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Jane Christmas felt called to be a nun. But she had not reckoned on her trial period falling in Lent

LIKE most people, Lent, for me, was a time of resolutions. Make that second chances, because, like most people, my New Year's resolutions sputtered to failure by mid-January.

Lent was the reset button: the opportunity to make good on my failure by upping the ante with a few extra promises - usually to forgo chocolate and wine for 40 days and nights. I would gird my flabby self-control, and remind myself that God made me a type-A personality, and then I would storm into Lent as if it ...

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A vase? You must be kidding

A vase? You must be kidding

Flower festivals have become big business, attracting visitors and funds. Jemima Thackray plots their growth  Subscribe to read more

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Regardless of the amount given, are there fewer people donating to your church than in previous years?

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Smug and weird — no wonder it’s a turn-off

Congregations need to welcome newcomers with a sensitivity to their questions and doubts, says Christopher Whitby  Read More

Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 18:59
@steveLIVS @RhodesWriter @c_of_e It wasn't our data, it was a survey by the British Election Study. HS

Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 15:25
Giving in @c_of_e up to £1 billion. But number of givers falling http://t.co/XTRi469vxv http://t.co/DZOtKmFWHH