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Information Area: Parish Officers

Welcome to the Parish Officers Intranet. This section is aimed at those working in a parish. For quicker navigation please click on the relevant categories.

APCM papers (Annual Parochial Church Meeting)

This must be held not later than 30th April each year. The lay people who are on the electoral roll and clergy beneficed in or licensed to the parish or any other parish in the area of the benefice may attend and vote. In addition, other clergy who are not beneficed or licensed but are resident in the parish or, if not resident, the PCC has declared to be a habitual worshipper, may also attend and vote.

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Children and Communion

Our diocese has long had a policy of admitting children to communion before confirmation, on application for permission from the Bishop; the policy document and comprehensive supporting material has now been fully revised.

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Church Service Resources

Liturgical resources available for forthcoming church services.

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Churchwardens

If the parish has more than one parish church, there are two churchwardens for each parish church but all of the churchwardens are churchwardens of the whole parish. They may, of course, decide amongst themselves to perform separate duties in relation to the churches.

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Communications

Here are a useful collection of resources to help parishes make the most of their communications. This resource is growing so if you have something you find useful, please do share it with us.

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Contact Church House Departments

As a resource centre for the parishes and their communities, Church House provides support and advice on mission, social responsibility, finance, schools, buildings, future planning, publications and publicity, funding and grant applications, disability issues, and land and property management.

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Cornwall Historic Churches Trust

The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust was formed in 1955 to assist in the restoration and repair of Cornish churches that have architectural or historic merit. The Trust is a registered charity and churches and chapels of all denominations are eligible to apply for assistance.

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DAC Members

The DAC Committee is appointed under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991, primarily to offer advice to Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and to the Chancellor of the Diocese about proposed works to church buildings and churchyards.

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Dementia Action

Dementia Aciton seeks to help churches by providing information, promoting understanding, assisting churches to consider how they might become more ‘memory- friendly’ in worship and pastoral care.

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Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

The Committee is appointed under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991, primarily to offer advice to Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and to the Chancellor of the Diocese about proposed works to church buildings and churchyards.

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Diocesan Registrar

Jos Moule is the Registrar to the Diocese of Truro. The Registry advises both the clergy and laity, and deals with various matters concerning the Diocese and the Church of England.

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Diocesan Synod

In the Church of England diocesan synods exist under the terms of the Synodical Government Measure 1969. A diocesan synod consists of three Houses, The House of Bishops, The House of Clergy and The House of Laity.

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Diocesan Synod Minutes and Papers 7 May 2016

The minutes and papers for the previous Diocesan Synod are available below.

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Dor Kemmyn (Common Ground)

The need for a Faith Centre in Cornwall came from meetings of the Cornwall Faith Forum.  The Faith Forum was established in 2006 to provide a voice for the worshipping faith communities in Cornwall.

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Equality and Diversity

One in 7 people in the UK population has an impairment. The legal requirement is that we be inclusive of people with impairments in our church services and other activities – committees and social occasions – so that we, as providers, do not create and perpetuate those conditions that are disabling and excluding. Here are some resources and forms to assist you.

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Evangelism

Evangelism has been identified as a key activity as we discover God’s Kingdom and grow the Church. This work is driven by members of the Evangelism Group, under the guidance of Revd Angela Butler.

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Fairtrade

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Truro Diocese achieved Fairtrade Status in July 2010

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Faith in Justice

A major conference was held in the Spring of 2010 at Bodmin chaired jointly by Bishop Tim Thornton and Rob Menary, Chief Officer of Devon and Cornwall Probation Service. A summary of the presentations and workshops can be found here.

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Families, Children & Youth Resources

Resources to support parish ministry to children and families are also available on loan from Church House. Find out more information about Messy Church, Open the Book, Who let the dads Out, Prayer spaces in schools, and working with young people.

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Finance

This section provides you with information, templates and forms for your use. Further information is available from the Finance Team at Church House.

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General Synod

The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England. It came into being in 1970 under the Synodical Government Measure 1969, replacing an earlier body known as the Church Assembly.

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Green Church Kernow

The Diocese of Truro and the Cornwall Methodist District have adopted an Environmental Policy to responsibly grow our churches.

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Growing Disciples

Growing Disciples is about engaging with – and accompanying – people on a journey to faith through simple friendship and the intentional use of nurture courses and other activities.

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Homelessness

Homelessness is sadly all too often experienced by people in Cornwall – rough sleepers, sofa surfers and women and men fleeing from domestic violence.

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Influencing Policy

Bishop Tim shared his views on Faith and Politics in a discussion with Frank Field.

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Leading the Way

Leading the Way is a new suite of resources for small groups, developed by the Diocese to undergird and expand the principles identified within the ‘Way of Life’ framework for discipleship. These resources can be used in partnership with our Simple Guide leaflets.

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Migrant Workers

Cornwall Council though its Social Inclusion team have produced an excellent booklet packed with useful local information for anyone new to Cornwall. It is available in four languages…Polish, Portuguese, Russian and…English.  This booklet is available here. Hard copies of the booklet are available from SRO team at Church House

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Mission Funding

The process for obtaining funds to help with mission initiatives has been simplified, so if you wish to apply for financial help with one of your projects contact Rebecca Evans, rebecca.evans@truro.anglican.org 01872 360039

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Parish Giving Scheme

The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) has been set up to help parishes in the Diocese of Truro best manage their regular donations.

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Parish Support

The Diocese of Truro’s Parish Support Staff are here to assist parishes as we seek to Discover God’s Kingdom and Grow the Church.

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Parish Vacancy

What to do before your Parish Priest leaves and how the new Parish Priest is chosen.

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Parochial Church Councils

A parochial church council is a legal person in its own right.  A PCC can enter into contracts in its own name.  It is separate from the PCC members who are not personally responsible for its debts.

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Personal Discipleship

We are all at differing stages on our journey of faith. Here are some resources to help nourish us on that journey.

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Poverty and Debt

The Diocese of Truro is a Founder partner of the Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum CIPF. The Diocese helped to organise Cornwall’s first Poverty Hearing in 1997.

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Safeguarding

The Church of England Safeguarding Children Policy ‘Protecting all God’s Children’, has as its first principle: “We are committed to the Safeguarding, care and nurture of the children within our church community”.

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Simple Guides

The Simple Guides cover the four directions under the Way of Life heading – Up, Out, In, With.

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Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility currently engages in the following areas: Poverty and Debt; Community Involvement;  Environmental Issues;  Homelessness and Affordable Housing;  Workplace Chaplaincy; Inclusion;  Migrant workers;  Funding;  Fairtrade; Faith in Justice;  Equal Opportunities;  Influencing Policy

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Stewardship

Stewardship is integral to discipleship. It encompasses how we handle all that with which we have been blessed in terms of time, talents and financial giving. Stewardship is our own, personal response to God.

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Training & Development

The Training Development Team aims to encourage the development and skills of clergy, Readers and lay people in churches and parishes throughout the diocese.

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Transformation Cornwall

Transformation Cornwall is an ecumenical charity, set up by the Diocese of Truro, the Church Urban Fund, the Cornwall Methodist District and Churches Together in Cornwall, as part of the Church Urban Fund’s Joint Venture programme with dioceses around the country. The aim is to provide infrastructure and capacity building support to groups, churches, faith and non-faith based organisations to enable them to respond to issues of poverty, deprivation and marginalisation in their area.

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Way of Life

Way of Life has been designed to help people be intentional and disciplined in their walk with God, irrespective of tradition, age and situation, and offers a basic framework by which we can journey towards maturity in Christ.

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Way2 Community

Way2 is a community in the former vicarage at Stithians, providing an opportunity for up to two years for people to explore vocation to Christian ministry or religious community, whilst gaining experience in rural parish ministry. For further information contact Simon Bone on T. 01209822862 E. fathersimon@btinternet.com

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World Church Committee

Much of the work of the Committee is to continue to raise awareness of the Church in other parts of the world, and especially within the Dioceses with which Truro has formally established links. Whilst there are strong links and a regular exchange of personnel between Cornwall and Sweden and South Africa, there are many other long established parochial links with other parts of the world church, including Peru, central Africa, India and South America.

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Safeguarding

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