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Exciting Job Opportunities in ECM Britain’s Northampton office.

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European Christian Mission Britain is looking for 3 new members of staff to help us share Christ’s love and compassion in Europe.  Given their part-time nature and similarity of skills, it is conceivable that one person could do a combination of 2, or even 3 of the roles.  We are a small but effective office team looking after the needs of our mission partners in Europe.  We are based in the Moulton Park Business Centre, Redhouse Road, Northampton NN3 6AQ.

Supporter Relations Assistant for 3 days per week (to be negotiated).  The salary is £19.549.20 p.a. pro rata (3 day equivalent would be £11,729.52 p.a).

You will be responsible for ensuring that communication with our supporters regarding finance and prayer is of the highest standard. You will act as receptionist for the office but, crucially, you will correspond with individual supporters concerning their donations and be responsible for recording communications and maintaining the office database.

You will need excellent administration and communication skills. An ability to be organised, with good interpersonal skills is also important. There is an Occupational Requirement (OR) that the person appointed to the role will be a practising Christian as you will be required to represent ECM and its Christian ethos whilst working with supporters and sending churches of our missionaries who are required to raise their own financial support.

Finance Assistant for 1 day per week (to be done on one day or split over two).  The salary is £19,549.20 p.a. pro rata (1 day equivalent would be £3,909.84 p.a).

You will be responsible for ensuring that invoices are entered and reconciled in a timely manner.  There will be additional financial activities such as preparing Gift Aid submissions to HMRC and reconciling incomings and outgoings. You will need good financial and administrative skills. You should have experience of Excel and be sympathetic to our Christian ethos.

Personal Assistant to the British Director for 1 day per week (to be done on one day or split over Tuesday and Thursday mornings). The salary is £19,549.20 p.a. pro rata, thus the 1 day equivalent would be £3,909.84.

You will be responsible for providing administrative support to the British Director and coordination of special projects. You will need excellent administrative and organisational skills.  You will be relational, able to work confidentially and sympathetic to our Christian ethos.

How to apply: Applications will be considered for one, two or all three of the roles but please make it clear on your application form which role/s you are applying for.  To download individual job descriptions and the application form, please click here and scroll down to view each job opportunity.

Previous experience in a charity is desirable but not essential.  Due to visa restrictions, you must have the right to live and work in UK already.

Closing Date: 28th February

Interview Date: 6th March                                                                                  

New YouTube channel for Christian young people

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New YouTube channel for Christian young people

YouTubing is the number one activity of all 11-18s – Youth for Christ has created a new channel to engage them 

‘The Sync Coach invades this space, engages young people where they are at and challenges them to reach their mates,’ YFC said in a press release.

The Sync Coach has been designed to captivate young people ‘with the message of the gospel and train them to share their faith in a relevant, relational way’.

The Sync Coach, which is completely free, comprises a series of films for young people – ten daily sessions that take young people through a fun and relational way of sharing faith through stories. There are four interactive youth sessions for groups to take part in, and a film series for youth workers to watch alongside their young people to train them to be more effective evangelists.

It is probably ‘the most holistic’ resource YFC has created, continued the press release. ‘By the end of The Sync Coach, each young person will be able to share their story and communicate the gospel in a relevant way, be praying for a few friends and be committed to great relationships with those around them.’

Youth for Christ National Director Neil O’Boyle said, ‘I am so excited by the launch of Sync. We are convinced it has the power to change a nation. Imagine the potential of every Christian young person equipped and committed to reaching their friends.’

 You can check out the free films and sessions at www.yfc.co.uk/sync and the YouTube channel here

Wellbeing café – right for your church?

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The Renew Wellbeing café movement,

One of the speakers at the recent CTN Annual service was Denise Evans who spoke about the “Well Being Café” at St. Giles Church. Some people who weren’t there might like to know more.

Renew spaces are simple café style spaces run by local churches where hobbies and activities are shared or co-produced. Each café space is attached to a quiet room or prayer space where inner habits of wellbeing are shared. Each church partners with a mental health professional from the local council.

At a time when mental health services are stretched, the cafés are meeting a need and they are a wonderful example of Christians making a difference.

Since winning the Cinnamon Project Lab award in 2016, churches from Doncaster to Northampton have opened (or they are about to open) their own wellbeing café style spaces where “it is okay not to be okay”.

Ruth Rice, explaining why the movement has grown, said, ‘I think it’s because God was already in it. We just joined in. He gave me the idea in a dream. It’s so simple too and based on prayer.

‘So much mental health social action is exhausting and damaging and non-sustainable. This is simple and calm and life giving. The partnership with the mental health team means the church does not over give or try to do health care that it can’t do.’

The well-being café Renew 37 has been running for two and a half years now and seeks to provide a sense of belonging without labels, and with access to mental health advice. It was set up in response to Psalm 68: “you put the lonely in families or set the captives free”. The cafés open one to four days a week and offer a wide range of activities – for example, mental health workshops, table games, a guitar group.

At a time when mental health services are stretched, Ruth Rice says the cafés are needed: ‘Regulars self-report feelings of belonging and feeling less depressed and anxious, less lonely.

Looking to the future, she added, ‘I long to see places of welcome like this in every town and village.

‘I think every church would benefit from a renew space and every community would find their wellbeing improved.’

For more information on Wellbeing cafés, visit: www.renewwellbeing.org.uk

2018 Programme for Northampton Theological Society

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NORTHAMPTON THEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Meeting bi-monthly as shown below

2018

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.”

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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