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Salvation Army reports five-fold increase of rescued slaves

THE number of people supported by the Salvation Army after being rescued from slavery has increased five-fold in five years

Huge rise in entries for Religious Studies A level

THE steady rise in the popularity of Religious Studies as an A level continued this year with almost 25,000 RS entries, an increase of 6.8 per cent on last year

Diocese of St Albans offers advice on writing gender-neutral job ads

LOOKING for an “able and visionary priest” who can “manage the parish through a process of change”? Prepare to restrict the numbers applying for the job

Britain’s tolerant reputation is under threat, EHRC reports

THE spike in racist hate crimes after the EU referendum has revealed just how entrenched racial inequality is in British society, the equalities watchdog has said

Highlanders found in mass grave near Durham Cathedral to be reburied

THE remains of 17th-century Scottish soldiers discovered in a mass grave near Durham Cathedral will be reburied close to where they were found, despite a campaign to have them returned north of the border

Lutherans tie the knot for Anglican in Copenhagen

PREPARING to marry at the Church of Our Lady, the Lutheran cathedral in Copenhagen, this month, Nigel Rowley had felt nervous that its vast space would feel a little empty. When the doors opened, he saw the pews full of people, including many from his church St Alban’s, there to support him and Mikel Lindbæk, who is now his husband

Wallsend church hosts puppet therapy for Syrian children

PLASTICINE and pipe-cleaners might not be obvious items to include on a shopping list for new arrivals to the UK, but they brought joy to Syrian children and their parents in Wallsend last week, as part of a project that uses puppetry as therapy

Bid to install padded chairs squashed by Court

A MEDIEVAL listed church in Warwickshire has been told it cannot replace its pews with modern padded chairs as an “overly casual appearance can be incompatible with a house of God”

A new Bede’s World will open

BEDE’S WORLD, the Anglo-Saxon museum and farm celebrating the life and work of the Venerable Bede (672-735), has been saved from permanent closure

Desecration in Norwich

Desecration in Norwich: the PCC secretary of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, Colin Pordham, next to the church’s First World War memorial, from which a bronze crucifix has been stolen

News in brief

Dr Morgan to retire next January; New Dean of Wells named; Volvic jettisons Orange slogan; Students pass vergers qualification; Drone surveys of churches funded by Lottery Fund; Charity seeks ‘lovingly named’ animals’ photos

Churches’ holiday clubs help relieve struggling families

THE parish of the Revd Dominic Black, the Vicar of Holy Trinity, North Ormesby, has the highest rate of child poverty in the country: 64 per cent. It is the second most deprived parish in the country. While the arrival of the summer holidays means freedom from the classroom, it also brings new pressures on tight budgets

Children’s Society reports ‘encouraging positive outcomes’

MORE than 18,000 vulnerable children and young people have turned to the Children’s Society for help in the past year, of which 674 were refugees or asylum seekers, the charity has reported

Lambeth's long history of welcome uncovered

WELCOMING refugees with an invitation to live in the grounds of Lambeth Palace is not a new gesture, but history repeating itself

Songs of Praise fields choir for rugby final

A WINNER of a BBC Songs of Praise competition giving rugby league fans the chance to sing before crowds at Wembley Stadium has said that her faith goes “hand in hand” with her love of the game

Durham Cathedral stained-glass window commissioned in student’s memory

A NEW stained-glass window has been commissioned for Durham Cathedral in memory of a student who died suddenly during her final year at the city’s university

Wheelchair-bound vicar to make epic journey to raise funds for new church

A DISABLED vicar plans to propel his wheelchair from John o’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds for a new church

Global St Georges to go live online for Hampshire harvest festival

WORSHIPPERS at St George’s, Waterlooville, in Hampshire, are to be joined by up to one hundred of its namesake churches around the world when its harvest festival is broadcast live on social media in October

Altarpiece design thought to be by Hardy discovered behind church panelling

A DESIGN for a decorative altarpiece, believed to be by Thomas Hardy, has been discovered behind panelling at All Saints’, Windsor

Font to be stored, not buried to prevent secular use, Chancellor rules

THE practice of burying redundant fonts when a new one is installed came under consideration in the Consistory Court of Southwark in connection with a reordering scheme in St Michael and All Angels, Blackheath Park, in south-east London

Alexis Jay takes over as chair of abuse inquiry  

PROFESSOR ALEXIS JAY will take the chair for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales (IICSA) vacated suddenly earlier this month by Justice Lowell Goddard (News, 12 August). The appointment was announced by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, on Thursday of last week

Wearing it well

A Rod Stewart gig in June, the biggest concert in Hull for years, has raised £146,000 towards the restoration of Holy Trinity Church. The Grade I listed medieval church is in the midst of a £4.5 million scheme to re-model the nave, and open up the churchyard and square to create new spaces for commu...

Court approves exhumation for DNA testing

THE Consistory Court of the diocese of Southwark has granted permission for the exhumation of remains so that DNA could be obtained in order to ascertain whether the deceased person was the father of two young women, so that they could claim an award of compensation made to him in Ireland

Making bread

The pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Bromley Cross, Bolton, the Revd Lee Banfield, competes in this year’s Great British Bake Off on BBC One. The show tests the skills of 12 amateur bakers, who are judged and eliminated week by week by bakers Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Mr Banfield, a for...


A still from Pete’s Dragon, a film starring Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard, about the adventures of an orphaned boy and his pet dragon

UK news in brief

Prize for firm that spoke out to HMRC; CAP victim of ‘sophisticated’ hack; Bishop joins opponents of ‘damaging’ Housing Act; Tottenham priest plans to appeal against ruling; Suspended sentence for priest guilty of assault

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