The Murder of Father Jacques Hamel

The Murder of Father Jacques Hamel

We mourn the terrible murder of Father Jacques Hamel in France and the attack on his congregation. In a Church House statement: “We pray for everyone affected by today’s events in France. Church buildings are public buildings that are open to all. Where there are known risks, churches take measures to ensure the safety and […]

Statement from the Rev Nigel Genders, Church of England’s Chief Education Officer on work of the Education Office on Living Well Together.

Statement from the Rev Nigel Genders, Church of England’s Chief Education Officer on work of the Education Office on Living Well Together.

“Living well together is not the same as living comfortably together. It’s not about sweeping difference under the carpet or trying to confine it to the private sphere, but rather celebrating diversity and living with difference. Learning to disagree well is key to that. We do not all believe the same things, and must model […]

Northamptonshire Histortic Churches Ride and Stride this September

Northamptonshire Histortic Churches Ride and Stride this September

by John White Each year on the second Saturday in September, the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust organises a sponsored ride and stride to raise funds to help preserve churches in Northamptonshire. Cyclists and walkers seek sponsorship for visiting churches. Half the money raised goes to the church nominated by the cyclist or walker and half […]

Who is My Neighbour?

Who is My Neighbour?

    by Julia Beacroft When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a small terraced house. Although it was fairly sturdily built, we often felt as though the family who were living next door to us were sharing our lives and our space! It will not surprise you to hear that […]

The Together Network

The Together Network

More churches than ever before are working with Church Urban Fund to develop or launch social action projects from cookery courses for people at risk of food poverty to running networks of winter night shelters, a new report has found. The Together Network, made up of 18 joint ventures set up in partnership with CUF […]

Thy Kingdom Come in Walgrave Benefice

Thy Kingdom Come in Walgrave Benefice

Revd Canon Karen Jongman was inspired by The Archbishop’s initiative “Thy Kingdom Come” – a week of  prayer up to Pentecost.  She opened the churches in Walgrave Benefice  all day so that anyone could to come and pray for a few minutes or longer. In an invitation she had sent to the congregations, Karen said, “If you are coming or not, […]

Secret Christian pretends to fast during Ramadan to avoid persecution

A secret Christian from southeast Asia has spoken to persecution charity Open Doors about how he must pretend to take part in Ramadan fasting to avoid persecution. He says, “Being a secret believer, I have to pretend I am fasting in front of my Muslim colleagues. To do otherwise would result in suspicions and questionings. […]