Last updated 24th February 2021
CORONAVIRUS/COVID 19 IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Following suspension at the start of the first lockdown in March, the Parish Update ebulletin returned every two weeks as of November 13, 2020. Important pandemic/Covid-19 messages will continue to feature in the Coronavirus Task Group briefings which are sent to all clergy and parish officers at least one a week; sometimes more often. The Task Group briefings can also be found here.
The rest of our ebulletins (see below) are also being revived after a period of suspension too. Look out for them in your inbox.
In August 2019 we introduced some significant changes to the e-bulletins that are sent from the Diocesan Offices. This was part of a general review of internal communications in response to past feedback, writes Ronnie Semley, Diocesan Communications Manager.
They were relaunched and ran successfully until March 2020 when all were suspended for a period of time due to the pandemic, and all key messages were funnelled into one key 'Coronavirus Task Group Briefing' on email to parishes.
As of November 2020 the task group briefings continue at least once a week, but we have decided to revive all our ebulletins to support parishes. Only the Task Group briefings will contain Covid-19 related information. Please note this and keep reading them.
Now we have revived our ebulletins some reminders ...
There are several ebulletins produced at the Diocesan Offices for sending to parishes, with varying frequencies.
Most are quarterly and contain important information intended for very specific audiences (like ‘Safeguarding Matters’ which is sent to Clergy and Parish Safeguarding Officers only).
All the current ebulletins were redesigned and refreshed in 2019 to ensure consistency; creating a 'family' of ebulletins which are all clearly from and about the work of the Diocese.
All are now sent from the 'Mailchimp' ebulletin platform. (Previously some were sent from Mailchimp while others were circulated as simple pdfs or Word files.)
All now also come from the same Mailchimp account; which also allows for better management of all the information we circulate as well as the data that we manage.*
There is also a more coordinated approach to when in the 'calendar cycle' e-bulletins are distributed - making it much less likely two e-bulletins will arrive in inboxes in the same week for example.
The very successful ‘Parish Update’ appears every two weeks. ‘Parish Update’ is the new home for all information, advice and resources from Diocesan Officers to parishes.
We hope Parish Update will also, in the longer term, help to cut down on general email traffic to parishes from the Diocesan Offices too. We will keep this under constant review.
There will always be the need to send emails direct to specific people in parishes of course and for all kinds of reasons, but 'Parish Update' gives us a much more regular method of circulating information for general consumption to parishes.
Diocesan Communications Manager, Ronnie Semley, who is a member of the Enablers Team at the Diocesan Offices, coordinates the content for Parish Update - working with the various office teams to ensure up to date information is provided.
Ronnie also coordinates the schedules for all other ebulletins although the work to produce those ebulletins takes place within the teams who send them initially.
To summarise, the roster of e-bulletins we have are ...
All of these ebulletins will continue to be monitored and kept under review.
We will also dynamically adjust schedules as required. Further evaluation will continue take place through general feedback (email firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts/ideas) and we will also use analytics data available to us through Mailchimp to develop them further in whatever way is needed.
If you don't receive an e-bulletin but want to get it, you can sign up to any of our email bulletins here.
We are legally obliged to offer you an option to unsubscribe to our ebulletins. If you have received an ebulletin that isnt relevant to you we apologise. You can unsubscribe via the 'unsubscribe link' at the bottom of every ebulletin.
However, please note we think very carefully about the audiences for each ebulletin before sending them; taking the information from our Contact Management System.
This means that if you are receiving an ebulletin we feel the information contained in it is important to you; so please consider very carefully before unsubscribing. Do you really not need to know the information it contains?
If you are not receiving an ebulletin but you want to receive it and have subscribed, it is possible the ebulletin has ended up in your junk folder; so please check that first. If you find it in your junk email folder, mark it as 'not junk'. Crucially you need to do this while the email is still actually in the junk folder (not after you have moved it to your inbox).
This is usually done by right clicking on the email and going to 'mark as not junk'. Next time an ebulletin is sent it should then automatically appear in your inbox.
If you are not receiving an ebulletin you think should be getting then the link above will allow you to subscribe.
Ronnie Semley; page created Aug 2019; reviewed November 2020