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Issue:- 23 February  2012

Explore how 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 settings.

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 Street.

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 welcome.”

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 Specialist.

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 University.

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 Kelly.

Sunday, 18 March 2012, at 9.30am, Mothering Sunday Parish Mass. Families and children especially welcome!

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 work. 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 programme. 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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