News and Media

Mothering Sunday – What are its origins within the church? 

Each year on the fourth Sunday of Lent, countries worldwide celebrate Mothering Sunday. This typically involves lavishing mothers with gifts and attention whilst celebrating the women who have nurtured us throughout our lives. But how many of us know its true origins? 

Confirmation services

On 12 March, Bishop Karen held a confirmation service in the West Purbeck Benefice. She spoke about how important a marker in a person's faith journey confirmation is. She said:  "I think it is more important than ever. Marking a decision individuals have taken on their faith journey, rather than an entry to Holy Communion. It's great to see so many making a decision to follow Christ." 

Take over Sunday

13 young members of St Saviours Church and St Philippe de Torteval Church on the Island of Guernsey planned the Sunday service earlier this month. They chose the hymns and readings, wrote a sketch, the prayers of intercession and the sermon on the theme of “Teamwork makes the dream work”.

Repairs & Restoration: still time to apply for our DAC Awards

The deliberation for this year's DAC (Diocesean Advisory Committee) awards are almost underway, but there’s still time to apply! If you’re church has undertaken any impressive renovation projects, visit the DAC Awards page and nominate your church. 

Stoles for ordinands in Sudan and Sudan Day

As the Diocesan Sudan’s Day on 18 March draws closer, we take a look at just a few of the activities our communities have been working on, from the Mothers Union to the Year Four pupils at St Mary's First School, West Moors. 

Innovative partnership nationally recognised for its work in the community

The Growing Faith Foundation has selected the Sherborne and Shaftesbury Schools Young Leaders project to be one of 12 national learning Hubs and will support & resource them to share their project in North Dorset and beyond in 2023 and 2024.

EV Charging Point installation pilot

The National Giving Team and Parish Buying are looking for 30 churches to take part in an Electric Vehicle Charging Point Pilot, before expanding to a national offer. Do you know churches which might be suitable and want to take part? 

Celebrating the Coronation Weekend Webinar for Parishes

The Church of England is hosting a webinar that is specifically targeted at parishes and explores ways in which you can take part in the Coronation Weekend programme, no matter the level of resource you may have, on Thursday 9 March, 11:00 – 12:00.

Virtual PSA Course: CREative REinspiring RE Conference: 21 March 23

This CRE-ative, RE-inspiring Conference is hosted by Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education but created by a Working Party from Wiltshire, Dorset and Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole SACRES. Content is suitable for all teachers and leaders of RE no matter where you are teaching. 

Modern Slavery and Safeguarding Refugees Training Courses

The Clewer Initiative are running free online awareness raising sessions on modern slavery and safeguarding for those hosting and volunteering with refugees. These will be delivered by Becca Faal and Helen Styles (safeguarding consultants for TCI). 

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