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Bell for the Bishop

Bell for the Bishop

Glasgow & Galloway:  ON A recent Wednesday, the bell of the Trades Hall, Glasgow, rang out on one of the only two occasions it is rung each year. It marked the day when the former Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, the Rt Revd Idris Jones, became Deacon Convener of the Trades Hall

Not only the bus

Not only the bus

Chester:  THERE was much to celebrate about the work of the Church Army when 90 people gathered at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, to hear about the organisation's community and outreach work in the area

Dancing shoes

Dancing shoes

Oxford: MORE than 90 people - 20 more than expected - came to the barn dance in the nave of St John's, Gosbrook Road, Caversham, part of the Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham parish

Princess remembered

Princess remembered

Rochester: TO HAVE her 400th wedding anniversary commemorated is quite something, even for a princess. But the princess was Pocahontas, the celebrated American Indian, born in Werowocomoco in Virginia, in 1596, captured by the English, and brought to London where she chose to remain

Surprise wedding

Surprise wedding

Chelmsford:  THE first wedding has been celebrated in the new London postcode E20, the former Olympic athletes' village. It took place in St Paul's, Stratford, to the complete surprise of the congregation

Teddies’ day out

Teddies’ day out

Derby: THERE are still, it seems, teddy bears willing to parachute from church towers - and not only teddies this time, but other animals as well, including a red squirrel. About 70 of them jumped the 100 feet from the top of St Andrew's, in Swanwick

Swimming for bells

Swimming for bells

London: Ever since he had heard about it, the Vicar of St Stephen's, Rochester Row, Westminster, the Revd Graham Buckle, had been wanting to take part in the annual 10k swim down the River Dart in Devon

Barnaby’s coffee

Barnaby’s coffee

Portsmouth:  EARLIER this month, the village of Swanmore acquired its own modern coffee shop - in the church hall - and some properly trained baristas, including the Vicar of St Barnabas's,  the Revd Claire Towns

Welcome tolerance

Welcome tolerance

Europe: A HEART-WARMING festival of religions was recently held in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, when tents were erected in the square beside the central mosque, and Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Armenians, Anglicans, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims all came together to display their books and ritual objects and enjoy lively conversations

Ten positive years

Ten positive years

Chichester:  THE Point Church, Burgess Hill, began as a church-plant ten years ago. It was one of the first Fresh Expressions, and started with a few people meeting in the living room of the Priest-in-Charge of the Mid-Sussex Network, the Revd Will Kemp, and his wife, Caroline

Young bankers

Young bankers

Canterbury: Murston Community Bank, which is in partnership with the Kent Savers Credit Union, has opened a branch in Murston Junior School, Sittingbourne. On 1 October, the whole school gathered to celebrate its official opening by the Bishop of Dover

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Virginia Woolf: Art, life and vision

National Portrait Gallery Until October 26 This is a fascinating exhibition about the life and work of Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), hailing her as 'one of the greatest writers of the twentie...  Read More

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A bountiful harvest grown in faith

A bountiful harvest grown in faith

In this extract from their new book, Susie Weldon and Sue Campbell tell the story of Christians and Muslims in Africa who are finding new ways to farm, based on their scriptures  Subscribe to read more

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Corporate tax avoider? Shame on you, then!

It might be legal, but is it moral? Geoff Daintree on a new report that challenges people who pay as little tax as they can  Subscribe to read more

Sat 25 Oct 14 @ 10:55
'Moribund churches get the HTB treatment' http://t.co/Ul0Ya2u35j

Sat 25 Oct 14 @ 9:35
@alansc Hi Alan, We've done this for years. People wanted advance col for time to work on sermons. Col for 26/10 Readings is just below. HS