ENEWS 19 - The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

19th September 2014
Growing in God Roadshows
Local Giving Advisors’ Training
Ministry Bursary Award 2015
Back to Church Sunday services and events
Remembering Together – a service for those who
have lost a child or baby
Churches Together in Suffolk Council Meeting
Monday, 13th October
Handling Tension in Church Life
ACAT Foundation Course
How can you make your historic church building
work for mission?
THE FILLING STATION 1st October Stratford St
Christmas Starts with Christ campaign ‘stemming
the tide’
Riding Lights inspire with Fantastic Acts!
Wednesday 26 October, 7.30pm
Advance Notice: Open the Book 7th March 2015
Please vote for The Link Lunch Club in Beccles
Ipswich Cemetery & Crematorium Public Open
The Churches Together PRAYER BREAKFAST
100 hymns for 100 years
Annual Book Sale at St James South Elmham
Village Hall 27th and 28th September
Alpha at St John's Woodbridge
Hunger for Justice – prayer and action to tackle
climate change
Inspire Counselling & Training : ‘WHEN CHURCH
Bury Theatre Workshop Presents The Comedy of
the Virtuous and Godly Susanna by Thomas
All Inclusive? The church and disabled people
Dedham Lecture 2014 – Beautiful Feet – 16th
Freedom Sunday : New Human Trafficking Church
Book Sale : All Saints Church, Acton 1st
November 2014
“Songs of Life and Love” performed by Opera and
More 1st November 2014 7pm
Ipswich Deaf Society services
An evening with Stuart Townend 4th November
“Angels”- Jane Williams – speaks about Angels St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh
‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ with Mark Vernon
Saturday 18th October
CRIBFEST – St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh
Iraq Crisis
September’s Rural Report
eZine publication
Disability Awareness Day
Saturday 4th October 2014 10.00am to 2.00pm
All inclusive? The Church and Disabled People
Day Conference
Westcott Foundation - Leadership in Ministry
Training Days
Local Giving Advisors’ Training : 26th and 27th September at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre,
Ditchingham We will be confirming attendance numbers for this event in the first week of September. Please
let Lisa Lock ([email protected] ) know if you are sending someone from your parish to train as a Local
Giving Advisor. We now have over 40 LGAs throughout the diocese and hope to have one in every benefice.
For details about the September training event click the link
Growing in God Roadshows Bishop David would like to invite you most warmly to join in one of the Diocesan
Growing in God Roadshows this autumn. “I believe that our four priorities of growing in depth, number,
influence and younger offer a powerful and practical framework within which each of us can discover and
develop God’s good future for our own parish or place. The Roadshows are a great opportunity to start praying
and planning your response.”
Dates for your diary
3.00pm Sunday 28th September : All Saints Church Newmarket
7.30pm Monday 29th September : St John’s Church Ipswich
3.00pm Sunday 19th October : St Luke’s Church Beccles
3.00pm Sunday 26th October : St Peter & St Mary’s Stowmarket
7.30pm Thursday 6th November : St John’s Church Saxmundham
7.30pm Tuesday 18th November : St Peter’s Sudbury
For more information contact The Revd Dave Gardner, Director of Mission, 01473 298521
[email protected]
The Season of Invitation is now in full swing, and many churches across the Diocese and country are
due to hold their Back to Church Sunday services and events. There is still time to order publicity packs
from www.seasonofinvitation.co.uk. The website also contains other resources and training videos to help you
make the most of the Season of Invitation. Songs of Praise this coming Sunday at 4.25pm will feature Bishop
Paul Bayes from the national team talking about Season of Invitation. For information and support contact
Revd Rich Henderson 01502 722192 [email protected]
Ministry Bursary Award 2015 – Final Reminder We would like to remind you that the closing date for
Ecclesiastical’s annual Ministry Bursary Awards is fast arriving. In order to allow some extra time for entries
we are able to extend the close date for entries to 30th September 2014. The awards are open to all
clergy in Anglican Christian faiths and aim to provide financial support to members of the clergy for sabbatical
breaks and projects undertaken in 2015. Judging of the applications will take place and awards will be made
during November 2014. To find out more about the Ministry Bursary Awards, eligibility criteria and to download
an application form, please go to www.ecclesiastical.com/mba
Iraq Crisis Bishop David commends to all clergy and parishes a dedicated Iraq Crisis resource page which
has been set up on the Church of England’s website. https://www.churchofengland.org/our-views/internationalaffairs/north-africa-and-the-middle-east/iraq.aspx
Remembering Together – a service for those who have lost a child or baby ‘Remembering Together’ is a
special service which will be held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 20th September
at 3.00pm. The service is open to all who have lost babies and children, sons and daughters, whatever their
age and whatever the cause. A Crèche will be available.
This is the second time that this service has been held at the Cathedral and following feedback last year, it was
felt appropriate to hold an annual service. Canon David Crawley, Cathedral Chaplain, who is one of the
organisers of the service comments, ‘By offering this time to be together with others who have suffered a
similar loss, we hope to provide support and comfort while acknowledging that the sense of bereavement may
continue, for some, for the rest of their lives.’
Canon Crawley is working alongside health professionals and other clergy in the town in response to an
awareness that people often try to deal with these sorts of issues on their own, when in fact there are many
ways to gain support and help. For further information about the service, please contact Canon Crawley at the
Cathedral on 01284 748720 or email him on [email protected]
Ipswich Cemetery & Crematorium Public Open Day Saturday 20th September 2014 – Burials and
Cremations can be a taboo subject and as a result a number of myths have built up around burials and
cremations and the open day aims to dispel these. The Crematorium will open for members of the public to
look ‘behind the scenes’ with staff on hand to explain the cremation process. Many other activities will be
taking place, ie. guided walks around the Old Cemetery taking in some of the interesting and unusual
memorials. Talks on the wildlife found in and around the Cemetery, letter cutting and floral displays. We hope
that you and exhibitors from all aspects of the funeral business will be taking part. If you are interested in this
event and would like further information and an information pack, please contact Selina Pearson, Bereavement
Services [email protected]
The West Suffolk Hospital Chaplaincy Department are hosting The Churches Together PRAYER
BREAKFAST at The West Suffolk Hospital, Time Out Restaurant on Saturday 20th September 2014 8-10am
Please contact Andrea Kerridge, email: [email protected] or telephone: 01284 713486 if you are
planning to attend.
Crisis in the Middle East (SIFRE) If you are concerned about the various conflicts in all parts of the world
especially in the Middle East come along and join us for : An hour of Sorrowful Reflection, with music,
readings, poetry and silence : Sunday 21st September at 7.30pm at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.
People of all faiths and none are very welcome. Christ Church is next to Tacket Street Car Park (IP4 1AU)
Contact Suffolk Inter-Faith Resource for further details on 01379 678615. You can download a pdf flyer
advertising the event from http://www.sifre.org.uk/downloads/peace.pdf
How can you make your historic church building work for mission? ‘Getting the best out of your building’
is an informative participative and friendly seminar designed to help clergy care for and develop their church
buildings. Organised by the Church of England Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, the event is being
held at St Albans, Hertfordshire on 23rd September. Speakers, including ChurchCare Director Janet Gough,
will introduce ways in which our churches and churchyards can be used for both the mission of the Church and
as places of culture and heritage. To book visit: http://www.churchcare.co.uk/events/813-getting-the-best-outof-your-building-23-september-getting-the-best-out-of-your-building-23-september
Handling Tension in Church Life On Saturday 27th September in London, Alastair McKay Executive
Director of Bridge Builders will be leading a workshop on The event is designed for lay and ordained leaders to
be able to come together. It will provide an opportunity to learn more about:
Your own approach to handling conflict: its strengths and limitations
Improving communication when emotions run high
Helping a church learn more constructive patterns of behaviour in the face of tension
Hanging onto hope in trying circumstances
For further details and to book please visit
Please pass on the details to friends and colleagues. We are hoping to attract lay leaders, as well as ordained,
by holding it on a Saturday.
Information about the whole 2014-2015 programme of workshops is on the website at
These workshops are open to all – you don’t need to have done previous training with Bridge Builders. A
number of them will extend your training beyond our standard courses. Do come and bring a friend!
100 hymns for 100 years To mark the 100th anniversary this year of the Diocese of Ipswich and St.
Edmundsbury Peter Lucas, the organist at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Gislingham, will be playing 100 hymns
in the church on Saturday 27th September commencing at 10am and finishing at about 4pm. He hopes that
people will pop in for tea, coffee and cake and join in singing along to some of the hymns. Donations gratefully
accepted to help pay the Parish Share.
The Annual St James Book Sale At St James South Elmham Village Hall IP19 0HN on Saturday 27th and
Sunday 28th September 10am-4pm. Entrance 50p (children free). Tea coffee snacks and light lunches
available. In aid of church funds.
The first ACAT Foundation Course is on Monday 29th September at The Memorial Hall, Newmarket. This
training day is a comprehensive introduction to all the issues a Treasurer might meet and includes the following
topics: Legal overview – Role of the Treasurer (to include any recent changes); Accounting records and IT;
Preparing the Annual Accounts; The Annual Report: Preparing annual budgets; Independent examination;
Taxation issues including Gift Aid and VAT; Employment issues. Registration is from 9.30am for a 10.00am
start and the day will finish by 4.00 p.m. A buffet lunch will be provided.
The second is the ACAT Strategy Training Workshops on Saturday 4th October at St John’s Community
Centre, Colchester when delegates take part in sessions on Taking over as Treasurer; Fundraising and Tax
Pitfalls; Strategic Planning and Budgeting. These specific areas are covered in more detail than the ACAT
Foundation Course. It is not necessary to have completed the Foundation Course prior to attending the
Workshops. Working in small group format, participants are taken through common scenarios and advised on
how to avoid pitfalls and how to identify the best solutions. Registration is from 10.00am for a 10.30am start
and the day will finish by 4.15pm. A buffet lunch will be provided.
Whether you have been a Treasurer for 2 months or 20 years, you will find something in both courses to
benefit you. Both members and non-members of ACAT are cordially invited these events. The cost is a
modest £35 (plus booking fee) as a means of covering some of the outgoings.
TO BOOK A PLACE Online (booking fee £1.25) – For Newmarket: www.thegoodbook.co.uk/ACAT-FDNNewmarket and for Colchester: www.thegoodbook.co.uk/ACAT-WKS-Colchester Or by telephone (booking
fee £2.50) – Tel: 0333 123 0880 (Your booking will be acknowledged by email or post and will include more
information for the day and a detailed map and directions to the venue. Book early - places are limited to 45 closing date for receipt of bookings is 10 days prior to event).
THE FILLING STATION 1st October We meet every first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Room at
Stratford St Mary (junction 30 off the A12, CO7 6JH) for a time of being uplifted by the Spirit through worship
music, testimonies, a speaker and prayer ministry, all washed down and digested with good coffee and
muffins. This time our speaker will be David Freeman, Methodist Preacher and Chaplain to Norfolk
Constabulary. All are welcome to come and join us. For further details, please
email: [email protected]
Alpha at St John's Woodbridge Alpha runs on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm at St John's
Church, Woodbridge, IP12 1HS. The next Alpha starts on 1st October for eleven weeks and includes sessions
over one weekend.
Alpha Introduction evening at St John's, Woodbridge If you are interested in finding out about Alpha then
why not come along to the Alpha introduction evening, 'no strings attached', at St John's Church on 24th
September at 7pm. There will be a free meal, some great music and an opportunity to find out why over 3
million people have attended Alpha in the UK. For further details please contact St John's Church Office, St
John's Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 1HS, telephone 01394 383162 or email [email protected]
Disability Awareness Day : How can the local church help? Share your story and discuss what we can do
Saturday 4th October 2014 10.00am to 2.00pm, The Priory Room, the Causeway, WALSHAM LE WILLOWS
IP31 3AA. The Disability Research council says 38% of the UK population have a disability or long term
illness. Yet we don’t see that represented in our churches. So where are the missing 38%? Please contact
Revd David Messer to express an interest in the day 01359 250239 [email protected]
All Inclusive? The church and disabled people The Connect group, which works to raise awareness about
disability in the diocese, in partnership with Spectrum, has organised a day course on Saturday 11th October
from 10am to 3.30pm (registration from 9.30am). It will be chaired by Bishop David and will take place at All
Saints Church, Park Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3QW. The keynote speaker, Revd Professor John
Swinton, is internationally known for his work as Director of the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at
the University of Aberdeen. This challenging day is aimed at clergy and lay people from across denominations
who wish to learn from the experiences of disabled people and ensure that church communities are places
where barriers are broken down, all people valued and where everyone belongs. Tickets £20 per person,
concessions £10, advance booking essential (please bring a packed lunch). Find out more and book online at
www.spectrumchristianstudies.com Otherwise contact the Spectrum office. Bella Vista, Mill Road, Great
Barton, Suffolk IP31 2RU, or email [email protected] or telephone 07749265571
Churches Together in Suffolk Council Meeting Monday, 13th October at 7.30pm (tea and coffee from 7pm)
at Southgate Church, Caie Walk, Bury St Edmunds IP33 2PJ. After the short business section, this meeting
provides a unique opportunity to meet and talk with the County's denominational Church Leaders. Our theme
for this year's meeting is loosely, 'Ecumenism & Mission'. For further information please email Julie Mansfield
[email protected]
Dedham Lecture 2014 – Beautiful Feet – 8pm on Thursday 16th October (small group bible studies and the
growth of the church world-wide) The Revd Sandy Millar, Honorary Assistant Bishop of Uganda, London and St
Edmundsbury and Ipswich (former vicar of Holy Trinity, Brompton). For further information please visit
www.dedham-parishchurch.org.uk or email [email protected] The Lecture will take place in
Dedham Parish Church and is arranged by the Dedham Ecclesiastical Lectureship Trust.
‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ with Mark Vernon Saturday 18th October 2014 at St Andrew’s, Britannia
Road, Ipswich IP4 5HF. Dreams have been a common feature of many religious lives in the past, and today
we have developmental and depth psychology to help with the crucial issue of discernment. How might we take
more notice of dreams in our spiritual lives? Mark Vernon is an author and psychotherapist. His most recent
book is Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and he writes regularly for the BBC as well as the Church Times, TLS,
and Third Way . He teaches at The Idler Academy and The School of Life in London. For more info:
These training days are aimed at those involved or interested in the ministry of spiritual accompaniment but are
open to anyone. Cost £15. The whole fee is due in advance. It is non-refundable. To book, contact Caroline
Redman, The Cottage, Great Livermere, IP31 1JG or email [email protected].
Hunger for Justice – prayer and action to tackle climate change Millions of the world’s poorest people are
feeling the impact of climate change right now. Over the weekend of 18th-19th October, hundreds of churches
nationwide will be urging their local MPs to tackle climate change, and praying for our sisters and brothers
around the world. Will yours be one of them? For more details there is a meeting on 18th October from 1012noon at St John the Baptist Church, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich. You could hold a special service, create
a prayer room or arrange a walk of witness – whatever you do, please invite your MP along and challenge
them to act.
Christian Aid is providing lots of campaign resources such as wall chart, postcards and briefings to help you,
plus worship materials (prayers and preaching notes), discussion starters and inspiring stories about climate
change impacts. Resources for letter writing are being provided by Hope for the Future which aims to engage
churches in letter-writing campaigns to their MPs on climate change issues. Please visit
http://www.christianaid.org.uk/index.aspx for more details.
Representatives from some local organisations are working together. Simon Snell from Christian Aid, Mark
Morgan from the Diocesan Environment Group and Richard Stainer of the Diocesan World Development Group
are hoping that together we can make a real difference for God's Planet and those most at risk. We do this with
countless others who are doing the same.
Please sign up now http://act.christianaid.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=48&ea.campaign.id=29349 to let
us know you’re interested in joining in prayer and action for our climate.
Freedom Sunday : New Human Trafficking Church Resource The Archbishop of Canterbury recently
issued a statement to mark UN Day Against the Trafficking in Persons.
http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5379/archbishops-statement-on-the-first-un-anti-traffickingday The statement helpfully drew attention to a new ecumenical resource, Freedom Sunday, that has been
designed to enable churches to take part in a day of prayer and worship on 19th October to help raise
awareness of the crime of human trafficking. The resource pack also includes suggestions as to how churches
can play an active role locally tackling this injustice. The Freedom Sunday resource pack is now up on the
CofE website and can be accessed at: https://www.churchofengland.org/our-views/international-affairs/humantrafficking/resources.aspx
Bury Theatre Workshop Presents The Comedy of the Virtuous and Godly Susanna by Thomas Garter
(published 1569) Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th October, 7.30pm (Sat matinee 2.30pm) at Churchgate
(Unitarian) Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1RH. Tickets £10 (£8 Sat mat, £12 sat eve) Available on
the door and from www.burytheatreworkshop.org.uk Call Tim on 01359 259361 for more information.
Westcott Foundation - Leadership in Ministry Training There are a series of three one-day events planned
this year focusing on Leadership in Ministry. These will provide a theologically serious and practically helpful
opportunity for those working at the incumbency level to reflect on and improve their own leadership as parish
priests. The first one day event is on the 22nd October at Westcott, 10am-5pm, at a cost of £45 (including lunch
and refreshments). The two following days will be on the 11th February and 20th May. Attendees are welcomed
to one or all of these events. Further information, including a brochure and contact details, can be found at:
Riding Lights inspire with Fantastic Acts! Riding Lights Theatre Company have a new show to enliven
autumn in Lavenham. Hilarity and vitality abound as Riding Lights Theatre Company presents Fantastic Acts!
York-based Riding Lights Theatre Company is returning to Lavenham following the success of a different drum
performed in Lavenham last October and the Passion Play Inheritance staged in St Edmundsbury Cathedral at
Easter. Fantastic Acts! is on: Wednesday 26th October, 7.30pm, The Parish Church of St Peter and Paul,
Lavenham, Suffolk, CO10 9QN
Box Office: 01904 613000 Tickets: £10 (groups: buy 10 and get the 11th free) For a full tour schedule visit
Inspire Counselling & Training is delighted to offer: ‘WHEN CHURCH HURTS’ Thursday 30th October
2014 : £70 Cost includes a light buffet lunch and refreshments at Colchester Road Baptist Church, Ipswich,
IP4 4ST 10am to 4.30pm Led by Pauline Andrew Ideally, Church is a place of acceptance and
understanding yet many people experience hurt and disappointment instead. Pauline Andrew takes an honest
and heartfelt look at the painful relationship dynamics that can be experienced in Church communities,
exploring the deep spiritual and emotional wounding that can occur, albeit unintentionally. This day is intended
for counsellors, student counsellors, Church Leaders, Pastoral carers and some clients.
Pauline has an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a practising counsellor and supervisor. She is a
founder and Director of Deep Release Counselling and Training, a Director of Barnabas Counselling Training
and a highly experienced and popular trainer across the UK. Her relaxed, interactive and experiential style
makes learning easy and her courses both fun and memorable.
For further details regarding course content please contact Inspire on 01473 217694 or e-mail Susie
Donaldson at [email protected].
Book Sale : All Saints Church, Acton 1st November 2014 - 10am–3pm –good quality 2nd hand books from
40p upwards. Free admission, refreshments available.
“Songs of Life and Love” performed by Opera and More 1st November 2014 7pm This popular group of
highly experienced local singers will present an evening of popular songs to suit all tastes, from popular
classics of opera through to choices from films and music hall. There will be familiar songs and some new
ones, songs of deep emotion and songs to make you laugh. During the interval there will be a glass of wine or
fruit juice, light refreshments, and a chance to look round one of Suffolk’s historic churches, which houses the
memorial brass of Sir Robert de Bures (1331) (“The finest military brass in England”) and the fascinating tomb
of Robert Jennens, “the richest commoner in England” and the father of William Jennens, the miser whose
death provided the inspiration for Dicken’s “Bleak House” Tickets £12.00 available from St Nicholas Hospice
Care Shop, Sudbury, from the church, by telephoning 01787 379275 or via the website at
http://allsaintschurchacton.vpweb.co.uk/ All profits will be shared equally between St Nicholas Hospice Care
and All Saints Church.
Harvest Celebrations If you want your Harvest celebration to relate to the festival’s agricultural roots then
Self Help Africa has produced a Harvest Pack linking the Bible to the charity's work helping rural families
overcome hunger and poverty. Paper copies can be ordered through their office (01743 277170) or the
resources, including schools material, can be downloaded from www.selfhelpafrica.org/uk/harvest"
Are you looking for some fun resources for those Harvest assemblies and family services?
www.kingdomstory.net has a wealth of dramas, stories and other material for use throughout the year. New for
2014 are resource indexes for Harvest, Mothering Sunday, Christmas, Passiontide, St George’s Day, the
miracles of Jesus and the parables of Jesus, as well as several new scripts. You’ll find a variety of resources
including: fully staged dramas, drama series for holiday clubs etc, interactive stories, dramatized readings,
reflective stories and meditations and the ‘Billy Story’ series – over 40 fun stories for use in school assemblies
and other children’s/family activities. Everything on www.kingdomstory.net is free and easy to use.
UK churches get their wellies on to Give Hunger the Boot this Harvest Farm Africa’s annual Harvest
Appeal, Give Hunger the Boot, has gone from strength to strength in recent years as churches embrace an
appeal which fosters a very real sense of connection between their UK congregations and families in need
thousands of miles away in Africa.
To find out more about how churches can help African farmers to Give Hunger the Boot this harvest, or to
download your fundraising pack today, visit www.farmafrica.org/ghtb . Or churches can contact the community
team at Farm Africa to request a fundraising pack through the post: Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7430 0440 Downloadable and captioned images of Give Hunger the Boot activities at
churches in 2013 are available at: http://resources.farmafrica.org/?c=559&k=29f15db567
Please vote for The Link Lunch Club in Beccles The Link Lunch Club is run by St Luke’s Church Centre in
Beccles. For 30 years it has provided a 2 course cooked meal along with friendship and support for 70+
elderly people each Thursday. Customers in their 70s, 80s and 90s enjoy a few hours together with
specialised transport provided for those with mobility problems. The Link Club has recently been shortlisted for
a ‘Lloyds Bank Community fund’ grant. The highest grant available is £3,000 but we need your vote to secure
this amount. The money is to install a new ventilation system in the kitchen and ensure that the club can keep
providing this vital service. Vote for the Link Lunch Club by
 Visiting www.linkclubbeccles.co.uk and clicking on the ‘Vote for us’ link.
 Sending a text message saying ‘CBB’ to 61119.
 Tweeting #CommFund CBB.
 Calling in at Lloyds Bank branches in Beccles, Southwold or Halesworth and casting your vote for The
Link Club.
If you vote on line you will be sent an e-mail asking you to confirm your vote. Don’t forget to do this as if you
don’t your vote will not be counted. Text message votes will be charged at your standard single message
network rate. Please forward this request to as many people as you can. Every vote will count towards the
club receiving this much needed grant so please help us out!
An Evening with Stuart Townend Performance, chat and Worship with one of today’s leading Worship
Songwriters. Tuesday, 4th November 2014 – starts at 7.30pm. The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St
Edmunds, IP33 3FD. Tickets £15 and £12 Box Office 01284 75800 Book online: www.theapex.co.uk
Presented by Southgate Church supporting the work of Chaplain in the Workplace
Ipswich Deaf Society : All services take place in the St Nicholas Centre, 4 Cutler St at 3.30pm, and use sign
interpretation, voiceover and loop system. All are welcome.
12th 0ctober – The Revd Toby Tate
9th November (Remembrance) – The Revd Canon Charles Jenkin
14th December (Carols) – The Revd Canon Graham Hedger
“Angels”- Jane Williams – speaks about Angels - St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh – 14th November
6.30pm. Tickets £6.50 - available from the Revd Canon Clare Sanders 01473 735183 –
[email protected]
CRIBFEST – St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh From 25th November-30th November a festival of nativity
cribs from across the world - this year includes a celebration of angels. There will be artists in residence ;
refreshments available throughout the day.
Guided group tours £5.00 per person can be arranged with the Revd Canon Clare Sanders- 01473 735183 –
[email protected]. These tours are available from the 25th- 28thNovember. We can open in the
evening if groups with to come then - otherwise we are open from 10.00am-5.00pm each day.
Christmas Starts with Christ campaign ‘stemming the tide’ The Christmas Starts with Christ church
advertising campaign, started six years ago, is making in-roads into raising awareness about the true meaning
of Christmas, according to a ComRes survey. The release of the survey results come as organisers say that
the campaign is backed by the largest number of churches ever. 4,500 churches joined the campaign last
All of the resources are available free of cost for download and use through the website
http://christmasstartswithchrist.com/ for churches, church groups, Christian organisations, radio stations,
newspapers and anyone who needs material to promote the true meaning of Christmas in their local areas.
There are 16 posters, three radio ads, 10 web banners & social media images, the campaign logo and a
resource pack for churches available for use this year.
Last year – the fifth anniversary of the Christmas Starts with Christ campaign – saw it become multi-platform
driven, adding a significant increase in its digital and social media presence to the traditional poster and radio
advertising. As a result, it reached five million listeners on the Vodafone Top 20 network chart and Xfm and
1,000 people using the #ChristmasStarts hashtag reaching just over 1.3 million people. There were 22,000
downloads of posters, 9,000 downloads of the radio advertisements and 140,000 page views of the website.
ComRes says that 67 per cent of people thought that the Christmas message was conveyed effectively and 49
per cent of people felt that the advertising made them think more about the true meaning of Christmas.
ChurchAds.Net was formally setup in 1992 after it ran an experimental Christmas advertising campaign in
Oxford in 1991. It has since run many high-profile campaigns around Easter and Christmas. The 2009
Christmas campaign, which was the first to run under the Christmas Starts with Christ theme, was intended to
last for five years but so successful is it that it continues into its sixth year, this year.
Advance Notice: Open the Book : 7th March 2015 There will be a full day of Open the Book Training for
both new and experienced teams and for those interested in exploring this ministry on 7th March 2015. The
venue is still being decided but it will be worth coming wherever you are based in the county. Some national
trainers are coming to join us and we hope to involve local teams in the delivery too. We have such a lot to
share and celebrate in this county with the continuing success of Open the Book in so many schools. Put the
date in the diary now.
If you would like to register your interest, please do so with Di Barker [email protected]
Click on the link below to read a copy of September’s Rural Report :http://www.cofesuffolk.org/assets/downloads/newscentre/Publications/Ruralnews/Rural%20Report%20%20September%202014.pdf
ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL’s monthly eZine publication contains lots of information about what’s
going on in the Cathedral – please click on the link below to view the September edition!
Please note there will be no ENews on Friday 26th September 2014
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