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Women in the Episcopate draft Measure published

Women in the Episcopate draft Measure publishedThe General Synod will have its first opportunity to consider draft legislation enabling women to become bishops in the Church of England in February, having given in principle agreement to the shape of the legislative package in July. The Legislative Drafting Group on Women in the Episcopate, chaired by the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Manchester, has today published its further report and drafts of a Measure and associated Amending Canon, together with an illustrative draft Code of Practice and an Explanatory Memorandum.

Churches unwrapping fresh ways of celebrating Christmas

Churches unwrapping fresh ways of celebrating ChristmasParish churches and cathedrals across the Church of England are preparing for their busiest week of the year with puppets, beach huts, wrapping paper and live animals all playing their part in telling the story of Christ’s birth.

‘Don’t leave it all to the BBC,’ churches argue

‘Don’t leave it all to the BBC,’ churches argueLeaving the BBC as the sole provider of public service media could lower media standards and provide less meaningful news, information and other content, the Church of England and the Catholic Conference of Bishops in England and Wales warned today in their joint response to Ofcom’s Second Consultation on Public Service Broadcasting.

Christingles shine out across CofE as special service celebrates the big 4-0

Christingles shine out across CofE as special service celebrates the big 4-0An estimated 1.1 million people will take part in Christingle services at Church of England churches, cathedrals and schools this Christmas – following a rise of 50 per cent in the last three years.

Young people present graffiti-style art to Archbishops’ Council at exciting ‘Dare To…’ event in London

Young people present graffiti-style art to Archbishops’ Council at exciting ‘Dare To…’ event in LondonEnthusiastic young people from dioceses all over England showcased the ambitious new ways they are doing mission at the ‘Dare To…’ event on 6th December at Church House in Westminster - whilst an artist captured the spirit of the day in a new piece of graffiti-style art.

Archbishop recommends a Spiritual MOT this Advent

Archbishop recommends a Spiritual MOT this AdventThe Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has added his voice to calls for people to rediscover waiting, recommending a Spiritual MOT in the latest podcast on the Church of England’s web-based Advent calendar, WhyWeAreWaiting.com.

Elections to the Church Commissioners

Elections to the Church CommissionersIn the recent round of nominations in elections to the Church Commissioners, four members of the House of Bishops and two Deans were duly nominated.

Back to Church Sunday 2008 welcomes back 37,000

Back to Church Sunday 2008 welcomes back 37,000Back to Church Sunday is celebrating another rise in the numbers drawn back to church by the event this year as organisers gather in London for a special event at Lambeth Palace.

Christmas with a twist: Bishop calls for 'go slow' this Advent to savour the season

Christmas with a twist: Bishop calls for 'go slow' this Advent to savour the seasonA Church of England bishop has penned a book which aims to be just the tonic for the frenetic activity of Advent – even suggesting cutting up the credit card, making friends a simple homemade gift, and pruning the Christmas card list to those you really care about.

Rediscover the benefits of waiting this Advent

Rediscover the benefits of waiting this AdventChurch leaders are encouraging people to rediscover the forgotten joys and deeper benefits of waiting for the things they want with the launch of an online Advent calendar produced by the Church of England.

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