Get involved with Ride+Stride 2019
Ride+Stride is an annual church open day and sponsored event organised by the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust and around 35 other county Trusts in England and Wales. It raised over £35,000 for churches and chapels in Leicester and Leicestershire last year – and more than £1m nationwide.

Sight Loss Friendly Church
Torch have just launched a new initiative Sight Loss Friendly Church and are inviting churches to sign up. Torch is the only Christian charity dedicated to sight loss in the UK and have 60 years of experience.

St Margaret’s Church and Age UK – £10,000 Challenge
St Margaret’s Church in the city has partnered with AGE UK Leicester Shire & Rutland to raise £10,000 by Christmas 2019 in donations of Clothing, Books, DVD’s, Bric a Brac and Furniture. AGE UK is the largest supplier of services and support across the whole of Leicester and Leicestershire to those people over the age of 50 who are suffering the most through the last 7 years of austerity.

New grants programme: Growing lives
New funding to support work with children and young people launches today! Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme – Growing Lives – aimed at helping churches and Christian organisations throughout the UK and Ireland to connect with children and young people and forge lasting links with families in their local area.

Does everyone in your congregation have the opportunity to give generously?
In 2017 the number of people paying by cash fell below the number paying by debit or credit card. The number of cash machines is falling, especially in rural and urban areas, and many machines that used to dispense cash with a charge is also reducing.

Essential Finance for PCCs – A checklist
A new checklist has been produced to assist PCCs with ensuring that they are compliant with legal requirements relating to financial matters. The checklist is available for download from (scroll to foot of page)

SCIE Safeguarding Audit 2019 – Leicester Cathedral
I am very pleased to receive the final report from the SCIE independent audit of our Cathedral Safeguarding.

New Churchcare website launched
On the 1st March, the old ChurchCare website was closed and a new one was launched.

Additional Matter not requiring a Faculty
The Chancellor for the Diocese of Leicester has issued an Additional Matter Order that adds the following to List B, which requires the Archdeacon’s consent via the Online Faculty System (OFS):

Deanery Boundaries redrawn to promote mission and local identity
In a move designed to encourage the mission work of local churches, the current Framland and Gartree I and II Deaneries are being reshaped and renamed. Two benefices in the south of Framland, including Launde Abbey, will join with the deeply rural parishes of Gartree I to form the Launde Deanery, while Market Harborough will join up with Oadby to form a deanery based around the A6 corridor, called the Gartree Deanery.


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