Stories and features

Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. Reduced quality image of Archbishops Justin and Stephen receiving trees from Bishop Graham Usher

    Bishops to play part in The Queen's Green Canopy initiative - each planting a tree


    Bishops of the Church of England have each been provided a tree by Forestry England which will form part of The Queen's Green Canopy.

  2. Capt Nicholas Lebey CA is shown as an ordinand outside Southwark Cathedral

    The youth groups that grew into a church


    Years after a missionary planted a church in his village in Ghana, Nicholas Lebey is now doing the same in South-East London.

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    'We must not gamble with vulnerable people's lives' - the Church of England's adviser on medical ethics responds to calls for 'doctor assisted dying'


    Revd Dr Brendan McCarthy, the Church of England's National Adviser on Medical Ethics, Health and Social Care Policy, sets out the Church of England's response to calls for 'doctor assisted dying'

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    ‘Talk about topics on which there is silence’ – Living in Love and Faith as relevant in rural parishes.


    A Devon vicar says the questions around human sexuality, gender and relationships covered by the Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith course are as relevant in her rural parishes as anywhere else.

  5. Members of the garden church

    Faith flowers at church based on an allotment


    A 'pop up' church based on an allotment gave the term 'church plant' a whole new meaning when multiple baptisms and confirmations took place amongst vegetables and flowers.  

  6. Basketball Sports Ministry Diocese of Norwich

    Commonwealth Games resources for churches launched


    Churches across England now have access to free resources to help them engage with the Commonwealth Games, which is to be held in Birmingham in summer 2022.

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    ‘It has been a way of saying to people ‘we are here for you' - the listening service launched by a rural team ministry


    A steady stream of people have responded to an invitation to ring a ‘listening ear’ service of support and prayer run by curates in a rural area since the start of the first lockdown.

  8. A girl is shown holding a slice of pizza and smiling up to the camera

    More than 1,000 children to be fed through church led summer holiday scheme


    Churches are hosting activities from curry nights to community barbecues as part of a summer holiday scheme that is expected to feed more than 1,000 children in one diocese alone.

  9. A father holds his two children as they smile to the camera while enjoying a so-called trail in a church's churchyard

    Interactive church yard ‘trails’ become unexpected summer hit


    A group of churches on Dartmoor is welcoming an increasing number of people over the summer after installing interactive prayer ‘trails’ in churchyards.

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    “I am the vicar of a wonderfully busy urban parish and have spent 16 months learning to serve while also being served.”


    Revd Dr Rebecca Aechtner, from the Diocese of Blackburn, writes about living with Long Covid after contracting the virus in March last year.