Participants included Church Wardens, PCC Secretaries, Treasurers, Gift Aid Secretaries, and other current or potential PCC members, who took the opportunity to access the experts from St James House and get up to date on what we can offer to Make it Easier to run your parish.
Bishop Paul opened the event by reflecting on his experience as a church warden's son emphasising how these roles are all ways which we can make a bigger difference.
Around thirty diocesan staff took part, alongside guest speakers Luke Tatum and Stephen Borton from Diocesan Registry in London, and Neil Pugmire, Communications Adviser to the Diocese of Portsmouth, and author of the recently updated book 100 Ways to Get Your Church Noticed
Between them they ran 33 well-attended workshop sessions throughout the day, on themes ranging from welcome to working with children and young people, from getting your church noticed to safer recruitment, and getting the best from buildings to managing finances and legal basics.
The marketplace of stalls with useful resources was popular and gave space for networking with fellow PCC member and wardens, our Archdeacons and senior clergy.
There was a great buzz on the day, and our team gathered first impressions that people felt the event was informative, with delicious food and friendly staff at the venue.
Peter Gladney, a Reader at St Peter’s Birkdale, wrote after the event: “Just to say a huge thank you to all who organised the Making It Easier conference. Excellent input, excellent organisation and excellent food! This is just the sort of conference which parishes need – hope you will repeat it in the future.”
Paula Moreira, Children and Young People's Coordinator at St Jame's Westbrook, said: "I know you all work really really hard on these days of workshops, but they are so so good and full of info for all of us. Everyone I met said they had enjoyed it it was all positive."
Stuart Haynes, Assistant Diocesan Secretary and Director of Communications, emphasised: "Whilst this day was phenomenally successful, our commitment to making it easier for parishes is a wide ranging approach that goes far beyond a single event. All the teams in St James' House are dedicating themselves to thinking about how they can make it easier for parishes to make a bigger difference in all aspects of their parish ministry. Saturday's Making it Easier day was a brilliant, well received day and I'd like to thank all the staff who made it happen and all those from across our diocese who came to find out how their work can be made easier."
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