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Parish Training Days

This year’s diocesan Parish Training Days will take place in May and June and offer a wide range of topics to assist you in your parish life.

New for this year is the introduction of two Wednesday evening sessions as well the usual Saturday sessions. It is hoped this will enable more of you to access the training available.

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Saturday, May 19

Truro College, 10am – 4pm

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Saturday, June 16

Bodmin College, 10am -4pm

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Wednesday, May 23

Callywith College, Bodmin, 4.30pm – 9pm

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Wednesday, June 27

Cornwall College, Pool,  4.30pm – 9pm

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Please note, the content of the training events varies and some sessions are only available in the morning.

Sessions available

Church Wardens update

News and priorities for Church Wardens to help you ensure you are up-to-date with the legal responsibilities and developments relevant to this vital role.

MMF explained

Looking at the new approach to MMF and how it would work in your parish.

Easy Ways to grow the Church through baptism (Saturdays only)

Many churches engage with more children and families through baptism than in any other way. This session looks at simple ways to make baptism the start of a new relationship that will encourage more families to be part of the church is a sustainable way.

Where have all the children gone?

Nationally published data shows that the number of children worshipping in our churches has fallen faster than in other dioceses. What questions should we be asking at our PCC/DCC/Deanery? What can local church leaders do about this? How can we work with Church House and others to stop this decline? Who is getting it right and how do they do it?

Can we “grow the church” by working with schools?

Almost every parish has a primary school within it, we work with those schools in many different ways but few of us see those children in church on Sunday. Does this matter? Is something wrong? We will examine different models of working with schools, the challenges and opportunities around “growing the church” through schools, and next steps which parish leaders can take.

Leading your church to Growth (Saturday 16th June only)

Research has shown that there are 8 types of change that can lead to Church Growth. This session will briefly introduce each change and how to implement any of them.

Engaging with Young People: Why and How to begin ( Saturday 19th May only)

Sophie Doyle from South West Youth Ministry (SWYM) looks at what the benefits are of engaging and working with young people and how you might begin in your church. This is about small, achievable steps to reaching the next generation and how to make a success of it.

Safeguarding: Responsible or Reckless – how does your parish measure up?

Making the Parish Giving Scheme work for your community

With PGS becoming the preferred mechanism for giving within Churches, this workshop looks at how to extend its use to wider local communities.  Open to all but of particular relevance to the rural church we will cover a practical planning session with templates and resources available to run an appeal within your local community.

A Way to Welcome

A chance to see more images of welcome from around the parishes in our diocese and time to share your ideas to enhance the ministry and mission of welcome to tourists and visitors.

You’re welcome: Training the Trainers! 

This is an introduction and a Leaders manual to leading the ‘You’re Welcome’ workshop in your parish or deanery. The ‘You’re welcome’ workshop is designed to offer time to reflect on how we welcome people into our church whether on a Sunday or for other special services, and to address our welcome even before someone steps through the door, using cartoons, film clips and lots of thought provoking questions as well as looking at the theology of welcome.

Getting your church noticed (double sessions, Wednesdays only)
Session 1 (90 minutes):
  • Principles of communications
  • Strategy
  • Branding & logos
  • Noticeboards
  • Church buildings
  • Leaflets and posters
Session 2 (90 minutes)
  • Recap of principles of communications
  • Parish magazines
  • Dealing with the media
  • Websites
  • Social media

Communications: Working with the Media (Saturdays only)

Understanding how the media works and identifying the most effective ways to work with them, including, what to do when things go wrong.

Communications: Using the internet effectively to communicate (Saturdays only)

Safe and effective use of social media, websites, visitor data and more to reach more people.


PCCs as charity trustees: what PCC members need to know (VWV, Diocesan Solicitors)

Legal Framework

  • Legal structure of PCCs
  • Charitable purposes & powers
  • PCC Members as charity trustees

Regulatory framework

  • Charity Commission
  • Guidance
  • Possible Charity Commission interest in PCCs (e.g. complaints, adverse media coverage, serious incident reporting)

Duties and responsibilities of PCC members as charity trustees

  • Management and control of administration of PCC
  • General duty to act solely and exclusively in the best interests of the PCC
  • Other specific duties
  • Conflicts of interest
  •  Liability
  •  Decision-making
  • Safeguarding

Market place

Throughout the day specialist staff will be on hand in the market place area to answer questions on the following and more. If you like you can keep one of your time slots free to talk.

  • Communications MOT
  • Parish Giving Scheme
  • Return of Parish Finance
  • Data protection and the GDPR
  • Statistics for Mission
  • A Church Near you
  • DAC
  • Welcome
  • DBS
  • Mission, Church Growth and Transforming Mission



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