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 […]

St Albans Church Flowers and Teddies Festival

St Albans Church Flowers and Teddies Festival

    St Alban’s will have a flower and teddies festival from 11 – 13 September. Friday 11 September will be open from 2 – 6 pm, Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday 13 September from 1 to 5 pm. There will also be Songs of Praise on Sunday at 6 pm.  

Luke Smith – Front Desk Co-ordinator

Luke Smith – Front Desk Co-ordinator

By Karen Setchfield Luke warmly welcomes visitors to the Diocesan Office, Peterborough.  Luke is an essential part of our team he answers our main phone line, takes meeting room bookings, uploads content such as events, clergy and staff appointments to our Website and also deals with any queries concerning the Website.  To log an issue […]

Communications Assistant for the Diocese- Meet Karen

Communications Assistant for the Diocese- Meet Karen

By Luke Smith Karen is a vital part to the communications team here at the diocesan office in Peterborough. Karen’s main role within the diocese is to take on the mammoth task of the directory, keeping the database up-to-date as well as the sending of the pink Parish Detail Forms.  You may also have been in contact with her […]

Syrian Refugees: Appeal aims to lighten Lebanon’s load

Syrian Refugees:  Appeal aims to lighten Lebanon’s load

IMAGINE AN AREA the size of Devon and Cornwall coping with more than a million new residents – traumatised by war and most with nowhere habitable to live.  That’s the nightmare facing the tiny country of Lebanon, now trying to deal with a Syrian refugee crisis – leaving it with the highest concentration of refugees […]

Christenings – a positive choice

Christenings – a positive choice

Each week there are more than 2,200 Church of England christenings across the country, attended by an estimated quarter of a million people. Research for the Archbishops’ Council has shown what makes parents decide to have a christening.  89% said that it was an essential foundation for life, giving their child a good start in […]

A Long Walk for Freedom From Torture

A Long Walk for Freedom From Torture

A long Walk for Freedom from Torture The Reverend Anthony Hodgson is celebrating his 80th birthday in a different way, “The alternative is to give a party when you are 80.  I decided to go for a walk instead.”  Tony made plans to walk the 80 miles across Peterborough Diocese. Why such a long walk? “I happened to […]

Free Concerts for Churches

Free Concerts for Churches

  If you are looking for something different to help raise money for your parish church, you might want to look at Free Concerts UK. Owner Richard Hutchinson worked several years as a musician supporting artists such as Made to Measure, a Top Club Act in Anglia for 8 years, and John Ellis, an opera […]

Uganda Mission Trip

Uganda Mission Trip

By Karen Setchfield Christ The King, Kettering Youth Uganda Mission Team has been working with Tearfund to organise a Summer Mission trip to Soroti, Uganda.  Andrew Buxton, part of the Mission Support in the church and  Andy Stilwell, Youth Mission Leader, have worked to make the two week trip to Uganda from 5-18 July a […]

Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches book review

Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches book review

by Karen Setchfield Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches by Pete Maidment and Barry Brand  Published by The Bible Reading Fellowship Extreme Crafts is a book containing 50 Activity Ideas for Messy Churches.  What makes this particular craft book interesting is each activity has a different Mess, Danger and Difficulty rating. Intrigued by the book, I took it home […]

New Parish Evangelist for the new development at Overstone Leys

The Revd Duncan Beet reports from the Mears Asby Group of Churches: “Last Sunday we welcomed Mrs Angie Kennedy as Parish Evangelist with special responsibility for the new development at Overstone Leys.  We also confirmed four children Joshua, Alice, Katherine, and Marcus” Bishop John Holbrook licenced Angie and confirmed the children Duncan remarked, “The Bishop was […]

In prison, on the rails, fighting fit …..we celebrate the #newrevs 

In prison, on the rails, fighting fit …..we celebrate the #newrevs 

Around 1000 men and women – #newrevs – will be ordained into the Church of England this summer to minister in communities across the country and to mark the occasion the CofE has published a new video and audio faith stories. The #newrevs come from a wide range of backgrounds and include a former professional wrestler […]