Does anyone have any experience of removing pews? Particularly pews with heating pipes under each one! If anyone has and would be willing to chat to me about this I would love to hear from you! Thanks Becky Thomas. email@example.com)
Churches are perhaps unusual in that they do not have a clear divide between volunteers and beneficiaries - everyone is a member and does membership tasks like helping with shared meals, while only a few have formal volunteer status, such as those who take responsibility for child care. The formal registration, vetting, training and supervision that is appropriate for these Volunteers is not needed for ordinary church members, surely? So I'd be interested to know how other churches have balanced these competing priorities to create a proportionate approach that avoids frightening people off with disproportionate vetting arrangements while recognising the vital importance of keeping everyone safe. I'd be grateful for any suggestions or connections with people who have thought through these issues. Peter Bates
Does anyone have an industrial dishwasher on their premises i.e. the type that will do a load in about 3 minutes? Does anyone know if there are any Food Safety or H&S implications that we would need to think about before purchasing one? Any advice welcome. Thank you! Kate. firstname.lastname@example.org
Has anyone used or can recommend Card Readers please? I am looking to purchase for giving and events and am not sure which is best? Sue Millar
Hi, we are organising a barn dance and need a Ceilidh band that covers Bedfordshire. Does anyone know of/has used/would recommend a band? Many thanks Dudley Peacham,Christ Church Dunstable. email@example.com
I am looking for a mechanism to prompt for document reviews. I would be interested to hear what other members use. Thanks Derek Morgan
In the UCAN guidance issued ahead of GDPR in section step 4 point 4 (on page 8) it said "stop publishing details of individuals....channel comms through the office." What about the situation where an individual is selling tickets for an event and wants their phone number included so people can contact them (without looking up in ChurchSuite or paper directory). Any wisdom on this gratefully received! Thanks Chris Harris.
How much do you charge for hire of rooms? We have a new building being built and we will be refurbishing our current premises. The rooms will be available for church and community use, Can anyone give me an idea on how much we should charge for hire of rooms? Do you base it on the square metreage? Does anyone hire their rooms out to an independent Pre-school and if so how much do you charge them? Thank you! Pauline Griffiths
I am interested in what financial software packages are used at other churches as well as comments on how useful they are with any drawbacks. Many thanks. Dudley Peacham, Christ Church Dunstable
I am looking for a straight forward and clear policy for staff performance, managing said performance and stages to follow if performance needs improving. Hoping that someone can share with me to save having to write from scratch. Many thanks. Martin Dudley Christ Church Ware. 01920487267. firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone have any experience of running a proper Barista (e.g Starbucks type) coffee making operation within their public cafe? Thanks David Moss
I am interested in hearing from churches who are using a strategic approach to their social media. Do you have a Social Media strategy/plan that you'd be willing to share? I'd love to hear from you if you do! Thanks Laura Thomas
Does anyone have a file retention policy they'd be willing to share? We recently had an issue with a "Subject Access Request" from a previous church member requiring us to send him all personal data that we have on file for him from a period 12-14 years ago. It turns out that we have caused ourselves problems by having retained rather too many documents. On the other hand there are good reasons for us to have retained some for some time. So knowing what other churches do would be most helpful please. Simon Jones
I am currently considering the possibility of purchasing some Church Management Software such as Church Builder; does UCAN have any information on this topic, or are there UCAN members already using Church Builder or other packages?
Ross Evans, Widcombe Baptist Church
Can anyone suggest any advice on how we should employ casual workers, specifically a caretaker and two cleaners. Should they have a formal written contract, and does anyone know where we can find a wage slip template for causal workers? Thank you in advance, Andreas Botzios.
Can anyone recommend a good Youtube channel for congregational hymns? I'm trying to plan ahead for times when we might not have an organist and want to introduce an occasional 'sing along to Youtube' hymn to get people used to the idea. Thanks Eleanor Plant.
Just getting to grips with writing a policy and procedure of how to deal with a right to be forgotten request. Has anyone already started this or has any advice please? Thanks Ruth Blaine
I was wondering if anyone had anything on paper as to how they do staff inductions, e.g. a list of things to show/tell new employees, how to handle inductions, who does what etc. We have two new staff starting soon and we don’t have anything formal in place. Thanks. Rachael Hutchins
I would appreciate recommendations for a one day course on health and safety, that doesn't cost a fortune and is ideally aimed at churches/ charities and small business. The courses I’ve found by Googling seem to be several days long and cost a fortune! With thanks Rachael Hutchins