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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

COVID-19 scams

COVID-19 scams

We have been informed by Northamptonshire Trading Standards that a number of scams have sprung up in the wake of COVID-19. Here are just some of the scams that NTS are aware of (although please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes, and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online): […]

Important information from the Church of England National Stewardship Team

Important information from the Church of England National Stewardship Team

You can find some important and up-to-date information from The Church of England National Stewardship Team below. ‘Give Now’ page/button on A Church Near You Developers are currently exploring how a ‘Give Now’ button can be added to parish profiles on A Church Near You , and this will take time (although we hope only […]

Find out what the Gen2 missioners have been doing during lockdown

Find out what the Gen2 missioners have been doing during lockdown

Alex Stockbridge, our Gen2 Project Manager, has given an update as to what the Gen2 missioners have been doing during the coronavirus lockdown. The Gen2 missioners have been working creatively during the current lockdown, continuing to be a presence within their communities. Chris Watts at Christ the King, Kettering has been hosting small gatherings of young people […]

Take part in a vegetable patch photo competition for the NHS and Food Banks!

Take part in a vegetable patch photo competition for the NHS and Food Banks!

The Red Cross in Northamptonshire has devised a special photo competition for charity, asking people to take snaps of their vegetable patches! ‘In the Spirit of the Thyme’ will raise money for the Northamptonshire Lord Lieutenancy Emergency Fund. The monies raised will go directly to the essential NHS services helping hospitals and patients, and local Food Banks which […]

What is your calling? Vocations Sunday is coming on Sunday 3rd May

What is your calling? Vocations Sunday is coming on Sunday 3rd May

Vocations Sunday is taking place this Sunday (Sunday 3rd May) and there is lots of useful information to find out at this time about this work. Please read a message below from the Church of England Head of Vocations, Revd Helen Fraser, regarding Vocation Sunday. You will also be able to find some helpful vocation […]

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