2022-01-18T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Famously atheist, Ricky Gervais undoubtedly doesn’t believe in the ‘after life’ but his dry humour and raw honesty is a reminder that working through bereavement can be slow and agonising.
2022-01-18T09:30:00+00:00By Jennifer Sanders
As the government announces plans to restore the country ‘back to normal’ many of us fear our mental health won’t be able to rebound so easily. Jennifer Sanders explains that God knows how to comfort those in despair and has a message of hope for us all.
2022-01-17T09:30:00+00:00By Amy Boucher Pye
In our series on finding ways to connect with God, Amy Boucher Pye shares how she came to value the ancient practice of lectio divina, praying through the Bible.
2022-01-17T09:30:00+00:00By Nothando Osondu
It may be ‘Blue Monday’ but writer Nothando explains why we need to step away from comparison and low self-esteem and embrace God’s promise of life to the full.
2022-01-14T09:30:00+00:00By Sarah Lang
Research shows that an infertility diagnosis can cause the same level of physiological stress as that of terminal cancer. Here Rhythm of Hope’s Sarah Lang, offers insight into the pain of trying for a child and encouragement for those losing hope.
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2022-01-12T09:30:00+00:00By Elizabeth Neep
Did you put ‘do more reading’ on your 2022 goals list? Well help is at hand as publisher and fiction writer Elizabeth Neep highlights the ten books she is eagerly anticipating this year.
2022-01-12T09:20:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Research suggests that the number of unmarried Christians under the age of 35 who are having sex, has risen from 20% in 2008 to nearly 60% in 2021. Author Carrie Lloyd spoke to Woman Alive about abstinence and why we shouldn’t give up on it.
2022-01-11T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Oven gloves at the ready… we’re making a Platinum jubilee pudding! And it’s just the kind of wholesome fun writer Lauren Windle loves.
2022-01-10T11:51:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Last night’s Golden Globes were nothing like the lavish ceremony of previous years, after a slew of scandals and accusations hit the organisers. With many winners not acknowledging their awards in protest, writer Lauren Windle ponders if she would do the same.
2022-01-10T09:30:00+00:00By Claire Musters
In the next of our series on finding different ways to connect with God, Claire Musters shares how she came across the ancient practice of the Daily Examen and how she has come to value it.
2022-01-07T09:30:00+00:00By Lizzie Fraser
Lizzy Fraser explains the power of importance of adoption from her own experience with her brothers, and adopting two children herself.
2022-01-06T09:30:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
From kicking off when her family missed a service to dictating how she did her hair, Tola Doll Fisher’s pastor showed some seriously problematic behaviours. Here’s how to work out if you’re in a church cult.
2022-01-05T09:42:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Netflix’s star-studded film Don’t Look Up paints a grim picture of the human response to end times. But, despite the chaos, writer Lauren Windle was moved when the political satire included a touching tribute to God.
2022-01-05T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
When writer Lauren Windle contracted Omicron she was gutted, but after a few days of coughing in bed she realised that COVID could teach her a lesson about time management.
2022-01-05T09:30:00+00:00By Clare Luther
Despite the constant messages that mums need ’wine o’clock’ just to get by, as Christians we know Jesus offers a radically different perspective and dialogue, says author Clare Luther.
2022-01-04T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
Those struggling with an eating disorder don’t always get the sensitive response they hope for from the Church, here are the things that we should all know.
2022-01-03T09:35:00+00:00By Katharine Hill
Worried about how much time your children spend on their computers and their phones? Katherine Hill explains how to put healthy technology boundaries in place with your kids.
2022-01-03T09:30:00+00:00By Claire Musters
In the first of a series of blogs during January looking at different ways to connect with God, Claire Musters shares how choosing one word to focus on each year has impacted her.
2021-12-30T09:45:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
Nine million people tuned in to watch The Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day, making it the most-watched festive broadcast. A pre-speech leak had suggested that this year’s address would be a more personal affair than usual, and her majesty did not disappoint
2021-12-29T08:30:00+00:00By Belle Tindall
If you’ve already started packing up your baubles and taking down the tealights, stop right there. Belle Tindall explains that Christmas lasts a full twelve days and it isn’t over yet.
2021-12-24T09:36:00+00:00By Anne Le Tissier
As many of us grapple with feelings of disappointment, uncertainty, fear and rejection, author Anne Le Tissier encourages us to pray with confidence, peace and faith in God who is for us, and not against us.
2021-12-24T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Got a present you aren’t going to use? Writer Lauren Windle explains why she thinks we should all be giving unwanted gifts a ‘second life’.
2021-12-24T09:30:00+00:00By Amy Boucher Pye
For many the festive season is marred with pain, separation and loss. Writer Amy Boucher Pye encourages those experiencing a ‘blue Christmas’ to embrace lament and wishes them a ‘Happy Christmas anyway’.
2021-12-23T09:30:00+00:00By Sarah Jones
Mum-of-three, Sarah Jones, always knew she wanted to stay home with her children and set up her family and finances so that she could. Now, six years in, she explains why, despite not being able to afford the insta-worthy house and regular manicures, she wouldn’t change a thing.
2021-12-23T09:30:00+00:00By Charlotte Trefusis
It’s estimated that more than 100,000 people are being held in modern slavery in the UK. Justice and Care’s Charlotte Trefusis, explains what Christmas is like for someone who is trapped.
2021-12-23T09:25:00+00:00By Kate Patterson
Boris may have promised us Christmas, but nothing feels certain at the moment. Concious that many of us are struggling with the idea of potential lockdowns, restrictions and the risk of illness, author Kate Patterson reminds us that, while the world is uncertain, God’s love isn’t.
2021-12-22T16:26:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Many people were rocked by the news that celibacy advocates and Christian celebrity couple Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin are separating. But Tola Doll Fisher asks why it’s so much more appealing for us to follow a highly visible, beautiful, golden couple than the Bible.
2021-12-22T09:35:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Billie Eilish offers an important reminder that it’s not just men who are affected by porn, it’s women too. Lauren Windle explores what the church can do about it.
2021-12-22T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
With constant controversy surrounding Amazon, including the death of six of their warehouse employees last week, Christians are asking whether they should keep shopping with the e-commerce giant. Writer Lauren Windle weighs up the pros and cons.
2021-12-21T09:35:00+00:00By Dr Sharon James
The government’s proposals for a broad ‘conversion therapy’ ban could result in criminalising the ordinary work of churches. Dr Sharon James explains that the new law could include some prayer, preaching and pastoral care.
2021-12-21T09:30:00+00:00By Helen Stephens
As we put up Christmas trees, write our cards and buy gifts, there is a growing call that we need to do this in a more ethical and sustainable way. While we may accept changes that we can make in our own lives and shopping habits, Helen Stephens, Head of Eco Church, asks does it really need to extend to our churches?
2021-12-20T14:55:00+00:00By Lucy Brierley
‘If you take “Christ” out of “Christmas” you’re left with just “M&S”!’ jokes Revd Lucy Brierley, as she explains why a bright Marks’ jumper became the unofficial clergy uniform this festive season.
2021-12-20T09:36:00+00:00By Ali Lawrence
The Strictly Come Dancing final 2021 was an historic moment in television, and it was especially significant for the deaf community. Deaf actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and her professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice defied all expectations by winning the trophy on the night, and they deserved every inch of the glitterball!
2021-12-17T17:28:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Following the release of And Just Like That, two women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault against actor Chris Noth, aka Mr Big. Writer Lauren Windle discusses what this means for the alleged victims and the show
2021-12-17T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Everyone knows the TV bosses up their game over the festive period in a bid to get our attention, here’s Lauren Windle’s round up of the best telly on offer this Christmas.
2021-12-16T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Dreading facing your family festivities without a partner again this year? Don’t worry, we know how you feel.
2021-12-15T09:30:00+00:00By Rosemary Hector
Uncouth, unclean and tattily dressed, the shepards would have been the last people you’d want to vouch for you, and yet Jesus revealed himself to them first. Rosemary Hector reflects on the radical nature of the way Jesus came to earth.
2021-12-14T09:30:00+00:00By Rachael Newham
As Christians we can sometimes be tricked into believing that Jesus came to make us happy. Writer Rachael Newham explains how the prosperity gospel has crept into our thinking, when really Jesus’ promise is far greater.
2021-12-13T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
The Sex And The City reboot And Just Like That sees the writers ‘up the ante’ to keep present day viewers on their toes, pushing the already sexually expressive characters to their limits. Writer Lauren Windle asks, if we need to ramp up the old classic, or if it was already shocking enough.
2021-12-10T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Determined to jazz up your church event with a tipple or two? Lauren Windle would urge you not to. Here’s why…
2021-12-08T09:30:00+00:00By Rebecca Goldsmith
Rebecca Goldsmith from the Salvation Army asks us to pause this Advent, and consider afresh the meaning of the well-loved carols we all sing during this season.
2021-12-07T10:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
With the festive season so tightly associated with eating and drinking, it can be a challenge for those in recovery from or struggling with, an eating disorder. Campaigner Hope Virgo explains what people can do to protect themselves this Christmas.
2021-12-06T10:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Instead of splashing the cash on plastic toys or fast fashion, check out our ethical gift guide for all the best sustainable and forward thinking gifts. With presents for her, him and the tiny terrors, we’ve got you covered this Christmas.
2021-12-06T10:25:00+00:00By Cynthia Ajayi
Don’t end up on Santa’s (or God’s) naughty list by buying cheap fashion items from disreputable brands this Christmas, warns marketing executive and affordable fashion fan Cynthia Ajayi.
2021-12-03T10:30:00+00:00By Phoebe Simcock
The Royals are never out of the news; with allegations of sexual abuse against Prince Andrew, a fascination with Kate and Wils’ parenting choices and the fractured relationship between Harry and the clan. With all this drama, journalist Phoebe Simcock asks if the Royals are still relevant to modern Britain.
2021-12-02T10:30:00+00:00By Jennie Pollock
As the ‘Johnson ammendment’ fails to go through for the third time, Christian Medical Fellowship’s Jennie Pollock explains why this is good news, but also why we need to change how we petition our MPs.
2021-12-01T10:30:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
The concept of ‘Fake Christmas’ may sound a little sacrilegious, but Rachel Pearce found there was a lot more to it than mince pies and mulled wine.
2021-11-30T10:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Domestic abuse-related crimes in England and Wales increased by 6% on last year according to the Office of National Statistics figures released last week. Bekah Legg from domestic abuse survivor’s charity Restored UK, explained that the church needs to be more aware of what’s going on behind closed doors.
2021-11-29T10:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Yesterday was the official start of advent, which means Christmas trees and fairy lights will be going up all over the place, but what if the festive season started in your house weeks ago? Does going big on the tinsel make you a bad Christian?
2021-11-27T08:07:00+00:00By Zoe Clark-Coates MBE
Singer Jessie J and Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter have both spoken out about the shock and overwhelming sadness they experienced due to a miscarriage, baby loss charity founder Zoe Clark-Coates MBE explained why it’s more important that we listen to people’s stories of loss than ever.
To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), Ben Cohen of the charity Open Doors UK & Ireland considers the shocking truth of what life is like for Christian women around the world
2021-11-25T10:29:00+00:00By Abbie Mumbi
Make this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) count, urges Abbie Mumbi
2021-11-25T09:41:00+00:00By Amy Boucher Pye
The woman behind the popular Woman Alive Book Club, Amy Boucher Pye, is an American living in England. Here she shares her memories of Thanksgiving, and encourages us all to take some time today to think about the things we can be grateful to God for
2021-11-24T11:06:00+00:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Research from Menopause Experts Group highlights a rise in suicide rates for women aged 45 to 54 – the age when most women experience perimenopause and menopause. Dr Kate Middleton explains why and offers practical coping strategies
2021-11-23T10:18:00+00:00By Holly Satterthwaite
Holly Satterthwaite shares how identifying and killing the idols in our lives puts God back in the driving seat and makes us better witnesses of Christ’s love
2021-11-22T08:45:00+00:00By Babs Bray
Babs Bray felt great compassion for Alice Evans when the news of husband Ioan Gruffudd’s alleged infidelity broke. Despite Babs’s heartbreak after her ex-husband’s affair came to light, she was determined to forgive her ex and do the right thing
2021-11-18T10:22:00+00:00By Veronica Zundel
Veronica Zundel questions why the Bible is so full of strong, decisive women if we were created to be subservient under a complementarian system she claims was originally introduced to get women back into the home
2021-11-17T12:52:00+00:00By Kate Neal
Kate Neal says the growth of social media seems to have created a society in which bullying is more prevalent than ever before, with devastating and even life-altering effects
2021-11-16T13:32:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Tola-Doll Fisher felt devastated when cancer resurfaced after a large tumour had been removed from her uterus. But a brave decision gave her a peace that surpassed earthly understanding
2021-11-16T10:19:00+00:00By Helen Roberts
With Bella Hadid candidly sharing her mental health struggles on social media, Helen Roberts looks at the devastating effects the comparison trap can have on us all
2021-11-15T11:00:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
Britney’s prayers may have finally been answered as a judge puts an end to her father’s conservatorship, but Rachel Pearce questions whether the popstar is truly free
2021-11-11T11:11:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Succession has just been renewed for a fourth season and everyone is talking about it. Our editor Tola-Doll Fisher unpicks why she finds it so compelling
2021-11-10T13:08:00+00:00By Claire Musters
Whatever you think of them talking about their marriage on a podcast, Justin and Hailey have shared some important lessons, says Claire Musters
2021-11-10T10:10:00+00:00By Rachel Gardner
Rachel Gardner urges us to get over our embarrassment and fear of saying the wrong thing, because we have a vital role in helping to shape young people’s attitudes towards relationships and sex
2021-11-08T14:18:00+00:00By Lucy Colman
A new report from Home for Good highlights the benefits of support lodgings as a way for young people to receive support within a family environment. Lucy Colman explains how individuals and local churches can provide a vital safety net for teenagers in the care system
2021-11-05T15:08:00+00:00By Rachel Mander
Would you walk 1,200 miles to get people talking about the environmental and financial implications of climate change? That’s exactly what Rachel Mander and a team from Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) did ahead of the all-important Glasgow summit
Premier Christian Radio’s director of content, Charmaine Noble-McLean was awarded a Fellowship by The Radio Academy during this week’s Radio Academy Festival. We honour her contribution to radio and hear exclusively from Charmaine about why she loves this particular medium
During National Fertility Awareness Week (1-5 November) we look at how employers are beginning to recognise the need to support those experiencing fertility issues – it is time the Church did the same
World Vision UK highlights some of the toughest places in the world to be a girl right now and suggests ways you can help it transform the lives of those living there
2021-11-01T10:14:00+00:00By Rachel Pearce
Whether you earn the national living wage or are a higher-rate taxpayer, the Budget will undoubtedly affect your household’s finances. Here are some of the key Budget changes, along with tips for making your money go a little further
2021-10-29T11:32:00+01:00By Alena Kate Pettitt
A new report looking into Twitter analytics has recently revealed a number of accounts deliberately targeting (often female) celebrities. But we can all be victims of this unpleasant phenomenom. Here’s some practical and biblical advice if it happens to you
2021-10-29T09:52:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Lauren Windle looks at the growing market for love coaches and considers the impact for Christian women
2021-10-25T10:46:00+01:00By Jennie Pollock
When someone is facing great pain and suffering as the end of their life approaches, what is the most compassionate thing to do for them? Jennie Pollock from the Christian Medical Fellowship investigates
2021-10-22T16:31:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
An OkCupid survey found that white, Asian and Latino men were 19% less likely to interact with a woman who was black. Tibz Adeniyi told Lauren Windle about her experiences of dating as a black British woman.
2021-10-22T08:52:00+01:00By Carrie Jade Williams
As we move towards being a society that is demanding euthanasia, Carrie Jade Williams asserts that we need to be the voice that reminds the world there are other options.
2021-10-21T12:54:00+01:00By Tania Bright
Tania Bright believes National Adoption Week (18-23 October) is a great time to alert society to the amazing opportunity we have to give vulnerable children a loving, safe and stable home
Child sexual abuse within religious settings is sadly all too common, as recent news reports have highlighted. Ann-Marie Wilson, founder of anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) charity 28 Too Many, shares her story.
As part of Black History Month, singer Dawn Thomas reflects on her own history, the impact her parents had on her life, and the message of hope she wants to bring others through her music
2021-10-18T16:06:00+01:00By Melanie Currer
When menopause feels like a terrifying rollercoaster ride, trust in the God who knows you better than you know yourself, says Mel Currer on World Menopause Day
2021-10-18T09:41:00+01:00By Helen Hodgson
If you’re serious about making a difference on Anti-Slavery Day (18 October), perhaps you’d consider hosting a survivor of human trafficking or exploitation, suggests Helen Hodgson from Hope at Home
2021-10-15T11:06:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Lauren Windle shines the spotlight on Netflix’s new, extremely popular, show
2021-10-14T11:30:00+01:00By Trudy Makepeace
During Prisons Week (10–16 October), Trudy Makepeace shares her journey from addict and prisoner to outreach worker
To mark Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October) Tammy Tunnah shares about her traumatic miscarriage and how mentally agonising her next pregnancy was, and we look at the place of art therapy in processing baby loss
2021-10-12T11:03:00+01:00By Hannah Baylor
Hannah Baylor says it is time for ‘women to claim their worth’ and ‘men to challenge and change their own, and other men’s, behaviour’
2021-10-11T13:47:00+01:00By Amy Halls
Links International’s communications and fundraising manager, Amy Halls, reveals that there are still many countries that see girls as less worthy or capable than boys – and says we need to advocate and be a voice for those girls
2021-10-10T06:30:00+01:00By Natalie Williams
Natalie Williams reminds us that there is hope in Christ and practical help for those who need it – highlighting those with mental health issues who are living in poverty
2021-10-06T13:36:00+01:00By Bekah Legg
Reflecting on the excitement and heartache involved when our children head off to university
The R&B star was found guilty of being the ringleader of a scheme to lure women and children that he then sexually abused. Cristina Huddleston of Justice and Care reveals that, sadly, his story is far from unique
2021-10-04T13:05:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Dr Kate Middleton gives advice to parents and carers of young people going through complex emotions, and introduces a new resource from Youthscape called Brave
Having worked on Songs of Praise for 34 years, Pam has plenty of highlights to share. Meeting Pope John Paul II, Dolly Parton and many others proved exciting, but she says that it is often in speaking to everyday people of faith that she feels most inspired
2021-09-30T10:28:00+01:00By Rachel Pearce
With the latest Bond film, No Time to Die, out on 30th September, Rachel Pearce looks to her favourite Bond girls for some hot dating tips… For Your Eyes Only!
Lyn Connolly shares why she is now involved in prison work
As the cost of living rises, and the spending limit for contactless card payments is set to change to £100, Robyn Wright from Christians Against Poverty urges us not to get sucked into the trap of spending without thinking
As Childhood Cancer Awareness month draws to a close Jess George shares how her faith was tested when her son had cancer
2021-09-24T14:11:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As the contestants take to the dancefloor live for the first time this Saturday, Lauren Windle explores what Strictly contestant Dan Walker can learn from his sashaying predecessors of faith
2021-09-24T10:55:00+01:00By Clare Blake
In the same week that CBeebies appoints a new presenter with Down’s syndrome, the court upholds the 1967 abortion law which allows for babies with the condition to be aborted up to full term
2021-09-23T11:39:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Prolific Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medallist Sarah Eberle has created a garden that restores the soul
2021-09-21T13:24:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Dr Kate Middleton, psychologist and project lead for Headstrong – an online teen mental health and wellbeing site – responds to reports that Instagram may increase teen anxiety, depression and body image concerns.
2021-09-20T14:46:00+01:00By Claire Musters
With the news that Britney Spears is set to tie the knot again, Claire Musters gives advice to those heading down the aisle this year
2021-09-20T11:41:00+01:00By Susie Flashman-Jarvis
Former topless model Susie Flashman-Jarvis was mortified to discover that one in five Brits would consider a career in pornography. Having seen the devastating effects porn can have, her advice is to stay well away
2021-09-17T10:06:00+01:00By Ramani Leathard
Christian Aid’s Ramani Leathard reflects on the complex nature of the situation in Afghanistan, and urges us to stand with the poor and vulnerable
2021-09-16T11:16:00+01:00By Cynthia Ajayi
With London Fashion Week finally underway, fashionista and YouTube influencer Cynthia Ajayi encourages us to get prepared for the coming season
2021-09-15T13:17:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Lauren Windle believes Molly-Mae’s new job raises questions for Christians who love fashion
2021-09-13T15:16:00+01:00By Alastair McIver
Alastair McIver explores what lies ahead for British tennis champion Emma Raducanu
2021-09-13T10:35:00+01:00By Veronica Zundel
With the latest series of the hugely popular TV drama having recently drawn to a close, Veronica Zundel reflects on the horrors it reveals about worldviews regarding women
Traumatised by the events of 9/11, Christina Ray Stanton has since developed a deeper relationship with God and a new desire to care for those in need
Having lost her son to suicide, Jill Baker marks World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) by placing a lit candle in a window. She invites us to join her, and to reflect on the way we talk about suicide and support those around us who are struggling. She believes we can do better.
As many secondary school students have been returning to school this week, Cherry Dakin from tastelife shares her own story and how she is trying to combat the rise of eating disorders among young people today
Youth Mental Health Day prompts cognitive behavioural therapist Clarie Miles to reflect on an overstretched youth mental health service
Emily Holden, joint CEO of Welcome Churches, believes the Church is uniquely placed to make refugees feel at home
CARE chief executive Nola Leach calls for age-check porn legislation
Some animal lovers were delighted when Pen Farthing chartered a private plane to rescue 94 dogs and 74 cats from Afghanistan, but Rachel Pearce questions whether prioritising animals over humans is hugely heroic or incredibly selfish
2021-09-01T14:51:00+01:00By Holly-Anna Petersen
On Sunday 29 August, 13 Christians were arrested in the central hall of St Paul’s Cathedral. They were women and men of different ages, many of whom are ordained. Holly-Anna Petersen explains what happened in the run up to this moment, and why she felt it had to happen.
Foster carer Alice* shares how it feels to come alongside Afghan refugees as they adapt to life in the UK, and urges us all to play our part in making them welcome
Could the police’s latest efforts to find out what happened to Claudia Lawrence be the answer to her mother’s prayers on International Day of the Disappeared?
2021-08-27T14:47:00+01:00By Lorna Farrell
With the new women’s football season kicking off today, Lorna Farrell, chaplain at Queens Park Women’s Football Club, believes we each have a part to play in impacting the football world with the love of God
2021-08-26T13:27:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Clare Blake explores how we can pray for the people of Afghanistan as they face a grim future under the Taliban, with special insight from an Afghan believer
Five-time world record holder Stef Reid says her Christian faith has made life more of an adventure. She is excited about competing in Tokyo, in what will be her fourth Paralympic Games
2021-08-20T15:47:00+01:00By Ingvild Snow
Ingvild Snow shares her insights after the devastating earthquake in Haiti and suggests ways we can make a lasting difference for the Haitian people
As a young widow with children, Abi Shotade walked a painful journey of grief. She hopes the book she has written will help other families facing loss
2021-08-18T13:59:00+01:00By Bekah Legg
The language we use about violence against women matters, says Bekah Legg, who urges us to use our words carefully to combat a growing culture of misogyny and rape
Global Care is looking for volunteers to take part in its ‘Shack Supper’ and ‘Shack Shelter’ challenges. Could you take on one…or both?
Several churches in the Keyham area of Plymouth have opened to the public in the wake of a shooting that has left six people dead
Kay Burley described the menopause as “tricky”, but for many women it is a life-changing and even career-ending process. New research shows that menopause-related tribunals have quadrupled in three years
2021-08-12T10:42:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
The GCSE results are in and, against all odds, it looks as though our young people have excelled themselves. Dr Kate Middleton offers practical tips to get their endorphins going and remind them of the bigger picture, whether they have passed or failed
Following the news that all 16- to 17-year-olds are to be offered a COVID vaccine, mother and daughter Kate and Emily urge them to grab the opportunity – and not just for their own benefit
2021-08-10T13:35:00+01:00By Melanie Currer
A level students have achieved record results this year despite lockdown, but teacher Mel Currer reassures us that God has a plan, whatever that piece of paper says
From Tom Daley’s knitting to Oksana Chusovitina competing at the age of 46 and Sydney McLaughlin running for God’s glory, there is plenty we can take away from the Tokyo Games
2021-08-06T11:45:00+01:00By Jennie Pollock
As yet another person plans to travel abroad in order to die, Christian Medical Fellowship’s Jennie Pollock suggests there is hope of a better way
2021-08-02T11:40:00+01:00By Kathleen McAnear Smith
Kathleen McAnear Smith shares a snapshot of what it is like volunteering as part of a team who visit young people dealing with mental health crises – and provides helpful tips for anyone thinking of volunteering in their community
As another athlete withdrew from the competition she had worked so hard to reach, we tackle the question some have been asking: did Simone Biles ‘play the mental health card’ in Tokyo?
2021-07-28T11:28:00+01:00By Sally Tate
As the summer holidays are in full swing, and churches are welcoming back their congregations, Sally Tate introduces RaiseUp, a new initiative providing a wealth of resources
2021-07-26T11:21:00+01:00By Lucy Rycroft
Given the response we had to the piece on young people’s mental health in May’s issue*, we know that many of you have experienced huge highs and lows over the last 18 months in your families. Here, author Lucy Rycroft gives a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on children’s and parents’ mental health, and claims it was no mistake that God picked you to parent your kids
The topic of gendered violence and gendered inequality is complex and emotive but one young woman, Natasha Eeles, has made it her mission to challenge and change it.
If you’ve ever faced challenges in your life then you will know that they either weaken you or make your stronger. For Karen Bryson her difficulties and disappointments have made her determined to give young people the best start in life. This autumn she is setting up a new Christian school, after having spent years running a tutoring service to provide extra support for children from all walks of life and financial situations.
We reflect on the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Menopause and ask you to share your own stories about menopause
Current leader, Glenys Adams describes how Camps for Girls started, and what it is like to attend
Have you ever returned from a Christian conference, camp or retreat and wished you could hold on to the sense of joy or peace you experienced at it? Dr Gemma Simmonds is a sister with the Congregation of Jesus and she has written a book to help us bring retreat practices into daily life. She shared some of her own story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
Ros Downs encourages us all to pray for merchant seafarers and their families this Sea Sunday, 11 July, as well as consider how we can support them
As previously mentioned, 4 July is National Thank You Day, and we encourage you all to reach out to those who have made the last 16 months that little bit easier.
Winner, a young woman from Togo, has fought against the odds to follow her dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer
Karen Young shares candidly about the excruciatingly difficult journey her family is currently on, and reflects on what she has learned about those moments when God says: “Not yet.”
4 July has been set aside as national Thank You Day – is there someone you would like to thank?
As we approach Father’s Day, Andy Frost thinks back to how his dad influenced his own Christian journey when he was younger. He also shares details of a great new resource to help fathers as they take their kids on an adventure of faith.
Lovely Chavan from the Young Christian Climate Network believes the G7 talked about many vital issues, but didn’t provide a clear explanation on what happens next
Rachel Mander from the Young Christian Climate Network reflects on the recent G7 summit in Cornwall
Whenever there is provision for singles in churches it is often targeted at young people. Rev Eleanor Jeans is author of a course called Securely Single, which aims to help those of any age live life to the full, whether singleness was something they chose or not. She shared about her own experiences of being single with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
Have you ever looked back over your life and wondered how it could have been different? Jen Baker’s new book, Unwavering, encourages us to reflect on the choices we make to move from making fear-based decisions to faith-based living. Premier’s Maria Rodrigues chatted with her about her own journey with this.
During Carers Week, 7-13 June, carer and mental health awareness trainer, Anita Kelly shares candidly about the pressure of being a carer, the effect of the pandemic, and how important it is that carers feel valued and cared for themselves.
Director of charity One by One, Becky Murray describes how a terrifying incident almost stopped her realising her dream to help the poor and broken
Avery Foley, from Answers in Genesis, explains that when God is the focus of our lives, we should naturally want to care for the earth he created.
Maxine Hallett shares honestly about her recent dark moods, which she has discovered are due to the menopause, and how they have made her feel far from God.
Margot R Hodson, director of theology and education at the John Ray Initiative, shares how their village grew community at the same time as caring for creation
Songwriter and worship leader Sarah Téibo shares candidly how hard it can be to worship in the most excruciating moments of life – and yet encourages us all to do so.
Natalie Mills, advocacy manager for Home for Good believes the young people currently in the care system deserve better.
The new chief executive of Jubilee+, Natalie Williams, talks to us about imposter syndrome, and why taking up the role feels like a prophetic statement.
When many Christian couples get married they are ill-equipped to navigate sexual intimacy. Premier’s Maria Rodrigues spoke with psychosexual nurse therapist Emma Waring, who longs to see churches talking more openly about the struggles couples face in the bedroom
On this, the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, the US national prayer director for 24-7 Prayer, Lisa Koons, reflects on the racial justice movement born in the wake of his death and the teaching of Jesus about the pursuit of justice.
Elizabeth Atteih is based in Haifa, where her husband is pastor of their church. Here she describes what life was like during the latest escalation of the conflict between Israel and Palestine – and how she feels about the current cease fire.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the demands and responsibilities in your life? Ruth Rice was a very capable, busy woman, but then one day her life started to unravel. She shared with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues what happened.
Have you always prayed the same way? Author Sarah Bessey believes we can learn something from Christians who pray differently to us.
During Foster Care Fortnight, we hear from Hannah Hylton about her family’s journey into fostering
Care for the Family’s Katharine Hill gives us some simple, practical ways that we can boost our emotional wellbeing.
Since the pandemic, the number of eating disorders has risen dramatically. Abbie Young works for tastelife, a charity that offers help to those suffering from food-related issues and their carers. Here she shares about her own struggle with anorexia and why the charity is looking for volunteers right now.
2021-05-13T00:00:00+01:00By Maria Rodrigues
Premier’s Maria Rodrigues spoke to Patrick and Diane Regan about the physical and mental health challenges he faced, and how they affected Diane too.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10–16 May) is nature. Here, Rachael Newham bravely shares her story, as well as the part nature has played in her recovery – and how she thinks we all need to give ourselves time and space in this season.
On ME Awareness Day (12 May), Keren Dibbens-Wyatt bravely shares an insight into what life is like for someone with myalgic encephalomyelitits (ME), as well as revealing the hidden creative treasures she has found in her stationary life.
On International Nurses Day (12 May), intensive care nurse Georgie Coster honours the incredible sacrifice our nurses have made for us in this most challenging of years.
It is UK National Marriage Week (10–16 May). Here, its coordinator, Michaela Hyde, explains the idea behind this year’s theme.
2021-05-11T00:00:00+01:00By Claire Musters
During UK National Marriage Week, we’re inviting couples to consider having some tough conversations, whether that be about sex, making a will or handling money well. Steve and Claire Musters spoke to Premier’s Maria Rodrigues about the way forgiveness saved their marriage, as documented in their new book Grace-Filled Marriage.
At the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Ann Clifford shares the importance of preparing for death well – and how she made her own preparations this year.
During Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (3–9 May) we hear from Chloe Smith, who was heavily pregnant when her four-year-old son died.
Have you ever felt like you don’t quite fit in at church or that somehow you are inadequate? Dr Sally Nash has done research into people’s experiences of shame within churches. She shares her findings here with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
Have you experienced disappointment and loss? Sarah Stockinger has journeyed through miscarriage and, more recently, experienced a ministry job falling through…after her and her husband sold everything to move to America to take up the post. She shared what she has learned through these experiences with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
Nurse warns billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for years unless urgent action is taken
Christine Soule had a series of traumatic experiences in her childhood, including her stepfather phoning her when she was nine years old and home alone, threatening to rape her. As a result she carried chronic fear into adulthood, until one day God set her free. She shared her story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues:
Despite being a self-confessed hater of exercise, when a friend said she was doing Tearfund’s 21 for 21 challenge Rev Kate Wharton decided to join in too
Chine McDonald shares her thoughts on what the events of this week mean for the conversation about racial justice both in the UK and around the world.
Where do you turn to when you’re struggling? Chances are that you don’t turn to the books of the minor prophets in the Bible, but author Debbie Duncan shared with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues why these books are full of gems that are helpful for life in the 21st century.
World Creativity and Innovation Day on 21 April brings the launch of the UK-wide Christian Creative Directory
New research shows that in the FTSE 100 companies female directors are up 18 per cent but women account for just 34 per cent of UK board members
Single mum from Barnsley, Linda Walmsley, is running the Sofa to Summit Kilimanjaro Challenge to raise funds for suicidal human trafficking survivors and for her own lockdown mental health
Celebrated neon artist, Eve De Haan has created an illuminated billboard campaign that is being exhibited from 15 April.
For Clare Blake’s sister, who has panic attacks, going to church is a challenge. But she’s getting there…
Catherine Butcher looks back on the extraordinary marriage that the Queen and Prince Philip enjoyed, in which traditional roles were often reversed.
2021-04-08T00:00:00+01:00By Claire Musters
There has been a lot of talk about hope in recent days. We remain hopeful that lockdown will continue to ease in the way the government has outlined. We are hopeful that we can visit friends and family – and even stay with them. We hope that we will soon be able to sing alongside our church family again.
?Motherdom, the UK’s first media platform dedicated to maternal mental health and wellbeing, was launched at the start of March by mum-of-two and journalist Anna Ceesay
Karen Allen reached a tipping point in her life when she told God she couldn't do ministry anymore. Her marriage of 14 years had suddenly ended and she found herself pregnant with her 5th child. A close friend spoke into her life and changed things. Here is some of what Karen shared with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues
Sarah Everard's abduction and death have sparked conversations on the things women have to do to stay safe from male predators. Here we look at how boys can grow up with a healthy view of women and girls
Toni Raye is a Christian mother who runs the 'Toni Raye Talks' podcast. She shared with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues something of a dark season in her life
2021-03-12T00:00:00+00:00By Claire Musters
As many children have gone back to school this week, Claire Musters takes a look at how parents have found the experience of home schooling
2021-03-12T00:00:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
A traumatic baby loss meant Woman Alive editor Tola-Doll Fisher avoided Mother’s Day for years. Here’s why she wants this year to be different
2021-03-10T00:00:00+00:00By Macaila Britton
Piers Morgan, famous for controversial media commentary, shared his thoughts on Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry yesterday. Here's what Macaila Britton thinks
2021-03-09T00:00:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Millions of people are thought to have tuned in to watch the interview with Oprah last night. Here's why Lauren Windle thinks a response should come from the Royal Family themselves and not their PR team
When my synagogue put out its first call for Covid volunteers, incredibly now a full year ago, over 600 replied, and 75% of them were women. I for one was not remotely surprised.
Meet Clare and Lydia. Two women of faith who support young people coming out of homelessness, leaving behind care, traumatic childhoods or abusive relationships.
EMMA WEAVER grew up in a situation where she would alternate between living with her mum or dad. At one point she moved to Spain with her mother, but when financial difficulties hit she returned to the UK to be with her father. In that time her mum set up a business. Premier's Maria Rodrigues heard something of the story, as written in Emma's book 'Unvanquished Spirit'.
We are in difficult times but we can choose to focus on God’s goodness as we celebrate each other this month in International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday
2021-02-19T00:00:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Woman Alive editor Tola-Doll Fisher shares her personal experience of abuse in the Church and says we need to ask some hard questions about our culture
Forced intimacy, casual sex and “love at first sight” – is this how God wants us to find love? Dating and relationships writer Lauren Windle explores...
As a news reader, Premier's Tola Mbakwe has been used to hearing and reporting on bad news almost every day during COVID-19. Here's why she thinks we should all be celebrating the latest from the royal family
Carla Harding works for the 24/7 Prayer movement, but when she was younger she felt terribly inadequate in the area of prayer. She shared her story with Premier radio presenter, Maria Rodrigues
Writer Florence Gildea encourages us to use this time to reflect on God's blessing of humanity
Sheila Jacobs jokingly refers to herself as a “professional single”. But the pandemic has meant she hasn’t had a hug for a year and she now wonders whether she made the right choice…
Bridgerton has just been named the biggest Netflix series of all time and Woman Alive editor Doll Fisher says it's not just about corsets and gossip
Adrian and Celia Reynolds have written a book about the struggles couples often face with physical intimacy in marriage, exploring why the Bible says about it and the priority sex should take in a marriage. Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues spoke with them about it
Kate Patterson and her pastor husband had been writing and presenting on the topic of eternity, when a few months later it became a more significant topic for the family than they could ever have imagined. Kate has now released a book called 'Living for Eternity', and Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues spoke to her to find out more
In 2017 Amina was part of a group kidnapped by Muslim terrorists and held hostage for eight months. Five years before, the terrorists came to her home and slaughtered her husband. Premier reporter Tola Mbakwe spoke with Amina about her experience
Natalie Williams has authored two books on the role she believes churches ought to play in combatting poverty and injustice. When she became a Christian, she says she had to learn new ways of behaving, and not just when it came to following the Gospel. She spoke to Premier Radio presenter, Maria Rodrigues
The past year has taken its toll on us all – this online retreat aims to help us deal with the loss and disappointment from COVID-19