Church to debate post-election “state of the nation”

As scheduled in the initial release of Synod papers, today the Church of England published the remaining material. However, in addition to the full circulation of papers and agenda for the July 2017 sessions in York, the Archbishops have used their legal powers to change the published schedule to include an urgent debate on the state of the nation. Entitled “After the General Election: a still small voice of calm” it will take place on the opening afternoon of Synod, Friday July 7. The Press Release and Details of the motion are reproduced below. Continue reading

Clergy working expenses

Following changes in tax legislation, the working expenses agreement between the Church Commissioners and HM Revenue & Customs regarding reimbursement of certain expenses is no longer is in force. The following document is now available in the Church of England Document Library, and more detailed information on reimbursement of expenses for clergy and their tax advisor can be found here.  Continue reading

Parish Music Guidance: Application

Does Canon B 20 reflect current patterns of music in the Church of England?

The new and updated Parish Music: organists and choirmasters and church musicians, (“the Opinion”) was added to the Church of England’s Document Library on 4 April 2017 together with legal advice on other issues. This was covered in our two-part analysis: Parish Music Guidance: Ministers and organists and Parish Music Guidance: employment issues, the latter prompting a comment on the relevance to churches where there is no organist or choir. Whilst it is clear that both Canon B 20 and the Opinion encompass organists and “all musicians in similar positions” [though clearly not “all musicians”], in practice their application to “church music groups” is not necessarily straightforward.  Continue reading