Churches have weeks left to join Energy Basket
Parish Buying, which negotiates special deals on a range of products and services for Church of England churches, is urging churches to sign up to their 2017-18 ‘Energy Basket’ before the 1st May deadline.
The energy basket is a way of pooling the bulk-purchasing power of the church to obtain competive prices for parishes’ electricity and gas, buying wholesale. It’s a once a year opportunity. Last year’s energy basket covered over 4000 gas or electricity meters.
It’s not just about the savings, say Parish Buying. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of the Basket is that it saves time. Parishes get a fresh price every year without the need to spend valuable time hunting around for new contracts. It also means no getting caught out by sudden spikes in the energy market that could affect prices at the point of renewal.
Parish Buying can also help parishes who prefer a standard 1-3 year energy contract, with competitive prices.
To access all Parish Buying’s special rates, sign up at www.parishbuying.org.uk
New role for Archdeacon Jonathan
Archdeacon Jonathan Smith has accepted Bishop Alan’s request to take over as the Chair of Council for Discipleship and Ministry when Anthony Archer steps down on 31st May. Jonathan will take on the role as an interim Chair while the future structure of the Boards and Councils is considered.
“I am delighted to have been asked to take on the role of interim Chair of the Council for Discipleship and Ministry and I shall very much enjoy working with the Council as together we take forward the work of ministry which is inherent in the calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.”