Contact & About

The Church of England Newspaper is the original church newspaper and one of the oldest newspapers in the world, dating back to 1828

It was founded as The Record in 1828 and published under that title until 31 December 1948.

The Church Family Newspaper was founded in 1894 as “The organ of central churchmanship”, starting publication on 9 February. In 1923 it ran briefly under the title The Church of England Family Newspaper from 20 July until 14 September, and then as The Church of England Newspaper from 21 September until 31 December 1948 when it merged with The Record to become The Church of England Newspaper and The Record from 7 January 1949.

CEN has a long history dating back to the founding of The Record in 1828. Certainly from the 1920’s it had become a bastion of conservative evangelicalism; it reported strongly (up to four pages) on the Islington Clerical Conference (the main annual rallying point until the advent of NEAC and Eclectics in the sixties) and the ‘May meetings’ of the missionary societies, and, perhaps its finest hour (for sales at any rate) in the fight against Prayer Book revision.

In 1933 on the death of its chairman Sir Robert Dibdin, it was sold to the publishers Marshall, Morgan and Scott.  In 1946 Clifford Rhodes became editor, and subsequently persuaded the publishers to buy another title, The Church Family Newspaper, which had been founded in February 1894 and the two were amalgamated in 1949 under the title Church of England Newspaper.

Following the arrival of the Billy Graham crusades in the UK in 1955,  Anglican evangelicalism revived, with growth, new optimism and initiatives.  John Cordle, MP for Bournemouth (who had been instrumental in bringing Billy Graham to the UK) purchased the title from Marshall’s with the backing of Midlands industrialist Sir Alfred Owen with the aim of serving this newly vibrant CofE Evangelicalism. CEN had a circulation of 8,000 copies when they set it up independently in 1960 with John King as editor. Under King’s influence, and on the crest of this growth wave, the circulation increased to 19,000 by 1965.

The Church of England Newspaper, which is the longest established journal reporting on Church of England affairs and recently had a complete re-design to keep it right up-to-date, is a weekly bringing coverage of church news and developments, issues affecting Christian life in this country and abroad, features which focus on the mission of the Church, and reviews of latest books, resources and the arts, as well as lively correspondence columns offering debate, and a special pull-out section for church ministers and leaders.

It is arguably the most quoted church newspaper in Fleet Street and in recent years has established itself as the prime source for news in the Anglican world; it is the only British church newspaper listed on the search engines of both Google and Yahoo.

Based in London the newspaper publishes every Friday and carries news of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion worldwide.

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  3. Rev'd Jane Winter   05/03/2016 at 19:50

    Letter to the editor:
    5th March 2016

    Dear Sirs,
    Debates at General Synod and the recent national conference at York have illustrated that Ministry and Mission on our poorest housing estates have much to teach the wider church. If we take Jesus’ teaching about the poor seriously, this should not surprise us. Bishop Philip North challenged the General Synod to reappraise its priorities accordingly and warns that to abandon the poor is to abandon God. The National Estate Churches Network (NECN) has been aware of this for a long time as it has brought together hundreds of laity and ministers from those hard pressed and somewhat isolated poor housing estate. Their own stories and insights into mission are described in our recently published book: Blessed are the Poor? (SCM) by Bishop Laurie Green, our chair and development worker. We have found that the poor see new truths in the bible from their challenging perspective – a perspective which Jesus himself adopted as he lived his life among the poor. The challenge then is for the church not simply to minister to or even with the poor, but to learn from what those living and working on our poorest housing estates can teach us. These are the people who know how God’s ‘bias to the poor’ should cash out in terms of the church’s resources and mission. Their insights come from faithfulness in the face of hard realities, and make good Gospel sense.

    Rev’d Jane Winter
    Secretary NECN.

  4. Denise Imrie   21/09/2016 at 11:53

    Beautifully written
    I love the comment to abandon the poor is to abandon God.
    I noticed here in Australia we have similar issues.


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