The Queen says she is ‘very grateful’ for the nation’s prayers

The Queen says she is ‘very grateful’ for the nation’s prayers

In a strong statement of faith, the Queen has said that she is ‘very grateful’ to the nation for its prayers for her and that she has felt God’s ‘faithfulness’ during 64 years on the throne. The comments – rare insights into the Queen’s personal thoughts and Christian faith – came in the forward to […]

The egg that shares the Easter story

The egg that shares the Easter story

This year The Real Easter Egg range has had a makeover and each single boxed egg includes a unique copy of the Easter story in the shape of a pull out 37 cm high cross illustrated by Helen Cann. The Original milk chocolate egg includes images of spring and three crosses on the box with […]

Prayer Exhibition at Peterborough Cathedral

By Liz Hurst  A textile exhibition on the theme of Prayer is in display at Peterborough Cathedral until Monday 28th March  2016. The pieces, made by Jacqui Parkinson, and inspired by passages from the Old and New Testament, are touring the cathedrals of England. Jacqui says about the exhibition: “When I started on this project, […]

Praying for Peterborough during Lent

Praying for Peterborough during Lent

By Liz Hurst Many people think of giving something up during Lent but Sister Catherine, a nun from the Anglican Community of the Holy Name who lives in Welland, is taking up a new commitment. On Friday lunchtimes between now and Easter she will be in the Cathedral, praying silently for the city and its […]

Full text of prayers for the HM the Queen’s 90th Birthday

Collects: Heavenly Father, who hast brought our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth to the completion of her ninetieth year, and dost gather her people in celebration of the same: grant that we, rejoicing before thee with thankful hearts, may ever be united in love and service to one another, and her kingdom flourish in prosperity and […]

Awards scheme launched for science and faith projects

Churches across England are being invited to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to fund innovative projects fostering a better understanding between science and faith. Large or small-scale project proposals are being invited from Christian churches in all areas of the country for Scientists in Congregations, a scheme aimed at inspiring discussion and learning […]

Prayers for HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday published

Prayers for HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday published

Her Majesty The Queen has approved prayers written for the celebration of her 90th Birthday later this year. Two prayers (or Collects) have been published in traditional and modern forms. The prayers are primarily intended for use in services marking the national celebrations in April and June. In addition two graces have been published for […]

Refugee Update Report from East Northants Faith Group

by Andrew Presland Things have gone a bit quiet locally since over sixty people gathered in Rushden in October to find out how they could support refugees families. That’s largely because only a few of the 20,000 refugees due to be accommodated in the UK have yet arrived, and the Government is still making decisions […]

Happy Birthday to Mothers’ Union!

Happy Birthday to Mothers’ Union!

This year will see Mothers’ Union mark 140 years of faithful Christian outreach to families of all faiths and none. Since 1876, when Mary Sumner first brought together parents in her own parish to build their confidence in bringing up their children, they have grown to an organisation of over four million women – and […]

#Washday16—a loving act of service

#Washday16—a loving act of service

On Maundy Thursday every year somewhere in the country you can find members of our churches shining shoes for strangers on our high streets. The free shoe shine offers a way of talking to people about Jesus’s washing of the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper – and then telling them the Easter story. It’s […]

The Bishop’s Home Group Course by Peter Stiling

The Bishop’s Home Group Course by Peter Stiling

When I mentioned that I was going on a Home group leaders course a couple of people said to me, “Why do you need a course on how to run a group ?” and “You have devised and run, work and church groups so why this?” My answer;  From time to time I feel I […]

The Bishop of Peterborough speaks out for prison education

The Bishop of Peterborough speaks out for prison education

by Shelly Stevenson In the House of Lords debate Tuesday,  The Right Reverend Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough stated prison education needed “much more joined up thinking”.  Education is essential in the rehabilitation of prisoners; but financial cuts, the contracting process and governmental ‘tinkering’ have managed to disrupt the essence of prison education – local delivery. […]

Fostering older children a joy

Fostering older children a joy

Julie and Kevin Barton have been fostering for nine years – and they love it.    They foster older children, ages 10 and up, those traditionally more difficult to place within the system.  Most people want young children or babies, but the need for carers for older children, especially in Northamptonshire, is critical. Julie said that […]

Publication of pilot audits on safeguarding arrangements

The outcomes of four pilot independent audits into safeguarding arrangements in the Church of England have been published today. The dioceses of Blackburn, Durham, Portsmouth and Salisbury all volunteered to be part of the House of Bishops commissioned project to take a look at current safeguarding practice. The audits will now be rolled out across all […]

Church Publishes 2014 Attendance Statistics

New Church of England statistics for 2014 published today show that just under one million people attend services each week.  The survey, carried out over four weeks in October 2014, found 980,000 people attending church each week, with 830,000 adults and 150,000 children. The statistics also show that 2.4 million attended a Church of England […]

Turn your coins into water

Turn your coins into water

  This Lent, WaterAid is asking churches across the country to support Jars of Change, to help bring safe, clean water to communities in Zambia and around the world.  To take part in the appeal, congregations simply donate the money they save by giving something up for Lent. Their support will help bring clean water […]

Urgent need for foster carers in Northampton

Urgent need for foster carers in Northampton

Northamptonshire County Council is launching an urgent appeal for new foster carers after the number of children in care in the county has reached a record high. There are currently almost 1,000 looked after children in Northamptonshire and the rise is due to improved processes in identifying children at risk and the increasing number of […]

Are you being called?

Are you being called?

On 21 November  there was a speciality gathering; a chance to find out if you had a vocation for religious life in an intentional community –  to look at becoming a Lay Minister or Reader, to find out about the Church Army or Children’s work. Everyone came for a day of ministry and investigation Along […]

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