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Here is the winning entry for last week:
Rachel HarrisonRachel Harrison
I enjoy the Church Times, but not The Sun (Bill de Quick)
THE recent cold spell inspired a large number of entries this week:
- The snow-white bishop has caught the Church Times, but, as he is frozen, he cannot move to read it (Helen Stevenson)
- Hot off the press rapidly turns frozen (Peter Walker)
- Frosty was desperately hoping that his copy of Church Times wasn’t hot off the press (Michael Foster)
- Church Times up in arms over proposed freezing of episcopal appointments (Paul Brett)
- Look what happens if clergy are left out in the cold (Chris Coupe)
- The Bishop got another frosty reception (John Radford)
- All visitations by bishops were frozen after a weather incident (Sue Chick)
- The vicar refused to accept that his church required better heating (Mark Parry)
- It seemed that none of this issue’s articles caused meltdown (Eunice Parry)
- The Bishop was dreading the ‘warm welcome’ he had been promised (Jill Boal)
- Now will you believe how cold the rectory is? (Vicky Deasley)
- This Lord Spiritual was a frost-bencher (Jonathan Jeffrey)
- The new Bishop in Europe was ready for his trip to Moscow (Patrick Irwin)
- I’ll stick with the Church whatever the weather (Janet Stockton)
- Regrettably, Bishops seem to be getting the cold shoulder from the media these days (John Hutchinson).
The identity of this bishop remains unconfirmed, but that didn’t stop people guessing:
- Bishop Snow called: ‘Have you seen my glasses anywhere, dear? I can’t read this Church Times without them’ (Jonathan Haigh);
- Bishop Snow has got his priorities right (Michael Watts)
- Stephen Cottrell rather underestimated the difference in temperature in his move up north (Theresa Morton).
The C of E hierarchy has not had an easy time with the press lately:
- Dear Spectator, What I actually said was ‘There’s snow bishops in the Church’s future’ (Jonnie Parkin)
- Surely the Church Times hasn’t put a Bishop’s nose out of joint (John Saxbee)
- The Archbishops still maintained that they had no plan to reduce clergy numbers (Jonathan Page).
Some other entries that we enjoyed:
- There are hard decisions currently being made across many dioceses. Not just stipendiary posts in parishes will be frozen (Peter M Potter)
- For a Bishop, people said he had a warm personality and a sunny smile (George Frost)
- The Post Office trials its first media ad on the importance of correct post codes (Ian Barge)
- Clergy Discipline Measure is frozen and replaced by carrot and stick” (Michael Doe); “The risk assessors had never considered the possibility of the vicar freezing halfway through Zoom church (Neil Popham)
- There’s no Bishop like Snow Bishop (Philip Lickley)
- The Vicar wondered whether a faculty was needed for erecting this snowman in the churchyard, but decided that, by the time he got a reply from the DAC, the snowman would have melted (Richard Hough)
- In the bleak midwinter, Frostie read alone (Valerie Budd)
- Despite reading the liberal Church Times, the bishop’s management style was very much carrot and stick (Mervyn Cox)
- He twigged that the Church Times was essential reading (Howard Reeve)
- An exciting model for ministry, but is it sustainable? (John Appleby)
- The Bishop’s online account was frozen. At least he could still read his hard copy (Clare Griffiths)
- Dunno. Just threw it out the window shouting ‘damned editorial!’ (Martin Kettle)
- The snowman will melt away, but the Church Times is here to stay! (Lesley Cope)
- Anglican? Rooted and grounded, but not moving (Robert Shooter).
As ever, the winner receives a prize of Fairtrade chocolate, courtesy of Divine Chocolate. www.divinechocolate.com