Diocese of Chichester eBulletin - February 2012

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February 2012

We have received some encouraging comments regarding the new look e-Bulletin. Thank you to all those who took the time to e-mail Church House with their feedback.

Comment from… 

The Very Revd, Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester Cathedral writes:
"Six years ago I was recovering in hospital, when an old friend I had not seen for years came bounding in. He picked me up, gave me a hug and explained that he had come to tell me how much he valued our friendship while I was still alive, rather than tell everyone after I had died!  It was such a generous gesture that it did wonders for my recovery. 
I find that incident helpful when I think about the keeping of Lent. During these forty days, the Church calls its members to repent and prepare for Christ’s Resurrection at Easter. It is a call to conversion: a turning away from and a turning towards; as Ecclesiastes puts it (3:6) ‘A time for losing and a time for keeping.’
This is not so much a call to give up some luxury (though that may well be helpful) as to bring to others, as well as ourselves, the consolation and hope which are the unique features of the Easter message.
There are many ways we can show people how much we value them, in actions and in words, not least those with whom we find ourselves in disagreement within the life of the Church.  May these forty days remind us that we are all one in Jesus Christ."

Nicholas Frayling


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This month's highlights

Money matters
Is your local church trying to reduce costs or increase income? Please read the latest money news.

Grants for Churches
Are you planning on applying for a grant for your Church? You'll need to check the revised Procurement and Tendering guidelines (PDF) released by the Churchcare website.

Churches Purchasing Scheme (CPS)
Many Churches have used CPS and may not know that most of the scheme's benefits are due to end, with the following exceptions: Smartwater, Roof alarms (PDF), and Fire extinguishers. For general enquiries, please e-mail Paul Playford.

Stewardship Officer vacancy
The Diocese is looking for a part-time Stewardship Officer to cover the East of the Diocese.

Schools Support Officer vacancy
The Diocese is looking for a part-time Schools Support Officer from September 2012.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression
The website A Church Near You can only ever be as useful, in advertising your church to prospective churchgoers, as the information you publish to the site. Please e-mail Sampson Scoble for help and advice on making the site work for your church.

Growing through serving
Becoming more involved in your community is an excellent way of growing your church. The Church Urban Fund has published new research that shows that serving the community promotes an increased understanding of your church, helps to meet social need, and offers better uses for Church buildings. A guide has also been published by the Church in Society department.

Leading your Church into Growth  -  Conference dates announced
This course deals with principles that can be applied in every parish Church. Around ten percent of stipendiary clergy in the country have completed the course.

Confirmations in Chichester and Horsham
Permission for all confirmations in Chichester and Horsham need to be directed through to the Bishop of Horsham’s office. Please e-mail Shirley Steers or Elise Gallagher, alternatively ring 01403 211139.

Plant Jubilee Trees for Free
In association with the Woodland Trust, your Church or School could plant trees in celebration of the Jubilee. You can apply for a free pack of trees, plant a tree in a Jubilee wood, or buy oak saplings.

Church of England Supported Housing Scheme
At the moment this scheme has no waiting list and is open to retired clergy and anyone who has worked for the Church.

Party conference – an opportunity for the church?
As a platform for dialogue, party conferences provide opportunities to speak out about the big issues facing church communities. The Liberal Democrat conference is in Brighton during September. Please let the communications department know if you wish to participate.

Reduced weekend rate at Pilgrim Hall
Offer applies to the 27th - 29th of April. The deposit has been paid, and deducted off the cost of the weekend. There are twenty to twenty-five places available. Contact Pilgrim Hall, Uckfield direct on 01825 840295.

Get the Kettle on - and invite the neighbours
The 'Traidcraft Big Brew' is a nationwide initiative, during Fairtrade Fortnight - 27th February to the 11th March, to raise awareness of the organisation's work over a welcoming cup of fairly traded tea or coffee.

First Friday Eucharist at Church House
Each first Friday of the month a Eucharist is held at Church House at 12.30pm. If you are a priest who could offer to celebrate at the service, please e-mail Sue Atkins.

Win one of six Real Easter eggs
Order your 'Real Easter eggs' through Church House and you'll automatically be entered into our draw. Orders of less than six will have to be collected from Church House, one draw entry per order.

We want your photographs
If you have any high quality images of your Church in action, please contact the communications department, the best will be considered for publication. Please ensure that you have the permission of your church and any individuals in your pictures.

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Diocesan events



Reader Ministry Selection 2012
The deadline for applications for Reader selection and training is the 2nd of March. Please download the guide (PDF) or e-mail Ruth Sowerby.

Diocesan Healing Day - Living a Fulfilled Life
Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne - 3rd March. Further details are available from Barry Ranger on 01323 899300.

Holy Land? Biblical Landscape Study Day
Church House. Hove - 17th March. For further information please e-mail Wendy Greenan.


Food Safety In Catering Course - Extra date
Church House, Hove - 28th April. This is in addition to the course on the 3rd of March.  For further details please e-mail YES.

A digest of other events and activities around the diocese and beyond, can be found on the diocesan website.


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  Lent and Easter Resources image by Gerg1967  

  Church Chair Competition image by  Julie °_°  

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