Stories and features

Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. Bride walking up aisle at wedding

    Marriage Registration Changes


    FEATURE / Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events for the Church of England discusses the possibility of changes to marriage registration systems.

  2. How the church is responding to the needs of post-industrial towns


    FEATURE / Mills and mines have closed but the communities are still there. Bringing hope and joy to the people who live and minister there was the message shared loud and clear from five dioceses, all from the northern province, who met in Manchester to discuss their own experience of working and living in post-industrial towns. 

  3. A moon installation at a cathedral.

    Communion ‘on the moon’


    FEATURE / Becky Clark, the Church of England’s Director of Churches and Cathedrals, looks at how cathedrals are marking the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

  4. Adrian Harris speaking at the Digital fringe session held at General Synod in July 2019.

    General Synod July 2019 Digital and Church House Publishing update


    FEATURE / On the Saturday and Sunday of July General Synod we ran a series of fringe meetings and spoke to members about upcoming campaigns, A Church Near You, #FollowTheStar and our social media community guidelines.

  5. The two Pilgrim Journey books for Lent and Easter 2019

    Lent and Easter reflections reach nearly 7 million


    FEATURE / We’re delighted that LentPilgim and EasterPilgrim had an overall reach of 6.9 million through the national Church’s social media accounts, the app, email and Alexa.

  6. “For too long, we have felt squeamish about talking about death."


    FEATURE / A priest from the Diocese of Liverpool is supporting the work of funeral directors and parishes by offering professional, pastoral and compassionate ministers to listen carefully to families who seek to celebrate a life in a unique and bespoke way.

  7. Church communities clean the streets whilst sharing a prayer


    FEATURE / Churches encouraged to take part in a litter pilgrimage to help clean up the local community. 

  8. The pub that hosts talks on death and dying


    FEATURE / A Church of England priest has set up a group in a pub to discuss death and dying.

  9. Close up of three panes of stained glass

    The Power of Church Buildings


    COMMENT / Becky Clark, Director of Churches and Cathedrals reflects on the popular response following the devastating fire at Notre Dame in Paris

  10. Archbishop of Canterbury

    Archbishop Justin: Britain’s housing crisis is one of the major challenges facing this country


    COMMENT / The Archbishop of Canterbury on the launch of a new Commission on Housing