Christianity works in everyday settings during your lunch break
LIVERPOOL Parish Church,
Our Lady & St. Nicholas, is hosting a new series of talks that fit
in around people’s lunch breaks and explore Christianity in everyday
The series began on on Ash Wednesday, 22 February 2012, with a
service and talk from the Bishop of Liverpool, Bishop James Jones.
The talks will run on all Wednesdays, at 12.15pm, until 28 March 2012. Christians in paid
employment will talk about how their faith impacts on and supports
them in, their work. Speakers include a retired Barrister, a Head
Teacher, a Policeman and a HIV Nurse Specialist.
The talks have been designed to correspond with lunch breaks so that
people can fit it into their day. Liverpool Parish Church is located
right at the heart of Liverpool’s business district on Chapel
People can also attend on Sundays until 25 March 2012, where
the 9.30am service will feature talks from priests who work outside
of parish ministry. Speakers include chaplains to business,
universities and a hospice chaplain.
Fr John Williams from Liverpool Parish Church said:- “These
sessions and services stand alone, so you can simply drop in to
whichever interests you, or you can come to them all to gain a
fuller insight into how Christianity works in everyday settings such
as workplaces and away from the Church building itself. Everyone is
For more information on the speakers, see
The remaining events are as follows:-
Sunday, 26 February 2012, at
9.30am, Parish Mass with speaker the Rev’d Jean Flood, co-ordinator
of Mission in the Economy (MITE).
Wednesday, 29 February 2012, at
12.15pm, Mass with speaker Nurse Eimear Railton, HIV Nurse
Sunday, 4 March 2012, at
9.30am, Parish Mass with speaker the Rev’d James Harding, chaplain
to students at Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores
Wednesday, 7 March 2012, at
12.15pm, Mass with speaker Her Honour Elizabeth Steel DH, retired
barrister and judge.
Sunday, 11 March 2012, at
9.30am, Parish Mass with speaker the Rev’d Helen Blackburn, hospice
chaplain in the St Helen’s Trust.
Wednesday, 14 March 2012, at
12.15pm, Mass with speaker the Archbishop of Liverpool, Patrick
Sunday, 18 March 2012, at
9.30am, Mothering Sunday Parish Mass. Families and children
Wednesday, 21 March 2012, at
12.15pm, Mass with speaker Mrs Jane Griffiths, head teacher at
Archbishop Blanch High School.
Sunday, 25 March 2012, at
9.30am, Parish Mass with speaker Rev’d Steve Pierce, Director of
Clergy Learning in the Liverpool Diocese.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012, at
12.15pm, Mass with speaker Superintendent Rowley Moore, Community
Liaison Officer for Merseyside Police.
Funding to get
people into work
ALMOST £2 million is to be
spent to help the long term unemployed into employment and training
in the Liverpool City Region.
The funding, from the European Social Fund, will contribute towards
the cost of ‘Liverpool In Work’ – a new approach to worklessness in
which advisors work with residents in community buildings across the
city and help get them into a job.
The cash will support the delivery of outreach work and engaging
with people; providing advice, information and guidance; support
before and after employment and help with transport to and from
It will be targeted at priority groups including those in receipt of
Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance and those who have
been made redundant or face the prospect of losing their job.
Around 2,500 people are expected to be helped into employment and
training between now and 2014.
It comes as the latest unemployment figures for January 2012 show
the city is bucking the national trend, with unemployment rising at
a significantly lower rate than elsewhere. The number of jobseekers
in the city rose from 6.8% to 7.1% of the workforce. It equates to a
3.1% rise in the claimant count, considerably below the national
increase of 5.1%, and lower than the big (core) city average of
3.6%. Over the last year, Liverpool's claimant count increase
of 6.3% has been considerably lower than all other similar cities,
and the national yearly increase of 9.8%.
Councillor Nick Small, cabinet member for employment, enterprise and
skills said:- "Although the rise in unemployment over the last
year in Liverpool has been lower than elsewhere, and many new jobs
have been created in the city in the last decade, we still have
major issues with long term worklessness.
Being out of work for a long period of time is soul destroying and
damages people’s confidence, so it is vital we do all we can to give
those affected a helping hand and the right support to help them
into work. This will enable us to assist a substantial number of
people and help us develop a well trained workforce that is well
placed to take advantage of the city’s improving economic fortunes."
The people targeted by the new funding will be those who are not
eligible for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Work
The council will work closely with Registered Providers (formerly
Registered Social Landlords) and the health sector to identify
people to take part.
The project forms part of the Liverpool City Region Employment and
Skills Strategy, in which local authorities across the area work
together to tackle the issue.
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