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Student Christian Movement are seeking a new Chief Executive Officer

 

As part of an exciting development, the Student Christian Movement wishes to appoint a CEO to lead the organisation. SCM are looking for a dynamic and motivated person who can provide strategic leadership, raise  the profile, and oversee fundraising to support the growth of the movement. Together with the Operations Manager, the CEO will support and develop a talented staff team.

The ideal candidate will enjoy networking, acting as a confident ambassador of the organisation, and will be adept at promoting organisations with marketing flair. The CEO will be a successful manager of teams, creating high levels of motivation and ensuring financial targets are met.

SCM particularly welcome applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and LGBTQ+ individuals who are currently underrepresented in the organisation.

Hours: 35 per week

Up to £40,000 depending on experience.

Flexible location

Contract: Permanent, on completion of a six month probationary period

SCM are a student led movement committed to creating community, deepening faith, seeking justice and celebrating diversity.

Please visit www.movement.org.uk/vacancies to download a detailed recruitment pack and application form.

Application deadline: 12 noon, Friday 27th September

 

A new resource from Churches Together in England – A Flexible Framework for Local Unity in Mission

Churches Together in England has just published A Flexible Framework for Local Unity in Mission.
The document is a reworking and renaming of A New Framework, issued some time ago which was universally well received as ‘exciting, significant and practical’.

It has liberated work for local unity in mission and continues to be key to mission-shaped unity, especially at local level.

The re-published and slimmer text, which now includes hyperlinks can be found at the CTE Website.

 

Thy Kingdom Come – An Ecumenical Beacon of Praise in St Albans

Around 1000 people from around Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, came together in St Albans to celebrate Thy Kingdom Come’s ten-day wave of prayer for people to know more of Jesus Christ.  Some came with their churches and others independently, all joining in with hymns led by Soul Survivor’s band and with the various forms of prayer on offer in different parts of St Albans Cathedral during the service.

The service was hosted by Marina Fidel, of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Dean Pusey of the St Albans Diocese (featured below taking a selfie with the congregation).  The event was co-ordinated by an ecumenical planning group with representatives from the Roman Catholic Church, Coptic Orthodox Church, Methodist Church, Central Baptist Association as well as the Church of England and Chaired by Doral Hayes of Churches Together in Hertfordshire.

There was prayer for all traditions, personalities and age groups; from drawing round your hand and naming five people or things to pray for, lighting a candle in the Shrine of St Alban, putting a cardboard apple on a prayer tree for answered prayers or praying with others, whether silently before the sacrament or in groups of two or three. The vastness of St Albans Cathedral accommodated them all.  A number of local and regional Church leaders, as well as lay representatives from different denominations contributed to the evening’s theme: ‘How do people know I’m a Christian?’.  There was a short reflection from Bishop Paul McAleenan, Auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop of Westminster, on the suffering church. He addressed the question, how do we pray for those who suffer for making their faith known, or who live under the threat of persecution, and led prayer for those in such situations.

The main talk was from Revd Dr Paul Goodliff, General Secretary of Churches Together in England, offered some answers to the question, ‘How do people know I’m a Christian?’ He said, in a nutshell, how I talk, how I act and how I smell, the last being about creating ‘the aroma of Christ’ among those around us: having a good impact.

 

 

The event was a wonderful example of Christians together in prayer and praise, leaving people both energised and moved by the richness and diversity of Christian worship and the display of Christian Unity.

 

Churches Together in England Review of the Year

CTE’s review of 2018 is now available in either hard copy or to download.  If you need a hard copy contact CTE directly of download a copy here

 

National Call To Prayer

The Presidents of Churches Together in England, together with our partners Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, are calling the churches to prayer as we approach the date when the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. From Wednesday 28th March to Sunday 31st March the Presidents urge churches in our nation to find ways to pray, and to enable church buildings to be opened for any in their communities seeking a space for prayer. Churches Together in England supports every opportunity for local churches to pray together and urges Churches Together Groups and other expressions of Christian unity to take hold of this moment to pray together for our nations.   This builds on other calls to prayer from member churches over recent months and reflects the increasing urgency of the moment as Brexit approaches.   In particular, we suggest that as the Presidents of Churches Together in England and other church leaders meet to pray at 10.30 am on Saturday 30th March in central London, churches throughout the nations may wish to join in similar expressions of prayerful concern for the future of the peoples and nations in the British Isles and Ireland, and beyond, during that morning.

Rev’d Dr. Paul Goodliff General Secretary, Churches Together in England 26th February 2019

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Letchworth Christian Bookshop – Volunteers Needed

Letchworth Christian Bookshop urgently need volunteers.  Help is needed with the following:

  • Specialist IT skills 
  • Maintaining social media for the shop 
  • Sales assistant workIf you have any or all of the above skills and are interested in partnering with Letchworth Christian Bookshop, or would just like more details please email christianbookshop@xln.co.uk  Or leave a note in the shop addressed to the manager.

The Big Pancake Party

1 in 8 British adults say they are anxious about not being able to afford food. All across this country there are children going to school hungry and parents skipping meals so that their kids can eat an evening meal.

The work of Church Urban Funds Together Network we are working to change this but need your support. They are calling on churches, schools, families, and individuals throughout England: will you join the Big Pancake Party and stand up to food poverty?

Click Here to find out below how to join the party on Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, which this year is the 5th March!

 

Read the letter from CTE Presidents and Church Leaders regarding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity here.

 

National Call To Prayer

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) has today issued a request that all its member churches and associated bodies join together, at this the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, in a time of dedicated prayer for the national political situation in the United Kingdom. We believe that this is a time that requires particular prayers for discernment and wisdom, as well as a time for deep listening to God’s call to live together in peace and justice.

CTBI especially asks that churches, and everyone of faith, join together over the coming week, beginning this Sunday, in praying for our politicians and political institutions.

For more information visit their website here

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January.  Please contact your local Churches Together Group to find out what is happening in your area. 

Do share with us what is happening in your area, either by contacting us at facilitator@ctherts.org.uk or on Twitter using the hashtag #wpcuwall or #wpcu2019.

Resources which include daily prayers and reflections and a service outline (which can of course be adapted to meet your needs) are available to buy or download free of charge from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website.

Resources for 2019 have been prepared by Christians from Indonesia, the largest country in South East Asia, made up of more than 17,000 islands, 1,340 different ethnic groups and over 740 local languages, united by one national language Bahasa Indonesia. With some 86% of its 260 million people estimated to be Muslim, it has the largest Islamic population of any country. About 10% of Indonesians are Christian. Indonesians have lived by the principle of gotong royong which is to live in ‘solidarity and by collaboration’, regarding all Indonesians as brothers and sisters.

But gotong royong sits ill at ease with the neo-liberal approach to economics that has led to economic growth, and corruption infecting politics and business, often with devastating effects on the environment. Meanwhile those who are supposed to promote justice and protect the weak fail to do so. As a consequence, a country rich in resources bears the burden of many people living in poverty. Particular ethnic and religious groups are often associated with wealth in ways that have fed tensions.

The Christians of Indonesia found that the words of Deuteronomy, ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…'(see Deut. 16:18-20) spoke powerfully to their situation.

CTE Job Opportunities 

Churches Together in England (CTE) is seeking to appoint an able and experienced full-time Evangelism & Mission Co-ordinator, and a new half-time 1-year fixed term contract experienced Communications & Media Officer following the retirement in the summer of 2019 of the current post holder of a combined evangelism and media role. This allows us to further develop two of the strategic priorities of CTE — enabling the member churches to collaborate in evangelism and mission, and to strengthen our public voice.

Evangelism & Mission Co-ordinator

Full time/Flexible over 5/6 days per week incl. weekends/evenings, travel etc.

  • Home based, accessible to London

The ideal candidate will be skilled at brokering and developing relationships within and beyond CTE, have wide ecumenical experience, take responsibility for evangelism and mission co-ordination and share in the responsibilities of the staff team.

An application pack can be downloaded at www.cte.org.uk/MissionCoordinator

Communications & Media Officer

Half time/Flexible over 5/6 days per week incl. weekends/evenings, travel etc.

  • 1-year fixed term contract.
  • Home based, accessible to London

The ideal candidate for this exciting new post will be able to maintain the CTE website and social media activity, have knowledge of the Christian denominational communications landscape, develop CTE publications and produce monthly mailings.

An application pack can be downloaded at www.cte.org.uk/MediaOfficer

To arrange an informal chat for either post, please contact the General Secretary, Revd Dr Paul Goodliff at paul.goodliff@cte.org.uk

Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 1st February 2019 Interview dates: 27th – 28th February 2019

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for applicants to be a practising Christian and an active member in good standing of a member church of CTE/CTBI.

www.cte.org.uk

Holidays Clubs Across Hertfordshire

Many churches work together across the summer months providing Holiday Clubs for children in their town or village.  These clubs provide a great support to working parents over the summer months as well as help many Children, often from outside the churches, to hear about Jesus.  Several of these clubs are being advertised on our Events page this year along side other ecumenical events.

If your Church or group of Churches is offering a holiday club please do contact us and we can help tell people about it.

World War One Remembrance – 100 Days of Prayer

Many hundreds of local groups of churches across England will be working together in the next few months, often in partnership with schools, Local Authorities, British Legion etc. to remember 100 years since the end of World War One and specifically to pray for peace

Both churches and individuals will be promoting prayer together for peace, hope and reconciliation, during the 100 days that will run up to November 11th from August 4th. This replicates a call for prayer from King George V that preceded the Armistice in 1918 and for which new devotional material has been produced for use each day. 

HOPE, the ecumenical charity which co-published The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, is coordinating this season of prayers for peace. Church leaders, Christian ministries, charities and members of the Armed Forces from Britain and the Commonwealth have provided prayers and suggestions for peace-making activities. These 100 Days of Peace and Hope have been collated online at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days.

They are available free to be used by individuals, churches and schools in villages, towns and cities across the UK to reflect on the losses of war, and to work and pray for peace. In his introduction to 100 Days of Peace and Hope Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby writes, ‘From 4 August 2018, in churches across this country, let us mark 100 days with prayers for peace, hope and reconciliation.’

Many organisations and denominations are working together to provide Remembrance 100 resources for local churches and communities. These include the Armed Forces Christian Union, Bible Society, Christian Vision for Men, Church of England, Churches Together in England, Deo Gloria Trust, HOPE, Lifewords, the Methodist Church in Britain, the Peace Alliance, the United Reformed Church, Scripture Union, Sports Chaplaincy UK, and the World Prayer Centre

 Click here to see the 4 August 1918 Order of Service for the National Day of Prayer.  thanks to the Archive of the Methodist Church.  

A number of key resources that are being made available through the dedicated website www.remembrance100.co.uk. These include the facsimile soldiers Gospels produced in 2014, alongside many new resources that includes the booklet Silence, a film from Bible Society of the text used in Memorial Services, Church of England Liturgies and prayers, school  lesson plans, group discussion material, and more resources to be added.  

Please do keep check on the Remembrance 100 website as you prepare for your own remembrance events this year. 

Grants for mission

An opportunity for grants to aid work for the Kingdom has emerged from the wave of prayer called Thy Kingdom Come that swept across the nation in the days leading up to Pentecost when people prayed that others too should have the chance to know Jesus.  Now, aided by a fund, Christians of all traditions can work for the fulfilment of that same prayer. Behind Thy Kingdom Come was an initiative of the Archbishops of York and Canterbury in 2016 which soon spread across the world. It caught the imaginations of many, and this year it has been even bigger. The 2017 conclusion in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire was a moving Pentecost Service in St Albans Cathedral. A collection was taken, and the proceeds were to be split between paying for the event itself and setting up a fund for local mission. This is the money now on offer. The collection raised £1400 for mission!The money is being given in seven grants of £200 each, with a preference for outreach with an ecumenical dimension. Any Christian group in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire may apply. The form can be found here…

 

New Ecumenical Facilitator Appointed for CT Herts – Doral Hayes

Having grown up as an interchurch child I have been involved in ecumenism from an early age, I was raised within the Church of England and the local independent Free Church.   After a journey through several different churches in my early adulthood, I found my spiritual home within the Church of England.   My husband, Declan is a Catholic and our children, Amelia and Dylan, attend both Anglican and Catholic schools.


After completing my degree in Health and Community Studies I spent ten years working for medical and educational charities, followed by another ten years working in learning and development roles. In 2013 I became the Executive Development Officer of the Association of Interchurch Families, supporting and speaking for interchurch families as well as communicating their witness and service and the opportunities they bring to the Church and to Christian Unity. Throughout this role I have worked with both the national Churches and the national ecumenical instruments, CTE and CTBI.   I am currently the Chair of Bodies in Association with CTE and CTBI, a group of ecumenical organisations working across the UK, and am part of the CTBI working group editing the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.   I will continue in this role alongside my position as Ecumenical Facilitator for CT Herts.


In my local area I am a lay preacher, retreat and housegroup leader and I also am currently completing my MA in Contemporary Christian Theology at Newman University. I am delighted to be taking on the role Ecumenical Facilitator for Churches Together in Hertfordshire and look forward to working together to further promote Christian Unity across the county.

Please do contact me at facilitator@ctherts.org.uk 

CTE Publish Theos Report on Ecumenism in England

In September 2017 CTE published the Theos report into its work and into ecumenism across England. This report provides a snapshot of contemporary ecumenism in England. It tells the story of how ecumenism has changed and describes a movement that is now sitting at a critical juncture as it looks to the future. The report focuses primarily on Churches Together in England, the main ecumenical body operating in England. It identifies the strengths of the organisation and discusses the challenges it now faces. ‘The report concludes with some suggested possibilities for the future, making some tentative recommendations for Churches Together in England as an organisation. It is our hope that this report will serve to provoke fresh debate about the purpose, focus, and direction of ecumenism as it develops over the coming years.’

Click here to find out more and download the report

Chair: Revd David Chapman

Churches Together in Hertfordshire unites in pilgrimage those churches in the area which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord according to the Scriptures, and in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves:
To seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another
in the Church, which is his body; and
To fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world:

To the glory of one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Facilitator: Doral Hayes

facilitator@ctherts.org.uk