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by Michael Ford last modified 05 Jun, 2018 11:24 AM

The e-Bulletin is a weekly update from around the Diocese on Tuesdays. The items below are from its 'Announcements' section.

Please Aid Important Safeguarding Research
A national team is conducting ground-breaking research on how members of various communities make sense of allegations of abuse, and what prompts them to ignore or investigate further. Please consider taking ten minutes to fill in the confidential survey, for the benefit of current and future generations.
Info and survey here.

Safeguarding resources have been published for use in churches across the country. These include Bible readings, prayers and hymns, chosen in consultation with survivors. The Church of England's Liturgical Commission compiled materials to support a variety of pastoral circumstances, ranging from a safeguarding prayer to conclude a day’s safeguarding training, to a litany of penitence for past failures, and more.
Additionally, Bp Libby Lane has written a blog.
More here

2018 Church Architecture Awards
Nominations are now open for the best new church buildings, new designs in church re-ordering, alterations or extensions, and the best church conservation or repair projects. Nominations are open until 13th July 2018.
Nominate here

Nominate CofE Digital at the Premier Awards
The national team reached nearly 7 million people with #GodWithUs at Christmas and launched an app for Amazon Alexa devices, closely followed by an avalanche of astonished press coverage. You can show them- and others- your support by voting here.

Paul Whittaker is an inspirational speaker, musician, performer and workshop leader who is profoundly deaf. For 30 years, he has been entertaining and educating people about music and deafness across the UK and beyond, at schools and colleges, conferences and theatres, courses and training events in his own inimitable style. He was awarded an OBE in 2005. How does he do it?
Visit his website here

Latest news and offers from Wiltshire Community Foundation include free advice and workshops; grants for Remembrance Day, community work and young people's projects; and a charity trustees pack. More here

Looking for holiday club or children's week resources? Bible Society has ‘The Seriously Surprising Story’ booklets and accompanying film to offer. More here

 

 

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A Church Near You, part 1
Most people seeking a church are looking online first. A Church Near You gets three million visits a year! Every parish and church is listed; every parish and church can edit their listing to keep it up to date. To make the most of this mission opportunity, ACNY was re-launched in November 2017. Since then, there has been a lot of work done, and over 2,000 new parish editors have joined. As a result, there is an agency to handle queries. The FAQ page, with contact form, is here.

A Church Near You, part 2
We seek two volunteers to help parishes keep their listings up to date. The Researcher will check which parishes are not up-to-date; the Champion will offer assistance to parishes and garner feedback. Each role is four hours per week: click here for the Researcher’s role, or here for the Champion’s.

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Draft Budget for Share
The Draft Budget for 2019 is now available for comment prior to consideration by Diocesan Synod on 20th June 2018.
Download the 2019 Draft Budget Guide, and/ or
Download the 2019 Draft Budget Poster.
The Annual Reports and Budgets page is here.

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Harvest Appeals

Info coming soon.

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