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Diocesan Communications Updates
Maun Valley Citizens are recruiting a Community Organiser to take on the role of supporting and building the group, which is an alliance of 20 schools, churches and community groups in Maun Valley (Mansfield and Ashfield).
The group is looking for an individual who is skilled at relationship building, campaigning and developing leaders.
The successful candidate will work initially across Mansfield and Ashfield, supported by the Nottingham Citizens senior organiser. They will also join the national Guild of Citizens UK Community Organisers, benefiting from training by leading practitioners in the UK and US. Full details here.
Open Churches Weekend is a success
The second Open Weekend is on 22nd & 23rd July. The first of the Open Churches Weekends in the diocese has been hailed a success, with many churches holding events and services to attract new visitors.
Some offered guided tours, inviting the public to discover some of the most historic and beautiful buildings in the county. Others planned cream teas, exhibitions, tower tours and musical concerts, as well as quiet spaces to reflect and pray. Click to enlarge map —>
Full list of events
Bishop of Natal on ten-day visit
On Tuesday, the Bishop of Natal, the Rt Revd Dino Gabriel, arrived in the diocese with his wife Elizabeth and the Link Officer in Natal, the Revd Dane Elsworth.
They are here for ten days, during which time they will travel extensively around the diocese, attending the Transform Weekend and Evensong at Southwell Minster as well as meeting chaplains, visiting a school and seeing the breadth of ministry from outer estates to city centre to rural contexts.
Full story and photographs
Historic night as Bishop commissions first diocesan interns
History was made in Southwell & Nottingham as Bishop Paul Williams commissioned the first cohort of interns graduating from the Diocesan Internship Programme. The cohort included nine young leaders who undertook a year of learning, personal development and service with the Diocese’s Younger Leadership College.
The commissioning took place during a service at Holy Trinity, Southwell, and was followed by a celebration meal in the Archbishop’s Palace. Bishop Paul told the interns, their families, friends and supporters, that it was right to take a moment to thank God for the first year of the intern programme: “We are going to commission them this evening because it has never been just about this one year – we are going to send them out as they continue to serve God.”
Full story and photographs
£1.06m grant for plans supporting growth
Southwell & Nottingham Diocese has been granted £1.06 million from a national strategic development fund established by the Church Commissioners. The funding will go towards two projects: developing St Mary Magdalene, Newark, as a ‘market town resource church’, and starting a new ‘rural resource church’ reaching out to serve people in the Deanery of Newark and Southwell.
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Parish Buying have released a video of Church Warden Jacqueline Brown talking about the benefits of joining the Buying Service, which focuses on quality, and ethically sound products, at competitive rates. Watch the videohere
Grants for Places of Worship Scheme to close
Heritage Lottery Fund have confirmed that the dedicated Grants for Places of Worship Scheme (previously administered by English Heritage) will run for two more terms and then close. Places of worship will then be encouraged to apply under the existing ‘ Heritage’ and ‘Our Heritage’ schemes along with all other heritage buildings. This will affect many of our churches currently looking at funding significant repair works. Please ensure this information is shared as widely as possible.
There are two more opportunities this year to apply under the GPOW scheme, May 15th for a decision in September, and August 14th for a decision in Nov/Dec 2017. There is likely to be a spike in demand for GPOW funding in the run up to the last deadline in September and ChurchCare are working on how this demand can best be handled.
For further information, please click on the link below to read the full ChurchCare briefing document, including important advice for potential applicants. http://www.churchcare.co.uk/images/GPOW_Diocesan_Briefing_-_6_April_2017.pdf
Safeguarding update New dates have been added to the list of Safeguarding training sessions. Click here
http://southwell.anglican.org/mission-ministry/safeguarding/ to find out more.
Also, Donna Bernard-Carlin, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, has organised a meeting at Jubilee House, on Thursday 18th May from 7-9pm, for Parish Safeguarding Coordinators. This will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss some of the changes that are currently happening and to share ideas.
If you are able to go please let Jane Weir know: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 0115 960 3010.
Click on the link to download the Spring 2017 Safeguarding Training dates safeguarding-training-dates-spring-term-2017
Diocesan Synod adopts latest Safeguarding policies http://southwell.anglican.org/synod-adopts-latest-safeguarding-
Safeguarding information and courses on the Diocesan website http://southwell.anglican.org/mission-ministry/safeguarding/
Visit of Fr Fadi Diab and five ambassadors from the Diocese of Jerusalem – Would you like one of the ambassadors from the Diocese of Jerusalem to be present for your morning service on either 8th Oct or 15th Oct 2017 and take part in any discussion after the service over lunch or otherwise. Each will have a presentation but the subjects are not known as yet. There are three ambassadors to be placed on 8th Oct and one on 15th Oct. Please be in touch with David Lane, Partnership Officer Holy Lands, on email@example.com
Men in Sheds on Songs of Praise
The Men in Sheds project at Kirkby-in-Ashfield was featured on Songs of Praise. BBC presenter Claire McCollum visited the ‘shed’ at St Thomas’s Church, Kirkby-in Ashfield, in reality a workshop created in a room off the church hall. Watch the video here Men in Sheds starts at 19 minutes, 35 seconds.
What Churches need to know about Pokémon Go http://southwell.anglican.org/churches-need-know-pokemon-go/