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Church condemns domestic abuse and encourages support for survivors

Church condemns domestic abuse and encourages support for survivorsThe Archbishops’ Council has commended a set of guidelines for anyone with pastoral responsibility as part of the Church’s commitment to victims of domestic abuse and to addressing the circumstances that lead to such abuse.

Bishop of Manchester appointed to chair women bishops legislative drafting group

Bishop of Manchester appointed to chair women bishops legislative drafting groupThe Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Manchester, has been appointed by the Archbishops’ Council to chair a legislative drafting group to consider proposals for allowing women to be consecrated as bishops. The drafting group was called for in a motion carried by the General Synod in July 2006

Church launches official resources to mark the journey of faith

Church launches official resources to mark the journey of faithThe Church of England today published three sets of resources to equip local parishes with tools to help mark major milestones in a Christian’s journey of faith. The new materials have been developed in response to calls from churches for quality resources to help celebrate baptisms and confirmations – the two major services at which Christians make a public affirmation of their faith or their commitment to raising a child in that faith.

Synod information updated on the web

Synod information updated on the webIn line with the continuing project to provide more information about General Synod on the Church of England website, a new section giving details of Private Member's Motions has been launched today

A warm welcome on Back to Church Sunday

A warm welcome on Back to Church SundaySweet temptation for returning worshippers. People are inviting friends and family to join them in church on Sunday, September 24th as part of Back to Church Sunday. Returnees will receive a warm welcome and free chocolate – all part of the special day.

Church questions proposals for gambling advertisements

Church questions proposals for gambling advertisementsThe Church of England has called for all advertisements promoting gambling to carry health warnings about the danger of gambling addiction. It states that the potential benefits of doing this “should outweigh the disadvantage of extra financial costs for advertisers.”

Archbishop's interview on BBC R4 - The Good Childhood Inquiry

Archbishop's interview on BBC R4 - The Good Childhood InquiryThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning to talk about the Children's Society's The Good Childhood Inquiry which is being launched today.

Bishop challenges supermarkets to lighten up Halloween

Bishop challenges supermarkets to lighten up HalloweenThe Bishop of Bolton, the Rt Revd David Gillett, has today published a letter sent to Britain’s supermarket bosses urging them to rethink the way that their stores promote Halloween.

Archbishop's Prayer for Darfur

Archbishop's Prayer for DarfurThe Archbishop of Canterbury has joined other faith leaders in expressing renewed concern for Darfur and has published a prayer for Sunday 17th September, designated as an international Day of Prayer for the region.

Statistics show increased giving and ordinations

Statistics show increased giving and ordinationsAverage weekly giving by Church of England parishioners hit the £5.00 mark for the first time in 2004. Statistics released today show that direct giving to parish churches averaged exactly £5.00 per electoral roll member per week and tax-efficient giving increased to an average of £8.00 per subscriber per week. The number of parishioners subscribing to tax-efficient giving through Gift Aid was a record 518,000.