Christianity is bound to engage with secular culture

Christians begin to ponder the passion and resurrection of Jesus as Ash Wednesday approaches on 6 March. Jesus himself is the very reason for the existence of the Church in all its denominations. The Church from its earliest years has needed to be recalled to this core spiritual fact, that Jesus Christ alone gives the […]

Understanding midweek attendance figures

Understanding midweek attendance figures

  The  Church of England publishes both its Usual Sunday Attendance (USA) across its 15,600 churches and also the Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) which is higher (5 per cent in 2017).  It also publishes the weekday attendance across a church’s various activities, and, since 2013, separately the number who attend weekly school services in church.  […]

Gafcon warning of ‘obstacles’

Gafcon warning of ‘obstacles’

A LETTER issued by Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman of the Gafcon Primates Council, titled ‘Warning from the Chairman’, claims that ‘obstacles’ have arisen ‘within the Church itself’. He cites the recently appointed Interim Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, the Very Rev Dr John Shepherd. Archbishop Okoh […]

A diminished Lambeth Conference

A diminished Lambeth Conference

  It is absolutely no surprise that the Anglican provinces of Nigeria and Uganda have already stated that they do not intend to go to the Lambeth Conference in 2020. This is entirely consistent with the view of many global south Anglican leaders that the fabric of communion has already been broken by the actions […]

Education Secretary praises Church for its schools work

SECRETARY of State for Education, Damien Hinds MP, told the Church of England’s National Education Conference that RE ‘promotes the development of pupils’. He said that schools have ‘a duty to promote the moral, social and cultural development of their pupils’, which he said is done in the school day through ‘things like RE lessons’. […]

Manchester appoints church growth adviser

THE DIOCESE of Manchester has created a new post, Head of Church Growth, to boost attendance. A spokesman said that it will be important for ‘translating the diocesan vision for growth into practical action, with particular responsibility for enabling church planting, fresh expressions of church and pioneer ministry’. Taking up the new post will be […]

CCJ launch interfaith approach to refugee crisis

CCJ launch interfaith approach to refugee crisis

CHRISTIAN and Jewish leaders from seven denominations convened in Westminster last week for a workshop to form interfaith responses to the refugee crisis. Over two days, they planned how they could work together to support refugees. The workshop was organised by the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), and was the first ever interfaith workshop […]

Pro-lifers angry as Council bans any interaction at abortion clinic

PRO-LIFE campaigners expressed their dismay this week after Richmond Council passed a broadly worded Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) criminalising any form of interaction with staff or visitors to a BPAS abortion clinic on Rosslyn Road. Campaigners say that the move creates a ‘censorship zone’ that will prevent them talking to expectant mothers to offer […]

Review: The Rocky Horror Show ★★★★

Review: The Rocky Horror Show ★★★★

By Peter May This well loved sci-fi parody opened way back in 1973 and been performed countless times around the world. Audiences today are more immune to the racy natures of the show as gender fluidity and cross-dressing are more commonplace than quirky. Audience participation, whether in theatres and cinemas, has of course played a […]