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Miking the sound of music

Miking the sound of music

Ever wondered how the polished choral effects coming out of your loudspeaker get there? Sarah Meyrick lifts the veil

The runaway nun of the Reformation

The runaway nun of the Reformation

In a talk to be broadcast next week on Radio 3, Charlotte Woodford explores the life of Martin Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora

Interview: Joyce Meyer, Bible teacher and author

Interview: Joyce Meyer, Bible teacher and author

‘Somehow God always makes us better after a struggle than we were before’

St Gargoyles

St Gargoyles

Messy Church was Saturday afternoons

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

www.cartoonchurch.com 

No election

No election

Your answers on PCC elections and archiepiscopal burials 

Diary: Glyn Paflin

Diary: Glyn Paflin

Dancing, dancing . . .; Nothing to them; Relig. Lit; Bright Gethsemane

Tardy starters

Tardy starters

SOWING morning glories now is an easy win. Ipomoea, to give them their Latin name, grow quickly, and peak in August, when gardens tend to look tired. They will clamber over shrubs or a wigwam of bamboo canes and distract attention away from any unkempt areas, with their brightly coloured funnel-shaped blooms like fairy lights in a student’s digs

Crossword 1416

Crossword 1416

Across 3 Boy with variable group of journalists in part of church (4,6) 8,9 Youths in B-movie mangled hymn (2,4,2,6) 10 Teaching completed about court with religious instruction (8) 11 Number with drink consuming hot meal? (4-2) 12 Group held in respect backed fine plant (10) 14...

Shockwaves from Spain

Shockwaves from Spain

Peter Street recalls political and religious tensions at the time of the German bombing of Guernica

High fliers past and present

High fliers past and present

Ninety years after Ernest Lough’s famous recording of ‘O, for the wings of a dove’, Stephen Beet tells the story

Caption competition

Caption competition

IMPRESSIVE entries to our last caption competition (brought forward a little, with apologies to any late entrants). Admiration, or maybe indecision, has led to a bonanza of prizes

‘Actual communicants’?

‘Actual communicants’?

Write, if you have any answers to the questions given below, or any questions that you would like answered

Diary: Caroline Chartres

Diary: Caroline Chartres

All you need is less; Spreading the Word; Spaghetti junction; Loaves and fishes; Pause for thought

Gazing skyward

Gazing skyward

SPRING is the time of year when many of us begin to think about booking holi­days — or, better still, start taking them. And many of us will be taking to the skies

Exporting the Brompton Way

Exporting the Brompton Way

An HTB church-plant is now widely expected when a well-situated urban church’s numbers are low. Madeleine Davies investigates the phenomenon

Interview: Nathalie MacDermott, doctor

Interview: Nathalie MacDermott, doctor

‘The hardest thing was watching nearly all my patients die’

Crossword 1415

Crossword 1415

Across 1 Girl full of love starts to whisper and mumble in church service (3,4) 5 I’m clear about what happened on 6D, 20D (7) 9 Items of white goods, three going missing from front of famous store (7) 10 Mark is one of those applying new gloss around gym (7) 11 This carol, I...

The tears of Rachel’s children

The tears of Rachel’s children

Simon Valentine returns from Iraq with a report on the plight of its rapidly declining Christian community

The greening grace of a garden

The greening grace of a garden

It is 25 years since the Quiet Garden Movement was conceived. Its founder, Philip Roderick, considers their spiritual importance at Eastertide

A journey through silence

A journey through silence

In a Good Friday reflection, Paul Cowan considers silence and its abusive and redemptive power

The Saturday condition

The Saturday condition

The nothingness of Easter Eve has more to say than we allow, observes Peter Townley

Joy cometh in the morning

Joy cometh in the morning

For Easter Day, John Inge reflects on the closeness of the relationship between joy and sorrow

Interview: Gary Bunt, artist and poet

Interview: Gary Bunt, artist and poet

‘I don’t like to take too much credit. It’s God’s ideas. I just painted them’

St Gargoyles

St Gargoyles

The flower ladies had great plans for Easter Day

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

www.cartoonchurch.com 

Enabling Act centenary

Write, if you any questions you would like answered, or to add to the answers given below

Diary

A precious baby; Feeling younger; Hymnodical Marmite; Collective nonsense

Lamb for supper

IT IS Easter; so it must be Paschal lamb. Seasonally, the lambs we get now were most likely born last autumn, or come from New Zealand. Theologically, the rich symbolism is all there, although how old the Passover lambs were that we read of in Exodus is another matter

Crossword 1414

Crossword 1414

Across   1 Gardeners finally ask God for a shower (5) 4 Feature of church with great inclination to have Latin before English (7) 10 Religious-sounding Spring festival (4) 11 Work for e.g. copper to capture lovers in flight (9) 12 Fasted with difficulty? Then you may have a...

Predictions of perilous times

Predictions of perilous times

Andrew Tate traces ideas of the apocalyptic from the Gospels through to contemporary fiction

In search of greater definition

In search of greater definition

Martin Thomas offers a personal reflection on his family’s recent experience of miscarriage

PCC tips and advice

How to run a perfect PCC

Mark Tanner gives his tips for meetings and chairing them
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Discerning the dynamics

Nicky von Fraunhofer explores how group work can be used to manage disagreements within congregations
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A responsibility to co-operate

John Davies looks at how to prevent clergy-PCC relationships’ becoming a tug of war
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When the hungry billows are curling

Pat Ashworth looks at five potential PCC crises, and how to manage them
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Parliamentarians’ beliefs deserve a fair hearing

Nick Spencer examines why they are nervous of talking about faith  Read More

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