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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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Shared Conversations on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission
The C of E is committed to a series of shared conversations on human sexuality, Scripture and mission over the next two years with the intention of moving us to what the Archbishop has called ‘good disagreement’. Salisbury has been asked for 12 representatives to take part in a two day regional meeting at some point next year, along with representatives from the Dioceses of Portsmouth and Winchester. National guidelines say representatives will need to be 50:50 men and women, 50:50 clergy and lay, 25% under 40, at least 2-3 LGBTI, and the balance of views should reflect those held within the Diocese. It would be useful for some clergy and lay members of the General Synod to be elected next year to experience the Diocesan process. Those interested in being involved should make themselves known to Bishop Nicholas including a brief CV and an indication of what they think they would contribute to the process: ideally via email to bishop.salisbury@salisbury.anglican.org by 18 December 2014.

Second edition of the book ‘100 Ways To Get Your Church Noticed’, originally published in 2006, launches 26 November. This new version includes new sections about the likes of social media, responsive websites and mobile apps, alongside more traditional publicity techniques such as noticeboards, posters, websites, parish magazines and media liaison.
Website here: http://www.getyourchurchnoticed.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GetYourChurchNoticed
Twitter feed: https://www.twitter.com/GetYrChrchNotic
Pre-orders: http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9780715144671/100-ways-to-get-your-church-noticed

Love Life Live Advent, published by Church House Publishing, contains 25 simple actions, prayers and reflections to help families make time to prepare for and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. Accompanying the book, www.liveadvent.net and social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram will be sharing each day’s action to inspire people to get involved. This video features Archbishop John Sentamu and authors Paula Gooder and Revd Peter Babington talking about the ethos behind the book.

Parish Buying Part 2
New IT Hardware portal available!
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If you are visiting Church House in Salisbury during office hours...
Sudan Christmas Cards are on sale. 10 small cards are £4; large cards are 70p each; recycled Christmas cards are 30p each.

Christmas Ideas from Parishes
When buying your Christmas stamps from the post office, please do consider specifically asking for those with a Christian image.

Nativity Figures For Sale
Complete set of 11 fine early 20th century former convent nativity figures for sale. Worth above £1500 but selling for £700. The standing figures are over a foot in height. Proceeds to charity. Contact 023 8023 5716 if interested.

Get Hymn Books for Free!
St Mary the Virgin, Gillingham has recently changed hymn books. 77 words editions and one music edition are still ‘up for grabs’. They are Hymns, Ancient and Modern, New Standard, 11th impression (1988) all in very reasonable condition. First come, first served!
Email Michael Sargent: m.sargent462@btinternet.com

November deals from parish Buying!
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Where there's a Will, there's a way!
During November, some solicitors are willing to write your will or update your will and in return, ask only for a donation to charity.
'Will Aid', as the scheme is known, is run every November. You can find out more details on www.willaid.org.uk, telephone 0300 0300 013 or email enquiries@willaid.org.uk. When you provide your post code, you will receive the list of nearby solicitors who are providing this service.
Perhaps you have been thinking about making a gift in your will to your church, a charity or other organisation. Maybe you have moved house and have not yet updated your will. Maybe you don't yet have a will. This is the perfect opportunity to get it sorted - and only for a donation. What an opportunity!

Prayer for the Climate
A campaign to pray and fast on the first day of the month until December 2015. It is supported by almost all the Christian agencies. Details here.

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