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For many years our fourth church ST. Michael's Llanfihangle has been left in a sorry state of repair, and has remained locked. However, the Friends of Friendless Churches has taken over the old church from the Church in Wales, and has restored the church to its former glory. The church is now about to be reopened though it cannot be rededicated, and will be used by ourselves the Benefice of Caldicot and by the Caldicot Local History Society. From time to time we will have small services there and we will also use the church for quiet days. The History Society will use the church for displays and will hold talks there. In the summer months the church will remain open, for visitors. Please do not drive into the farm yard but park in the lay bye. We hope you enjoy the visit.
Tomb of Anna Martel (13th C) in the church.
Altar being moved into the restored church July 2010.
Meeting of Caldicot and District Local History Society June 2010
Weddings made in cyberspace
An innovative way of planning a church wedding by web has been a surprise hit with couples. What began life as a pilot less than two years ago with a change in the law initiated by the Church - the Marriage Measure - is now at the heart of one-third of Church of England weddings, statistics suggest. www.yourchurchwedding.org draws a third of a million visitors a year (27,000 unique visitors a month) and over the past 21 months since launch in October 2008 has been used to plan more than 28,000 of about 90,000 Church of England weddings. Read the full story.
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New guidance for giving wedding guests a day to remember
Weddings are a special day for guests, too, and with over 40 per cent of people attending a church wedding every year the Archbishops' Council's Weddings Project has drawn on extensive feedback from more then 700 vicars to develop new resources to optimise guests’ wedding day experience
General Synod - York 2010
Latest on discussions and debates
Summary information about the discussions and decisions at General Synod, which met in York from Friday July 9 to Tuesday July 13, is available on the Church of England website. This online coverage of Synod includes sound files of each debate. You can also access the agendas and papers.
Listen to William Fittall Secretary General to the Church of England's General Synod
Pic: Synod chamber at York University
Archbishop of Canterbury
Closing sermon at General Synod
The Archbishop preached at the celebration of the Eucharist at the end of the Quinquennium 2005-2010, during General Synod in York.
New national charity to help make a practical difference in local communities.
The Archbishop of York tonight launched the Acts 435 charity nationally at Synod. The charity helps churches to make a practical difference in their local communities helping those who are going through tough times financially. In the face of further government austerity measures the Archbishop has said it is important for the Church to reach out to those in need.
Bishops encouraged to go back to school
Church school anniversary 2011
Preparations for celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Church of England opening the first free schools in England and Wales have begun, with the launch of a website, www.natsoc200.org.uk. The site is aimed at inspiring and supporting today’s 5,000 Church of England and Church in Wales schools, and their associated churches, to mark the landmark birthday in creative ways.
New web resources
Full text of Book of Common Prayer online for first time
Following the publication of Common Worship on the Church of England website, the Archbishops’ Council has added the full text of The Book of Common Prayer to the worship pages of the site. Read more about the project.
Listen to a podcast featuring the Revd Paul Thomas, a member of the Liturgical Commission and Deputy Chairman of the Prayer Book Society,
New yew at Lambeth
The Bishop of London the Rt Revd Richard Chartres has planted a yew tree in the gardens of Lambeth Palace to celebrate the UN International Year of Biodiversity. The tree was donated by the Conservation Foundation, which has launched a campaign to find the 7,000 Millennium Yews ten years on, many of which were planted in churchyards.