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Church Roof Repairs

In his 2015 Budget speech to the House of Commons on 18 March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a further £40million to the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. This new money brings the total funding package made available to £55million. Read more on our website.


Diocesan Centenary

James Knowles has been asked by the Centenary Planning Group to collate all the documents and photographs of the Centenary events. He would be very glad of photographs, movies, documents and press cuttings of parish and other celebrations that were not organised centrally; e.g. pilgrimages, services or fetes etc. Contact James via email or by post to 21 College Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1NL.

Diocesan Intercession List

The April intercession list is now available on the Diocesan website. Many thanks to those who responded to the request for your thoughts and help in producing these intercession lists. Your interest and willingness to help are encouraging. Michael Hatchett has taken on the Excel task but we are still in early days – your thoughts and comments are still welcome to Anne Spalding.

General Election 2015

Our new page on the Diocesan website contains a list of local Hustings being held in our churches, suggested questions and useful links and advice if you’re thinking of holding a Hustings event in your church. Click here to visit the website and contact Kathleen Ben Rabha, Community Affairs Advisor to add your event.

Home for Good

Home for Good were featured on Songs of Praise on Mothering Sunday, explaining how they have formed as a national Christian charity to promote the need for more foster carers and adopters. In Suffolk, a local movement called ‘Home for Good: Suffolk’ has formed. All churches can get involved through promoting events, signposting, prayer or offering their venues to run information events or support groups. To find out more contact Melissa at suffolk@homeforgood.uk.

Forthcoming Events

‘Mooove over Poverty!’ St Matthew Church, Portman Road, Ipswich on Wednesday 25 March, 7.30pm-9.00pm.

An evening of music, food and inspiration in advance of this year’s Christian Aid Week – discover the difference a cow makes! Come and hear the stories from Ethiopia which will be the focus of this year’s Christian Aid Week. Free entry. Visit the Christian Aid East of England facebook page for more information.

Presence at Easter, Ipswich Cornhill on Saturday 28 March, 10.00am-4.00pm.

Presence is a group of Christians from around Ipswich aiming to be a creative response to the spiritual needs of the town centre. This Easter they will be blessing people with chocolate eggs and asking passers-by ‘what is the life you dream of?’ With their responses they will create a multi-coloured cross of dreams and offer to pray for people. If you are interested in joining the event, please email Revd Tim Yau, Emerging Church Pioneer Minister for URC who is leading the event.

ACAT (Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers) forthcoming workshops

April workshops are being held in Newmarket (18 April) and Colchester (25 April), for both members and non-members. Booking and further information can be found via http://www.acat.uk.com/newmarket.html or http://www.acat.uk.com/colchester.html

These are merely a selection of the many events happening soon throughout our diocese, please see our online Events Diary for more. To submit your event to our diary, email us.

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Tom Warmington, Communications Officer

Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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