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."
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
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