Resources & In brief – Connect October 2015


Film launched for Church Legacy Week 19-25 October

The Church of England has launched a new short film entitled ‘A Lasting Difference’ explaining how gifts in wills can help to transform the lives of our local churches and communities.

As part of Christian Legacy Week (19-25 October) the Church of England is calling on parishes and churches to talk to their congregations about the power of legacy giving. To help, it has launched ‘A Lasting Difference’ a new short film explaining how gifts in will can help to transform the lives of our local churches and communities.

This short film features three inspiring case studies from parish churches where gifts have enabled amazing opportunities for mission – from new church halls, to hiring a youth worker and improving disabled access.

Advent and Christmas appeals

This year, Christian Aid  is celebrating the precious gift of life for families in Nigeria threatened by malaria.  It is working with communities in Nigeria, training volunteers to help prevent this life-threatening disease, to bring hope to people’s lives.  To get involved, check out the resources on the Christian Aid website, including prayers, case studies and downloadable materials.

Christmas with Tearfund offers a range of resources and ideas for Christmas 2015, including Not Such a Silent Night carol services.

Young Church Mag

Not signed up yet?  What are you waiting for?   Our Young Church Mag, is a weekly resource to use with young children in church. Based on the Gospel reading from the New Common Lectionary it is a double-sided A4 sheet of puzzles and games, relating to the Sunday theme, for young primary school aged children. There is also a colouring sheet for younger children.

It is a useful resource for churches with only a few children on a Sunday who stay throughout the service.   Read more and download a free taster.

Two new contracts from Parish Buying

The Church’s procurement service Parish Buying have lots of great contracts to offer already – covering office supplies, energy, fire safety, you name it. They’ve been working hard at getting two new contracts ready to help parishes save more time & money.  Read more about the new boiler and furniture contracts.

Advent, Christmas, the Environment and a bit of drama – new titles from BRF and Barnabas for Children

Follow the links for more info.  The No-Rehearsal Nativity sounds like it could be the answer to many clergy prayers.  We wonder if there’s a catch?

God’s fingerprints – local author’s latest

‘Is there more to life?’ Somerset author, John Samways, addresses one of the most commonly-asked questions with his new collection of real life stories, God’s Fingerprints: The Evidence is Everywhere. The anthology addresses some significant questions arising from everyday experiences. It embraces both the ‘big picture’ and the smallest details of life; it addresses issues arising from the secular and sacred realms, questions which will be familiar to readers from all generations. It is a book that will generate discussion.  ISBN: 9781784623982 Price: £6.99

In brief

2015 Chaplains’ conference

The theme for this year’s chaplains’ conference on 5th November at Abbey House, Glastonbury is Wellbeing.   Wellbing is an important part of human flourishing and significant to those to whom we minister and ourselves. We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Markus Lange as our keynote speaker.

All working in a chaplaincy-style setting or role across all denominations are welcome. The cost for those who work and serve within the geographical boundaries of Bath and Wells is £12.00 and for those beyond is £22.00. These charges are subsidised by the Diocese.  Read the full programme.

Local charity, Send a Cow’s match funding success

Bath-based charity Send a Cow has received up to £5m in match funding from the Department for International Development.  Every £1 raised between now and 31 December 2015 will be matched by Government, up to £5 million.

So why not make your charity giving go further by supporting Send a Cow’s latest project. They are set to launch Planting Hope which will aim to give Ethiopian families the confidence and knowledge to plant and sell their own food. Read more and give via the Send a Cow website.

Or you can support Send a Cow this Christmas by buying from by buying alternatives to presents from the Send a Cow gift catalogue.

Dean John’s retirement service

John Clarke, Dean of Wells, is to retire on December 31st 2015 after 11 years in post.  John came to Wells in 2004 after having been Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, the Anglican theological training institution outside Oxford. Read more.

John will say farewell to the Diocese of Bath and Wells and to the county of Somerset at Cathedral Evensong on Thursday 19 November at 5.15pm and to the cathedral congregation and volunteers at the eucharist on Sunday 22 November at 9.45am.

Vine counselling Pampered Chef fundraiser

Vine Counselling services are holding a fundraiser with a difference on Saturday 14th November  7.30 to 9.30pm at 49 Brinsea Rd, Congresbury.

Come and see a demonstration of exciting products and easy but tasty recipes – and get to try them! 15% of sales will be donated to the work of Vine  and there will be a raffle.

To secure your place (just £3 per person) or to place orders, if you can’t make it, call Vine at 01934 876377, call Liz on 01934 861255 or go to and select the Vine fundraiser.



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