Articles in the Work Category
Over the coming months, we are going to hear much about the competing claims concerning the costs and benefits of our membership of the European Union. Almost all of this commentary is likely to consider our membership of the European Union as simply a “transactional” relationship – do we get more out of our membership of the European Union than we put in? There are, however, I think a number of other matters that we should consider which I should like to set out briefly in a personal reflection.
Every day of the year, churches across England are open for their local community, providing a place of worship and prayer and opportunity for encounter with God. Church buildings are also places for numerous services to the community, from play groups to lunch clubs for the elderly, to support and welcome for vulnerable people.
Today sees the publication of a report which takes a wide-ranging look at the way in which the Church of England discharges its responsibilities for nearly 16,000 church buildings. It was commissioned jointly by the Archbishops’ Council and the Church Commissioners who have both given a general welcome to the report, concluding that it should be of wide interest around the Church and beyond.
I want to put all that I have learned over the years, and all that I am to the service of General Synod. I believe passionately in the Church of England being a church for the whole nation. I want to work with all those wish to see Church of England grow, to help encourage and foster the growth of congregations and in particular to bend every effort to encourage as many children, teenagers, and young adults as possible to be involved with the Church of England.
By a grant agreement between the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Support of the DCMS and Agincourt 600 (COI 1154991) it is agreed that the Secretary of State will pay up to £1m in a grant to Agincourt 600: ‘the grant will be used to contribute to the costs of events and educational activities organised by Agincourt 600 and subsidiary organisations to mark the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt across the UK and Europe. The Grant shall be used solely for these purposes and shall not be applied other than in accordance with the terms of the agreement’.
Once a peacock, but now a feather duster.