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.
There are so many ways to describe a person - for example, I’m a daddy, a husband, a musician, a fashion icon, a bad artist, a below average footballer, and an above average toast-butterer. But one thing that connects me to every other person on this planet is that I am human.
From the rich, powerful and famous to the unwanted, forgotten and disadvantaged, all of us are equally human.
When it comes to worship, the word can mean many different things to many different people. To me, to worship is simply to be fully human, to take our place in God’s creation being made new.
In a world where the camera is often “selfie” focussed, I can find it really difficult to lift my eyes from what is going on in my own personal world. But when we worship, we are no longer the star of the show but part of a greater narrative. Eugene Peterson says,
“Worship is the strategy by which we interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend to the presence of God.”
So how do we worship? How do we become more preoccupied with Jesus than ourselves? How do we follow God's example in Jesus? How do we become fully human?
To be fully human is to take our place between the dust and the divine.
Like Jesus, to accept that on the one hand, we are in the likeness of God, that we have a divine spark, that we are not just the stuff of matter but there is a part of us that is more than what we see, and it is just as much ‘us’ as what we can see and touch and feel. On the other, it is also to acknowledge that we are ‘in’ time, finite; that we are dust, brought to life by the breath of God. And this has great impact on how we interact with the world: we have both great power and agency to change our destiny and the world around us, and at the very same time, we are powerless to change so much.
It’s a tension, like the string of a violin. And it is not always a place of comfort. But it is where the music is made.
Jesus embodied this tension: being in nature God and yet completely human, subject to death. Fully man, fully God. A divine melody that Philippians renders thus:
"[Jesus] Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
To deny either part of us is to deny our place in creation: to follow Jesus in being fully human. And to deny full humanness is to disrupt the flow of love: the flow of love from God to us and from us back to God, which we call worship. Worship is to acknowledge who I am, who God is and then to live, sing, create, do business, make love, enjoy, walk, rest and speak in the light of this.
When we are kind, when we join the poor, when we give beyond what is comfortable, when we choose sabbath, and when we pray poetry and song, we express this worship to God.
And we shuffle closer to God's great idea… You and me.
image credit: southviewchurch
What is IF?
IF is a ministry that has grown out of America across the world and is a tool for churches to use to gather, equip and unleash women whilst asking the question “If God is real, then what?”
The tools they provide are;
IF:Gathering - a yearly conference that can be experienced locally through live stream of video.
IF:equip - a weekday Bible reading and reflection.
IF:table - question prompts for women to meet once a month round the table to go deeper in their conversations around life and faith.
You can find out more about IF by clicking here.
IF:Gathering encourages women who are connected with a church to gather women in their local context. IF:Chichester is led by Lou Moore and a group of gifted and passionate volunteers.
We want to be women who live knowing God is real and His word is true, women who show up authentically and are ready to hear and be obedient to God's transforming word whilst cheering each other on as we run our race. We want to be women who are equipped with God's word and unleashed to be all who God has call us to be in our churches, workplaces and families. IF:Chichester is not about numbers and building big events but about providing space and encouragement for women to live lives obedient to God.
We gather for termly brunches and will be joining together for IF:Gathering 2018 on 27-28th April in St Paul’s Chichester. Tickets can be purchased here.
We also have a private group on Facebook (click here) which is a great place to find out more information about upcoming events, as well as to connect with others on their journey of faith in Jesus.
The renewal movement of the 1960’s and 70’s gave rise to the emergence of the New Churches. In one sense they were ‘planted’, however these Churches had little intentional strategy at first, but ‘fellowships’ and new Churches emerged in most cities, towns and some village settings during this period and into the 80’s as Apostolic Networks were built.
The 80’s and 90’s saw the Dawn Church Planting movement and also the emergence of other networks both in and outside of the historical denominations. At this stage intentional strategized church planting became the norm and most historical denominations, new churches and emergent groups are still talking around this issue even if the models employed are diverse and the current language is ‘missional’.
Throughout this period the predominant model has been congregational planting. Initially this was broadly successful both evangelistically and in the establishment of new groups, however in recent years this model has become much less effective. There are still great groups being established at a high cost to those taking part, however, I think our problem is that evangelism and real growth for the Kingdom of God is lessening as each stream or denomination focuses on planting it’s ‘brand’ in key locations already well served by similar expressions of Church.
The common scenario is as follows:
Group locates into new city or town, begins meetings, a great programme is set up. People are drawn from existing churches, a few people who are de churched return, a small number are converted initially. During this process existing Churches lose people, resources and suffer as a result. Some Churches actually shut permanently. When the statistics are compiled we realize that the real number of active Christians in the town or city have not increased, they have just been redistributed as people choose their Church around consumer values and not in line with missional commitments. Years go by and another ‘stream’ comes to the city and the whole thing happens over again. This scenario is being repeated again and again across our nation.
I think the time has come to wake up and invest in fresh approaches to reaching our towns and cities. Approaches built on evangelism, breaking new ground, building discipling communities and cooperation and partnership between existing groups. ‘Brand planting’ needs to give way to ‘Mission Planting’, communities that begin with mission, clusters, projects, businesses, not for profits and people groups. It’s time to start thinking and acting out of our boxes.
Life Centre – Supporting Survivors of rape and sexual abuse
Salary - £6,864 pa (already pro-rated) for 12 hours work per week
(4 hours Saturday morning and 8 hrs, 3-7pm 2 days during the week)
Life Centre is a Reg Charity (No 1127779) with a Christian foundation, providing specialist therapeutic services to survivors of sexual violation: www.lifecentre.uk.com.
We are looking for a self-motivated and organised individual to manage and keep up to date the centre’s database. Successful candidates will need to have experience in working on databases, good word & excel skills in order to produce reports on service level statistics for trustees and fundraisers as requested, good attention to detail is essential. The Data officer will also welcome clients on arrival, so a warm and friendly manner is essential.
Due to the nature of the support Lifecentre provides for female clients, the Data Officer must be female. This criterion is justified under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. Lifecentre is an equal opportunities employer.
and the job application form here:-
Closing date for applications: 5th August 2016
Interviews: 10th August 2016