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Posted by Ros Clarke, 24 Jan 2020

An updated version of this book is now back in stock

This handbook for the visionary and the terrified is now back in stock with an updated edition for 2020.

Our gospel is eternal, our buildings just a means to an end. So why do we need to own buildings? Why not hire a cinema, or a school hall for Sunday services? Many new churches do this, and it can work very well in the early stages. But is it a good long-term solution? Should we spend money on bricks and mortar, when the church is about people? Can’t we make do with what we’ve got? Isn’t it better for money go to mission instead? This book will help those who have an inkling of dissatisfaction about the facilities or capacity in their church, and show them the way forward. It aims to help churches already launching into building projects, encourage those who are holding back, and give ideas to churches not yet thinking about possibilities.

Building for the Gospel is a valuable resource for church leaders, PCCs and others.

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Posted 23 Jan 2020

Response to the latest statement from the House of Bishops.

Church Society welcomes the recent pastoral statement from the House of Bishops concerning civil partnerships.

Specifically, we are grateful to the House for reaffirming the traditional and orthodox view of marriage (see paragraphs 7 and 35), and for clarifying that “sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purposes for human beings” (paragraph 9).

Given the confusion in our culture, and even in many of our churches, we believe the House of Bishops should be thanked for making such a courageous and counter-cultural statement.

We continue to have concerns about the trajectory of the Church of England, and some of the details of this statement, but pray that the House of Bishops will continue to provide the pastoral leadership that we need, in accordance with the revealed will of our Lord and Saviour.

Please click through for some further comments.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 20 Jan 2020

This year, as part of our commitment to supporting churches around the country, Church Society will be hosting a series of four regional conferences.

In place of our usual annual day conference, in 2020 we are hosting a series of four regional conferences on the subject of episcopacy. We anticipate that these will be particularly suitable for clergy and lay leaders of local churches. Booking is now open for the first two conferences in March:

MANCHESTER: March 3rd
1.30pm: Episcopacy in Principle, Lee Gatiss
2.15pm: Episcopacy in Practice, Rob Munro
3.00pm: Break for tea
3.20pm: Panel discussion, Lee Gatiss, Rob Munro, Rod Thomas
4.00pm: End.
Location:  Park Inn by Radisson, Manchester, Cheetham Hill Road, M4 4EW.

BRISTOL: March 25th
1.30pm: Episcopacy in Principle, Lee Gatiss
2.15pm: Episcopacy in Practice, Simon Austen
3.00pm: Break for tea
3.20pm: Panel discussion, Lee Gatiss, Simon Austen, Rod Thomas
4.00pm: End.
Location: Novotel Bristol Centre, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6HY.

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