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  • Bishop of Birmingham Responds to the Budget
    19 March 2014 Bishop of Birmingham Responds to the Budget

    Responding to the Chancellor’s 2014 Budget statement, the Bishop of Birmingham, Rt Rev David Urquhart[1] said:“There is much to welcome in today’s Budget announcement, not least the news that economic growth is strengthening, the long ...

  • Prayers and resources to commemorate the Centenary of World War One
    10 March 2014 Prayers and resources to commemorate the Centenary of World War One

    Prayers, music, literature and art are part of a pack of resources released by the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission today for parishes and groups to use to commemorate the centenary of World War One. ...

  • Real Easter Egg 2014 campaign launches with new range
    4 March 2014 Real Easter Egg 2014 campaign launches with new range

    The Real Easter Egg campaign has launched and this year there are three eggs in the range – a special edition egg with chocolate bar an olive wood holding cross from the Holy Land –a ...

  • ​Frances Ashton Charity
    3 March 2014 ​Frances Ashton Charity

    Frances Ashton Charity offers help for serving and retired members of the Clergy of the Church of England and widow(er)s of clergy now deceased.Since 1747 Frances Ashton’s Charity has been helping those who spend their ...

  • Public Library Consultation
    26 February 2014 Public Library Consultation

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government has jointly commissioned William Sieghart to produce an independent report considering the current structure and role of public libraries, including ...

  • ​Lent with Church Housing Trust
    26 February 2014 ​Lent with Church Housing Trust

    Like many others, before Lent begins this year on 5 March you will probably choose to ‘give up’ a luxury you don’t need, something basic you can go without, or to get rid of a ...

  • Reflect on what poverty means to children
    26 February 2014 Reflect on what poverty means to children

    The Children's Society are offering reflections, discussion questions and worship resources for small groups to help you reflect on what poverty means to children and young people this Lent.These flexible resources offer opportunities for prayer ...

  • A Season of Invitation
    20 February 2014 A Season of Invitation

    In 2014 there is an excellent new initiative called ‘A Season of Invitation’ being launched by the Back to Church Sunday team. Instead of holding one or a few special invitational events in the Autumn, ...

  • Lent an “excellent time” to run newly published Pilgrim courses
    11 February 2014 Lent an “excellent time” to run newly published Pilgrim courses

    #pilgrimprogressTwo new books for The Church of England’s national discipleship course, Pilgrim, have been published this week, as Bishops recommend Lent as an “excellent time” to use the latest resources. To encourage online discussion and ...

  • Ecclesiastical opens applications for 2015 Clergy Bursaries
    6 February 2014 Ecclesiastical opens applications for 2015 Clergy Bursaries

    Specialist church and heritage insurer Ecclesiastical has once again opened its annual Ministry Bursary Awards for applications this month. Now in their 26th year, the awards are open to all clergy in Anglican Christian faiths ...

  • ​Week of prayer and awareness of dementia 12 - 19 March
    6 February 2014 ​Week of prayer and awareness of dementia 12 - 19 March

    You are invited to participate in this special week by joining with the Pastoral Care Project in their mission to raise awareness of the spiritual needs of people with dementia - enabling carers to support ...

  • Church of England launches new Church Legacy website
    3 February 2014 Church of England launches new Church Legacy website

    The Church of England has launched its new Church Legacy website www.churchlegacy.org.uk with essential information for individuals considering leaving a “lasting gift” to their local church in their Will.The website provides further information on leaving ...

  • European Bulletin No 75
    23 January 2014 European Bulletin No 75

    The European Bulletin for January 2014 can be read here. Contents include: IntroductionConstantinople: Archbishop of Canterbury meets Ecumenical PatriarchEU: Greece takes the presidencyMinority Churches ConferenceAnglican-Lutheran Society: Symposium in MarchThe Window: Anglicans and Lutherans togetherLambeth Palace ...

  • Church Growth Research Programme
    21 January 2014 Church Growth Research Programme

    At last, It's here! Before you now is a report which comes from the first multi method study of factors relating to church growth which has ever been undertaken within the context of the C ...

  • ​Signs of Growth
    16 January 2014 ​Signs of Growth

    Cathedrals, Fresh Expressions and Parishes across the Country provide Grounds for Growth of Church of EnglandThe Archbishop of Canterbury has said that “There is every reason to be hopeful about the future of the Church ...

  • End Hunger Fast
    16 January 2014 End Hunger Fast

    The Growth of Hunger in the UK Over 10 million people live in poverty in the United Kingdom[1], 3.5 million of these are children[2]. Half a million people are now dependent on food aid, relying ...

  • Church celebrates successful Christmas Twitter campaign
    14 January 2014 Church celebrates successful Christmas Twitter campaign

    The Church of England has released figures for its Christmas Twitter campaign #ChristmasmeansLaunched in December, congregations and clergy in the 12,500 parishes of the Church of England were encouraged to get out their tablets and ...

  • Lent Resources
    7 January 2014 Lent Resources

    Stories & Journeys: Lenten Reflections from Older PilgrimsMethodist Homes (MHA), the charity providing care, accommodation and support for older people, have produced five weeks’ of meditative material. The Course introduces ten older people’s stories collected ...

  • The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2013
    7 January 2014 The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2013

    The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2000 have been replaced by the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2013, which came into effect on 1st January 2014.The Rules affect the way in which the application process for Faculty permission for ...

  • 23 December 2013 Plough Sunday Resources

    Self Help Africa has produced a resource including liturgy, hymns, intercessions and readings for Plough Sunday. The charity empowers rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa to help themselves out of poverty. The booklet can be downloaded ...