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Alpha is hiring


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Dear Andrew,  We are looking for two new people to join the Alpha Sub-Saharan Africa Marketing Team and would love your help in spreading the word to anyone you know who may be interested. With a passion for creative excellence, the Marketing and Communications team of Alpha Sub-Saharan Africa leads all our marketing activities from social media to digital campaigns and creative projects, developing content for churches and organisations as they explore and run Alpha. Presently we are in search of two candidates for these critical positions: 1.      Head of Marketing 2.      Marketing & Communications Coordinator Please see descriptions of these roles, with more available roles, on our website. Grateful for your support, The Alpha Sub-Saharan Africa Team
 Head of Marketing Full time, South Africa (remote) We are looking for a skilled marketing strategist to oversee our marketing, communications and media projects for the region.   View the Job Description and how to apply 
 Marketing and Communications Coordinator Full time, South Africa (remote) We are looking for an energetic and skilled Marketing and Communications Coordinator, who will support plans to establish Alpha across Sub-Saharan Africa, driving digital marketing campaigns including web, SEO, email and social media.   View the Job Description and how to apply
Church Chatter · Daily Reflections · In other news.

Psalm 62:1-8

Journeying through the Psalms

Psalm 62:1-8

Trust God.

David offers a supreme description of pure trust in God. The Psalm has three parts, the first part confesses reliance on God, the second part speaks of trust and hope, and the last part explains why this is possible.

This is such a beautiful declaration of David’s total dependence upon God. And David speaks to the righteous, encouraging them to rely on God. What is true of the king, is expanded to include the whole family of God.

David expressed his feelings to God and then reaffirmed his faith. Prayer can release our tensions in times of emotional stress. Trusting God to be our rock, salvation and fortress will change our entire outlook on life. No longer must we be held captive by resentment towards others when they hurt us. When we are resting in God’s strength, nothing can shake us.

Place all your hope in God. Knowing that God is in control allows us to wait patiently for him to rescue us. True relief does not come when the problem is resolved, because more problems are on the way! True relief comes from an enduring hope in God’s ultimate salvation. Only then will all trials be resolved.

Let us pray:

When we call out to You, O Lord,
And wait for answers to our prayer,
Give us the patience that we need
And help us sense Your love and care.

Amen

Church Chatter · In other news.

MyriverMysea2021

#MyriverMysea2021

Background

The Anglican Diocesan of Natal – Creation Care Network pioneered a parish based project to coincide with the International Coastal Clean Up on the 18th of September 2021. This initiative is part of the Season of Creation focus for September each year.

Purpose

The philosophy behind the project was to get parishes to see that every Parish impacts on the Ocean via the local river that flows through the parish. Parishes were asked to identify the rivers within the Catchment (the drainage area) that the Parish is based and identify the other organizations who are involved with care of creation within the parish boundaries.  Scouting South Africa was identified as a youth program that engages with environmental issues and three Scout troops were involved this year.

Participants

Parishes organized their own clean-ups, or joined other organizations and participated there.

the following Parishes were involved:

  • The Youth of the Durban North Archdeaconry
  • The Youth of the Durban Central Archdeaconry
  • All Saints Bellair with St Mark’s Hillary – with 1st Malvern Scouts
  • St Paul’s Durban
  • St Gabriel’s Wentworth
  • Good Shepherd Amanzimtoti – With 1st Umbogintwini Scouts
  • St Mary’s Kingsburgh – with 1st Amanzimtoti Scouts
  • St Luke’s Karkloof with  – African Cooperative Action Trust.

The following sites were participated in:

  • Blue Lagoon;
  • Cuttings Beach
  • Amanzimtoti Lagoon
  • Lidgetton
  • Addington Beach

Durban North Organized a tree planting event which is also an important aspect of Creation Care.

People were enlightened about the magnitude of the problem of plastic pollution and the need for ongoing intervention.

Outcomes

the #MyriverMysea project will make the efforts of the church to engage with environmental issues both practical, visible and build relationships in the community. 

This initiative is a multi-stakeholder event with numerous organizations doing great work to address the leakage of Plastic into the environment. The Creation Care Network of the Diocese of Natal is engaged with a major project INKWAZI ISU)  to address this issue. Multiple partners including the church groups can engage in these clean-ups and Parishes and Archdeaconries can get directly involved and at the same time collaborate with other organizations.  through this initiative a youth group or guild can collaborate and build interventions which make up part of the bigger initiative to address plastic waste.

Way Forward

It is our hope that each parish will make ongoing efforts to address environmental issues and impacts and develop policies and procedure and projects at parish level to care for the earth. through clean-ups, recycling and raising awareness.  The option to engage with recycling projects as upliftment projects has potential and efforts are being made to create these opportunities to overcome the economic challenges to recycling.

The Creation Care Network is engaging in a Major intervention for KZN (Inkwazi Isu) to address Plastic waste and recycling through a major project aimed at valorising waste and building  a circular economy. This will also provide the infrastructure and means to develop meaningful interventions at Parish level.

Conclusion

We thank every individual who participated and worked so hard to raise awareness and make a difference in our #MyriverMysea2021 event.  Our prayer is that we will take this forward and continue to find ways to make a positive impact in the earth.

The Creation Care Facebook Page can be used to post events, ask questions, initiate dialogue and share ideas.

The Lord is Sovereign over all the earth and we his people are created to take responsibility to care for that which God has created.

To the Glory of God

Amen.