News Stories

  • ‘WHO, ME?’

    At St Columba House, Woking, 3 -5 May, the ‘Who, me?’ minority ethnic vocations conference brought people together from a range of backgrounds to explore God’s calling on their lives. Read more

  • When God Gives You More than You Can Handle

    3 Lessons about Moving Forward in Faith When Your Situation Feels Impossible Read more

  • New Study Examines the Effects of Prayer on Mental Health

    What are your deepest beliefs regarding the nature of God? When you pray, do you talk to a loving, protective and easily accessible God? Or does God feel strangely distant and unreachable? Perhaps a disciplinarian? A new study says that your beliefs about the “character” of God determine the effects of prayer on your mental health. Read more

  • How are you doing, mum?

    I heard the question dozens of times in the first few weeks after the birth of our daughter. 
    How are you doing?! But did they really want to know?  No, probably not. Great! We love her! Life is great! No complaints! Read more

  • 5 Tips To Help Someone Feeling Overwhelmed and Discouraged

    This blog appears on Reframing Ministries website.

    Learning to provide comfort and encouragement for those who are experiencing dark days can be challenging. We are told that the “ministry of presence” (just being there) for others is what they need . . . but how does that work, practically? Read more

  • Worship on the theme of mental health: a guide for the Church

    One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any year. Mental
    health problems like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia can
    affect anyone at any time, and it’s likely that many people in your congregation have
    been affected. Read more

  • Celebrating the birth of a Nation at Winchester Cathedral

    Our understanding of the English nation is about to be transformed by an enthralling new National Lottery funded exhibition at Winchester Cathedral.

    After almost ten years of planning, Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation, will open to the public on Tuesday 21 May. This spectacular new three-level exhibition will take visitors on a journey through over 1,000 years of history, highlighting some of the nation’s greatest treasures and revealing Winchester’s unique role in shaping early English history.

    A Scribe’s Tale will showcase all four volumes of the magnificent 12th-century Winchester Bible whilst Decoding the Stones will unlock the mysteries of the Cathedral’s unique architectural heritage. Finally, The Birth of a Nation takes visitors on an intriguing journey of discovery to unearth the secrets concealed within the Cathedral’s unique mortuary chests, believed to contain the remains of pre-Conquest kings and bishops. Read more

  • Ringing the Bells for Change as Cyclists converge on Winchester Cathedral this Christian Aid Week

    Bells of a different sort will ring at Winchester Cathedral on Saturday 11th May when cyclists from across the region are invited to pedal against poverty in the launch of Christian Aid Week (May 12-18). Read more

  • Remembering those lost to murder and manslaughter

    Last April saw the first ever Service of Remembrance in the South for those whose lives were cut short by murder, manslaughter, or similar. Some 50 people came together to remember those who had cruelly been taken from them. Thankfully, the pain of losing someone dear to you through murder is experienced only by a few. In this Service, we, Churches, reach out to those in such pain. Read more

  • Three Faiths Remember the Palestinian Catastrophe

    Muslims and Jews will join in a service of Lamentation for the Nakba (Catastrophe) in a Christian church next month (May).

    It is 71 years since over 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes – never to return – in the wake of the establishment of the State of Israel.

    Now there are around seven million Palestinians worldwide, one and a half million of whom are living in refugee camps, according to the United Nations.

    Associate Priest Rev Nicky Davies said: “We think it’s important to remember what happened all those years ago because people are still suffering and the tragedy is still playing out today.

    “Until this issue is resolved there can be no just peace in Israel-Palestine.”

    Ms Davies who completed part of her training for the priesthood in Bethlehem added: “The service will be a solemn affair with music, prayers and reflections.

    “We are so thrilled that a Muslim family from Bournemouth will take part and a Dorset Jew will read a prayer especially written for the Nakba by Rabbi Brant Rosen.”

    Teresa Parker of Quaker Peace and Social Witness who has run a human rights programme in the Middle East will give the address and the service will be followed by Palestinian refreshments.

    Lamentation for the Nakba takes place in St Mary’s Church, Fordingbridge, on May 15, beginning at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Read more

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