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December 2016

Front cover of The Bridge December 2016

Southwark Cathedral hosts Barbados Jubilee Service / 10th Greenwich Living Advent Calendar / The significance of the Incarnation / Reigate Vicar to be Archdeacon of Cheltenham / Archdeacon of Reigate installed / The Revd Dr Andrew Wakefield / From the old we travel to the new... / Faith leaders react to Croydon Tram derailment / Building for mission in one of our most deprived parishes / The Parish Support Fund - save the date! / Church window restored at Horn Park Community Centre / Gallery visit herlads new arts/church partnership / Primary school wins Merton in Bloom award / From the Bridge post-bag / Linked in Jerusalem... / ...at St George's College / Christmas Unwrapped / Confirmed in the Cathedral in November / Reigate Deanery - Walking with God Day by Day / "A bold and welcoming vision" / Diocesan Synod Report / Godstone and Caterham merga as Tandridge Deanery / Congratulations Your Honour / London Church Leaders unite with Mayor to combat intolerance / Bringing education to orphans in Zambia / Helping offenders to 'bounce back'! / Lambeth South Deanery Conversation / 'Caring for God's' Acre success / M&S grant for Tulse Hill's straw bale Community Hub / Thamesmead yound people go on retreat / Let Us Pray / 'Holiday At Home' Workshop / Student Sunday / 10,000 reasons to be thankful / Oxted head and staff chosen for school support role / Green Communion Sunday / What's On / Robes SleepOut raises £81,000 so far / Caterham-on-the-Ale / Heritge Minister visits Southwark Cathedral to see where grant will be spent

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November 2016

Front cover of The Bridge November 2016

Wandsworth Prison hosts Bishops ecumenical visit / Mayor of London speaks at Faith and Community Assembly / A View from The Bridge – “A Good Funeral” / Bishop’s Adviser for Spiritual Formation / ‘Enthralling’ Clergy Study Day / Photostory – St Michael & All Angels, Croydon / Croydon Minster “Beats the Bounds” / Linking up in Jerusalem! / Harvest Thanksgiving at St Barnabas, Sutton / The Revd Andrew Wakefield / Photostory – St James, Malden / The Anglican Centre in Rome / Reigate welcomes new Archdeacon / Making Connections in Purley / What do you love about being a Bishop? / Diocesan Holy Land Pilgrimage 19-26 February 2018 / The countryside comes to Kennington / Working together to tackle rubbish / Wandsworth churches to run night shelter / A ‘flexible Spirit-led ministry’ / 65 years as a Reader / What makes a ‘good funeral’? / Giving thanks... sowing seeds / Celebrating a golden age in Abbey Wood / Spirituality & the Brain / The Rt Revd Precious Omuku / Southwark hosts the New Monasticism Convention / 1st Welcare volunteer and supporter awards / National Deaneries Conference 2016 / Gravetalk / Sharing, learning - and tug of war! / ‘Greater Than Gold’ - Mwy na Aur / Health Care Chaplains meet the Bishops / Let us pray / What’s On / Robes Project Sleep Out / ‘Journeying Well Together’ in Black History Month / Bishops and volunteers in Croydon to welcome young refugees / Establishing the Distinctive Diaconate / Another successful Diocesan Golf Day

Short video to accompany the centrespread on 'What makes a good funeral'

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October 2016

Front cover of The Bridge October 2016

New building for St John's Angell Town primary school / A view from The Bridge / New Honorary Canons and Lay Canons Installed / Historic ordinations at St Mary's Putney / Sixty years in ordained ministry - and still going strong / Black History Month - journeying Well Together / St Mary's Celebrates 'the art of nature' / Inaugural 'Faith for the Climate' event at St John's Waterloo / 'Praising God through the gift of music' / Come with us to the Holy Land / Dr Rowan Williams preaches to a packed St Matthew's, Redhill / St Cecilia's celebrate results / Thank you Chris - and welcome John / Cathedral Girls Choir visits Krakow / Week of Prayer for World Peace / 'Let the little children come to me' / Children's ministry at St Barnabas Dulwich / Worshipping with children at St John's / Godly Play at St Mary Putney / Diddi Disciples at St Peter's Walworth / Richard Dormandy reviews: Books for All Age Worship / The Reluctant MU President / New wall for St Mary's churchyard / Photostory - St Saviour's Eltham / DAC says farewell to Dr Harry Bramma / Let Us Pray / Photostory - 25 years as a reader / Hundreds flock to 'Shakespeare in Bloom' / Talking about Death / Speak Up for climate action / What's On / Saddled up for Ride and Stride / Robes Project SleepOut at Southwark Cathedral / Bromley & Sheppards celebrate '350th' / Glass Door SleepOut will help fund shelters in Wandsworth

Short videos to accompany the centrespread on 'Let the little children come to me'

Children's Ministry at Springfield Church - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdwzWPLBhI

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September 2016

Front cover of The Bridge September 2016

Cathedral funeral for ‘Man of History’ / Building ‘Digital Futures’ in Waterloo / A View from the Bridge – “It’s all about teamwork” / Southwark People – Gill O’Neill, Kevin Scott, Readers Celebrated at Kingswood / All that is needed is a desire for growth… / First Reigate Deanery service of Healing / Mums and Babes celebrate 35 years / Photostories: St Mary Beddington & Christ Church, Croydon / Best ever A level results for St Saviour’s / Women and the Critical Mass / Diocesan Synod Report / Cathedral bells undergoing ‘once in a century’ restoration / Do you blog? / ‘Next year in Jerusalem’ / Prom Praise for Schools / Who does what in the Church of England? / New Sixth Form celebrates A Level success / ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow’...including beer! / Photostory: St Michael’s Convent, Ham / Parish Profile: St Paul w St Saviour, Brixton / Bringing communities together in Southwark - Southwark church-mosque twinning programme to go nationwide; Women in Hebron; Salaam! Peace!; Kingston Area clergy reflect on ministry in multi-faith communities / Let us pray / Gravetalk / Thank you / Bromley & Sheppards to celebrate 350 years in October / Postbag / What’s On / First ever Southwark Legal Service / Celebrating Lammastide in a Surrey barn / St Jamesfest in Merton

Short videos to accompany the centrespread on 'Who does what in the Church of England?'

Carol Graham, Parish Warden - Mortlake & East Sheen Team Ministry: https://youtu.be/7xEBU9w8mXM

Alex Mutyaba, PCC Treasurer - Peckham, St Mary Magdalene: https://youtu.be/jPB9BElJqro

Helen Lishmund, PCC Secretary - Selsdon, St John the Divine: https://youtu.be/ScX4t7nou5k

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July/August 2016

Front cover of The Bridge July/August 2016

Farewell to Bishop Michael / A view from The Bridge – ‘Reader Ministry’ / Hearing Champions Course / Southwark People: New Archdeacon of Reigate appointed - Three new SPAs commissioned - 18 Deacons ordained at Petertide - ...and 20 Deacons ordained as Priests - Nine new Honorary Canons / Love Southwark / Southwark celebrates the Queen’s 90th Birthday / Lewisham InterFaith March for Peace / Celebrating 140 years of the Mothers’ Union / NSMs meet as numbers fall and need grows / Hustings in Tooting / Woolwich pilgrims head for Canterbury / Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the modern Reader Ministry / Iftar in Tooting... / ...and in the Borough / Manicaland priests in SE London / Sun shines on Redhill community party / Photostory: Nutfield CofE Primary School / Parish Profile: All Saints’ Kenley / Art and Spirituality / Mayors visit Bishop’s House / Smells and bells in Sanderstead / Sixty years a chorister / ‘Messy Church’ Football Fun / Photostory: St Francis, Horley / St Alban’s celebrates 125th Anniversary / Alpha contributes to Charlton confirmations / Diocese offers house for a refugee family / Photostory: The Revd Neil McKinnon retires / Let us pray / A baby friendly school initiative / 120 years serving Wimbledon Parkside / Do you know someone who needs a holiday? / Photostory: Bishop Cleophas Lunga at St Mary Rotherhithe / What’s On / Scenes of Southwark past... / Bergen agreement renewed / St Paul’s Furzedown celebrates 90 years / Richmond ‘doubles’ / Photostories: Wyvil Primary School - Chuka Umunna MP - St Augustine’s South Croydon


June 2016

Front cover of The Bridge June 2016

More than 100 people of all ages confirmed at Pentecost / A View from The Bridge – ‘...the perfect model for the future’ / ‘I expected to have six or so meetings a year…’ / Woolwich retired clergy say farewell to Bishop Michael / New Mayor of London signs in at Southwark Cathedral / Handing on our faith / Celebrating 90 years of the Downham Estate / Marking 25 years at Christ Church Croydon / “...cry God, for Harry, England and Saint George!” / London’s housing crisis - ‘a financial tinderbox / New Pioneer Ministers for Thamesmead / How To Do Mission Action Planning / Celebrating 50 years of the Anglican Centre in Rome / Great start to Minster’s chorister training programme / Southwark to welcome the “Refugee Tales” / Photostory: Pentecost at St James Merton / ‘...DEVOTED TO YOUR SERVICE’ - CELEBRATING THE 90TH BIRTHDAY OF HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II - four page pull-out / Parish Profile: St James, Clapham / ‘Nurturing women in ministry’ / The PCC and me / Opportunities / Churches in South London respond together to the refugee crisis / The half-forgotten crisis close to home / Let us pray / Postbag / Photostories: Bishop of Southwark’s new Chaplain / 19 from North Lambeth Parish Confirmed at Pentecost / What’s On / ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ - the Diocesan Pentecost Service / Celebrating 150 years by ‘Linking Lives’


May 2016

Front cover of The Bridge May 2016

Duke of Edinburgh celebrates Shakespeare in Southwark / Diocese will say farewell to Bishop Michael in June / A view from The Bridge: ‘Mission Action Planning – where are we, two years on?’ / Southwark People: Canon David Garlick 1937-2016 / Bob Charlton / A helping hand for the local community / How to make a Bishop’s day - tell him he looks 27! / Lady Chapel completes Betchworth re-ordering /  Photostory: North Lambeth Parish / Maundy purses for Southwark stalwarts / Launch of The Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda in Southwark / New service offers help to Tatsfield’s hearing-aid users / Bishops join Croydon Walk of Witness / Christian Aid Week - 15-21 May / Photostory: Robes Project Volunteers Celebration / MISSION ACTION PLANNING IN SOUTHWARK / Handing on our faith / Wandsworth welcomes refugees / Step into St George’s / Parish Profile: The Good Shepherd, Tadworth / Let us pray / Postbag / The Richmond Passion / Photostory: ‘Awakenings’ – Diocesan Spirituality Day / What’s On / St George’s Festival - ‘A Quest for Community’ / ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ is raised on Palm Sunday / Archdeacon takes on sixty church cycling challenge / Celebrating the Queen’s OFFICIAL birthday / A Celebration of Mission – The Diocesan Pentecost Service


Easter 2016

Front cover of The Bridge Easter 2016

‘A Man of Many Gifts and Talents’ / Bishop Michael to be Bishop of Lichfield / Bishop Christopher writes / Marathon Mark / Globe and Cathedral to mark Shakespeare anniversary / Rome date for St John’s choir / Palm Sunday in a south London market / ‘A man of many gifts and talents’ (cont.) / Diocesan Synod Report / Diocesan Synod Report (cont.) / The See of Woolwich / Is ‘Trev the Rev’ English Rugby’s oldest newly registered player? / Building a mixed-economy and missional parish in North Peckham / Pilgrimage in the land of the ‘living stones’ / DIARY OF A PILGRIMAGE / A special Mothers’ Day / The Mothers’ Union in Southwark / Mothering Sunday at Holy Saviour Croydon had an unexpected flavour... / Parish profile: Putney Team Ministry / St Gabriel’s College links with Ghana school / Could you help manage a Croydon Day Centre? / Advertisement – Christian Aid Week / Let us pray / St Cecilia students dig in... / Christ’s School is outstanding / Holy Trinity Open Day / What’s On / ...Of Things Not Seen’ / Diocesan Pentecost Service / New Icons at St Augustine’s, Tooting

March 2016

Front cover of The Bridge March 2016

A Soup-er Success! / ‘A Good City for All’ / A View from the Bridge – ‘...the common good’ / New Chaplain for the Bishop of Southwark / Now its Bob Love MBE / Steve’s magic! / “How good it is to live in unity” / ‘Faith Through a Lens’ / On the Road: Look Up, Look Out! / ‘¿Habla español?’ – Southwark Diocese launches ‘Latino’ ministry / ‘Earthworks’ in Southwark Cathedral / ‘Don’t stand by...’ Holocaust Day marked / Newest Mothers’ Union Branch opens / Advertisement – The Real Easter Egg / Could you rent a room or flat to a homeless person? / Ashes for Ash Wednesday / St John’s School jumping for joy / Review – ‘Fun Ways to Fundraise’ / Advertisement – Christian Aid Week / BATTERSEA TO THE BARRIER: WHAT MAKES A GOOD CITY? / Cementing the Manicaland/Woolwich Link / Beyond ‘small corners’ / Parish Profile: St John w St James & St Paul, Plumstead / Archbishop meets ‘LifeSavers’ / Blitzing Bergen on behalf of the Diocese / Opportunities / Advertisement – Compassion UK / Let us pray / Dietrich Bonhoeffer Tour in October 2016 / Diocesan Iona Pilgrimage in 2017 / Postbag / What’s On / Monster Cathedral Fundraiser makes £100k / Credit union re-launched as Community Bank / Marking the anniversary of the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami / Greetings cards for sale to support Lent Call

February 2016

Front cover of The Bridge February 2016

‘You are not forgotten’ / Archdeacon of Reigate to retire / A View from the Bridge - ‘Life in Community’ / 60 years a priest / One ‘Southwark priest’ after another - in senior European post / Photostories - Nordic Clergy, Jessie Anand, James Rosenthal / Morden NSM is now ‘Bishop-Advocate’ for Sudan / Debt Centre opens in Thamesmead / Bishops meet halfway to bless the Thames / Photostory - Simon Butler / From Kennington to Korea / A ‘Cut for a Cause’ / Photostory - The Leigh Broderers / Advertisement – The Real Easter Egg / A look back to Advent... – The Sanderstead ADVENTure, A Calais shelter in Earlsfield, Walking for Syrian refugee children / Christ’s School Choir takes a bite of The Big Apple / The Revd Piers Golding / ‘...leaps and bounds’ / Shanghai style Maths teaching at St Cecilia’s / Discipleship, Mission and Vocation in the Diocese of Southwark / ‘LIFE IN COMMUNITY’ CAN TAKE DIFFERENT FORMS... / The Revd Pattie Vigers / Longest serving Reader? / Mortlake thanks Melita Massa / BAME Vocations Champion / St Swithun’s, Purley Christmas Parcel Scheme / Parish Profile: Christ Church with St Philip, Worcester Park / Photostory: Bishop Christine Hardman / Christmas-Milad at Hyderi / Pupils from Al-risalah school visit church / Review – ‘An Ethical Case for Electoral Reform - A Christian Response’ / How will you celebrate the Queen’s 90th? / Visit the Holy Land with Bishop Stephen Platten / Unity in diversity as Church leaders meet / The Parish Support Fund / Let us pray… / Postbag / St Paul’s Bicentenary ‘a very good year’ / Watching birds and the Christian faith / Prayer and Spirituality Opportunities / What’s On / “Caring for the Whole Person” - The Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call 2016