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Upcoming events

Tuesday 17th May, 7.30pm

Writing a grant application

The need to fundraise for our church buildings is an ever-present and pressing matter. Many charitable groups and organisations will look towards grantmakers to fund their projects – but how can you make your application stand out to secure the funding you need?

In this 20-minute masterclass and Q&A session, the team from Church Grants build on the webinars from earlier this year to share some expert practical advice on how to write a first class grant application.

Monday 30th May, 2pm

Applying for a faculty

Are you planning to make alterations to your church building or grounds?

If so, we invite you to this informative webinar about how to formally request permission via the Church of England’s Online Faculty System.

We will be joined by the Diocese of Exeter’s Church Buildings team who will explain more about the faculty application process, and show you how to find the information you need for the Statements of Significance and Need which accompany the application. We will give you some top tips on how to progress your application with as few delays and hitches as possible.

Future events

Check Roots & Shoots for dates of future events as they are announced.

Setting up a Friends Group

A Friends Group is a group of people who have an interest in the church building and in helping it to flourish at the heart of its community.

We will be joined by Lizzy Anderson, the Parish Support Officer for the Diocese of Exeter, who will explain the many advantages of Friends Groups and the process of establishing one for your church.

Preventing crime in rural churches

Join us as two Police Officers from Devon & Cornwall Police give practical advice on how to prevent crime in our rural churches.

We will provide a picture of the ecclesiastical crime we are seeing in Devon, share the work that Devon and Cornwall Police are doing to tackle this, and advise you on crime prevention methods for your church buildings.

How to write a survey

The Growing the Rural Church team will take you through the basic steps to planning and writing an effective survey. This session will cover how to work from your initial research questions through to deciding on appropriate question types and designing your survey.

Consulting your community

This interactive session with the Growing the Rural Church team will guide you through a range of ways to consult your community without sending out a survey. We’ll show you how interactive tools can be used and adapted to help you reach a wide range of demographics within your community.

The Creativity sessions

These three informal sessions will get those creativity muscles working, provide some challenges to have some fun with and generate some ‘out of the box’ thinking and possibilities. Likely to be slightly chaotic. Come with an open mind and prepared to laugh.

*Not just for people who think they are creative (Spoiler alert – We are all creative!)

Session 1: What if…?
Session 2: Potentially Adventury
Session 3: Provocations and Restrictions


You can make a difference to the Rural Churches in Devon