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2016 Train-a-Priest opens

2016 Train-a-Priest opens

THIS week we launch our 2016 Lent appeal for the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund. Will YOU help to train a priest?

C of E campaign picks Psalm 22 for Lent

C of E campaign picks Psalm 22 for Lent

THE second video from the Church of England’s JustPray campaign — the first of which was rejected by three cinema chains — has been released to mark the beginning of Lent

Cardinal Nichols leads Hampton Court chapel vespers

Cardinal Nichols leads Hampton Court chapel vespers

AS INCENSE filled the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, and the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church was celebrated there for the first time since 16th Century, history was made

Chase violence out of religion, urges Welby

Chase violence out of religion, urges Welby

THE global turmoil and conflict driven by extremism can be stopped only once religiously motivated violence has been purged from every faith tradition, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said

Church asks for more HS2 noise money

Church asks for more HS2 noise money

A CHURCH near Aylesbury has described a £250,000 offer of noise-reduction work from the promoters of the High Speed 2 rail link as “woefully inadequate”, saying that it needs to carry out work costing in the region of £2 million to mitigate the noise from the trains

‘It’s difficult’ says accused Helen House founder

‘It’s difficult’ says accused Helen House founder

Sister Frances Dominica ASSP was told 18 months ago that abuse allegations against her were no longer under police investigation. But she remains cut off from the hospice she founded. She talks to a staff reporter

Japan's great 2011 disaster remembered

Japan

A MEMORIAL service was held at Southwark Cathedral last weekend to remember the 15,893 dead and and those still living with the after-effects of the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan

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Immortal, invisible: the doctrine of God

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Called, collared, and confident in co-working

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Church Times Bloxham Festival
Bloxham Festival (S Circle)

Who were Shakespeare’s friends and family? His neighbours and his rivals? His fellow actors and collaborators?

Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells, Michael Wood and Carol Rutter bring to life Shakespeare’s life and times through the stories of the people who were closest to him.

Book tickets: Bloxham Festival

The 2016 Train-a-Priest Fund
The 2016 Train-a-Priest Fund

The 2016 Lent appeal for the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund has begun. Will YOU help to train a priest?

You can donate online here or send or send donations to 

TAP Fund, Church Times, 13a Hellesdon Park Road, Norwich NR6 5DR

Read more about this year's TAP appeal

Sat 13 Feb 16 @ 18:38
Ahead of the @BloxhamFestival next weekend, a look at the lives and works of female Anglican novelists: https://t.co/kFa7Wh3tUI

Sat 13 Feb 16 @ 18:07
Japan's great 2011 disaster remembered https://t.co/gnbxt7tPlD https://t.co/YFerNAWuOp

Books reviewed this week

What can dreams tell us?

Anne Holmes queries letting the clergy loose on them

Conversations for change

Stephen Lowe praises help in promoting a renewal agenda locally

Relationships in parallel

Fiona Hook reads a parallel tale of two kinds of lovers

Spiritual duty to refuel

Spiritual duty to refuel

Sue Atkinson considers counsel of various kinds

Church pledges Taiwan quake aid

Church pledges Taiwan quake aid

THE Taiwanese Church will do everything it can to help those caught up in an earthquake last week, the Bishop of Taiwan, the Rt Revd David Lai, has said

Clergy training shake-up may be disastrous, say colleges

Clergy training shake-up may be disastrous, say colleges

THE principals of ten residential theological colleges are worried that new plans to reform the training of priests will have a “disastrous effect” on their colleges, and will disadvantage women

Welby’s ‘war on Wonga’ credited with turning tide on payday lending

Welby’s ‘war on Wonga’ credited with turning tide on payday lending

THE Archbishop of Canterbury’s so-called “war on Wonga” has helped bring about a “sea change” on payday lending, the man tasked by Archbishop Welby to lead the reforms has said

UK pupils tell of twinning with Beirut school

UK pupils tell of twinning with Beirut school

TWO 11-year-olds from a Church of England primary school in Lea, Lincolnshire, were at an international conference on Syria on Thursday of last week to share with world leaders what they have learned about the lives and hopes of refugee schoolchildren in Beirut

Condolences after Benenden teacher is murdered

Condolences after Benenden teacher is murdered

PRAYERS were being said at St George’s, Benenden, Kent this week for Caroline Andrews, aged 52, a part-time teacher at Benenden Church of England Primary School, who was found dead at her home on Thursday of last week

Ban on charities’ lobbying criticised

Ban on charities’ lobbying criticised

THE Rt Revd Lord Harries of Pentregarth, a former Bishop of Oxford, has criticised new rules that would forbid charities that receive government grants from using that money to lobby MPs, the Government, or political parties

Priest's hobby becomes heritage record

Priest

ANY priest might be expected to take a passing interest in the architecture of the building where they ply their trade, but, for Canon Basil Clarke, it was a boyhood hobby that became a lifetime passion

 

Neighbours give ‘antidote to hate’

Neighbours give ‘antidote to hate’

A PROGRAMME to bring together people of different faiths has been hailed as a success

Vergers go online to spot trouble

Vergers go online to spot trouble

HEREFORD Cathedral is linking with an internet early-warning system to combat a rise in anti-social behaviour by drink and drug addicts within its precincts

Clean-up for Queen's 90th birthday

Clean-up for Queen

CONGREGATIONS across the country are being urged to join a litter-picking project to clean up Britain, ready for the Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April.

Have a heart: churchgoers' Valentine gifts

Have a heart: churchgoers

CHURCHGOERS in Devon have been making heart-shaped gifts as a way of “sharing God’s love” on Valentine’s Day

High-flyer

High-flyer

The Duchess of Cambridge makes her first appearance as royal patron of the RAF Air Cadets for a 75th anniversary service at the RAF church of St Clement Danes, London

Aloft

Aloft

The Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson (centre, wearing cross), visits the world’s largest aircraft, the Airlander 10, at its base in Cardington airfield, near Bedford. The airship, the l...

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Bishop of Durham clarifies position on Bishop Bell; Charity calls for ‘radicalisation’ of youth to prevent extremism; Bishop of St Albans counters Sunday-trading reforms; Former curate pleads guilty to child-sex offences

Group visits Greece to observe refugees' plight

Group visits Greece to observe refugees

MaxMcClellan describes what he found when he visited Greece with a group from Us.

World news in brief

World news in brief

Pope to meet head of Russian Orthodox Church; Christian woman kidnapped by extremists in Burkina released; Hijab-wearing professor in US agrees to leave college; Son of murdered priest sentenced to life

Called, collared, and confident in co-working

Called, collared, and confident in co-working

The Church needs a more flexible approach to vocation and training for ministry, says Andrew Watson

Theologians: witnesses to truth

Theologians: witnesses to truth

They can learn from scientists about persevering with sceptics, argues Andrew Torrance

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