Christians Against Poverty

In 2019, we voted as a Parish for four Mission Partners. Every two years we choose two new Mission Partners to support (and continue to support the remaining two).

We aim to support our Mission Partners through prayer, financial support, and building personal contacts. A percentage of our parish income goes annually to all 4 partners, plus everything raised through our special Lent and Christmas. In 2020, this amounted to £1,000 for each Partner.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

Latest news: CAP currently have a display of artwork and greetings cards in St John’s church building, in Yeovil, in aid of the local ministry of CAP, and all donations will go directly towards this work.  The church building is open Mon-Fri from 10am to 3pm.

ART FOR CAP is a group of artists offering their works to help fundraise for the life-transforming ministry of the Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre in Yeovil, in its 10th anniversary year.  Due to the pandemic, unfortunately, we’ve not been able to have our pop-up shop in the Yeovil Quedam, something we’ve had for several years, but we do have a website https://art-for-cap.square.site where paintings and quality greetings cards can be purchased.  Having a pop-up shop brings in the Yeovil community to view and purchase works of art but for the past 16 months this has not been the case, therefore, may we ask you to please view our website and in purchasing greetings cards/paintings, this will help keep our debt centre open – in 10 years 440 local households have reached out for help, with 106 going debt-free.  Thank you for your support.

CAP UK currently have a number of opportunities – click here for information on joining the team.

CAP Regional Leader – South West

We have a vacancy in CAP that may suit someone you know, therefore, may I be so bold as to ask you if you could advertise this and/or forward these details.  The closing date for applications is on 9 May.

The Role

The Region Leader role exists to serve our partner Churches through excellent support of our network staff and services in their region. In line with CAP’s aims and objectives, they will work with the Head of England and Network Operations to set regional priorities and lead on the local strategy to deliver those priorities. They will ensure a strong sense of regional identity and unity, with strong relationships between AMs and centres. Collaboratively working across the organisation will be key to ensuring a consistent approach to how we serve the Church and our clients through excellent products and services.

Who we’re looking for

The network team is passionate about developing our relationship with churches and frontline workers to offer life-transforming CAP services to local communities across the UK, whilst giving clients the opportunity to hear and respond to the love of Jesus. The network team is driven to enable and empower our partner churches to be the answer to some of the biggest problems society faces. They do this in a highly relational and collaborative way; striving to always work with excellence and compassion.

Location

This role would require someone who lives within the South West of England and be willing to travel across the region and attend regular training, conferences, and meetings.

Key Details:

  • Starting salary: £32,869 – £34,924
  • Hours: 22.5 hours (3 days)
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Closing date: 9 May 2021

Steve Hart
Yeovil Debt Centre Manager (Mon+Tue) & Area Manager (Wed+Thu)
Christians Against Poverty
07449167058

With a small donation and big faith, John Kirkby started Christians Against Poverty in 1996. He believed God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor.

In his hometown of Bradford, John set off on the incredible journey of CAP. His faith adventure led him to people crippled by debt; parents who couldn’t feed their children, families facing eviction and desperate people living in fear and without hope. He used his expertise to negotiate with creditors, set up budgeting systems and offer a lifeline to those trapped in debt.

John knew that people all over the country were struggling in the same way and he began looking to replicate the work across the UK. With the vital ingredients of a church to partner with, a passionate person to be trained as a debt counsellor and the faith that God would provide, four new CAP centres were opened at the end of 1998.

Since then, CAP has rapidly grown its debt centre network and expanded its services to tackle the causes of debt and poverty too. As well as CAP Debt Help, we now help people step into employment through CAP Job Clubs, help people get control of their habitual dependencies through Fresh Start and a brand new service, CAP Life Skills, to equip people to live well on a low income. Our vision is to bring freedom and good news to the poor in every community through a nationwide network of CAP projects.

Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. As his church we should be unchanging in the mission that Jesus set out to ‘preach good news to the poor’ in our neighbourhoods. This film will inspire your church with three powerful stories of people who’ve been brought freedom and new life in their despair and darkness. You’ll see God is on the move as we serve the poor and save the lost with churches across the UK.