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Thanking everyone for their amazing support for Ride+Stride 2016, John Pickthorn, our Ride+Stride organiser, said: “Whether you cycled, walked, sponsored someone, or opened your church and provided welcome refreshments, you have been amazing. Thank you for all your hard work. You have helped to save beautiful and historic churches for everyone to enjoy.” Stay tuned for news of our next Ride+Stride on Saturday 9 September 2017.

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The rain did not dampen the spirits of this team from St Barnabas’ church in Walthamstow.

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Warm applause greeted Dr Rowan Williams (Lord Williams of Oystermouth) after the former Archbishop of Canterbury had delivered the third annual Gepp Lecture for the Friends of Essex Churches Trust at Chelmsford Cathedral in May.

Extolling the virtues of friends of churches organisations, Dr Williams highlighted four of his favourite churches - his home church in Oystermouth, South Wales; a delapidated cinema in Zimbabwe; the rebuilt Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow; and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jersusalem.

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, gave a vote of thanks after Dr Williams had answered questions.




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