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Celebrate 'God's big society' this Advent

Celebrate 'God's big society' this AdventThe new Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, has issued an Advent challenge - make a difference with 'God's big society'. Bishop Stephen is one of the authors of Church House Publishing's 2010 Advent book Ready Steady Slow, which includes contributions from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

The validity of marriages conducted after publication of the alternative form of banns

The validity of marriages conducted after publication of the alternative form of bannsCouples who have already been married following publication of the alternative form of banns should have no cause for concern about the validity of their marriage.

General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Wednesday 24th November 2010 AM

General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Wednesday 24th November 2010 AMDetails of business from Wednesay morning.

General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Wednesday 24th November 2010 PM

General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Wednesday 24th November 2010 PMDetails of business from Wednesday afternoon.

Last updated edition of child protection policy published

Last updated edition of child protection policy publishedThe fourth edition of Protecting All God's Children, the Church of England's child protection policy since 1995, has been published today (Wednesday, November 24). Since the last edition, in 2004, a significant amount of new legislation and statutory guidance has been produced concerning the safeguarding of children, most notably the Children Act 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010, which has been incorporated into the revised policy document.

General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 - Inauguration

General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 - InaugurationDetails of the opening of the Ninth General Synod by Her Majesty the Queen.

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General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 PMDetails of business from Tuesday afternoon.

Church opposes News Corporation's of BSkyB

Church opposes News Corporation's of BSkyBThe Church of England has today added its voice to those calling for News Corporation not to be permitted to buy the remaining shares in broadcaster BSkyB.

Lifting the curse of the plastic sheeting

Lifting the curse of the plastic sheeting A ground-breaking initiative at Lambeth Palace on Tuesday (16 November) sought to reconcile one of the apparently irreconcilable priorities of our natural and man-made heritages: bats in churches.

Interest in church weddings rising with over a third now planned online

Interest in church weddings rising with over a third now planned onlineVisitors to the Archbishops’ Council’s Weddings Project website have increased in number by 74 per cent over the last year; over the 10 months to 31st October 2010 the site received more than 242,000 visitors, compared to 139,000 visitors during the same period in 2009.