Stories, blogs and features

Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. A choir in red robes stands smiling in the church of St Paul Without Walls in Canterbury

    Parish Evensong congregation grows from just one to more than 70 – with the help of church choir and a home cooked meal


    A parish in the heart of Canterbury has celebrated the success of an Evensong service whose congregation has  jumped from just one person to more than 70. 

    2 min read
  2. The new Lambeth Palace Library is shown from the main road outside with trees in the foreground

    Lambeth Palace Library welcomes books on the environment


    The new Lambeth Palace Library has welcomed new books on the environment following a donation. 

    2 min read
  3. A priest baptizes a woman at a font

    How a vicar's conversation in Greggs led to a baptism


    A chance conversation between a bakery worker and a Church of England priest after he dropped into a branch of Greggs has led to her baptism.

    2 min read
  4. Ewen in his make shift pulpit on a building site he is in high viz and a hard hat

    ‘I’m a mate for the journey’ – the chaplain employed in the construction industry


    Chaplains have continued to serve vulnerable and dispersed communities throughout the pandemic, including those in industry – like Ewen Huffman. 

    2 min read
  5. Dr Karen Flood smiling at the camera

    'We are suddenly aware that we are mere mortals. It hits home' - how medics drew on faith amid pandemic


    More than 100 members of the medical profession met recently at Holy Trinity Church in Leeds, for an inaugural carol service of a local Christian Medical Fellowship network. 

    3 min read
  6. : Revd Craig Philbrick, curate at Christ Church, Winchester, preparing for the broadcast with Louise Weatherall, Student Ministry Lead.

    Parish broadcasts carol service into prison cells to share ‘hope and good news’ on Christmas Day


    A local church is to broadcast a carol service directly into cells across prisons in the UK to bring hope over the Christmas period. 

    2 min read
  7. The Rev Charlotte Cheshire

    ‘When there is a particular song or carol he'll be dancing around the house’ - how online worship has helped one family


    Revd Charlotte Cheshire describes how digital worship such as virtual reality carols have been a ‘gift’ to her family

    2 min read
  8. LynnBoyle2

    ‘I came away feeling grounded’ – the music festival chaplain giving hope to hundreds


    Revd Lynn Boyle leads services and works behind the bar as Chaplain of the Country Music Festivals of Whitebottom Farm in Stockport.

    3 min read
  9. HongKong

    ‘It is wonderful to welcome a new generation’ - how a diocese is supporting arrivals from Hong Kong


    More than 70 new arrivals from Hong Kong have been warmly welcomed to the Diocese of Leeds at a special church event.

    2 min read
  10. StSepulchre

    Swapping baubles for bath bombs: the Christmas tree showing how one church is taking poverty head on


    The Christmas tree at Holy Sepulchre church in the City of London has been decorated with items such as toothbrushes, soap, bath bombs, deodorants and sanitary products to encourage people to donate to the Square Mile Hygiene Bank.

    2 min read