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The Diocese of Derby understands the challenge posed by the energy crisis to our worshipping communities and will provide support.

We do hope that this overview is useful in terms of offering advice and practical help in meeting this challenge.

There are four main points to note:

  • Please convene an extraordinary PCC or dedicate significant time at an imminent PCC to making local plans for the energy crisis.
  • Financial support has been given to the diocese from the national church to distribute to parishes.
  • The Parish Buying Scheme’s energy provision has expanded capacity.
  • Parishes and worshipping communities are encouraged consider alternative, lower cost venues for worship and activities. Permission for worship away from our church buildings can be explored.

The Archdeacon’s Office will coordinate the diocesan response to the energy crisis and distribute further information as it becomes available.

Parishes and worshipping communities are encouraged to contact their archdeacon for support as required.

We know that many of our parishes have already taken steps to mitigate the impact of the energy crisis, so if your parish has a particular story of innovation or creativity in responding to either the energy or cost of living crises, please contact your archdeacon, who can share good practice.

Good ideas from across the diocese will bring encouragement and wisdom.

Jump to: Energy use guidance | Missional guidance | Financial support

 

Saving Energy and Money

In addition to the Parish Ministry Energy Grant, there are cheap or free steps that parishes can take to reduce their energy usage.

Many parishes in the diocese are also exploring the environmental impact of their energy use.

The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division have issued the following guidance:

Download CofE Practical suggestions to help parishes save energy and money [PDF]

 

Energy Use Guidance

National church has identified a number of resources/guides for parishes to help reduce energy use and carbon emissions.

Whilst each church building is different, there may be a number of short to medium term actions PCCs can take that will temper the impact of the high fuel bills you are facing.

Download resources and guides to help reduce energy use and carbon emissions (Appendix 1).

Download a list of practical actions which as a PCC you could go through together, identifying the things that will help in your particular context (Appendix 2). 

Ecumenical Letter to Church Leaders

Churches are collaborating ecumenically across the Diocese of Derby. Bishop Libby has joined with regional leaders from the Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and URC churches in Derbyshire and the wider East Midlands. Together they have issued the following letter to church leaders, offering an encouragement to partner ecumenically in tackling the energy crisis. Their letter also includes helpful links to sources of further support.

Cost of Living Letter Notts and Derbys Nov 2022 [PDF]

 

Missional Guidance

In the last two years, we have seen a significant shift in the way that we do church. We have adapted to changing circumstances and the Church showed remarkable adaptability and innovation in opening new missional spaces through online church.

This meant those who previously found it difficult to access church now had new ways to be present.

Out of the tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen the Holy Spirit working through His church to reach out to new people with the love of God.

The energy and cost of living crises present an equal challenge to think more simply, more boldly and humbly as we seek opportunities to be similarly creative in the way that we minister.

We welcome Bishop Libby and Bishop Malcolm’s encouragement to worshipping communities to be creative in how and where they meet as they seek to be Good News for All; to try new things and to stretch into new spaces and communities.

We can think about meeting in different buildings, in different locations and new communities, where local people can more easily access worship and events and where creating warm spaces is easier and more cost effective.

We may find that, in doing so, we are “expanding God’s tent” and sharing the Good News of Jesus in ways that we hadn’t previously considered.

You may wish to consider the following points:

  • Blending the use of your buildings to ensure inherited spaces can be open (warm) and available at key moments of mission (Christmas, etc) whilst at other times using smaller venues.
  • Giving strong consideration to using this opportunity to build ever deeper relationships with Church schools and other community partners. Places that others may actually feel familiar with and more comfortable accessing. By using other community spaces and halls that can be hired more cheaply than the traditional meeting spaces may be heated, the church reduced its costs and carbon footprint whilst forging new partnerships!
  • Using different parts of your building, meeting in core spaces that are easier to heat (side chapels etc).
  • Having the humility to recognise that rather than being a ‘provider’ of warm space that actually the need is to be a ‘recipient’ of the hospitality of others. This may include, sharing spaces with other churches and denominations across parish and community boundaries, using halls and centres that are more modern with more efficient heating systems.

For those anxious about the legality of this permissive thinking, download this guidance on Canon B40 (Appendix 3)

 

Temporary Closure of Church Buildings due to Cold Weather

Parishes faced with significantly higher energy bills may wish to explore alternative venues for worship during the coldest months ahead.

Moving worship away from the church building may be a wise, economically expedient, even missional step, but requires careful consideration by PCCs.

Legal, pastoral, missional and reputational issues affect the moving of worship away from church buildings either wholly or in part.

The Archdeacons, Bishops Office, and, Registrar have produced a guidance note and application form to be completed when parishes are considering moving worship to a non-church building.

For a pre-application conversation or to apply for the necessary permissions, please contact your Archdeacon.

Temporary closure of church buildings due to cold weather [PDF]

Application for temporary closure of church building [MS Word]

 

Financial support

We recognise that rising energy prices have been a concern for everyone.

Many individuals are struggling to meet the increased cost of living, care for their families and keep fed and warm.

Churches are also faced with higher costs, the complexity of finding new energy contracts for some, and the need to support our congregations through incredibly difficult times.

 

The Archbishops’ Council and Church Commissioners have considered what additional support can be made available to help support parish ministry in the light of the very significant increase in energy costs.

In the face of this challenge, the national Church has made £15m available to dioceses as a contribution towards this challenge.

The allocation for Diocese the Diocese of Derby is £343k. We recognise that this won’t be enough as parish energy bills were in excess of £600k last year, before the price rises.

Each diocese is free to choose how it allocates the funds, with decisions on allocation to be managed through our governance processes.

Best endeavours will be made to distribute the grants before the end of 2022, however this may not be possible, so we aim to distribute grants no later than the end of March 2023 in line with Archbishops’ Council deadlines.

 

Additionally, the government package of support to help with rising energy bills this winter includes churches.

According to the latest guidance, under the Energy Bill Relief Scheme wholesale prices are expected to be fixed for all non-domestic energy customers, including churches. 

It is understood the scheme will be reviewed after three months with an option to extend support for "vulnerable businesses" beyond March 2023 - but it is not known what organisations will be included as part of this extended support.

Churches do not need to contact their suppliers or apply to the government scheme; the support will automatically be applied to bills. Savings will be seen from October bills, which are typically received in November.

The scheme will apply to fixed contracts agreed on or after 1 December 2021 as well as variable and flexible tariffs and contracts.

The diocese is in contact with the Church Buildings Council regarding advocating for churches when the government reviews grant support after the initial six-month price cap.

 

Warm Hubs

If your parish is operating a Warm Hub in response to the energy crisis, you can register your hub at www.warmwelcome.uk to enable visitors to their website to locate local warm hubs.

Warm Welcome have also produced some helpful resources for churches planning to offer a warm hub.

Warm welcome step-by-sep guide [PDF]

 

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These are the dates booked for the annual clergy conference, which takes place at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.

 

Monday to Wednesday 17 - 19 October 2022.

 

>> Visit the Clergy Conference website

 

For more information please contact: Marietta Forman

Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby 01332 388673, marietta.forman@derby.anglican.org

 

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Fees Table 2022 (locally agreed) 

Parochial Fees Guidance 2022 (locally revised) 

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The information on this page is aimed specifically at those who are recognised as Parish Safeguarding Officers (PSO).

It includes links to resources and information which are directly relevant to the roles and responsibilities of a PSO, and to training courses which are specifically for PSOs or DBS Administrators within a parish and are not applicable to other members of a church.

The Diocese of Derby Safeguarding Team is based at the Parish Support Office, Derby Church House, though during the ongoing Pandemic all members of the team are working in a safe manner so are not in the office.  For details of who they are please see Derby Diocesan Safeguarding Team

Policies and Practice Guidance

The Diocese of Derby has elected to follow the National Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance since 2018.  All associated documents, including the current Parish Safeguarding handbook, Key Roles and responsibilities of church office Holders and bodies practice guidance, Responding Well, Safer Recruitment, Training Guidance documents and Policy Statements can be found here.

Resources and Template

This link will take you to The Church of England National Safeguarding Resources Page which shows resources published by Church House Publishing, and a list of wider reading published independently and contain the authors own views; these are mostly recommended in the different safeguarding training modules as it is important everyone understands the challenges and criticisms facing the Church, and learns from them.

National Templates and Resources can be downloaded from this link - Templates and Resources

The Safeguarding department has created a number of example role definitions which must be adapated for local use.  These are to assist Parish Safeguarding Officers in the creation of role defintiions within parishes and include indications on when DBS checks may be required.  Note that these must always be reviewed against the specific circumstances of any paid employee or volunteer.  These can be downloaded for use here: CaretakerChildrens LeaderChildrens WorkerCreche Helper,  Creche Leader,  Driver for At Risk AdultsElders Lunch Club HelperFlower ArrangerFood Bank HelperFood Bank Leader,  Hospitality (Tea, Coffee, Refreshments)Messy Church HelperMessy Church LeaderOpen The Book VolunteerParent and Toddler HelperParent and Toddler LeaderParish DBS AdministratorParish Safeguarding OfficerVergerYouth Club HelperYouth Club LeaderYouth Club Minibus Driver.


Training

For details of Core Safeguarding Training and who in the Diocese requires what training please see our page Who needs to have Safeguarding training? / Book a course  All Parish Safeguarding Officers are also required to attend the Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction Course and the DBS Streamlining Education Session

Diocese of Derby Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction Course

Parish life is the heart of the Diocese and is the most important context to get our safeguarding right. The Parish Safeguarding Officer role is a vital one – the ‘champion’ of safeguarding in the parish. This induction/refresher course aims to help PSOs understand the role, responsibilities, and key working relationships of the Parish Safeguarding Officer, identify a variety of approaches to raising awareness and improving safeguarding practice, and evaluate safeguarding information reported by members of the church or community and determining an appropriate response.

PSOs are also required to follow the Core Pathway of Safeguarding training – Basic Awareness, Foundation, and Leadership, and Domestic Abuse Awareness and Safer Recruitment training.   Please book using Eventbrite following the links below.

Cohort PSO/02 Mon 20th Feb 1-3pm - Book Here

If you are not able to join any of the courses above please email amanda.sandland@derby.anglican.org to be placed on a waiting list to be contacted about future courses.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Checks)

From January 2021 it became the responsibility of each Parish to apply for and administer the process of verification for DBS checks for Volunteers and paid staff other than Ordained Clergy working within a parish, following the process as defined by the Diocese of Derby and working with our agreed supplier Access Personal Checking Services (APCS),  All Parish Safeguarding Officers and DBS Administrators where applicable must attend a DBS streamlining training session prior to being registered with APCS by the Diocese Safeguarding Administrator as approved verifiers.  To book an education session which takes about 1.5 hours using zoom, please contact judie.fogarty@derby.anglican.org.  

Where a parish submits applications to Derby Church House (see here for the process) and has not attended a session the submitter will be contacted and asked to attend a session. 

 

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This fund offers parishes an exciting opportunity to develop their local church or hall premises, making them more community and mission shaped, and accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Your project needs to meet outcomes which achieve and support mission, community or growth. A preference will be given to applications from parishes in deprived areas of the Diocese. The maximum grant available will be £25,000 and requires match funding. Parishes will be required to take up grants within two years of a successful application. 

The fund is not available for maintenance or repair and cannopt be applied for retrospectively.

To dowbload the fund criteria and general information click HERE

To download an an application Form click HERE

Applications will be assessed by the Business Committee on a quarterly basis. 

Deadlines for 2023 are as follows:

5th April - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 27th April - Business Committee consider application

21st June - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 13th July - Business Committee consider application

27th September - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 19th October - Business Committee consider application

20th December - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 18th January 2024 - Business Committee consider application

 

For any further information about applying for the Raymond Ross Large Grants, email: gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org or call on 01332 338690 (Mondays/Tuesdays)

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This new £100k fund is aimed at supporting local congregations to act with a generous faith, through engaging with and embracing the communities they seek to serve. The Diocesan Vision encourages us to be outward facing, rooted in and connected to our communities.

There is an expectation that parishes will work in partnership and create networks for the common good, with particular care for the marginalised and vulnerable. The projects this fund is seeking to support are those which see the church proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom in word and action. The church needs to be good news for all, and this means projects that look to include and/or partner with, other groups or individuals in the host community, demonstrating meaningful and open engagement with those who have had little or no contact with the congregation.

The Diocese wishes to particularly encourage churches to reach out to those who have not considered the church community as a group to which they can relate. Projects that build on the notion of tolerance, reconciliation and friendship will be of particular interest, as will projects that clearly demonstrate the key characteristic of outward-facing generosity, impacting the world for good​.

You can apply for up to £2000 without match funding required. Further information, criteria and application forms can be downloaded here or requested from the Community Project Development Officer, Gareth Greenwood by email at gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org

 

Deadlines for 2023 are as follows:

22nd February - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 16th March - Business Committee consider application

5th April - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 27th April - Business Committee consider application

1st May - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 18th May - Business Committee consider application

24th May - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 15th June - Business Committee consider application

21st June - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 13th July - Business Committee consider application

[NOTE: There is no Business Committee in August]

9th August - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 7th September - Business Committee consider application

27th September - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 19th October - Business Committee consider application

25th October - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 16th November - Business Committee consider application

22nd November - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 14th December - Business Committee consider application

20th December - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 18th January 2024 - Business Committee consider application

 

For any further information about applying for the Building Community Fund, email: gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org or call on 01332338690 (Mondays/Tuesdays)

 

 

You can download the application form and criteria here

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Do you have a small church project that could have a big impact?

Are you looking for a relatively small grant that requires no match funding?

If so, this could be just right for you; £5,000 to fund small but not insignificant capital projects that will generate outcomes which achieve and support mission, community or growth.

There are always good ideas on the boil to enhance welcome, improve accessibility, or perhaps to make small but much needed changes to internal areas. So now is the time to make a significant impact through a small change.

Details, including a full list of criteria and downloadable application form, are available below.

If you are successful, you will be expected to draw on the grant within 12 months.

Applications will be considered by Business Committee at their monthly meetings.

 

Deadlines for 2023 are as follows:

22nd February - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 16th March - Business Committee consider application

5th April - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 27th April - Business Committee consider application

1st May - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 18th May - Business Committee consider application

24th May - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 15th June - Business Committee consider application

21st June - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 13th July - Business Committee consider application

[NOTE: There is no Business Committee in August]

9th August - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 7th September - Business Committee consider application

27th September - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 19th October - Business Committee consider application

25th October - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 16th November - Business Committee consider application

22nd November - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 14th December - Business Committee consider application

20th December - signed application and supporting documents to Gareth Greenwood at Church House (or scanned in and emailed to gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org) 18th January 2024 - Business Committee consider application

 

For any further information about applying for the Raymond Ross Large Grants email: gareth.greenwood@derby.anglican.org or call on 01332338690 (Mondays/Tuesdays)

 

Download information and criteria here

Download Application Form here

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How your church can start taking card payments!

As fewer people carry cash, it’s becoming increasingly important for parishes to look at alternative ways to receive payments and donations.

There’s a new category on the Parish Buying website to help churches consider the different types of reader for contactless and chip and pin card payments.  

Alongside small hand-held card readers (which cost as little as £19 each) there now are more sophisticated self-service donation units available for churches to buy.

To find out more visit www.parishbuying.org.uk/contactless

 

>> Churches that have trialled a digital collection box have reported a 97% increase in donations! Read more (from BBC News)

 

How can my Church start taking card payments? card reader cathedral crop

Watch this short video from the National Stewardship Team: https://vimeo.com/album/5118798/video/265190588

How do I download an app to use my card reader?

Watch this short video from the National Stewardship Team: https://vimeo.com/album/5118798/video/265198072

Why should I set up products?

Watch this short video from the National Stewardship Team: https://vimeo.com/album/5118798/video/265201230

How do I claim Gift Aid on a card donation?

Watch this short video from the National Stewardship Team: https://vimeo.com/album/5118798/video/264576213

 

>> See also: Parish Giving Scheme

 

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Resourcing God's mission in our parishes

"Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights" James 1:17

As we learn to live with Covid-19 and build back following the struggles we faced with the pandemic,
we fully understand that live in challenging times.

As a diocese, we want to assure you that we will continue to support you in any way we can,
in particular with the financial constraints many face in parishes.

In this section:

>> Common Fund Explained
>> Common Fund 2022
>> Common Fund 2023
>> Common Fund FAQs
>> Common Fund Leaflet
>> Common Fund Reports

 

See also:

>> The Parish Giving Scheme
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