|The Church Times has also run with an article on the launch, which you can see here.
But this is only the start. There are a number of things that will happen on the back of this meeting.
1) We will be sending out a “how-to” pack within the next two weeks to help anyone volunteering to stand.
2) Within this will be a short briefing pack on the main issues. For this we need examples. Lots of examples. Examples of:
- how money is being redirected away from parishes
- how money is being wasted on gimmicks,
- how parishes are being restructured, especially any movement away from the traditional parish system.
But we need examples from across the country. If you have anything of this sort, please send them to Justin Brett, who has volunteered to compile examples for us, at this e-mail address.
3) We need more candidates. Some dioceses have flooded us with volunteers (thank you London, Chichester, Norwich, Southwark, Oxford, Salisbury, York and Winchester) but others have not.
Nobody, as yet, has volunteered from Birmingham or Truro.
Very few have volunteered from Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Guildford, Leicester, Newcastle, or St Eds & Ips. For this to be a truly national campaign we need people to stand across the nation. If you know anyone in these dioceses who might make a good synod member, please give them a call. If you’re from those dioceses and are weighing up throwing your hat into the ring, please continue thinking and praying about this. At the moment, if you could point people to the sign-up form at www.savetheparish.com, we will collect their information and be in touch.
Here is a reminder of the timescale we are working to.