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Abington Avenue URC Child Contact Centre.

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Abington Avenue URC Child Contact Centre.

Our Child Contact Centre, which is accredited by the National Association of Child Contact Centres, is a friendly, neutral and confidential facility where children can safely spend time with a parent who no longer lives with them.

We employ one part time co-ordinator but our weekly sessions are staffed by volunteers.  Our small  Management Team supports our co-ordinator, meeting 4-5 times a year to review our policies and practice.

We are looking for people with relevant experience, either professional or voluntary,  to join the team, which is accountable to our trustees, the  elders of Abington Avenue URC.

For further information please contact Rachel Jones. [01604 414717 /]


Hope’s “Talking Jesus – The Course”

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Talking Jesus – the course
Hope’s Talking Jesus – The Course includes six practical, video-based teaching sessions with real-life examples from people who are talking about their faith in Jesus in everyday life. There are also short parable-style films designed to get groups thinking, and a 44-page course booklet with helpful discussion questions and challenges. for more details

JPIT Press Release

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Churches urge end to ‘hostile environment’ policies 

JPIT Press Release:

A group of major Churches is launching a campaign to challenge the government’s approach to illegal immigration, which they say is leading to destitution, discrimination and distrust.

The Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have joined forces to call on the government to review entirely the web of policies that have created the hostile environment. In a new report for church members, Destitution, Discrimination and Distrust: the web of the hostile environment, they set out how aspects of the policies run counter to Christian teaching.

Our churches include some of the very people who are at risk of destitution and discrimination. Our Christian faith moves us to pray and work for a society where people are truly hospitable to one another. We are therefore calling for a review of immigration policy and practice to examine the damaging effects that the hostile environment is having on the whole of society.″

New links between Church of England and black-majority churches

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New links between Church of England and black-majority churches

 Church of England congregations will be able to share mission and ministry with a range of churches in their area more easily under plans due to receive final approval by the General Synod next month. A long-anticipated overhaul of rules underpinning ecumenical relations is expected to open the way for parishes to take part in joint worship with more churches than previously possible.

For the first time this will include churches without a large national structure – something which will particularly affect newer independent evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic groups including many black-led churches. The move – part of a drive to simplify ecclesiastical law – is among several significant legislative changes being considered at Synod which meets in York from July 6-10.

Dr Joe Aldred of Churches Together in England, who serves as an Ecumenical Representative for Pentecostals on General Synod and is a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, welcomed the change. He said: “This is a great moment for relations between the Church of England and Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations and congregations, including many black-led churches, as we share the task of building the Kingdom of God in this country.

Greater Methodist/Anglican collaboration envisaged

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Methodists to continue exploring a relationship of communion with Anglicans 

Press Release from the Methodist Church  2nd July 2018:

The Methodist Conference, meeting in Nottingham until July 5, has welcomed the Mission and Ministry in Covenant joint report by the Methodist Church and the Church of England. The report outlines proposals for bringing the Methodist Church and the Church of England into communion with each other.  If accepted the proposals would enable interchangeability between presbyteral ministries and see increased missional opportunities as the two churches work closer together to support the communities they serve.

The Revd Canon Gareth J Powell, Secretary of the Conference, commented: “These proposals seek to articulate common ground and to honour the differences between our Churches. This is not about each partner becoming more like the other but about discovering ways of being in a closer relationship with integrity, grace and generosity. “The path towards reconciliation is of great significance to all within our Churches and there are many steps that will be required to be undertaken by both Churches as we continue on this process of discernment.”

Senior Administrator Job – Kettering

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Are you highly organised with experience in administration and supporting senior managers? Hope UK is looking for a Senior Administrator to provide high quality support to the team whilst working on their own initiative.

Hope UK is a National Christian Drug Education charity whose mission is to equip young people to make drug free choices. We work through local volunteers, supported by a small office team, leading drug awareness and life skill sessions with children and young people, parents and adults.
You’ll be a committed Christian; a highly organised person with a keen eye for detail and the ability to handle a wide variety of tasks simultaneously. You’ll enjoy working on your own and as part of a team and working flexibly when necessary.

You’ll have:
• Excellent administrative and organisational skills
• The ability to interact courteously and effectively with a wide range of people on the phone, face to face, in the office and at events
• The ability to develop and maintain effective information systems
• An understanding of the charity sector
• The ability to remain calm under pressure

Location: Kettering, Northamptonshire

Hours: 35 hours per week Monday to Friday (full time), but will include some
weekend work.

Closing date: 16th July 2018

Salary: £23,000 – £25,000 per annum

Interviews: Week beginning 23rd July 2018

All applicants must be committed to the aims and ethos of Hope UK.
This post is subject to an Occupational Requirement that the post holder is a
committed evangelical Christian under Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act

To apply, please request an application pack from (or
call 020 7928 0848)



CTN has received the following offer with a request to let all the Northampton Churches and other charitable groups know about it  (please spread the word!) ….

I am a builder and have been approached by one of my suppliers (Howdens) who has a large number of pre-assembled kitchen carcasses to donate.  This amazing offer. They are all brand new.?  Howdens are happy to deliver them as well.

My details are:

Peter Baxter

Baxter Property Services

07722 274096

Could you use a choir to help you fund-raise?

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Hunsbury Voices are a community choir often available to sing for an organisation needing to raise funds, or simply to provide entertainment.  The organisation provides the audience, and Hunsbury voices performs from a wide repertoire of music. A programme can be tailored to meet the requirements of the particular situation.

If you think this might be useful for you, please contact Helen Thorman (Musical Director)



2018-9 Programme for Northampton Theological Society

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Meeting bi-monthly as shown below


Sept. 18 John Maiden “Partnership not Paternalism: the black majority
churches and ecumenism in the 1970’s”

Nov. 20 Rev’d Dr. Helen Cameron


Jan. 15 Rev’d. Stuart Jenkins – “Bonhoeffer”

Mar. 19 Sean Oliver-Dee “Identity and belonging: what does citizenship look like for the 21st century believer in Britain”

May 21 Rev’d Dr. Pippa Madgwick


Meetings are held in The Abbey Centre Chapel, Overslade Close,

East Hunsbury, Northampton, NN4 0RZ

Meetings begin at 7.30pm

Annual Subscription £15; Visitors £5 per session

For further information contact the Secretary:  Rosamund Caitlin 01604 710813