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Claire Strachan 13/04/16  National Churches Trust – consultation on grants

The National Churches would like to know your thoughts about its existing grants programmes that will help inform the support that it provides to the UK’s places of worship. Should it continue as now? Or should it be changing its emphasis? It is interested in your views, whether as previous grantee church, a potential future applicant, and/or a supporter of church buildings. Please respond by Friday 29th April via the weblink below.


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Ryan Finnegan 15/04/16  Offa House – Rhythm of Prayer

While we wait to hear about the future of Offa House, the Rhythm of Prayer continues. The House is open from 12 noon until 2pm every Monday to Thursday.

On Mondays and Thursdays, midday prayer at 12:30pm will be led by Lay Readers and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays there will be a Eucharist at 12:30pm. All are most welcome.

Ryan Finnegan 15/04/16 Poster  Germinate Leadership Lecture 2016

The Reverend Dr Michael Volland will give the lecture ‘The relevance of entrepreneurship to rural church leadership’. He is currently Director of Context-based Training at Ridley Hall Cambridge and the author of ‘The Minister as Entrepreneur: leading and growing the church in an age of rapid change’.

The Lecture will be followed by presentation of awards to the current graduates of the Germinate Leadership Programme and hearing stories on how it has made a difference to their ministry.

It takes place at The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 17 May at 10:30am. For more information please see the attached poster.


Ryan Finnegan 15/04/16  Nudge at the Pub – 12 May and 20 June

The Nudge (young vocations) team are running two further evenings in the pub for anyone aged 18-30 to come along and chat about vocations to ministry. There will be a friendly team of people ready to buy a drink and chat about ministry all of whom explored their vocation or were ordained in their 20’s.

They will meet on Thursday 12 May at 8pm at The Establishment in Coventry and on Monday 20 June at 8pm at The Royal Pug in Leamington Spa.

In the meantime please visit their public facebook page, using the link below, and pass on the link to anyone you know who would value a safe space to explore their calling to ordained ministry.


Ryan Finnegan 15/04/16  Increase in Small Donations Gift Aid Allowance

The government recently increased the amount of small donations on which an organisation can claim gift aid. Churches can now claim gift aid on up to £8,000 worth of un-gift aided donations in a tax year, provided no individual donation is greater than £20, and the church has claimed full gift aid in the same tax year.

For more information on this scheme, or on gift aid more generally, please see visit their website using the link below. You can also contact Simon Taylor at the Diocesan Office by calling 02476 521 329 or email him using the link below.

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Graeme Pringle 13/04/16  Pilgrimage video message #3 from Bishop John

In a third short video message (just 3 minutes) Bishop John talks about the importance of walking together.

Five walks will be happening most days throughout the pilgrimage, from Cloud to Fire. Bishop John invites you to join in walking together from Ascension to Pentecost.’

To view Bishop John’s video please click the link below.


Ryan Finnegan 01/04/16  The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises

This coming autumn, from September 2016, the thirty week format of the Ignatian Exercises is being offered in Warwickshire. The call to “go deeper” can be responded to in many ways, and one of the more courageous and absorbing responses is, with a spiritual guide alongside, to embark on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.

In practical terms, the exercises, though originally thirty days of prayer and daily meetings with a spiritual director, can also be undertaken in an extended form with thirty or so weeks replacing the thirty-day format.

For more information please email them using the link below.


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