Changing stories

'Changing stories' is a series showing the impact of faith across the Church of England in the lives of individuals and communities in their everyday lives, in a variety of places and contexts, in new churches and worshipping communities and in ones that have existed for centuries.

  1. Richard is shown in a walking jacket with mist on some country or mountain road clearly shown behind him

    ‘The words came alive’ – the play that changed Richard’s life forever

    02/07/2021

    Richard Sandland, is being ordained Deacon in Worcester Cathedral on 4 July and will serve in the parish of Bromsgrove, ten years after watching an extraordinary play – that would change his life.  

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    The church that grew out of a lockdown WhatsApp group

    29/06/2021

    A church that was formed from a WhatsApp group during lockdown now meets every fortnight.

     

  3. A man is shown smiling

    ‘Initially I ran in the opposite direction’ – a 30-year journey to ordination.

    25/06/2021

    Heath Monaghan first felt God calling him to be ordained when he was 13. More than three decades later, he expects to be tearful during the ordination service.

  4. Father Jack (a priest with a dog collar) is shown in his church with the altar below him

    Why hundreds of people are joining the ‘Spiritual Gym’

    15/06/2021

    Once a week, at 7.40am, children on their way to school, office workers and all kinds of local people attend the Spiritual Gym at Marylebone Church in London.

  5. A man in an orange jumpsuit looks out from the deck of a boat

    ‘When you experience the power of the sea and storms at night it makes you open to something beyond’ – former captain charts new course training for ministry

    28/05/2021

    Lee Higson recently left his 22-year career at sea to train as an Ordinand with the Diocese of Manchester. 

  6. The TikTok logo is shown on a smartphone

    ‘It was ridiculous!’ How vicar’s TikTok meant for seven teenagers reached 1.7 million

    10/05/2021

    What began as an amusing way to keep up with seven teenagers in her congregation is now serious outreach for Revd Anne Beverley.

  7. Shalom Youth Project

    ‘It made me believe in myself’ – seed of hope planted five decades ago bears fruit today

    06/05/2021

    A youth project that has provided support in one of the country’s most deprived areas during the pandemic has marked almost five decades of success. 

  8. Woman sitting in front of a laptop and smiling with floral wallpaper behind

    Being a Christian where you are

    06/05/2021

    Joy's calling is both to teaching and to ministry

  9. Man holding a brown and white dog and smiling

    More to life than work

    29/04/2021

    Chris has two callings: a vet during the week, he is also training for ministry