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Prayers in St Luke’s tide for the NHS

Churches encouraged to pray for the NHS around St Luke’s day on 18 October 2017

Download the prayer resources here

Bishop John (Worcester) said:

“We regularly read news stories of the increasing pressure which the NHS is under. St Luke’s Day provides us with a welcome opportunity to pray for all staff and patients as well as those who have the responsibility for managing resources. The NHS was intended by its founders to be a sort of institutional answer to the question ‘Who is my neighbour?’, the answer being everyone. As such, it is a profoundly Christian institution and I would encourage everyone to set aside some time on or around 18 October to pray for all involved in our health service.”

Day Conference on Resource Churches for Rural Areas

Day Conference on Resource Churches for Rural Areas

10.30 am for 11 am – 4 pm, Tuesday 28 November 2017

At the Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre, Sheffield

There will be a wide range of speakers including practitioners, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and sharing expertise and ideas.

Cost: £48.00

Book now using this link…

Rural Resource Churches

A day conference to learn more about and explore the opportunities for resource churches in rural areas of England. There will be plenty of time for discussion and opportunity to hear from those who are already working in this way. Confirmed speakers include Rachel Jordan-Wolf (Mission and Evangelism), Stephen Mawditt (Fountains of Life), Pete Atkins (Threshold), Barry Hill (Leicester) and the Church Army Research Unit. There will be a short video of the story of Latimer Minster. Full programme to follow. We are making use of the wonderful hospitality of the Church Army Wilson Carlile Centre in Sheffield, 10.30 am for 11 am start, with the day finishing at 4 pm. A hot lunch will be provided.

Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson
National Rural Officer
Mission and Public Affairs, Archbishops’ Council
c/o Germinate: Arthur Rank Centre
Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth
Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

Job Vacancy – CAP

Church Action on Poverty (CAP) are currently recruiting!!

Churches Engagement and Supporter Marketing Officer – south of England
Remuneration: £26,822 – £33,437 pro rata – or freelance equivalent
14-hours per week, based in the south of England

Do you have a passion for social justice and making a difference to people in poverty? Do you have the supporter marketing skills to be able to help us recruit more supporters and donors through face-to-face engagement and building partnerships with local churches? We are seeking a talented individual with excellent marketing skills, who can build lasting relationships with individuals and churches, to significantly grow our fundraising income, in order to positively change more lives and communities. The post is available on either a freelance or employed basis.

Closing date for applications: noon on Monday 6 November 2017
Click here for further information…
Application packs are available by following links to CAP website.

No CVs please!
Niall Cooper

Director
Church Action on Poverty
28 Sandpiper Court, Waters Edge Business Park, Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ
T: 0161 872 9294
niallc@church-poverty.org.uk
www.church-poverty.org.uk

Marking the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Centenary

Learning from the past for the sake of the future

Join us at this unique occasion to send a message to our country
and the world that we acknowledge Britain’s responsibilities in the
Middle East, and commit ourselves to support both Palestinians
and Israelis in building a new future based on equal rights for all.

Central Hall Westminster
London SW1H 9NH – near Westminster Abbey
Tuesday 31 October 2017 6.30pm-8.30pm

What you can do:

  • Buy tickets via Eventbrite
  • Promote this event among your friends and networks
  • Help raise the £25k cost of this event
    (balfourproject.org/donate/)

Sign up for further information at balfourproject.org
Patrons: Rt Hon Tom Brake MP, Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Rt Revd Graham James, Rt Revd Declan Lang, Baroness Morris of Bolton, Dr Philippa Whitford MP

Registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation no. SC047090

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500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

95 Missional Theses!

Following Martin Luther and his famous 95 theses the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG) has produced 95 missional theses for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2017. Ours are based around the five marks of mission. Each takes the form of a positive statement: ‘We believe in a Church that..’  They will be tweeted, one a day in a randomised order, from @95missiontheses from 28 July 2017. We want to start LOTS of conversations about the sort of Church we believe in and want to see.  People don’t have to stick with ours; anyone can join the discussions or make up some theses of their own. We want to hear about those, too! Continue reading 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

Shale Gas & Fracking

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

We welcomed the Church of England’s December 2016 Briefing Paper “Shale gas and fracking”1 pulling together some of the key references on this topic and so stimulating debate within the Church on this controversial process.

Since then, a number of well-referenced papers2 have re-examined the evidence in various publications cited in the Briefing Paper and raised significant concerns about the reliability of the conclusions drawn.

We feel it imperative that the authors of the Briefing Paper seek expert advice on the strength of the evidence given and the conclusions drawn in these new publications and update the Briefing Paper as necessary so that Christian churches and others can participate in informed debate on the care of Creation and social responsibility in respect of shale gas.

We would be grateful for your response to this concern, to the email addresses below.

Blackburn Diocese Environment Group

1 Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Environment Working Group of the Church of England (2016) Shale Gas & Fracking;

2 Michael Hill (2017) Review of the Church of England Mission & Public Affairs Council and Environment Working Group Briefing Paper on Shale Gas and Fracking; Paul Mobbs (2017) Whitehall’s ‘Fracking’ Science Failure; David K. Smythe (2017) Submission to the Scottish Government consultation in unconventional oil and gas.

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