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Three Bishops respond after Synod sexuality debate

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, the main focus of the synod was undoubtedly the debate on the House of Bishops’ paper on Marriage and Same… Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans on ending of child asylum admissions

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 amendment. Here’s what he’d planned to say: “My Lords, I join with many in this… Read more »

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William Harvey Research Institute hosts Church of England clergy visits

 Ten clergy visit National Genome Centre with ‘Vicars in Labs’ 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 initiative to help scientists and faith leaders engage in dialogue and enhance understanding of ethical… Read more »

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Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations

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 involved many people from this diocese, sometimes at great personal cost. I want to thank all… Read more »

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Holocaust Survivor spoke at Hertfordshire Holocaust Memorial Day

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 speaker,  born into a family of 11, was Ivor Perl BEM (right). He  was just 12 years old… 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, the Dean of St Albans, and is a strategy for growth for smaller parishes in the central and catholic traditions. The book contains a straightforward,… 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 Saturday, 7th January. He was 58. He leaves a wife Heather and three children, Charlie,Harry, and Ana. Bishop Alan said: “Mike Ovey was not only a… Read more »

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New Year Message: We can make a better world

2017 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 harrowing time and many have died.  In Yemen, the… 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 arrived with children in tow, several of whom had brought musical instruments. My wacky sister was determined that we would go out carol singing. I… Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans’ Christmas Message

The 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 stop there. Earlier this year I spent some time with a… Read more »

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Sleepout 2016’s two degree night

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 Deputy Mayor of St Albans and the MP for South West Beds Andrew Selous. The Mayors of Stevenage and Berkhamsted… 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 of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, has paid tribute to her: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of… Read more »

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Three New Canons

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 Archdeacon of Hertford and Archdeacons in St Albans Diocese are also appointed as Canons of the Cathedral. Honorary Canonries are appointed for… Read more »

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#JoytotheWorld this Christmas

#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 December a new website will go live, inviting people across the country to attend local parish services at Christmas. Parishes can visit: www.AChristmasNearYou.org/upload from NOW and complete… Read more »

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Taizé Youth Pilgrimage video released

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 time on the Pilgrimage, going deeper into God. 2017 pilgrimage dates: Saturday 22 July – Monday 31 July. Click here for… Read more »

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Co-Chairs comment on Inter Faith Week

Co-Chairs comment 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 week an amazing array of events will be taking place to showcase the way in which faith and belief groups are making their… Read more »

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Prayer for Remembrance

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

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New Benefice

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 Valley Benefice) was celebrated in a packed All Saints-tide service led by the new Archdeacon of Hertford the Revd Janet Mackenzie followed by… Read more »

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Anglican – Methodist Covenant: Champions Sought

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 have been in Covenant relationship for many years now. This Covenant is enabling us to work closely together on… Read more »

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‘Becoming Reverend, A Diary,’

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 lays bare his joys and struggles as he attempts to reconcile his calling as a vicar with his life as a… Read more »

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Special guest at installation

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 220 people who came to his licensing and installation as Vicar of St Peter’s and St Mark’s Maidenhead. Maidenhead is the Prime… Read more »

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Paula Vennells to give Christian business lecture

Paula Vennells to give Christian business lecture Paula Vennells, is CEO of the Post Office and also a priest in the Diocese of St Albans. She is to give this year’s Hugh Kay Lecture to The Christian Association of Business Executives at Lambeth Palace on 5th October, 2016, 1800-2100. Everyone is welcome to attend 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 exceptional job in highlighting the very real dangers that gambling machines pose to those at risk of gambling related harm. While the betting industry continues… Read more »

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

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 all scientific endeavour is in a lab and the work of clergy… Read more »

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New Archdeacon of Hertford’s Ministry Begins in Stevenage

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 Diocese and the most senior woman in ministry in the diocese. The service of collation, led… Read more »

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Prayer for those awaiting exam results

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 them through the anxious moments of waiting. The prayer, written by a gap-year student when receiving her own results… Read more »

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Safety in church

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 praying for Fr Jacques Hamel and the others injured in Tuesday’s terrorist attack near Rouen. We also pray for the safety and… Read more »

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The Rt Revd Randolph George, RIP

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 Guyana from 1980 until 2009, when he was succeeded by the late Bishop Jerome Cornell Moss. The Diocese of… Read more »

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A Prayer for Nice

A Prayer for Nice

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Fr David Warner is @OurCofe

Fr David Warner is @OurCofe this week 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 Cofe,” from today, Monday 11th July, for a week. David (@DavidWarner) has already tweeted information about the parish… Read more »

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New Archdeacon’s Collation date

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 Andrew and St George’s Church, Stevenage. All are welcome. Clergy who wish to robe are asked to wear cassock, surplice and black… Read more »

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New Deacons and Priests

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 the number and geographical and age spread of curates in training is bearing fruit. There is also a desire to see… Read more »

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Archdeacon of Hertford’s Retirement

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. Last Saturday the Diocese of St Albans said farewell to Archdeacon Trevor and his wife Sue at Evensong in All Saints Church,… Read more »

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Pilgrimage to Holy Land in May 2017

Pilgrimage to Holy Land in May 2017 A pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be led by the Venerable Paul Hughes, Archdeacon of Bedford and Canon Liz Hughes, Senior Luton Airport Chaplain in May 2017. With five nights in Jerusalem and four nights in Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee, the trip includes many principal… Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans responds to EU result

Bishop of St Albans on EU result 24/6/16 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 also highlighted the deep divisions that exist in our country. We must now move forward together. However, healing… 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 God, Light of the nations, in Christ you make all things new: guide our nation in the coming days through the inspiration of your Spirit,… Read more »

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Mothers Union Worldwide President’s visit

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, spent time with Flitwick Deanery and with the Bishop of Bedford and met past and present MU Diocesan Presidents at… Read more »

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

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 which limits Local Authorities’ powers in relation to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). The Bishop,… Read more »

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New Readers licensed

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 12th June 2016. In his sermon he preached on a text of St Paul and spoke of the Body of Christ being… 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 regard for you, our Muslim friends and neighbours, that we send our blessings as you begin your fasting and prayers during the month of Ramadan…. Read more »

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Bishop John Taylor RIP

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 sadness that we announce that Bishop John Taylor died peacefully in his sleep, yesterday evening, 1 June 2016,  at the Hospice of St… Read more »

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Bishop Alan tables Private Member’s Bill

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 caused by Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. The Betting Licences (Category B2 Gaming Machines) Bill was entered into the House… Read more »

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Rowan Williams visits Cathedral for Christian Aid Week

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. Lord Williams, Chair of Christian Aid, spoke about the importance of sharing what we have with others, as… Read more »

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Four new Honorary Canons

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 of Biggleswade and Rector of Dunton with Wrestlingworth and Eyeworth (far right) The Revd Peter Wadsworth, Vicar of St Saviour, St… Read more »

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Next Archdeacon of Hertford

  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. Janet is currently the Vicar of St Augustine of Canterbury, Luton. Following a career in education, Janet was ordained in… Read more »

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The Dean’s Sermon for Easter Sunday 2016

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, they promise to get to you within a couple of hours after you die, with ice packs and… Read more »

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Bishop encourages Christians to engage with Europe debate

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, today, Easter Day (27/3). He recalls the birth of the EU out of the search for peace after… 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 be vulnerable to attack and so are encouraged to be vigilant. What to look out for: a number of businesses throughout the UK have received… Read more »

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Bishop welcomes decision on Sunday trading

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 economic affairs as a Lord Spiritual, issued the following statement: “MPs have listened to the concerns of the many… Read more »

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Ecumenical letter on Sunday Trading Deregulation

Ecumenical letter on Sunday Trading Deregulation – Sunday Telegraph 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 consumer needs and the wider health of local communities. They make space for shopping, while preserving… 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 at the same time wants to cut out-of-work benefits to those with mental health problems. Before Christmas, the House of Lords voted to remove two… Read more »

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

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 logo, designed by Lucas Salinger, aged 10, from Potten End C of E Primary School in Hertfordshire, was… Read more »

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Bedford Clergy visit neighbour

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 the Dioesan Communications Officer to join him. Apart from being a highly innovative project creating a hybrid… Read more »

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Statement on Government plans to extend Sunday trading

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 amendment will be tabled to the Enterprise Bill to devolve the extension of Sunday trading hours. Dr… Read more »

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Archdeacon of Hertford to retire in late 2016

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 1997 from part of the Archdeaconry of St Albans. Dr Jones came to the Diocese in 1997,… Read more »

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Bishop’s New Year Message

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 Kurdi, the three year old Syrian boy, lying dead, face down in the waves on a Turkish beach. He and his… Read more »

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

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, ‘The Force Awakens,’ the the story of Christ’s birth, to address some… Read more »

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Bishop’s Christmas message on BBC Three Counties

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 after the stock market fell to its lowest level in three years, it will be Christmas. In the… Read more »

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New Canons installed

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 of St Albans Cathedral on 5th December 2015.

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Bishop of Bedford gives keynote on Living Well Together

Bishop of Bedford’s  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 and to identify and overcome the challenges they face in promoting peaceful coexistence. Richard Atkinson, Bishop of… 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 of 2015. “St Marys Church in Luton have no knowledge of any meeting to recruit for ISIS alleged to have been held in its church… 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 of 10 to 11 degrees Celsius on Friday 4th December were however tempered by fierce winds, with a cooling edge – this was the… Read more »

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Advent message from the Bishop of St Albans

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 I was young we knew that the countdown to Christmas had started because of the Advent… 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 Eastbourne the focus is peace; and in Scunthorpe it is a big conversation. Just a handful of the hundreds of events across the country where… Read more »

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Bishops’ response to Paris terrorist attacks

Bishops respond to Paris 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 Paris break our hearts as well as opening them to the families of those who have been killed and to… Read more »

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DDO to be New Archdeacon for Wilts

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 the new Archdeacon of Wilts. Currently completing a DThM (Doctor of Theology and Ministry) with Durham University, she… Read more »

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Bishop welcomed at Samuel Ryder Academy

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, St Albans, in which Samuel Ryder Academy is situated. Samuel Ryder is a community school, not a Church of… Read more »

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New Bishop of Guyana elected

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 of Sat Albans Diocese’s overseas links in the Anglican Communion. Fr Davidson is a graduate of the United Theological College… Read more »

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New Team Vicar for Elstree and Borehamwood

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 vicar. The Bishop of Hertford, the Right Reverend Dr. Michael Beasley licensed her and she was installed by… Read more »

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It’s Bishop Anne

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 Bishop of Islington. She is pictured here with Bishop David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, her Diocesan Bishop, on the steps of St… Read more »

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Assisted Dying Bill lost

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 lost, with 330 votes against and 118 in favour. James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, and lead bishop for the Church of… Read more »

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Sheriffs met at the border

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 of Bedfordshire, near to Eyeworth, Bedfordshire.   They were not riding horses but bicycles, as part of the annual Bike ‘n Hike, organised… Read more »

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Ven Christine Hardman: next Bishop of Newcastle

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 September. Christine later studied for an M.Th. in Applied Theology from the University of Oxford. She was ordained… Read more »

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How to attend Anne Hollinghurst’s consecration

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 receive details of the Revd Anne Hollinghurst’s consecration service at St Paul’s in September. Anyone who would like to… Read more »

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Golden Jubilee celebrations flushed with success

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 with one in Africa. The new accessible church toilet has been created out an old cloakroom and toilet area… Read more »

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Tweet your favourite Psalm to celebrate new app

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 ‘Reflections’ series, Reflections on the Psalms is a standalone book, ebook and mobile app written for anyone… Read more »

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New Joint Diocesan Registrars

New Joint Diocesan Registrars Click here for Registrars’ contact details The Bishop of St Albans is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Chinery and Sarah Clemenson as Joint Diocesan Registrars with effect from 7th September 2015.  Their appointment follows the resignation of Lee Coley who is moving from Lee Bolton Monier Williams. Sarah joined… Read more »

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Canon John Kiddle to be Archdeacon of Wandsworth

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 is currently Director of Mission Diocese in St Albans Diocese and a Residentiary Canon of St Albans… Read more »

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Prayers for Remembrance (for Tunisia)

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 whom we loved: when we are angry at the loss we have sustained, when we long for words of comfort,… Read more »

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St Albans Vicar to be Bishop of Aston

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 St Peter’s, a city-centre church in St Albans, since 2010, where she has led the church in… Read more »

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Canon Philosopher’s Inaugural Lecture

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 Albans Cathedral on 8th June. His appointment, and that of the Canon Scientist, Revd Professor Dr David Wilkinson, installed in February,… Read more »

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Christina Rees awarded CBE

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 Church of England’. A member of the General Synod for 25 years, she was also a founding member of the Archbishops’ Council… Read more »

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Bishop Alan moves Lords’ debate on role of Civil Society

Bishop 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 note of the role played by civil society, in the light of the pastoral letter from… Read more »

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Bishop Cornell Moss RIP

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 had been receiving medical treatment. Bishop Cornell had been Bishop of Guyana, one of our overseas link diocese, since 8 December 2009… Read more »

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Consecration of Bishop Michael

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, preached and the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, presided. Bishop Michael will be welcomed to the… Read more »

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Ring your church bells to mark VE Day anniversary

Ring 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 out and brought an end to nearly six years of war and chaos across Europe falls on… Read more »

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Bedford Church now takes deposits for ‘community bank’

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, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, opened the branch on Monday, 30 March. Volunteers at the church have… Read more »

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Bishop of St Albans Easter Message 2015

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 and scratching his head, ‘if you want to get there, you don’t want to start from here’. And… Read more »

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Priest and scientist appointed Bishop of Hertford

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 Canon Dr Michael Beasley has been named as the next Bishop of Hertford, in succession to the Rt… Read more »

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

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 vote by joining the Register of Electors if they are over 16. He… Read more »

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Bishop’s New Year Message

The Bishop of St Albans 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 election on 7th May. Later in 2015 we will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing… Read more »

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Bishop’s Christmas Sermon 2014

The Bishop of St Albans’ Christmas Sermon, 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 St Albans, the Rt Revd Revd Dr Alan Smith said, in his Christmas sermon, that politicians and soldiers… Read more »

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

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 as one of my episcopal colleagues.” Read about her appointment here Hear her speak… Read more »

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Four Mayors, an MP and 470 People Support Homeless People

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 the mayors taking part were the Mayors of Luton, Berkhamsted and Hertford and the Chairman… Read more »

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The Dean’s Christmas letter

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.   Years ago I led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, including a visit to Bethlehem. I remember the bus arriving… Read more »

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Goldington’s Golden Gardens Award

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 newspaper awards, they were also delighted to scoop a top award at the CPRE Bedfordshire ‘Living Countryside Awards’ held at Moggerhanger… Read more »

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St Albans Diocese joins Living Wage Employers

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 Office, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or thirdparty contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage… Read more »

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Lock In 14 welcomes 300 young people

LockIn14 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 games, lego movie. Also on offer were several opportunities for the young people to reflect… Read more »

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Church and community together win new primary school for Watford.

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 much-needed primary school places in September 2016. For over a year, the rigorous application process… Read more »

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

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 exploration of the Christian faith, presented in 1981 by the then BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent,… Read more »

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

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 all ages. Come and be part of it! The choice of its… Read more »

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Celebrating our successful festival: Celebrate 100

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 making Celebrate 100 such an amazing event. We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who came, the… Read more »

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Bishop Paul to be confirmed as next Bishop of Liverpool

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 a special service at York Minster later today, 23rd July. The confirmation of the election… Read more »

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Luton included in Near Neighbours’ grants

Luton included in Near Neighbours’ £1.8m 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 available for Luton. Grants between £250 and £5,000 are available, providing seed capital for local groups and organisations… Read more »

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Called to Coventry

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 up the new post of Canon Treasurer at Coventry Cathedral, with an installation date of 12th October. As a member of the… Read more »

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Twelve Readers licensed

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, St Peter Belinda Copson – Hitchin Team Ministry Stephen Fletcher – Sunnyside with Bourne End Helen Ford – Mill End and Heronsgate… Read more »

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Vote in favour of women bishops carried

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 expressed his pleasure at the ‘yes’ vote as well as affirming the place of those who hold a… Read more »

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Icon Relay for Celebrate 100

Icon Relay takes Celebrate 100 around   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 leading up to the Festival Day of Fun and Praise in Keysoe on 25th August, Bank Holiday Monday. Why an… Read more »

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Eleven priests and seventeen deacons ordained

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 wonderful to see 17 people ordained deacon this Petertide, more than for many years. It was also good… Read more »

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Sun shines on Alban Pilgrimage

 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 all ages join in : some  in costume, some not. In the cathedral, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal… Read more »

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

It’s Cathedral: but not as we know it! – 7th June 2014   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.  

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Bishop returns after 900 years

History was made in Sandridge on Sunday (March 30th) as the Bishop of Norwich returned to St Leonard?s Church after 900 years

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Transforming Communities Inside

Clergy and Readers from Bedford Deanery along with Bishop Richard and prison chaplain the Revd Sharon Grenham Toze, went into Bedford Prison, for the prison?s Building Community Week.

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Bishop’s Easter Sermon: Les Mis and welfare cuts

Tthe meaning of the resurrection is made clear in the story of Les Miserables says the Bishop of St Albans in his Easter Sermon, which also helps explain the motivation to speak out for justice behind the bishops’ intervention over the Welfare Bill

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Four out of five believe in the power of prayer

Four out of five British adults believe in the power of prayer, according to a new ICM survey in the run-up to Easter.

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The start of an unexpected journey

Patience started me on the path to Ordination which was something that came out of the blue most unexpectedly. Like many before and after me she patiently saw me through to being ordained for which I am most grateful.

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Inauguration of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

Read Bishop Alan’s comment on the inauguration of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and find links to media coverage.

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Experiencing a different culture

Young People of St Albans “want to experience a different culture”

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Canon Patience Purchas RIP

Bishop pays tribute to Canon Purchas: “She had a passion for Christian ministry”

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Luton Airport’s Chaplain retires this month

r 18 years of dedicated service Reverend Michael Banfield will retire as senior Chaplain of London Luton Airport on 31st October

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Bishop commissions community-embracing recipe

The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith, has commissioned an easy-to-make Coronation Chicken recipe, to encourage parishes to host a Big Lunch in their communities on Sunday, June 2nd, the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of the Queen.

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Next Bishop of Bedford Announced

he next Bishop of Bedford, in the Diocese of St Albans, is to be the Venerable Richard Atkinson, 53, currently Archdeacon of Leicester, 10 Downing Street announced this morning, 1 March 2012.

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Bishop of St Albans pays tribute to Archbishop

Bishop of St Albans pays tribute to Archbishop of Canterbury

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Freshly Minted Bishop of Bedford Goes Walkabout

Less than twenty-four hours after being made a bishop in a service of consecration in St Paul?s Cathedral, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson will journey on foot through some of the communities of Luton and Bedfordshire on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May.

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Bishop?s Harvest Appeal

Saving lives and livelihoods in the Dominican Republic

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Diocese of Chichester

Statement following the publication of the report on the Diocese of Chichester

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St Augustine’s Academy Opens

Downside Lower School, Dunstable, was re-opened as St Augustine?s Church of England Academy by the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, on 19th September.

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The Bishop of St Albans’ statement

The Bishop of St Albans’ statement concerning the legislation to ordain women to the episcopate

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All Saints? new building opened by Archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Rt Hon and Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, opened All Saints Academy?s new building on 27th September.

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Remember to vote for the good of all

On the 15th November, the first ever elections for the new Police and Crime Commissioners will take place across the country.

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Bishops’ responses to Archbishop nomination

Bishops’ responses to the nomination of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

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Tackling spiritual poverty

The contribution of the faith communities to the common good is so great that it cannot be sidelined and doesn’t depend on numbers alone says the Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson.

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Bishop celebrates extraordinary women

Bishop describes compelling stories of extraordinary Christian women who have made significant contributions to the life of the church in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire as ?blowing many of our preconceptions out of the water.?

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Bishop Alan: signing books at Waterstones

Bishop Alan will sign copies of his new book Saints and Pilgrims at Waterstones, 8 St Peter’s Street, St Albans on 24th October, 7-9pm

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Bishop congratulates Royals on birth of son

The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith has expressed his joy on hearing of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son.

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Anglican Communion Guests

The Anglican Communion Evangelism and Growth Initiative visits St Albans Diocese

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The Bishop of St Albans Easter Message

The Bishop of St Albans Easter message was broadcast on BBC Three Counties Radio, on Easter Sunday

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Consultation on new Bishop of Leeds

Responses from the wider church sought

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Coronation jubilee resources published

The Church of England has published resources to help parishes celebrate the Queen’s coronation jubilee

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Hospital Chapel?s prescription of love

Lister Hospital?s chapel moved to its new location within the hospital without missing a heartbeat

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Trident should not be ring-fenced, Bishop says

Trident should not be ring-fenced, Bishop says, as he washes pilgrims’ feet

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Bishop Paul joins a credit union

The Bishop of Hertford is one of 41 Bishops marking International Credit Union Day

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Bishop of St Albans questions for Starbucks

Bishop of St Albans questions Starbucks’ 200 new UK shops: ?It seems a strange decision for a loss making business.?

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Grovehill’s new priest

Balloons released at start of new ministry

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Former Hitchin curate returns to diocese

Former Hitchin curate, the Revd Andrew Johnson, has returned to the diocese as Rector of Barton Le Clay

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Applause and cheers for 20 years of women priests

Rejoicing as 20 years of women priests is marked

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St Albans Sleepout mentioned in Parliament

A question answered in Parliament has heard about the work of St Albans Sleepout

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Bishop Paul: ‘Post a real card this Christmas’

The Bishop of Hertford has backed a campaign calling for people to send real Christmas cards this year.

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Bishop of St Albans will pray for Pope Francis

The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, has praised the simple prayerful life of Pope Francis.

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Floods: helping those caught up

A prayer for flood victims and Bishop Alan meets the Minister

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New artwork in Luton church

A newly commissioned work of art by local artist has been hung in St Andrew’s Church, Slip End, Luton

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The Rt Revd David Farmbrough RIP

The death of the Rt Revd David Farmbrough, former Bishop of Bedford was announced yesterday, 9th March

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Bishop in reforming mode

The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, has made a small but significant contribution to a debate on Welfare Reform at the Church of England?s Governing Body, the General Synod.

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Tombs discovered in Hemel Hempstead opened

The find was uncovered under the car park near the Old Town Hall, next to St Mary’s Church

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Threatened hedgehogs could be at home in a churchy

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) have called on the Church of England to support a new survey, launched on February 1, monitoring the decline of the British hedgehog.

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Bishop ‘regrets death of Nelson Mandela’

The Bishop of St Albans gives thanks for the courage and example of the late Nelson Mandela

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Christmas is about giving not shopping says Bishop

The true message of Christmas is about giving not shopping. Yet it appears that many of us can no longer pause and find the time to enjoy the presents that we have been given.

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The Bishop of St Albans New Year Message:ygt

As the panic over whether the turkey would fit in the oven recedes, thoughts turn to the coming year.??Many economists and politicians are optimistic about prospects for the twelve months ahead. After the worse financial crisis since the Great Depression of 1929, data from various sources indicate that the economy is growing again.??During the past… Read more »

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Wheathampstead Rector’s Painting Project

St Helen’s Parish Church has led a community-based project to paint a mural

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