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Licensings of Ordinands as Lay-Workers – Petertide 2020 pending ordination in the Autumn. More photos to follow Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June saw the licensing of 14 Ordinands as… Read more »

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Luton Churches Midsummer food collection

                Over the midsummer weekend some twenty churches around Luton worked together to collect food for Luton Foodbank (LFB). In all they collected… Read more »

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The Revd Paula Vennells

The Revd Paula Vennells – a statement from the Bishop of St Albans  I am aware of the recent court action, with regard to Post Office Limited and the Horizon software… Read more »

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Black Lives Matter

Parish responses The Diocese of St Albans has a race equality policy, actively seeks black and ethnic minority ordinands and has a programme of unconscious bias training. For more see here…. Read more »

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Luton Vicar leads Archbishop’s celebration

In a service led by his daughter, Luton Vicar, Grace, The Archbishop of York will take part in a time of music, prayer and reflection across BBC Local Radio on… Read more »

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Cooking brings people together during lockdown to support local youth mental health charity 

St Albans church youth group creates a delicious online cookbook during lockdown to share wonderful recipes with each other and the wider community. What began as sharing each other’s latest culinary… Read more »

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New Vicar of Streatley: first licensing by Zoom conference

The Revd Nigel Richards became the first priest in the diocese to be licensed via videoconference on 22nd April, when Bishop Alan licensed him as Vicar of Streatley and Chaplain… Read more »

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Mothering Sunday Posies at St Michaels Church

Send us your good news stories

It has been lovely to hear of some good news stories from parishes of small things that have brought joy and hope amidst the crisis.  Please do send us your… Read more »

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Coronavirus: Holywell Lodge

In line with Government advice, the Diocesan Office at Holywell Lodge is closed to visitors and all staff have been working from home since Wednesday 18th March.   Members of… Read more »

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Ways of seeing the cross

Ways of seeing the cross

This article first appeared in issue 2 of Alban Life – a quarterly printed magazine which is distributed to all parishes in the diocese. Click here to read more articles… Read more »

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Potters Bar New Organ Console

St Mary’s Church Potters Bar pulls out all the stops with new pipe organ

Attendees at services and concerts at St Mary’s Church in The Walk, Potters Bar, are enjoying the majestic sounds of a new pipe organ which became operational just before Christmas… Read more »

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Coronavirus: what we haven’t heard from Government

The Bishop’s Coronavirus Golden Rules Not official advice: read and heed that here – but this is food-for-thought about our attitudes. Golden Rule One. Each one of us can think about… Read more »

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Corona virus – public health precautions for churches

UPDATED: – The latest national advice can be found at: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

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Revd Javaid Iqbal appointed Archdeacon of Doncaster

The Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield, has appointed the Revd Canon Javaid Iqbal as the new Archdeacon of Doncaster in the Diocese of Sheffield.  Canon Iqbal is… Read more »

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Growing Younger Film Trailer

A Big Conversation is coming to your parish

The first parishes will soon be having their Big Conversation about becoming a church of all generations. This will be a conversation about how your parish can explore ways appropriate… Read more »

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Debut for Berkhamsted’s Young Bell Ringers

On Christmas Eve the Berkhamsted Youth Bell Ringing Team made their debut when a group of ten young people came together at St Peter’s to ring the church bells for… Read more »

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Albans Lives: Pauline Rhodes

This article first appeared in issue 1 of Alban Life  (December 2018) – a quarterly printed magazine which is distributed to all parishes in the diocese.  Click here to read… Read more »

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A prayer and resources for Holocaust Memorial Day

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Bishop’s response to BBC documentary on Peter Ball

Following the broadcast of the BBC documentary about Peter Ball this week, I share the shame expressed by many bishops that the actions of Peter Ball could have gone undetected,… Read more »

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Archdeacon of St Albans at the Service of Valediction

Valediction of the Archdeacon of St Albans

Evensong at St Albans Cathedral on Saturday, 11th January was also the service of valediction for the 62nd Archdeacon of St Albans. As he himself pointed out, this was not… Read more »

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Hatfield’s Night Shelter

Hatfield’s Night Shelter: comfort + food brings joy

This article first appeared in issue 2 of Alban Life (March 2019) – a quarterly printed magazine which is distributed to all parishes in the diocese. Click here to read… Read more »

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Live Lent Campaign Logo

#LiveLent 2020: Care for God’s Creation

The #LiveLent campaign for 2020, starting on Ash Wednesday, has been inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent Book, Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (see below). It aims… Read more »

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Bishop Alan’s New Year Message

The Bishops of St Albans New Year message for 2020: “I guess all of us have hopes and fears for the coming year. Like many others I’ll be making some… Read more »

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New Year Honours 2020

Among the New Year Honours awarded this new year in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire are: Andrew Brown, OBE. Secretary and lately Chief Surveyor, Church Commissioners for England. For services to the… Read more »

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Rebuilding Politics – one relationship at a time

This article first appeared in issue 5 of Alban Life – a quarterly printed magazine which is distributed to all parishes in the diocese. Click here to read more articles… Read more »

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Next Archdeacon of St Albans Announced

Hitchin Vicar, Rev’d Canon Dr Jane Mainwaring, will leave St Mark’s Church, Hitchin, after 16 years to become the Archdeacon of St Albans, one of three archdeacons in St Albans… Read more »

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Welcome Wisdom

Welcome Wisdom

This article first appeared in issue 1 of Alban Life  (December 2018) – a quarterly printed magazine which is distributed to all parishes in the diocese.  Click here to read… Read more »

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Election 2019

Bishops and Archbishops call to prayer The Bishops of the diocese have called us to prayer and action ahead of the General Election on 12th December 2019. Read Bishops Alan,… Read more »

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Bishop Michael visits the Congo with Archbishop

Combining his role as an epidemiologist with experience in Africa with the role of a Christian leader, Bishop Michael accompanied the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent visit to the Democratic Republic… Read more »

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Responding to Climate Emergency

How can you make a difference to the environment? The Church of England’s lead Bishop for the Environment, Nicholas Holtam, writes: “There is a climate emergency and we are all… Read more »

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St Albans’ Medieval heritage brought to life using 21st century technology

This autumn, visitors to St Albans Cathedral have the chance to be amongst the first to see the Nave of the Cathedral as never before as breath-taking light projections lift… Read more »

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Defenders of the faith: keeping watch at Ayot St Lawrence

Ann Wight from Ayot St Lawrence writes about her experience sleeping overnight in the Palladian Church to deter lead thieves, along with members of her book club. When lead was… Read more »

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Prepare for Inter Faith Week 2019

Did you know that among the aims of Inter Faith Week is increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs? This year Inter Faith Week will take place from… Read more »

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#FollowTheStar

Follow the Star 2019: big discounts on bulk orders during October

By popular demand, Follow the Star returns for 2019 with 12 brand-new reflections for the Christmas period.  Follow the Star invites you to experience the wonder and excitement of the… Read more »

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St Peters Choir Tour to Barcelona

From Berkhamsted to Barcelona: St Peter’s Choir Tour 2019

Robin McMorran, a member of the choir at St Peter’s Church Great Berkhamsted writes about their recent tour to Barcelona For a short time in early summer this year the choir… Read more »

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Fundraising

A gift of fundraising help for parishes

Ecclesiastical Insurance is providing free practical fundraising support and guidance for churches in the Diocese of St Albans. They are trialling two options: fundraising seminars and a funding insights website…. Read more »

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Is localism the church’s answer to life after Brexit?

This article first appeared in issue 2 of Alban Life (March 2019) – a quarterly printed magazine which is distributed to all parishes in the diocese. Click here to read… Read more »

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Walk on the moon at St Albans Cathedral: where will your ‘one small step’ take you?

“Cathedrals specialise in awe and transcendence,” says the Dean of St Albans, Dr Jeffrey John, and the Space Voyage installation coming to the cathedral this autumn could take that to… Read more »

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A Slow and Green Christmas won’t cost the Earth

This article first appeared in issue 1 of Alban Life  (December 2018) – a quarterly printed magazine which is distributed to all parishes in the diocese.  Click here to read… Read more »

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St Paul’s Church, Bedford is awarded ‘Major Parish Church’ status

St Paul’s church in the centre of Bedford is celebrating its award as a Major Parish Church and being granted membership of the Major Churches Network, in recognition of its… Read more »

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The Archdeacon of Bedford’s Walking Pilgrimage of Bedfordshire

Click here to hear Archdeacon Dave talking to Mike Naylor on BBC Three Counties about what an Archdeacon does and what he has learnt from his recent walking pilgrimage of Bedfordshire…. Read more »

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St Mary's Church, Reed

£20,000 National Churches Trust grants for two churches 

St Mary’s Church, Reed in Hertfordshire and St Edmund or St James, Blunham are each being granted £10,000 from the National Churches Trust, two among 48 churches sharing a total… Read more »

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Six new Readers for the Diocese of St Albans

  The following Readers were Admitted and Licensed by the Bishop of Bedford on 7th July 2019 at St Albans Cathedral: Ruth Gray to All Saints’, Clifton and Southill Lindsay… Read more »

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Archdeacon of St Albans to retire in 2020

Archdeacon of St Albans to retire in early 2020 10/09/19 After almost 12 years in post, the Archdeacon of St Albans has announced that he will retire in early 2020…. Read more »

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Canon David Cheetham MBE, RIP

St Albans Diocese has learned with great sadness of the sudden and unexpected death, on 5th September 2019, of Canon (Emeritus) David Cheetham MBE, Diocesan Registrar and Bishop’s Legal Adviser… Read more »

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Starting Rite course for babies at Christ Church Bedford

Becky Guynn, Children’s Minister, Christ Church Bedford writes about the launch of ‘Starting Rite’, a course for babies and their carers “We ran the Starting Rite course as part of… Read more »

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Diocese of St Albans Ordinations 2019

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June, 17 priests and 14 deacons were ordained at St Albans Cathedral.  They will serve in parishes across the diocese. Photo galleries from the… Read more »

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Free Social Media Surgery Sessions for Parishes

As a follow-up to the Social Media training courses earlier this year, we are offering parishes a free one-hour ‘surgery’ session with a member of our Communications team.  The session… Read more »

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Digital Charter

New Digital Charter making the web a more positive place

The Church of England has launched a new ‘Digital Charter’ – a voluntary pledge for individual Christians as well as churches to sign to help make social media and the… Read more »

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The do’s and don’ts of sharing photos from summer holiday clubs

Photos from your church’s holiday club are likely to be some of the most youthful, colourful, and energetic that you will take all year and as such are great publicity… Read more »

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Hitchhiking vicar raises £5,900 for mental health charity

The Vicar of Redbourn, Revd Will Gibbs has successfully hitchhiked across the country to 26 destinations, each beginning with a consecutive letter of the alphabet, in a fundraising challenge for… Read more »

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Furneux Pelham Lead Theft

Lead roof at Furneux Pelham targeted twice by thieves

St Mary’s Church, Furneux Pelham, Hertfordshire is facing a six-figure repair bill after thieves targeted the lead roof twice in two days.  The thieves fled after being disturbed by a… Read more »

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Diocesan Synod hears about tackling Modern Slavery

***Modern Day Slavery Helpline – 08000 121700*** Note the number now June 2019’s Diocesan Synod heard a presentation about the Clewer Initiative, tackling modern day slavery, given by the Revd… Read more »

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Living Churchyards

Exposing the natural life in a churchyard: Conference

A conference funded by National Lottery players, on managing churchyards for the benefit of wildlife and communities will take place next month in Potton, Bedfordshire where the council-managed churchyard underwent… Read more »

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#NewRevs

Meet the Deacons

On Sunday 30th June, 14 new deacons will be ordained at St Albans Cathedral.   Below they tell us a little about their background, call to ministry and the move to… Read more »

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Alban Way Pilgrimage

St Albans Pilgrim Way launched by pilgrims at St Paul’s Cathedral

On Wednesday 19 June at midday, a giant 12-foot puppet of Britain’s first saint, St Alban, was joined by visitors and pilgrims outside St Paul’s Cathedral to launch a new… Read more »

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Beating Knives Peace Vigil

Luton Peace Vigil #BeatingKnives

Luton activists and faith communities gather to beat knife violence Visitors to Luton’s Mall on 18th June were among the first to encounter the ‘#BeatingKnives Peace Vigil’ passing through the… Read more »

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Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Celebration

Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Celebration at St Albans Cathedral

In the atmosphere of expectation appropriate to Pentecost around 1000 people from around Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Luton and north London, came together to celebrate Thy Kingdom Come’s ten-day wave of… Read more »

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25 Years of Womens Ministry

Service marks 25th anniversary of women’s ordination as priests

This year is the 25th anniversary of women being ordained into the priesthood in the Church of England.  Although many want to celebrate, and indeed did, there was also a… Read more »

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Find ‘2018 in Focus’ in Alban Life

St Albans Diocese’s annual report for 2018 is contained in the pages of Alban Life’s Pentecost edition. The stories there provide a glimpse of the many and varied activities in… Read more »

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Aldenham School honours D-Day heroes

Two old boys from Aldenham School who were in Normandy 75 years ago today were remembered with gratitude at the school this morning, with school chaplain Revd Philip Green:  … Read more »

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Tring Park win BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year

Hertfordshire school choir win BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year 2019

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts have won the much-coveted BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year 2019 competition for the second time in four years. … Read more »

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It’s Plastic Fantastic in Church!

Plastic credit or debit cards have been around a VERY long time; so much so we don’t think twice before tapping our card, smart phone or smart watch and moving… Read more »

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Could your church become an EcoChurch?

St Stephen’s with St Julian’s Church, St Albans have provided a week-long display during the St Albans’ Sustainability Festival 2019 about how they are making St Stephen’s more environmentally friendly:… Read more »

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Bishop Richard Inwood, RIP – obituary

Obituary. A correspondent writes: AS THE congregation filed quietly into St John’s, Walton, in Chesterfield, for the Rt Revd Richard Inwood’s funeral last month, a series of photographs of Richard were… Read more »

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Reactions to bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

Prayers were offered and silences kept in churches across the diocese over the Easter weekend, following the shocking news from Sri Lanka of bombings of churches during their Easter Sunday… Read more »

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Rise in use of foodbanks “lamentable,” says Bishop

The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, said: “On the day after the Institute of Fiscal Studies has pointed out that 2 million claimants of Universal Credit will be… Read more »

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Fine weather and joyful singing on Easter Monday

Sunshine brought around 1300 pilgrims from all over Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to St Albans Cathedral for this year’s Easter Monday Pilgrimage. There was a great spread of ages and people… Read more »

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Year 4 Passion Play at Stotfold

Tea towels are not just for Christmas! Passion Play in Stotfold, Bedfordshire

In a move that could prompt another bonanza for supermarket tea towel sales, The Rector of Stotfold, Bedfordshire has staged a Passion Play with Year 4 of the local primary… Read more »

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Bishop Richard Inwood RIP

Bishop Richard Inwood RIP Obituary: A correspondent writes: AS THE congregation filed quietly into St John’s, Walton, in Chesterfield, for the Rt Revd Richard Inwood’s funeral last month, a series… Read more »

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Bishop Alan: Proposed Gambling Enquiry will break the silence

The House of Lords may begin a lengthy and detailed enquiry into the social and economic consequences of the gambling industry if the recommendations of its Liaison Committee are approved… Read more »

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Big Church Survey

The Big Church Survey is coming

Churches have asked how they can encourage people to grow in faith, discipleship and mission. The Big Church Survey has been developed to help, and it will be piloted with… Read more »

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Together: Brexit Prayer Initative

Brexit will be a cause of celebration for some and lament for others, but one thing is clear – we can no longer continue to define one other by how… Read more »

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Bishops respond to NZ mosque attacks

Responding to news of the mosque attacks in New Zealand yesterday. the Bishops of The Diocese of St Albans have today made this statement: “Following the murderous and cowardly attacks… Read more »

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Kaitlin student at All Saints Academy Dunstable

Oxford success for Kaitlin at All Saints Academy, Dunstable

Last summer, Kaitlin, a Year 13 student at All Saints Academy, Dunstable, achieved 3 A*s at ‘A’ Level in English, History and Psychology. She had already been offered a place… Read more »

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Bishop Alan Smith speaking at General Synod

News from General Synod: February 2019

Some of the major debates and motions discussed at February’s General Synod were: Prayer for Political Leaders: Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion from the Archbishops of Canterbury and… Read more »

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Bedfordshire Police Community Cohesion Awards

Church Recognition at Police Community Cohesion Awards in Bedfordshire

There was recognition and appreciation for the work of a number of people and projects connected to the diocese at the Bedfordshire Police Community Cohesion Awards ceremony on Friday 1st… Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans comment on Shamina Begum

“This highly controversial and complex case touches on aspects of law and morality as well as politics and needs to be decided away from the spotlight. “The theological principle that… Read more »

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New Chancellor welcomed

  The Bishop of St Albans welcomed Lyndsey de Mestre as the new Chancellor of St Albans Diocese during evensong on 9th February at St Albans Cathedral. In the same… Read more »

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St Albans Pre-Lambeth Conference Hospitality Initiative: Can You Help?

The next Lambeth Conference will take place in Canterbury in the summer of 2020 – this is a ‘once-every-10 years or so’ meeting of all the bishops and their spouses… Read more »

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The Flourishing Churches Team Grows

It is a great delight that the Flourishing Churches Team is growing, with the imminent arrival of Revd. Paul Davies, who is coming to the Diocese to be Priest at… Read more »

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St Albans Diocese’s ‘Living Churchyards Day’ wins National Lottery support

St Albans Diocese has received a National Lottery grant of £7,500 for an exciting heritage project which will spread good practice in managing churchyards for the benefit of wildlife and… Read more »

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Lent with New Daylight Bible Reading Notes

New Daylight is the Bible Reading Fellowship’s most popular series of Bible reading notes, with many thousands of devoted subscribers. Now, for the first time, BRF is breaking new ground… Read more »

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St Paul’s Church, St Albans church brings the Bible to life

St Paul’s Church, St Albans will be hosting an exhibition that brings the Bible to life for people of all ages.  The free ‘Bible comes to life’ exhibition will be at… Read more »

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The Church of the Ascension Cadenabbia Lake Como Italy

Should you be considering a trip to Italy and to the region of Lake Como you might like to consider calling in on the Church of the Ascension at Cadenabbia,… Read more »

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Colin Bird Elected DBF Chair

St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) has elected Colin Bird as Chair, following the retirement of Canon David Nye after ten years’ service. The DBF, with the Bishop’s Council,… Read more »

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Archdeacon’s farewell fills church with people from every corner

The Archdeacon of Bedford, The Venerable Paul Hughes, took his leave from the Diocese of St Albans on his retirement in a farewell service on Saturday (12th January). The Lord… Read more »

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Bishop’s Christmas Sermon: Let us open our doors to others

Luke 2. 1-14St Albans Abbey Christmas Sermon 2018 Last week the town of Redbourn, just five miles up the road, hit the national press. Rather than making do with the traditional cardboard Advent Calendars, the good folk… Read more »

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Community gathers round after devastating fire at Royston church

Revd Heidi Huntley and team from St John the Baptist Church receive gift cards and a trolley dash around Tesco to replace the toddler group toys Church, community and emergency… Read more »

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Significant Roman finds under St Michael’s Primary School’s new extension

A new extension to St Michael’s Primary School, St Albans, is now complete.  The opening celebrations were led by the Bishop of St Albans on Tuesday November 27th with a… Read more »

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Thirst after Righteousness: Rector and Publican in Charity Job Swap

Canon John Williams, Team Rector of Hemel Hempstead and Ben Satchfield, proprietor of the Olde Kings Arms, Hemel Hempstead, opposite St Mary’s Church, took part in a job swap on Sunday 25th November.   John worked… Read more »

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Pilgrimage

This article first appeared in issue 1 of Alban Life  (December 2018) – a quarterly printed magazine which is distributed to all parishes in the diocese.  Click here to read… Read more »

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Do you take cards? Contactless donation units for churches

You can take your church collection by contactless card this Christmas! As less and less people carry cash, it’s becoming increasingly important for parishes to look at alternative ways to… Read more »

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Candlelit Stillness in Berkhamsted: an oasis of peace on the high street

Photo credit: Colin Drake St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted held a Candlelit Stillness event on Sunday 25th November, to coincide with Berkhamsted’s big lights switch-on event, the Festival of Light. The… Read more »

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A prayer for Brexit by the Revd Peter Crumpler

Light of the World, Lord of the Nations, We turn to you at this crucial time in the life of the land that we love. Grant our leaders wisdom, Bring… Read more »

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Hoddesdon Church opening following shooting

Following a shooting near Rye Park, the Vicar of St Cuthbert’s Church, the Revd Nick Sharp, says: “As soon as the Police cordon is lifted, we plan to have the… Read more »

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Registrar to leave for senior post in Church in Wales

The Registrar to St Albans Diocese, Matthew Chinery, has been appointed to the post of Head of Legal Services in the Church in Wales. Matthew will take up his new… Read more »

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Next Archdeacon of Bedford

18/11/2018 The next Archdeacon of Bedford is to be the Revd Canon Dave Middlebrook, currently Vicar of the thriving St Luke’s Church, Watford. He will be one of three archdeacons… Read more »

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Lyndsey de Mestre QC appointed Diocesan Chancellor

The Lord Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith has appointed Lyndsey de Mestre, QC to be Diocesan Chancellor. The Chancellor is the judge of the consistory… Read more »

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Celebrating Holy Communion – in Farsi (Persian)

To celebrate the translation of the Common Worship service of Holy Communion into Farsi, there will be a service held in Wakefield Cathedral to which people from across the country… Read more »

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The Bamboo Effect – Encouraging Mental & Emotional Resilience

How can the Church provide spaces where our young people develop the ability to manage and reduce their stress and anxiety levels? How do we actively create culture which is… Read more »

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Dedication of Eversholt’s Restored Bells

Bishop Alan led a service of dedication for the returned and re-hung bells at St John the Baptist Church, Eversholt on Saturday 6th October.  The restoration of the bells was… Read more »

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Community Crafters join Poppy Production Line in Sawbridgeworth

A team of craftspeople have been working on a poppy production line to create a stunning ‘poppy fall’ for the Memorial altar in Great St Mary’s Church, Sawbridgeworth. The talented… Read more »

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St Leonard’s Church Flamstead wins National Lottery support

St Leonard’s Church, Flamstead has received initial National Lottery support for its “Living Histories, Lasting Journeys” project.  The project aims to protect and share the valuable heritage of this 12th… Read more »

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Top Tips on Roof Security in the light of “one of the worst church lead thefts in recent years”

The news of the theft of 20 tonnes of lead from All Saints Church, Houghton Conquest, a Grade 1 listed church near Bedford, has been widely reported across national media,… Read more »

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‘Alban Life’ Magazine is coming to St Albans Diocese

Named after our founding saint, St Alban, Alban Life is a new quarterly printed magazine for the people of St Albans Diocese. To be published at Advent, Lent, Pentecost and… Read more »

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TV Documentary on transforming work of Christians Against Poverty

‘The Debt Saviours’ is a BBC2 documentary featuring the work of Christians Against Poverty with people in debt. There are stories of lives transformed  It will be broadcast on Friday… Read more »

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Archdeacon Paul to retire at year end

Farewell service: Saturday 12th January at St Paul’s Bedford at 4pm. All are welcome After a ministry spanning 36 years as curate, Vicar and Archdeacon, the Venerable Paul Hughes, Archdeacon of… Read more »

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Licensed and ordained this summer

Readers – 17 June 2018 Deacons – 1 July 2018 Priests  – 30 June 2018

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Card readers for parishes special offer ending

Start taking card payments in your church. As fewer and fewer people carry cash, it’s becoming important for parishes to look at alternative ways to receive money. The company SumUp… Read more »

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Order of St Alban recognises years of service

The Bishop of St Albans has recognised several decades of service given by four people, two from Bedfordshire, one from Luton and one from St Albans, with the award of… Read more »

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Safe Car Wash App Launched

Drivers urged to join information-gathering effort against modern slavery in hand car washes For immediate release  4.6.18 – released by the Church of England Drivers are being encouraged to join an unprecedented national information-gathering campaign… Read more »

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Fixed Odds Betting Terminals: £2 maximum stake is ‘right decision’, says bishop

ABOVE: The Bishop of St Albans speaking in response to the Government’s announcement on 17th May The Bishop of St Albans, Alan Smith, has welcomed Government plans to limit the… Read more »

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Archbishop’s Prayer for Syria

The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued the following prayer for Syria: Lord of all power and might, wisdom and love, You gave your only Son to live with the suffering… Read more »

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Card Payments in Churches

Parish Buying Scheme For more information on how to get a card reader see the Parish Buying article here.  News from the Church of England The Church of England has announced… Read more »

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Bishop pays tribute to the Revd Billy Graham

Speaking following the news of the death of Billy Graham, The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, said: “I join millions of others mourning the loss of Billy Graham… Read more »

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Safeguarding Audit published

An independent audit of safeguarding arrangements in the Church of England Diocese of St Albans strikes a positive note about safeguarding in the Diocese. It has affirmed the commitment shown… Read more »

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Bishop’s Bill to Put Mothers’ Names on Marriage Certificates Passes First Stage

A move to end the “historic injustice” of excluding mothers’ names from marriage certificates has passed its first parliamentary stage in a Private Members’ Bill brought by the Bishop of… Read more »

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Covenant signing in Sweden

Bishop Alan visited the Diocese of Linköping, in Sweden to sign the covenant the two dioceses, Linköping and St Albans, on 21 January 2018. The sermon he preached on that… Read more »

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The Bishop of St Albans’ New Year Message 2018

HEAR Bishop Alan speaking on Three Counties Radio on New Year’s Eve about looking back and looking forward (opens in new tab) The Bishop of St Albans message for the start of… Read more »

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Bethlehem had no walls for centuries; why are we building them?

READ: the whole sermon here In his Christmas sermon at St Albans Cathedral, the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, will speak about modern political leaders’ predilection for wall-building. He… Read more »

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How are you spending this Christmas?

The Bishop of St Albans Christmas Message 2017 Deck the aisles with tinsel and turkey! This year’s Christmas ads are out! John Lewis’s wants to end your fears of monsters… Read more »

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Mothers’ Union gets behind ’16 Days of Activism’

St Albans Diocese Mothers’ Union has got behind the ’16 days of activism against gender-based violence’ which runs until 10th December. An all-day meeting drew more than 100 people from… Read more »

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Five New Canons

During evensong at St Albans Cathedral on November 11th 2017, the following were installed as Honorary Canons in St Albans Cathedral: Left to right: The Revd Canon Steven Liley, Rural… Read more »

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Church Resources for Parliament Week

Parliament week (13-19 November) is a programme of events and activities that connects people with the UK Parliament and democracy. There is something for everyone: whether you attend or organise an… Read more »

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Bishop speaks ahead of Government’s review of gambling stakes

Speaking ahead of the publication of the Government’s review of maximum stakes for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, (FOBTs) the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, said: “I remain deeply… Read more »

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Statement about the late Bishop Hubert Whitsey

The Church of England has been supporting the police on an investigation into allegations of sexual offences against children and adults by the late Bishop Hubert (Victor) Whitsey. The allegations date… Read more »

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Bishop’s concern about Monarch Airlines collapse

The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has spoken about the collapse of Monarch Airlines. He said: ‘The news of the collapse of parts of Monarch’s business has come as… Read more »

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Airport Chaplaincy comments on Monarch Airlines

The Chaplaincy Team at London Luton Airport is saddened by the announcement yesterday that Monarch Airlines has gone into administration. Monarch Airlines has an almost 50 year relationship with London… Read more »

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Renewed link with Diocese of Linköping

Bishop Alan and the Bishop of Linköping, Bishop Michael Modeus, signed the covenant between the two dioceses for a further five years at Diocesan Synod on 30 September 2017. Hear… Read more »

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Caribbean Bishop’s news of Devastation

The Bishop of St Albans has received the following letter from Bishop Errol, Bishop of North East Caribbean and Aruba following hurricane activity affecting Aruba and Domenica. Money collected in… Read more »

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A Church learning to grow

Around 100 people from 26 of our benefices are attending the conference Leading Your Church into Growth. Training is being delivered by a fantastic team from a number of dioceses… Read more »

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Prayer for the Hurricane Victims in the Caribbean

Gracious and loving God, We hold before you all those in the path of Hurricane Irma, In particular, Bishop Errol and our link Diocese of North-East Caribbean and Aruba. We… Read more »

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Urgent Appeal for Hurricane Victims

Bishop Alan has issued this urgent message for parishes in St Albans Diocese, this morning, 8th September. “You will have seen reports in the media about Hurricane Irma and the… Read more »

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Back to where it all began for one couple

It wasn’t just any Sunday when Simon and Louise Moore decided they would worship at St Paul’s Church, St Albans on the last Sunday in July, 2017. It was the… Read more »

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Bishop tastes New Wine

The Bishop of Bedford visited New Wine on 24th July 2017 during their ‘United 2017’ week away equipping local churches. He said: “Greeted by  John Hookway (Vicar of Christ Church… Read more »

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Thousands Join the Alban Pilgrimage 2017

(photos by Arun Kataria, Patricia Kataria, Richard Gillin) Thousands of people took to the streets of St Albans on Saturday to join the Alban Pilgrimage procession, celebrating Britain’s first saint,… Read more »

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Dennis Yates RIP

The Diocese of St Albans has learnt with sadness of the death of Dennis Yates. Dennis Yates was Diocesan Secretary from 1966 until the end of 1989, when he retired…. Read more »

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Finding Hope after Manchester

(This article reproduces the message given by Bishop Richard at the Luton Vigil for the victims of the Manchester bombing) This is written in the immediate aftermath of the horrific… Read more »

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Prayers for Manchester and London

After recent terrorist attacks and the fire disaster: O Lord our God, source of all goodness and love, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your… Read more »

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Archbishops’ Election Letter to Parishes

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written a pastoral letter to parishes and chaplaincies of the Church of England concerning the General Election on 8th June. They have asked… Read more »

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Bishop’s pastoral letter re 2017 General Election

Dear Colleagues, We were all taken by surprise by the Prime Minister’s decision to call for a General Election which will take place on 8th June. I am sure that most… Read more »

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Bishop of St Alban’s Easter Message 2017

The events of the first Easter were characterised by surprise and joy, despite the fact that they took place amidst suffering and death. A century ago, three appalling genocides were… Read more »

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Prayer for International Women’s Day

God our Creator, you have built up your Church through the love and devotion of women everywhere: inspire us to follow their great example that we may with them share… Read more »

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Bishop on Vauxhall: I will be watching closely with the people of Luton

Above:Bishop Alan at Vauxhall’s Luton plant in 2009 The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith has commented on the sale of Vauxhall to PSA Peugeot Citroen. He said: “Vauxhall is… Read more »

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Ash Wednesday – share your stories

Ash Wednesday, 1 March, is the day when Lent begins, the forty-day period of fasting and preparation for the joy of Easter, when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The… Read more »

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Alleged computer misuse: St Mary’s Baldock 2010

The Diocese of St Albans Safeguarding Adviser, Mr Jeremy Hirst, has conducted an investigation into alleged computer misuse at St Mary’s Baldock, in 2010. The Diocese has co-operated fully with… Read more »

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Three Bishops respond after Synod sexuality debate

Dear Friends in Christ Last week’s meeting of General Synod addressed a wide range of issues, such as the role of lay people, problem gambling, wedding banns and pensions. However,… Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans on ending of child asylum admissions

The Bishop of St Albans didn’t get the chance to respond to the Government statement in the House of Lords announcing an end to child asylum admissions under the Dubs… Read more »

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William Harvey Research Institute hosts Church of England clergy visits

Ten Church of England vicars have visited the William Harvey Research Institute this week to experience clinical and genomic research at first hand. These visits form part of a national… Read more »

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Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations

Last Friday the House of Bishops published a report Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations. This comes after a two year process of talking and listening which… Read more »

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Holocaust Survivor spoke at Hertfordshire Holocaust Memorial Day

Hertfordshire SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) hosted their annual Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration on  Tuesday, 24th January. Holocaust Memorial Day is celebrated nationally on 27th January Their guest… Read more »

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Free book on growing churches

The Director of Mission will give a free copy of a new book to clergy in St Albans Diocese, on request. The book is ‘Going for Growth,’ by Jeffrey John,… Read more »

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The Revd Dr Mike Ovey RIP

Oak Hill Theological College, based in the Diocese of St Albans, has announced the sudden and unexpected death of its Principal, the Revd Dr Mike Ovey. Dr Ovey died on… Read more »

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New Year Message from the Bishop of St Albans: We can make a better world

Whilst for many of us 2016 has been a good year, for others it has been difficult and challenging. The refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria have had a… Read more »

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Make room for Christ this Christmas

Bishop of St Albans Christmas Sermon St Albans Cathedral – 25.12.2016 A few years ago I had eighteen members of the family staying for Christmas. My brothers, sister and mother… Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans’ Christmas Message: Entering into the real spirit of Christmas

People have many words to describe their babies, some kindlier than others, some just meaning baby, some quite different, some tongue in cheek. There’s cherub, nipper, bairn, brat, imp. I’ll… Read more »

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Sleepout 2016’s two degree night

The 23rd Sleepout at St Albans Abbey overnight on Friday 2nd December drew over 330 sleepers raising money for eleven charities across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. They joined the Mayor and… Read more »

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The Revd Sarah Eynstone RIP

The Diocese has learnt with sorrow of the sudden and unexpected death of the Revd Sarah Eynstone, Team Vicar in the Tring Team Ministry with responsibility for Aldbury. The Bishop… Read more »

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Three New Canons

The Ven Janet Mackenzie, the Revd Jane Hatton and the Revd Mike Pilavachi were installed as Canons of St Albans Cathedral on Saturday, 19th November. Archdeacon Janet was recently collated as… Read more »

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#JoytotheWorld this Christmas

**NEW** 18 November – A page of resources from the Church of England to help people find your Christmas Services has been published here   Upload service details: On 1… Read more »

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Taizé Youth Pilgrimage video released

A video about the 2016 Taizé Youth Pilgrimage has been released. In it are the reflections of many of the young pilgrims about what they had got out of their… Read more »

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Co-Chairs comment on Inter Faith Week

The Co-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK, The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE and Mr Jatinder Singh Birdi, said: “In all the nations of the UK this coming… Read more »

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Prayer for Remembrance

The Church of England has released the following prayer and video for Remembrance

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New Benefice

The joining of the parish of Aston with the benefice of Bramfield Stapleford, Waterford and Watton at Stone in the diocese of St Albans (now informally known as the Beane… Read more »

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Anglican – Methodist Covenant: Champions Sought

The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt Revd Paul Bayes,  Lead Bishop on the Methodist-Anglican Panel for Unity in Mission, writes: “The Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain… Read more »

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‘Becoming Reverend, A Diary,’

Matt Woodcock’s frank, funny real-life diaries reveal what it was like for him to train as a vicar while struggling against all odds to become a father. In them he… Read more »

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Special guest at installation

The Revd David Short was until recently curate-in-training at Christ Church Chorleywood. He left to take up a post in Oxford Diocese. The Prime Minister was an extra-special guest among the… Read more »

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Bishop responds to BBC Panorama

The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, has responded to Panorama’s programme: “Why are Gambling Machines Addictive?” He said: “Wendy Bendel and the Panorama team have done an… Read more »

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Vicars seeking invitations to science labs in bid to reacquaint science and religion

A new project, in St Albans Diocese: ‘Take your Vicar to the Lab,’ aims to promote healthier co-existence between religion and science and deepen peoples’ appreciation of both. Although not… Read more »

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New Archdeacon of Hertford’s Ministry Begins in Stevenage

The Revd Janet Mackenzie became The Venerable Janet Mackenzie on 6th September when she was ‘collated’ as the Archdeacon of Hertford, a member of the senior clergy in St Albans… Read more »

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Prayer for those awaiting exam results

As thousands of students across the country await exam results that will determine the next stage in their life’s development, the Church of England has issued a prayer to support… Read more »

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Safety in church

Here is the text of a letter sent by Bishop Alan today, 28th July to clergy and Readers in St Albans Diocese: “I know you will be joining me in… Read more »

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The Rt Revd Randolph George, RIP

The Diocese of Guyana has announced the death of its former bishop, the Rt Revd Randolph Oswald George, on 18 July at the age of 92. He was Bishop of… Read more »

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A Prayer for Nice

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Fr David Warner is @OurCofe

Father David Warner, Curate at St Lawrence,  Abbots’ Langley, soon to be Vicar of Moistly in the Diocese of Manchester, is taking on the Church of England Twitter diary, “Our… Read more »

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New Archdeacon’s Collation date

The date for the next Archdeacon of Hertford’s collation has been announced. The Revd Janet Mackenzie will be collated as Archdeacon of Hertford on Tuesday,  at 7:30pm  6th September, at St… Read more »

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New Deacons and Priests

Eleven priests (above) and sixteen deacons (below) began ministries in St Albans Diocese on July 2nd and 3rd,  to serve in 15 of the diocese’s 20 deaneries. The diocese’s ministry strategy, to increase… Read more »

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Archdeacon of Hertford’s Retirement

  This weekend, July 2/3, will see the ordination of new deacons and priests for the Diocese of St Albans and the moments of the Archdeacon of Hertford’s public ministry…. Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans responds to EU result

The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, has issued this statement following the EU Referendum: “The people of this nation have spoken, although the referendum has… Read more »

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A prayer following the EU Referendum

The Church of England has released these prayer resources following the EU Referendum yesterday, 23rd June. Also available as pdf A prayer following the result of the EU Referendum Eternal… Read more »

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Mothers Union Worldwide President’s visit

Mothers’ Union Worldwide President,  Lynne Tembey, visited St Albans Diocese from 14-16th June. During her brief time in the diocese, she met the Mayor of Stevenage, visited Yarlswood Detention Centre,… Read more »

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Betting Licences Bill: tackling gambling-related harm on the High Street

The Bishop of St Albans’ Private Member’s ‘Betting Licenses Bill’  received a First Reading in the House of Lords on Monday, 13th June. The Bill seeks to correct an anomaly… Read more »

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New Readers licensed

The Bishop of Hertford, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Beasley admitted and licensed seven new Readers and licensed a further two incoming Readers  for ministry in St Albans Diocese on… Read more »

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Bishops’ message to Muslim communities for Ramadan

The Bishops of Bedford and Hertford have sent a message to Muslim communities in the Diocese of St Albans for the month of Ramadan: “It is with deep love and… Read more »

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Bishop John Taylor RIP

UPDATE – Bishop John’s Funeral Sevice will take place at 2pm on 16th June in St Albans Cathedral* ARCHDEACON’S tribute on BBC Three Counties Radio: listen It is with great… Read more »

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Bishop Alan tables Private Member’s Bill

The Bishop of St Albans tabled a Bill in the House of Lords on 18th May which would help local authorities to better protect vulnerable people from the potential harm… Read more »

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Rowan Williams visits Cathedral for Christian Aid Week

Former Archbishop Lord Rowan Williams preached at St Albans Cathedral on Sunday,May 15th,  to mark Pentecost and the start of this year’s Christian Aid Week. More photos and article below…. Read more »

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Four new Honorary Canons

On Saturday 7 May, four new Honorary Canons of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans were installed at Evensong in the Cathedral: The Revd Lindsay Dew, Rural Dean… Read more »

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Next Archdeacon of Hertford

The Bishop of St Albans, has appointed the Revd Janet Mackenzie, to be the next Archdeacon of Hertford, in succession to the Venerable Dr Trevor Jones, who retires this summer…. Read more »

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The Dean’s Sermon for Easter Sunday 2016

There is an American company with agents in the UK which offers to sell you immortality by freezing your body after death. The process is called ‘Cryonics’. For around £100,000,… Read more »

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Bishop encourages Christians to engage with Europe debate

Bishop Alan’s call for a more generous debate about membership of the EU calling much of the current debate “mean spirited and narrow minded,” has been reported in the Observer,… Read more »

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Churches and charities warned about ransomware

The Charity Commission issued an alert on 11 March 2016, as regulatory advice to trustees, warning them of online extortion or ‘ransom’ demands currently affecting UK businesses. Charities could also… Read more »

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Bishop welcomes decision on Sunday trading

Following the vote in the House of Commons this evening (9/3/16), the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, who speaks in the House of Lords on… Read more »

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Ecumenical letter on Sunday Trading Deregulation

SIR – As leaders of Christian communities England and Wales, we oppose the government’s plans to further deregulate Sunday Trading laws. The current Sunday Trading arrangements offer a balance between… Read more »

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Bishop’s letter on Mental Health

The following letter was published in ‘The Observer’, 21 February 2016 SIR – I welcome the Prime Minister’s initiative on mental health care, but I am puzzled why the Government… Read more »

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Hertfordshire pupil wins national ‘Queen’s 90th’ competition

The winner of a Church school competition to design a logo for the Church of England’s celebrations in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday has been announced. The… Read more »

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Bedford Clergy visit neighbour – in giant hangar

There was much ‘episcopcal excitement,’ as Linda, his PA put it, when the Bishop of Bedford was invited to visit Airlander. He took her, the clergy from Bedford Deanery and… Read more »

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Statement on Government plans to extend Sunday trading

The Bishop of St Albans, Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith, has responded on behalf of the Church of England to the announcement by Business Secretary Sajid Javid that a Commons… Read more »

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Archdeacon of Hertford to retire in late 2016

The Venerable Dr Trevor Jones, the first Archdeacon of Hertford, is to retire on 31 August, the Diocese of St Albans has announced. The Archdeaconry of Hertford was created in… Read more »

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Bishop’s New Year Message

There is one photo which stands out more that every other one in 2015. It was taken in September. It is a shot of the body of Alan or Aylan… Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans speaks of Christ’s birth as the true Force Awakening

In his Christmas sermon, given at St Albans’s Cathedral during Matins on Christmas morning 2015, the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, compares and contrasts the Star Wars story,… Read more »

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Bishop’s Christmas message on BBC Three Counties

After an autumn when thousands of people are fleeing war in Syria, five weeks after the Paris massacre, three weeks after our Parliament voted to bomb Syria, and a week… Read more »

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New Canons installed

The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, installed the Revd John Williams, Vicar of Cheshunt, and Carol Taylor, a member of the Diocese’s Safeguarding Management Group as Honorary Canons… Read more »

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Bishop of Bedford gives keynote on Living Well Together

Read Bishop Richard’s keynote speech here Sixth form students, teachers, advisers and faith leaders came together this week to share ideas on how schools and colleges foster living well together… Read more »

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St Mary’s Luton and ISIS

St Mary’s Church: statement This is in relation to allegations in today’s (10.12.15)  Daily Mail that a meeting to recruit for ISIS was held in its church hall in Summer… Read more »

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Over 400 sleep under the stars for eleven charities

  The 22nd Abbey Sleepout for eleven charities local to the Diocese of St Albans took place in probably the highest temperatures in the history of the event. Night temperatures… Read more »

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Advent message from the Bishop of St Albans

Are you ready? Traditionally preparations for Christmas began on Advent Sunday, signaling the start of a period of prayer and fasting in readiness to celebrate the birth of Christ. When… Read more »

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Bishop of Bedford’s reflection for Inter Faith Week

‘Do not be led astray’ – Inter Faith Week 2015 In Blackburn it is football; in Birmingham it is spirituality and music; in Barnet it is ‘welcoming the stranger’; in… Read more »

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Bishops’ response to Paris terrorist attacks

The three bishops of St Albans Diocese have issued the following statement, today, Saturday, 14th November, in response to the attacks in Paris on the 13th. “Friday’s terrorist atrocities in… Read more »

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DDO to be New Archdeacon for Wilts

Following the appointment of the Ven Ruth Worsley to be Bishop of Taunton, the Bishop of Salisbury is delighted to announce that the Revd Canon Sue Groom is to be… Read more »

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Bishop welcomed at Samuel Ryder Academy

The Bishop of Hertford, Dr Michael Beasley, visited Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans, responding to an invitation made in connection with his visit to the parish of St Luke’s Church,… Read more »

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New Bishop of Guyana elected

The Revd Charles Davidson, currently a parish priest in Philadelphia, USA, has been elected Bishop of Guyana in succession to the Rt Revd Jerome Cornell Moss RIP. Guyana is one… Read more »

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New Team Vicar for Elstree and Borehamwood

Monday, September 28th was a special day in the life of St. Michael and All Angels Church, Brook Road, Borehamwood as they welcomed Revd. Louise Collins as their new team… Read more »

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It’s Bishop Anne

The Rt Revd Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston as she now is, was consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral on 29th September 2015, along with the Bishop of Taunton and the… Read more »

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Assisted Dying Bill lost

The motion debated in the House of Commons on Friday, 11th September, for the legalisation of Assisted Dying for terminally ill people with less than six months to live was… Read more »

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Sheriffs met at the border

  High Sheriffs of two counties met at the common border of their territories on 12 September. Jonathan Trower, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire met Isabelle, Countess of Errol, High Sheriff… Read more »

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Ven Christine Hardman: next Bishop of Newcastle

The Venerable Christine Hardman, who trained for the ministry on the St Albans Ministerial Training Scheme, is to be the next Bishop of Newcastle, Downing Street announced this morning, 2… Read more »

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How to attend Anne Hollinghurst’s consecration

The Revd Anne Hollinghurst will be consecrated as Bishop of Aston, at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, 29th September, 11 am A number of people have already expressed their wish to… Read more »

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Golden Jubilee celebrations flushed with success

Among the many ways that All Saints Church, Harpenden, celebrated its Golden Jubilee, one has achieved prominence on Three Counties Radio: the creation of a new toilet and its twinning… Read more »

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Tweet your favourite Psalm to celebrate new app

Tweet to #mypsalm to @chpublishingUK The latest publication from the Church of England brings an ancient tradition of following the Psalms to mobile devices and e-readers. Adding to the popular… Read more »

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Canon John Kiddle to be Archdeacon of Wandsworth

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has appointed Canon John Kiddle to be the next Archdeacon of Wandsworth, he will take his new role in November. He… Read more »

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Prayers for Remembrance (for Tunisia)

The Church of England has released the following prayers for remembrance for Tunisia: Father, you know our hearts and share our sorrows. We are hurt by our parting from those… Read more »

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St Albans Vicar to be Bishop of Aston

The Revd Anne Hollinghurst is to become the next suffragan Bishop of Aston, in the Diocese of Birmingham, Downing Street announced this morning, 2 July. Anne has been Vicar of… Read more »

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Canon Philosopher’s Inaugural Lecture

Canon Dr Andrew Davison, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and Fellow in Theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, was installed as Canon Philosopher in St… Read more »

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Christina Rees awarded CBE

Christina Rees, a leading lay woman in the Church of England, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her ‘services to the… Read more »

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Bishop Alan moves Lords’ debate on role of Civil Society

The Bishop of St Albans,The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, led a debate in the House of Lords yesterday, 11 June 2015. The motion debated was: “That this House takes… Read more »

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Bishop Cornell Moss RIP

St Albans Diocese has learnt with deep sadness of the death of the Rt Revd Cornell Moss, Bishop of Guyana, on Saturday, 30 May. He was in Miami, where he… Read more »

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Consecration of Bishop Michael

He is now the Rt Revd Dr Michael Beasley, following a service of consecration at Westminster Abbey this morning, 14th May. Lord Williams of Oystermouth, the former Archbishop of Canterbury,… Read more »

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Ring your church bells to mark VE Day anniversary

The ringing of church bells has long been part of commemorations of significant moments in national life. The 70th anniversary of VE Day, the moment in 1945 when peace broke… Read more »

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Bedford Church now takes deposits for ‘community bank’

Bedford Credit Union has opened a new branch inside St Mark’s Church Bedford. Uniquely among its outlets, the branch will be open every weekday from 9am-5pm. The Bishop of Bedford,… Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans Easter Message 2015

Mark 16. 1-8 The story is told of a motorist getting lost remote countryside and, seeing a local farmer, pulls over and asks the way. ‘Well’, said the farmer, pausing… Read more »

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Priest and scientist appointed Bishop of Hertford

(double click the album to see full size) Hear Canon Michael on BBC Three Counties Radio on Sunday, 8th March. Click below: BBC 3CR 08MAR15 New Bishop L The Revd… Read more »

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Bishop says it’s time to ‘Bite the Ballot’ on Voter Registration Day

  The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, is calling on schools to help sixth formers approaching voting age to engage with politics and prepare to… Read more »

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Bishop’s New Year Message 2015

As we bid farewell to 2014, we face a new year which is filled with potential and possibilities. Among the many events that will take place will be the general… Read more »

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Bishop’s Christmas Sermon 2014

St Albans Cathedral: discomfort and joy The full text appears further down the page. Addressing one of the most familiar of Christmas messages: “peace and goodwill to all,” the Bishop of… Read more »

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Church of England’s first woman bishop to be in Chester Diocese

The Revd Libby Lane is to be the next Bishop of stockport, Downing Street announced today, 17th December. Bishop Alan, on hearing of the appointment said: “I warmly welcome her… Read more »

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Four Mayors, an MP and 470 People Support Homeless People

Four mayors and an MP attended the twenty first annual Sleep Out at St Albans Cathedral in sub-zero temperatures last Friday night (December 5th) in support of homeless people. Among… Read more »

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The Dean’s Christmas letter

Owing to an unfortunate error, for which we apologise, the Dean of St Albans’ Christmas letter printed in See Round Dec/Jan issue was severely truncated. Read the full version below…. Read more »

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Goldington’s Golden Gardens Award

St Mary’s Goldington’s involvement in the ‘Golden Gardens’ community project has had a good year. In addition to winning a prize for ‘best community garden’ in the Times and Citizen… Read more »

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St Albans Diocese joins Living Wage Employers

The Living Wage Foundation has announced that it has accredited the Diocese of St Albans as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage commitment sees everyone working at the Diocesan… Read more »

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Lock In 14 welcomes 300 young people for fun, fellowship and faith

300 people attended from parishes across Beds and Herts, Luton and Barnet. And from 1 school. Fun, fellowship and food was provided music, laser guns, toast, hot choc, pampering, computer… Read more »

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Church and community together win new primary school for Watford.

The Department for Education approved the proposal for St John’s Church of England Primary School, Watford, to move to the pre-opening phase on 30 September 2014. It will provide 420… Read more »

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Found: long-lost radio series which got people talking about God

An award-winning BBC Radio 4 series presumed lost for over 30 years has been found and painstakingly pieced together again for broadcast this autumn. Priestland’s Progress was a ground-breaking personal… Read more »

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Flower festival ‘Music in Bloom’ – come and be part of it!

The Cathedral’s Flower Festival, Music in Bloom, this autumn invites participation from all over the diocese and promises to be a spectacular event, full of fun and memorable experiences for… Read more »

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Celebrating our successful festival: Celebrate 100

From Bishop Richard, on behalf of the Celebrate 100 team Thank you on behalf of the organising team and myself for all of the hard work that you put into… Read more »

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Bishop Paul to be confirmed as next Bishop of Liverpool

The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd Dr John Sentamu will confirm the election of the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, currently the Bishop of Hertford, as Bishop of Liverpool at… Read more »

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Luton included in Near Neighbours’ grants

Starting this week (20 July), Luton’s communities will share £1.8 million in small grants over two years, being made available by Church Urban Fund’s Near Neighbours programme. Around £140,000 is… Read more »

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Called to Coventry

The Reverend Stephen Fielding, Team Vicar in the Ash & Quin Team Ministry and formerly Vice-Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance is to leave St Albans Diocese to take… Read more »

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Twelve Readers licensed

The following Readers were Admitted and Licensed on 6th July 2014 at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban by the Bishop of Hertford: Richard Butler – St Albans,… Read more »

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Vote in favour of women bishops carried

After debate in the Church of England’s elected governing body, the General Synod, at which he was present, The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, has… Read more »

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Icon Relay for Celebrate 100

  Yvonne Bell, a well-known and experienced icon writer, has created an icon for St Albans  Diocese’s 100th anniversary celebration. It is travelling around the diocese for the 100 days… Read more »

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Eleven priests and seventeen deacons ordained

Seventeen deacons and eleven priests were ordained in St Albans Cathedral on the 28th/29th June. Eleven priests were also ordained. Canon Sue Groom, Diocesan Director of Ordinands said: “It was… Read more »

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Sun shines on Alban Pilgrimage

  The sun brought crowds onto the streets of St Albans for the annual Alban Pilgrimage on 21 June. Parishes from all over the diocese take part and people of… Read more »

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It’s Cathedral: but not as we know it!

Two hundred children, 168 adults and a further 100 volunteers who helped on the day made up the almost 500 people in St Albans Cathedral for Messy Cathedral in June…. Read more »

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