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The Church of England

What is life like in the Anglican Church?

The Church of England – also called the Anglican Church – has a long history. Its buildings which are used for worship on Sundays can date back hundreds of years. But despite its age, there is a lot of life and activity in the church in the 21st century – not just on Sunday but during the week.

Find out more about the people in the church and the things they do by watching these films.

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