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Diocesan News

Bishop’s Roadshows 2017

Following on from the very popular series of Roadshows in 2014, Bishop Donald would like to invite you to the 2017 Roadshows. Bishop Donald said: “I believe that God cares passionately about his church and that he wants it to be alive and joyful; to grow and flourish. The purpose of the Roadshows is to…

Iceland Popstar at St Lawrence, Long Buckby

The church of St Lawrence, Long Buckby has a beautiful building, beautiful rooms, useful for many things. The vicar of St Lawrence, Revd Graham Collingridge, felt it needed to be used more. The PCC had been looking for ways to engage with the village, so the idea of using the building for events seemed logical.…

Church of England launches new educational foundation

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership will provide leadership development training for those holding key roles in education, and is a major intervention by the Church in the education sector. In advance of the launch, it has announced the names of the four trustees of the new charity: · Professor Joy Carter DL…

Not to be served, but to serve

From the Bishop of Peterborough The first day of March: St David’s Day, when the Welsh celebrate their great patron saint. A teaching, preaching, doctrinally orthodox, church-planting bishop. Three cheers! (And he was Welsh.) This year the first day of March is also Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. As I have written before,…

Love of learning more important than international ranking

Amid the worry of the low UK rankings in science and mathematics, Bishop Donald brings a voice of concern for educational pressure on the young in the House of Lords on 13 December. In the discussion of the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings, Lord Nash, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for…

Peterborough giving generously

Peterborough Diocese is bucking the current trend for other Dioceses across the country. While many are losing numbers of clergy, with Bishop Donald’s plan we are growing in clergy numbers. Also, where the national average numbers for givers are down, in Peterborough Diocese those numbers are up. Nationally, the number of individuals who give to…

Database and Website Training

Free Church Database Management Training and Free Church Website Development Training In collaboration with Church Edit, Peterborough Diocese is running an iKnow Day which will give parishes a chance to see how an iKnow system can help them with databases/ rotas/ donations etc. This will be at Bouverie Court on 15 February. iKnow Church Admin…

Bishop’s Bible Day

Come to the Bishop’s Bible Day This year the theme is The Old Testament for the church and the world today. The day for anyone who uses the Bible; in their ministry, in church, in school, at work, in the community and at home. There are two talks from Bishop Donald, and a choice of…

Discipleship Menu 2017

The Discipleship menu for 2017 starts in January with monthly modules in four centres across the diocese. Guest session leaders, including Bishop Donald. Open to all and all free after an initial £10 registration fee. Do bring along members of your church. Click here for full details for the whole year For more information, please contact: Liz.holdsworth@peterborough-diocese.org.uk or 01604 887070.

New Warden for Launde Abbey

Launde Abbey, the Retreat House of the Dioceses of Peterborough and Leicester, has a new warden, the Venerable David Newman, currently Archdeacon of Loughborough. The Rev’d Canon Helen Newman will also be joining the staff of Launde in a new role of Chaplain. David and Helen have both worked in the Diocese of Leicester for…

Shocks and Surprises in 2017?

The Bishop of Peterborough writes 2016 was a year of surprises. You might feel that we could all do with a bit more stability in this New Year. However, I doubt that we can bank on it. I’m pretty sure you can expect a surprise or two. But I’m not going to make any predictions.…

Hopes and Fears

The Bishop of Brixworth writes “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie ….. The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” By the time you read my words, the result will be known. It would be fair to say that “hopes and fears” could well describe…

Live in the Present

From the Bishop of Peterborough November: all the harvest festivals are over, Halloween too, and the October half-term break; the clocks have gone back, and we are into deep autumn. Cold, windy, raining, darkness encroaching on the day from both ends. The golden browns turning into leaf mulch on the grass and the pavements. November:…

Greenbelt 2016

The Bishop of Brixworth will be attending, and has invited local churches to join him at the Communion Service on Sunday 28 August (10:30am), when Archbishop Justin Welby will be answering questions put to him by young people. For more information and to book tickets visit the Greenbelt website: www.greenbelt.org.uk/local-church-offers/. Tickets for the service are…

Greenbelt 2016

Families and individuals will be attending the Sunday morning service at the Greenbelt festival on Sunday 28th of August, where Archbishop Justin will be answering questions put to him by young people. For more information and to book tickets visit the Greenbelt website: www.greenbelt.org.uk/local-church-offers/ Tickets for the service are free for us who live in…