Grantchester mystery revealed

Grantchester mystery revealed

By Colin Blakely The Rev Sidney Chambers has proved to be one of the best-loved priests in the country. So much so that the books and TV series based on his priestly detective skills have captivated the whole nation. Of course his faith is central to his life, but in the latest literary addition, Sidney’s […]

Why we should work in prisons

Why we should work in prisons

Why have all the pleasures of slowness disappeared? Where have they gone, the amblers of yesteryear, dreamers, idlers and wonderers? I am currently on a train in India looking up at God’s windows. I am spending time away before starting my next job as Chaplain at Rochester Prison. When I return my first concern will […]

We should focus on our priorities

We should focus on our priorities

The late great CH Sisson, CH, churchwarden and poet, said: “Nowadays the Church of England assiduously follows secular fashions only, like some Prince Consort, one dutiful step behind.” On the other hand, former Archbishop Rowan Williams remarked: “The church has a lot of catching up to do with secular morality.” These two comments encouraged me […]

Millennials’ moment

Millennials’ moment

The five-year period, 2015 to 2020, in which we currently are in, is an interesting one in relation to Millennial demography. The graph shows the UK population by three age groups – those called the Millennial (born, for the purposes of this graph, 1981 to 1996), Gen X (born 1966 to 1980) and the Boomers […]

Evensong for Guy

Evensong for Guy

By Colin Blakely   CHORAL EVENSONG is the unsung hero of the modern church. So much so that a new research project at Oxford University is being established to understand why it is that so many Britons enjoy the service. The most recent statistics on Church of England Cathedrals from 2017 show midweek service attendance […]

Empowering the vulnerable

Empowering the vulnerable

By Colin Blakely FAR FROM the pyramids and swanky hotels of Cairo, the Bishop of Gloucester had a message of hope and inspiration for the women and young girls of Egypt. The Rt Rev Rachel Treweek had gone there with Embrace the Middle East to visit projects supported by the charity, but she found that […]

A Gospel for the Estates

A Gospel for the Estates

SYNOD PREVIEW Later today (Friday), General Synod will debate the Church’s mission, but the Bishop of Maidstone warns that something is missing A Gospel for the Estates What a refreshing read the General Synod paper by the Estates Evangelism Task Group is! It has many virtues: ▶ ︎ It is not long! That makes it […]

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.  […]

Lessons for Lent

Lessons for Lent

By Rachel Mann When my publisher asked me to consider writing a Lent book based on The Greatest Showman, a musical film about Phineas T Barnum’s Circus, my instinct was to give a flat ‘No!’ As someone who keeps an eye on reviews of new film releases, I was aware that none of the film’s […]

How science can boost your spiritual life

How science can boost your spiritual life

By Colin Blakely Can science help us in our spiritual disciplines? Rupert Sheldrake certainly believes so, and in his new book he draws together years of research as a biologist to examine the science behind the spiritual reality. The London-based author studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College. […]

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