Church chief visiting Suffolk

CHURCH of England number two Dr John Sentamu is in Suffolk at next week to take part in an international conference to discuss how the organisation can boost its funds.

CHURCH of England number two Dr John Sentamu is in Suffolk at next week to take part in an international conference to discuss how the organisation can boost its funds.

Archbishop of York Dr Sentamu is taking part in the “Generosity and Mission” conference at Trinity Park, formerly the Suffolk Showground, alongside bishops from the USA and Canada and other delegates from across the world - including Australia.

The conference will be looking at how the church finances its activities through everything from Sunday service collections to special fund-raising events.

Delegates from both sides of the Atlantic will be comparing how their financial structures differ - in England collection cash is are sent to the Church headquarters which then pays vicars while in America the collection is used first to pay the salary of the clergy and what is left is sent to the central organisation.

Church of England spokesman Nick Clarke said: “This is a very important conference where people from both traditions will be learning from each other about the challenges faced when raising money and can hopefully help them in future.”

The conference starts on Monday and is expected to attract 125 delegates.

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