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Have you checked in with your Church Insurance Consultant?

The tasks undertaken by today’s churchwardens are many and varied. Health and safety, security, administration and the day-to-day running of the church are just some of the responsibilities held by churchwardens. Whether you are new to the role or not some of this can...

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Group Visits for All

As the summer looms in from over the horizon, churches and schools, children’s and youth groups, special interest societies and all manner of other organisations start planning ahead. Yes, the (hopefully) warm season is approaching! It’s nearly time for another round...

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Changing Churches

John Truscott normally writes articles for us in series but, for a change, is currently contributing some one-offs. So far he has covered ‘Worrying websites’ and ‘Global giving’. This time he gives advice on initial questions to ask when planning a building project....

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Seventy-five, not out!

During the recent Christmas and New Year season, the topic of social care for older people was, once again, a focal discussion point in many conversations. Standing alongside homelessness, hospital waiting times and, inevitably, Brexit, concern for the care of older...

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Global Giving

Christians are part of God’s global Church. Christ’s final command was to go into all the world. This article assumes your church believes it is right to support worldwide Christian work and aims to do so. Here I consider how UK churches can go about this by providing...

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Manchester is the magnet as CRE returns to the North

Sold out signs are up at Event City, Manchester with more than 130 organisations taking all the space earmarked for CRE North (13/14 Mar 2019). ‘It will be the first CRE in the north for five years and also the first regional event under our ownership,’ said Steve...

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Winter proofing your church building

Careful maintenance and positive actions can help reduce the risk of property damage and injury to those that visit your church during the winter months. Ecclesiastical’s David Parkinson provides some simple practical advice that can help keep your church and its...

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One in Six!

Not a day goes by, it seems, without some announcement or other about various aspects of some one or some people’s physically challenged situation or disability. In recent years, we have started to become aware that some disabilities are not obvious to many of us, so...

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Worrying Websites

John Truscott normally writes articles for us in series, but for a change will be contributing some one-offs over the coming year. In this issue he explains what upsets him about some church websites. I spend rather too much of my life checking out church websites....

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Full of Years!

Day by day, it seems, the UK media is increasingly bringing to the fore the matter of social care for older people. At various times during the past two or three years this topic has become almost like an old chestnut, especially since it became a major debating item...

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In outreach

John Truscott concludes his series on working with volunteers – but with a special twist. Each article focuses on one area of church life where volunteers serve rather than looking at volunteering in general. The series is designed for all church leaders. So far the...

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Digital attack alert!

At various times during the past year or two, Eric Thorn has been asked about the growing threats to personal computers arising from all manner of sources. In some previous, now archived, editions of MEN, Eric has discussed the importance of anti-virus software and...

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In small groups

John Truscott continues his series on working with volunteers – but with a special twist. Each article focuses on one area of church life where volunteers serve rather than looking at volunteering in general. The series is designed for all church leaders. So far the...

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Putting the fun into fundraising!

Ecclesiastical Insurance shares five of the best church fundraising ideas with our readers. Whether it’s for building repairs or maintenance to buy new equipment or to fund a new community initiative, fundraising is never far from the top of a church meeting agenda....

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