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The Save the Parish campaign was established less than a year ago. In that time, it has grown from a campaign to get like-minded, parish-supporting people onto the General Synod (of which we now have over 150) to a growing, multi-faceted campaign to help, support, campaign for, and champion Parishes.

Our first event was held last August in St Bartholemew the Great in London, where the campaign formally began and was very successful. Now, the day before General Synod begins in York, we would like to host another in-person event.

It will be an opportunity to hear from and meet with those on the STP team, listen to some excellent presentations by friends of the campaign, and get to know fellow supporters.

We have three excellent speakers for you to listen to throughout the day:

Rev’d Canon Giles Fraser is a parish priest, journalist, and broadcaster. He is the vicar at St Anne’s Kew. He has a wealth of experience in the Church and cares passionately about the good that Parishes do in local communities.

Rachel Morley is the Director of Friends of Friendless Churches, an organisation dedicated to the rescue and repair of historic church buildings, by undertaking gentle repairs, sensitive restoration, and careful conservation. With no government funding and a modest grant in Wales, they take disused and decaying church buildings and give them a future.

Prof. Nicholas Orme is an historian and Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He will be talking about the local origins of most parish churches, their local maintenance of them over centuries, and the essential local elements to their spirituality and mission.

The STP Financial Scrutiny Group, established to dig deep into CofE/diocesan finances and figures will also be giving a presentation on their work thus far.

During the conference, lunch and tea/coffee will be provided.

After the conference, please join us for a sung evensong at the church, followed by a drinks reception.

The event is free and open to all.

Itinerary:

12.15 – Registration (+ lunch)

1pm – Fr Marcus Walker and Rev’d Canon Giles Fraser

1.45 – Financial Scrutiny Group (Talk + Q&A)

2.45 – Comfort break

3pm – Rachel Morley (Talk + Q&A)

4pm – Coffee

4.30 – Nicholas Orme (Talk + Q&A)

5.30 – Summing up

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6pm – Choral Evensong

6.45-8pm – drinks reception

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We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any queries please contact savetheparish@gmail.com