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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.