#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 […]

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 […]

Mears Ashby lift their voices to raise money for charity

Mears Ashby lift their voices to raise money for charity

  The Mears Ashby group of churches had their annual carol service at Beckworths Emporium. For the past six years they have sung their carols in partnership with David Brown, the owner of the Emporium, and with the Kettering Salvation Army YP Band. This year Archdeacon Richard Ormston was there along with the Bishop of Brixworth, […]

A Harvest of Hair

A Harvest of Hair

There has been a different sort of harvest festival in Christ the Carpenter in Peterborough.  It was a ‘Harvest of Hair’. After the harvest service, Revd Nigel Fry had his luxurious lock shorn and donated to the ‘Little Princess Trust’.  They are a charity providing real hair for boys and girls across the UK and Ireland […]

Where do you go for sausage tasting?

Where do you go for sausage tasting?

‘Sausage Tasting’ is just one of the many events that the St David’s Cafe has for the community.  The cafe, based in St David’s Church, Kingsthorpe opened on Saturday 13 June.  Revd Rachel Hethington of St David’s said, “The cafe is completely run by volunteers from church and community.  Our ‘Big Breakfast’ is proving to […]

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 […]

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.  

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 […]

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 […]