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The 'Glam Vicar' in the hot seat Learn how much you are loved Caleb Storkey on why men need friends too Readership survey for you to give us your views

Make life better

6       Say a prayer – Do you need to forgive and move on?
7       Welcome May – With two bank holidays and a host of traditions, there’s lots to celebrate
22     Learn how much you are loved – It’s the only way to overcome a poor self-image
26     What are you hoping for? – Put your hope in God and he will not disappoint
36     Could you be a steward at a Christian festival? – One reader shares her experience
40     Notebook explores – Walks to take, ice-cream to make and other seasonal ideas

Real lives

10     Sharon Grenham-Toze – on being a ‘Glam Vicar’, juggling roles and the challenge of prison ministry
14     ‘Our faith brought us through’ – Three women talk about the difficult circumstances that changed their lives forever
18     Taking God at his Word – How one reader conquered her fears
21     Delivering happiness – Meet the woman who distributes flower bouquets to lonely or hurting people in her community
29     Michele Guinness on the challenges facing women in leadership and her new novel Archbishop
50     Tim Jupp shares his favourite things and his commitment to the Big Church Day Out

News & views

8       Your letters – on welcoming churches, noisy services and God’s goodness
31     Would Like To Meet – Don’t dismiss dating websites and singles events
32     Wise Mum tackles the pocket money issue
33     Reader survey – Tell us what you think!
35     Veronica Zundel calls for more meaningful worship songs that reflect real life
39     Men need friends too – Why nurturing good friends isn’t just a women’s issue
44     Bookclub – Recommended reads and an interview with Margaret Silf
51     Next month – Coming soon in our June issue

For you to win

Books to give away

6       Against The Odds – true stories of forgiveness and healing, by Carmel Thomason
24     I’m Fine – removing masks and growing into wholeness, by Wendy Billington
31     Archbishop – how would it be if we had a female archbishop?, by Michele Guinness
40     Inspiring reads – copies to give away

Competitions

33     Reader survey – Two lots of £25 M&S vouchers and 25 bars of Divine chocolate to be won when you take part
43     NIV Audio Bible read by David Suchet – Five copies of the  to be won if you can solve this month’s word spiral
45     Bookclub recommendations – Five copies to be won when you send in a book review
48     Motown worship – Five CDs to be won if you can find our advertisers

 

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