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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.
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.
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.
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.
Print ready PDFs. Useful posters, postcards, name badges, wifi code tickets, direction posters for use by parishes. All are editable and in black & white (colour versions can be provided, please contact the Communications team on 01872 360037). These documents are also available as Publisher files and InDesign files. Please contact Communications on 01872 360037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email them direct to you.
Useful posters, postcards, name badges, wifi code tickets, direction posters for use by parishes. All are editable and in black & white (colour versions can be provided, please contact the Communications team on 01872 360037). These documents are also available as Publisher files and InDesign files. Please contact Communications on 01872 360037 or email email@example.com and we will email them direct to you.
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.
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.
Dementia Action 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.
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.
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.
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.
The minutes and papers for the Diocesan Synod are available below.
The papers for the November 4 Diocesan Synod – Minutes of the previous meeting, Notice, Agenda, Accompanying items are available below: TDS17 (17) Notice, TDS17 (18) Minutes (September), TDS17 (19) Agenda, TDS17 (21) Proposal to reconstitute the DBE, TDS17 (22) Safeguarding report, TDS17 (23) New approach to MMF, TDS17 (24) Diocesan Synod Elections 2018, TDS17 (25) Environmental Strategy, TDS17 (26) Never Alone Summary Report, TDS17 (27) Transforming Mission Progress Report, TDS17 (28) Bishop’s Diocesan Council Report., TDS17 (29) Minutes
The papers for the May 5 Diocesan Synod – Accompanying items are available below: TDS18 (01) Notice, TDS18 (02), Minutes, TDS18 (03), Agenda TDS18 (04) General Synod Feb 18 Report to Diocesan Synod MJT, TDS18 (05) Amending Canon 36 and Canon 37, TDS18 (06) Total Returns Explained, TDS18 (07) Safeguarding Report, TDS18 (08) Bishops Diocesan Council Report, TDS18 (09) Evolution of AMD, TDS18 (10) God, our God, has blessed us, TDS18 (11) Consolidated Financial Statements 31 December 2017
The minutes of the previous meeting, notice, agenda and accompanying items are available below
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This section provides you with information, templates and forms for your use. Further information is available from the Finance Team at Church House.
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.
The Diocese of Truro and the Cornwall Methodist District have adopted an Environmental Policy to responsibly grow our churches.
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.
Homelessness is sadly all too often experienced by people in Cornwall rough sleepers, sofa surfers and women and men fleeing from domestic violence.
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.
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
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 Sue Thorold. Tel: 01872 247 216 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a direct-debit system originally developed by the Diocese of Gloucester to provide a professional, effective donation management system to support parishes in funding their mission and ministry. It has been adopted as the preferred way of giving by the National Stewardship Committee and more than half of our dioceses are using the scheme.
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.
We are all at differing stages on our journey of faith. Here are some resources to help nourish us on that journey.
The Diocese of Truro is a Founder partner of the Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum CIPF. The Diocese helped to organise Cornwalls first Poverty Hearing in 1997.
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”.
The Simple Guides cover the four directions under the Way of Life heading – Up, Out, In, With.
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
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.
The Training Development Team aims to encourage the development and skills of clergy, Readers and lay people in churches and parishes throughout the diocese.
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 Funds 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.
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.
Way2 is a community in the former vicarage at Falmouth, 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. email@example.com
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.