Turning ‘swords’ into ploughshares

Turning ‘swords’ into ploughshares

Northampton Hope Centre has been helping homeless, poor and disadvantaged people in Northampton for over forty years. Originally set up as a soup kitchen, the organisation now not only helps people in desperate need, it also helps them to move on out of homelessness and poverty and into training and work. About 100 people a […]

“Sing to God”, a church service for the differently abled

“Sing to God”, a church service for the differently abled

The first “Sing to God” Service was developed with some of the ministry team at St Mark’s and held Sunday 27 November in the early afternoon. Revd Susan Rolfe, Curate of St Mark’s,  said: “When I first became curate at St Mark’s Wellingborough and met the Revd Miranda Hayes, we realised that we both shared a desire […]

New Warden for Launde Abbey

New Warden for Launde Abbey

Launde Abbey, the Retreat House of the Dioceses of Peterborough and Leicester, has a new warden,  the Venerable David Newman, currently Archdeacon of Loughborough. The Rev’d Canon Helen Newman will also be joining the staff of Launde in a new role of Chaplain. David and Helen have both worked in the Diocese of Leicester for a number […]

Anglo-Catholics plan for the future

Anglo-Catholics plan for the future

By Nigel Aston The Catholic presence in the Church of England is a key part of its identity and so the holding of Forward-in-Faith’s Peterborough branch AGM at St Mary’s church, Wellingborough, on Saturday, 12th November, at 11 am is an important date. It is the first AGM for three years and an opportunity to […]

C of E Readers training course for The Book of Common Prayer

C of E Readers training course for The Book of Common Prayer

More than 40 Church of England Readers attended the first national conference organised for them by the Prayer Book Society. They travelled from churches in locations as far apart as Chichester, Chester, Carlisle and Canterbury for the one-day event at St Marylebone Parish Church in London. The conference – entitled The Prayer Book in Reader […]

Second ‘junk food’ café open in Northampton

Second ‘junk food’ café open in Northampton

St David’s Community Café has become the second in Northampton to be part of ‘The Real Junk Food Project’. The Kingsthorpe café is located in St David’s Church Hall, and has been open since June 2015 as a not for profit, voluntary run community project.  They have signed an agreement with FareShare that allows it to […]

Statement from the College of Bishops

Statement from the College of Bishops

The College of Bishops of the Church of England met in Oxford from 12-15 September 2016. As is the usual pattern of meetings of the College every third year the College of Bishops are joined for part of their meeting by bishops from the Scottish Episcopal Church, Church of Ireland and Church in Wales. Representatives […]

Bikes, Bishops, tractors and Bridget Jones to help save England’s historic churches

Bikes, Bishops, tractors and Bridget Jones to help save England’s historic churches

Enjoy a Psalmathon, go Biking with the Bishop and visit the church featured in the new Bridget Jones film, ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’: just some of the things to do on ‘Ride+Stride’ Saturday, 10th September 2016, the annual fundraising day to save England’s historic churches. Over 10,000 people will be taking part in ‘Ride+Stride for churches’, […]

150 years for All Saints’ Church Wellingborough

150 years for All Saints’ Church Wellingborough

By Caroline Skinner All Saints’ Church is busy preparing for its 150th anniversary, with a series of events, starting with a Gala Concert on Tuesday, November 1st this year.  We’re delighted to have Steven Grahl, Music Director of Peterborough Cathedral, and Rowena Bass, formerly a curate at All Saints – and a highly-regarded professional harpist […]

Protective security advice issued to Christian places of worship

Protective security advice issued to Christian places of worship

While there is no specific intelligence relating at attacks against the Christian community in the UK, police are urging the community to be alert but not alarmed, report concerns to the police and review their security as a precaution. National Operational Police Lead for Protect and Prepare Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “There is […]