In praise of holiday clubs

In praise of holiday clubs

By Chris Sugden   “I have never seen my child so enthusiastic about anything before – except Father Christmas” – overheard in the village library after our second Eynsham Churches Holiday Club. Such events had happened over 15 years ago, but started again in 2016 through contact with the neighbouring benefice of Hanborough whose holiday […]

A ministry in the cricket world

A ministry in the cricket world

Former Director Andrew Wingfield Digby (Wingers) is now back on board as a volunteer, spearheading the outreach of Christians in Sport to the world of professional cricket. Here he describes how that work has grown over the years.   Many people may find it hard to imagine what it was like in 1984 when I […]

Anglicanism before the Church of England

Anglicanism before the Church of England

The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol I, Reformation and Identity, c1520 -1662 Anthony Milton (ed) OUP, hb, £95.00   As far as possible, we are told, all the contributors to this work have avoided using the words ‘Anglican’ and ‘Anglicanism’ for the period before 1662 because the use of such terms would imply the Church […]

Help! We’re parents. . .

Help! We’re parents. . .

By Peter Brierley   From Adam and Eve to present day royalty, parenting has always had its problems!Most of the values by which teenagers and we ourselves subsequently live by are caught (rather than taught) from parents.A number of Christian agencies are clearly concerned about modern-day parenting judging by the amount of research into family […]

A romcom with a different angle

A romcom with a different angle

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   The Big Sick (dir. Michael Showalter, cert. 15) is hardly a title designed to entice, but it’s a fine and emotionally charged romcom, based on the writers’ own story. In Chicago, stand-up comic Kumail Nanjiani, son of Pakistani Muslim immigrants, falls for student Emily Gordon – that’s the […]

Music Choice: Quercus – Nightfall

Music Choice: Quercus – Nightfall

(ECM) Several years on, this jazz-folk trio has done it again, creating another serene and sombre set of songs from traditional tunes to contemporary classics. Circling around the eminent, smoky vocal of June Tabor – who has long outgrown her folky roots to become an icon of downbeat interpretation – are her long-time pianist/ musical […]

Lessons from Australia

Lessons from Australia

The New Scapegoats Muriel Porter Morning Star Publishing, pb, £9.99   Churches in Australia are facing a major crisis over sex abuse. A Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has laid bare many failings. In the Anglican Church of Australia one Archbishop has been forced into early retirement while another former Archbishop […]

Research sparks a new wave of youth evangelism

Research sparks a new wave of youth evangelism

A church that thought youth work was a waste of time has changed its mind, thanks to new research. The research into young people’s perceptions of Jesus was commissioned by the HOPE Revolution Partnership and carried out in December 2016 by ComRes and published by some of the partners. It showed that more young people […]

Putting faith in the picture

Putting faith in the picture

How photography could reintroduce a whole new generation to spirituality   By Colin Blakely   Philip Richter has had a brilliant idea. One that could be as significant as the Alpha course. And it is open to anyone who has a modern mobile phone. His idea is to encourage people – anyone who has ever […]

No quick fix. . .

No quick fix. . .

…but church must support mission on estates and new housing developments   Six weeks have now passed since the Grenfell Tower disaster and questions continue to be asked about the safety of similar housing developments and the safety of the residents living in them. The spotlight is back on housing. Latest figures show huge reductions […]