New church legacy film launches Christian Legacy Week

New church legacy film launches Christian Legacy Week

The Church of England today has launched a a new short film showing how gifts in wills can help to transform the lives of churches and communities. ‘A Lasting Difference’, features three inspiring case studies from parish churches where gifts have enabled opportunities for mission from new church halls, to hiring a youth worker and improving disabled […]

Mark Bedford runs, bikes and runs again for Macmillian Nurses

Mark Bedford runs, bikes and runs again for Macmillian Nurses

Mark Bedford, Schools Finance Officer and Management Accountant for Peterborough Diocese – and ultra athlete, has completed the London’s Ultra Duathlon. Not a half Duathon, of  32 kilometers, or even just the ordinary Duathlon, about 57 kilometers; Mark was up for the iron man style challenge of 107 kilometers. According to the official website for […]

Church Urban Fund launches Advent Sleepout challenge

Church Urban Fund launches Advent Sleepout challenge

Church Urban Fund (CUF) is inviting Christian communities across England to join them in giving up a night of comfort in a unique response to Advent. Across the country, groups will be taking part in the Advent Sleepout Challenge to raise funds for CUF so the charity can continue to support people struggling with issues […]

Become a Hands at Work Partner 

Become a Hands at Work Partner 

Hands at Work is a Christian organisation that works with the poorest of the poor in African communities decimated by Aids.  An entire generation of people are missing – because of HIV and Aids and have left children alone and undefended.  Many children are acting as heads of their families because there is no one […]

Ian Parkinson joins CPAS

Ian Parkinson joins CPAS

Ian Parkinson, vicar of All Saints Marple and regional director for New Wine in the North West is joining CPAS, the Anglican evangelical mission agency. In the full-time role of leadership specialist, he will focus on theological education institutions, working in partnership with colleges and courses to deliver leadership development training to students. This new […]

Launch of Northampton Soup raises £281 for local project

Launch of Northampton Soup raises £281 for local project

Northampton Soup was successfully launched 12 September during the Heritage Open Day Weekend.  The launch was  attended by over 50 people and raised £281 for a local project benefiting Northampton.  It took place at Christ Church Community Hall on Wellingborough Road. Northampton Soup is a dinner event to crowdfund creative community projects. People turn up […]

The Longest reigning monarch in British history

The Longest reigning monarch in British history

 At 5.30pm 9 September 2015 HM Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest serving monarch in our history. Many are preparing to celebrate this with parties, prayer and, with some hinting from HM Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire,  ringing of bells. In an Open letter to many faith groups, Mr. David Laing stated that it was his wish “that the moment […]

Faith leaders join to oppose Assisted Dying Bill

Faith leaders join to oppose Assisted Dying Bill

Vulnerable people would be placed at risk should Parliament approve proposals to legalise assisted suicide, leaders of faith communities in Britain warn today in a letter to MPs. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis have joined more than 20 other faith leaders in signing a […]

Exciting new book by our own Rona Orme

Exciting new book by our own Rona Orme

50 Praise, Pray and Play Sessions by Rona Orme A year’s worth of material for running a midweek or weekend group with families from the local community 50 Praise, Play and Pray Sessions provides a practical way for churches to engage with families who might not normally attend Sunday church.  The Peterborough Diocese Children’s Missioner uses her passion for […]

HRH The Duke of Gloucester to help find the UK’s best church architecture

HRH The Duke of Gloucester to help find the UK’s best church architecture

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO is to help select the UK’s best church architecture for two prestigious design awards being run by the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association. New church buildings can be entered for The Presidents’ Award. The Presidents’ Award is awarded on behalf of the National […]

Wilberforce’s vision is in good hands

Wilberforce’s vision is in good hands

More than 200 years after William Wilberforce and other members of the Clapham Sect formed the Church Mission Society [CMS], the organisation’s latest annual review reveals that Wilberforce’s vision is in good hands and the green shoots of a renaissance in missionary outreach are appearing. In keeping with its commitment to global, local and culturally […]

Psalms on the go – CofE launches new mobile app

Psalms on the go – CofE launches new mobile app

Users are asked to tweet their favourite #mypsalm to @chpublishingUK The latest publication from the Church of England brings an ancient tradition of following the Psalms to mobile devices and e-readers. Adding to the popular ‘Reflections’ series, Reflections on the Psalms is a standalone book, ebook and mobile app written for anyone wishing to follow […]

Week of Prayer for Youth

Week of Prayer for Youth

Churches all over the Diocese are joining together in October 2015 for an inspiring week of prayer for young people in their Parish, and for youth work in their Deaneries. Whilst we really hope that very many youth groups all over the Diocese will join in, we would also like to encourage those parishes that […]

Acts 4 35, Simple and it works

Acts 4 35, Simple and it works

5 years on, 5,000 people helped, half a million pounds gone directly to those who need it.  Plenty of reason to celebrate, something Acts 435 did recently with two key groups of people who make the scheme work: the advocates and the donors. Advocates are based at local churches (and some charities) and post requests […]

Anglican Church in Ethiopia calls for support for South Sudanese war refugees

Anglican Church in Ethiopia calls for support for South Sudanese war refugees

Us (formerly USPG) is sending emergency funds to support the Anglican Church in Ethiopia as it reaches out to refugees fleeing war in South Sudan. A civil war between political factions in South Sudan saw 350,000 refugees fleeing the country for the Gambella and Asosa regions of Ethiopia during 2014. Now fighting is intensifying and […]

Direct Hit – The Blitz Detective by Mike Hollow

Direct Hit – The Blitz Detective by Mike Hollow

The jagged blast of high explosives rips though the evening air.  In the sky over East London the searchlights criss-cross in search of the enemy. On the first night of the Blitz, a corpse is discovered in a van in the back streets of West Ham.  Detective Inspector John Jago recognizes the dead man as […]