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Ebola virus: ‘impact is still real’

Ebola virus: ‘impact is still real’

Sierra Leone is officially free of the Ebola virus, but the devastation caused by the disease has left lasting scars. Molly Hodson visited the country to see how it is coping

An echo of the spheres in the shires

An echo of the spheres in the shires

The 301st Three Choirs Festival, in Gloucester, starts tomorrow. Jonathan Arnold, a former participant, explores the festival’s influence on the English musical tradition

Have we got news for you

Have we got news for you

This is the 8000th edition of the Church Times. To celebrate, we’re opening up the CT archive free to everyone until the end of this month: you can explore every issue from 1863 to four weeks ago. Glyn Paflin provides a taster to whet your

A journey of the feet and heart

A journey of the feet and heart

Sarah Meyrick’s new novel unfolds against the backdrop of a pilgrimage. She explains why

Learning how to draw the line

Learning how to draw the line

Pat Ashworth explores resources aimed at improving clerical well-being, and finds a new emphasis on self-awareness and mutual support

‘Even God rested on the seventh day’

‘Even God rested on the seventh day’

It is essential for the clergy to take enough time off, argue Jamie Harrison and Robert Innes

Money matters

Michael Wright advises clergy about a change in the way rental profit is assessed

The new normal

The new normal

The Church has fewer stipendiary priests than ever, and they are getting older. Canon Alison Adams tells Simon Jones of unfolding possibilities for her as an SSM

When a curacy clicks

When a curacy clicks

The relationship between curate and training incumbent is a crucial one. Rebecca Paveley asks what makes it work

Finding hope in Hillsborough

Finding hope in Hillsborough

Jean Flood recounts the challenges that faced the chaplains at the Hillsborough inquest in Warrington

Planting a range of personalities

Planting a range of personalities

Leslie J. Francis and Greg Smith apply psychological theory to the Church of England’s selection process

‘I’d love the consensus to change, but it’s a dream’

‘I’d love the consensus to change, but it’s a dream’

As the General Synod begins its Shared Conversations on sexuality, we speak to someone who would prefer the talking to be over already

From the Globe to the altar

From the Globe to the altar

Katherine Elizabeth Jamie was ordained priest by the Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler in Durham Cathedral on July 2

Reasons of the heart

Reasons of the heart

Suzanne Brumwell was ordained deacon by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, at Llandaff Cathedral on June 25 and is now will serving as an assistant curate in Cowbridge

Sentamu sowed the seed in her mind

Sentamu sowed the seed in her mind

Catherine Okoronkwo was ordained deacon at Lichfield Cathedral on 26 June and is serving her title at All Saints’, Streetly, near Sutton Coldfield. She puts her decision to become a priest down to a chance meeting ten years earlier with the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, at the Birmingham church wh...

God-thoughts on the early train

God-thoughts on the early train

Chris Bradish was ordained deacon in Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 3 July and will start his ministry at the Resurrection, Alton, in Hampshire. Mr Bradish, who is 31, was a corporate lawyer in the City who decided to give it all up to follow his father into the ministry. “There was no Damascus mome...

Two for the price of one

Two for the price of one

Mr and Mrs McLelland were ordained deacons in Winchester Cathedral on July 3 and have taken on a new mission role being developed across nine churches in the city to empower ordinary members of the community to take on leadership roles in the Church

Poet and pioneer

Poet and pioneer

Ben Allison was ordained deacon in Derby Cathedral on Sunday 26 June and has become the Pioneer Curate in the North Wingfield Team Ministry in Chesterfield.

Call comes over the CB

Call comes over the CB

Phil Maries was ordained priest on 25 June in All Saints’, in Normanton, a former mining village in the diocese of Leeds. His journey to faith lbegan out on the road where he had worked as a scaffolder and lorry driver for 32 years. His turning point was a CB broadcast by a vicar which he heard on t...

Souls, not stones, for former refugee

Souls, not stones, for former refugee

Denis Adide was ordained deacon in St Paul’s Cathedral on 2 July and joined the team at Christ Church, Turnham Green, in west London. Denis, who is 30, was born in Uganda, but his family fled to a Kenyan refugee camp when he was only six months old. They eventually settled in Nairobi. Then, on his 1...

Rest eternal and light perpetual

Rest eternal and light perpetual

Robert Beaken reflects on the lasting impact of the Battle of the Somme on the liturgical practice of the Church of England

A stitch in time immemorial

A stitch in time immemorial

In the fourth part of our series looking at ecclesiastical vesture, Pat Ashworth finds traditional embroidery skills being put to contemporary effect

From foliate scrolls to PVC patches

From foliate scrolls to PVC patches

Continuing our series on ecclesiastical vesture, Pat Ashworth reports on some outstanding vestments and remarkable survivals

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Sun 24 Jul 16 @ 12:17
Churches across the UK jump aboard the #PokemonGO bandwagon https://t.co/QWRv257MOF

Sun 24 Jul 16 @ 11:11
Is it 'morally unacceptable for Britain to own weapons of mass destruction'? https://t.co/2vTdBRhQUP