Refugee Briefing Breakfast

Letter sent to community leaders: Dear friends, As you know, the Syrian refugee crisis is continuing, and Milton Keynes Council has committed to take a number of families from the refugee camps. Since September we have formed a “Refugees Welcome” group which is working with the Council and the Red Cross to help resettle these […]

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First Meeting of New Synod

The First meeting of the new synod took place on Tuesday evening. The meeting included elections of new officers, and members of the new Mission and Pastoral Committee. There was a presentation of the current state of deanery planning and we had a visiting speaker who told us about the Diocese’s link with Sweden. The […]

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Wedding Day Sharing…

We organised a ‘Wedding Workshop’ on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 for all those involved in the administration and organisation of weddings. There were more than 20 attendees from all corners of the city – plus Newport Pagnell – including ministers, administrators and wedding coordinators. The purpose of the day was to give people a chance […]

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Christmas Starts with Christ

You will have noticed Christmas decorations and adverts appearing already… One of our local pubs has a big holly and ivy display over the fire place which says, “Feliz Navidad”. Many Christians would like to say that Christmas doesn’t start in September, it starts with Christ. There is a national campaign which many of our […]

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Fees for Occasional Services

FROM THE BISHOP OF OXFORD’S CHAPLAIN email:  graham.sykes@oxford.anglican.org February 2014 R:\STORE\BISHOP OF OXFORD\DEBBIE\ADCLERUM\ADCLERUMFEB14\FEES14.DOC   Fees for occasional services (excluding marriages and funerals) May I draw your attention to the arrangements for payment of fees and expenses to visiting clergy during holidays, vacancies, sickness cover and maternity leave.  Details of fees for marriages and funerals, and […]

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Reimbursement of Fees for Retired Clergy During a Vacancy

From 1st February 2014 the current system for reimbursing retired clergy providing vacancy cover has been simplified. Reimbursement of Fee for Service of Worship The diocese will continue to reimburse parishes for their payments to retired clergy with permission to officiate (but not if they are licenced to a particular parish ) who undertake service […]

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Recommended Safeguards for Finance

Safeguards for PCCs re Finances 1. Someone else, other than the treasurer, needs to receive the bank statements so they can just keep an eye out for strange transactions, eg: withdrawals of cash 2. Cheques should not be signed without seeing evidence of what it’s for; eg invoice 3. no blank cheques should be signed […]

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