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  • Update from Church of England
    24 April 2017 Update from Church of England

    In Focus The latest edition of In Focus, a four page insert for parish magazines from the Church of England is available here. Their aim is to help you keep in touch with the activities ...

  • East Africa Appeal: Feed the People
    11 April 2017 East Africa Appeal: Feed the People

    Leading UK aid agencies have announced a joint fundraising appeal to help millions of people facing hunger in East Africa.More than 16 million people in the region do not know where their next meal will ...

  • ​How green is your church?
    6 April 2017 ​How green is your church?

    The Parish Buying Service was set up five years ago by the Church of England, with the aim of saving churches money, time and to provide protection in the form of good contracts.But how can ...

  • ​Updated Vocations Sunday Pack Launched
    4 April 2017 ​Updated Vocations Sunday Pack Launched

    Vocations Sunday is almost upon us! And in anticipation we have uploaded a fully refreshed set of resources to the Church Support Hub for you to use, which is available to view here. Do take ...

  • Major change to The Heritage Lottery Fund's Grant Schemes
    4 April 2017 Major change to The Heritage Lottery Fund's Grant Schemes

    The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have confirmed today that their dedicated grant programme for major repairs to listed places of worship is to close later this year, with two more rounds of applications before then. ...

  • The new Dean of Blackburn - The Very Revd Peter Howell-Jones
    28 March 2017 The new Dean of Blackburn - The Very Revd Peter Howell-Jones

    The Collation, Induction and Installation of the new Dean of Blackburn took place on Saturday at Blackburn Cathedral.The Very Rev. Peter Howell-Jones, 55, comes to Blackburn Diocese (The Church of England in Lancashire) from his ...

  • ​Responding Well to Domestic Abuse: Policy and Practice Guidance
    15 March 2017 ​Responding Well to Domestic Abuse: Policy and Practice Guidance

    Church communities are being urged to address the issue of domestic abuse and raise awareness of its impact on adults and children.The updated practice guidance and policy from the House of Bishops, published today by ...

  • Church Housing Trust launches booklet to support churches
    14 March 2017 Church Housing Trust launches booklet to support churches

    With homelessness increasing, local churches and congregations have risen to the challenge of addressing the growing need. Church Housing Trust, with Housing Justice and Word on the Streets, conducted a survey to see what services ...

  • ​The Bishop of Birmingham responds to the Budget
    9 March 2017 ​The Bishop of Birmingham responds to the Budget

    Responding to the Chancellor's Budget Statement, the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Revd David Urquhart, Convenor of the Bishops in the House of Lords, said:As we begin to consider what the UK outside the EU ...

  • ​New forms in readiness for your Annual Parochial Church Meeting
    28 February 2017 ​New forms in readiness for your Annual Parochial Church Meeting

    As you may be aware, the regulations surrounding eligibility to serve as a Churchwarden, PCC Member or Deanery Synod member have changed in the last twelve months. There are changes to the Church Representation Rules ...

  • ​Culture change for seven days a week faith welcomed by General Synod
    27 February 2017 ​Culture change for seven days a week faith welcomed by General Synod

    The Church of England is to undergo a major "culture shift" to mobilise lay members to spread the gospel in their everyday lives. General Synod has given its support to the report, "Setting God's People ...

  • Letter from the Archbishops following General Synod
    18 February 2017 Letter from the Archbishops following General Synod

    Following the General Synod debate on the House of Bishops' Report - "Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations", the Archbishops have written a letter to members of the Synod which is also an ...

  • ​Easter competition launched for Schools and Churches
    15 February 2017 ​Easter competition launched for Schools and Churches

    The folk behind the Real Easter Egg have launched a competition for Schools, Sunday Schools and Messy Churches. There will be a prize of £250 for the winner with runner-up prizes of £150 for second ...

  • Live Lent with Christian Aid: Into the Wilderness
    9 February 2017 Live Lent with Christian Aid: Into the Wilderness

    All of Jesus' teaching came down to two basic commandments - love God and love your neighbour. They sound simple enough, but in practice we often struggle. With seven billion people to count as our ...

  • ​Announcement of the death of The Rt Revd Michael Whinney, former Bishop of Aston
    7 February 2017 ​Announcement of the death of The Rt Revd Michael Whinney, former Bishop of Aston

    We are very sad to hear of the death of Bishop Michael who died on Friday 3 February, aged 86, in the care of friends and family after a short illness.There will be a private ...

  • Renewal and Reform: Why we should value the true treasures of the Church
    6 February 2017 Renewal and Reform: Why we should value the true treasures of the Church

    A landmark report, Setting God’s People Free, which calls for a culture change in how the Church mobilises lay people to live out their faith every day, comes to General Synod on 16th February.If the ...

  • ​News from the Church of England
    27 January 2017 ​News from the Church of England

    The Church of England’s law and guidance on marriage should be interpreted to provide “maximum freedom” for gay and lesbian people without changing the Church’s doctrine of marriage itself, bishops are recommending.A report from the ...

  • Count Your Blessings
    26 January 2017 Count Your Blessings

    “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).For Christians ...

  • trypraying:  Jump on a bus with us
    24 January 2017 trypraying: Jump on a bus with us

    It's time to jump on board. If you or your church are thinking about contributing to the bus advertising campaign, now would be a great time to let us know!As you know, last year churches ...

  • The egg that shares the Easter story launched
    23 January 2017 The egg that shares the Easter story launched

    The new look Real Easter Egg 2017 range has been launched and churches are being asked to encourage people to support this unique way of sharing the story of Easter.This year a 24 page Easter ...