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28 May 2021

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W marks the way: a new 37-mile pilgrimage route from Norwich to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in north Norfolk was launched this week. The route, created in partnership with Norwich Cathedral, has been waymarked, and is expected to take three days to walk in its entirety

W marks the way: a new 37-mile pilgrimage route from Norwich to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in north Norfolk was launched this week. The rout...


Churches urged to respond to racism

THE denial of institutional racism in the UK in the report of the Commission on Race and Disparities (News, 9 April) has “serious implications for the Church and its pursuit of racial justice in both Church and wider society”, the Racial Justice Advocacy Forum said this week. The forum, an ecumenical Christian entity comprised of representatives from Christian organisations, including the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Methodist Church, has produced recommendations for churches, including the development of “more rigorous theological responses to racial injustices”.


Bishop of Beverley to retire

THE Bishop of Beverley, the Rt Revd Glyn Webster, will retire on 6 January 2022. A Provisional Episcopal Visitor, he worked as a nurse before ordination, and has served in the diocese of York for the entirety of his ministry. The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, said that he was “a wonderful example of the sacrificial and joyful love that is, and will continue to be, needed in order for us to live together well in our diversity and to witness to our unity in Jesus Christ”.


Rebuilding to start on All Saints’, Fleet

WORK on rebuilding All Saints’, Fleet, in Hampshire, will start at the end of this month, almost six years after it was gutted by an arson attack (News, 26 February 2016). It is hoped that the church will reopen in summer 2022. Although insurance will cover much of the costs, a £950,000 appeal was launched in 2018 to raise additional money, some of which will also go towards a new annexe. So far, £600,000 has been raised. For further donations, contact the Revd Mark Hayton on 01252 219281.


Discipleship booklet first in Communion series

THE Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, has written the first in a new series of books on discipleship by authors around the world, published by Grove Books in partnership with the Anglican Communion. “In humility, I believe we can learn so much from the bold approach of our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion,” Bishop Snow said. The central point of the book was that, “while the Church in the West has been in decline for many years, in many other parts of the world it is growing rapidly, with many new approaches to everyday life and faith.”


Money for storytelling exhibition sought

A CAMPAIGN to fund places for 100 children to attend the exhibition “Shifter of Shapes: Exploring the Lost Spells with Red Fox”, at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle, is being run by Durham Cathedral. The exhibition, which seeks to encourage children to read, is based around Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’s book The Lost Spells, a celebration of the natural world. The appeal target is £4000, and money will also go to the ongoing work at Durham Cathedral. localgiving.org/charity/durhamcathedral/project/inspiringimaginations


Prizes of £1000 available from insurer

A PRIZE pot of £1 million will be given away by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group in the third year of its Movement for Good awards. People can nominate a religious cause for a potential £1000 award. The nomination process is open until 13 June. Winners will be drawn at random, and the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected. movementforgood.com

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Priest in Charge (Rector Designate)

London and Home Counties

Our suburban parish on the border between the London Borough of Croydon and the lovely Surrey countryside and with a spacious modern Rectory, is seeking a Priest-in-Charge (Rector Designate) to lead our church as we seek to fulfil our mission to proclaim Jesus, change lives and serve our community.   We are looking for a leader who, with energy and dynamism, who will develop the vision for the church to enable the children and families work to be a priority in order to grow the church both in numbers and spiritual maturity. In addition, the new person will care and tend for the existing ageing congregation many of whom have ¬faithfully served the church for many years.   The person we are looking for should have: strong communication skills, the ability to engage and encourage people across the age ranges and to convey the church’s mission, vision and priorities; a commitment to preach the Word of God in thoughtful and stimulating ways; an energy and dynamism probably more extrovert than introvert; a pastoral heart, showing empathy and good listening skills, the ability, willingness and experience to help us to develop and enjoy a variety of worship styles, including a wider range of musical worship and a deeper corporate prayer life -whilst recognising and valuing our heritage;   For further information and to apply, please click the 'apply for this job' button below.   For an informal conversation with the Archdeacon of Croydon, please contact the Archdeacon’s PA Kathleen.bailey@southwark.anglican.org to arrange a time for a phone conversation.   Closing Date: Sunday 12 June 2022 Parish Visit for shortlisted candidates: Monday 11 July 2022 Interviews: Monday 11 July 2022   Please note we have a policy in Southwark Diocese that to be appointed to an incumbent status post, a priest must have served a title in an Anglican church in the British Isles.   This post is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure

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2 July 2022
Bringing Down the Mighty: Church, Theology and Structural Injustice
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4-8 July 2022
HeartEdge Mission Summer School
From HeartEdge and St Augustine’s College of Theology.

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