streamed and online services in the wake of the current situation. Details of these services are as follows: All Saints and All Hallows Benefice is publishing its weekly Prayer and Praise service every Sunday at 10.00am on YouTube. An electronic copy of the service sheet is also […]

Free hymn music available for streamed services

Free hymn music available for streamed services

The Church of England has released rights-free music for use on streamed services (in conjunction with St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal School of Church Music). Up to five hymns are being released each week, which are available for free from the A Church Near You Resource Hub every Thursday evening during the coronavirus pandemic. The Resource Hub […]

Useful safeguarding information during lockdown

Useful safeguarding information during lockdown

A host of useful safeguarding resources can be found below (in their relevant sections). Feel free to also read the latest edition of our Diocesan Safeguarding Newsletter, which can be found here. Boots Victims of domestic abuse will be able to seek help in Boots pharmacies from Friday 8th May through special safe spaces. You can […]