Pentecost balloon release cancelled
THE annual release of red helium balloons at Pentecost by a
church in the diocese of Canterbury has been cancelled. The Revd Dr
James Rosenthal, NSM in The Wantsum Group, said that the launch had
to stop, as the deflated balloons might be harmful to animals. In
the past, balloons with attached Bible verses have travelled as far
as Belgium and Germany.
Church House Bookshop scoops award
THE Church House Bookshop has been named the Independent Large
Retail Store of the Year at the Christian Resources Together annual
awards. The shop is owned by Hymns Ancient & Modern, which also
publishes the Church Times.
Church in Wales says 'cherish your yews'
THE Church in Wales has launched a campaign to protect yew trees
in churchyards across the province. Many of the oldest yew trees
(some thousands of years old) grow in churchyards, and for
Cherishing Churchyards Week which begins tomorrow, the Church in
Wales will send parishes which own ancient yews information on how
to manage the veteran trees. Right: a yew tree in the
churchyard of St Cynog's, Defynnog, in Powys, thought to up to 5000
years old, and possibly the oldest tree in Europe.
Church-school pupils to create video
CHILDREN at church primary schools in England are being
encouraged to enter a national competition to make a film
explaining what it means to them to attend a Christian school. The
winning pupils will be invited to the House of Lords for tea with
the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, who chairs the C
of E's Board of Education. The Church's chief education officer,
the Revd Jan Ainsworth, said she wanted children to explain how
their school's Christian ethos connected with their daily
Week of prayer at St Paul's
THE Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, has
announced a week of prayer at St Paul's Cathedral as part of the
diocese of London's plan for growth. The plan, Capital Vision 2020,
was launched by the diocese last year (News, 14 June 2013), and to
mark the first anniversary, sevendays of prayer will start on 9
June, at Pentecost. The 24-7 Prayer organisation will set up a
prayer space within St Paul's during the week,and parishioners are
being encouraged to pray for seven friends with whom they could
share their faith.