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VACANCY – Director of Operations Mission in the Economy Merseyside

Vacancy with Mission in the Economy (MitE) Merseyside:

Director of Operations (Full Time 35 hours p.w.) Initially a 3 year Contract     Salary: £28,500

Closing date for applicatations: 10 August

More information here

MitE is an Ecumenical charitable company which works alongside local businesses, churches of all denominations, town & city councils  to provide chaplaincy services and work & wellbeing resources to business public and voluntary communities around the North West.

This post is open to all, lay or ordained, who are able to support the Charity’s objects which include the promotion of “the application of Christian principles within the economy and their appreciation by Christians and non-Christians and thus foster the developments of a healthy economy by encouraging best practice and influencing public opinion in favour of gospel values.”

The Director of Operations leads the established Ecumenical Chaplaincy Team and develops their theological understanding of the effects of the regional economy, and communicate this to Churches and faith groups through training and study events.

The Mission in the Economy office base is in Liverpool city centre with satellite groups in St Helens and Warrington.

Health of the High Street

BIRA – British Independent Retailers Association www.bira.co.uk – has launched a survey to gather evidence about our use and need for our High Street shops:  Their HealthoftheHighStreet survey is at bit.ly/healthofthehig

75% of UK shops are small independent retailers: although their difficulties may not get the publicity of large chain store closures, their loss is felt by local people.

Media experts say that retailing is in the middle of a ‘revolution’; that our High Streets are in ‘intensive care’. Yet retailing/wholesaling is still a larger contributor to national GDP than banking, and employs over 4 million people.

Alan Hawkins, CEO of BIRA , was speaking at WCM UK National conference. Can revolution  become positive evolution through careful policy action and careful support?

Preparing for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The new GDPR Data Protection rules come into play  from 25 May 2018.

The  General Data Protection Regulation marks a shake up to data protection legislation and addresses the advances in the electronic world since the Data Protection Act came into force in the UK.  Although the main principles will remain the same, GDPR will totally repeal the DPA and enhances the protections.

At the heart of GDPR is the ethos of ‘Privacy by Design’ which in itself will entail maintaining records of personal data and processing activities and obtaining explicit consent to process data in many more cases. 

Data protection and an individual’s privacy is to be at the core of all new data processing activities. The new Regulations make  ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ key principles and the punishments for breaching the regulations have been considerably increased.

WCM UK has issued general guidance to its members about the new regulations and actions to take. Available here.

Further advice about GDPR for church organisations is available from the Church of England and the Methodist Church

New Trustees and Constitution for WCM UK at AGM

WCM UK will be voting on a new constitution for the charity and electing new Trustees at its Annual General Meeting on 25 June at 8:15pm.

The meeting agenda includes a report and accounts for 2017, and vote on a new constitution, which finalises the change of name of the charity to ‘Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK’.

The new constitution is available here. The existing constitution (from 2006) is available here

People seeking election as new Trustees are Matthew Reed (Methodist Chaplaincy Development Officer) and Fiona Stewart-Darling (Canary Wharf Chaplaincy). Trustees seeking re-election are: Peter Sellick (Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull), Dick Johnson (Faith at Work Worcestershire), Phillip Jones (Stoke on Trent), Olwen Smith (Chaplaincy for Banbury) and Angela Overton-Benge (Cumbria).

Since this is a re-scheduled AGM, if there is not the required quorum, then the AGM can proceed with the actual number of members present.

Workplace Chaplaincy National Conference – Places filling up

REFRESHING CHAPLAINCY:                        CHANGING ECONOMY

Limited number of places left at our National Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK Conference 2018. BOOK NOW.

Monday 25 June 1pm – Tuesday 26 June 2pm

The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU

Speakers include:

Warren Evans – CEO Sports Chaplaincy UK
Alan Hawkins – CEO BIRA
Manager – Marks and Spencer

Workshops, worship and sharing together.

North Wales Multi Faith Chaplaincy Networking Day 30 May

Wrexham Glyndwr University Chaplaincy is organising a free Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Networking Day in collaboration with the chaplaincy at HMP Berwyn – the first event of its kind in the region.

Keynote speakers:

  • Ben Ryan (of the faith -based thinktank ‘Theos’, author of ‘Chaplaincy: A Very Modern Ministry’,)
  • Dr Karen Washington-Dyer, Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Glyndŵr:  ‘Faith and Fear’, or how faith helps us to cope with uncertainty in today’s ever-changing world.

Q&A session focusing on practical details of caring sensitively for those from a variety of faith backgrounds – the panel will include representatives from a wide range of world faiths – and a range of workshops:

Spaces: Rev Alan Pierce-Jones, Lead Chaplsin at HMP Berwyn, on setting up and using multi-faith spaces

Sport: James Wallace of Chester Unicersity Chaplaincy on using sport to build bridges in chaplaincy

Silence: Paul Jeorrett, Quaker Chaplain at Glyndwr on use of silence in multi-faith Chaplaincy

Sadness and Celebration: Marking rites-of-passage in a multi-faith setting (Humanist Chaplain)

See www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multi-faith-chaplaincy-networking-day-tickets-44096439638?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse for full details, and to book.

VACANCY Canary Wharf Retail Chaplaincy

TEAM LEADER RETAIL CHAPLAINCY

The Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy is seeking applications for a new and exciting post as Team Leader of the Retail Chaplaincy team.

We are looking for someone to join this unique Multifaith Chaplaincy team working on the Canary Wharf Estate, who will recruit, train and manage a team of volunteers to provide friendly support and care, through regular visiting.

There are five retail malls on the Canary Wharf Estate, with over 300 shops, cafes and restaurants making it the fourth largest shopping destination within the M25 after Brent Cross.

The post is for 3 days a week. The successful candidate must have a minimum of three years’ chaplaincy experience, and be self-motivated. The salary is £39,200 pro rata.

Job Description and Information here.

Further information please contact: Jane Tappenden, Office Manager Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy, jane.tappenden@london.anglican.org, 020 7418 2444.

If you would like to discuss the post with the Lead Chaplain, please let Jane know and she will organise a time for this.

Closing date: Friday 16th March 2018

Reflective Weekend for Christians in Secular Ministry

Reflective Weekend for Christians in Secular Ministry     Feb 23-25

CHRISM –  CHRistians In Secular Ministry – are organising a weekend of peace and reflection at Holland House, near Evesham. For Members and Non-members of CHRISM.

Tent-pitching God : Tent-dwelling people

Exploring Exodus and John’s Gospel

led by Revd. Dr. Rosalind Selby,

URC Minister and Principal of the Northern College, Manchester.

Booking Information available here

 

Refreshing Chaplaincy : Changing Economy

Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK will be holding its 2018 National Conference 25-26 June.

A chance for workplace chaplains to refresh themselves as members of God’s team of ‘change-makers’ in the Economy. 

Coming together to learn to how to use Chaplaincy as a Refreshment itself for workers going through change.

In a Brexit UK, work is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Workplace Chaplains can help!