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Family research

Family research

Manchester: MIGHT Private Ernest Sykes VC, a hero of the First World War, who later became a railwayman and died in August 1949, feature in your family tree? If so, do get in touch with the Revd Richard Cook, who is the Railway Chaplain for the North West. 

Circle of love

Circle of love

Liverpool: HILLSBOROUGH still has only one meaning for most people in the UK: the disaster in the football stadium. It is still in the news, as well as in people's memories, and there are calls for yet another inquiry into what happened, and who was responsible.

Equal opportunities in Turkey

Equal opportunities in Turkey

Europe: THE Anglican Chaplaincy of St Nicholas, in the compound of the British Embassy in Ankara,  transferred the feast of the Visitation to a Sunday so that they could have a liturgy centred on "women and girls".

Starting young

Starting young

Portsmouth: ASSISTING the celebrant priest in distributing communion is a considered a real privilege in church, so it was special for nine-year-old Bess Hutchings, and 11-year-old Jack Snow, to be given the task during their school's regular monthly eucharist in St Mary's, Brighstone, on the Isle of Wight.

More and yet more

More and yet more

London: DESPITE no fewer than 36 ordinands in the diocese of London this Petertide, the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Revd Richard Chartres, wants yet more.

Bicycling Yorkshire

Bicycling Yorkshire

West Yorkshire & the Dales: AS THE world watched nearly 200 Tour de France cyclists speed their way through the Dales, the Huddersfield congregation of St Philip and St James, Scholes, were also thinking about their link parishes in Tanzania.

Taking turns

Taking turns

St Asaph:  DIOCESAN offices are not usually the most exciting places for schoolchildren to visit, but diocesan officers have found a way to encourage them to do so. 

Quilting the saints

Quilting the saints

Truro: CORNWALL has a myriad of its own special saints; so, when Mary Miller, an avid quilter, came up with the idea of an exhibition of quilts inspired by the stories of local saints, there was no shortage to choose from.

Seven miles of knitting

Seven miles of knitting

London: KNITTING is the new protest. The demand for pink wool must have soared in the area as a group of knitters at St Mary's, Stoke Newington are each doing lengths of pink knitting towards a seven-mile-long pink scarf.

Straw build

Straw build

Southwark: The church of Holy Trinity and St Matthias is planning a much-needed Neighbourhood Hub of an innovative kind, and has already given or pledged more than £150,000. The Hub will be the first straw-bale church building in the UK

Parable of talents

Parable of talents

West Yorkshire & the Dales:  Inspired by Jesus's parable of the talents,  the Rector of Kirkheaton, Huddersfiel, began by giving out £550 of his own money in £10 notes to his congregation in Kirkheaton to reinvigorate his church redevelopment fund

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Thu 24 Jul 14 @ 9:40
Meriam Ibrahim, recently freed from a death sentence for apostasy in Sudan, has flown to Italy.

Tue 22 Jul 14 @ 9:59
RT @JustinWelbyPraying for the well-being of girls and progress at @GirlSummit #girlsummit, campaign against FGM and child/forced marriage very important