The One Roof Shelter needs your support
The One Roof Shelter is a year-round shelter offering rough sleepers somewhere to stay overnight. Launching this September, the shelter will provide a warm and welcoming environment for guests – those who find themselves homeless. Guests can relax and feel safe – spending the evening with volunteers chatting (in many languages), playing games and drinking tea and coffee. Building on the success of the Winter Night Shelter, One Roof needs people like you to make the Shelter a success.

Invite to all Vergers from across the diocese
The Church of England Guild of Vergers would like to invite all Vergers (volunteer or paid; those who open up and attend to the church for services etc) to a special Choral Evensong at Leicester Cathedral on 19 September at 5.30pm.

Diocesan Conference Bookstall with books written and recommended by speakers
Christian Resources will be running a bookstall at the Diocesan Conference. The will be plenty of resources to purchase, here are a smattering of the books which will be available...

Updated census and deprivation stats now available
The national Research and Stats team have mapped government statistics onto parish boundaries to produce parish-level census and deprivation information.

Central Contents Register
The Church Commissioners manage a Central Contents Register which includes listings of Suppliers of Church Furnishings, and “for sale” and “wanted” church items.

Counting Visitors
ExploreChurches are working hard to represent our wonderful national collection of incredible churches to the tourism industry. They are talking to both national and regional tourism bodies, developing a variety of regional landing pages and festival landing pages on ExploreChurches. These make it easy for regional tourism bodies to link to and share content, and therefore promote your churches.

Revision to National Church Trust Foundation Grant
Important News for Churches. The National Churches Trust has doubled the upper limit for project costs under this grant programme and will now accept applications for works costing up to £20,000 excluding VAT. They will offer grants of up to 50% of project costs.

Take part in the Minority Anglican Project
The Minority Anglican Project is a large-scale research project that aims to explore and learn from the experiences of minority ethnic Anglicans in the Church. A collaboration between the Church of England – Birmingham and the Cadbury Centre, in the School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion at the University of Birmingham, the project is directed by Dr Andrew Davies, Director of the Cadbury Centre with Revd Dr Sharon Prentis and will be run by Cognitive Psychologist Dr Sanjee Perera.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Nominate a deserving voluntary group for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service This is the highest award that can be given to voluntary groups across the UK, and you could help more Leicestershire groups win this prestigious award. So, if you know of a deserving group, perhaps because you have benefitted from their service, then why not nominate them now!

Together Leicester Community Gifts
The Diocese of Leicester (Board of Finance) has announced a £60,000 fund for gifts to community organisations nominated by their local church. Gifts of £5-10K will be given to projects/organisations will be given to projects/organisations meeting the criteria and nominations must be submitted by the end of September 2019.


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