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First Service

George Austin covers the verbal volleys at York In Boot Hill graveyard in Tombstone, Arizona, there is a monument to George Johnson ‘hanged by mistake’ in 1881. ‘He was right and we was wrong’ goes the inscription, ‘but we strung [...]

The English Parish Part 1

Anthea Jones traces 1000 years of development The Church of England recognizes some 13,000 parishes as the comprehensive framework for ministry, and of these, about two thirds may have existed for a thousand years, although some boundaries may have been [...]

Smart One, Vicar

Martin Browning takes a lesson from Kit Smart Prepare thy blessed feet, and come With peace angelic shod, And purge away the dross and scum That stain the house of God. Even in the eighteenth century, not everyone spoke quite [...]


A reading from the letters of St Boniface A watchful shepherd, guarding the flock of Christ In this month’s Faith of our Fathers it is recommended that the reader read the letters of St Boniface (675–754) who was known as [...]


Paul Richardson reflects on a Church which takes on the world’s standards and values Just over six months ago the British Superbrands Council, an organization created to promote and analyze brands sold in the UK, decided to include the Church [...]


Highways and Byways of Hymns Of Breakfasts and Baptists Full English breakfast served all day, says the sign on the pavement. See through the window the egg-and-bacon enthusiasts polishing off their porridge or tucking into toast and marmalade. It’s fast [...]

Archbishops in a twist

Arthur Middleton on Athanasius, Cyprian and George Stresses and Strains Accokeek, the consecration of four new bishops in Denver, Bishop Spong banned by Archbishop Hollingworth in Australia, and the Diocese of Sydney’s pledge to promote lay celebration of the Eucharist, [...]

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