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New Head of School Effectiveness appointed

New Head of School Effectiveness appointedEducation adviser Nicola Sylvester has been appointed the new Head of School Effectiveness, joining the staff of the Church of England’s Board of Education.

‘Exploring God’s Mercy’ – the Church’s most digital Lent course

‘Exploring God’s Mercy’ – the Church’s most digital Lent courseHousehold music and DVD collections could be a good starting point for studying the Bible this Lent teaches a new five-week course called Exploring God’s Mercy, compiled by the Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft. Suitable for church groups, couples or individuals, the course prepares us for the festival of Easter by reminding us just how much God loves us, using Scriptures, specially filmed You Tube videos, podcasts for iPods, group discussions and prayer. It recommends playing popular songs or DVD clips at the start of each session, to set the scene for that week’s theme.

New Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs

New Secretary for Inter Religious AffairsThe Revd Dr Toby Howarth has been appointed to serve as Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs for the Church of England. This is a joint appointment by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Mission and Public Affairs Council.

Secretary of State for International Development to address the Synod

Secretary of State for International Development to address the SynodSecretary of State for International Development to address the Synod. Key debates on national Church plans for the quinquennium, Anglican-Roman Catholic relations, clergy discipline, parochial fees, baptism services, and marriage after divorce and the ordained ministry.

Church schools – 200 years of education for all

Church schools – 200 years of education for allThe one million pupils who attend CofE schools will play their part in this year’s celebrations to mark the founding of the Church of England’s National Society in 1811 offering education to the poor in every parish – 50 years before the state joined in.

General Synod officers elected

General Synod officers electedThe Presiding Officer for the following elections in the General Synod has certified that the persons named below have been duly elected.