We explore the range of opportunities for short-term service

We explore the range of opportunities for short-term service

When considering a short-term service opportunity, have you ever thought about looking closer to home? A recent survey from Church insurer Ecclesiastical, found that the Church’s ‘vital’ role in tackling some of society’s biggest problems is ‘largely invisible’. According to their findings, 74 per cent of people in the UK were unable to name any […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Looking towards a Church fully reconciled (SPCK) is an important work that brings together for the first time the five Agreed Statements of ARCIC II, offers critical analyses of the responses made and provides resources to promote the reception of ARCIC II’s work by both the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church. With ARCIC […]

The relief of being home at last

The relief of being home at last

By Mark Stibbe   All my life I have been looking for home. I remember when I was the Vicar of St Andrew’s, Chorleywood, I used to cross the church carpark and look at the Vicarage. It never felt like home. Then, when I moved into the first house I ever owned, I remember feeling […]

Pentecostal growth slowing down

Pentecostal growth slowing down

By Peter Brierley   One of the key features in the church scene over the last 40 years, when the story seems inevitably about yet more decline, is the acknowledged exception of the growing Pentecostal numbers. The Pentecostals grew quite rapidly from their humble beginnings in 1906 to just under 40,000 church members by 1950, […]

From child soldier to a life in mission

From child soldier to a life in mission

Anglican Life CMS   John Malow Bedit was kidnapped at age 11, given his first AK-47 a week later and forced to serve as a child soldier in a brutal and bloody conflict. Three years ago he graduated from the University of Juba. Now, as a CMS-Africa local partner, he is working with the Fellowship […]

The return of a classic

The return of a classic

Streams of Living Water Richard Foster Hodder & Stoughton, pb, £13.99   We do love a label. Christians are as bad as anyone at labelling people -she’s a charismatic, he’s an evangelical. Richard Foster,in Streams of Living Water, acknowledge sour natural tendency to pigeon-hole and that we all have a default position when it comes to […]

Reaching out to girl refugees in Athens

Reaching out to girl refugees in Athens

Anglican Life USPG   A home for unaccompanied female refugees is meeting a vital need, writes the Rev Deacon Chris Saccali, who is the Anglican Church in Greece Refugee Response Facilitator.     A girl from Kuwait, not yet a teenager, had become separated from her parents as they travelled through Greece and found herself […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Three new books from Bible Reading Fellowship offer plenty of material for reflection. In Musings of a clergy child Nell Goddard describes what it was like to grow up in a family where Mum and Dad where both ordained and how she came to a faith of her own. After studying Theology at Durham University, […]

The lasting legacy

The lasting legacy

We explore the benefits to charities of gifts left as legacies   Legacy giving hasbeen prominently thrust into the spotlight with the recent coverage of Princess Diana’s charity work. Support of unfashionable causes was a mark of her charitable support. Diana’s supported charities included the National Aids Trust, the Leprosy Mission and homeless charity Centrepoint. […]