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The next Association of Festival Churches conference will be held on the 25th March 2019 in Sheffield Cathedral, details tbc. We are very grateful to Dr Julie Banham who will be our host at Sheffield diocese.
By that time we expect that the amendments to Canons 11 and 14 will have had final approval at the February Synod. This amending canon makes it possible for a church to decide to officially become a Festival Church, vary its pattern of services and embrace flexible complementary uses and partnerships according to need. Legal advice will be forthcoming to explain how to do this, which will be discussed at the conference. This conference therefore marks the real Launch of Festival Churches, and we hope a step change in strategic planning at deanery and diocesan level, both for rural and urban churches. We look forward to seeing many of you there.