Helping you improve your parish magazine

Author: Geoff Freeman

Published on: 8 October 2015

We want to let church magazine editors know about the benefits of belonging to the Association for Church Editors.

In summary, the Association sets out to provide inspiration, motivation and practical help for editors of church magazines and newsletters, many of whom work on their own and are always working to deadlines.

The principal benefits which go towards achieving this aim are:

  1. annual membership fee of only £10, renewable on 1st January. The fee also covers the following year for anyone joining after 1st September
  2. sharing of ideas by means of a monthly distribution by email of an Ideas Forum with items suitable for church magazines, including articles, humour, fillers, tips, straplines and events
  3. periodic emails on matters of general interest
  4. where there is enough interest in a local area, there are workshops covering all aspects of magazine production, including the use of software packages
  5. a magazine review service for members who wish to submit their magazine for constructive comment
  6. a lively website and access to those parts of the website which are restricted to members
  7. local group meetings where editors meet periodically to compare their magazines and pick up ideas
  8. direct personal access by telephone or email to staff with queries and problems
  9. an Annual Meeting held in the Spring, with a keynote speaker
  10. Magazine Awards programme held regularly, with a winner’s trophy and Certificates of Excellence/ Achievement presented at the Annual Meeting.

Find out more at or contact Alan Rickards, Treasurer / Membership Officer on 01477 534193.

Editor: Why not also take a look at Parish Pump who offer illustrations, cartoons, children’s pages, book reviews and more for parish

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