C of E News Roundup

Church Weddings

Over a third planned online

Visitors to the Archbishops’ Council’s Weddings Project Website have increased in number by 74 per cent over the last year; over the 10 months to 31st October 2010 the site received more than 242,000 visitors, compared to 139,000 visitors during the same period in 2009. More here.


Setting up shop in Church

A five-way partnership has published guidance for churches interested in hosting community shops on their premises – The Guidelines and Best Practice for the Provision of Community Shops in Churches and Chapels. More here.


Dioceses Commission publishes report

Yorkshire dioceses

The Dioceses Commission has published its 120-page report on the four Yorkshire dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, Sheffield and Wakefield and their boundaries with the Diocese of York. Recommendations in the report must be debated by the relevant diocesan synods before any scheme can be submitted to the General Synod, which is unlikely to be before July 2013. More here.


Schools Minister praise

"Excellent" CofE academies

“We very much value the contribution that Church of England schools and academies make to our education system,” said Schools Minister Lord Hill at the Church of England’s Academy Family Conference at Lambeth Palace. The CofE is currently the largest provider of academies, with the majority replacing failing or vulnerable schools in areas of social deprivation. More here.


Latest child protection policy

The fourth edition of Protecting All God’s Children, the Church of England’s child protection policy since 1995, was published on 24th November. Since the last edition, in 2004, a significant amount of new legislation and statutory guidance has been produced concerning the safeguarding of children, most notably the Children Act 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010, which has been incorporated into the revised policy document. More here.


Bats in churches

Lifting plastic sheeting curse

A ground-breaking initiative at Lambeth Palace on 16 November sought to reconcile one of the apparently irreconcilable priorities of our natural and man-made heritages: bats in churches. The Church Buildings Council’s Annual Conservation Forum was looking for ways to match up the present day legislation to protect endangered species with the need to protect the historic heritage of church contents from bats. More here.


News from Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop’s Presidential Address – General Synod November 2010
In his first Presidential Address to the new Synod, the Archbishop of Canterbury urges members to recognise the value of the Covenant for the life of the Anglican Communion. More here.

Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Athens
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has made a pastoral and fraternal visit to the Archdiocese of Athens (25 to 28 November), at the invitation of Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronimos. More here.

Archbishop’s video message for World AIDS Day 2010
In his message for 2010 World AIDS Day, the Archbishop of Canterbury celebrated the good news that can be found in examples of local responses to HIV and the impact of global action reflected in the latest statistics. Having witnessed at first hand the work being done at a local level with his visits this year to the Mildmay Hospital in Uganda and the Arunima Hospice in India. Please read what Dr Williams said here.

Archbishop announces 2011 Michael Ramsey Prize shortlist
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has announced the shortlist for the 2011 Michael Ramsey Prize (MRP). The prize will be awarded at Guardian Hay festival in May 2011. More here.

Archbishop congratulates students for Mitzvah Day deeds
As part of the annual meeting of the Presidents of the Council of Christians and Jews, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, invited children from four Jewish and Christian Schools to Lambeth Palace, to receive certificates and congratulations for their efforts on Mitzvah Day. More here.


News from the Archbishop of York

Archbishop launches Advent calendar

The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu has posted 24 messages online in preparation for the birthday of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. His online calendar is revealing a new message every day and this will include prayer, reflection, music, food, presents and the joy of Christmas. More here.

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