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Pensions Board signs £250,000 contract with Sanctuary

Pensions Board signs £250,000 contract with SanctuaryThe Church of England Pensions Board has signed a three-year contract with Sanctuary Group to manage repairs, maintenance and improvement works on its portfolio of more than 1,200 properties occupied by retired clergy.

New 'blogging bishop' for the Diocese of Bradford

New 'blogging bishop' for the Diocese of BradfordA 'Blogging bishop’ who is a University of Bradford graduate has been announced today as the next Bishop of Bradford. The Rt Revd Nick Baines (53), who is currently Bishop of Croydon, will be the 10th Bishop of Bradford, following the retirement of the Rt Revd David James last July.

Bishop welcomes an end to child detention in immigration in system

Bishop welcomes an end to child detention in immigration in systemThe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Woolwich, Bishop elect of Southwark and Bishop for Urban Life and Faith said: “We welcome the Deputy Prime Minister’s statement this morning announcing the ending of the detention of children for immigration purposes. As the DPM acknowledges the detention of families at Yarl's Wood has been a shameful practice. We have been acutely aware of the impact of removal and detention on those who experience it as well as those left behind, in our schools, communities and congregations.

The power of a personal invitation - more than 150,000 respond to Back to Church Sunday

The power of a personal invitation - more than 150,000 respond to Back to Church SundayMore than 150,000 people have come back to church since the first Back to Church Sunday in 2004 - enough to fill Wembley Stadium and the Emirates Stadium put together. Around 3,500 churches from participating denominations welcomed back 51,000 people on Back to Church Sunday 2010 (26th September), which by comparison is more than all those attending worship on a typical Sunday in the Diocese of Oxford.

New Joint Cathedral Fabric repair Fund announces first six grants totalling £500,000 as scheme is extended

New Joint Cathedral Fabric repair Fund announces first six grants totalling £500,000 as scheme is extendedA new £500,000 fund for cathedral fabric repairs today announced that six successful cathedrals (out of 18 applicants) are to receive grants towards major projects costing a total of more than £4.5 million. The successful applicants are Durham, Ely, Lichfield, Lincoln, Rochester and York.

St Stephen's House, Oxford: Inspection appeal

St Stephen's House, Oxford: Inspection appealIn a joint statement, the Archbishops’ Council’s Ministry Division and St Stephen’s House, Oxford said today: "We have accepted the recommendations of an appeal to the Ministry Council by St Stephen’s House following the inspection of November 2008."

Dementia care wing opens at Manormead

Dementia care wing opens at ManormeadDr Jonathan Spencer, Chairman of the Church of England Pensions Board, has opened The Allan Bridgewater Wing at the Board’s Manormead Care Home in Hindhead, Surrey (on Monday, December 13th). The new wing was blessed by the Bishop of Dudley, the Rt Revd David Walker, who chairs the Board’s Housing Committee.

Setting up shop in church

Setting up shop in churchA five-way partnership has today published guidance for churches interested in hosting community shops on their premises - The Guidelines and Best Practice for the Provision of Community Shops in Churches and Chapels.

Dioceses Commission publishes report on Yorkshire dioceses

Dioceses Commission publishes report on Yorkshire diocesesThe Dioceses Commission today publishes its 120-page report on the four Yorkshire dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, Sheffield and Wakefield and their boundaries with the Diocese of York. Recommendations in the report must be debated by the relevant diocesan synods before any scheme can be submitted to the General Synod, which is unlikely to be before July 2013.

Government's criminal justice Green Paper welcomed

Government's criminal justice Green Paper welcomedWelcoming Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke’s announcement of a Green Paper Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders, The Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Division, said: “The Government’s proposals offer an approach which is courageous..."