Hope Beyond – a new grant fund for churches

Hope Beyond – a new grant fund for churches

The Allchurches Trust, a charity which funds projects run by churches and Christian charities, has launched a new grant fund this week. Hope Beyond has been specifically set up by the trust to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the […]

Scam alerts

Scam alerts

We have recently been informed about two scams currently targeting some of our clergy and church officers. Two people from our Diocese – a PCC secretary and a treasurer – recently received an email, supposedly from one of our Rectors, asking them to purchase online gift vouchers for her and then to send her the codes. […]

Starting in Rwanda – finishing in Corby!

Starting in Rwanda – finishing in Corby!

At the start of the year, Andrew Silley, Pioneer Curate at St John’s Corby, began training for a 483 mile, week-long cycle challenge in Rwanda to raise money for the Christian charity Great Lakes Outreach. It was due to take place in June – but then lockdown came. However, Andrew still managed to complete the […]

Beware of Test and Trace scams!

Beware of Test and Trace scams!

We recently received notification about a Test and Trace scam which has started to do the rounds. A parishioner within this diocese was telephoned by someone claiming to be from ‘Test and Trace / Track and Trace’, who said that the person MUST go for a test before asking for the long number on their […]

Thought for the Day videos

Thought for the Day videos

We are producing daily ‘Thought for the Day’ videos at 9:30am on weekday mornings during the current coronavirus situation. We will be uploading them onto YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. We will also upload the videos on to this page, so that you can see all of the videos in one place. We really hope that […]

Bishop Stephen Cottrell – safeguarding statements

Bishop Stephen Cottrell – safeguarding statements

Statement from Bishop Stephen (Archbishop of York Designate) “Ten years ago I was approached about a safeguarding allegation regarding a priest. I was able to see the survivor and begin to hear what was a difficult and harrowing story. However, I was moving between roles at the time and although I did speak with colleagues about the […]

Choices, changes and challenges – lockdown for Claire Reetz

Choices, changes and challenges – lockdown for Claire Reetz

Find out what Claire Reetz, Children and Families Worker at the Tove Benefice, has been up to during lockdown. As a Children and Families Worker, one of the things I enjoy most is the privilege of working in two of our local primary schools. I go into both schools each week, and work in a […]

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 […]

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