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Upcoming events

30th September 11am

Simplifying Governance

This webinar will explore the range of governance options for parishes looking to secure sustainable futures, from informal arrangements with ecumenical partners or neighbouring parishes, to full pastoral re-organisation. It will be facilitated by the Growing the Rural Church team and a colleague from the Synod Team, with expertise in governance matters. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the governance options, but we will not be able to discuss individual parish situations.

11th October 2pm

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 grant makers to fund their projects – but how can you make your application stand out against all the rest?

In this 20-minute masterclass and Q&A session, Fundraising Consultant, Dr Clare Jefferis MCIOF, and Parish Fundraising Manager for the Diocese of London, Carol Ward MCIOF, build on the webinars from earlier this year to share some expert, practical advice on how to write a first class grant application.

13th October 2pm

Becoming a Festival Church

Join us to find out what it means to be a Festival Church in the Diocese of Exeter. We’ll talk through the application process and what is expected from a Festival church, and there will be an opportunity to ask us some questions.

For more information on Festival Churches, see our toolkit.

28th October 2pm

Keeping Churches open – an insurer’s perspective

We are joined by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, who will provide guidance, information and encouragement from the insurer’s perspective for parishes aiming to open their church doors for visitors outside of service times.

3rd November 11am

Working with the DAC

The Church Buildings and Growing the Rural Church teams will give advice about the best ways to work with the Diocesan Advisory Committee, and how to involve them in your project. This webinar will answer the most common questions asked and there will be a Q&A session focusing on the process of working with the DAC, but not individual projects.

25th November 10am

Community audits

What is a community audit and how can it benefit your church? Join the Church Grants and Growing the Rural Church teams to find out more.

You can expect some expert advice and creative ideas on how to go about this aspect of your fundraising journey. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

7th December 2pm

Applying for a faculty

The Church Buildings and Growing the Rural Church teams will take you through the process of applying for a faculty. We’ll show you how to find the information you need for statements of significance and need, and will discuss some of the pitfalls to avoid. This webinar will answer the most common questions asked and there will be an opportunity for Q&A on the application process, but not individual applications.

Future events

Check our newsletter for dates of future events as they are announced.

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.

Work Hubs

Devon Work Hubs will share the work of the team, and look at what is involved in offering your church building as a work hub. The Growing the Rural Church team will then think about what that might mean for you, and signpost you to resources and support available to help you set up a work hub in your building.

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



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