National C of E news Releases

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SGM Lifewords
SGM Lifewords creates resources for people to use to share the Bible with their communities – churches, organisations and individuals.

Women Bishops: Draft Legislation
The House of Bishops has today by an overwhelming majority settled the text of the legislation to enable women to become bishops in the Church of England.

Assisted dying law change ‘would place vulnerable elderly at risk’
The current law regarding assisted dying ought not to be changed, to avoid placing elderly people at greater risk, writes the Revd Dr Brendan McCarthy, the Archbishops’ Council’s national adviser on medical ethics and social care policy, in this week’s Church of England Newspaper.

Women in the Episcopate: The Next Steps
The Standing Committee of the House of Bishops has set out the next steps in the Church of England’s debate on Women Bishops.

Back to school – with two new Eucharistic Prayers for children
Two new Eucharistic Prayers for school and church use are published today – both composed to involve children and capture their imaginations as fully as possible in the preparation and celebration of Holy Communion. They are available alongside practical guidance from the Liturgical Commission helping celebrants turn an ordinary school room into an exciting place of worship; and they are available in a range of print and digital formats to suit schools and churches (full details below).

Only one more week to make your church a back-to-church church
There are only seven days left to sign up for Back to Church Sunday. And churchgoers who have made new friends through local events for the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Games now have a chance to invite them back.

Church Weddings Handbook published – growing the Church, numerically and spiri
The Church Weddings Handbook: The Seven Pastoral Moments That Matter has been published nationally - taking all of the knowledge acquired by the successful Archbishops’ Council Weddings Project to the 44 Church of England dioceses for the first time; and emphasising how, from the start, the project aimed to see a “measurable difference” as a “church growth project”.

Church improvements and VAT: New transitional arrangements
he Church of England today welcomed the announcement from HM Revenue and Customs that transitional arrangements for zero-rated VAT for alterations to cathedral and church buildings will be extended to cover all schemes which had already applied for a faculty or approval under the Care of Cathedrals Measure.

‘Top 20’ lectionary inspires Reflections for today’s Christian living
The Common Worship Lectionary from Church House Publishing has appeared at number 13 in the top 20 religious titles for 2011 - as the latest annual edition of Reflections for Daily Prayer (covering Advent 2012 to Eve of Advent 2013) is published, containing useful new features.

Statement on the report by the Joint Committee on the Government's Draft House o
"The longstanding position of the Church of England is that the key test of Lords reform is whether it will serve parliament and the nation better. The Joint Committee has found that the Government's proposals fall short of meeting that test.

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