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#Christmasmeans reaches more than four million people Latest figures released show that the Christmas Twitter campaign, #christmasmeans, successfully reached more than four million people. Congregations and clergy in the 12,500 parishes of the Church of England were encouraged over Advent and Christmas to finish the sentence #christmasmeans… to spread the joy and meaning of Christmas over twitter.. Figures show almost 7,500 tweets were sent using the hashtag, with peak traffic occurring on the morning of Christmas Eve. The hashtag was also used in America, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and South Africa and others, making it a truly global campaign. Taken over a 48 hour period from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day these figures represent an average of 114 tweets per hour, or a tweet every 30 seconds. The cumulative reach for the 7,305 tweets using the hashtags was 4.1 million twitter users. Led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (@abcjustin) via his Christmas instagram video message, and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (@johnsentamu), churches took to the twittersphere to communicate the good news of Christ coming into the world.
Revd Arun Arora (@RevArun), Director of Communications for the Archbishops’ Council, said: “This is the second year the Church of England has adopted Twitter for a Christmas initiative and we are delighted with the results. “Christmas is one of those times when the Church is at its best, proclaiming with joy and song the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. To see so many people communicating the joy of Christmas with a shared
Bishop of Lambeth to become new Bishop to the Forces Bishop Nigel Stock will become Bishop to the Forces and Bishop to the Falkland Islands The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has appointed the Bishop at Lambeth, the Rt Revd Nigel Stock, as Bishop to the Forces and Bishop to the Falkland Islands, upon the retirement of the Rt Revd Dr Stephen Venner. He will take up these additional responsibilities on June 19th, 2014. Bishop Nigel said: “I am delighted to be able to take on this important role and look forward to meeting the Chaplains and the men and women of the services, who serve tirelessly, often in the most arduous and dangerous circumstances.” Bishop Stephen said: “The links between the Forces, the Falkland Islands and the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury are greatly valued. It is good that these links will be maintained in this way, and I am particularly delighted that Bishop
Nigel’s own wide experience and many gifts will provide Episcopal care and support to our chaplains and those whom they serve in the name of Christ.”
message of #christmasmeans was a cause for rejoicing. “This was a real team effort with archbishops and bishops, clergy and laity, on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, all joining in to proclaim the good news. As with the rest of society, there are many social media enthusiasts in our pews and it is each of them we have to thank for making this happen.”
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General Synod February 2014 The General Synod meets for three days from Monday 10th until Wednesday 12th February, and Churches and individuals who would like to pray for all those on the Synod can use the following (see right) as a guide for prayer. The Synod will be discussing a number of important issues for the life and mission of the Church, including further legislation on Women Bishops, Gender-based violence, Girl Guides, the environment and ethical investment, and a presentation on the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality. For podcasts, videos and to view a live web stream of the proceedings of General Synod, please visit: www.churchofengland.org/ media-centre For more information about papers and proceedings of General Synod, please visit: www.churchofengland.org/about-us/ structure/general-synod.aspx
Monday 10 February Key agenda items: - Report by the Business Committee - Presentation by the Ethical Investment Advisory Group - Gender-Based Violence: Report by the Mission and Public Affairs Council Tuesday 11 February Key agenda items: -Further work on legislation for Women in the Episcopate Wednesday 12 February Key items from the agenda: - Presidential Address by the Archbishop of Canterbury - Private Member’s Motion on Girl Guiding - Presentation on the Pilling Report -Diocesan Synod Motion on Environmental Issues
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Archbishop of York Youth Trust Opens Grant Making Programme The Archbishop of York Youth Trust has re-opened its grant making programme for youth projects across the north of England. Since the Archbishop’s Youth Trust began awarding grants in 2009, it has awarded £70k to more than 20 youth projects that reach out to thousands of young people every day. Many of these supported projects have been in areas of real deprivation where young people have been facing many challenging situations. As a result the Youth Trust has seen lives changed and young people inspired to become active citizens in their communities, making a real difference through serving others.
ward to hearing more stories of inspirational young people growing in leadership and serving others.” Dan Finn, Director of The Archbishop of York Youth Trust said: “One of the joys of the Grant Making Programme is that I get to visit youth projects to see first-hand the amazing work that is taking place. We carefully monitor each grant we make and we regularly report on how the money spent makes a real difference to the lives of young people. We are looking forward to reading the grant applications coming in and if you’d like to help fundraise for the Trust, or find out more on the youth projects that we have supported, please visit our website or
Archbishop of York making speech at the re-opening of the Youth Trust grant programme
The Archbishop of York said: “I am delighted that my Youth Trust is working hard to support valued youth projects through its Grant Making Programme. I hope that through these grants the Trust will help young people become more active in their communities and I’m looking for-
get in touch with us today”. For more details about the programme, please visit: www.archbishopofyork.org/articles. php/3031/archbishop-of-york-youthtrust-opens-grant-making-programme
Meeting of House of Bishops December 2013 The House of Bishops of the Church of England met for two days in York in December. This meeting was the first at which 8 women regional representatives attended the meeting as participant observers with the same rights as Provincial Episcopal Visitors. Over its meeting the House covered a wide range of business including discussion of women in the episcopate, the Pilling report, the approval of experimental liturgy for Baptism, changes to legislative approaches on Safeguarding and discussion of the Anglican-Methodist covenant. As part of their discussion on Women in the Episcopate, the House heard from members of the steering committee on women bishops on suggestions for the next steps in the process. The House agreed the text of a draft declaration and regulations for a mandatory disputes resolution
Archbishop Justin visits Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Turkey
Archbishop of Canterbury with Patriarch Bartholomew (Credit: Mr Nikolaos Maginas)
The Archbishop of Canterbury affirmed his commitment to the reconciliation of Eastern and Western churches during a meeting with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in January. Archbishop Justin Welby was meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew during a twoday visit to Istanbul. During their meeting Archbishop Justin said that Patriarch Bartholomew had been “an example of peace and reconciliation, politically, with the natural world, and in your historic visit to the installation of His Holiness Pope Francis I. “Such reconciliation [is] very dear to my heart and is one of my key priorities. It is the call of Christ that all may be one so that the world may see. I will therefore be taking back with me the warmth of your hospitality and also, after our discussions today and tomorrow, a renewed and refreshed focus for greater unity and closer fellowship. We want to carry the cross of our divisions, but be filled with the hope and joy that comes from the grace and the love of Jesus.”
Archbishop Justin travelled to Istanbul at the invitation of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who, as Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome, occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church. His visit included an official reception in the Chamber of the Throne, a discussion with the Synodical Committee for Inter-Christian Affairs, and a visit to the Holy Theological School of Halki. Archbishop Justin told Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew it would be a privilege to welcome him to London in 2015.
procedure for debate at General Synod in February 2014. The House also agreed to begin at the February Synod the process for rescinding the 1993 Act of Synod so that all the elements of the new package
could be agreed by the synod in July 2014. The House discussed and approved proposals for a new governance framework to enable the Church to develop a strategic vision for safeguarding. The House also approved proposed recommendations for legislative changes on safeguarding to be brought to General Synod. Sir Joseph Pilling attended the House to introduce a discussion on ways to address the recently published report on Human Sexuality, a paper commissioned by the House of Bishops as a report to the House. Following the mandate from the General Synod in 2011, the House also discussed and gave its support for the experimental use of new additional liturgy for the Baptism of infants and young children. The new texts will be made available for use in January 2014 until April 2014 and will be discussed again by the House during its meeting in May. The House also received updates on a range of work being undertaken in areas of ministerial education, training and clergy discipline.
The participant observers visiting the House of Bishops Back row, L-R: Ven. Rachel Treweek, Ven Nicola Sullivan, Ven Annette Cooper, Ven Joanne Grenfell, Front row, L-R: Revd. Libby Lane, Revd. Jane Tillier, Very Revd.Vivienne Faull, Ven. Christine Wilson
More details, including a common statement made by Archbishop Justin and Patriarch Bartholomew, and speeches made during the visit, can be found here: www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/ articles.php/5227/archbishop-ofcanterbury-meets-ecumenical-patriarchbartholomew
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Pilling Report on human sexuality resources available The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have published the Report of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality. In a statement thanking the working group - chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling - for its report, the Archbishops commented that the report “is a substantial document proposing a process of facilitated conversations in the Church of England over a period of perhaps two years. The document offers findings and recommendations to form part of that process of facilitated conversations. It is not a new policy statement from the Church of England.”
Sir Joseph Pilling, who chaired the working group who completed the Pilling Report
Noting that “the issues with which the Report grapples are difficult and divisive” the Archbishops recognise Sir Joseph’s Pilling’s comment that ‘disagreements have been explored in the warmth of a shared faith’ Commissioned by the House of Bishops of the Church of England in January 2012, the working group included the bishops of Gloucester, Birkenhead, Fulham and Warwick, as well as three advisers who were invited join in the work, who were Professor Robert Song, The Ven Rachel Treweek and the Revd Dr Jessica Martin. Listen to the interview with Sir Joseph Pilling here: https://soundcloud.com/the-church-ofengland/the-pilling-report-on-human More details on the Pilling report are available here: www.churchofengland.org/mediacentre/news/2013/11/pilling-reportpublished.aspx
New Ministry Experience Scheme for young would-be vicars Young people are being given a taste of life behind the dog collar with the launch of the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES), run by the Ministry Division. The scheme, which began with a pilot phase (see case study, right) this September in four dioceses, is a one year programme of theological teaching, practical experience and personal development for young people aged 18-30 who are considering future ministry in the church. The scheme was set up to encourage more young people to consider being involved in ministry and focus on the nine criteria used in the selection of clergy. The scheme is currently is being run in the dioceses of Sodor and Man, Newcastle, Peterborough and London. Ministry Division are working with 15 more dioceses interested in the scheme, with a view to provide a CEMES programme in every diocese. The Bishop of Sheffield, Rt Revd Steven Croft, who is Chair of Ministry Division said: “The Church of England has a fresh vision and commitment to see people in their teens and twenties exploring God’s call to ministry. The Ministry Experience scheme will help many young people explore that call in the years to come” The Revd Canon Steve Benoy, Diocesan Director of Ordinands in Peterborough, said: “The scheme is not rocket science. Similar schemes have existed in many organisations and churches. The gap in the market, however, has been for a programme which
Jacob Harrison (left) and Jenny Ingram (right) meeting with the Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, Chair of Ministry Council
Jenny Ingram is 23 years old and is part of the new ‘Echo’ internship programme in Peterborough Diocese working with St Andrew’s Church in Kettering and living with three other interns in the centre of town. Jen enjoys a diverse programme from playing one
of the lead roles in ‘Saint and Drews’ (‘church with a smile on its face’) to developing a new contemplative-style service as well as joining in with other pastoral ministry & groups. Jen is exploring ordination and hopes to go to a selection panel before the end of the year.
intentionally connects with the processes and criteria for ordination in the Church of England. We are not trying to squeeze people into a dog collar if that is not their vocation. The CEMES genuinely offers a broad space for young people to explore their sense of calling in ministry.” The Revd Fiona Green, Director of the
Intern Programme in Stepney, who is overseeing four young people involved in the programme in London said: “It’s both about supporting mission and ministry but also testing the vocations of people who are thinking about ministry. Applications for the 2014-15 academic year will be available in the spring.
Half a million pounds for Cathedral improvements Thirteen cathedrals have been awarded grants totalling nearly half a million pounds to help repair and enhance their buildings for the future. £350,000 will be awarded from the Cathedral Fabric Repair Fund, a partnership between the Wolfson Foundation, the Pilgrim Trust and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE), all organisations with long records of supporting England’s historic church buildings and their contents. Over the past three years the Fund has awarded more than £2.4 million for essential and urgent works to keep cathedrals weatherproof and watertight. A further £149,500 of cathedral grant funding is being awarded under the Cathedral Amenities Fund, a Church of England fund which makes grants for improvements to the setting of ancient cathedrals and greater churches. The grants will assist in conserving the ruins of the Infirmary Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral, improving the west end surroundings of Bristol Cathedral and repairing the Edgar Tower Gate at Worcester Cathedral. The backers of the Cathedral Fabric Repair Fund hope to see additional support-
Birmingham Cathedral, which received grant money for essential repairs
ers joining the scheme so that it will continue into the future. It has been estimated that England’s cathedrals need more than £10 million pounds a year simply for their routine care and maintenance – and they receive no direct government funding. The Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chair of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE), added: “This is a unique and much-needed fund, the only grant source targeted at critical repairs to England’s historic cathedrals. Over its four years of operation we are pleased to have been able to help a number of cathedrals for which fund-raising is less easy, and also to support innovative solutions to problems
posed by 20th century construction and changing weather patterns”. This year’s 10 successful applicants were Birmingham, Coventry, Exeter, Liverpool, Norwich, Peterborough, Salisbury, Southwark and St Albans cathedrals and York Minster. Birmingham Cathedral (pictured) is a rare example of an English Baroque church outside London, situated in the only green space in the heart of the city. Consecrated in 1715, it became a cathedral in 1905. As it approaches its 300th anniversary celebrations in 2015, the repairs will focus on ensuring it’s continuing presence in the heart of the city.
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New Bishop of Bath and Wells
Bishop Peter with his wife Jane
The next Bishop of Bath and Wells will be the Rt Revd Peter Hancock. His current role is Bishop of Basingstoke in the Diocese of Winchester, which he has held since 2010. Bishop Peter says he is “delighted” at the prospect of becoming the 79th Bishop of Bath and Wells. Before his ordination to the episcopate, Bishop Peter served two curacies before serving as a parish priest in the Diocese of Portsmouth., and as Archdeacon of Meon. Bishop Peter said he was looking forward to leading the Diocese of Bath and Wells and joining and supporting the strong Christian voice already present across the region. He says: “I am delighted to be coming to Bath and Wells; it’s a wonderful part of the country. It will be a great privilege to meet all who live and work here, to hear people’s stories and to discover all that God is doing in their lives. The mission of the diocese is ‘Changing Lives, Changing Churches for Changing Communities’. The good news of Jesus is life-changing and I look forward to seeing the lives of individuals and communities continuing to be transformed by his grace and his love.”
Statement from Church Commissioners on living arrangements for Bishop of Bath & Wells Andrew Brown, Secretary to the Church Commissioners said: “After discussion at its meeting on 28th November the Board of Governors took the decision to provide new housing for the Bishop of Bath and Wells to enable him to carry out his ministry and mission in a more sustainable way. The Bishop will continue to work and worship at the Palace and share the office with the Bishop of Taunton. The decision to move the bishop’s home will mean he can live in more privacy as the Palace and gardens will remain open to the public. We are currently looking at an alternative residence near to Wells. The Church Commissioners support for bishops is based on making their living and working arrangements conducive to effective ministry and mission both in their diocese and the Church as a whole. The daily working life of the Palace will continue including the use of the Chapel alongside the work of the Trust running the Palace as a visitor attraction.”
Church boosts digital presence with new app A new app has been released to help more people to follow Sunday services using their mobile devices. Sunday Worship (a new app for iPad/ iPhone) presents the full Bible readings for the main Sunday service, together with the Collect & post Communion prayers for the week in a simple and elegant way, using the award-winning Common Worship design. This follows two other apps published to support congregations in their devotional lives: For those seeking a daily pattern of Bible reading, prayer and inspiration, Reflections for Daily Prayer has also been launched and is available on the Google Play Store for Android devices, after seeing over 50,000 downloads since being launched. The Lectionary - a key tool for clergy
and worship leaders, providing them with the Bible readings for every service and full details of feast days and other information - is also available this year for the first time
Bishop of St Albans on his maiden speech at the House of Lords The Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, reflects on his maiden speech at the House of Lords and beginning as a member of the Lords Spirituals group of Bishops. In an interview conducted on the day of his maiden speech, Bishop Alan compared his experience in starting in the House of Lords to that of a first day of school: “you only discover the rules when you break them and somebody tells you, and you think everybody knows what they’re doing”. Bishop Alan also discusses his maiden speech highlighting the role of church schools in a debate on high quality education leading to economic growth; and outlines his areas of interest in the House of Lords, looking to focus on Rural affairs, multiculturalism, and the ethics and values of business.
News in Brief
New Worship and Liturgy post Timothy Hone has been appointed to the half time post of Secretary to the Liturgical Commission and Worship Development Officer. The post, previously held by Revd Christopher Woods, provides support to the Commission for the process of liturgical revision; supporting liturgical formation, both for those training for ministry and for lay people; and promoting best practice in the performance of liturgy. Timothy previously served as Liturgy and Music Administrator at Salisbury Cathedral
Pensions Board appointments
The following have been elected as members of the Church of England Pensions Board for six year terms from January 2014 Bishop Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington (by the House of Bishops) Alan Fletcher and Nicolete Fisher (by the House of Laity) Ian Boothroyd and Ian Clark (by the members of the Church Workers Pensions Fund). The Church of England Pensions Board provides retirement services for those who have served or worked for the Church, including the administration of pension schemes for the stipendiary clergy and lay workers and the provision of housing for around 3000 retired clergy.
New Clergy Discipline and Legal appointments
Bishop Alan speaking in the House of Lords
The full interview with Bishop Alan is available here: https://soundcloud.com/thechurch-of-england/the-bishop-of-stalbans-maiden
as an iPad/iPhone app, Kindle ebook or as a printed booklet. The apps have been developed by Church House Publishing with Aimer Media, a Brighton-based developer that has developed acclaimed apps for a number of other religious publishers among many others.
The Lectionary, Sunday Worship and Reflections for Daily Prayer apps
The Appointments Committee of the Church of England have appointed Sir Andrew McFarlane as Chair of the Clergy Discipline Commission, and Sir Mark Hedley as Deputy Chair; and will also serve, respectively, as President and Deputy President of Tribunals. In addition, Mr Christopher Packer has been appointed as Legislative Counsel to the General Synod. Christopher succeeds Sir Anthony Hammond KCB QC, who retired as Standing Counsel to the General Synod at the end of 2013 after 13 years in post.
New Church Commissioner appointed
Ian Watmore has been appointed Church Commissioner in succession to Canon John Andrew Spence. Ian Watmore comes from a civil service background. He was also the CEO at the Football Association from 2009 to 2010. He now supports his wife, the Reverend Georgina Watmore, in her curacy of two parishes in the Diocese of Chester. Thomas Allain-Chapman, Publishing Manager for Church House Publishing comments: “The new digital resources we are offering will, I hope, make this new Church year just a little bit easier for clergy and parishes. Sunday Worship is designed to make it simple for anyone to find out what’s coming up in church this Sunday, to prepare well for taking part in worship and perhaps also revisit the Bible readings and prayers during the rest of the week, too.” Reflections for Daily Prayer is also available from Google Play Store for Android devices. http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/ features/our-apps