Lifecentre is a Christian charity providing counselling for survivors of rape and sexual abuse www.lifecentre.uk.com.  We are looking to train women and men who would like to serve on our Helplines in either Chichester or Worthing.  The commitment once trained will be three sessions per month (this includes a supervision evening for your support), on a voluntary basis.  We will offer full training, so volunteers do not need to have any previous counselling qualifications – simply an ability to offer support through listening without judging.  It is an 85 hour training course, starting in September 2019.  If you are interested in applying, or would like further information on how you can get involved in other ways with the ministry of Lifecentre, please email info@lifecentre.uk.com or phone the Lifecentre office for an application form (01243 786349), giving your name and contact details

Thank you
In the past few weeks Soulfire have asked our church family to commit to bringing donations for the Foodbank with the hope of creating a chain of food that would reach all the way around the hall at Bishop Luffa.The end result was a huge collection that came to 150 metres and made its way around the hall and corridors more than one and a half times! Together we collected over 1500 items/740kg of food which is the largest ever single donation to the Chichester Foodbank to date!

Soulfire want to pass on their heartfelt thanks to all who participated in this challenge that has enabled us to give so generously to people who find themselves in crisis.

 

Nearly two years ago, seventeen of us had the joy of visiting a church in Angers for a long weekend. It was full of fun, food and discovery; from an excursion to one of the Loire’s magnificent castles, to a visit to a vineyard as well as ministry on Sunday.  These are some of the reflections from those who went in 2017:

“It was an amazing and memorable experience. For me each day was a real tonic and full of God’s blessings. I went from being really ill the week before to coming home feeling spiritually, emotionally and physically refreshed.” Anne Smith

“We were spoiled rotten, loved and made some incredible new friends. Such a wonderful experience.”  Lee Nancarrow

 “Mike and I joined the group going to Angers not knowing many people. We were made welcome on arrival and the hospitality flowed. Our hosts Michel and Claudette not only took us on the arranged trips, but showed us the area at other times. It was such fun. They visited us when they came over in the summer, which was great. We now have new friends in France.”  Derry Burn

 “France = fun, food, and fellowship; a memorable experience of heartfelt worship with fellow Christians, in both English and French languages, and a real sense of unity” Angela & Brian Benford

 “Fantastic hospitality, great fellowship with our French brothers and sisters and a chance to get to know your fellow travellers better, as well as getting refreshed – perfect!”  Pete Hamilton

 “I felt so welcomed by the community in Angers and really enjoyed getting to know others in the group over a glass of wine and great food! Our hosts were lovely and made us feel right at home. Spending time with people from a different language and culture who share our faith in God was an encouragement and reminded me that we are all one family.” Laura Nancarrow

Are you ready for an adventure in 2019? Are you open to be impacted by God and willing to be a vessel for him?  Then this trip is for you! If you are interested this cultural, relational and missional exchange then get in touch with Laura or Bruno (mail@revelation.org.uk)

Our friends at Chichester Baptist Church have run the very successful CAP (Christians Against Poverty) centre in Chichester for approaching ten years. For the past three years Martin Jenkins has worked as the CAP Centre Manager. Martin will be stepping down from this role by the Spring of 2019. The Baptist Church have advertised this position previously but not made an appointment. The Church leadership team feel that it is right to re – advertise the position again. If you are interested in finding out about this position and what it entails, please do talk to Martin Jenkins, Ellen Wild or Ken Benjamin from the Baptist Church. This would be a paid, p/t role for 16 hrs a week with flexibility around days and times. A job description and application forms are available from Chichester Baptist Church Office on 01243 782582 or info@chichesterbaptist.org.uk  Let us also join the our friends at CBC and pray as we seek the right person and guidance for the future of the CAP Centre in Chichester.

A year ago the church Leaders in the city gathered to discuss what visually seemed to be a growing problem with people sleeping rough in Chichester. The church in Chichester, like many towns and cities, has a track record with working with those trapped in poverty for many years. Our church alone in Chichester has been providing hot meals each week for forty years, from the Family Centre.

Out of these conversations a desire to do more to serve some of the most vulnerable in the city emerged; a vision we have called HEART (Homeless Empowerment And Relational Transformation). Our initial aim this winter is to increase from the hot meals provided twice a week and once bi-weekly, to once per day. Some will be breakfasts, some lunches and some evening meals.

We are therefore looking for cooks, set up teams and hosts from the churches in the city. You may only be able to volunteer once a month or once a week, but please come along to a HEART Open Evening on Wednesday 17thOctober at St Pancras Church to hear more about the plans.

 

Over the summer we took a group of 30 young people plus leaders to Soul Survivor. This is always a special time for our youth group, where they build community and connection both with each other and the Almighty. As youth leaders we long to see them engage with God on a deeper level and this year was no different. However, we get really excited when the hunger for the Soul Survivor experience goes further and becomes a hunger to see God come in their friendships and communities beyond Soulfire. 

 
This year, we were praying that their connection would be deeper than an emotive moment led by a guitar chord to real revelation and commissioning in their hearts of what the Father wanted to do. Throughout the week, we started to witness these moments, as individuals who have come through their own personal storms chose to stand up and say “I will go for Him.” Others were having realisations of lies they’ve lived under and saying “I want to live under Christ’s truth”. Alongside this, others said, for the first time, “I’m in! I want to follow Jesus!” These moments are precious and it was clear God was moving among them.
 
At the same time, it’s a privilege to see our young people interact and honour us as leaders and honour their parents in how they act. Behaviour-wise this was one of the easiest years for us, and Soulfire are a credit to this church in their representation of the body. 
 
As they return to their everyday life, please pray for them, as they enter school or college or uni for the first time, that they would know the Father’s will, that they would hear his voice, that they would know that he leads them on the greatest adventure that may not have been what they had been thinking, but is the best journey they will ever take.
 
And for us as a body, pray that we would catch the fire that they have, the zeal, the heart of what it means to follow Christ, that we all would know what it means to say “for me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain!”
 
May you be reminded, through their adventure, of the adventure God has for you.

CYE CATERING AND HOUSEKEEPING ASSISTANT

(Fixed term, part time, 24 hours a week, occasional weekends)

CYE Sailing Centre has a short term vacancy for a catering assistant to join our hospitality team and support our programmes through the late summer and autumn of 2018 – providing food for school residential visits, youth group weekends, family weekends and more… All done on board our custom-built barge, TS Resolute, moored in beautiful Chichester harbour!

Christian Youth Enterprises is motivated by sharing the good news of Jesus, giving every guest, staff member and volunteer an irresistible experience and enabling them to develop their gifts. It is a genuine occupational requirement of the role to be a professing Christian.

For more information, a job description and application form email jobs@cye.org.uk or call the office on 01243 573375