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Church or organisation’s representatives or members, are cordially invited to the CHURCHES TOGETHER IN NORTHAMPTON AGM & ANNUAL SERVICE

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Dear Friend,

You, and your church or organisation’s representatives or members, are cordially invited to the


Sunday January 21st 2017
St Andrew’s Hospital ChapelNorthampton NN1 5DG

Via The Avenue (off Cliftonville Road),  Or via entrance on Billing Road

You may park in any of the car parks on the site. Hospital policy means that all attendees should be over 18.

4.30–5.15pm: The AGM

5.30pm: Annual Service
An ecumenical service with Guest Speakers.

Subject: Equipping and encouraging churches to be involved in support for people with mental health problems.


Light refreshments will be served after the service

You are welcome to either or both the AGM and the Annual Service.

New ministers or attendees from new churches are especially welcome and will be invited to introduce themselves before being commended in prayer.


  1. Reports can be submitted from any local ecumenical partnerships. If you would like to share with others what your local group of churches is doing together, please let the secretary have a brief report. This will be circulated as a basis for others to learn from what you are doing, to rejoice in your successes and pray about your challenges.

Reports should be with the secretary by January 16th at the latest.

Ted Hale

Hon. Secretary: Churches Together in Northampton

Tel: 01604 762305

Church rights under threat

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Christian lands in Jerusalem could be confiscated warns UK Church leaders. 

Church leaders from across the UK have rallied around the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, in his campaign against a bill making its way through Israel’s parliament.

The Patriarch has just completed a visit to Britain as part of an international tour focusing on the plight of the Church in the city. Theophilos, regarded as the most senior Christian figure in the Holy Land, has highlighted a proposed Bill of Church Lands, signed by 40 Knesset members, that would allow the Israeli government to confiscate lands leased by Churches to third parties. 

This week he met with Prince Charles as well as government ministers Alistair Burt and Rory Stewart alongside other parliamentarians and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. UK Christian leaders have backed the Patriarch. Coptic Archbishop Angaelos of London said: ‘Property rights and religious freedom are at the bedrock of any democracy. The proposed bill curtails both.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols  and a Free Churches Moderator and a President of Churches Together in England, Hugh Osgood, have said: ‘This proposal represents an intolerable infringement of the Status Quo and the legitimate rights of the Churches and should be recognised for what it is: an attack on the property rights of the Christian community. We urge religious and political leaders in the United Kingdom and around the world to join us in speaking out against this threat to religious freedom, which would set a dangerous precedent for other faiths in the Holy Land.’

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said, “I believe that a continued Christian presence in the Holy Land is of paramount importance.”

Amanda Khozi Mukwashi to be new Christian Aid Chief Executive.

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Christian Aid appoints New Chief Executive

 Christian Aid is delighted to announce the appointment of Amanda Khozi Mukwashi as Chief Executive.

 Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and expertise in working to alleviate poverty, injustice and inequality, with a special focus on women’s leadership, civic engagement and volunteering. Her most recent appointment was as the Chief of Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation for the United Nations Volunteer Programme, based in Germany, a post she has held since December 2012.

Prior to this she was the Director of Policy for VSO International, based in London, where she was responsible for programme policy and programme effectiveness across the whole federation and VSO global. She has also served as Head of External Relations and Head of Programmes at Skillshare International UK as well as Women in Business Coordinator at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa in Lusaka where she began her career in international development. Amanda has a Master’s degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick, and a Bachelor of Laws degree, from the University of Zambia.

Dr Rowan Williams, Chair of Trustees, comments that ‘Amanda comes with very special qualifications and aptitude for this enormous and exhilarating position. We are delighted to announce this appointment and look forward to welcoming Amanda.’

Amanda says ‘I am humbled and absolutely thrilled to be joining such a family as Christian Aid.  Christian Aid represents to me, much of the goodness found in humanity.’

Amanda takes up the position in April 2018.  Christian Aid is an agency of Churches Together in England.


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Book up your club visit for this year.

This year it would be great to visit once a month or every other month

Let me know your available dates & which activity, training, projects, debates, or a wacky craft session you would like.

See the games pack attached above for some ideas.

We are excited about the year ahead and look forward to working with you.

Start the new year by getting involved 

  • WELLBEING4YOUTH register for our fun fundraising week
  • MENTAL HEALTH book on our Youth Mental Health training
  • NIGHT WALK get active with other youth groups book now

Many more opportunities for you and your youth group can be found on our website

Zoë Robinson

N’pton Youth development co-ordinator  M: 07432612479

Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs help young people develop physically, mentally and spiritually,

with the aim of expanding their horizons irrespective of their economic situation, education, ability, disability or disadvantages.

Chaplain for Northants Cricket Academy

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Sports Chaplaincy UK are looking to recruit a chaplain for the Academy at Northants Cricket.

This is a voluntary post initially requiring a commitment of 5-6 hours per week.

Suitable for an experienced youth worker.

For more information contact

Emmanuel Coffee Shop Trustees

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The coffee shop is part of the Emmanuel Group of Churches, though operates as a separate charity.  We are keen to extend the range of experience and diversity of the trustees, and are looking for people who are dynamic, and creative thinkers, as well as having previous experience as trustees in other charitable activities.

It would be particularly desirable for one person to be able to take on the role of treasurer.

Emmanuel is part of Weston Favell Centre, and on the edge of the Eastern District.  Its mission is to be a home to the community – a community in which many people have financial, social, family, employment and a wide range of other difficulties.  Many of our volunteer staff are with us because they are unable to work in other contexts.  The church runs a food bank, which is open on Wednesdays.  Many of the coffee shop Wednesday customers are also food bank users.

If you have a heart for people in need, as well as experience, you are just the sort of person we are looking for.

If you are interested and think that you are suited to the role, please contact Nick Bewley-Tippler at

2018 Programme for Northampton Theological Society

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Meeting bi-monthly as shown below


March 20: Revd. Clifford Hill (Sociologist and theologian)

“The Prophets of Israel – the relevance of their message today”


May 15: David Muir (Senior Lecturer – Dept. of Humanities, Roehampton University, London)

Topic to be arranged


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

East Hunsbury, Northampton, NN4 0RZ

(NB. The Abbey Centre Chapel is the small building at the far end of the car park)

Meetings begin at 7.30pm

Annual Subscription £15; Visitors £5 per session


For further information contact the Secretary:  Rosamund Caitlin 01604 710813