ON THE eve of the commemoration of the death of the Revd
Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, the military chaplain better known as
"Woodbine Willie", the Church of England's Liturgical Commission
has published resources to help churches mark the centenary of the
outbreak of the First World War
THIS week we launch our 2014 Lent appeal for the Church Times
Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund. Will YOU help to train a
TWO ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in north London have been
allowed to delete questions on GCSE science papers which infringe
their community's beliefs
Mrs Beaumont, an artist, who is married to the Revd Adam
Beaumont, Assistant Curate of Holy Trinity, Westbury-on-Trym,
Bristol, has been commissioned to contribute to the Birth
Online: Birth Offline art project, which will explore
perspectives on public birth.
Tim Wyatt joined royalty, politicians,
church leaders, and past campaigners at Nelson Mandela's
Westminster Abbey memorial service
A female teacher at a Church of England School in Somerset was
suspended this week after allegedly putting sticky tape over the
mouths of noisy ten-year-old pupils during a lesson
A PROGRAMME of the Church Urban Fund that funds interfaith
community projects will be boosted by additional funding of £3
million, it was announced last week.
Near Neighbours, which was set up in 2011, is funded by the
Department for Communities and Local Government. The money...
THE "bicycling bishop" is getting back on his machine again. The
Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry, who in 2012 cycled 1500 miles
from Olympiain Greece to the London Olympic stadium in 15 days, is
giving upthe episcopal motor for Lent.
AFTER being accused of presiding over a "débâcle" that left the
Second Church Estates Commissioner, Sir Tony Baldry, facing a
"baying mob", the Church Commissioners have announced that they
will stick to their decision to move the home of the Bishop of Bath
& Wells from the Palace
BISHOPS welcomed the Government's restated commitment to
tackling child poverty, but said that "clear leadership" and
"cross-party consensus" were needed if ambitious targets were to be
met. The Government unveiled its new strategy last week, but a
consensus appeared unlikely...
The marble monument to Florence Nightingale and her family in
the graveyard of St Margaret's, East Wellow, in Hampshire, was
damaged on 14 February, after an 80-foot tree was blown down.
Quotes are currently being sought for its repair.
CHAPLAINS in care homes play a vital part in building community
and helping residents to come to terms with ageing, a new study has
THE first four diocesan synods to consider the women-bishops
legislation referred by the General Synod have voted overwhelmingly
FIFTY ministers, including some C of E clergy, have signed up to
wear a rainbow-coloured clerical collar during Lent, in response to
the House of Bishops' statement on same-sex marriage.
A PASTORAL visit to a mother whose baby died a year ago was the
first subject of a new year-long Twitter campaign designed to show
the variety of work undertaken by the Church of England.
End Hunger Fast gathers pace; State school chosen by education
reformer; Yorkshire retreat centre closes; Greaves murder officer
honoured; Royal correspondence delights pupils; Mrs Welby writes
for International Women's Day; New leader for NTCG
AS RUSSIAN troops continue to blockade military bases in the
Crimean peninsula, Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow in the Russian
Orthodox Church, has written to the Orthodox clergy in Ukraine,
urging them to push for peace
THE first woman diocesan and fifth woman bishop in Australia, Dr
Sarah Macneil was consecrated and installed in the northern New
South Wales diocese of Grafton last Saturday
KIEV is the very cradle of Russian Orthodoxy. It was here,
after the conversion of Prince Vladimir from paganism in 988, that
the second great stronghold of the Orthodox Church emerged, and
ancient Rus inherited religion and custom from Byzantium. By
rights, Kiev should have...
MINORITY communities in Syria, in the country and abroad, have
been shocked by the news that Islamists in the eastern city of
Raqqa are forcing the remaining Christians there to pay a levy for
THE former Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, the Very Revd
Dr Robert MacCarthy, has been awarded compensation understood to be
in the region of €10,000, in a settlement brokered by the Irish
Employment Appeals Tribunal after the termination of his position
as chaplain to St Patrick's Hospital.
THE carillon of bells at St Bartholomew's, Dublin, is ringing
out again, after the city council lifted a ban imposed after a
complaint from a new resident in the affluent area silenced them
Photo: Nyirakanyana Françoise, who was assisted by the Anglican
Church of Bukane, Rwanda, when she found out she was pregnant with
In the 'hood: David Lachapelle's 2003 chromogenic print on
aluminium, Jesus is my Homeboy, is estimated to fetch between
$15,000-$20,000, at auction at Sotheby's, New York, later
A CHURCH in Nigeria is requiring its churchwardens and other
office-holders to makea public oath denouncing homosexuality, a
local news agency has reported.
RELIGIOUS leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have
pledged to work together to end their country's reputation as the
"rape capital" of the world. Statistics suggest that, on average, a
rape takes place every 90 seconds in the Central African state.
Children Not Soldiers looks to 2016; Archbishop Welby welcomes
Matthew McConaughey accepts the Academy Award for best
actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, on
Leeds: WOULD you believe it? The St George's
Crypt charity shop, on Armley Town Street, Leeds, has been broken
into and robbed.
Norwich: NO MORE nipping round the back of the
church, or queuing up at a kindly neighbour's, or even sitting
cross-legged throughout the sermon. The medieval, rural All
Saints', at Thornage, is at last going to get its own lavatory and
refreshment facilities in the vestry.
London: A HANGING pyx, which holds the reserved
sacrament, is rare, but a newly commissioned silver one now hangs
in St Mary with St George, in the London parish of
Gloucester: THE Bishop of Gloucester, the
Rt Revd Michael Perham, was among the bishops who made a tour of
flooded churches. Among them was St Bartholomew's, at Ashleworth,
which could be reached only through a chicken barn in a neighbour's
WHEN the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan (centre),
joined the Street Pastors in Pontypridd, in
Llandaff diocese, he found a ready welcome among
some of the 1600 clubbers who were celebrating a rugby Six Nations
Dressed warmly in a waterproof coat, gloves, woolly...
IF Muslims and Jews refuse to allow animals to be stunned before
they are killed, the Government should ban their traditional
methods of slaughter, the president-elect of the British Veterinary
Association (BVA) said on Thursday
A PASTORAL visit to a mother whose baby died a year ago is the
first subject of a new year-long Twitter campaign designed to
showcase the variety of work undertaken by the Church of
A CHURCH Urban Fund programme which funds interfaith community
projects will be boosted by an additional £3 million, it was
announced this week
THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, has described the House of
Bishops' pastoral statement on same-sex marriage, which he signed a
fortnight ago, as "Anglican fudge"