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WARNING- EMAIL SCAM
There is a scam that target’s churches across the country that our congregations need to be aware of, in that people are impersonating the Minister of a church and sending emails to request money. An email is sent presuming to be from the Minister asking for support for an immediate emergency need. The “Minister” requests that donations be made in the form of gift cards. The email address may appear as the Minister’s correct email, masked by the scammer. Often, you can click on the sender’s name in the email to see the full email address. However, some scammers are able to mask the entire email address, or the address will be off by one letter or number, easily missed by someone not carefully reading.
The best way to make sure a request is real is to contact the Minister by phone or to send a new email (do not reply, as that will go back to the scammer).
Whilst many of us like to consider ourselves as 'tech savvy', have we ever stopped to check if our wi-fi is secure? Please do take a moment to read the story from the BBC below, and check whether your own wi-fi is as secure as it could be:
Tackling bullying, changing culture and enabling positive relationships:
A series of webinars from the Methodist Church
The Connexional Safeguarding team have supported the development of a series of three webinars looking at work to challenge bullying behaviour in the church with the first one focusing on the Positive Working Together training.
See the new Bullying Webinars page for the recording and resources from the webinars: Bullying Webinars (methodist.org.uk)
Safeguarding is an important aspect in every church, and unfortunately this hasn't always been dealt with properly. This is a link to the enquiry into the Church of England in 2020 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54433295
The cannabis sweets know as 'edibles are becoming increasingly popular. Please see the attached article for more information in how to notice them and how to support someone who may have ingested some
Our next online safeguarding training dates for the foundation course are now live. We recommend signing up soon as the spaces will fill up.
please click the link below for more information and for the event sign up: