Loss of Direction? – a reflection from the Bishop of Peterborough

Loss of Direction? – a reflection from the Bishop of Peterborough

I write this in early April, just back from a week of House of Lords duty: saying prayers at the beginning of each day’s debates, taking part in those debates, acting as chaplain to the peers. Brexit has been the main topic, including nearly 12 hours of it on the Thursday (4th April). But, as […]

An Easter message from Bishop John

An Easter message from Bishop John

A month ago, I attended a service at Notre Dame Cathedral in the centre of Paris, and admired its beauty and 850 year history. This week, along with millions across the world, I watched with horror as flames devoured the roof and wooden spire of that holy and iconic building. Residents of Paris wept openly […]

Archbishop Justin Welby visits Peterborough Diocese: Day 3

Archbishop Justin Welby visits Peterborough Diocese: Day 3

Day 3 – Wednesday 10th April 2019 The final day of the Archbishop’s visit began with a talk at a breakfast for local business leaders, held in Peterborough Cathedral’s New Building. He spoke about uncertainty in business, and why stability is so important. He said that businesses should be ‘a community within society’, and that the goal for each human being […]

Archbishop Justin Welby visits Peterborough Diocese: Day 2

Archbishop Justin Welby visits Peterborough Diocese: Day 2

Day 2 – Tuesday 9th April 2019 After a Eucharist service in the Bishop’s Chapel in Peterborough, Archbishop Justin travelled to St Mary’s Church in Grendon, Northamptonshire, where he met members of the congregations in the benefice of Yardley Hastings, Denton and Grendon with Castle Ashby and Whiston, and their Vicar, the Revd Paula York. He spoke on the […]

Archbishop Justin Welby visits Peterborough Diocese: Day 1

Archbishop Justin Welby visits Peterborough Diocese: Day 1

Day 1 – Monday 8th April 2019 The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, arrived on the 10:16 train from King’s Cross to begin a three day visit to the Diocese of Peterborough. His first port of call was a walkabout and a chat with shoppers at Peterborough’s Queensgate Shopping Centre. He then posed for […]

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit the Diocese of Peterborough in April

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit the Diocese of Peterborough in April

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, will be visiting the Diocese of Peterborough from Monday 8th April to Wednesday 10th April. The three day visit will see the Archbishop meeting people and visiting church projects throughout Northamptonshire and Peterborough, culminating in a public ‘Wednesday at One’ service at Peterborough Cathedral on Wednesday […]

Churches to hold tea and prayer drop-ins for Brexit

Churches to hold tea and prayer drop-ins for Brexit

The Church of England has called for communities to join together in conversation and prayer as Brexit discussions reach a pivotal point. Churches are encouraged to host informal café-style meetings over the weekend of 30th March to bring together people of all standpoints and encourage open discussion. Backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, newly-commissioned […]

Times and Seasons – a reflection from the Dean of Peterborough

Times and Seasons – a reflection from the Dean of Peterborough

Easter is late this year. Busy clergy might think it’s always a bit too close for comfort, but if we have taken seriously the call to use Lent constructively – for disciplined reflection, self-examination and spiritual renewal – we might be longing to embrace that sense of joy that Easter speaks of. And if we […]

Auctioneer Charles Hanson to run ‘Treasure for Treasure’ at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 4th May

Fans of TV antiques shows will love this! TV personality and auctioneer Charles Hanson is coming to Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 4th May to run Treasure for Treasure. At this free event, people are invited to bring and donate unwanted items of jewellery or small, portable antiques. Charles and fellow experts from Hansons Auctioneers will […]

Come and See

From Easter until Pentecost, Peterborough Cathedral and The Diocese of Peterborough are working together on a joint mission – ‘Come and See’. It is based around The Word One to One, a resource developed in response to questions from non-believers about God and the Bible. Based on John’s Gospel, it can be used by every […]

Statement from the Bishop of Peterborough

Statement from the Bishop of Peterborough

I was horrified to hear of the shootings at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. I stand in sympathy and solidarity with the Muslim community in Peterborough. We will continue to work together for good community relations. On this Muslim day of prayer, may we all commit to pray and work for peace and safety […]

Lent thoughts from Chad Chadwick

Lent thoughts from Chad Chadwick

Here is a Lent reflection from Chad Chadwick, Children and Youth Missioner for The Diocese of Peterborough. Lent 2019 A few weeks ago I took my four year old twins to the National Railway Museum in York. The local schools were not yet on half-term, so the museum was really quiet. Nanny and the twins were fully immersed in […]

Lent resources available for 2019 from The Leprosy Mission

Lent resources available for 2019 from The Leprosy Mission

Heal Nepal is a campaign from The Leprosy Mission to find, heal and cure people affected by leprosy in Nepal. This includes reaching them through outreach teams before they develop permanent disabilities, or caring for them for months at Anandaban Hospital (10 miles outside Kathmandu) while their wounds heal and they undergo life-changing surgery. The Leprosy […]

The 2019 Bishop’s Bible Days begin at Peterborough Cathedral

The 2019 Bishop’s Bible Days begin at Peterborough Cathedral

Over a hundred people packed into Peterborough Cathedral’s North Transept on Saturday (9th March) for the first of two Bishop’s Bible Days for 2019. The theme of the day was ‘The Bible and Mission’, with Bishop Donald giving both a Morning and Afternoon Address. The Morning Address focused on Genesis 12:1–3, and in particular verse […]

LentPilgrim and EasterPilgrim

The Church of England is about to embark on its Lent and Easter campaigns for 2019 – LentPilgrim and EasterPilgrim. LentPilgrim is a 40-day discipleship journey looking at The Beatitudes – Jesus’ eight sayings from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1–10). The course starts on Ash Wednesday (6th March) and will finish 40 days later on […]

A hope for people who are homeless

A hope for people who are homeless

The staff at the diocese office in Peterborough enjoyed a talk from James Hayes, founder of the homeless charity ‘The Garden House’ on 7th February. Based within the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral, The Garden House has been in operation since October 2018, and is already making a huge difference within the city. Patrick Berryman, Assistant […]

Goodbye Liz!

Goodbye Liz!

It was a sad day for the Diocese on Friday 18 January when we said farewell to Liz Holdsworth, our Director of Mission and Development, who has retired from her role. Liz’s 17 years at Bouverie Court has covered a huge amount of experience, adventures and encounters, so we thought we’d ask her a few […]

Albatross – a reflection from the Archdeacon of Northampton

Albatross – a reflection from the Archdeacon of Northampton

Fifty years ago, in February 1969, ‘Albatross’ by Fleetwood Mac was at Number One in the UK charts. It’s a classic instrumental and definitely worth a listen … but not until you’ve read the rest of this article. However, I must confess that the word ‘albatross’ does not take my thoughts solely in a Fleetwood […]

Bishop Donald’s Christmas Message – 2018

Bishop Donald’s Christmas Message – 2018

Healing Our Divisions Sadly, and in many ways, we are a much more divided society than we used to be. During the independence referendum in Scotland in 2014, many who voted to remain in the United Kingdom were afraid to say publicly how they were going to vote or how they had voted. Many people […]

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