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Difficult decisions

John Truscott normally writes articles for us in series but, for a change, is currently contributing a number of one-offs. So far he has covered ‘Worrying websites’, ‘Global giving’, ‘Changing churches’ and ‘Eco-education’. This time he provides practical ideas for...

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Don’t slip up when it comes to health and safety

According to specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, slips and trips are the most common cause of injury to people visiting churches in the UK. In fact, the insurer says they accounts for more than a third of all personal injury claims for its church customers. While most...

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Age is no barrier

In recent times the general media has supplied us with increasing snippets of news and predictions about the future of social care for Dementia sufferers. Interestingly enough, at the same time, a whole raft of well-produced television documentaries based on the...

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Fire: Managing the risks in your church

The tragedy at Notre Dame in April was a timely reminder of the destruction and devastation that fire can cause. While large-scale fires are rare, claims data from Ecclesiastical Insurance suggests that on average, around 50 churches suffer some sort of fire damage...

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Michael Palin warns of Death Watch Beetle threat to Churches

Michael Palin is supporting the future of the UK’s historic churches and chapels with a voiceover for a new animated film. The 80 second animation, produced for the National Churches Trust, highlights why churches are some of the nation’s best loved buildings. It also...

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Eco Education

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’, ‘Global giving’ and ‘Changing churches’. This time he provides practical ideas on how churches can reduce...

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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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