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  • Drivers urged to join information-gathering effort against modern slavery in hand car washes
    4 June 2018 Drivers urged to join information-gathering effort against modern slavery in hand car washes

    Anti-slavery campaigners and other key agencies, including the police and councils, are backing the Safe Car Wash App, launched by The Clewer Initiative, the Church of England’s campaign against modern slavery, and the Santa Marta ...

  • MaintenanceBooker: the National Churches Trust’s online maintenance service for churches
    29 May 2018 MaintenanceBooker: the National Churches Trust’s online maintenance service for churches

    MaintenanceBooker, the National Churches Trust’s online maintenance service for churches, will become available to churches in our Region on  Friday June 1st when they will launch a new look website. Churches can Pre-Register now for the ...

  • Parish Buying: ​GDPR e-learning course for only £10
    24 May 2018 Parish Buying: ​GDPR e-learning course for only £10

    Do you know what GDPR means for your church?In addition to the guidance available on Parish Resources, there are now e-learning courses available at a discount through the Parish Buying website.Depending on your role at ...

  • Parish Buying: ​Card Reader Promotion
    24 May 2018 Parish Buying: ​Card Reader Promotion

    Free card payments for 3 months!If you want to start taking card payments in your church, now is the time to do it. SumUp are offering CofE organisations their Air Card Reader for just £19, ...

  • Church of England brings prayers to millions with Alexa
    24 May 2018 Church of England brings prayers to millions with Alexa

    The Church of England is launching an Alexa skill, enabling users to ask the Church of England for prayers, explanations of the Christian faith and where to find their nearest church for local events and ...

  • Fruit that lasts: CofE encourages every minister to join The Great Vocations Conversation
    19 April 2018 Fruit that lasts: CofE encourages every minister to join The Great Vocations Conversation

    Nearly 30,000 serving ministers, both lay and ordained, are being encouraged to hold at least one conversation a month about vocation with someone different from themselves, in a campaign unveiled today by the Church of ...

  • "I am because Send a Cow is"
    11 April 2018 "I am because Send a Cow is"

    To celebrate Send a Cow’s 30th anniversary, we went back and met with some of the original farmers who we worked with in the earlier years. I was intrigued to see how their lives have ...

  • Archbishop's Award Hat Trick for Team Birmingham
    6 April 2018 Archbishop's Award Hat Trick for Team Birmingham

    Like the No.11 Outer Circle bus, it seems that Archbishop's Awards also turn up three at once! We always knew they were winners, but today the Archbishop of Canterbury officially recognised Andrew Smith, Janet Knox ...

  • USPG Harvest Appeal 2018: receivers to givers
    28 March 2018 USPG Harvest Appeal 2018: receivers to givers

    USPG's Harvest Appeal for 2018 is focusing on a community development programme run by the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP). ECP’s Receivers to Givers programme helps vulnerable communities to achieve financial sustainability.Outreach workers enable ...

  • ​Card Readers Now Available
    22 March 2018 ​Card Readers Now Available

    Following a national trial of contactless card readers, the Parish Buying service now has contracts with two companies: SumUp and iZettle. Church of England parishes are able to buy card readers at a discount through ...

  • It's more than just a job when you 'Do Something You Believe In'
    15 March 2018 It's more than just a job when you 'Do Something You Believe In'

    We promote vacancies from Faithbased organisations and Non-Faith based organisations to employed people or volunteers who want to contribute to the common good.At faith-based organisations, we have vacancies for positions ranging from ordained ministry, and ...

  • ​Getting ready for Vocations Sunday - 22 April 2018
    15 March 2018 ​Getting ready for Vocations Sunday - 22 April 2018

    With Vocations Sunday on 22 April, we'll soon be releasing our parish guide to growing vocations, which will be available to order from the Church Print Hub.Click here for an advance look. We've designed this ...

  • Consultation on Heritage Lottery Fund future direction and strategy
    7 March 2018 Consultation on Heritage Lottery Fund future direction and strategy

    The Heritage Lottery Fund has been a generous funder of a wide range of church projects. A sudden and unanticipated change in its grants programme in 2017, coupled with a significant reduction in funding, has ...

  • Commonwealth Big Lunch
    5 March 2018 Commonwealth Big Lunch

    The Big Lunch is the UK's annual get together for neighbours. Since 2009, millions of people have joined in together with their neighbours in a nationwide act of community and friendship.This year we're inviting people ...

  • Warm homes support available for vulnerable households
    5 March 2018 Warm homes support available for vulnerable households

    During the bitterly cold weather, some of the most vulnerable people in our communities may struggle to heat their home. Birmingham City Council’s ‘Stay Warm Stay Well’ initiative can offer help to those with long ...

  • ​Campaign to reclaim Easter launches as Easter bunny closes in on Jesus
    22 February 2018 ​Campaign to reclaim Easter launches as Easter bunny closes in on Jesus

    Churches in the UK are planning to distribute more than quarter of a million Easter stories inside Easter eggs this year as part of a national campaign to plug a gap in knowledge about the ...

  • Mental health in English communities a leading concern for clergy, survey finds
    6 February 2018 Mental health in English communities a leading concern for clergy, survey finds

    Mental health problems in local communities are now one of the biggest social issues Church of England clergy encounter, according to new research.A survey of more than 1,000 senior clergy has found that the proportion ...

  • Doing healthy ministry together: the Sheldon Hub
    5 February 2018 Doing healthy ministry together: the Sheldon Hub

    The Hub is an ambitious, online, collaborative resource for mutual care by and for people in ministry. The conversations are rich, honest and real, some light-hearted, others full of pain that is hard to share ...

  • Launch of £5million Anniversary Fund
    1 February 2018 Launch of £5million Anniversary Fund

    In 2018 the Garfield Weston Foundation is 60 years old and to celebrate, we are launching a one-off grants scheme, the Weston Anniversary Fund. This Fund will provide Capital grants ranging from £30,000 to £150,000.Weston ...

  • ​Planning for Godparents' Sunday - 6 May 2018
    1 February 2018 ​Planning for Godparents' Sunday - 6 May 2018

    Godparents are really special to families. Now in its third year, Godparents’ Sunday is gaining momentum as a great way to support godparents of all ages. See what it’s all about and browse some ideas ...