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Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
CIRENCESTER ASHCROFT WORK CLUB

WEEKLY UPDATE - UPDATED AT 28TH SEPTEMBER 2021 (with updated next 4 weeks’ sessions)

(Written, unusually this week, whilst on holiday)

The work club will continue to operate on most

Mondays and Tuesdays – 12.00 to 2.00

(but not on Bank Holidays).

We are now usually open for one-to-one face-to-face support at these times. We also provide one-to-one phone and online support at these times too.

We can also offer some group support sessions by Zoom for jobseekers, in partnership with Cirencester Jobcentre. Ask your Jobcentre Work Coach for an invitation to these sessions, and you can contact me for further information about what the sessions cover. The dates of future sessions can only be obtained on request as the sessions are by Zoom invitation only.

You can contact me at the usual work club times by :-

- Face-to-face (Covid rules will apply, including face masks) : come to the front door of the Cirencester Ashcroft Centre and wait, but only if the work club pavement sign is out showing that we are open for face-to-face meeting (and not temporarily closed because of Covid rules);

- Email : workclub@ashcroftchurch.org.uk;

- Phone or text : 07951439302;

- Sending a message through the Cirencester Ashcroft Work Club Facebook page.

We can then have a chat face-to-face, by phone, by message, or by video link if we can set one up, and I will do my best to help you.

You can also contact me at other times and we will then agree an appointment time to have a proper conversation.

Specific opening times over the next few weeks (later opening times for the period up to the middle of MARCH 2022 are in the Events section/page of the Cirencester Ashcroft Work Club and Cirencester Ashcroft Church and Centre Facebook pages (Facebook only lets us select a maximum of 52 future dates for an event at the time it is first published)):-

Monday 4th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)
Tuesday 5th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)

Monday 11th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)
Tuesday 12th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)

Monday 18th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)
Tuesday 19th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)

Monday 25th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)
Tuesday 26th October 12.00 - 2.00 (FACE TO FACE, PHONE & ONLINE)

(For those who are interested, I normally highlight the opening times for the next 4 weeks. However sometimes I increase this when they include a break, in part to make sure that the last week I show is one when we are open. This is to emphasise that any closure is only temporary. The work club is a key part of Ashcroft’s mission and outreach project until May 2024. After that date I intend to continue to run the work club indefinitely, whether or not part of a larger project.)

Andy Rickell, Cirencester Ashcroft Work Club Manager
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
TUESDAY PRAYERS FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE

The car fuel situation is a major problem for people who live and work in our county. Our size and rurality means access to public and private transport is necessary for the effective functioning of our lives. Absent that, it causes people worry and exacerbates the feeling that we need to “panic buy”, and so create the very problem we are wanting to avoid. We pray for the necessary vehicle fuel to ensure essential services and support remain available, and that people’s ability to continue their lives is not made unnecessarily stressful. But as this article implies, the origins of consumer behaviour lie in whether we trust the system and those who run the system, and collectively we clearly do not. And a particular origin of this distrust has been the public discourse in this country since the Brexit campaign. Our distrust of those in charge has increased. From a Christian perspective, the origin of distrust is a lack of love. So we pray also that we should become more loving of those who have influence over our lives, that those in charge should change and be more capable of justifying that trust, and that our societal ways of doing things together become ones which are more caring and just, and hence loving and trustworthy, as God would have us do them. Every blessing, Andy Rickell

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58709019
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44, New King James Version).

I know loving your enemies is difficult to do, but also necessary to do, from personal experience. So really, really impressed by these people. Every blessing, Andy Rickell
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
The last three weeks have seen the highest numbers of new job postings since mid-May, research shows.
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
After the Global Citizen Live concert, a couple of quotes of Nelson Mandela, a Methodist :-

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”

“The dire poverty of some is not an affliction which impacts only on those who are deprived. It reverberates across the globe and ineluctably impacts negatively on the whole of humanity, including those who live in conditions of comfort and plenty.”

Every blessing, Andy Rickell, Circuit Steward and Portfolio Holder for Social and Climate Justice
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre
Sunday service from Ashcroft Church in Cirencester. (The video starts after 18 seconds and then is an excellent recording of an excellent service. Well done. Every blessing, Andy Rickell, Chair of Trustees)
Cirencester Ashcroft Church & Centre

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