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24 August 2012

Dream team: pupils from Gladesmore Community School, Tottenham, in London, performed their début single, Everybody Dreams, on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, on Monday, to high­light that Tottenham "has moved on" since the riots ( Features, 3 August)

Dream team: pupils from Gladesmore Community School, Tottenham, in London, performed their début single, Everybody Dreams, on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, on Monday, to high­light that Tottenham "has moved on" since the riots ( Features, 3 August)

Dr Williams sends Eid greetings to Muslims

THE Archbishop of Canterbury sent greetings to Muslims last Friday for their festival of Eid Al-Fitr, on Sunday, at the end of the fast of Ramadan. In his last such message as Archbishop, he wrote: "I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had in these last nine or ten years of growing into a fuller knowledge of our relationship as Christians and Muslims." He also expressed "great sorrow", last Friday, at the death of Patriarch Abune Paulos of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The Patriarch, who had held office since 1992, "played a unique role in reviving and strengthening his Church after a period of prolonged crisis and suffering", Dr Williams said.

Rector's tribute to Winnie Johnson

WINNIE JOHNSON, the mother of Keith Bennett, the only one of the Moors murderers' victims whose body has never been discovered, died on Saturday, aged 78. Mrs Johnson's funeral will be held in St Chrysostom's, Manchester, where she worshipped regularly, next Thursday at 11 a.m. The church will be open from 9 a.m. The Rector, Canon Ian Gomersall, said that Mrs Johnson had "showed great faith and courage in the face of tragedy. We admired her forthrightness and common sense. It has been a privilege to know her, and she has taught us much about perseverance, faith, and hope in the face of great adversity. May she rest in peace."
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Seven weeks until Back to Church Sunday

FRIENDS made at Diamond Jubilee and Olympics events organised in your area may like to be invited to services on Back to Church Sunday (30 September), the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, has suggested. "Thousands of people used the Church of England's online guides for the [Olympic] Games and Jubilee, and in so doing made new friends in their area. Now we're at the end of a summer of invitation, why let it stop here?" The Bishop has written sermon resources for the occasion, available at www.backtochurch.co.uk. Registration is free on the website until 31 August. A Church Times Guide to Back to Church Sunday, for people who accept their invitation, can be ordered for 50p each: phone Ruth Hunter on 01603 785 911; or email subs@churchtimes.co.uk.

Bell thieves 'risked lives'

THIEVES who stole a 30-stone bell from the side of St Peter's, Rochester, in Kent, must have "risked their lives to get it", the church's buildings manager, Ray Shuter, has said. The loss of the 19th-century bell, which is almost two feet wide, was discovered on Saturday, but it is believed that the theft occurred between 18 July and 11 August. Mr Shuter told KentOnline: "Our reaction was one of horror, really. It must have been difficult to get down, because it was halfway up the exterior of the building, and it's very heavy." Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police on 101.

For working and dry cows, bulls, and calves . . .

A REQUEST from a dairy farmer in Pontesbury, in Hereford diocese, for a blessing of the farm's new milking parlour has prompted the Church of England's national rural office to publish online an "informal service" celebrating the importance of the dairy herd to the rural economy. It was compiled by the Revd Shirley Small. The C of E's National Rural Officer, Dr Jill Hopkinson, said: "This lovely, simple service shows God's presence in the heart of farming and food production."www.churchofengland.org

 

Festival of Pilgrimage online

Monday 14 September, 9.30am - 4.00pm BST

A free, one-day online festival from Christ Church Oxford.

With speakers Martyn Percy, Stephen Cottrell, Graham Usher, Dee Dyas, and Sally Welch.

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