NECN supports people active in Christian ministry on social housing estates.
I am the Support Officer of NECN and also work part-time as Diocesan Secretary of Birmingham Mothers' Union. I volunteer as a lay Bus Chaplain with NX West Midlands and accompany people as a Prayer Guide making retreats in daily life with an association called Manresa Link.
We regularly receive many enquiries about activities for older members of the local community and we now have an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver something new to meet this growing demand. To enable this, we are seeking to employ a development worker.
This new role will bring local people aged 50+ together to develop or maintain a happy, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. The successful candidate will facilitate good relationships with the local community and establish a welcoming place where people can participate in locally grown participant-led activities.
This post is 10 hours per week; salary £12 – 14.50 per hour depending upon experience (£6,240 – £7,540 per annum)
The successful candidate will have sympathy with the aims and ethos of St Thomas’ church and community project and will be subject to references and an advanced DBS check. For further information or to request our application form please contact our Church Office on 0121 743 7040 or email: email@example.com
Closing date for applications : 5 p.m. on 14th February 2020
Church Action on Poverty are looking for an experienced practitioner to facilitate peer learning amongst churches in Greater Manchester.
£27,905 – £32,029 pro rata, 7 hours per week, to be worked flexibly
25 days’ annual leave pro rata plus generous employer pension contribution
Based at Church Action on Poverty office, Salford. Working across Greater Manchester and occasional travel nationally. Subject to negotiation, the work could also be carried out on a freelance basis, paid on an appropriate daily rate, equivalent to the gross cost of a paid staff member.
Our new Church on the Margins programme in Greater Manchester seeks to promote the idea of a ‘Church of the Poor/Church on the Margins’: a church of justice, inclusivity and welcome. The Church on the Margins programme will be delivered in conjunction with the Methodist Manchester and Stockport District, the Centre for Theology and Justice based at Luther King House and other ecumenical partners. It will develop a network for people who are involved in church activism, estate ministry, people from church congregations, inclusive church, alternative church and those who want to make church a more welcoming place for all.
Over the next three years we will establish and facilitate a series of peer learning sets, to bring together groups of churches and projects across Greater Manchester, to explore together what it means to be a ‘church of the poor’, how to respond lovingly to their local context, and how to fully engage in Christian within marginalised communities. They will share stories of how their faith informs their action, and their action deepens their faith.
The facilitator will work alongside other members of the programme team in facilitating peer learning sets, participatory theological reflection and wider learning on what it means to be a ‘Church on the Margins’ within Greater Manchester.
At St Francis Church we long to see South Strood transformed by the good news of God’s Kingdom and to help with that we are looking for an Evangelism Enabler to join our team.
The parish of St Francis in Strood Kent is home to some 15,000 people and is set to grow. The area the church is based in is one of relatively high deprivation and issues of loneliness, mental health, and disability, alongside children and older people living in poverty are all high.
We are seeking an Evangelism Enabler to lead and enable delivery of outreach and evangelistic activities and events in the estates immediately surrounding St Francis in order to grow the church.
• Establish a pattern of regular and one-off opportunities and events that enable the Good News to be shared
• Reach the areas and people who are as yet unknown to the worshipping community
• Develop good relationships with community stakeholders as well as the residents of the parish
• Work alongside the vicar and ministry team to shape and deliver the vision at St Francis, particularly that relate to the nature, needs and opportunities of the local estates
• Be part of the leadership of the church
• Build, lead and equip individuals and teams to engage in evangelism opportunities; including the development of a Messy Church in a local school, and small groups for unchurched and dechurched local people
Candidates will have a sense of calling with giftings as an evangelist, with a demonstrable track record of helping people find faith, and be skilled in encouraging others to mature and realise their God given gifts.
Successful candidates should have:
• An assured theological grasp of ministry in an urban area
• The ability to draw upon creative ideas to enable engaging and interesting events and opportunities for people to be part of
• An active and infectious prayer life
• And be a confident self-starter.
The post holder will, at times, be the public face of the church in Strood, it is considered that there is a Occupational Requirement (OR) for the postholder to be a communicant member of the Church of England, or of a Church in communion therewith or of a member Church of the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland or of Churches Together in England, or of a member Church of the Evangelical Alliance.
Ordained and Lay applicants are welcome. If you are ordained, please contact us to discuss the terms of the contract in advance of applying.
The appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.
Mansfield St Augustine and Pleasley Hill St Barnabas – Vicar
Our joint parish is situated at the west side of Mansfield. The population is mixed with many former mining families and pensioners, two schools, a thriving business park and Mansfield Town Football Club’s state of the art training academy. There are significant opportunities for work with existing neighbourhoods and those in new housing developments, especially for someone with a vocation to serve a parish that is among the bottom 10% of the most deprived nationally. We believe that God is calling us to grow in faith and unity, to grow numerically – particulalry with children and young families – to be active in our communities, and to be financially sustainable.
We are seeking a priest with a joyful and infectious faith who is:
Open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their life and leadership
A strategic, collaborative leader who will help us to grow disciples in the 13-45 age group, and on the new housing developments that we are not reaching
Keen to communicate the Gospel and lead worship with understanding, reverence and creativity
Someone with a pastoral and prayerful heart for the whole community relating well to people of all ages and backgrounds
A good listener who values each person and who will encourage us to grow in faith, help us to develop our gifts, and challenge us to reach outwards
Active and visible in all aspects of the community.
The Bishop of Southwark is seeking a gifted, outward-looking priest to lead a new chapter in the life of this significant parish.
Holy Trinity is Eucharistically-centred, embraces diversity and seeks to work with others to bring hope, kindness and friendship to all, not least those on the edge.
With a Church school, University, local hospitals nearby, a large regeneration project about to start and an ecumenical partnership, there are great and exciting opportunities to grasp for God’s mission in this richly diverse parish.
It is likely that Roehampton will be a significant part of a diocesan SDF bid in 2020, resourcing new initiatives for growth and engagement.
A priest is sought who :
Has a lively faith, a deep spirituality, a love for people and transformative kindness.
Has the leadership and passion to cast vision, build teams and develop partnerships.
Is able to engage effectively with different age-groups, cultures and spiritualities.
Will embrace the congregation and work with them to pioneer new approaches to, and initiatives in, mission, worship and discipleship.
Will prayerfully preach, preside and lead, enabling the church to continue to thrive and grow, rooted in Christ’s welcome for all.
The Antioch Network are recruiting another Church Planter
If you are interested in reaching new people with the Gospel by starting a new church on a North Manchester housing estate, and if you’re moving to the city or already living within reach of it then please follow this link:
Are you looking for resources for and insights into estate ministry? Joe Hasler is a parish priest with 25 years’ of experience of living and working on estates. He has also worked for 17 years as a community development worker.
Some of his work can be downloaded from the list below: