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When Victor Howlett began his curacy in 1997 in a market town in Wiltshire, he found that families were not coming to church.

In 2003, Penny Joyce moved to a growing new housing estate in Witney, Oxfordshire, to start a community project funded by the Diocese of Oxford.

It was the vision of a youth-worker-turned-bishop that saw the appointment of Derek Spencer to Deanery Youth Missioner in the largely rural Horsham area of Sussex.

Robert Harrison, vicar of St John's Hillingdon, and teams of people from the church have spent over a year planning for an innovative way of doing Sunday mornings.

St Thomas the Apostle, Groombridge - an Anglican church on the Sussex/Kent border - would describe itself as 'a Eucharistic parish', says minister Tony Fiddian-Green.

Sunningdale is a community of 108 self-contained, warden-assisted flats all occupied by elderly people. Lesley Bailey, a lay-reader at Christchurch, with four others began church services here eighteen months ago.

A Church of England reader and bereavement coordinator in Merseyside, Janet Cross, became aware of the need for some kind of support group for the bereaved.

Sally Gaze describes the Alpha course she ran with seven young mums from four villages in her Norfolk benefice as 'the easiest ever'.

Waltham Abbey is the venue for Safe Haven, a spiritual home for people who live with mental illness.

The Plant Church, Park Langley, is a mission initiative of the Diocese of Rochester and was granted a Bishop's Mission Order in 2009. David Rue tells its story.