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Churches welcome Budget help for listed church buildings

Churches welcome Budget help for listed church buildingsThe Church of England and other UK faith groups represented by the Churches Main Committee, welcomed the Budget announcement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, that the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will be expanded to allowed a full VAT refund of 17.5% on all eligible applications for work carried out on listed church buildings from 1st April 2004 forward.

Director of Communications announced

Director of Communications announcedPeter Crumpler, currently Communications Officer for the Diocese of St Albans, is to be the new Director of Communications for the Archbishops' Council and General Synod of the Church of England.

The Church of England questions BBC analysis of faith poll

The Church of England questions BBC analysis of faith pollThe Church of England today questioned the BBC's portrayal of results from a survey of 10,000 people in 10 countries in support of the Corporation's What the World Thinks of God programme.

Child protection policy published in third edition

Child protection policy published in third editionThe House of Bishops has, today, published the third edition of its child protection policy for the Church of England: Protecting all God's Children.

Church policy on gay relationships unchanged

Church policy on gay relationships unchangedThe Church of England tonight said that the Church's policy on gay relationships remained completely unchanged, following the General Synod's debate this afternoon, 11 February. The outcome of the debate was that the book, "Some Issues in Human Sexuality; a guide to the debate," was commended for study in the Church.

New Commission on Urban Life and Faith launched

New Commission on Urban Life and Faith launchedThe Commission on Urban Life and Faith, launched today in the House of Lords, will "promote a vision of urban life which analyses and addresses the realities of its delights, injustices and its needs". It will spotlight work, especially by faith communities, that makes a difference in disadvantaged areas.

Families Matter wins Churches' Beacon Award for Sustainable Community Development for Totton College

Families Matter wins Churches' Beacon Award for Sustainable Community Development for Totton College'Parenting' courses and basic skills classes, aimed at reducing barriers to learning among the disadvantaged, proved a winning formula for Totton College in the Churches' Beacon Award for Sustainable Community Development.

Secretary of State for International Development to address February General Synod

Secretary of State for International Development to address February General SynodMission, human relationships, social issues, worship and ecumenical relations will be major themes in a challenging and broad ranging Synod agenda

Greater job security recommended for clergy without the freehold

Greater job security recommended for clergy without the freeholdA new report recommends that Church legislation is brought in to provide greater job security for clergy without the freehold and to clarify their duties. A review chaired by Professor David McClean CBE QC (Professor of Law at Sheffield University) recommends retaining the office-holder status of clergy and conferring a new package of rights and responsibilities on clergy without the freehold.

Church Commissioners consult on Strategic See House Review

Church Commissioners consult on Strategic See House ReviewThe Church Commissioners are consulting the House of Bishops on a new set of principles and guidelines to provide suitable houses from which bishops can conduct an effective ministry, while providing both a place of work and family privacy.