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M & E consultants (voluntary)
To advise the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) for the Care of Churches in the Diocese of Hereford in which there are over 400 Anglican churches primarily in Herefordshire and South Shropshire.
The DAC's role is to provide advice to parishes, and to the Chancellor and Archdeacons of the Diocese who give permission for work, in relation to church buildings, their contents and churchyards.
The Hereford DAC is experiencing an increase in requests for advice on heating of churches and although it has one consultant who is an expert in electrical heating it lacks expertise on oil and gas particularly alternative sources of energy.
The role of such consultants, who would be paid travelling expenses, would be to respond to requests from the DAC to:
a) Visit parishes to meet with church officers and / or their architect to discuss suitable, affordable, heating for the church;
b) Assess proposals submitted by parishes and their heating engineers for works for which permission is being sought.
The consultants would not give advice to parishes, but would give advice to the DAC in the form of a report of informal discussions, or formal advice reports on parishes' submissions. Any advice which is then issued is done so by the DAC and under its insurance.
For further information and informal discussions please contact:
Stephen Challenger, DAC Secretary, The Diocesan Office, Bishops Palace, Hereford. HR4 9BL
Tel: 01432 373308 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Required for Churches Together
Churches Together in Herefordshire will require a new treasurer from May 2012
Could you help?
The accounts are simple and the task is not onerous. The position is voluntary but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Any church member with the necessary skills may apply, but the individual responding should have a desire to see the churches working ecumenically.
The treasurer is required to attend about 10 meetings a year to report on the finances.
Accounts can be seen, and any questions directed to the current post-holder, details below:
Alun Price - email: email@example.com
12 Sinclair Drive, Tupsley, Hereford HR1 1UE
Tel: 01432 268019
Speakers in the Hereford Diocese
The Children's Society is looking for volunteer speakers to help us get the voices of vulnerable young people heard. If you are interested and want find out more, with no commitment, then call Roseann Boyce on 01242 514463 or firstname.lastname@example.org
'Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.' Mark 9.37
'Don't let guys groom you. If they give you lots of stuff, or buy you drinks, don't think that means they love you.' Shazneen, former teenage runaway.
We like it that Jesus welcomed children but we probably don't associate Jesus' words with a sullen adolescent lad lurking on our street corner in a hoodie, or a mouthy young teenage girl who gets into a car with older men. We are more likely to watch our purses, cross the street and mutter about youth who are 'out of control'. Why should we care about kids like this?
But what if the teenager on the corner isn't simply another unruly teenager but someone in urgent need of help? The scandal is that every 5 minutes in this country, a child under 16 runs away from home. They are by definition unhappy, and feel unsafe and unwanted. Often they are fleeing neglect, conflict or actual abuse at home. A shocking proportion (1 in 4) are actually forced onto the streets by their parents or carers, so they will probably not even be reported missing to the police.
This leaves young teenagers who run away (sometimes now children as young as 8) in real danger of exploitation, crime or exposure to drugs and alcohol.
We need to follow Jesus' example and put ourselves into the shoes of these vulnerable children, welcoming them as precious and worth protecting. But we also need to tell the stories of young people like Shazneen, who have run away from home.
And you can help!