Phase 3 Opportunities

All the ‘opportunities’ posted here have been sorted, as far as possible, into some general categories which are:

  • Local Community
  • Local Church
  • Wider Church
  • Overseas

They all carry links for your own further investigation and a local contact point who is happy to be approached for an informal chat. We hope that these ideas may be a vehicle to assist in your seeking of God’s purposes. Should you know of an opportunity that fits in with the Phase 3 vision, then please contact Paul & Sue Wernham. Tel: 01256 324431 email: Sue Wernham

Local Community

posted by Paul Wernham (South Basingstoke Community Church)

www.do-it.org.uk was launched in 2001 with the first, and still the only, national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK. Volunteering is simple. It's about giving your time to do something useful, without getting paid (apart from expenses). In return you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent. In addition, volunteering can be a great way to: meet new people learn new skills gain useful experience. It should also be fun!

The range of opportunities is huge. Whatever skills and experience you have, there is something that you can do. The best way to see what is available is to browse on the do-it database.

There are no age-limits on volunteering, but there can sometimes be difficulties for people under-16 or over-65, mostly for insurance reasons. If you have any concerns, ask the organisation that you are appying to. Once you start volunteering you should usually expect: payment of out-of pocket expenses (eg travel) a clear idea of what your role will be appropriate training and support If you aren't clear about anything, don't be afraid to ask someone.

Local Community

posted by Chris Richards (Town Centre Community Church)

ONE-OFF CLEANING: For people who for various reasons (Health problems etc) cannot keep on top of their cleaning. The occasional "Blitz" is needed. (This is not a regular normal cleaning job but a real ministry where there is serious need.) In the first instance contact Chris for an informal chat on 01256 780860 or email Chris

Local Church

posted by Chris Richards (Town Centre Community Church)

FAMILY MATTERS: Needs an administrator to take minutes and help administrate events. We could also use practical help at events such as setting up tables helping in the kitchen etc.

In the first instance contact Chris for an informal chat on 01256 780860 or email Chris

Wider Church

posted by Paul Wernham (South Basingstoke Community Church)

Henry & AnneMarie Ford, formally of South Church, now pastor the community church in Hexham, Northumberland. They will always welcome supportive visits from mature Christians, so why not have a week-end away or take a holiday in the beautiful countryside of Northumbria (eg Hadrian’s Wall nearby), blessing & encouraging the saints at the same time.

Contact Henry & AnneMarie directly 01434 606451 or have an informal chat to Stephen & Sylvia Poulton 422671 or Eric & Ann Sidnell 328679

Wider Church/Overseas

posted by Dave Richards (Town Centre Community Church)

MOTHERS AND FATHERS NEEDED: Wherever we go both home and abroad there is a desperate need for mothers and fathers; people who can bring stability and peace just by being there! Leaders long for the support of mature steady men and women who have a loving welcoming approach, who are willing to support and pray. This is not rocket science! It's about encouragement and support. Exmouth is one such place...think sun, sea and a church that needs you!

Lutterworth think expansion in the heart of England working with an evangelist at the helm! In the first instance contact Dave for an informal chat on 01256 780860 or email Dave

Overseas

posted by Jon Smith (South Basingstoke Community Church)

Transformation Business Network (TBN) is a group of Christian business people whose aim is to use sustainable business to bring physical and spiritual transformation to the poor. Members have helped with projects ranging from bee keeping in Kenya, business training in Kosovo to a larger charity working in Cambodia. They regularly run exposure trips where a group goes to look at what is happening in different countries and look for ways to get involved. It is through one of these trips that Honora and I went to see some Christian hospitals in India and we are going back for our third visit in March this year.

I have been project managing the creation of a web portal where TBN members can post up details of the projects they are working on. There are over 35 projects on the site at the moment, many of which were set up by groups of normal people like you and me who found something they could get involved with. Please have a look at http://www.tbnetworkportal.org/ or at the charity's main web site at www.tbnetwork.org, or email me to chat some more.

Opportunities to serve with JHF in China (overseas), www.jhf-china.org

posted by Sue Wernham (South Basingstoke Community Church)

English Teachers

There are many openings for English teachers in Chinese universities and colleges. A degree is necessary and a TESL qualification/teaching experience is preferred. Average teaching hours per week are 12-16. A basic local salary is paid and accommodation provided. Some opportunities also exist in language centres and international schools and kindergartens. We are keen to place teachers in the following cities where there are JHF cluster groups: Beijing, Kunming, Qingdao, Xining, Tianjin, Urumqi, Xiamen, Xi’an and Xining. There is an opening too in Yanji where JHF is also represented.

Kindergarten Teacher

Big Apple Kindergarten, Qingdao (run by a JHF associate) is looking for Teachers for their international kindergarten. Native English speakers with relevant skills and experience required. Salary and accommodation provided.

Counsellors

A new family and personal counselling service in Kunming, Yunnan province is looking for a mature couple to join the team who have relevant skills, interest and experience in counselling expats.

Serving JHF

If you are interested in member care and other HR services, IT development, communications, financial management, office management and office support services, there are opportunities to serve within JHF, in Hong Kong and in China. We are looking for applicants with a call to China and a keen interest in working with and helping others to be effective in China. To work in China, fluency in Mandarin Chinese is required, and full-time language study in a JHF recommended programme is an excellent first step. Please note that all positions above, with the exception of English teachers, are non salaried and require applicants to be self-supporting. For more information on any of these positions, and how to join JHF, please contact: JHF Hong Kong or Sue Wernham on 324431 for an informal chat.

Overseas

posted by Roger Lloyd (North Basingstoke Community Church)

Mozambique - Elias and Debbie Santos and their three children work with Youth With A Mission in Marromeu, Mozambique. They welcome anybody who would like to stay with them for a short or long period of time. There are opportunities for a wide range of practical work, ranging from DIY to gardening and car mechanics. Debbie has a small son who needs looking after while she attends to the schooling of her older children. She works with them on a Accdelerated Christian Education (paces) basis. I am sure she would be glad of help with the education of the older two children. Elias visits many churches in the area and also helps run a YWAM training programme for Church Pastors. The ability to speak Portuguese would be a help but is not essential. In the first instance contact Roger for an informal chat on (01256) 329857 or email or direct contact with Elias & Debbie via email

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