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St Paul's joins Easyfundraising scheme

With Christmas approaching and the often dreaded prospect of Christmas shopping looming large for many of us, you might like to know that St Paul's is now part of the Easyfundraising scheme, an easy way to give money if you are shopping online.
Using Easyfundraising is one of the simplest ways to raise money for the church. They work with over 2000 retailers nationwide who have all agreed to pass a donation to your cause when you shop with them. The donation is usually a percentage of how much you spend on your shopping but it can also be a set amount. Retailers who participate in the scheme include many of the big names such as Amazon, M&S, John Lewis, Argos and 2000 other known names.

For shoppers to raise money, instead of going directly to the retailer website, first log into Easyfundraising and click on the retailer you want to shop with. You’ll then be taken to the retailer’s website where you shop as normal, but because you visited easyfundraising first, your chosen cause gets a donation. It costs shoppers nothing, but if St Paul's is nominated as the chosen cause, the church receives up to 5% of what you spend.

St Paul's Easyfundraising page can be found at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stpaulsbedford
  Easyfunding.co.uk Join poster (PDF)

Inherit the Earth- into the heart of the Bolivian rainforest

St Paul's church will be hosting an exhibition of photographs showing Christian Aid's work in the very heart of the Bolivian Amazon rainforest, between 18 and 25 September. The exhibition will also show how gifts in wills and other legacies are being put to good use in one of south America’s poorest countries.

A lunchtime reception will be held inside the church on Wednesday 20 September at 1.00 pm when a speaker from Christian Aid and one from the Society of Later Life Matters will explain more about the exhibition and its aims and how gifts in wills can be arranged. Light refreshments will be served and all are invited to attend.

The photo exhibition is one of the latest initiatives from Christian Aid to demonstrate how gifts in wills and legacies are being put to good use around the world. Entry to the exhibition is free which will be open between 10.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday.
  CA Exhibition preview poster (PDF)

St Paul's joins members of Cathedrals Plus

St Paul's is now a fully fledged member of Cathedrals Plus. The association was set-up in the early 1980's among England's cathedrals to discuss and share ideas about how our cathedrals should be run and how best to welcome the increasing number of visitors and pilgrims.

Cathedrals Plus has expanded considerably since the early years and now includes cathedrals from Wales and Scotland as well as several Abbeys, shrines and a number of major churches, of which St Paul's is one.

All of the association's members are featured on the Cathedrals Plus website where details of opening hours, travel, guided tours, historical interest and other information can be found. It also features web links to the individual members if further information is required.

St Paul's membership is part of a drive to raise its profile nationally and to encourage greater visitor numbers to come and enjoys it many features.
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