16th November 2012

Welcome to the latest RCN E-Bulletin, where you will find lots of news, events, jobs and voluntary opportunities. Please forward to notice giver/ relevant person within your congregation/ organisation. If you have any additional items for the next RCN E-bulletin, please contact Matt Hearn:admin@readingchristiannetwork.com. Visit our Website for further information about RCN. The e-bulletin goes out roughly every other week, the next bullerin will go out end of next week ending: 30th Nov 2012


The Gospels contain much challenging stuff, probably more so than Paul’s letters. Jesus' summary of the Hebrew scriptures says, it’s about loving God and loving our fellow neighbour.  We tend to focus on the first, loving God, and hope that our lack of love for our neighbour is made up by the former.  Jesus makes it very clear that loving our neighbour is an essential part of loving God.(e.g., Mt 7.12). Who is our neighbour? The difficult and desperate person, the charities that care for such people, the churches that are not part of RCN.  The community is impacted when we work together and God transforms the community. (Pads Dolphin)


 RCN Leaders Retreat 2012: 28/29th Novemeber 

The RCN leadership team are excited about the retreat at the end of the month.  God is doing great stuff within Reading and his Church and the retreat will be a great time to connect with others and with God to hear his voice for this season - Do book or you will miss out!

Will be at the the Wycliffe Centre again in High Wycombe, the cost will be £63 per person & £25 for day visitors.  (if this cost inhibits you coming, contribute as much as you can.) 

To book your place book online here. O
r download a booking form here and post it to Matt Hearn, Greyfriars Church, Friars Street, Reading, RG1 1EH.  Or contact Matt with questions.

Please book by Friday 23rd!


Reading Family Aid Toy Collection
Sallie Wall, who works for Reading family Aid, requesting donations of gifts for children aged 0-16 and also volunteers to sort and pack these toys at St Lukes Church Erleigh Road on Dec 3rd and 5th. if Church reps could pass on this info to their other churches it would be good.

Sallie can be contacted at Salliewall@btinternet.com or information at www.LocalGiving.com/ReadingfamilyAid



Need people to help with two days of special food collections from Waitrose Supermarkets in the Reading area.
Current dates so far are

Saturdays/Sundays 24th & 25th November and 1st & 2nd December (Waitrose Oxford Road).
Hourly slots available.
malc@fcg.org.uk  or ring 0793 684 5300 


Tamesis chamber choir

The Tamesis Chamber Choir will be performing at Greyfriars Church on Saturday 17th November at 7.30pm in concert entitled ‘Autumn Fruits’.  This will be a mixture of sacred and secular music.  Tickets are £12 (£8 concessions) and available from www.tamesischamberchoir.org.uk 

The Exalted Christ

That is a subject for a study afternoon to be held from 2.30 – 6.30 on Saturday November 17th At St. Stephen’s Church, Upper Basildon,
Reading, RG8 8LAS
 There are six different speakers and the afternoon is organised by The Open Bible Trust. The studies will be chaired by Michael Penny, Chair of Churches Together in Reading.
There is no charge for the afternoon and refreshments will be served between sessions. 

Please phone 01491-671357 for further information | Michael Penny

Aglow Reading’s Next women’s meeting is on Monday November 19th @ Southcote Mission 7.30pm. Speaker: Jan Beardsley of Caversham Baptist Church ‘Reinventing the very best in you’ 1 Samuel 1:1-10. £3 on door (first meeting free!). Light refreshments will be served. All welcome. More details at www.readingaglow.org.uk or contact Tracy Watkins attracy.watkins@readingaglow.org.uk m 07929619782.

Greyfriars Christmas Fair

A Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 24th November from 10.30am - 3.30pm in the Greyfriars Centre Hall.  Local craftspeople will be selling their handmade products, as well as fairly traded items, gifts and cards from around the world.  There will also be craft activity and story-telling for children, and refreshments available.  Contact Debbie or Anna on bookshop@greyfriars.org.uk or 0118 951 6703 for details.




Tuesday 27th November: 8:00pm to 9:30pm at Greyfriars Church, Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1EH

Caring for Ex-Offenders’ vision is to reduce reoffending by reintegrating ex-offenders into society through the local church. Through training and advice, CFEO equips churches and enables them to support ex-offenders to live changed lives. We believe that by breaking the cycle of crime, individuals, families, and neighbourhoods can be transformed.
The Envisioning Evening on Tuesday 27th November will be a great opportunity for local churches to get together and explore ways that they can welcome, bless, and support those coming out of prison. There will be a chance to hear about the work of Caring for Ex-Offenders, consider what being involved in this area of ministry looks like, and to discuss the positive impact that the church can have on ex-offenders. If you are involved in a local church why not come along to Greyfriars Church on November 27th to explore how you and your church can work to see the lives of ex-offenders transformed?
To register your interest in attending the event, or to find out more information, please contact us at 
info@caringforexoffenders.org or 020 7052 0562.


How is my neighbour? Developing Livable Communities

Day Conference Thursday, 29 November 2012 from 10:00 to 16:30 Sutton, United Kingdom
We want to work together to start a movement led by the church of serving our communities and asking our neighbours ‘How are you?’ and responding to them with action that will address the local need and transform the community.

Across our communities trust is eroding, stress is increasing and inequality is on the up. How do we love our neighbours when we don’t know who or how they are? This day is to be the start of a conversation about how Christians can act creatively to increase the ‘livability’ of our communities.

For more information: 

Seriously Funny Tour - TICKETS AVAILABLE

Adrian Plass and Jeff Lucas are on the road again, coming to Greyfriars Church, Friar Street, Reading on Thursday 29th Nov with their all new Seriously Funny Tour.

Tickets are selling fast.  For more information visit: 
www.seriouslyfunny.org.  There’s a new book being released to coincide with the tour, Seriously Funny 2. The first book was a bestseller, with Adrian and Jeff writing back and forth about the joys, struggles, pains and delights of following Jesus. The first book bought lots of laughter and tears, and the sequel promises to dive deeper into some of the issues that all Christians face.
The Seriously Funny Tour, where Jeff and Adrian interact with each other - and the audience - in a very spontaneous way, contains all new material. They will be joined by acclaimed recording artist Nicki Rogers. 

Tickets are available from 
www.eventbrite.com.  £12 in advance (plus booking fee) or £15 at the door. 


Destiny Finder Workshop: With Michael Brodeur 

The workshop is designed to help you discover your gifts and callings and unlock your God-given passions and dreams.

About Michael......Michael was raised in the couter-culture of San Francisco and gave his life to Jesus while hitch-hiking around the country in the mid 70's. He returned to the city in 1977 as part of a ministry that pioneered new churches. Micahel and wife Diane married in 1981 and now have seven childre. They enjoyed 33 years of fruitful ministry in the city and were priviledged to host three major waves of the Holy Spirit, with the Vineyard in the 80's, Toronto in the 90's and the Golden Gate Outpouring in 2008.

The Brodeurs moved to Redding, California in 2010 and Michael currently serves as Director od Developement for Jesus Culture and teaches in the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Michael and Diane also travel extensively, coaching leaders and teaching about the Kingdom of God.

When: 10am – 4:30pm Saturday 1st December 2012

Where: Brookside Church, Brookside Close, Earley, RG6 7HG

Cost: £20 per person, SSE Students £10, students and unemployed £10                            

Book your place by emailing ange@networkvineyard.org.uk


Carol Concert

You’re invited to the Hexagon on Saturday 1 December to enjoy the Carol Concert presented by Reading Central Salvation Army Corps.

You’ll be able to join in by singing some of your favourite carols, and enjoy hearing Christmas music performed by the massed choir and the Reading Central band.  The timbrel group will be taking part and the children will present the Christmas story in their own inimitable way.

There will be two performances, 3pm and 7.30pm;adult  tickets cost £9 and £5 for children under 16.tickets available from Hexagon box office – 0118 9606060 (booking charge of £1.15 applies).


Reading Haydn Choir

The Reading Haydn Choir will be performing JS Bach: Magnificat and J Haydn: Maria Theresa Mass at Greyfriars on Saturday 1st December at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £13 (£11 concessions/£5 children) and available from the door, or from Cathy Summers and Myfanwy Giddings who are part of the choir.  www.haydnchoir.org.uk for more details.

Carols by Candlelight

6pm, Thursday 13th December in Reading Minster
You are warmly invited to join Launchpad Reading for our annual Carols by Candlelight service in Reading Minster. Pop in after work or before a spot of late night shopping and get into the Christmas spirit. The highly acclaimed Reading Bach Choir and the BBC's Matt Allwright are part of this popular event which gives the people of Reading chance to support those who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness in the Reading area. Tickets can be purchased online here: 
www.launchpadreading.org.uk/fundraising/carols-by-candlelight-2012.php or on the door - but pre-booking is advised!
For more information about the work of Launchpad Reading, contact Eleanor Buckley on eleanor.buckley@launchpadreading.org.uk


A Chaconne Christmas

The Chaconne Brass chamber ensemble will be performing at Greyfriars on Friday 21st December at 7.30pm.  The concert will incorporate middle eastern influenced music and traditional Christmas carols for brass and vocals.  Tickets £16 (£12 concessions) from Hickies Music Shop.  www.chaconnebrass.comfor details.

Job Opportunities


Finance Officer – to £27,000, dependent on experience based Reading

Prospects is a Christian Charity helping to transform the lives of people with a learning disability by breaking down barriers in society that limit their individual choice. We aim to make a real and lasting impact in a supportive, dynamic and empowering environment, ultimately helping them to lead their lives to the full, including in their spiritual lives.
We now seek to appoint a Finance Officer to our Reading Office. In Reading we provide regular prayer support for our services, ensuring that Christ remains at the heart of what we do, why we do it and that we reflect Christ’s teaching as we carry out our duties.
The Finance Officer will carry out a range of duties encompassing the management of funds – banking, cheque and BACS preparation, sales and purchase ledgers, accounting records, statutory returns and management accounts. Experience of a finance system and strong Excel skills are important. Supervision of one member of staff will be required.
If you feel led to serve Christ in this way, then please request a full information pack by emailing
finjobs@prospects.org.uk or writing to HR Department, Prospects, 69, Honey End Lane, Reading RG30 4EL.
Closing date : Friday 30th November 2012. If you have not heard from us within four weeks, please assume you have not been successful. No agencies please.


Payroll Officer – to £27,000, dependent on experience based Reading

We now seek to appoint a Payroll Officer to our Reading Office. In Reading we provide regular prayer support for our services, ensuring that Christ remains at the heart of what we do, why we do it and that we reflect Christ’s teaching as we carry out our duties.
The Payroll Officer will carry out a range of duties including preparation of monthly payroll, SSP, SMP, reconciliation of totals and costings, statutory paperwork such as P45 / P46 / P11D etc. Experience of a computerised payroll system and strong Excel skills are important. Supervision of one member of staff will be required. This post will also have some responsibility for the implementation of the new auto-enrolment pension process.
If you feel led to serve Christ in this way, then please request a full information pack by emailing
finjobs@prospects.org.uk or writing to HR Department, Prospects, 69, Honey End Lane, Reading RG30 4EL.
Closing date : Friday 30th November 2012. If you have not heard from us within four weeks, please assume you have not been successful. No agencies please.

Full time Children, Youth and Families Lead

Wycliffe Baptist Church has two senior, salaried vacancies currently being advertised. Full time Children,Youth and Families lead, working with,developing and managing 4 existing staff. For more information contact office@wycliffe-church.org.uk 

Part Time 20 hours Pastoral Care Lead

Working alongside one existing staff member. For more information contact office@wycliffe-church.org.uk 

Supporter Care Coordinator

Latin Link is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Supporter Care Coordinator to work in our Reading office. You will be responsible for building positive and productive relationships with our supporters.  In addition to undertaking a range of administrative functions (such as correspondence and database work), you will ensure that the organisation presents a warm and professional public face to supporters. You will promote the delivery of excellent customer care and encourage the recruitment, development and retention of prayer supporters, financial donors and volunteers, including an existing network of local representatives. There is a genuine occupational requirement for a Christian to be in this role.
Application deadline 11pm Sunday  18th November 2012.  Interviews to be held on Thursday 22nd November 2012.  Ideal start date 1 January 2013.
Full details including an application form can be found on our 
website. Alternatively contact Kathryn Clark by email hr@latinlink.org.uk or phone 0118 957 7121.

Stride Coordinator

We are looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing Stride Coordinator to work in our Reading offices. You will be responsible for developing and overseeing the running of Latin Link’s Stride Programme. In addition to undertaking a range of administrative functions you will ensure that the programme runs effectively and develops further, within the overall vision of Latin Link. There is a genuine occupational requirement for a Christian to be in this role.

Application deadline is Sunday 25th November 2012 at 11pm. Interviews to be held on Thursday 29th November 2012.

For further information on any of this jobs or to apply, please see the 
opportunities page of our website.

Communications Coordinator

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Communications Coordinator to work in our Reading office. You will be able to create inspiring and attractive publications, promotional materials and press releases; manage online communications (website and social media); and liaise with Latin Link’s workers in and from Latin America to find stories and images which authentically represent their work. Having an awareness of branding and style guides, a passion for mission, excellent writing and editing skills and outstanding attention to detail, you will be able to communicate consistently and appropriately with a range of prayer supporters, financial donors, volunteers and the wider public, adopting different styles and tones for different audiences. There is a genuine occupational requirement for a Christian to be in this role.

Application deadline is 11pm on Sunday 25th November 2012. Interviews to be held on Friday 30th November 2012.

For further information on any of this jobs or to apply, please see the opportunities page of our website.


 Volunteer Opportuntities 

 Head of Centre required for Reading Marriage Care

 Do you care about relationships, and the effect they have on people’s lives?
We do. And if you do too you can join us in making a positive difference to people’s relationships. Marriage Care is a national charity with a Christian ethos and a Catholic heritage, specialising in couple relationships. We offer relationship education initiatives, marriage preparation services and relationship counselling to all, regardless of ability to pay.
With over 700 couple relationship specialists and support team members, who generously volunteer their time and expertise on a regular basis and over 50 centres, we are the second largest relationship support provider in England and Wales.
Marriage Care is looking for a new leader for the Reading centre. A volunteer with some management/commercial/media /professional experience is desired, to sustain and expand our professional standard counselling and marriage preparation services. Counselling experience is not required.

Reading Marriage Care is a team of over a dozen dedicated volunteers, and is recognised as one of Marriage Care’s more successful centres. It helps about 150 couples each year.
Its counselling website is www.readingmcare.counselling.co.uk
For further information please contact sue@marriagecare.org.uk or telephone 01395 272799 or 07875161595
Information pack and applications forms are available on http://www.marriagecare.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/ 

Short term Accommodation required
Overseas member of staff at the University seeks short-term paid accommodation (until Christmas) for herself and her mother. Willing to share with a host family or in separate rented accommodation. Please contact: charrusharma@gmail.com.

Room to Rent
1 single room to rent in lower earley. £250 PCM, and there is parking. If you are interested, please contact Sue Butcher-Bigley on sukissalon@gmail.com
Greyfriars Chruch
Friars Street
Reading RG1 1EH
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