Church Times

The Church Times, founded in 1863, is known for informed and independent reporting of Church and world news.

The newspaper is published weekly on Fridays. Each issue includes wide-ranging features and interviews, Bible commentary, lively debate on current affairs, cartoons, and book reviews.

News and additional content is published throughout the week at

The Church Times Podcast, featuring analysis of the week's news and interviews with writers and theologians, is released every Friday.

Follow the Church Times on Twitter: @ChurchTimes 


History of the Church Times

The Church Times was started to campaign for Anglo-Catholic principles, which it did with vigour and rudeness. But in the 1940s and ‘50s the paper began the move to broaden its outlook and coverage. It now attempts to provide balanced and fair reporting of events and opinions across the whole range of Anglican affairs.

The newspaper was a family concern until 1989, when ownership passed to Hymns Ancient & Modern. It has always been independent of the Church of England hierarchy.


Festivals and events

The Church Times holds a number of festivals and events. In recent years these have included the Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature, the Festival of Preaching, and the Green Health Awards. 

Since 1951, the paper has hosted an inter-diocesan cricket competition, the Church Times Cricket Cup.