Widespread use of online worship following the coronavirus lockdown has helped ‘set free’ previously overlooked gifts of Christians with disabilities, the Church of England’s weekly online service will hear.
A meeting of the House of Bishops took place today Wednesday 17 September 2020 via Zoom.
A consultation hosted by the Archbishop of York took place online from 14 to 16 September and was attended by over 150 delegates.
Following the announcement of new ‘rule of six’ restrictions to help limit the spread of coronavirus, the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s recovery group, said:
Bishop of Huddersfield, Jonathan Gibbs, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop said: “An independent investigation into allegations that the Dean, Martyn Percy, failed to fulfil his safeguarding responsibilities has concluded the Dean acted entirely appropriately in each case.
A meeting of the House of Bishops took place today Friday 4 September 2020 via Zoom
Teachers and school support staff will be hailed as ‘unsung heroes’ for their work to help children and families during the pandemic, in the Church of England’s weekly online service marking the start of the academic year.
New data reveals that more than 3,000 churches are using a tool created by the Church of England to understand their carbon footprint.
The Revd Canon Dr Chigor Chike has been appointed as the Church of England’s interim National Adviser Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns as work begins to establish a new body to combat racism.
Coronavirus has left low-income families struggling with a significant deterioration in living standards and high stress levels a new report from Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England finds.
The Church of England and Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) to await updated guidance on singing in places of worship after findings of a Government-backed study published.
As students across the UK receive their GCSE results today, The Church of England’s Lead Bishop for Education, Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler has called for a renewed focus on schools re-opening in September.
We have been made aware of a complaint to the Charity Commission and of course will cooperate fully with any future process, because we are absolutely committed to the importance of safeguarding throughout the life of the Church of England.
The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (the Standard), launched today, establishes the first global standard on tailings management
New ‘Net Zero Investment Framework’, issued today, supported by the Church of England Pensions Board.
The Church Commissioners for England announced today the appointment of Bess Joffe as Head of Responsible Investment for the Church Commissioners for England
A new system of targeted sanctions could be used against the perpetrators of “gross human rights abuses” on the Uighur people in China, a bishop has told the House of Lords.
The Bishop of Bristol, Bishop Viv Faull has been appointed a deputy lead bishop for safeguarding, with a focus on liaison with diocesan bishops on behalf of the National Safeguarding Steering Group (NSSG) and with the wider Anglican Communion, and to speak on safeguarding in the House of Lords.
The Church of England's statement on the Smyth case.
Churches and clergy across the country are being invited to take part in discussion about a new partnership aimed at improving the care and wellbeing of ministers, in a ‘Big Conversation’ launched today.
Christians in the UK will join in worship with their brothers and sisters across Europe and beyond this Sunday as the Church of England’s weekly online service goes international.
The lead bishop for safeguarding, Jonathan Gibbs, has previously written a letter stating that the National Safeguarding Team (NST) has no view about, and is not involved in, the wider issues relating to the College and the Dean at Christ Church, Oxford and this remains the case.
A meeting of the House of Bishops took place today on Wednesday 22 of July 2020 (by Zoom)
The Christian faith offers hope in the face of the tragedy and pain experienced worldwide in recent months, the Church of England’s online service will hear this weekend in a service led by people training for ministry.
A new app designed to help tackle labour exploitation and modern slavery in the farming, horticulture and food production sectors is being launched today by the Church of England’s modern slavery initiative.
An initiative bringing hope to thousands of people in a former Staffordshire coal-mining town will continue beyond lockdown as a model for supporting the community.
The Church Commissioners has announced it will support England’s cathedral choirs with up to £1 million available to ease the impact of COVID-19.
Around 560 ordinands completing theological training next year are on course to take up posts in the Church of England in spite of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on church finances, it was announced today.
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, has called the Church of England to “learn afresh how to share the gospel in the world” as church and society face “turbulent times” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Members of the Church of England's General Synod are to meet remotely for the first time, in response to the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A free phone line offering hymns, prayers, and reflections to tens of thousands of callers after church buildings closed because of the coronavirus is to continue despite moves to ease the lockdown restrictions.
Chaplains from a hospital and a hospice are to join the newly-confirmed Archbishop of York this weekend as he leads worship from York Minster for the Church of England’s weekly online service.
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell has been confirmed as the 98th Archbishop of York in a service broadcast entirely via video conference amid the Covid-19 restrictions.
This Friday, the day after he legally becomes the 98th Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell will answer young people’s questions about compassion during a virtual collective worship session.
The House of Bishops met via Zoom this afternoon, as it has done regularly throughout the current pandemic
Funding package worth £24 million announced by Church of England to help spread the Christian message in urban and deprived areas
UK faith leaders have called on the Government to ensure its economic recovery plan does not bypass care for the Environment
On Sunday 5 July, prisoners and their families will be able to worship together during the first-ever online prison church service broadcast by the Church of England.
The Church of England has published new advice to help parish churches and cathedrals prepare to reopen their buildings for public worship after more than three months of lockdown because of the coronavirus.
Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board has today been named ‘Personality of the Year’.
Churches planning to use their land and buildings to help people priced out of the housing market are to be given specialist support under a new scheme.
Statements from Bishop Stephen, Archbishop Justin and the National Safeguarding Team.
The events of the past weeks in response to the tragic death of George Floyd have brought into focus the question of monuments to individuals who have participated in systemic and targeted discrimination or exploitation based on race.
Revd Chris Lee, a vicar who has reached new audiences on Instagram, will lead this week’s online service for the Church of England – with a message that God welcomes us all, however ‘messy’ we may believe our lives to be.
Co-conveners of the Global Tailings Review show their support for the first Global Industry Standard on Tailings Dams.
In response to your article ‘CofE is ‘being used’ in campaign against Dean of Christ Church’ I would like to point out that the National Safeguarding Team has no view about, and is not involved in, the wider issues relating to the College and the Dean.
The House of Bishops has confirmed, following a meeting held by Zoom on Wednesday 24 June, that it will proceed with the publication of the Living in Love and Faith teaching and learning resources in early November this year.
A new commission is to be set up to drive forward ‘bold changes’ to ensure racial equality in the Church of England, following a series of reports and recommendations, it has been announced today.
The House of Bishops has welcomed and commended the decision of the Government to open places of worship for public worship from 4 July at a virtual meeting held on June 24th.
A statement from the Bishop of London following the Government announcement that church buildings will be able to reopen for public worship from 4th July
Church of England bishops have joined with counterparts from around the Anglican Communion in signing a statement warning of 'Environmental Racism.'
The Church of England’s online weekly service will hear a call for action to build a fairer world ahead of a minute’s silence to lament the racism experienced by the Windrush generation and other black and UK minority ethnic people.
The events of recent weeks have shone a spotlight on the history and legacy of the slave trade, prompting renewed reflection by many organisations in this country and across the world.
Women made up the majority of deacons ordained in the Church of England last year for the first time, according to new statistics published today.
With churches now beginning the process of reopening initially for individual private prayer and funerals, church weddings however are still not permitted at present - under the Government’s restrictions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
A series of reflections from the Church of England aimed at supporting good mental health during the coronavirus pandemic will provide themes for the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service over the next fortnight.
As the latest Government guidance set out steps for reopening of church buildings for individual private prayer, and also for organ practice which is now permitted, the Church of England together with the Royal School of Church Music has encouraged the Government to be proactive in ensuring music-making can resume in church buildings, once it is safe to do so.
Jesus is the ‘healing balm’ and our answer in the face of the hardest of blows inflicted by poverty, racism and other suffering, the Church of England’s online service will hear this week.
Victim Support has been awarded the contract to manage Safe Spaces, a joint Church of England/Church in Wales and Catholic Church in England and Wales (CCEW) project to provide a vital support service for survivors of church-related abuse.
Following a recent announcement that places of worship could reopen for individual private prayer from June 15, the Government has now revised the date in guidance just published to June 13.
The House of Bishops today discussed a range of issues around Coronavirus (COVID-19) and approved further advice on funerals, the celebration of Holy Communion and ordinations.
Timetable for informal virtual meeting of General Synod members published.
The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, chair of the Church of England’s Recovery Group, has released a statement on individual prayer in churches.
The House of Bishops COVID-19 recovery group has shared draft guidelines for when funerals, weddings, baptisms and individual private prayer can recommence in church buildings.
The Archbishop of York is to be joined by representatives of charities he founded in the weekly online service for the Church of England marking his last day as Archbishop of York.
Regarding a consistory court judgement in the Diocese of Coventry.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are delighted to announce that Morag Ellis QC has been appointed as Dean of the Arches and Auditor on the retirement of Charles George QC. Morag will take up her duties on the 8th June 2020.
A statement from Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu in response to events in the United States of America:
A choir of young singers has been heard by an audience of tens of thousands of people in spite of the lockdown thanks to a new livestreaming service run by the Church of England.
Pope Francis will take part in an online church service alongside the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and a number of other senior UK church leaders this Sunday.
The Church Commissioners for England, the endowment fund of the Church of England, published today its Annual Report for 2019.
Edward Mason, Head of Responsible Investment for the Church Commissioners for England comments on today’s annual shareholder meeting at ExxonMobil.
The Duke of Cambridge will urge people who are concerned about their mental health or that of others to reach out and start a conversation, in a contribution to this Sunday’s Church of England national online service, marking the end of Mental Health Awareness Week.
A meeting of the House of Bishops took place today on Thursday, the 21st of May 2020 (by Zoom).
Bishop Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell will be confirmed as the 98th Archbishop of York at 11am on Thursday 9 July 2020, in an online service.
With almost two months having passed since most pupils attended their school building, it is clear that the risks surrounding Coronavirus cannot and will not be quickly resolved. It is of paramount importance that children’s education and all that schools offer can continue as fully and as soon possible, while always balanced with the health risks that this may entail.
An actor, a GP and a palliative care nurse are among contributors to the Church of England national online service this weekend to be broadcast from Liverpool and Blackburn in Lancashire.
The House of Bishops met to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic over Zoom today.
This article from Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York Designate, was published in the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday 12 May 2020.
The Rt Revd Mark Tanner has been named by Downing Street as the 41st Bishop of Chester, succeeding the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster who retired in September 2019.
We look forward to the time when we are able to gather again in our church buildings. We are examining what steps we will need to take to do so safely.
A school chaplain has spoken of her delight after a song written to share hope during Coronavirus closures went viral, with more than a hundred schools now preparing to record their own versions.
The Bishop of London and the Chief Nursing Officer for England are to take part in a national online service this Sunday celebrating the work of nurses and healthcare workers and marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
The Church of England Pensions Board today has announced it will not support the Follow This Resolution at Shell’s forthcoming AGM.
The House of Bishops met via Zoom this afternoon and continued to review advice to clergy on the Church’s efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, to protect the vulnerable and health services.
The Church of England is looking at options including a possible change in the law to enable the General Synod to meet remotely, in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government is being urged to lift the two-child limit on benefits in the wake of a sharp rise in new claims for Universal Credit caused by the coronavirus pandemic, in a new report published today.
Key workers will speak of how their Christian faith has helped give them strength to serve others during the coronavirus pandemic.
Singers from one of the leading churches in the capital are to record hymns and songs each week for use by clergy and church leaders livestreaming services.
The Church of England has launched a new programme to make prayer a household habit once again.
An update to Living in Love and Faith, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 Downing Street has today announced the names of the new Bishops of Horsham and Lewes to serve as suffragan bishops in the Diocese of Chichester.
A free phone line offering hymns, prayers, and reflections 24 hours a day has received more than 6,000 calls in the first 48 hours.
The Learning Lessons Review, commissioned by the Church of England, into its handling of the allegations of abuse committed by the late John Smyth continues to be delivered according to the terms of reference.
There is now a process in place to consider and keep under review any guidance being offered and a network of groups is being created to plan for the future.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a message of hope to school pupils across the country in the first assembly at Oak National Academy, it was announced today.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes.
BBC Songs of Praise presenter and former Gogglebox star Kate Bottley is to lead the Church of England’s national online broadcast this week from her home with a church service interpreted into British Sign Language (BSL) for the deaf community.
The Church Commissioners for England and New York State Common Retirement Fund have today written an open letter to ExxonMobil shareholders.
A family from Wakefield, West Yorks, will lead the Church of England’s national virtual service from their living room this Sunday.
Comment from Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, in response to the announcement made by Shell today on plans to become a net zero emissions energy business by 2050.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will call for “a resurrection of our common life,” during his Easter Sunday sermon.
Christians are to be encouraged to make their own paper or card ‘palm’ crosses and display these in their windows in a national virtual church service for Palm Sunday to be broadcast by the Church of England.
Blog from new lead safeguarding bishop as he takes up the role.
People who cannot attend a funeral because of the coronavirus restrictions are being provided with prayers and suggestions on how to pay their own tribute at home to the person who has died.
This week’s Church of England national virtual service was recorded on an iPad in the drawing room of Bishopthorpe Palace.
A series of reflections on how to cope with anxiety and loneliness in the face of the coronavirus pandemic are published today by the Church of England.
All Church of England churches are to close with immediate effect in an effort to help save lives by limiting the transmission of the coronavirus COVID-19.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has given his backing to a call from the Pope for Christians across the world to join in saying the Lord’s Prayer.
The Archbishops and Bishops have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Church of England attracted its largest ‘congregation’ ever yesterday, in spite of the suspension of public worship in its churches to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Comment by Edward Mason, Head of Responsible Investment at the Church Commissioners for England
The diocese of London is still alive and active but must close buildings in London.
The Church of England is preparing to take the church into people’s homes – through TV screens, laptops, computers and mobile phones – ahead of the first Sunday without public worship.
Guidance on weddings and baptisms during the current period of restrictions on public gatherings to combat coronavirus has been updated by the Church of England.
All that time planning and dreaming about your wedding day or a christening, and now it can’t happen as you expected.
Archbishop of Canterbury to lead a national broadcast as the Church of England responds to the challenge of becoming a “different sort of church” in the face of the challenge of coronavirus.
The Church of England has today issued new advice to ensure funerals can continue safely amid the current restrictions in light of the current outbreak of Coronavirus Covid-19.
If someone you love dies in the next few days, of whatever cause, it will still be possible to have a small funeral held at a church or a crematorium led by a Church of England minister.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church”.
The Church of England has announced today a new set of resources outlining the support available for those in ordained ministry, and those training for ordination, who become parents.
The Church of England has launched a new Vision for Higher Education, calling for a humane education, inspired by the key values of wisdom, community, virtue and the common good.
The Revd Andrew Emerton has been announced by Downing Street as the next Bishop of Sherwood in the Diocese of Southwell and Notts.
The House of Bishops met on Tuesday 10th March at Lambeth Palace.
Clergy are being advised not to share the chalice and to encourage worshippers not to shake hands during the ‘Sign of the Peace’ in services, as part of updated guidance on coronavirus issued by the Church of England.
The Church Investors Group (CIG or the Group), representing 70 members and £21bn in assets, has this week written to the leaders of FTSE 350 companies to inform them that it will be enhancing its scrutiny of corporates ESG aspects this AGM season.
Loss and HOPE, launched at Lambeth Palace last week (Thursday, March 5th), is a coalition of organisations who feel passionately about churches of all denominations across the UK being equipped to support the bereaved.
‘Switch off the floodlights’, ‘turn down the heating’, and ‘plant a tree’ all calls to action as part of the Church of England’s first ever Green Lent campaign starting today.
The Church of England has embarked on a new partnership with Visa, SumUp and Caution Your Blast to enable 300 more churches across the UK to accept contactless donations.
Two competitions aimed at helping local churches to support people in housing need – from advocacy and advice for vulnerable tenants to ‘micro-housing’ schemes on church land – are launched today by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community.
Today marks the first anniversary of the 2019 General Synod motion to have a loving, worshipping, serving Christian community on every significant social housing estate in the country.
Changes to the legal aid system have left some of the most vulnerable groups in society without access to the justice system, the General Synod heard today.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has paid tribute to the Archbishop of York in General Synod earlier today at what would have been his final Synod.
The Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs division has published advice to parishes on practical steps to reduce the risk of infection from Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The General Synod of The Church of England has approved legislation following the Archbishop’s Commission on the relationship of the Channel Islands to the wider Church of England.
Sports and fitness activities are to be championed as part of plans by the Church of England to reach more people with the message of the Christian faith and promote the wellbeing of communities, it is announced today.
The General Synod today called on the Government to end the ‘cruel’ experience of so-called ‘pauper' funerals in a debate where members heard of the plight of those unable to afford funeral costs.
The Church of England’s General Synod has set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030.
General Synod voted unanimously today to endorse the Church’s response to the five recommendations from IICSA and urged its national safeguarding steering group to work towards a more fully survivor-centred approach to safeguarding, including arrangements for redress for survivors.
The General Synod voted today to apologise for racism experienced by black and minority ethnic people in the Church of England since the arrival of the Windrush generation.
New measures to strengthen governance and operational frameworks for England’s cathedrals have taken the next step towards formal implementation.
Measures to promote awareness of the dangers of stress and burnout amongst clergy are to be debated by the 42 Church of England dioceses following a landmark vote today by the General Synod.
The Church of England has launched a major new resource for Educational leaders as more than 800 adults and students attended its largest ever Education Conference.
The Bishop of Huddersfield, Jonathan Gibbs has been announced as the Church of England’s new lead safeguarding bishop, taking over from Bishop Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Bath and Wells who leaves the role at the end of February.
Thousands of people will take action to help tackle Climate Change as part of the Church of England’s first ever official green Lent campaign, launched today by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Statement following the College of Bishops meeting in London.
‘FTSE TPI Climate Transition Index’ launched at London Stock Exchange with £600 million allocation from the Church of England Pensions Board.
The Church Commissioners for England today reiterated support for the climate-related shareholder resolution, filed against the board of ExxonMobil, and calls on Exxon not to block the resolution going to a vote in 2020.
Work is underway in all 42 dioceses on the Church of England's Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) with a key focus on listening to survivors who want to come forward. The Church was criticised for not including their voices in the original PCR 2007/8 as shown in an independent scrutiny report, published in 2018.
Four major announcements and Calls for Action have been made in London on the eve of the 1st anniversary of the disaster.
The Church of England launches energy rating system similar to those used for household appliances for church buildings as General Synod considers a major new proposal to reach ‘net zero’ CO2 emissions.
Changes have been announced making it easier for parishes to apply for funding to support fabric repairs.
Following the recent change in the law to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples, the House of Bishops has agreed a pastoral statement
Today in Davos, the Church of England’s three National Investing Bodies (NIBS) representing over £12 billion in assets under management, have joined the United Nations-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance.
The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Panel has appointed two new members. The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Panel has appointed two new members.
Grants to provide opportunities to learn about cutting-edge science for people training for the priesthood in the Church of England are to be made available as part of a £3.4 million project aimed at transforming the relationship between science and faith.
The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has set out to change the law on inquests to help reveal the full extent of the link between gambling and suicide for the first time.
A statement from Bishop Peter Hancock, Church of England lead safeguarding bishop:
The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has welcomed an announcement from the Gambling Commission that consumers will no longer be able to use credit cards to gamble from April 2020.
The Church Commissioners for England have today welcomed the Crown appointment of Mr Andrew Selous MP as Second Estates Commissioner
The BBC has confirmed it is screening a documentary on the Peter Ball case.
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