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Everyday habits
Publicity for Church Army Sunday's "Get OUT More" theme for this Sunday. It aims at encouraging "an effective Christian presence in everyday situations in the community, such as car-boot sales, pub quizzes, film nights, fun days, and meeting the needs of clubbers".

Exploring London
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The popular children's character Dora the Explorer with Betty Brenman, aged six, at the Children's Society London Bridges Walk last Saturday. The event involved 3000 people.

Nigerian priest killed 'for not paying bribe'
THE CHURCH OF NIGERIA says that the Revd Emmanuel Akpan, Vicar of St Stephen 's, Alode, was shot dead on 18 September by police and army personnel at a checkpoint for refusing to pay them a bribe, ENI reports. A spokesman for the diocese of the Niger Delta said that the Anglican Church in Nigeria "will not allow his killers to go unpunished".

World Summit leaders denounced
THE Roman Catholic aid agency CAFOD has accused leaders attending the World Summit in New York of "squandering a golden opportunity to push the fight against poverty to the forefront of world action". A spokesman said this week: "A number of basic benchmarks were not met", and condemned the politicians' "failure to agree a timetable to reach their 35-year-old promise to reach the 0.7-per-cent target of income for aid".

Springer to resume national tour
THEATRES across Britain are reported to be set to defy threats of prosecution from the Evangelical group Christian Voice, and persist with a nationwide tour of the musical Jerry Springer - the Opera. Christian Voice threatened to serve charges of blasphemy against participating theatres, but the tour is to begin again on 23 January in Plymouth.

African Enterprise founder to stand down
MICHAEL CASSIDY, the pan-African evangelist, is to step down as international team leader of African Enterprise, an organisation he set up in 1962 to evangelise cities in Africa. Stephen Lungu, the organisation's leader in Malawi, will become senior team leader of African Enterprise, while Mr Cassidy will concentrate on writing and speaking engagements.

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DIOCESE OF CARLISLE Black Combe Benefice St. Michael and All Angels Bootle; St. John The Baptist Corney; St. Mary's Whitbeck; St Mary's Whicham The Bishop of Carlisle seeks to appoint a House...  Read More

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Not only dancing in the aisles

Not only dancing in the aisles

From skateboarding to real ale, churches are being used to engage with their localities in ever more imaginative ways. Pat Ashworth reports  Subscribe to read more

Question of the week
Should churchpeople resist the proposed liberalisation of Sunday trading laws?

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Listen to the Spirit - on the bus

A new initiative offers an appealing means of encouraging prayer, says Richard Chartres  Subscribe to read more

Thu 11 Feb 16 @ 14:05
RT @diobrizzleGreat piece on skate park @MalmesburyAbbey in @ChurchTimes - a brilliant way of engaging with young people https://t.co/E3dYpZpZOK

Thu 11 Feb 16 @ 11:17
Church buildings are engaging with their localities in ever more imaginative ways https://t.co/mOnS0Ukw4M https://t.co/ivnmcH2vNj