The e-Bulletin is a weekly update from around the Diocese on Tuesdays. The items below are from its 'Announcements' section.
= Latest updates
Lent Carbon Fast 2014: Bishop Nicholas and the Bishop’s Council encourage you to take part. Further information coming soon.
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).
Credit unions: useful briefing from the Church Urban Fund: www.cuf.org.uk/credit-unions.
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.
Parish Buying offers: electric heaters, snow shovels, rock salt from Office Depot; fuel and heating oil from Certas; up to 40% saving on telecoms via Daisy; fire safety savings via Safelincs. Visit www.parishbuying.org.uk for details.
Ride+Stride: Most of the money raised for Wiltshire Churches on 14 September is now in. With Gift Aid, it should total over £48,000 - an increase on last year. Congratulations to all who took part and those who sponsored them. For the second year running, both the Brooke Cup and the Junior Group Cup were won by St James the Great, Bratton. William Salkeld (All Saints, Harnham) cycled to 60 churches, and Roger Simpkins (St Bartholomew, Royal Wootton Bassett), Charles Graham (St George, Preshute) and Ernest Escott (St Mary & St Nicholas, Sandy Lane) raised over £800 each. Next year's Ride+Stride takes place on Saturday 13 September 2014.
‘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 email@example.com.
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.
MINOR WORKS and EXTENDED MINOR WORKS: administrative changes from 23 July 2013.
The Minor Works Scheme is managed by the archdeacons and, as described in this year’s Archdeacons’ Visitation News, there are set guidelines and rules that need to be followed for this to happen. However, a change in some administrative aspects of the Scheme comes into effect on 23 July 2013 when the responsibility for processing applications passes from the Area Offices to the DAC Office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01722 438654). From this date, advice will be available from the DAC office, where you will also need to send details of Minor Works proposals. There will be no change to the ‘approval’ process, an Archdeacon’s approval will still be required for Minor Works, the Diocesan Chancellor’s permission will still be required for Extended Minor Works, and you can still consult your Archdeacon or the Diocesan Registrar if in any doubt about proposals.
Online Parish Data – can we help?
Firstly, many thanks to those of you who have now entered your parish mission and finance data - nearly 60% of Finance Returns and 80% of Mission Stats had been entered at the last count. If you have yet to enter your data online – can we help? Lost log in details or passwords, data entry problems etc. can nearly always be quickly solved. Just let Fiona Torrance know at the Diocesan Office, Church House, Salisbury, email email@example.com, tel: 01722 411922.