Stories and features

Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. Epiphany and Candlemas resources 2020

    #FollowTheStar into 2020 with our 'Beyond the Stable' and 'Share the Light' pilot


    Help encourage families and children back into church after Christmas, over Epiphany and Candlemas, with our 'Beyond the Stable' and 'Share the Light' pilots.

  2. A Christian Vision of Housing and Community


    FEATURE / The theologian Stephen Backhouse writes about how the Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community is seeking to express a distinctly Christian vision of housing and community.


  3. Reflection on DIY SOS/Children in Need build project by Revd Sheelagh Aston


    FEATURE / A former Blackburn Day School and Sunday School built in 1834 to nurture young people is being given a new lease of life to continue its legacy with the help of the BBC DIY SOS programme, presented by Nick Knowles, and the BBC Children in Need annual appeal. 

  4. Building better communities and homes


    COMMENT / Members of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community joined other panellists at the Bristol Housing Festival for a panel discussion on the church’s response to the housing crisis.

  5. Two years on since Grenfell, nothing much has changed.


    COMMENT / The Bishop of Kensington, Graham Tomlin wrote to the London Evening Standard following his visit to Grenfell Tower.

  6. The Bishop of Oxford, Steven Croft.

    Called to be a deeper church


    Pilgrim was developed by bishops and teachers of the Church of England to support every local church in learning and teaching the faith year by year as a normal part of parish life.

  7. How Harvest Festival services are supplying food banks


    FEATURE / Harvest Festival services in schools over the coming weeks are playing a major role in helping replenish food bank supplies that have run low over the summer months.

  8. Banner image #FollowTheStar logo gold

    How can your church get ready for Advent and Christmas 2019 with #FollowTheStar?


    Building on the very positive feedback and huge amount of diocesan and local church engagement in #FollowTheStar 2018, we are delighted to be using the same theme for Advent and Christmas 2019 and 2020! Find out how to get involved this year.

  9. Searching for answers to the housing crisis


    FEATURE / Academics, theologians and housing experts are meeting over an 18-month period to examine how the Church of England can build on its own work in housing and contribute to the national debate on policy. Charlie Arbuthnot, chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community, writes about a visit by Commission members to Newham, in east London to listen to the experiences of people directly affected by the housing crisis and those working to tackle the problem.

  10. How did the Church’s first Labs Learning Roadshow help to equip local churches?


    More than 100 churches attended the first Labs Learning Roadshow in Leeds, part of the Church of England’s programme to help dioceses and parishes spread the Christian message in the digital sphere.