‘Complete nonsense and shameful’ – Bishop Donald takes part in House of Lords war widows’ pension debate

‘Complete nonsense and shameful’ – Bishop Donald takes part in House of Lords war widows’ pension debate

Bishop Donald was in the House of Lords last Tuesday (25th February), and took part in a debate regarding war widows’ pensions. The debate regarded the rights of war widows to payments after they have remarried. Bishop Donald’s contribution was as follows: My Lords, does the noble Baroness (referring to Baroness Goldie, Minister of State at […]

Church of England’s Lent challenge – 40 small steps and prayers to protect creation

The Church of England has launched its first ever Green Lent campaign today (Wednesday 26th February – Ash Wednesday). The #LiveLent challenge sets out 40 topics for thought – as well as prayers – to help people to explore the theme of ‘Care for God’s Creation’. Some of the questions explored over the 40 days will include: Could you switch […]

A Happy Meal – a blog by Chad Chadwick

Chad Chadwick from our Gen2 team has written a blog for the Christian environmental charity A Rocha UK. You can find out what he did when his five year old twins asked him for a McDonald’s Happy Meal below (NB: they didn’t visit the Golden Arches). “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple […]

A public notice from the Orton Trust

It is with regret that the Orton Trust is to close. A meeting, open to all members of the public, will be held on Saturday 7th March 2020 at the Orton Trust Lecture Hall (Main Street, Orton, NN14 1LJ) at 10.30am.

A prayer for urban estates from the Diocese of Blackburn

22nd February 2019 saw the General Synod pass a motion for a loving, worshipping, serving Christian community to be on every significant social housing estate in the country. In order to mark the first anniversary of this commitment, our friends at the Diocese of Blackburn have invited “as many Christians as possible” to pray for […]

Archbishop of Canterbury launches first ever Green Lent campaign for Church of England

Thousands of people will take action to help tackle Climate Change as part of the Church of England’s first ever official green Lent campaign, launched today (Tuesday 4th February) by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Environmentalists, activists and climate experts gathered at Lambeth Palace for the official launch of LiveLent 2020 – a set of […]

A reflection from Bishop Donald about his time in Bangladesh

I’m recently back from just over a week in Bangladesh on behalf of The Leprosy Mission. Bangladesh is not an easy place to visit, to live in, or in which to suffer serious illness. It is a place of desperate and extreme poverty. The people, at least those I met – ranging from the poorest […]

Have you signed up for our Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) / Benefice Safeguarding Officer (BSO) networking days?

Have you signed up for our Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) / Benefice Safeguarding Officer (BSO) networking days?

In 2019, the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory team hosted two PSO / BSO networking days, providing an exciting opportunity for our safeguarding officers and other church officers within the diocese to network with each other and ask questions of the DSA team and outside speakers. Due to the success of these two days, and the feedback […]

Phone scam alert

Phone scam alert

We have received some reports of parishes within our diocese receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be from ‘the parish bank’ and asking questions about their account and log-in details. These are scam calls and we urge you not to give out any information and to immediately hang up the call. Here are some helpful […]

Bishop Donald asks church leaders in Dhaka to “finish what Jesus started” and end leprosy

Bishop Donald asks church leaders in Dhaka to “finish what Jesus started” and end leprosy

Bishop Donald rallied the support of church leaders in Dhaka, Bangladesh yesterday (Thursday 23rd January) to join the mission to end leprosy. Leprosy is thought to be the world’s oldest disease, and it is estimated that around 10 million people live with leprosy-related disabilities, including blindness. Leprosy has been entirely curable since 1982, but misunderstandings and […]

“I think these belong to you”

“I think these belong to you”

St Giles Church in Desborough enjoyed ‘a Christmas miracle’ during the festive season when stolen silverware from the church turned up in a neighbour’s garden! The discovery was made during a TV interview about the burglary. St Giles’ Assistant Priest, the Revd Canon Neil Clarke, takes up the story: “We were filming a piece for […]

Two further statements regarding Peter Ball

Two further statements regarding Peter Ball

A statement from the Diocese of Peterborough On the 13th and 14th January 2020, the BBC broadcast Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret, which looked at the sexual abuse carried out by the former Bishop of Gloucester, Bishop Peter Ball, and the attempts to bring him to justice. It also revealed failures by the Church of […]

A statement regarding Bishop Peter Ball

A statement regarding Bishop Peter Ball

Last night, BBC2 broadcast the first part of Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret, which looked at the sexual abuse carried out by the former Bishop of Gloucester, Bishop Peter Ball, and the attempts to bring him to justice. The second part will be broadcast tonight at 9pm. If anybody was affected by this programme, please […]

A sad day for the Diocese of Peterborough as Sally Crossley retires

It was a sad day on Wednesday 18th December as staff members past and present bade farewell to Sally Crossley, who is retiring at the end of this week (Friday 20th December). Based at our Bouverie Court office in Northampton, Sally has been the Administrator for three teams at the Diocese of Peterborough for the past […]

An update on the Parish Giving Scheme

An update on the Parish Giving Scheme

Pete Squires, Giving Officer for the Diocese of Peterborough, gives us an update on the Parish Giving Scheme, which began to be implemented by the Diocese in June 2019. As you may already know, the Diocese of Peterborough is in the process of changing its planned giving arrangements to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). We […]

Are you using A Church Near You this Christmas?

Have you got your Advent and Christmas services listed on A Church Near You? The Church of England’s local church-finder website gets more than 12 million views a year – and 80% of those people are new visitors to the site. At this time of year, people are looking to come to church services. Church […]

An incredible and inspiring (and tiring) pilgrimage!

An incredible and inspiring (and tiring) pilgrimage!

Revd Lisa Holland from the parish of Duston and Upton gives her account of the recent Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. During October I was extremely privileged to join Bishop Donald’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, along with 48 others – mostly from the Diocese of Peterborough. After a very early start at Luton […]