Birmingham Christian leaders in call for peaceful protest against racial injustice

Birmingham-based Bishop Mike Royal (Apostolic Pastoral Congress) and Pastor Dave Ellis (Heart of England Baptist Association) are among a group of senior leaders calling on Christian ministers and believers from around the UK to support a peaceful protest against racial injustice in UK society. At a time when the issue of racial inequality is being highlighted, … Read more

Re-opening of places of worship

On Monday 29 June, the Government published its guidelines about the re-opening and safe use of places of worship in England from this Saturday, 4 July. Under the new guidelines, those responsible in each place of worship will carry responsibility to carry out a risk assessment concerning activities and attendance. The detailed guidelines cover maximum … Read more

Together, Sunday 5th July, 5.00pm

At 5.00pm on Sunday, everyone is being asked to join with others in their streets and neighbourhoods to clap NHS staff. Sunday 5th July is the 72nd birthday of the NHS, which provides an opportunity to thank those who have done an amazing job during the biggest health challenge they have ever faced. Key workers … Read more

Funding to protect places of worship from hate crime

The latest round of the Government’s Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open. The scheme provides funding for protective security measures to places of worship and associated faith-based community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime. The 2020 scheme has been designed in accordance with government advice on COVID-19. The application process has been changed … Read more

BBC Young Chorister of the Year sought

Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2 have joined forces to find the BBC Young Chorister Of The Year. Former choristers Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins will coach the five boys and five girls aged 10-16 who are selected to go through to the radio and television competition, where they will sing in front of … Read more

Midlands Bishops to join cross-government working group

On Monday 22 June – ‘Windrush Day’ – Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the formation of a new cross-government working group to address the challenges faced by the Windrush generation and their descendants. The working group brings together stakeholders and community leaders with senior representatives from government departments. The group’s aim is to support the … Read more

Sharing Christ cross-culturally

Friends International, a registered charity working to grow friendship and faith with international students in the UK and Ireland, is to hold six free, online workshops about ‘sharing Christ cross-culturally.’ Each of the six 90-minute sessions includes teaching, discussion groups and Q&A. The first training session will take place on the morning of Saturday 4 … Read more

Church buildings re-open for private prayer

The Government’s announcement that from Monday 15 June 2020 church buildings in England will be allowed to re-open for private prayer has been welcomed by senior Church Leaders. Roman Catholic bishops in particular had been pressing for the re-opening of church doors, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols described the move as ‘a big step forward for … Read more