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2016 Train-a-Priest opens

2016 Train-a-Priest opens

THIS week we launch our 2016 Lent appeal for the Church Times Train-A-Priest (TAP) Fund. Will YOU help to train a priest?

C of E campaign picks Psalm 22 for Lent

C of E campaign picks Psalm 22 for Lent

THE second video from the Church of England’s JustPray campaign — the first of which was rejected by three cinema chains — has been released to mark the beginning of Lent

Cardinal Nichols leads Hampton Court chapel vespers

Cardinal Nichols leads Hampton Court chapel vespers

AS INCENSE filled the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, and the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church was celebrated there for the first time since 16th Century, history was made

Chase violence out of religion, urges Welby

Chase violence out of religion, urges Welby

THE global turmoil and conflict driven by extremism can be stopped only once religiously motivated violence has been purged from every faith tradition, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said

Church asks for more HS2 noise money

Church asks for more HS2 noise money

A CHURCH near Aylesbury has described a £250,000 offer of noise-reduction work from the promoters of the High Speed 2 rail link as “woefully inadequate”, saying that it needs to carry out work costing in the region of £2 million to mitigate the noise from the trains

‘It’s difficult’ says accused Helen House founder

‘It’s difficult’ says accused Helen House founder

Sister Frances Dominica ASSP was told 18 months ago that abuse allegations against her were no longer under police investigation. But she remains cut off from the hospice she founded. She talks to a staff reporter

Clergy training shake-up may be disastrous, say colleges

Clergy training shake-up may be disastrous, say colleges

THE principals of ten residential theological colleges are worried that new plans to reform the training of priests will have a “disastrous effect” on their colleges, and will disadvantage women

Welby’s ‘war on Wonga’ credited with turning tide on payday lending

Welby’s ‘war on Wonga’ credited with turning tide on payday lending

THE Archbishop of Canterbury’s so-called “war on Wonga” has helped bring about a “sea change” on payday lending, the man tasked by Archbishop Welby to lead the reforms has said

UK pupils tell of twinning with Beirut school

UK pupils tell of twinning with Beirut school

TWO 11-year-olds from a Church of England primary school in Lea, Lincolnshire, were at an international conference on Syria on Thursday of last week to share with world leaders what they have learned about the lives and hopes of refugee schoolchildren in Beirut

Condolences after Benenden teacher is murdered

Condolences after Benenden teacher is murdered

PRAYERS were being said at St George’s, Benenden, Kent this week for Caroline Andrews, aged 52, a part-time teacher at Benenden Church of England Primary School, who was found dead at her home on Thursday of last week

Ban on charities’ lobbying criticised

Ban on charities’ lobbying criticised

THE Rt Revd Lord Harries of Pentregarth, a former Bishop of Oxford, has criticised new rules that would forbid charities that receive government grants from using that money to lobby MPs, the Government, or political parties

Priest's hobby becomes heritage record

Priest

ANY priest might be expected to take a passing interest in the architecture of the building where they ply their trade, but, for Canon Basil Clarke, it was a boyhood hobby that became a lifetime passion

 

Neighbours give ‘antidote to hate’

Neighbours give ‘antidote to hate’

A PROGRAMME to bring together people of different faiths has been hailed as a success

Vergers go online to spot trouble

Vergers go online to spot trouble

HEREFORD Cathedral is linking with an internet early-warning system to combat a rise in anti-social behaviour by drink and drug addicts within its precincts

Clean-up for Queen's 90th birthday

Clean-up for Queen

CONGREGATIONS across the country are being urged to join a litter-picking project to clean up Britain, ready for the Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April.

Have a heart: churchgoers' Valentine gifts

Have a heart: churchgoers

CHURCHGOERS in Devon have been making heart-shaped gifts as a way of “sharing God’s love” on Valentine’s Day

High-flyer

High-flyer

The Duchess of Cambridge makes her first appearance as royal patron of the RAF Air Cadets for a 75th anniversary service at the RAF church of St Clement Danes, London

Aloft

Aloft

The Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson (centre, wearing cross), visits the world’s largest aircraft, the Airlander 10, at its base in Cardington airfield, near Bedford. The airship, the length of a football pitch, will take to the to the skies for the first time next month

UK news in brief

UK news in brief

Bishop of Durham clarifies position on Bishop Bell; Charity calls for ‘radicalisation’ of youth to prevent extremism; Bishop of St Albans counters Sunday-trading reforms; Former curate pleads guilty to child-sex offences

Visits to Bell’s palace were my girlhood ordeal, paper told

Visits to Bell’s palace were my girlhood ordeal, paper told

THE survivor who raised allegations of sexual abuse by a former Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd George Bell, has given her account in public for the first time

New Wine leader under investigation

New Wine leader under investigation

THE leader of the Evangelical network New Wine, the Revd Mark Bailey, has resigned, and has “stepped back” from his parochial ministry in Cheltenham, as a result of an investigation under the Clergy Discipline Measure.

Archbishops launch evangelism week of prayer

Archbishops launch evangelism week of prayer

ALL serving clergy in the Church of England will soon receive a letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York asking them to take part in a week of prayer for evangelism at Pentecost.

Church research advises smiling to bring in visitors

Church research advises smiling to bring in visitors

A FRIENDLY welcome, and a lavatory were the best ways to get people to visit a church, a survey published this week has suggested.

Commissioners agree extra £72.7m for mission

Commissioners agree extra £72.7m for mission

TWO key committees have agreed to mine the Church Commissioners’ reserves to find £72.7 million to help fund growth in the Church of England.

Government revives plans to extend Sunday trading

Government revives plans to extend Sunday trading

PLANS to extend Sunday trading have been revived by the Government, despite the opposition of trade unions and churches, through an amendment to the Enterprise Bill

Muslim converts find they are ‘suspect’

Muslim converts find they are ‘suspect’

BRITISH men who convert to Islam are often targeted by the security services, a report from the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge said this week

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