2022-07-01T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Feeling exhausted as you head home from a Christian festival feels like an inevitability, but sleep experts at MattressNextDay have a list of handy hacks for those who just can’t seem to get shut eye during the festivals – and they involve making just a few preparations and adjustments that could make all the difference.
2022-06-29T08:30:00+01:00By Jennie Riley
Jennie Riley couldn’t help but notice that all the men in her church were all wearing a ’uniform’ of checked or striped shirts with jeans. Here she explores whether a consistent ‘middle-class dress code’ could be putting people off joining your church.
2022-06-01T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Celebrated columnist, author and general larger-than-life personality Caitlin Moran is not a Christian and until last week hadn’t been to a church service. As with much of her writing, her observations were hilarious and often very relatable.
2022-06-01T08:30:00+01:00By Natalie Williams
Natalie Williams, co-author of Invisible Divides, explains that as a new Christian from a working class background, the most daunting thing wasn’t learning about Jesus, it was learning how to fit in with a middle class church.
2022-05-26T08:30:00+01:00By Shakira Peronet
Churches are supposed to be places that are bursting with connection and community, but sometimes they couldn’t feel further from it. Writer Shakira Peronet shares her experience of feeling lonely at the Sunday service and how we can all do better.
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2022-04-20T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Tiffany Bluhm, author of Prey Tell, explains to writer Lauren Windle how the church has become skewed in its attitudes towards women and what we can do about it.
2022-04-19T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Recovering alcoholic and writer Lauren Windle illustrates the many elements of an alcoholics anonymous meeting that she believes the church could learn from.
2022-01-28T09:30:00+00:00By Annabel Clarke
Author and chartered psychologist Annabel Clarke explains how fewer Christian men can affect individuals, families and the Church.
Lauren Windle caught up with Christianity’s poster girl for single women, Carrie Lloyd, to ask how she feels about love, life and relationships ten years on from the start of her ministry
After years searching for hope within the occult, Talitha Colchester shares her story of finding Christ and his peace
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.
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.
Macaila Britton talks to Liz Earle MBE, wellbeing brand founder, about her experience in the industry and what still needs to change
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
2021-11-18T10:22:00+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
2021-11-10T10:10:00+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
2021-10-22T15:09:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Ella Bartelsian of Yerevan International Church, Armenia, spoke to Clare Blake about how God is breaking through to a defeated nation
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.
2021-10-12T11:03:00+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’
2021-10-10T06:30:00+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
Lyn Connolly shares why she is now involved in prison work
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
Emily Holden, joint CEO of Welcome Churches, believes the Church is uniquely placed to make refugees feel at home
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.
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
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
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
Shovorne Adams was judged for being a single mum at 17. But God never left her alone, providing love, protection and hope for her future
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.
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
2021-01-22T00:00:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Lauren Windle, a 30-something Londoner, has spent the last year interviewing people on their dating experiences in Church and has written Notes on Love based on her findings. It is a much-needed upgrade from a long line of handbooks telling people “How to wait patiently for your Boaz” or “You’re single because you’re not ready”. Lauren tells Tola-Doll Fisher she wrote it not as a guide, but as an invitation to explore a relationship status that she says has been sorely blown out of proportion
Beth Collingridge from Single Friendly Church says that we need to value and include single people much more
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