Many parishes have lay people licensed as Eucharistic Assistants to help with the distribution of Holy Communion. General Synod has now changed the rules for this, so that the necessary permission can be granted at the parish level if the bishop agrees. This bishop does agree! From now on there will be new arrangements in Peterborough Diocese.
- Current Eucharistic Assistant licences, issued from our Bishops’ Office, will continue to be valid until the expiry date shown on them.
- Future licences will be issued by the Incumbent or Priest-in-Charge following PCC agreement for each named person. There is a template on the diocesan website which parishes may wish to use.
- Licences are limited to five years, and must specify the expiry date, though they can be renewed with PCC agreement.
- Under the new rules it is permissible to licence children who have been confirmed or admitted to communion before confirmation: this provision is intended mainly for services in Church Schools (in which case the Head Teacher’s permission is needed instead of the PCC’s); in the case of a child, permission is also needed from a parent or guardian.
- We are making a template licence which will shortly be available on the diocesan website (in the Bishops’ Office section of Church Resources) to help clergy and parishes.
- It is good practice for Eucharistic Assistant licences to be displayed in the vestry, or somewhere where they can be checked.
- Any questions on this should be addressed to my Chaplain, Canon Tim Alban Jones
- There are two training sessions being run by the Revd Adrian Holdstock already in the diary, and more details can be found on the Church Resources section of the diocesan website. Further events will be planned for the new year.
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Conduct of the Clergy
A revised edition of the 2003 Guidelines has been produced. The new edition reflects several changes in church life and wider society including the introduction of the Clergy Discipline Measure and increased use of social media. They express an aspiration for the very highest standards to be expected of those who serve as deacons, priests and bishops in the Church of God.
The Guidelines are available on line and can be downloaded freely (https://www.churchofengland.org/media/2287115/guidelines2ewebversion.pdf) or from Church House Publishing, priced at £7.99 – further details can be found on the Church of England website). The Guidelines are wide-ranging in their scope, covering all aspects of clerical life from calling to faith, from mission and ministry at times of deepest need to discipline, trust and well-being. The section on Reconciliation is subject to further work by General Synod on the meaning of absolute confidentiality of the confessional in an age when the church is keen to promote the highest standards in safeguarding.
The Bishops urge you all to take some time to download a copy of these Guidelines and to spend some time reflecting how they can inform your ministry.
Confirmation return (word)
Confirmation summary and declaration
To be completed by clergy and returned to the Bishop's Office immediately after the Confirmation Service.
Bishop's Charity leaflet
Collections from Confirmation services go to the Bishop's Charity in Bungoma.
Confirmation dates 2017
Sunday 5, February 2017
Sunday 26, February 2017
10am at Whissendine
Saturday 4, March 2017
5.30pm at Oundle School
Saturday 15, April 2017
10.30am at St Peter & St Paul, Kettering
Sunday 23, April 2017
10.30am at Peterborough, St Paul
Sunday 30, April 2017
9.30am St Nicholas Pottersbury
Sunday 07, May 2017
10am St Alban the Martyr
Sunday 11, June 2017
10.15am at Corby, St Columba
Sunday 18, June 2017
6.30pm at Christ the King
Sunday 16, July 2017
7pm at Greetham
Sunday 10, September 2017
Sunday 17, September 2017
At Tove Benefice
Sunday 26, November 2017
10am at Brackley
Confirmation dates 2018
Sunday 29, April 2018
10.30am at Uppingham School