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A Comedian's Lockdown

By Paul Kerensa | 13 November 2020

Before lockdown, writer and stand-up comedian Paul Kerensa spent a lot more of his time sitting down than standing up. Zigzagging across the country via innumerable motorway service stations, he performed in venues UK-wide.

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New feature added to the new-look Stewardship Giving Account: November 2020

By Rosanna Jeffery | 13 November 2020

We've added a brand-new feature to the new-look Stewardship Giving Account to help you better manage your account on the new platform.

Based on requests we have received, we have created an additional Gift Aid tab to enable you to easily access and download the amounts you have given to us, where we have claimed Gift Aid.

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Support raising for a 'background' role?

By Jo Arkell | 6 November 2020 | Comments (4)

“When you work in accounts or IT, you can’t really raise support very well. People want to give to those on the frontline of mission and if you’re in a third world country, all the better.”

If you’ve been familiar with support raising for any length of time, you will have heard this sentiment before. Maybe this is you? If you work for a charity doing evangelism or prison work or youth work you find that everyone wants to give to the worker on the coal face, but because you work in HR it’s so much harder to find supporters.

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A Rocha Update

By Jo Swinney | 5 November 2020

On 28 October 2019, there was a terrible road accident in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. A Rocha CEO Chris Naylor and his wife Suzanna were killed, along with Miranda Harris, one of A Rocha’s founders. Her husband Peter was critically injured and a year on continues the slow journey of recovery and grief. 

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Tithing - What it Isn't

By David Flowers | 30 October 2020 | Comments (2)

"Ugh, you’re not going to tell us we should give our money to the church?” said the guest at our newcomers’ dinner as he tucked into his second helping of apple pie and ice cream. His features tussled between the sweet delight of dessert and the unsavoury thought of tithing.

Tithing is the Jewish/Christian tradition of giving back to God the ‘first fruits’ of our income or profit as a happy act of worship. It is usually calculated as 10% (tithe comes from an old English word for tenth) and is given to your local church. Sometimes we mistakenly think of tithing as something which it is not.

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Church and Charity Leaders: Conversations in a Time of Crisis

By Debbie Wright | 22 October 2020

Our world is changing rapidly, with new rules for how we live, work, and socialise in a state of flux across the nation. Whilst many grasped the gravity of COVID-19 months ago, few anticipated the breadth of change we are now all living through.

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Street Connect: Helping Addicts Recover During Covid-19

By Ruth Leigh | 15 October 2020

Based in Glasgow, which has one of the highest numbers of drug-related deaths in the UK, Street Connect offers support to those struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, addiction, poverty and trauma of all kinds. 

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Churches – Ending of exception from registration with the Charity Commission

By Kevin Russell | 14 October 2020

As many of you will know, the current ‘Exception from Registration Regulations’ that mean that some churches are not legally required to register as a charity with the Charity Commission. These regulations are due to come to an end on 31 March 2021. In general, churches are legally required to register with the Charity Commission when their gross income exceeds £5,000 unless they fall within the excepting regulations, in which case, the gross income limit is increased to £100,000.

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Boaz: The Generous Steward

By Catherine Durant | 8 October 2020 | Comments (4)

Whatever Boaz may have gone through in the time of famine, he was doing well as a landowner when we meet him in the Bible, despite the frequent wars and political upheaval of the time.

The pandemic has left some of us in a strangely better financial position than before: people who have been able to keep jobs but have far less expenses. Covid-19 has drawn even bigger gaps between those who are comfortable and those who are struggling and it can be overwhelming to see so much need around us.

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The New School Run

By Kathryn Kendall | 8 October 2020

There’s a queue outside the school gate. It’s an orderly queue, with a vague 2m between adults, children in neat uniforms that have received their yearly iron, faces both excited and slightly overwhelmed to see friends again. Hand sanitiser is at the ready, face masks are in pockets (just in case) and admiring nods are given to the vigorous signage announcing the one way system around the school.

But then, there is a cough…

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