CTAX News for December 2019

Dear friend,
Please see the list below for local Christian events, news, and vacancies from the Church across Exeter. And if you have an event you would like to advertise through our email list, Facebook Page, or on Eventbrite, CTaX is here to help. Let us know the date, time, and details, and we’ll publicise your event for you.
Happy Christmas!
Shalom,
Hannah, Ash, and the CTaX team
Events
16th Dec
Farmers’ Christmas Celebration
6.45pm
At Exeter Livestock Market
Kivells auctioneers and the Market Chaplaincy Team invite you to Farmers’ Christmas Celebration, followed by charity auction and hamper draw.
18th Dec
City Centre Chaplaincy Carols
12-2pm
At St Stephen’s on the High Street
Drop in any time between 12 and 2pm. Sing along with choristers, musicians, and instrumentalists. Mince pies, and hot and mulled drinks provided. A sign supported event.
18th Dec
S. Michael’s Lecture: In Search of Ancient Gnostics
7.30 pm
At S. Michael’s Mt Dinham
Speaker Revd. Dr. Alastair Logan taught for many years in the Theology Department at Exeter University, and is the author of The Gnostics: Identifying an Early Christian Cult (2006). In this lecture, he takes us on the search to identify this early Christian cult.
19th
Christmas film
7-10pm
St Mark’s, Pinhoe Road, EX4 7HU
St Mark’s church becomes a cinema for the evening as we bring you a Christmas film. We can’t tell you what it is, only that it will be so worth it…
24th and 25th
Christmas celebrations across the city!
6th Jan
Transforming Lives for Good – with Initiatives in Christian Education
7pm
Unlimited Church, Mary Arches Street
ICE has recently partnered with TLG (Transforming Lives for Good), a national church based charity working with vulnerable children all across the UK, to run a mentoring program in Exeter. TLG work with children struggling in school and at risk of being excluded, by assigning them a mentor who will work with them and help them through this time. They are looking for anyone 18 or over who loves Jesus and has a spare hour a week to come and spend time with a child at risk of exclusion and see their life transformed. You can attend a launch event on 6th January at Unlimited Church at 7pm to find out more about the project. Please email doug@icetrust.co.uk or call 01392 411116 if you’re planning on coming so we have a rough idea of numbers.
Sun 19th Jan
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: United Prayer service
6.30pm
Belmont Chapel
United service for Christians, together from across the Exeter area, to celebrate the annual national week of prayer for Christian unity. Come along, and bring friends.
20th Jan
Begin Well: Church-run antenatal class taster session
10.15am-1.30pm
At the Old Deanery, EX1 1HS
Did you know, the NHS no longer offers antenatal classes to all pregnant women? Could your church offer them, perhaps as an addition to your toddler group, messy church, and other provision? Come along on 20th January to find out more. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/begin-well-antenatal-tickets-85468232785
23rd Jan
ONE for Exeter Day
10am-2pm
At Reed Hall
£15 (incl lunch)
Considering Exeter’s future together, including keynote presentation from Karime Hassan, Chief Executive & Growth Director of Exeter City Council, and Cllr Phil Bialyk, leader of Exeter City Council. Exploring vision and the place of the Church in the future life and development of the City. A significant opportunity to pray together during the week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-together-tickets-82827690853
24th Jan
Illuminate Prophetic Hub: New Year gathering
11am–12.30 pm
At St. Katherine’s Community Cafe, EX4 7JY
Illuminate meet every six weeks for coffee, connections, and a word from God
1st Feb
Regional Conference Open Doors, Brunel Manor, Torquay
To book a place email rachel.greenwell@opendoorsuk.org or phone 01626 872307
(poster and fliers attached)
5th Feb
Public meeting: new housing in and around Exeter, with Deanery Synod
7pm
At St Michael’s Alphington
The speaker will be Ed Moffatt from
the diocese of Exeter, speaking about how the Church can and is engaging with the issue of new housing around Exeter
5th-11th February
Inspection Visit to Israel/Palestine – with County Ecumenical Officer Rev’d Paul Snell
Trip specifically designed for church leaders who might consider leading such a trip themselves in the future, designed to give a full overview of what is possible on such a journey. Includes all the normal content of a Holy Land pilgrimage, with time to visit the major biblical sites of the Old and New Testaments, to follow the earthly life and ministry of Jesus and to pause for reflection, prayer and worship. Offered at the highly subsidised price of £475 per person based on a shared room. All flights, half-board accommodation, entrance fees, transfers and coach travel are included. It may also be possible for you to bring your partner with you at the slightly higher price of £575. More info from Rev’d Paul Snell on 07735 603553 or 01884 839218 or paul@maranatha.co.uk
12th Feb
Public meeting:
CTaX Council with a focus on Students, youth and childrens’ work in the city
7pm
St Matt’s, Lower Summerlands
14th March
New Housing Hub – Day Conference
Time tbc
In this time of housing crisis, new housing developments are springing up across Devon. Whole new communities are emerging sometimes with little in the way of community facilities, often with little capacity to nurture friendships amongst the new residents, usually against a backdrop of local protest, and almost always without a church building. Our challenge as Christians is to work out our response to this changing landscape. The New Housing Hub is committed to encouraging Christians to be a prophetic voice of welcome, amidst the sea of protest, and to work together in order to share God’s love with every new housing area.
8th May (VE Day Bank Holiday)
Ringing Out For Peace
7pm
Bells in cathedrals, churches and other locations will ring out at 7pm on 8th May next year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day. Church bells will be rung throughout our nation and around the world – more information about how you can get involved here: www.veday75.org
Vacancies
Childrens and Families Mission Adviser
Salary £32,000 (FTE), Pro-rata £19,200
Closing date for applications: 11:59pm on 3rd January 2020
Hours: 21.75 hours per week (0.6 FTE)
Evening Receptionist, South Street Baptist Church
£9.00/hour
6.30 – 9.30pm Mondays to Thursdays. More details from secretary@ssbcexeter.co.uk
Cleaner, South Street Baptist Church
£8.21/hour
4.30 – 6.30pm, Mondays to Thursdays. More details from secretary@ssbcexeter.co.uk
Volunteer with Exeter Street Pastors.
You are invited to come out for ½ night as an observer to get a feel for it, no obligation. For more info, contact: https://streetpastors.org/locations/exeter/contact-us
Volunteer Treasurer, at the Anglican-Lutheran Society
The Treasurer is an Officer of the Society and attends meetings to present financial statements and to advise the Committee on financial issues. S/he is also the Society’s first point of contact with the bank, responsible for paying into the bank and paying out the occasional bill. Is this a role YOU could take on? Do you know someone in your congregation who might be willing to? Please contact angluthsoc@outlook.com for more info
Volunteer Shop Assistants, at Exeter Community Initiative shop ‘Jelly’
Could you offer a morning or afternoon a week to help run a much-appreciated shop on Fore St? Jelly are looking for able volunteers to help with stock, serve customers and assist the paid staff. No shop experience required but a willingness to learn, an ability to get on with people and to be reliable are
useful qualities. For more info call 01392 205800 or check out https://www.eci.org.uk/volunteer/
News
1. Prayer for the country: St Petrock’s on the High Street (opposite McDonald’s) is hosting a prayer space for anyone who wants to spend some time praying for our country. There are three prayer stations, around the themes of unity, peace and hope. The next time you’re in the city centre, join in praying for our country – for unity, peace and hope. Open daily during working hours, except when in use for meetings. The prayer space has been created by Ross Maynard, the community minister from South Street Baptist Church – a good example of churches working together.
2. Sanctuary Pledge: Exeter City of Sanctuary spoke to CTaX Council recently, about their work helping make Exeter a welcoming city. You and your church can pledge your support and find out more about how you can help, through ExCoS’ pledge page, here: https://exeter.cityofsanctuary.org/pledge-your-support
3. Refugee Support Devon 400 Appeal: RSD spoke to CTaX Council recently about their 400 appeal – a campaign to recruit 400 people to make a monthly donation of £10 by direct debit, to enable RSD to continue providing essential services to refugees and asylum seekers. Can you help support refugees? Find out more here: http://refugeesupportdevon.org.uk/donations/
4. The C of E nationally has featured Alphington parish church in Exeter as a case study in legacies and church growth! You can watch their video with some beautiful drone footage over Exeter shot from Alphington here: https://vimeo.com/369591539/6884ec06d7
5. PRAY 2020: a prayer initiative calling on Christians to pray for 20 minutes, at 20:20, on the 20th of each month in 2020. More info: https://www.hopetogether.org.uk/Groups/327007/Prayer_2020.aspx
6. Exeter Community Energy provide grant funding to help our local community, and their Community Fund is now open for applications. Applications close on 17th January. More info here: https://www.ecoe.org.uk/newsevents/call-for-applications-for-2019-ecoe-community-fund-grants/
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