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Church items wanted and available
The Church of England keeps an up-to-date central contents register to help ensure unwanted church contents can find a good home. The latest edition is attached, along with a list of useful contacts in the world of church contents and furnishings.
Don’t forget that a faculty is required for any disposals or acquisitions.
Funding now available from the National Churches Trust
If you need funding for a church repair project or want to install a toilet, kitchen and improve community facilities in your place of worship, then the National Churches Trust Grant Schemes can help you.
The National Churches Trust Grant schemes are now open for 2015 and accepting new applications. Churches can apply for a grant any time up to the 30 September 2015.
See the attached article and click the below link for more information and to apply.
Website: More info and apply
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REMINDER – Quiet Days at Offa House
Places are limited to 20 but please make sure to book early as previous Quiet Days have been oversubscribed. The cost is £10 and you should bring your own packed lunch.
For more information please see the attached flyer. To book a place please contact Kerry Vanston-Rumney on 02476 412 627 or email Kerry using the link below.
23/01/15 REMINDER – Basic Safeguarding Training – Free to all
‘Basic Safeguarding Training’ events are being held throughout the diocese during the coming months.
The next three events are to be held at:
• Leaminton Spa – 11 Feb – 7:15 to 9:30 pm
• Atherstone – 2 March – 7:15 to 9:30 pm
• Coventry – 19 March – 10:15 am to 12:30 pm
The session lasts two hours and covers:
• Challenges of the Church environment;
• Common forms of abuse;
• Signs and symptoms of abuse;
• How we know if a child or adult is being abused;
• What to do if a disclosure is made or there are concerns;
• What not to do;
• Good practice.
Booking is essental. For further details (including other dates) please click the link below.
Website: Diocesan website
23/01/15 News Story – Diocesan Chancellor awarded the rank of QC
Stephen Eyre, Chancellor of the Diocese of Coventry, has been awarded the rank of Queen’s Counsel. Stephen has been the Chancellor since 2009 and was appointed to act as the independent judge of the diocese’s Consistory Court.
As Chancellor, Stephen determines applications for faculties permitting alterations to church buildings, exhumations, or non-routine memorials in churchyards. He does so after receiving advice from the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and with representations from those in favour and those opposed to particular projects.
To read more, please click the link below.
Website: Diocesan website
23/01/15 ‘Show up’ – Christians in Politics Campaign
Christians in Politics works to inspire Christians throughout the UK to engage actively in politics. In the run-up to the General Election, they are collaborating with many Christian organisations to run a campaign called ‘Show Up’.
The purpose of Show Up is to inspire and equip churches throughout the UK to get actively involved in the run-up to the General Election in May and in UK politics generally beyond that. A link to a short video, and more news about the campaign, is attached – please publicise it in your churches and on social media.
Website: Christians in Politics ‘Show Up’ campaign
22/01/15 Pray for Struggling British Dairy Farmers
The Arthur Rank Centre (ARC), a charity supported by rural churches, said that it’s rallying call was prompted after First Milk announced it would delay payments to 1,200 farmer members because of a financial crisis at the farming co-operative.
Therefore, the ARC is calling on Christians to pray for dairy farmers who are suffering from financial hardship. The charity has suggested a prayer to support dairy farmers. For more information and to see the suggested prayer, please visit their website using the link below.
‘Burned out on religion…?’ – Quiet Day at Offa House
The Rev’d David Mayhew will lead a Quiet Day at Offa House on Thursday 19 February from 10am until 4pm. Entitled ‘Burned out on religion…?’ it will use and reflect on a simple rhythm of prayer based on our understanding of God as Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The cost is £10 and as usual at Offa House, there will be plenty of space and quiet. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.
For more information please see the attached flyer. To book a place and arrange payment, pleased contact Kerry Vanston-Rumney by calling 02476 412 627 or email her using the link below.
News Story – Breaking free from eating disorders
Eating is the stuff of life; it is at the heart of family and social interaction. It is something we all have to do every day to keep healthy in body, mind and spirit. It should be pleasurable and problem free. Sadly, for an ever increasing number of people this is not the case. Tastelifeuk is a charity that believes in breaking free from eating disorders, and rediscovering life in all its fullness.
A leaflet about the charity is attached, and to read more about Tastelifeuk follow the link to the diocesan website below.
Website: Diocese of Coventry
17/12/14 REMINDER – Founder of Street Pastors – 7 February
Rev’d Les Isaac, founder of Street Pastors will be speaking at an evening of celebration, worship and thanksgiving on Saturday 7 February from 7pm till 8:30pm, at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The event will be followed by refreshments and Stratford-upon-Avon Street Pastors AGM at the Methodist Church, opposite Holy Trinity Church. All are welcome to go and hear this inspirational speaker.
For more information please visit their website using the link below.