Dean of St Albans ‘passed over’ for Southwark post
THE Dean of St Albans, the Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John, received long ovations at services in St Albans Abbey last weekend, when he commented on rumours that his name had been put forward as the next Bishop of Southwark (News, 9 July). A further reported leak from the Crown Nominations Commission, after the Church Times went to press, suggested that Dr John’s name had been passed over. Campaigning groups expressed variously relief and regret at the news. Comment at Synod
C of E’s wedding website a hit
THE Church of England this week said that its wedding-planning website, www.yourchurchwedding.org, has been a “surprise hit”. It has received about a third of a million visitors a year, and has helped to plan more than 28,000 of the 90,000 church weddings held since its launch two years ago. The website gives lists of hymns, readings, and vows for church services, information on costs, and pastoral advice for clergy. Research from the first two weeks in July found that the current top five wedding hymns are “Give me joy in my heart”, “Amazing Grace”, “We pledge to one another”, “Make me a channel of your peace”, and “Jerusalem”.
Victory for Christian trade-unionists at BBC
TWO Christian trade unionists at the BBC, David Campanale and Brian Dale, have won a victory for staff at the corporation’s tea-bars, after lobbying for chairs to be provided for workers on cash tills. The pair reported the matter to the Health and Safety Executive, which has ruled that chairs should be provided not only for the catering staff at the BBC, but also for all retail and catering outlets across the UK.
Girl assaulted inside Welsh church
POLICE have launched an inquiry after a 16-year-old girl was seriously assaulted inside St Dyfnog’s, Llanrhaeadr, near Denbigh. An 18-year-old man is in police custody, and police stress he has no connection with the church.
Four churches a day damaged by metal theft
FOUR churches a day across the UK are being damaged by metal thefts, the insurers Ecclesiastical said on Wednesday, the national Metal Theft Day of Action. During the first six months of this year, it received 945 insurance claims for metal theft worth £2.1 million. It has also seen a significant increase in metal-theft claims from non-faith customers, including schools and heritage buildings.
New chair of trustees at CMS
THE Church Mission Society has appointed John Ripley, a former executive at Unilever, to chair its trustees. He will succeed the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, in January next year.