Comment and features

Stories and views from across the Church of England
  1. Single tealight candle burning in the dark

    Towards a Safer Church: resources for prayer and reflection in worship

    31/05/2018

    COMMENT / The Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport on Towards a Safer Church: resources for prayer and reflection in worship

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    Safeguarding training - an optional extra?

    22/05/2018

    Throughout the year churches across the country open their doors to people of all ages, for services, weekday clubs and vital community projects. The spotlight of IICSA and survivor voices have rightly put our safeguarding practices under the spotlight. We welcome many and we must welcome them safely. Like all organisations who work with children and young people safeguarding training is mandatory for those in certain roles. It is not an opt-in. 

  3. School children sitting in a classroom smiling

    One pencil between two for Church Schools

    21/05/2018

    Hold the front page…pupils at Church of England Schools have just found out that they will have to make do with just one pencil between two! writes Derek Holloway.

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    The Great Vocations Conversation: Revd Roxanne Hunte

    26/04/2018

    FEATURES / The Church of England is challenging every minister to commit to having one conversation a month about vocation with someone different from themselves.

    Listen to Revd Roxanne Hunte discuss why she's backing the campaign.

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    Why did a Canon of the Chapels Royal wear litter on Easter Sunday…and why is a London church hanging milk cartons from its roof?

    22/04/2018

    FEATURE / The Church of England takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously.  With 16,400 churches, 10,000 churchyards and 5000 schools it has to - and its Environmental Programme is constantly monitoring and adapting to environmental issues of all kinds.

  6. The Bishop of Dudley, Graham Usher smiling at the camera

    Hog-hair breath and refilling shampoo bottles: Graham Usher negotiates the trials of cutting out plastic

    20/04/2018

    FEATURE / Plastic is absolutely everywhere. That’s what I realised when I tried to live a #PlasticLessLent this year.

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    The Great Vocations Conversation: Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson

    19/04/2018

    FEATURE / The Church of England is challenging every minister to commit to having one conversation a month about vocation with someone different from themselves.

    Listen to the Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, discuss the campaign.

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    How did #LiveLent 2018 help people to take the journey to Easter?

    09/04/2018

    FEATURE / This year we focused our Lent campaign, #LiveLent, on a six-week discipleship journey through the Gospel of John, exploring what it means to be a witness from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day.

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    A blessing not a burden: why every child should be valued equally

    06/04/2018

    COMMENT / The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, explains why he and other faith leaders are challenging the two-child limit on financial support for families, which came into effect a year ago .

  10. Clergy washing feet at Maundy Thursday service

    What is Maundy Thursday?

    22/03/2018

    Maundy Thursday falls on March 29th this year. But what is Maundy Thursday and how to churches mark it?