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Monday 1st February 2021 Keep your Safeguarding training up-to-date

The Church of England has introduced a new modular safeguarding training and development programme for use by Dioceses, Cathedrals and Theological Education Institutions.

The programme builds core, generic safeguarding training according to role and through a person's ministry path.

The Church of England Safeguarding Training modules consist of Core Modules; Basic Awareness (C0), Foundation (C1) and Leandership (C2) and Specialist Modules; Safer Recruitment (S1) and Responding to Domestic Violence (S3). (some other modules may also apply on occasion)

The level of the Core Module to which you are expected to undertake will determine which other modules you will need to have previously undertaken. i.e.

  • C0 - if you are only required to undertake a C0 module, you will only need to repeat that training once every three years.
  • C1 - if you are required to undertake a C1 module, you must also have completed a C0 module at least once. You then need to repeat the C1 training every three years.
  • C2 - anyone required to undertake this module must ensure they have also completed a Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1) module at least once. The C2 module must then be repeated every three years.

Review your training requirement

Help ensure you and your church colleagues are up-to-date with Safeguarding Training.

Visit our website to find out what might be expected of you, and how to book yourself onto an appropriate course - https://www.elydiocese.org/safeguarding/safeguarding-training-and-development/core-and-specialist-module-overview.php

 

11:00 - 12:00How To Run A Giving Review

How To Run A Giving Review

The Church of England recommends that a PCC carries out an annual giving review.

This enables the PCC to check that the parish is following good practice in giving as well as providing you with an action plan.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to run a giving review
  • The best time to run a giving review
  • How to engage your church with the review

Click on the date to register your place.

1 Feb, 2021 11am

 

14:00 - 16:00The Theology Of Giving - Clergy and laity training

The Theology Of Giving - Clergy and laity training

In these webinars the Revd Martha Weatherill equips clergy and laity with the necessary tools and knowledge to build a generous church.

The Theology Of Giving

In this webinar we explore Giving as a Ministry and how we might inspire and grow this ministry amongst our congregation.

In this webinar you will explore:

  1. The Ministry of Giving in the Parish
  2. Obstacles to giving
  3. How you might grow and nurture this ministry in our congregation.

Click on a date below to register

1 Feb 2021, 2pm

 

20:00 - 22:00Holy Things, Holy People (various dates)

A Church of England Young Vocations Group

Holy Things, Holy People is a group for young adults who are discerning their Christian vocation to  ordained or other ministry within the Church of England.

The course will explore Christian ministry through reflection on a series of objects, Holy Things, and the witness of individuals, Holy People.

It aims to be helpful to a broad range of interest, whether you are just curious or have already begun formally exploring your vocation.

We welcome everyone who identifies as young, and who is thinking about what God might be calling them to do or be in the life of the Church.

Meetings will be held on Mondays at 20:00 via Zoom. If you would like to join us then please email The Rev’d Max Bayliss on [email protected].

Sessions include:

Michaelmas Term: Exploring the Word

  • Holy Thing: The Bible: Holy Words for the People of God 9th of November 2020
  • Holy Person: The Rt Rev’d Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. 23rd of November 2020

Lent Term: The Practice of Prayer

  • Holy Thing: Hassock: Kneeling on Holy Ground 22nd February 2021
  • Holy Person: The Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon 8th of March 2021

Easter Term: The Lord’s Table

  • Holy Thing: Paten : More than Holy Crockery 3rd of May 2021
  • Holy Person: The Rev’d Ben Bell, Vicar of St Anne’s Hoxton 24th of May 2021
Tuesday 2nd February 202110:00 - 11:00Celebrating Love and Life: Weddings in 2021

This webinar will help us think about the opportunities and challenges around this ministry for 2021 - and even into 2022 and beyond.

In 2019 there were around 1.5 million people attending churches as wedding guests – part of the huge reach the Church of England has across a wide age range.

How might we think about church weddings going forward? Ideas for making memories and making connections.

Presenter: Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events and Welcome

Date and time: Tuesday 2nd February 2021, 10-11 am

Register your place here - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3616079553841/WN_WQ4DE6IpTOauTzksbv6Guw

11:00 - 14:00The Children’s Society - National Webinar

The Children’s Society - Fighting for Hope for Children and Young People

The Children’s Society invites you to a webinar launching our new goal and vision for the next decade.

Hear from Chief Executive Mark Russell and others about how we’ll be fighting for hope and a society built for all children and young people over the next decade.

Also hear about our new interactive Lent and Mothering Sunday resources to help your church explore these themes.

Book your place here.

15:00 - 16:00Getting Started with Contactless Giving

Getting Started with Contactless Giving

For a lot of churches switching to using contactless giving is an intimidating prospect.

However there is a lot of support available and in this webinar we will talk you through the different solutions available on Parish Buying and help you navigate the best one for your church.

In this webinar you will find out about the range of contactless solutions available and how to choose the right one for your church.

Date: Feb 2, 2021 3pm

Register here

Friday 5th February 202111:00Receiving Online Donations
How can we encourage people to give financially to the church during this time? This one-hour webinar will cover setting up and receiving online donations, encouraging online donations, and communicating with your community. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions which will be answered live.
Monday 8th February 202110:30 - 12:30Getting Started With Legacy Giving

Legacy Giving

For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to God.

Getting Started With Legacy Giving

Many supporters would like to know how they could leave a gift in their will to their parish church but may not know who to speak to. It is important for all churches to make information available.

Click on the date to register your place and find out more.

8 February, 2021 10.30am

14:00 - 15:00An Introduction To Parish Buying

Buying smarter

Good stewardship is not just about enabling giving. It's also ensuring that we spend our resources and our time wisely.

An Introduction To Parish Buying

Parish Buying is here to help you save time and money which can then be spent on your church's mission and ministry.

In this webinar you will learn about:

  1. How Parish Buying works
  2. How to navigate the website
  3. The different products and services available

Click on the date to register your place.

8 Feb, 2021 2pm

 

14:30 - 15:30Life Events Diary Overview

This 60 minutes webinar, enables you and your team to give a short amount of time to dedicated learning from the comfort of your home or office. We will demo the full benefits of using the Life Events Diary with the opportunity for Q&A.

The LED is built upon the iKnow Church Management platform, The Church of England recommended product. 

Book your place today - https://www.lifeeventsdiary.org/webinars

Tuesday 9th February 202110:00 - 12:00Cambridge & District Branch - Retired Clergy Association

“Modern-Day Training for Ordination”

Revd. David Bagnall, a recently ordained priest, reflects upon his training

Cambridge and District Branch of the Retired Clergy Association

Chairman (until AGM): Brian Macdonald-Milne

01223 861631 or [email protected]

Meetings will normally be held at the following times and location:

  • Wilkinson Room at St John's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge.
  • 10.15am Coffee/tea
  • 10.30- 11.45 Meeting (approx).

To read the full programme of events please click here.

Wednesday 10th February 202114:00 - 16:00Giving In The Wider Community- Clergy and laity training

Giving In The Wider Community - Clergy and laity training

In these webinars the Revd Martha Weatherill equips clergy and laity with the necessary tools and knowledge to build a generous church.

Members of our parish tend to be supportive of the church even if they are not regular attenders or members. In this session we  explore how we can encourage and inspire a culture of generosity amongst them.

In this webinar you will learn:

  1. How to inspire and develop a generous culture amongst the wider community
  2. What resources are available to encourage giving

Click on the date to register.

10 Feb 2021, 2pm

Thursday 11th February 202112:00 - 14:00Getting the most out of Give A Little

Getting the most out of Give A Little

Parish Buying have developed a simple and affordable online giving service for churches called Give A Little.

It includes a range of features that can be adapted to different scenarios in your church.

In this webinar you will learn how to use online giving to broaden your giving base.

To register your place, please follow this link - https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/building-generous-church/webinars-and-training#na

14:00 - 15:00E&D Webinar: Lent, Holy Week and Easter (Part 2)

Whether you have plans in place or are still thinking, this webinar will share thoughts and explore ideas to help share the Good News of Easter in our communities.

We will be focusing on the end of Lent, but will also include ideas for Mothering Sunday and the National Day of Reflection.

Presenters: Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events and Welcome and Stephen Hance, National Lead for Evangelism and Witness

Date and time: Thursday 11th February 2021, 2-3pm

Book your place here - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5016122571631/WN_o97k8yKSQ2e4LRe1seMGwA

14:40 - 15:40Upgrade to iKnow Church

Upgrade to iKnow Church

Join us for a 60 minute Demo where you’ll see the integration of the Life Events Diary in iKnow Church.

We’ll explore the benefits of using the full version of iKnow Church for your church organisation, communication, leadership and Pastoral care.

Book your place here - https://www.lifeeventsdiary.org/webinars

 

Tuesday 16th February 202110:30 - 12:30Tales Of Generosity - Clergy and laity training

Tales Of Generosity - Clergy and laity training

In these webinars the Revd Martha Weatherill equips clergy and laity with the necessary tools and knowledge to build a generous church.

Tales Of Generosity

Tell me your generosity story? In this webinar we discuss ways to use storytelling to encourage generous giving in your church.

In this webinar you will learn:

  1. How to share stories of generosity in the congregation
  2. The challenges people often have when talking about generosity, and how to overcome them.

Click on a date to register 

16 Feb, 2021 10.30am 

Please note: This is taking place as a Zoom meeting therefore you will be visible if you turn your camera on. We are recording the meeting to share with participants afterwards therefore there is a chance your image will be recorded if your camera is turned on. 

11:30 - 12:30E&D Webinar: Living his story

It was some two years ago that Archbishop Justin Welby invited Dr Hannah Steele to write his 2021 Lent book on the theme of Evangelism.

Now there is even more to concentrate and inform our thinking, reflecting and practice as heralds of the good news.

Justin and Hannah will chat about theme of the Lent book, and explore the challenges and opportunities that are to hand as we seek to live and speak the gospel.

Book your place here - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5416110659317/WN_rad8gGmzQySHgjpeeVajEA

Wednesday 17th February 2021 #LiveLent 2021 church resources

#LiveLent 2021 church resources: God’s Story, Our Story

  • The Church of England's Lent resources theme for 2021, building on the success of recent years, is entitled #LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story.
  • It is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele, published on 19 November by SPCK.
  • Both the book and the accompanying daily reflections encourage all Christians to think about their calling, how to share their faith and reflect on the difference Christ makes in our lives.  
  • While the current restrictions on daily life necessitated by the pandemic present significant challenges, the suffering and isolation many continue to face make the need for us to share God’s love with our communities greater than ever. Rather than just being a Lenten discipline, this year’s #LiveLent is a joyful invitation to make witness a normal part of the Christian life, the natural overflow of a life lived in devotion to Christ.  

What are the key elements of the Lent 2021 resources? 

  • From Ash Wednesday (17 February) to Easter Sunday (4 April), there will six reflections for each week, written by Stephen Hance, the Church of England’s National Lead for Evangelism and Witness.
  • Each reflection will include a short passage from the Bible, a brief exploration of the reading, and a prayer. Additionally, each week will have a unifying theme and an action to be taken during the week.  
  • The daily reflections will be made available through a booklet available to buy from Church House Publishing, as well as a free app, emails, audio and through the Church of England’s social media accounts.
  • Webinars will be offered early in 2021 to help churches plan how to make the best use of the range of resources and content for both individuals and groups.  

Find out more

 

15:00 - 17:00Getting The Most Out Of Your Contactless Unit

Getting The Most Out Of Your Contactless Unit

Setting up your contactless unit is the first step of contactless giving but unless we encourage givers to use it, it will gather dust.

If used well, contactless units have the potential to transform giving in our services, and at life events such as weddings and fundraising activities.

In this webinar you will learn the different ways to use your contactless unit and how to promote it to givers.

Click on the date to register

17 Feb, 2021 3pm 

Thursday 18th February 202114:00 - 15:00E&D Webinar: The 3Rs

E&D Webinar: The 3Rs: small steps and giant leaps in the quest to shape a post-pandemic Church

Planning our future under God entails focusing on three different horizons each with their own tasks. This webinar will help you to do this well. With Stephen Hance and Bishop Simon Burton-Jones

Book your place here - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4016106263389/WN_YYu1SyFQQwyb4EeU44YtuA

Friday 19th February 202114:00 - 16:00An Introduction To The Generosity Toolkit

Generous disciples

In these webinars we explore some of the tools and discipleship resources available to help you grow generosity in your church.

An Introduction To The Generosity Toolkit

Giving should be wholly integrated within Christian life-in our following of Jesus, and our desire and calling to be Christ-like. Generosity is a hallmark of a lived-out faith and a testament to it.

The Generosity Toolkit is a resource for your PCC to meet and reflect on your shared experience of generosity in the life of your church. 

In this webinar the Giving team will give you an overview of the Generosity Toolkit and offer guidance on how to get the most out of your session.

Click on a date to register

19 Feb, 2021 2pm

Monday 22nd February 2021 Keep your Safeguarding training up-to-date

The Church of England has introduced a new modular safeguarding training and development programme for use by Dioceses, Cathedrals and Theological Education Institutions.

The programme builds core, generic safeguarding training according to role and through a person's ministry path.

The Church of England Safeguarding Training modules consist of Core Modules; Basic Awareness (C0), Foundation (C1) and Leandership (C2) and Specialist Modules; Safer Recruitment (S1) and Responding to Domestic Violence (S3). (some other modules may also apply on occasion)

The level of the Core Module to which you are expected to undertake will determine which other modules you will need to have previously undertaken. i.e.

  • C0 - if you are only required to undertake a C0 module, you will only need to repeat that training once every three years.
  • C1 - if you are required to undertake a C1 module, you must also have completed a C0 module at least once. You then need to repeat the C1 training every three years.
  • C2 - anyone required to undertake this module must ensure they have also completed a Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1) module at least once. The C2 module must then be repeated every three years.

Review your training requirement

Help ensure you and your church colleagues are up-to-date with Safeguarding Training.

Visit our website to find out what might be expected of you, and how to book yourself onto an appropriate course - https://www.elydiocese.org/safeguarding/safeguarding-training-and-development/core-and-specialist-module-overview.php

 

Tuesday 23rd February 202114:00 - 16:00What does our congregation think about giving?

What does our congregation think about giving?  - Clergy and laity training

In these webinars the Revd Martha Weatherill equips clergy and laity with the necessary tools and knowledge to build a generous church.

What does our congregation think about giving?

Giving is part of our Christian discipleship and vocation. As clergy we are called to live out the Ministry of Giving and nurture this ministry in our congregation. This session explores how we can grow Christian 'givers'.

In this webinar you will explore:

  1. The Ministry of Giving in the Parish
  2. Obstacles to giving
  3. How you might grow and nurture this ministry in our congregation.

Click on the date below to register.

23 Feb, 2021, 2pm

 

Wednesday 24th February 2021 #LiveLent 2021 church resources

#LiveLent 2021 church resources: God’s Story, Our Story

  • The Church of England's Lent resources theme for 2021, building on the success of recent years, is entitled #LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story.
  • It is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele, published on 19 November by SPCK.
  • Both the book and the accompanying daily reflections encourage all Christians to think about their calling, how to share their faith and reflect on the difference Christ makes in our lives.  
  • While the current restrictions on daily life necessitated by the pandemic present significant challenges, the suffering and isolation many continue to face make the need for us to share God’s love with our communities greater than ever. Rather than just being a Lenten discipline, this year’s #LiveLent is a joyful invitation to make witness a normal part of the Christian life, the natural overflow of a life lived in devotion to Christ.  

What are the key elements of the Lent 2021 resources? 

  • From Ash Wednesday (17 February) to Easter Sunday (4 April), there will six reflections for each week, written by Stephen Hance, the Church of England’s National Lead for Evangelism and Witness.
  • Each reflection will include a short passage from the Bible, a brief exploration of the reading, and a prayer. Additionally, each week will have a unifying theme and an action to be taken during the week.  
  • The daily reflections will be made available through a booklet available to buy from Church House Publishing, as well as a free app, emails, audio and through the Church of England’s social media accounts.
  • Webinars will be offered early in 2021 to help churches plan how to make the best use of the range of resources and content for both individuals and groups.  

Find out more

 

14:00 - 15:00Why People Give (And Why Some Don't)

Why People Give (And Why Some Don't)

In this webinar the Giving team will talk you through the different Anglican givers; what motivates them to give? How do they give? What are the barriers to giving?

Click on the date to register your place.

24 Feb, 2021 2pm

14:30 - 15:30Life Events Diary Overview

This 60 minutes webinar, enables you and your team to give a short amount of time to dedicated learning from the comfort of your home or office. We will demo the full benefits of using the Life Events Diary with the opportunity for Q&A.

The LED is built upon the iKnow Church Management platform, The Church of England recommended product. 

Book your place today - https://www.lifeeventsdiary.org/webinars

Thursday 25th February 202114:30 - 15:30Upgrade to iKnow Church

Join us for a 60 minute Demo where you’ll see the integration of the Life Events Diary in iKnow Church.

We’ll explore the benefits of using the full version of iKnow Church for your church organisation, communication, leadership and Pastoral care.

Book your place here - https://www.lifeeventsdiary.org/webinars

 

19:30 - 20:30A Beginner’s Guide to Using Minecraft for Collective Worship

Looking for a new and engaging way to offer Collective Worship online?

Revd Becky Dyball has been offering Collective Worship to her local church primary school using Minecraft!

Becky and her husband Alex are offering a Zoom training session to explain the basics of just what they did and how to do it - how to create a storyline, record a voice, record in game footage and edit it all together, along with some tips about what they have learned along the way.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share your experiences too!

Booking Online (https://elydatabase.org/events/view?course=2937)

Friday 26th February 202111:00 - 13:00Communicating Legacy Giving In Your Church

Legacy Giving

For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to God.

Communicating Legacy Giving In Your Church

Gifts in a wills have a lasting impact on churches. To encourage people to leave a legacy to the church as part of good Christian stewardship, we need to show how churches could benefit from future gifts. 

In this webinar you will learn about to create legacy giving marketing materials.

Click on the date to register

26 February, 2021 11am

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