Stories and features

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.