Ecclesiastical to donate £120,000 to good causes as part of its annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign
As part of its annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign, Ecclesiastical Insurance will be giving 120 different charities an early Christmas gift of a £1,000 donation, with 10 winners announced each weekday from 5 to 20 December.

Now is the time for maintenance: 29th November is NationalGuttersDay!
Join the conversation with SPAB and clean your gutters to prepare your church for the wet winter ahead. And look for tips and guidance on the SPAB

An update from the Growth Fund...
A big thank you to all those who applied for Follow the Star funding, we are pleased to announce that we gave out 45 grants to churches totalling £16,895! We look forward to sharing how churches have used this money which was granted for LED Stars on churches, ‘The Star’ DVDs for Messy Churches, resources for Christmas Craft workshops, ingredients for baking star shaped biscuits to give out and much more!

Follow the Star 2019 Booklets available at Christian Resources now!
Follow the Star is back for 2019 with 12 brand-new Christmas reflections. Follow the Star invites you to experience the wonder and excitement of the Wise Men’s journey as they travel towards Jesus. This year’s booklet offers a brand new reflection for each of the twelve days of Christmas with a short Bible passage, a simple prayer and a challenge to reflect or act differently. They are supported by additional free digital materials, including suggested activities for families based on each day's theme.

Further funds available for Roof Alarm Grants
The Diocesan Board of Finance has added its support to the roof alarm scheme that is administered by the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust (LHCT) on behalf of Allchurches Trust.

Central Contents Register Update
The Church Commissioners manage a Central Contents Register which includes listings of Suppliers of Church Furnishings, and “for sale” and “wanted” church items. The October issue of the Commissioners Contents Register is now available

Roof Alarm Grants – an update on grants available
The LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust (LHCT) has been awarded £50,000 by Allchurches Trust to assist churches that wish to install a roof alarm. Since August 2018, fifteen churches have been awarded grants and the scheme runs until 31 July 2020, or earlier if the funds are exhausted.

2019 Advent Calendar launches with competition
The 2019 Real Advent Calendar has been officially launched with a new 24 page Christmas story-activity book, a children’s competition, with profits helping to transform the lives of children in Kenya.

Bishops' Conference Resources now available
Downloads of recorded talks, PowerPoint slides and other resources from the Bishops’ Conference available.

Marriage registration training postponed
Due to a lack of information from the government regarding the new marriage registration legislation we are cancelling the training dates in November as we won’t yet have all of the details required for the training. We will arrange dates in the Spring so look out on diomail for these in due course. 


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