Editing a consistent, clear and engaging parish magazine is a challenging job and sometimes a thankless one for hard pressed magazine editors. However your parish magazine has a vital role to play in the life of your community. Your magazine will probably reach more people in your community than any other form of communication your church produces, so it is a fantastic outreach tool. This is why your magazine should always be a top priority. To support you with this essential task we have produced a number of resources.
The Diocese issues a Weekly eBulletin that contains news and updates from the diocese and from its parishes. This includes vacancies, training opportunities, events and conferences as well as general news updates. Any of the articles can be used in magazines and newsletters by copying and pasting the text and links into a text editor.
Bishop Peter and other guest writers regularly publish short blog pieces to the Diocesean website. These are meant for a wide distribution, and both Bishops are keen that parish magazine editors use them freely where appropriate. The Bishop's monthly letter will now be posted as a blog piece, with an introductory comment both in the eBulletin and on the blog page that suggests it be used in that way.
Press releases issued by the Diocese are added to the Latest News section of the website. These can be used freely in newsletters and magazines.
The Diocese of Sheffield has a number of official logos, which are used on all publications produced by centrally. These logos are also used alongside parish branding to help communicate that we are all part of one Diocese. Here you can download these logos for use in your publications, or on your noticeboards. The Diocese also has a style guide that runs alongside the logos which ensures that anything we produce centrally is professional and consistent.
In Focus is a monthly A5-sized newsletter published by the Church of England. It is designed as an insert for parish magazines with the best of the material which appears in the full A5 newspaper 'In Review'. Both publications will be available for download around the 15th of the previous month, to allow parishes to have them in place for the beginning of the new month. It aims to keep you in touch with the activities of the Archbishops' Council, Church Commissioners, the Church of England Pensions Board and other bodies who serve the Church at national level.
The Association for Church Editors’ Web Site provides advice on improving writing and visual impact of church publications: www.churcheditors.org
Parish Pump includes illustrations, humour, puzzles and articles: www.parishpump.co.uk
Church of England media training courses: www.churchcommstraining.org
Get your church noticed gives 1,000 ways to help your church stand out and includes excellent advice on parish magazine writing: www.getyourchurchnoticed.com
CartoonChurch provides cartoons, comedy and resources for use in parish magazines (a small charge applies): www.cartoonchurch.com
Any resources of the used from this website are free for reproduction in your parish newsletter/magazine. However, if you produce a newsletter which is non-diocesan (a 'local digest' magazine for example, or news from another religion/denomination) and you would like to use these resources, please first notify the Communications Office at firstname.lastname@example.org