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After “Back to Church” – National Weekend of Invitation

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National Weekend of Invitation

Learning from hundreds of training workshops and commended by a number of national church leaders, the team that were behind ‘Back to Church Sunday’ have now developed a new resource focused on a National Weekend of Invitation 15th-17th June 2018. A website explaining the initiative and providing resources was launched at an
event with Methodist, Church of England, Baptist, Vineyard and other church leaders spoke.

More information is at:

Could Your Church Social Action Project Benefit from £30k?

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Community projects that that respond to social needs in Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities, and which desire to be replicated in churches across the UK, are being invited to enter the Cinnamon Project Lab 2018 competition.

Applicants have the opportunity to be awarded a £30,000 grant from Mercers’ Company plus support from the Cinnamon Incubator which includes: expert coaching, world class teaching, targeted marketing and access to industry and government contacts.

Project Lab 2018 is run by the Cinnamon Network, a charity that works alongside local churches of all denominations to establish community initiatives and promote church community action.

This year Project Lab 2018 is looking for projects that are run or founded by Christians from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds or those that address key issues being faced by these communities.

Project Lab was first introduced in 2015 to give churches the chance to win funding and expertise to help them build and grow their initiatives, so they can be replicated in other churches for the benefit of even more individuals.

Matt Bird of the Cinnamon Network stated, “Every year Cinnamon Network finds the best local church community projects and helps them replicate. This means local churches don’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel’ but they can do something fresh to serve their communities that is tried and tested.”

Last year the Project Lab prize was shared by two amazing projects; BoxUpCrime, which helps young people to find purpose in life using non-contact boxing and mentoring; and The Primetime Project, which empowers disadvantaged young people to develop key skills for employment, life and leadership.

“The experience was one of the most amazing and the most scary things I’ve done,” said Stephen Addison, founder of BoxUpCrime. “Project Lab gives you the ability to really understand your burden and build the infrastructure around it. It’s been such a helpful learning curve and has really helped me to gain a stronger sense of mission and be more intentional in our ministry.”

There are projects operating within Britain’s Black and Asian churches that have the potential be replicated in churches across the country. Project Lab 2018 is

interested in learning about these initiatives and their potential to be replicated for the benefit of individuals across the country.

Cinnamon Network is passionate about seeing great social action projects grow – so they are looking for projects with potential, not necessarily the finished article.

In addition to developmental funding of £30k to grow their project, winners will also join the two-year Cinnamon Incubator programme which provides:

  • World class support through mentoring and coaching
  • Access to industry experts and organisational consultancy
  • Communications support to help projects market themselves

Church based community initiatives that enter Project Lab 2018 should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Originate within the church;
  • Can be easily replicated in other church;
  • Have a desire to grow nationally;
  • Are recognised and respected in their local community;
  • Have some resources to continue their current work;
  • Respond to social needs in communities;

Once all applications are received, they will be short-listed to five finalists who will receive training and support to pitch their project to a panel of judges at the Mercers’ Hall in London in June.

More information is available at Applications close on 23 April and shortlisting will take place in May.

Or you can contact regional church advisor, Nick Amis on 07979 366654 /

Volunteer Police Chaplains

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Volunteer Police Chaplains to support Northants Police across the county. For ordained and lay ministers. Need a heart for pastoral care and the willingness to get involved in policing. The commitment is 2 hours a week on average involving visiting a police unit and by regular contact becoming the trusted person in whom police officers and staff can confide.

For more information contact Revd Viv Baldwin – Lead Chaplain Northants Police – 07720 811477

Free to download Emmaus Story from The Bible Society

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The Bible Society

are offering a free to download for use by churches in sharing THE STORY OF EMMAUS

To get this resource and see other resources, go to


Inspiring Women: God Wants You Whole!

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This ladies conference will be focusing on God’s heart for us and how He wants his people to be whole. The focus of the day will be on physical and emotional wellbeing as well as spiritual and financial wholeness. There will be plenty of time to receive prayer ministry with a prophetic edge.
This is an opportunity for you to come and meet with the Lord without distractions.
There will be seminars throughout the day that will provide valuable information and resources for women. Seminar speakers will bring a wealth of knowledge from various backgrounds including nursing and church ministries. They will be speaking on topics such as physical health and emotional well-being, debt and prophetic dance.
Lunch will be provided and refreshments

March 24 @ 9:00 am4:30 pm
Kings Park Conference Centre, Kings Park Road
Northampton, Moulton Park NN3 6LL United Kingdom

Thy Kingdom Come launched – 10 days of intentional prayer

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Thy Kingdom Come launched with 150 ‘Champions’.

Thursday 10th May to Sunday 20th May 2018.

 The Archbishops of York and Canterbury each held a launch event for Thy Kingdom Come: 10 days of intentional prayer between Ascension and Pentecost for Christians individually, in churches and Churches Together groups to pray for new disciples of Jesus Christ.

 Alongside the Church of England this year are Roman Catholic and Methodist resources and interviewed was Pastor Agu, the Pentecostal President of Churches Together in England. The website is in its final stage of preparation but for more information see the video at:

beautifully designed Bibles for both children and adults.

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The BIBLE SOCIETY have produced

beautifully designed Bibles for both children and adults.

The GNB Rainbow edition is an excellent first full Bible for children. ​It contains the full Bible text in a clear, readable style, along with 16 full-page colour illustrations plus the iconic and well-loved line drawings by Annie Vallotton.

The GNB Sunrise edition is a perfect Bible for both adults and younger readers to take to church or read at home. Combining a trustworthy translation with a clear, readable style, it also contains the iconic and well-loved line drawings by Annie Vallotton. 




Hope Food Club Crowdfunder appeal

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This week, Hope’s crowdfunding campaign to support our new Foodclub has gone live and we need your help with our project.

This new project is a Foodclub, not a foodbank, and it’s based on membership, a bit like a food co-operative. People on low incomes will be able to join our food club and get access to subsidised food, delivered through pop-up shops in community projects, on the estates where they live.

The project will make a real and lasting difference to food poverty in Northampton, which is on the increase.

Can you help by either donating or by circulating and sharing our message with your friends, family and workmates?

The Crowdfunder page is available here with more information about the project:

If you can help us by donating or sharing our message, please do.

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)

“Martin Luther King 50 Years On: Preacher, Prophet and Public Theologian for our Crisis.”


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

East Hunsbury, Northampton, NN4 0RZ

(NB. The Abbey Centre Chapel is the small building at the top 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