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about ACE

Learn more about the Association for Church

Editors and the help it can give to editors of

church magazines

Our aim and mission is to help you to improve your magazine and to

encourage the effective communication of the Christian message

The Association was formed in 1999 to bring together editors, authors, designers, and other church members involved in the production of church magazines for all denominations throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. A group of church magazine editors came together to discuss ways of producing eyecatching, improved church magazines. As a result a national church magazine competition was proposed which quickly led to the formation of the Association and more recently to the highly successful ACE Awards Scheme. Church magazines have played an extremely important role in church life for the last 150 years and more. They reach out not only to existing congregations but also to people who live in the community around the church but who, for whatever reason, do not come to church. Despite today’s digital technology there is still an increasing call for the printed magazine. As editors we must never forget those amongst our communities who may have attended church in the past but who are unable to come now through illness, infirmity,  old age, or for such reasons as having to act as carers looking after relatives. Others may be young parents with children for whom events at schools and other calls on their young lives sadly don’t leave time for church. For this outreach to be sustained, church magazines must compete with so many other publications that quality and content have to be as good as our editors can possibly make them. Hence the need for the Association for Church Editors. The last few years have seen steady growth in our membership. We look to support not only ever more church magazines but also through our magazines growth in our congregations. From small village churches to huge town churches and cathedrals  there is the same need. Reach out to our potential congregations and encourage them into our churches. Yes, the magazine can and does help in this mission. Several years ago Peter Crumpler’s keynote speech to our Annual Meeting reflected his work bringing the Archbishop’s Council of the Church of England into the forefront of the press at all levels. We were very surprised to learn from him that the world of church magazines is one in which circulations are actually increasing. So please take it on board that you are playing an important role in an organisaton that supports the growth of Christianity.
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The John King Trophy

Our popular annual Awards Scheme has grown out of the earlier series of competitions which were held every two or three years. Every year we are proud to present the John King Trophy to the editor of the best magazine. It was first presented to the winner of the first competition and has been presented to every winner since. In a new tradition the trophy is presented to by the existing holder to the new winner; a nice touch. The trophy is a silver baptismal shell donated by the late Rachel King in memory of her husband, Rev’d Canon John King, a former canon at St Albans Cathedral. The family were friends of our founder, Michael Jameson. Rachel had the shell engraved to identify it for the future. It is very fitting that we should have this trophy. Some members have asked “What on earth is the shell for?” There are a considerable number of churches  in this country and abroad who use a baptismal shell during Christening Services. Some are silver. Others are mother of pearl and other valuable materials, even real shells. The John King Trophy was assayed in 1908 and has recently been revalued in the light of the increasing value of silver.
Rachel King presenting the trophy to Michael Jameson. St Albans cathedral is in the background.
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about ACE

Learn more about the Association

for Church Editors and the help it

can give to editors of church

magazines

Our aim and mission is to help you to improve your

magazine and to encourage the effective communication of

the Christian message

The Association was formed in 1999 to bring together editors, authors, designers, and other church members involved in the production of church magazines for all denominations throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. A group of church magazine editors came together to discuss ways of producing eyecatching, improved church magazines. As a result a national church magazine competition was proposed which quickly led to the formation of the Association and more recently to the highly successful ACE Awards Scheme. Church magazines have played an extremely important role in church life for the last 150 years and more. They reach out not only to existing congregations but also to people who live in the community around the church but who, for whatever reason, do not come to church. Despite today’s digital technology there is still an increasing call for the printed magazine. As editors we must never forget those amongst our communities who may have attended church in the past but who are unable to come now through illness, infirmity,  old age, or for such reasons as having to act as carers looking after relatives. Others may be young parents with children for whom events at schools and other calls on their young lives sadly don’t leave time for church. For this outreach to be sustained, church magazines must compete with so many other publications that quality and content have to be as good as our editors can possibly make them. Hence the need for the Association for Church Editors. The last few years have seen steady growth in our membership. We look to support not only ever more church magazines but also through our magazines growth in our congregations. From small village churches to huge town churches and cathedrals  there is the same need. Reach out to our potential congregations and encourage them into our churches. Yes, the magazine can and does help in this mission. Several years ago Peter Crumpler’s keynote speech to our Annual Meeting reflected his work bringing the Archbishop’s Council of the Church of England into the forefront of the press at all levels. We were very surprised to learn from him that the world of church magazines is one in which circulations are actually increasing. So please take it on board that you are playing an important role in an organisaton that supports the growth of Christianity.