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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church – Part time Deputy Manager – Open Door Community Charity Shop

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MOUNT PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH
Part time
Deputy Shop Manager

Do you enjoy engaging with a variety of people from different backgrounds? Do you have experience of working in a shop?
We are looking for a deputy shop manager, to work two 6 hour shifts per week, one of which must include a Saturday, to work in the Open Door Community shop. The post holder will help manage the team of volunteers who work in the shop on a regular basis.
The successful candidate will be someone who enjoys working as part of a team, who has good listening skills, is willing and able both to share their Christian faith and to pray with people as the need arises.
Due to the duties of this role and the ethos of the organisation this post carries an occupational requirement for a committed Christian.
For a copy of the job description and an application form, please contact
Mrs Stephanie Muncherji
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
Church Operational Manager
147-155 Kettering Road
Northampton NN1 4BS
Tel 01604 516809
Email- office@mountpleasantchurch.com

Closing date for applications – midnight on 14th October 2018
Interviews are planned for Tuesday October 30th

NCS volunteers to support churches and communities in Northampton

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National Citizen Service (NCS) is coming to Northampton this autumn. This means we can help Northampton organisations with their community projects and local needs.

  • If you’ve got a decoration or renovation project to complete
  • If you’ve got an outdoor space to develop or enhance
  • If your community needs support with social issues or groups
  • If your organisation needs support to raise awareness or rally support
  • If you have a room or venue a team of volunteers could work from

then we could assign you a team of inspirational students this October. And it won’t cost you a penny.

NCS is a government-backed youth development scheme that helps 16-17 year olds develop valuable skills for work and life and improve their sense of social responsibility. Young people taking part in the programme spend time living away from home building their confidence, independence and teamwork skills before spending four days back in their local area delivering a project that will benefit their community – we call this ‘social action’.

Social action can be a huge variety of things ranging from physical hands-on projects to more awareness and campaign based ventures. You can either present an opportunity for volunteers to support or you can allow them the chance to come up with one themselves. NCS regularly supports churches and community halls across the country, helping with indoor renovations, outdoor enhancements or campaigns to support the homeless, and we hope you might like to benefit from something similar.

Social action volunteers are staffed with adult mentors, so you would not be required to supervise the volunteers yourself.  The students would work on your project or from your venue over 4 days at the end of October.

If you would like to learn more or submit an opportunity for a social action team please contact Cheryl Barrows on 01522 574133 or ncs.socialaction@the-ebp.co.uk at your very earliest convenience.

NEED A JOB – Employment and Disability Service – Local Community

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Olympus Care are the specialist supported employment team, which is part of Northamptonshire County Council. We are reaching out to people that require support in the Northamptonshire including  Corby, Kettering, Wellingbough, Rushden and surrounding areas.

We exist to support people overcome barriers to employment and to gain and sustain paid employment. Our key values are respect, honesty, teamwork, trustworthiness, efficiency and compassion. Everything we do is based on these principles and our priority is always our customers.

Our team of Employment Development Officers have extensive knowledge and expertise and ensure that every individual’s journey is based on their own aspirations and job goals.

Each person who registers for the service is assigned an Employment Development Officer who will work with them to develop the skills and attributes they may need to gain employment, this will vary for each person, but we offer advice and guidance on CVs, cover letters, applications forms, advice on how benefits would be affected in the transition into work, advice on asking for and getting reasonable adjustments, as well as how to talk about your disability health condition or impairment to a potential employer. We also provide advice on the interview process, building confidence and Job search advice.

We currently deliver the Links to Work program in Northamptonshire (on behalf of Working Links), SES (Specialist Employability Support) across Northamptonshire and Leicestershire (on behalf of Shaw Trust) and the Links to Work program in Northamptonshire (on behalf of Working Links).

Please get in touch with Alfonso.Maddalo@nass.uk.net or call 01604361033.

Northern Uganda Charity based in Northants seeks local Ugandan Community

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Higham Ferrers based charity One Step at a Time (OSAAT) www.one-step-at-a-time.org.uk, are seeking Ugandan communities in Northants who are willing to help or support our fundraising events. We are planning a traditional cooking and tasting evening and are reaching out to see whether any one local and Ugandan can help.

Since the Founder Sandra Murphy passed away with cancer in April 2018, the volunteers, trustees, donors and sponsors are committed to carry on Sandra’s legacy and continue supporting OSAAT’s children in education and standard of living for them and their families which most of us take for granted living in the UK.

If you or someone you know could help out with OSAAT’s cooking and tasting evening then please get in touch with Tracy Stephen – Charity Administrator.

Every Nation Bible School UK Part timecourses

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It’s the start of the new academic year for Every Nation Bible School.

On the 12th of October, we are starting our Equipped 4 Life course in Northampton. Equipped 4 Life is run on one Friday and one Saturday a month for 10 months and it concludes with a mission.

The main theme of this course is evangelism. Equipped 4 Life lays a firm foundation for ministry as it’s Biblically based and practical equipping take place in a Spirit-led environment. This results in restoration, breakthrough and release.

In January 2019, Every Nation Bible School is launching a lot more courses covering various themes of Christianity such as Prayer Ministry, School of the Holy Spirit, Biblical Self-Leadership and many more.

If distance is an issue, Every Nation Bible School now offers Online Study for three of our courses.

If you are serious about being used by God and want to learn more about God and His plan for your life, then contact us on 01832 720 177, www.enbs.co.uk or email info@enbs.co.uk

Baby Basics Northampton seeks new trustees

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Baby Basics Northampton was set up in January 2013, with close links to Grange Park Church in Northampton, becoming a registered charity in summer 2016.   Our aim is to ensure, with the guidance of health care professionals such as midwives, health visitors and refuges etc, that every new born baby in Northamptonshire has a safe place to sleep, working to eradicate sudden infant cot death. We also aim to provide women with new babies who are vulnerable, and under safeguarding concerns, with basic essentials that are needed for the first three months of their baby’s life.  This includes mothers and families who are unable to provide these items themselves, particularly those from displaced people groups, those seeking asylum, those facing domestic abuse and / or deprivation. Our overall objective is to provide these women with hope for life with their new baby and help to provide essentials that will contribute to the positive mental health of both mum and baby and a safer start to life. The baskets and starter packs provided are sent as a gift of hope that these families are touched by God’s love for them and to feel comfort in often distressing times. Since January 2013 we have provided over 800 baskets, not only changing the lives of parents but the future for the babies.

Following the growth of the charity we are increasing our number of trustees from eight to ten and are inviting applications from individuals with skills and experience in the following areas.

  • Leadership
  • Organisation and governance
  • Financial management
  • Impact, evaluation and research
  • Fundraising

Trustees will take up roles from our AGM in October 2018 for a three-year term and this year we are looking in particular for individuals who have experience of fundraising, and impact, evaluation and research.     Our current Chair and Treasurer will be standing down from their positions in October 2019, therefore we will be looking for individuals with leadership skills (Chair) and financial management (Treasurer) next year.

If you are interested in joining the Baby Basics Northampton Board of Trustees, please send your CV and covering letter to Anne Rackham Chair of Trustees c/o The Kairos Centre, Grange Park Church, Wilks Way, Grange Park, Northampton  NN4 5DW or via email (babybasicsnorthampton.chair@gmail.com) by Friday 14 September 2018.

If you have any questions about the available positions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Anne at babybasicsnorthampton.chair@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest.

Baby Basics Northampton Board of Trustees

Welcome awaits you at Wymington

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Friends,

We would be very glad to welcome you to The Meeting Place, Wymington Chapel, High Street, NN10 9LS, for our next Debate, which is on Thursday evening, October 11th, with Jean Harrison:  New Year (2018) in Palestine.  Jean visited Israel/Palestine then, and hopes to return with a group later this year.  She has visited before with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, and has spoken to us at the Meeting Place about her experiences.  We shall be glad to listen to her again, and to hear about her plans. We hope you will join us for that evening.

A scientific paper published recently- investigates the very hot summer weather and greatly increased rainfall many of us have been experiencing in recent years, and relates this to anthropogenic (caused by human activity) Climate Change.  You can read the full report here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-05256-8 though you need to be aware that it contains a good deal of scientific and technical language.  Its publication was reported (without the technical language!) in several newspapers. For example  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/20/summer-weather-is-getting-stuck-due-to-arctic-warming.  The value of such studies is that they avoid the opposite mistakes of saying, on the one hand, that nothing is proven, so nothing needs to be done, and on the other hand, that everything is fully known, and there is nothing more to be learned.

We would like to form a group to study this paper, and then to contact our local Members of Parliament about our findings (in other words we want this to be a group that takes action).  If you would be interested in joining this, please let us know, and we will work out a good time for the group to begin meeting.  We hope to hear from you.

Best wishes,

Peter and Mary West,

15, High Street, Wymington, near Rushden, NN10 9LS

Phone: 01933 315724

More than 10,000 adults in Northampton Can’t Read or Write!

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I discovered the UK wide charity called Read Easy https://readeasy.org.uk/ and I am really impressed with the work they have done in lots of towns across England.  Each Read Easy Group is independent, raising funds and standing as a charity with a management team to oversee the work, but working under the policies & procedures of the UK wide Read Easy body.

To set up a Northampton Group – I will need to

  • Find volunteers to join the Management Team, and inaugurate the group.
  • Then find volunteers to coach readers, train them and
  • Then finally find people who want to learn to read and write (I have already had enquiries on this point)

There is a lot to do – my aim is to have enough volunteers / interested parties to hold the Public Meeting and then the Inaugural Meeting in October, then be coaching in January / February 2019.  Though this may be ambitious.

Please help me – if we can help people to learn to read and established their trust, there may be opportunities to explain that Jesus loves us all.

Contact: Lynne Parker       email:  northampton@readeasy.org.uk    tel:  07512 045107

I was shocked to find out that there are more than 10,000 adults in Northampton who having gone through our British schooling system can’t read or write! At first I thought about the problems not being able to read would bring – road signs, shopping, internet / newspapers but then I realised that people who can’t read won’t be able to tell what times our services are held and won’t come into a church anyway due to embarrassment because they can’t read the words to the songs; or might be asked to read something.

ECUMENICAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR PETERBOROUGH AND RUTLAND

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Are you inspired by the vision of Christians of different traditions working together?  Are you a great networker, solution-finder and administrator?  If so, ECUMENICAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR PETERBOROUGH AND RUTLAND may be the post may be for you.

£29,400 pa pro rata plus 10% pension contribution. The work is home-based, 10 hours a week

The successful applicant will be a lay or ordained member in good standing of a Church eligible for membership of Churches Together in England.  Full details: www.shireandsoke.org.uk

Further information can also be obtained from Stuart Jenkins (County Ecumenical Officer for Northamptonshire)

Phone: 07985 108092 or email stuartjenkins@shireandsoke.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 25 September 2018

calling all church musicians

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CALLING ALL CHURCH MUSICIANS!

Hello All,

My name is Jill and I attend Carey Baptist Moulton. I am looking for your help and input for an idea I have and which I would like to implement if it strikes a chord with others.

I would like to put on “ A Jamming Session” for church musicians. They often have them in pubs and I would like to organise a Christain one.

I can hire a hall and bar for a night at Moulton Community Center.

I have no dates in mind, some time next year,  just wondered if people out there would like to do it?

If you can let me have your comments, please.

Best Regards

Jill Halton.

jill@matrixtravel.co.uk

jillhalton@hotmail.co.uk

tel 07870 171763