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Cathedral ahoy!

Cathedral ahoy!

Wakefield: THE word "nave" comes from the Latin for "ship"; so what could be more appropriate than to have a boat laid up in the cathedral nave to launch some serious fund-raising?

Loaves and fishes

Loaves and fishes

Blackburn: IT WILL be a huge picnic, whether on the seashore, in a parish hall, in a school, or round the table in a private house; but the aim will be the same. Planned for Pentecost Week, the build-up to the initiative Loaves and Fishes has begun in the parishes and communities around Morecambe Bay.

Well-earned cross

Well-earned cross

Truro: WHEN the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, arrived in his diocese in 2008, he soon became aware of the large numbers of lay people who had given years of service to their churches and communities, which were not always recognised.

Very, very old

Very, very old

Birmingham: FOR two years, professional and volunteer archaeologists have been digging around the site of Polesworth Abbey. Last year, they discovered the remains of 15 Polesworth ancestors, and at the time were unable, the Revd Philip Wells says, to tell whether they were "old, very old, or very, very old".

Knitted love

Knitted love

Southwell & Nottingham:  WHEN Canon Paul Bentley, of Mansfield, had a heart attack four years ago, a package arrived from friends in Ohio, containing a woven shawl. The card that came with it said that it had been woven with prayer by a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry of St Paul's, in Akron.

Help to recover

Help to recover

Portsmouth: WHEN you live with narrow margins financially, it is all too easy to get into debt - and much harder to get out of it. That is why the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Revd Christopher Foster, has designated those suffering from debt and food-poverty as the subject of this year's Bishop's Lent Appeal.

Nesting time

Nesting time

Wells: THEY are fussy about their nest. The resident mute swans, Wynn and Brynn, who live on the moat at the Bishop's Palace in Wells, are for ever rearranging the twigs, leaves, and feathers to make the perfect incubator for their eggs. 

Getting messy

Getting messy

Aberdeen: THE words "Messy Church" conjure up an image of toddlers, sticky paper, and toys, but the Priest-in-Charge of St Ninian's, the Revd Samantha Ferguson, has found that the same principle works well with people whose toddlerhood is well behind them.

More messiness

More messiness

Ely: MESSY CHURCH started in 2004, in St Wilfrid's, Cowplain, near Portsmouth. It has become ecumenical, and now has branches around the world, from Denmark to Canada and Australia. The principle is simple: to attract people of all ages who do not normally enter a church to come and have a fun time while learning about Jesus.

Football farewell

Football farewell

Blackburn: PEOPLE were standing ten deep in the city centre for the funeral of Sir Tom Finney, the footballing hero of Preston North End, writes the Revd Timothy Lipscombe, from Preston Minster. He especially remarks on the "exemplary behaviour" of the crowds.

Women’s Day — of pampering

Women’s Day — of pampering

Leeds: ST GEORGE's Crypt, which does so much to help the homeless and vulnerable in Leeds, celebrated International Women's Day earlier this month by offering an enjoyable experience to their women clients of a sort they would not normally be able to have.

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