Diocesan Staff email address changes
Diocesan staff are beginning a process of moving our email accounts to Microsoft’s Office 365. This wil be a slow process and may happen at a department at a time.

Grant funding available for maintenance work
A notice from the National Churches Trust:  Now that churches, chapels and meeting houses are once again able to be open for worship and visitors, we’d like to remind you of the availability of grant funding for essential maintenance work and small repairs through our Foundation grant programme.

Grant Funding for Churches
The Church Building Team would particularly like to hear from churches who applied to Historic England’s Emergency COVID-19 fund, and who have not been in contact already, irrespective of whether their Expression of Interest was successful or not.

Ride + Stride 2020
Ride+Sride 2020 is going ahead, albeit a bit differently and with guidance that emphasises social distancing and the extra care that needs to be taken this year. 

Service of Recommitment and Prayer for all involved in ministry
On Saturday 25 April at 11am, there will be an online service of recommitment and prayer for all those involved in lay ministry of any kind (mirroring the annual service for clergy on Maundy Thursday).

Congregational Development through Community Organising in a Time of Covid19
An invitation to church leaders to gather between 3 and 7 members of their congregation for an online opportunity to explore the question: “How do we test whether our work is building deep congregational life that eases suffering, develops relationships, builds new leaders, supports stewardship and grows the church?”

Online Maundy Thursday Service
Each year on Maundy Thursday the clergy of the diocese gather in the Cathedral to renew their ordination vows and for the blessing of the oils. This year we can’t have the usual Cathedral service, but all clergy (licensed and PTO) have been invited to a service on Zoom, which we will also broadcast on our Facebook page this Thursday at 11am

Online Finance Returns System Is Open For Business
The system is now open to submit your return for 2019 with the deadline for completing both the return and submitting your annual accounts to the finance team being May 31st 2020

Deadline for Annual Parochial Church Meeting extended
A new version of the Church Representation Rules comes into force on 1 January 2020. The Church Representation Rules (CRR) are the rules for setting up an electoral roll, holding an APCM, and how lay people get elected onto the PCC and the Deanery, Diocesan and General Synods.

Biographies which make great Christmas Holiday reading, and Christmas Gifts
Our new books in recent weeks have included some fascinating and inspiring biographies. Here are a few...


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