Inspiring stories of faith from Newcastle and Northumberland

Stories of faith from a farmhouse in Northumberland to inner city Newcastle: Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, shares inspiring stories from her diocese.
More information about the diocese is here: www.newcastle.anglican.org/
Read about how the Church of England is committed to equipping people tiving out their faith every day here: www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/…al-synod.aspx

Bishop of Newcastle shares her faith story

Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, tells her personal story that lead to her becoming a bishop.
More information about the Diocese of Newcastle is here: www.newcastle.anglican.org/
Read how the Church is encouraging 24/7 discipleship here: www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/…al-synod.aspx

Providing a network of support for mothers and babies

A pioneering project at St John the Evangelist Church in Angell Town, Brixton, makes use of the community links of a church congregation to promote nurturing, bonding and breastfeeding rates in a deprived area of south London. Rosemarie Cordwell and Angela Sherridan explain more.

Hospital chaplains valued more and more

At this time of year Hospitals come under greater pressure. Supporting the work of medical staff, chaplains and their teams are working round the clock. Some argue there’s no space for faith in public services. But according to Canon Peter Wells and Revd Mia Hilborn, patients and staff are turning to them more and more.

Enabling ministers to flourish

Living Ministry is a new ten year research project aimed at asking the key question, ‘what enables ministers to flourish in ministry?’. The project will explore clergy wellbeing and effectiveness and, in particular, how these relate to ministerial training and development. Liz Graveling, Research Officer at the Ministry Division explains more. www.ministrydevelopment.org.uk/living-mi…-research

Exploring a calling to ordination in the CofE

Renewal and Reform has an ambitious aim to increase substantially the number of people in training for the priesthood. The Rev Dr Sharon Prentis is at Tutor at St Mellitus College in London and associate priest at St John’s Seven Kings in Illford.

St Mellitus is a learning community dedicated to helping Christians study theology and explore their faith more deeply, with a focus on missional leadership and the flexibility to fit around busy lifestyles. We spoke to Rev Prentis, who spoke at a recent conference on growing vocations, about discipleship and calling.

Setting God’s People Free – Steven Croft

The Renewal and Reform report, Setting God’s People Free, comes to General Synod on 16 February. It calls for major culture shifts across the church in the way we equip people to live out their faith seven days a week. The Rt Revd Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, explains why the report and its recommendations are important levers for change.
More details of the report are here – www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/…d-papers.aspx

Getting people talking about science and faith

Scientists are to be invited to perform experiments and talk about their work at a series of special Evensong services in Derby Cathedral. The services are being funded with a grant from Scientists in Congregations, a project to foster better understanding between science and faith. Rev Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Canon Missioner at Derby Cathedral and Professor Hugh Rollinson, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Derby explain more.