Stories and features

Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. The official euro 2020 football

    Can we pray to win the Euros? - Premier League lead chaplain on faith and football


    As the Euro 2020 tournament begins, we caught up with Matt Baker, Sports Chaplaincy UK National Director for England & Pastoral Support Director in English Football.

  2. A poster reading "there is no planet b" is held up by a young person at a School Strike for the Climate event

    Young Christians to march from Cornwall to Glasgow to campaign for Climate Justice


    Hundreds of young Christians are to lead a pilgrimage which spans the length of the country – from the G7 to COP26.

  3. A man is using a magnifying glass to look at nature for the Churches Count on Nature

    Communities to search churchyards for rare or endangered species


    Hundreds of churches have signed up to a week-long ‘nature count’ beginning this weekend which will encourage people to visit churchyards and record what they see.

  4. A man in an orange jumpsuit looks out from the deck of a boat

    ‘When you experience the power of the sea and storms at night it makes you open to something beyond’ – former captain charts new course training for ministry


    Lee Higson recently left his 22-year career at sea to train as an Ordinand with the Diocese of Manchester. 

  5. Mount Joy

    Churches in North East at centre of revived pilgrim routes


    A ‘Santiago of the North’ has been launched, encouraging people to walk ancient pilgrimage routes to Durham dating back more than 1,000 years.

  6. Nigel Genders addresses a conference

    Inclusive, Invitational and Inspirational - Collective worship is the heartbeat of Church of England Schools.


    The Church of England's Chief Education Officer, Revd Canon Nigel Genders, discusses the new guidance for collective worship in Church of England schools.

  7. Sheffield Cathedral chandelier

    Confirmation Service on Ascension Day 2021, Diocese of Sheffield


    St Mark’s Church, Broomhill hosted a glorious celebration of holy Communion on the evening of Ascension Day, during which ten adults were confirmed.

  8. A trumpeter is shown painted by Kitty Milroy

    Church celebrates murals of “national significance” painted by pioneering female artist


    A parish church has celebrated 100 years of murals, said to be of “national significance,” by having them restored. 

  9. The Old Royal Naval College chapel in Greenwich is shown with a large painting behind the altar

    Beautiful church attracts hundreds of online worshippers amid pandemic


    Hundreds of worshippers have tuned in to participate in services in a beautiful chapel.

  10. A woman on a morning jog in the countryside

    Church supporting positive mental health: Mental Health Awareness Week 2021


    Churches are marking the annual Mental Health Awareness Week amid a year of intense pressure on mental health services.