News in Brief
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
Set All Free, a Churches Together initiative to commemorate the bicentenary
in 2007 of the abolition of the slave trade, was launched at Holy Trinity,
Clapham, in London, last week. Richard Reddie, (above right) was
commissioned to lead the project.
New man for ministry
THE VEN. CHRISTOPHER LOWSON is to be the next Director of Ministry for the
Archbishops' Council. He has been Archdeacon of Portsmouth since 1999, and
chairs the Portsmouth diocesan board of ministry. In 2003, he compeleted a
Master of Laws degree in Canon Law at Cardiff Law School. The Rt Revd John
Gladwin, chairman of the Ministry Division, said that the Archdeacon "will
bring proven pastoral and theological skills to bear on the next chapter of the
division's service". He succeds the Ven. Gordon Kuhrt.
Bearing the cost of buildings
MORE THAN £100 million was raised and spent on church repairs in
2003, according to official C of E figures released on Monday. Researchers say
that this does not include an estimate for the many hours of voluntary work
given by parishioners. Repairs still outstanding were reckoned at £370 million.
The new figures also showed that tax-efficient giving by churchgoers rose in
2003 to an average of £7.55 a week.
Aid charity appoints new head
TEARFUND, the Christian relief and development agency, has
appointed Matthew Frost, who has worked with Medair in Somalia and Afghanistan,
as its new CEO. The 40-year-old Cambridge economics graduate will oversee more
than 800 staff. He attends St Mark's, Battersea, in south-west London, with his
A pair of candlesticks or lamp stands, from St John the
Divine, a redundant church in Lincolnshire, are to go on sale at Bonhams next
month, for an estimated £30,000. The sticks bear both Koranic and Christian
Baby found in block laid to rest
A FUNERAL for baby Lara, whose real name is unknown, was conducted by the
Revd Ian Grainger, Vicar of Camerton, Seaton and West Seaton, in St Paul's,
Seaton, on Tuesday. Lara's remains were discovered in a block of concrete three
years ago in West Cumbria. Mr Grainger was helped by a Roman Catholic priest
and a Methodist minister. In his sermon, he praised the police, who had treated
Lara as if she were their own child.
Sign of approval
confirmation candidates in the parish of Upholland, Skelmersdale (
pictured, with their supporters), gave the thumbs-up sign when asked
by the Bishop of Warrington, the Rt Revd David Jennings, whether they turned to
Christ. The unusual response was part of a specially adapted service for six
adults with learning difficulties, some of whom cannot speak, who were
confirmed at the Church of Christ the Servant, Digmoor, on 15 August. The
Bishop said he thought up the idea just before the service. Lynne Davenport,
Paul Breton, Joyce Serridge, Alison O'Rourke, Gavin Alderson, and Asher
Reynolds had been attending the church for the past two years. Karen Parkinson,
aged 47, who had also been preparing for confirmation, died in June.
Clarification. The advertisement suggested for the C of E
by the Fallon agency
(News, 9 September) was devised as part of a television programme for
Channel 5, and was not commissioned by the Church.