Frontline Friday with the Bishop Of Stepney

God is already at work here – and has already gone ahead of us

"There’s a great line in the film ‘Chariots of Fire’ when Eric Liddell explains his love of running: ‘when I run, I feel God’s pleasure’. I came away from my morning with Toby Lewis Thomas sensing that Toby feels something similar about his work. For him it’s not just a job, not simply a means to an end, it’s an expression of the boundless creativity of God – and God enjoys it.

We met at Toby’s workplace, a small office on the Bethnal Green / Shoreditch / Spitalfields border – and the location is important, because although technically a lot of Toby’s work could be done by remote or home-based working, the relational and network aspects are important in a creative industry where people can often find themselves isolated. Toby was clearly concerned about the pressures on young people in his working environment, and he is determined to make sure that his company plays its part in supporting and encouraging young creatives as they make their way in the working world"

. Bishop of Stepney, Adrian Newman


Church calls on clergy to open their doors to refugees

Capital Mass has called on clergy working across the Diocese of London to open their doors to homeless refugees and destitute migrants.


Working in partnership with Housing Justice, Capital Mass has launched a new campaign to encourage clergy to host migrants and refugees who are destitute and without opportunities whilst their immigration or asylum case is being addressed by the Home Office.

Under this new initiative, a guest in need of accommodation is referred to Housing Justice by the agency working on their immigration case. Housing Justice will then contact those clergy who have registered as potential hosts and arrange a meeting to ensure that any new housing arrangement is a good match and will work well for both parties.

See the interview between Bishop Adrian and Toby Lewis Thomas here

See the interview between Bishop Adrian and Toby Lewis Thomas here

New St Peter’s Stonegrove church building runner-up in Church Architecture Awards

National recognition for new north London church building as St Peter's Stonegrove Edgware, is named runner-up in 2016 Church Architecture Awards. Read more here

Bishop Richard backs the Evening Standard’s food waste campaign.

The project, based at Christ Church with St Laurence Brondesbury, provides three course meals for people in the local community who struggle to make ends meet, as well as running a food and clothes bank.

The food was provided by the Felix Project, which collects surplus food from suppliers and distributes it to local charities. The Bishop, alongside the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, Imam Monawar Hussain, and Hindu temple manager Chandresh Thakkar, helped make the delivery and the group was given a tour of St Laurence’s Larder by its founder, Stephen Chamberlain.

The Bishop of London said:

“After the feeding of the 5,000, with the loaves and fishes, Jesus said to his disciples “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted”. The Evening Standard’s campaign to promote awareness over food waste is vitally important and will strike a powerful chord with Londoners wanting to tackle the issue of food poverty. It is giving an insight into the realities of food poverty and food waste. The campaign is also telling the positive stories of how Londoners, including churches and other faith communities, are thinking innovatively about ways to share food fairly, so becoming true ‘companions’ – the word means, ‘those with whom we share bread'”.

Read an article about the visit on the Evening Standard website.

A pilgrimage of wellbeing

A pilgrimage was once a great way to show spirituality in the middle-ages. It was an activity for poets, peasants, kings and many others too, and some of our great works of literature have been based on the journeys to great places of worship. However, in 1538, Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell banned all forms of pilgrimage in Britain. From then its popularity declined until now, as we are seeing a resurgence in this form of activity across the world. According to the Confraternity of St James, there are increasing numbers walking the Spanish Camino to Santiago, and old routes are being rediscovered across the UK. 

 Pilgrimage is not something only done by mediaeval Christians, or for those of a traditional faith background. It’s a great way to increase wellbeing, health and vitality, and ultimately finding out the way before God.

More information is on the events pages on the national pilgrimage to St Edward’s Tomb at Westminster Abbey - Matthew Hall.

Matthew Hall is a Communications Assistant for the Diocese of London and loves walking, hiking, long distance pathways and wandering through wilderness places across Europe.

St Mellitus Medal awarded for great contribution to parish life

The St Mellitus Medal has been awarded to Mr Dennis Brock in recognition of his long service to St Mary’s Sunbury-on-Thames, the Diocese of London and to the world of bell ringing in London and the Home Counties.

Dennis was presented with the medal at a special service at St Mary’s by The Most Reverend Walter Makhulu, Honorary Assistant Bishop of London and Archbishop Emeritus of Central Africa, on behalf of the Bishop of London. The Mayor and Mayoress of Spelthorne were among the attendees.

The medal is named after St Mellitus, the Bishop of who re-founded the Diocese of London in AD 604 after the city reverted to paganism following the Saxon invasions, and is awarded by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, in recognition of substantial contribution to the Christian life of London.

Dennis, who will soon be 98, has been part of the life of St Mary’s for over 95 years and was baptised, confirmed and married at the church. He has also rung its bells for over 85 years and taught hundreds of people to ring the bells over many decades.

Captured by the Nazis during the Second World War, he worked as a civil servant upon his release after the war before marrying and having a daughter.

Honouring firefighters on the 15th anniversary of 9/11

The Bishop of London has joined guests at the Firefighters International Service of Remembrance at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate to honour the contribution of firefighters around the globe

Help with parish fundraising

As I have only been with the Diocese of London for a very short time (I started at the beginning of June), I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Carol Ward and I have joined Sarah Webster (fundraising and philanthropy manager) as the new parish fundraising manager.

My role is to help all our parishes to have a better understanding of FUNdraising – and support you as you plan and implement successful campaigns and capital appeals.

For more detail on Carol's role please go to: And for links to fundraising ideas go to:


Bishop of London announces retirement in 2017

The Bishop has written to clergy and parishes across the Diocese of London to share the timetable for his retirement, with his last public engagement as Bishop of London being Candlemas at St Paul’s Cathedral on 2 February 2017. The Bishop, who has held the post for over twenty years, will continue his work and engagements as normal until Christmas and will continue to hold the post of Dean of HM Chapels Royal until the appointment of the 133rd Bishop of London.

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50 Things to do in a Church

Michael Palin’s ‘Thing’ is Peace and Quiet. ‘50 Things to do in a Church’ celebrates the many and diverse uses of church buildings and asks the public to share their favourite things to do in a church or chapel.

Launched by the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church repair and support charity, The list highlights some of the activities and events that take place in and around church buildings and the many different ways that people use and experience churches and chapels. Finding peace and quiet is one such activity and a particular attraction for formerMonty Python performer, traveller, writer and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust.