The Church Magazine is called ‘Contact’ and it is edited by Stella Petitt. Published on a monthly basis, there are eleven issues each year with a double edition covering July and August. A monthly letter from the Vicar, news, puzzles, amusing anecdotes and dates for your diary as well as interesting articles are all included. The magazine also includes a supplement from the Diocese of Derby called ‘Our Diocese’ – a monthly snapshot of the Church of England life around Derbyshire. The cover price is just 35p per issue and annual subscriptions cost only £3.50. Copies of the magazine can be sent by post at the subscription price plus the appropriate post and packaging costs.
How the Contact Magazine appears in Church………
I took over the editorship of ‘Contact’ from Doreen in April 2011, not really knowing what I was taking on! But Doreen was extremely helpful in those very early days.
Each year in February the editor writes to all the people who advertise in ‘Contact’ thanking them and asking if they would like to continue for another year (April-March) and whether they would like to update their advert. We supply them with a copy of their current advert and quote the cost for the coming year. This had all been done for this year by Doreen before I took over and I just had to receive the payments and pass them on to our treasurer. (Phew – sigh of relief from me!!!)
When all the adverts for the new year have been confirmed, including some new replacements, they are then arranged in the magazine. A copy of the April edition, when it is ready, is then sent to all our advertisers so that they can see their adverts in print.
Another annual job, normally undertaken by Sheila Kemp, is collecting the subscriptions from you all.
The monthly task of preparing ‘Contact’ begins about the 1st of each month. I start by preparing the regular pages….
- 1. The diary page – by checking with Michael (the Vicar) what he has in his diary, and also, the lectionary which lists any special festivals.
- 2. The registers page – which lists any baptisms, weddings or funerals that there have been since the last magazine was produced.
- 3. The rotas page – at the back of the magazine (I have a pile of 7 rotas to consult!)
- 4. The front cover.
- 5. The diocesan pages for the centre of the magazine are downloaded from the diocesan website.
St Mary’s subscribes to a website called ‘Parish Pump’ which is produced especially to help editors of church magazines and supplies articles, pictures, cartoons, puzzles and ‘smile lines’. Although I prefer to use only a few items from this site, it is extremely reassuring to have and often prompts ideas for articles that can be written by people locally in our own congregation.
I then approach people for articles to include which are relevant to the month such as Joyce Rich’s interesting and entertaining piece in December about her Christmas experiences over the years. Sometimes one of our readers or churchwardens will give me an article to include, such as Peter’s piece about the church clock. I am always very pleased to receive items or ideas – don’t wait for me to ask!
The regular contributors are then chased up….
The Vicar’s Letter and the Vicar’s Prayer (I don’t have far to go to get those!) and the Mothers’ Union who supply details of the monthly meeting and what is planned for the following month.
Other things I try to include – reports on social or fundraising events that have taken place or adverts for events to come. Also – a puzzle of some kind, funny stories and a page for the children (all quite often, although not always, from Parish Pump).
Finally, when all is laid out and ready, I print off one copy which I pass on to Mary Hawkins who has an extremely important task – to proof read it – before I then hand it over the Cantelupe Centre office to print and collate ready for the last Sunday of the previous month (if you see what I mean).
Oh – finally, finally…. I email the magazine to Garth Newton who selects everything he needs to include on the church’s website.