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Manna House needs your support NOW!

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Northampton’s Christian bookshop Manna House urgently needs pledges of financial support to guide the trustees whether the shop can continue operating. For nearly 40 years Manna House has been a beacon of Christian light in the centre of Northampton. Not only has it been a convenient source of Christian literature, music, greeting cards and gifts, but also it has been a place for non-christians to enquire about the Christian Faith on a daily basis. The shop also has been a support for the counselling service which has helped thousands of people.

However, because of reduced footfall and grants, and because of competition by the Internet, the shop urgently needs financial help to keep operating. This is a situation where all churches as the Body of Christ in Northampton can pull together to help, keeping this Christian witness operating. Pledges of £18,000 per year for two years are needed, so if all 140 Northampton churches committed only at least £150 per year for two years, that would keep the shop operating. Please email your pledge to John Nightingale at john@mannahouse.org.uk or phone John on 01604 633304 (office hours). The shop’s trustees meet on 20th November to consider the future of the shop, so your pledge by then will help enormously. Thank you. Colin Wilkinson, Harpole.

Spencer Contact Furniture Re-use Charity – Employment Vacancy

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Spencer Contact are looking to hire a Warehouse Person/Driver Team Member to help us share the Christian message of God’s love and bring practical aid to needy people in and around Northampton. Could you be the person to help us do that?

The role includes predominantly repairing and restoring furniture.  Activities also include driving, delivering and collecting furniture.  Loading/unloading the vehicles, sorting, cleaning and storing of goods.  Sharing the Christian Gospel to donors and recipients.  This position carries a genuine occupational requirement for the successful applicant to be a practising Christian.

Experience in woodwork and the ability to dismantle, repair, restore and reconstruct furniture including sanding and varnishing would be advantageous and a clean driving licence with the ability to drive light goods vehicles up to a maximum weight of 3.5t is required.

For an application form please e-mail mail@spencercontact.com   Closing date Friday 16 November 2018

Police offer Counter Terrorism training for staff and volunteers working at places of worship

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Counter Terrorism Police are calling on places of worship to take part in an innovative new training scheme.

The package – free to use and developed in partnership with retail giant Marks & Spencer – aims to equip workers in crowded places with knowledge to help prevent terror attacks. 

Called ACT Awareness e-Learning, the training covers how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and what to do if a major incident should take place. Free to use, the package can be divided into short sections to suit business or service needs. However, it takes just three quarters of an hour to complete – 45 vital minutes that could save lives.

Last year 36 people were killed and many more were injured in five separate incidents in London and Manchester. One of the attacks involved a group of worshipers outside a mosque. One man lost his life and many others were injured.

Police are now asking leaders of all faith institutions – especially those who host large congregations – to encourage staff and volunteers to take part.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, national lead for Protective Security, says: “There is no specific intelligence to say that places of worship are particularly at risk but sadly we have seen that attacks can take place anywhere at any time. All locations that attract large numbers of people should take steps to help protect their staff and visitors.”

Manchester suffered the largest loss of life in last year’s attacks, when 22 people died in an explosion at a pop concert. The city’s cathedral was one of the first organisations across the UK to sign up to the scheme. The Dean of Manchester, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender, says: “The online training shows staff in simple terms what to look out for and what to do if the worst should happen. “It’s basic and free advice that could save lives. I would encourage others across all faiths to ask their employees and volunteer workers to take part. We all need to play our part in helping to keep our communities safe.”

Organisations wanting more information, or to apply for registration, should visit the National Counter Terrorism Security Office website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-counter-terrorism-security-office

Sources for funds/grants

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‘Alternative Sources of Funding’ Monday 19 November at 10 am – 12 noon

This workshop designed to raise community groups awareness that Northamptonshire Community Foundation is just one of a large number of sources of funding and how to go about accessing other sources of funding in addition to the Foundation. Looking at what the groups want to deliver and why and how best this can be resourced. Helping participants to explore integrity and honesty about what they are wanting to achieve so that they can be true to their purpose and apply to the funds that ‘best fit’ their work.

To book a place contact Matthew Toresen: matthew@ncf.uk.com

 

There is also an ‘Applying for Funding’ workshop taking place with Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire on Wednesday 31 October. For more information search here:

http://www.voluntaryimpact.org.uk/post/applying-for-funding-training/

 

Northamptonshire Community Foundation | 18 Albion Place | Northampton | NN1 1UD

Website: www.ncf.uk.com

Telephone: 01604 230033

St Andrew’s Healthcare is looking for Chaplaincy Volunteers

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We would like you to become part of the voluntary team who assist the Chaplaincy with the spiritual support and enrichment of our patients (both those of faith and those without). This is an exciting and rewarding role which may include such things as assisting Chaplains with visiting patients on the wards to address their spiritual needs, Prayer and Praise sessions, Songs of Peace, chaplaincy admin, chaplaincy outreach. Plus accompanying Chaplains either onto a ward, multi-faith room, in the chapel (Northampton) or another venue where a chaplaincy activity is taking place.

Please note that this is not an evangelistic role.

 

email: jamawdsley@standrew.co.uk

or telephone: 01604 616164  for further information

 

A Taste of Heaven

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A Taste of Heaven

‘A Taste of Heaven’ is a picture by Leavon Bowman. Phyllis Thompson referring to John 6: 22-58, draws inspiration from the picture.

Phyllis writes: In my office you will find an inspiring portrait beautifully created by the skilful hands of Mr. Leavon Bowman. So fitting is the caption; “A Taste of Heaven”. Pictured are those gathered at a table in His presence. At this table you find all nationalities and walks of life. You find the senior as well as the young child. All are invited. No one is rejected. The rich, the poor, the successful, the outcast all are one in the same. It is only when humanity is all all-encompassing that we together make up the family of God. This portrait is a glimpse into what heaven will be like. A Taste of Heaven.”

These are just two examples of what many others have said:

Noel Moules, teacher, author, and founder of ‘Anvil Trust’

‘A Taste of Heaven’, is a unique painting capturing the power of communion within community. Shared table relationships flow; they intertwine childhood, maturity, gender, race and culture, celebrating freedom, unity and life in the presence of the risen Christ. Following his resurrection, Jesus ‘was known to them in the breaking of bread’ (Lk 24:35). Today this promise remains. Place this picture somewhere prominent. Be inspired, then share this meal and be transformed.’ 

Mark L. Williams, Lead Pastor North Cleveland Church of God

Perhaps no scene in Scripture more beautifully displays Jesus’ love for all and His all inclusive plan of redemption than the table which He shared with His disciples on the night He was betrayed.  That table, however, was fraught with prophetic anticipation of a day when Jesus would commune with saints from every kindred, nation, tongue and people. “A Taste of Heaven” beautifully adds to this anticipation and creates within my heart a longing for a Kingdom without borders”. 

Phyllis Thompson is the Education Director for the New Testament Church of God.

To enquire about buying limited edition print copies of ‘A Taste of Heaven’ call 01604  824233.

For fuller information and to see the print go to

https://www.cte.org.uk/Groups/313336/Home/News/Reflection_of_the/A_Taste_of/A_Taste_of.aspx

 

THE BIBLE SOCIETY have produced their latest Bible, the Good News Bible – Youth Edition!

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THE BIBLE SOCIETY are excited to introduce their latest Bible, the Good News Bible – Youth Edition

In collaboration with Youth for Christ TBS have created a special edition designed with young people, for young people.

The Bible includes

·         links to a dedicated YouTube playlist with 30 videos unpacking key themes and issues

·         hundreds of interactive elements throughout the Bible

·         space for writing, doodling and drawing

·         a full-page introduction to each book of the Bible

·         32 colour pages of key things to know about the Bible and help with tough topics

One of the best parts of creating this edition was hearing from young people themselves

 

‘I wish I’d owned this Bible when I was growing up,’ says Ruth Jackson, Editor of Premier Youth and Children’s work magazine.

‘The translation is really clear and the extra content is so helpful. It brings context and clarity to difficult biblical concepts and provides opportunity for questioning,​ reflection and interactivity. Perhaps this Bible would make a perfect Christmas gift for a young person you know, or for your entire youth group!

Celebrating ten years of Street Pastors

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For ten years the Northampton Street Pastors have been helping people in town late on a Saturday night, offering a helping hand, and giving away flip flops and lollipops.

To celebrate this milestone there will be a

Celebration Service at the New Testament Church of God, College Street NN1 2QP

Saturday 17th November at 6pm to which all are welcome. Special guest at this service will be Les Isaac, founder of Street Pastors and the Ascension Trust.

The service will be followed by a buffet, and again all are welcome. Numbers of guests (for caterers) please to northampton.admin@streetpastors.org.uk or text 07393 771293.

2018-9 Programme for Northampton Theological Society

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NORTHAMPTON THEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Meeting bi-monthly as shown below

2018-19 Programme

Nov. 20      Rev’d Helen Cameron

(Chair of Northampton Methodist District, formerly Tutor at Queen’s College, Birmingham)

“A theological exploration of human and ministerial flourishing”

 

Jan.  15       Rev’d. Stuart Jenkins

(Baptist Minister & Hospital Chaplain, County Ecumenical Officer) –

“How can we speak of God in a World come of age?

A conversation with Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”    Also AGM

 

Mar. 19    Sean Oliver-Dee

(Research Associate, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture)

“Identity and belonging: what does citizenship look like

for the 21st century believer in Britain”

 

May 21     Rev’d Dr. Pippa Madgwick

(Rector at Rutland Water, former Agricultural Scientist)

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

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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