1000th member of Job Club in Pollokshaws

THERE is a new hope for jobseekers in Glasgow.

With continued pressure on services in the city, one church has stepped forward and already helped 1,000 people in their journey towards finding work.
Pollokshaws Methodist Church partnered with award-winning charity Christians Against Poverty four years ago to open a job club with almost a quarter finding work as a result.

CAP Job Club Manager Phil Haggis said: “For a job club to have such a great success rate is very rare, particularly in the current climate of unemployment.
“We know Job Centre Pluses are under enormous pressure across the country, which is why we have partnered with them and see most of our members being referred by them to us.“The beauty of local churches is that they are a great resource in the community and by using the fantastic materials created by Christians Against Poverty we are seeing all our members graduating with a renewed confidence and fervor to put themselves forward forjobs.”

Pollokshaws Job Club’s 1000th member Craig Broadley was recently presented with a framed certificate to mark this historic landmark and members shared a celebration chocolate cake with 1000 candles.
The job club was also recently visited by the Vice-President of the Methodist Conference Jill Baker, who said: “We were very impressed with the work which we saw at Pollokshaws Job Club, which is living out the good news of Jesus in real, practical ways.

“The emphasis on community was of particular importance, treating people as individuals but also as part of society and working towards building the sort of communities where everyone is valued and supported.”
Pollokshaws Job Club is one of 163 job clubs across the UK run in partnership with Christians Against Poverty. To book into the 8-week course visit capuk.org and type in your postcode to find your nearest one.

Christians Against Poverty is determined to reduce hardship in the UK, through the local Church. It does this through 576 poverty fighting services, including 306 Debt Centres, 163 Job Clubs, 71 Release Groups and 36 Life Skills courses, helping people develop basic financial and practical skills.

All the services are given freely regardless of age, gender, faith or background.

  • CAP works to stop interest and charges (successful in 90% of cases)
  • The average person goes debt free with CAP is 21 months
  • In CAP’s 20th year, the charity expects to help 20,000 people
  • The most recent CAP Client Report published in June, found that prior to working with CAP, 78% of clients with children had been unable to feed or clothe them. In addition the report also found that prior to working with CAP 65% of clients skipped meals due to debt and 36% had considered, or attempted, suicide (rising to 40% in Wales).

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Creating a culture of welcome: church-led responses to migration and refugees

At the recent JPIT conference, David Bradwell, JPIT member and Co-ordinator of Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, and Philip Jones and other members of Wilbraham St Ninian’s URC who have direct experience of the UK asylum and refugee system, led a session on the UK’s response to refugees.

They explored practical ways your church can demonstrate love-of-neighbour. This is for everyone, whether or not you have asylum seekers or refugees living in your local area: there are things all of us can do to create a culture of welcome in church and in society.

Read the briefing paper Made for Goodness: A faithful response to the refugee crisis.

If you want to have sacred conversations on migrating within your local church or church related group @home in a strange place is a very useful resource.

Here are some Church organisations carrying out work with refugees that you can get involved with.

Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees

Christian Aid

City of Sanctuary

Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe

CTBI Focus on Refugees

Universal Credit is driving families to food banks

A report by the Trussell Trust notes a 51% rise in food bank use in Universal Credit Areas and a 13% rise in other areas. Many areas in Scotland are now full service areas for Universal Credit, meaning that those under pension age claiming income-related benefits for the first time will wait at least a month for their first payment.

 

Thy Kingdom Come

Waiting in Wonder

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

Resources for Prayer and Worship

The hope is that:

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or as a family;
  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

There are some specifically Methodist resources available.

 

Apply for a ONE Internship

When we think about our career choice and our calling, we often don’t join up the dots between the two. Or perhaps we think that ministry is reserved for those who work for the church? Are you interested in an opportunity to explore your vocation, gain invaluable professional experience and grow your faith in a unique setting? Would you like to make intentional links between faith and the working life of a vibrant and busy work place?

If the answers ‘yes’ then ONE Intern may be for you!

Applications are now open for the one year programme starting in September 2018. The majority are based in London (one in Rome). You should be between 21 and 26. The salary is £21,000 pa.

Closing dates range from 16 April (Rome) to 30 April. More information include Job Descriptions and application forms.

Online service in Livingston

When severe weather caused by the ‘Beast from the East’ cancelled all four Sunday services at Livingston United Parish Church, technology came to the rescue.

To provide the congregation with some form of worship, an online broadcast was set up and the Revd Stephanie Njeru, the Methodist member of the team ministry, provided a short service.

The service was a success and earned lots of positive feedback.The church will take the encouraging statistics to the Church Council in a bid for future services to also be broadcast.

The Revd Njeru said: “This was an inspired solution to the problem that the weather brought. Hopefully will be the first of many acts of worship that will enable the housebound or non-churchgoers the opportunity to worship alongside others.”

Humanitarian Aid for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Christian Aid is responding to urgent humanitarian need in the Kasai District of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with funding from the Scottish Government’s new Humanitarian Emergency Fund.
Christian Aid has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the 1970s. But months of escalating violence in Kasai District is threatening families who had become healthier and more resilient.
Our partner, HelpAge, will be providing shelter kits and essential non-food items to reduce the risk of disease for internally displaced people and host families. Women and children are particularly vulnerable.
Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Policy and Practice, Michael Mosselmans said, ‘Sadly, the enormous humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not received the media and political attention from the international community that they so clearly deserve. Christian Aid therefore commends the release of much-needed funding for the emergency in the DRC from the Scottish Government.’
Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for International Development and Europe said, ‘For decades, the DRC has struggled with one of the world’s most relentless emergencies. Escalating conflict within the country has resulted in 4.3 million people displaced from their homes, 9.9 million considered food insecure and 2 million malnourished children.
‘We want Scotland to be a good global citizen and our Humanitarian Emergency Fund aims to provide emergency life-saving aid to those in most need.’