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Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. HighTide1

    Great outdoors helps young people connect with God


    A weekend of night walks on the beach, survival techniques and worship around the campfire helped a group of young people from across a city switch off, connect with friends and learn more about God  

    3 min read
  2. A small child jumps up in the air while playing a game and others around him are running

    ‘With the sporting groups, we started to see growth’


    When Revd Danny Driver became the parish vicar at Christ the Redeemer, Barnwell, he used sport ministry to build new bridges between the church and the community.

    3 min read
  3. Gabriella is shown smiling at the camera and wearing a warm jacket

    ‘It gave me back hope and ambition’– Cathedral helps young people


    Lichfield Cathedral helped 30 unemployed young people find work last year, by making six-month job placements available for 16 to 24-year-olds, as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme. 

    2 min read
  4. Glyn Wise

    Big Brother, fame, teaching, travel - then the Ministry Experience Scheme


    After experiencing fame and travelling the world, Glyn Wise says it was the Church of England’s Ministry Experience Scheme that ultimately gave him confidence and got him close to God.

    4 min read
  5. White fog hands over Kyiv or Kiev in Ukraine with high rise blocks of flats appearing

    We meet online to pray for Ukraine: Kyiv's Anglicans spread across Europe continue to meet


    Members of Ukraine's Anglican community are continuing to pray together online as war sees congregants flee across Europe. 

    3 min read
  6. Ady Hodgkinson at his baptism

    ‘I started to sob and sob’ - a life-changing encounter in a cafe


    After years of alcohol and drug dependency, earlier this year, Ady Hodgkinson was baptised – marking an incredible transformation in his life which all started with an encounter at a Christian café. 

    2 min read
  7. CanonAnnaMacham

    We expected 40 at our Ukraine prayer vigil - instead 600 turned up


    Revd Canon Anna Macham, Canon Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral, tells the story of how a prayer vigil for Ukraine at the Cathddral grew from an expected 40 people to more than 600.

    3 min read
  8. Young school child writing at table in class

    Church of England schools will be at the heart of the school system for the future


    The Church of England’s Chief Education Officer outlines how Church Schools will flourish as the Academies programme increases momentum

    5 min read
  9. A man's hands are shown gesticulating at a laptop screen. He may be having an argument or simply working from home - an anonymous woman is in the background passively sitting at the desk

    Disagreeing well during Lent – two podcasters discuss their reflections


    Learning to listen to those you disagree with can often be a fraught task, but faith can enable deep connections to form despite difference, according to Christian podcasters. 

    2 min read
  10. RefugeepicnicNorwich

    Dioceses rally to help Afghan refugees


    The Dioceses of Norwich and Chichester and a Mothers' Union are offering practical support to Afghan refugees starting new lives in the UK.


    2 min read