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National Child Protection Adviser appointed

National Child Protection Adviser appointedJanet Hind is to be the Church of England's first National Child Protection Adviser. The half-time post has been created to co-ordinate the development of policy and best practice in child protection and to provide advice to the House of Bishops, Archbishops' Council and dioceses in support of the network of diocesan child protection staff.

Church statistics booklet now published

Church statistics booklet now publishedChurch Statistics, incorporating the first set of national attendance and membership figures to come out of the new, more rigorous data collection introduced in 2000, has been published in booklet form, as well as on the Church of England website.

Church of England signs aerial deal with Quintel S4

Church of England signs aerial deal with Quintel S4After an extensive consultation project, the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England and Quintel S4 today, 25 June 2002, announce that an agreement has been signed granting Quintel S4 approved status for telecommunications installations in churches. This is intended to put Quintel in a position to develop a network of multi-user mobile telecoms base stations in the spires and towers of suitable parish churches which have registered their interest and satisfied the relevant legal requirements.

Synod's consent sought on new Secretary General

Synod's consent sought on new Secretary GeneralThe General Synod will be asked to give its consent to the appointment of William Fittall as its next Secretary General when it meets in York on July 5-9.

Marriage issues, urban strategy, regionalisation, Israel/Palestine and Anglican/Methodist relations, to be major features of the Synod agenda.

Marriage issues, urban strategy, regionalisation, Israel/Palestine and Anglican/Methodist relations, to be major features of the Synod agenda.Engagement between Church and society features strongly in a packed agenda for the July Sessions of the General Synod, meeting from Friday, 5 July, to Tuesday, 9 July. Major subjects include marriage law and marriage in church after divorce, urban strategy and the Church Urban Fund, regionalisation and the situation in Israel/Palestine. Relations with other Churches are reflected in a major debate on the Anglican/Methodist Covenant.

Church denies plans to abolish dioceses

Church denies plans to abolish diocesesThe Church of England has categorically denied that there are any plans to abolish a number of its dioceses.

Church of England franchises Culham on RE

Church of England franchises Culham on REThe Culham College Institute is to act for the Church of England Board of Education on a range of Religious Education policy issues under a new franchise agreement between the two bodies.

Resourcing Archbishops

Resourcing Archbishops"It is remarkable what the Archbishops are able to achieve with the limited resources available to them," says a report published today.

Church's Board for Social Responsibility responds to drugs policy report

Church's Board for Social Responsibility responds to drugs policy reportThe Church of England Board for Social Responsibility made a submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee's inquiry on Government drugs policy in 2001 and has now responded to the Committee's report, published today.

Bishops to visit hidden site - guided tour of St James' will help spread the word of City's latest regeneration initiative

Bishops to visit hidden site - guided tour of St James' will help spread the word of City's latest regeneration initiativeChurch of England bishops from across the country visited one of Liverpool's hidden corners when they took a tour of St James' Cemetery following Evensong at the Anglican Cathedral on Monday (20 May). The tour celebrated the first year of a campaign to regenerate the site in order to provide the city with a recreational and heritage asset for local people and visitors.