Stories and features

Stories and features from across the Church of England.
  1. School uniform 3

    School uniform banks report rise in demand


    FEATURE / School uniform schemes run from Church of England parishes are reporting growing demand as schools prepare for the start of term.

  2. A desk with various devices on showing the Church of England social accounts

    How is the Church’s digital work supporting local churches?


    FEATURE / On Saturday afternoon, around and during the England football match (!), the Digital and Church House Publishing teams updated General Synod on how we’re supporting local churches and encouraging people into worshipping communities.

  3. new clergy member with a bishop standing either side

    Ordination Season Gets Under Way


    FEATURES / Every summer the Church of England celebrates the ordination of new deacons and priests. Over 400 ordinands will be ordained as deacons. On Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, some of their stories will be highlighted in the Church of England's #NewRevs campaign.

  4. School children in a rural setting reading books

    Schools: we’re up for the rural challenge


    COMMENT / The Church of England's Chief Education Officer explains what the Church is doing to address challenges for rural schools

  5. Single tealight candle burning in the dark

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


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

  6. Safeguarding statement from the Church of England.

    Safeguarding training - an optional extra?


    COMMENT / 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. 

  7. School children sitting in a classroom smiling

    One pencil between two for Church Schools


    FEATURE / 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.

  8. The Great Vocations Conversation

    The Great Vocations Conversation: Revd Roxanne Hunte


    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.

  9. Earth Day logo

    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?


    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.

  10. 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


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