For at least several decades, the 'Notices' slot at St James's at the end of the Sunday 11am Eucharist (and before the Blessing and Dismissal) has been a creative and only partially regulated affair. Many of us value the opportunity to hear from others about news and events. But on occasions, collectively, the Notices have got out of hand. Seriously out of hand. That has again happened recently. The Churchwardens, clergy and PCC have considered how best to manage this and the PCC has adopted the following guidelines for those giving, or thinking of giving, notices at the mic.
- Aim to inform. The notices are not the place to seek to educate or persuade. If there is an issue you wish
to air, simply announce the event or opportunity and indicate where interested parties may find you
after the service to hear more.
- If information about the event you are promoting already appears in the notice sheet, do not repeat it; again, simply indicate where interested parties may find you after the service to hear more about it.
- The notices are not the vehicle for expressing moral outrage. Avoid anything likely to be thought
partisan, where you advocate a strong personal view or attitude on a matter about which there are
likely to be reasonably held varying views amongst the St James's community.
- Be brief and concise: a 30 second limit will be graciously but consistently enforced (be shorter than this and get everyone's appreciation!)