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 […]

New chaplain for General Synod

New chaplain for General Synod

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Michael Gisbourne, Vicar of Scotforth St Paul in the Diocese of Blackburn as Chaplain to the General Synod for the next five year session. The Chaplain, working on a voluntary basis, will co-ordinate a team of volunteers drawn from Synod […]

Flemish Predella Tapestry

Church of St Mary’s in Easton Neston is currently hosting some very interesting treasures that help to illuminate its long history.  The church itself dates back to the 13th Century, as the  Easton Neston Parish website states: “where royalty, from Queen Elizabeth the First to Charles the First, stayed at the Manor House.” One of these treasures […]

Living, breathing buildings which exist to serve God

Cathedrals of the Church of England A new book showcasing the Church of England’s Cathedrals, with a gallery of professional photos, is being launched 23 June at St Paul’s Cathedral. Cathedrals of the Church of England has been written by Janet Gough, who is the Director of ChurchCare, the Church of England’s Cathedrals and Church […]

Review of the Hawk and the Dove Series by Penelope Wilcock

Review of the Hawk and the Dove Series by Penelope Wilcock

By Shelly Stevenson The Hawk and the Dove series written by Penelope Wilcock has at last recognised in the UK.  Although  the series sold over 70,000 in the United States, it is not so well known here. This thought provoking series centers around Father Peregrine and his fellow monks set in St Alcuin’s, a Benedictine Monastery […]

Vicar bares her sole

Beverly Hollins is taking The Leprosy Mission’s challenge.  Over the summer the Leprosy Mission is running a ‘Feet First Challenge’ to fund shoes for leprosy patients in Malawi.   The Leprosy Mission of England and Wales say that donations to their Feet first project will protect the numb feet of a person who has leprosy, sparing […]

Prayers for a King

Prayers for a King

Sisters’ 600th year of memorial service for the hero of Agincourt.  The English community of Syon Abbey was founded by a charter of King Henry V in 1415 exactly 600 years ago, to pray for him and his family, living and dead, and for the souls of all the faithful departed.  On 31st August the […]

Luke Smith, sculptor

Luke Smith, sculptor

In every Cross Keys we look for a Hidden Treasure from across the Diocese of Peterborough.   We found one right under our noses, Luke Smith. Luke has been working in the Diocesan office since 2004 starting as an office junior at 16.  He is currently the Front Desk manager and works on the website.  But that’s not everything […]

Peterborough Diocese Healing Ministry

Peterborough Diocese Healing Ministry

A Healing Ministry,  as the Church declares from the Church of England website,  is fundamental to the gospel. “Healing, reconciliation and restoration are integral to the good news of Jesus Christ. For this reason prayer for individuals, focused through laying on of hands or anointing with oil, has a proper place within the public prayer […]

Once upon a time at St Peter’s Church

Once upon a time at St Peter’s Church

By Karen Setchfield St Peter’s Church Irthlingborough will be hosting Hansel and Gretel as well as other famous story book characters. St Peter’s Fundraising Committee have created a magical adventure where people can travel through the church to see story book scenes Saturday 18 July from 11am-3pm. Inside you can visit The 3 Little Pigs […]