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Can your church privide a base for a team of young people for a couple of weeks in the summer?

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NCS, or National Citizen Service, is a national youth programme for 15-17 year olds. It helps young people to develop valuable skills for work and life and encourages them to be more engaged with their local communities and social issues. For 2 weeks of their 4-week summer programme the young people work in their local area and complete a project to benefit their community. This could be that they enhance a community venue or develop a memorial garden, or it could be that they develop campaigns around pressing social issues or projects to support groups in need.

 NCS is being delivered in your area by The EBP this summer, and they are looking for partners to host volunteers whilst they complete social action projects for the local community.

With Northamptonshire communities facing so many challenges at present around Gang Culture, Drug Abuse, Knife Crime and Social Isolation (to name a few), The EBP would like to help through NCS teams to raise awareness of and address these issues. We just need organisations to give the teams of volunteers and their staff somewhere to work from. This can be a Church, a classroom, a village hall, a care home, and many more, so long as they provide toilet access and shelter. They’d need the space for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday day time only, in July or August. If you can offer such a base, and potentially (but not essentially) some ideas, activities or issues they could develop into a social action project, then you can be a part of NCS Northamptonshire this summer, and enable young people to make a positive and lasting difference in your community.

 Please contact Cheryl Barrows at The EBP on 01522 574133 or at your earliest convenience to learn more or pledge availability. All venues and projects need to be submitted by April 8th 2019.  

FREE Bible Society Easter film to download

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It’s here! The animated version of Three Friends and the Miracle Man is ready for you to watch and download. Following the journey of Miriam, Simeon and Tim, the film tells the Easter story through fresh eyes.

The film is free to download and screen. Remember, you can order booklets of Three Friends and the Miracle Man to give away at your Easter services, school assemblies or Passion plays. There’s also a script and all-age service guide so you can bring the story to life in your church.

Volunteers needed at Abington Avenue Child Contact Centre

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Maintaining contact with both parents is recognised as being very important for a child’s wellbeing.  Our Child Contact Centre is a safe, friendly place where children can spend time with a parent who no longer lives with them.   We are accredited by the National Association of Child Contact Centres [] and offer ‘supported’ contact, for families where there is no identified safeguarding risk.

Our volunteers help parents and children to feel at ease, to play together and to build up a healthy relationship.  We work in teams, with each team serving on one Saturday a month for between 4 and 6 hours. Due to ill health a number of loyal volunteers have had to step down recently, and we are therefore in urgent need of more help.  More information can be obtained on request by contacting Abington Avenue URC on 01604 604623.

New Boys’ Brigade Group Flourishing in Great Billing

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Back in October, The Boys’ Brigade & Girls’ Association had the pleasure of  opening their newest group – 1st Great Billing BB&GA at St Andrew’s Church, Great Billing.

The last few months has seen this group grow from just an idea, to a thriving group full to capacity. A positive example of the Boys’ Brigade & the Church engaging with the local community to make a real difference to the lives of children & young people.

Richard Burbidge, Rector at St Andrew’s Great Billing, shares his experiences of opening a group and the impact it has had on his Church. To read this article, head to –

The Boys’ Brigade in Northamptonshire is hoping to continue to engage with Churches across Northamptonshire, by hosting a free youth work conference on Wednesday 27th March.

‘Engage a Generation’ will explore youth perspectives of the Church, why it is important to work with young people, hearing from Church leaders about how the BB already supports their ministry and how the BB is positioned to partner with Churches & engage with a generation of children & young people. The morning session will also include a breakfast.

The session is aimed at Church leaders who are passionate about working with children & young people, both from Churches with lots of experience and also churches with little experience.

 Engage a Generation – Youth Work Conference – Wednesday 27th March – 8:30am > 11am – Kings Park Conference Centre. 

To book your space or for more information, please contact Joe Harrison (

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION are delighted to announce that our Grant Programmes are open again for applications.
Please note that across 2019 we will have a reduced number of grants panels. Please check the closing dates and plan your applications accordingly. These are all advertised on the grants section of our website.
Please call the Grants Team on 01604 230033 if you wish to discuss a project idea and we can help match you to the right funding programme.
NCF’s Programmes Officer Matthew Toresen will be offering an ‘Alternative Sources of Funding’ workshop throughout the year and dates will be advertised in due course. Contact Matthew to reserve a future place:  

Monthly prayer gathering for church leaders

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Under the aegis of Churches Together in Northampton

on the first Thursday morning in each month there will be


8-9.30 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

Tel: 01604 516809

Countdown to Christian Aid week 2019

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Does your church have a Christian Aid rep? If not, you may be missing out on information about local and national Christian Aid events and campaigns.  Church reps volunteer to receive information, usually by email, and to publicise it in their own church community.  Their role is especially important leading up to Christian Aid week, which this year runs from May 11th-17t.

If you feel able to volunteer for this role, or would like further information, please contact Ruth Bowden [rbowden@hotmailcc.o] or Rachel Jones []

2019 Programme for Northampton Theological Society

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Meeting bi-monthly as shown below

2019 Programme

May 21     Rev’d Dr. Pippa Madgwick

(Rector at Rutland Water, former Agricultural Scientist)

“Living in a changing world: climate change and modifying genes”

Autmun Dates

September 17th ………… November 19th

Speakers to be announced.


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