The e-Bulletin is a weekly update from around the Diocese on Tuesdays. The items below are from its 'Announcements' section.
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Are you seeking to address local needs and grow your church? These links may help. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has visualisation and analysis of poverty, housing and care data from across the UK, here: http://data.jrf.org.uk. The Church Growth Research Project website, www.churchgrowthresearch.org.uk, has key statistics and resources. ‘Churches for Communities’ by Becky Payne may also be of interest. Details here: www.ohct.org.uk/CforCFlier.docx.
WW1 in Wiltshire: there is a new blog entitled ‘Heritage in Wiltshire’ for those who are interested. Latest updates via: http://heritageinwiltshire.wordpress.com
Faraday Institute Bursaries offer funding for course attendance and bursaries of up to £7500 towards the cost of a postgraduate degree in any topic related to science and religion.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coders needed! Can you write computer code, or could you help us find someone who can? We are looking to find a small group of coders to help us write some apps for the upcoming clergy conference, and work with us beyond that to look at how we can use IT, and especially smartphone apps, as a means of spreading the Gospel. There are undoubtedly people in our churches with the skills to help, and we are not identifying them or making use of them. Contact Gerry Lynch on 01722 438 652 or email@example.com.
Real Easter Egg 2014 campaign launches with a new range! www.realeasteregg.co.uk
The draft budget for 2015 is now out for comment. Please send comments or questions to the Diocesan Secretary by 31st March. Visit www.salisbury.anglican.org/parishes/finance/annual-reports-and-budgets for info and downloads.
Incumbents and PCC Treasurers: Do you know of a Charity or Trust, set up to serve the community but which is under-used or dormant? Parishes or other trusts may be able to benefit from a 50% uplift via the Community First Endowment Match Challenge. Details via www.cdf.org.uk/content/funding-programmes/community-first/endowment-match-challenge; contact Jon Yates on 01380 729284 to discuss the opportunities.
Engage is a national network of Christian organisations with expertise in different areas around relationships. It aims to make singleness or marriage a genuine choice for all Christian women and men, through a church which is gender-balanced and teaches about healthy Christian singleness, dating and marriage. www.engage-mcmp.org.uk/aboutuswhatandwhy.html
Safeguarding Farewell and Welcome: Rachel Bussey says, “24th Feb is the changeover date in safeguarding as that is my last working day and Heather Bland’s first working day as the next DSA. Thank you for your support over the last 11+ years- we have been through many changes and I thank you for your forbearance as we learnt together... Best wishes for the future to you all.”
Click here for the Safeguarding page
Walk-a-Week: Mothers' Union's President Ann Howard will be walking the Wessex Ridgeway as a sponsored event for Mothers' Union. Along the way, members’ events will raise awareness and funds for projects such as Virtual Baby in senior schools, parenting groups, work in prisons and refuges, and holidays for families. Look out for an event near you as Ann walks once a week between 10 March and 7 June. Please pray for Mothers' Unions work with families with us too. To donate, text MUWK14 and an amount in £ to 70070 or go to www.my.give.net/salisburymu.
Narnia competition for schools! Barnabas in Schools is holding a creative writing competition to celebrate C.S. Lewis's famous Chronicles of Narnia stories. Entries with the heading ‘My favourite character or scene from a Narnia story and why’ are invited from children at Key Stage 2. Details: www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/narniacompetition. Closing date: 31 July.
The Spring Harvest Church Leader Taster offer is open to ordained church leaders or those training for ordination, and covers food and accommodation for a 24-hour stay at one of the four events taking place over the Easter period. The offer also includes discounted rates for family members for the same 24-hour period. www.springharvest.org.
Are Your Flags Looking Damaged? We recommend that you take your flags down if the wind speed is expected to reach 40mph or over. This will help to prevent damage.
South Sudan Emergency Appeal: see here!
Floods: a small grant of £100-£200 from the Diocesan Social Welfare Fund might help someone or an organisation in your area if they have been affected by the weather. www.salisbury.anglican.org/mission/social-justice/funds-for-church-related-social-action
National Churches Trust repair grants programme has re-opened. Full details and application forms on the grants section of www.nationalchurchestrust.org.
Affordable Christian Rental Accommodation in South Devon. The Fairfield Trust, a non-profit charity, has converted two large houses in Torquay into unfurnished, self-contained flats. These have been set up to accommodate those who have worked for Christian organisations and, as a result, have been unable to buy a home in this country. Full details: www.fairfieldtrust.org.
Ecclesiastical Insurance Opens 2015 Bursary Applications. Ecclesiastical Insurance offers bursaries for Anglican clergy for sabbatical breaks and projects. More details at www.ecclesiastical.com/mba
To All Parish Flower Arrangers: In 2015 there will be nationwide celebrations for the 800th Anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. Salisbury Cathedral has the best surviving copy of this important document. You are invited to participate in a major flower festival, ‘Magna Flora’, taking place in the Cathedral 14-20 September 2015. Contact Susan Branch for info and registration: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trying to connect with young people? The CYPAF team recommends ‘Communications Strategies for Millennials: How We Developed One for Churches’. Click here: http://bit.ly/KwBBih
The Maintenance Co-operatives Project is a ground-breaking initiative to connect, encourage and support the army of volunteers across the country who look after some of our most beautiful and significant local landmarks. Click here for the SPAB briefing.
Money Speaks Louder than Words: Credit Unions and the role of the Church in tackling financial exclusion. Church Urban Fund briefing here: www.cuf.org.uk/money-speaks.
To all Clergy: the Episcopal Vacation Exchange Network (EVEnet) facilitates the exchange of homes among Anglican and Episcopal clergy. http://evenetonline.wordpress.com/
Magna Carta Project: 2015 sees the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215. The Diocese will join the celebrations in Dorset and Wiltshire, and nationally. Visit the web page: www.salisbury.anglican.org/parishes/magnacarta
The Aldhelm Mission Fund supports new mission initiatives in parishes, schools and the wider community in the Diocese of Salisbury. The closing date for the next round of applications is Friday 7 February. Application forms, guidelines and further details can be found at www.salisbury.anglican.org/mission/funding.
Wanted: male singers for ‘Christmas Truce’. In May 2014 the Salisbury International Arts Festival will mark the centenary of the truce with a new commission for 100 male singers, beginners and experienced. Contact Sue Kent on email@example.com or 01722 332241.
Caring for those at risk of homelessness: The Bishop of Salisbury has blessed and dedicated Alabaré’s new offices. Any parish in Wiltshire can make a referral to ‘Community 4’ on behalf of a vulnerable individual or family at risk of homelessness. Full details via www.alabare.co.uk/community4.php.
The Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) invites applications for the annual John Betjeman award for excellence in the repair of the fabric of a building. Click here.
The Community First Endowment Match Challenge: do you know of a Charity or Trust which is currently under-used or dormant, whose object is to serve the Community? Parishes or other trusts may be able to transfer such funds to benefit from a 50% uplift via this government funded initiative. Details: www.cdf.org.uk/content/funding-programmes/community-first/endowment-match-challenge.
Contact Tracy Melling (Dorset- 01202 292255) or Jon Yates (Wiltshire- 01380 729284).
Journey with Us offers short-term placements with the world church for people of all ages and backgrounds. Us (formerly USPG) offers an opportunity to experience the life and mission of the church in another culture. www.weareus.org.uk/journey/allages.
400 New Testaments FREE to any Church able to give them away on the streets as part of an outreach or Mission plan. Brand new NIV paperback editions of the New Testament. Please contact Lavender Buckland: 01722 780488.
Low-key supermarket evangelism? The ‘Christian Bag for Life’ idea grew out of Steve Ryder’s evangelism training with the Diocese of Chelmsford, and features a shopping bag printed with wording intended as a talking-point. The more bags there are, the more the message gets across. A simple way to ‘go and tell’. Click here for a recent photo taken in Church House, Salisbury.
Visit www.steveryder.co.uk for more info and purchasing.
‘Surviving Winter’ Appeal. The campaign, now in its third year, calls for people to donate their Winter Fuel Payment, if they are able, or whatever they can spare to help the elderly and vulnerable. Last year, the national campaign raised £1.2million, with 20,000 people benefiting. Wiltshire: pay by credit card via 01380 729284, donate online at www.wscf.org.uk or text WARM21 to 70070 to donate £5. Dorset, ring 01202 292255 or visit www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org and click the ‘Surviving Winter link’. £10 of every donation will be matched.
From Wiltshire Police: Confidence Trickster Targeting Church Community
During 2012, a series of Fraud offences was committed across the Home Counties. The offender targeted church members, approaching people at or outside churches or church halls appearing upset and frantic for help. He tells victims that his mother has died that morning (often saying on the island of Jersey) and that he is in desperate need of funds to get out there to identify the body and bring her home, sometimes explaining that his mother was a member of their church and lived locally until recently. The offender quotes details of several of the churches’ local ministers to add validity to his story; however, these ministers happen to be on holiday at the time, indicating that he may have done some preparatory research.
The offender is extremely plausible and cries when recalling memories of his mother. He often gives his name as ‘John Williams’, and passes a mobile phone number when asked quoting addresses that are local. He rarely requests money above about £60 and it is believed that he makes use of public transport. There is no suggestion that he has ever become violent or attempted to use force in any way. Please report any such incidents to Wiltshire Police on 101.
Stamps for Sudan: we regret that we cannot accept any more bags or boxes of loose stamps, on or off paper, as we have to run down our operation soon. If you have more valuable items or collections to be sold in aid of Sudan, please contact Mr Mat Stephens (01730 261048), who will advise if the Sudan Church Association (SCA) can raise funds with them and, if so, how to pass them over. The SCA no longer accepts the generic first-class or second-class used stamps as they have very little value.
Church organ for sale in the Poole area
Working Johannus electronic organ, purchased 1985. For more details, contact Beverley Wood, PA to the Revd Janice Audibert, Christ Church Creekmoor, telephone 01202 389751 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Search for priests online – latest data
Information on clergy in the Diocese is available online. The latest data has been uploaded to www.salisbury.anglican.org/parishes/find-a-parish.
Funding to preserve historic books and manuscripts
The Church Buildings Council has a new funding programme to assist with the conservation of parochial libraries in parish churches. Historical books and manuscripts, when in the care of the parish, are eligible for grant aid. Modern printed books cannot be considered. Parishes can apply for grants to assist with the conservation, protection and display of their collections. Applications can be made online, and more information can be found by ringing Dr Pedro Gaspar on 020 7898 1889 or visiting http://www.churchcare.co.uk/churches/funding-and-grants/our-grants/books-and-manuscripts.