Westminster College introduces….

Peter Ball has arrived and has been very busy since taking up his post in August. He’s sharing the below with all of our readers;

I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce both myself and the exciting opportunities that Westminster College will be offering during 2018.

I came into post as Director of Church Resource Development at the start of August. This is a new post created by the college to help us take the next step of developing our role as a Resource Centre for Learning for all the people of God. Whilst playing my part in the life of the college as a member of the teaching staff I have also been given time to develop our work of resourcing and offering training/equipping opportunities for lay people. In the medium to long term I am hoping that there will be a development of our web resources and that along with the other RCLs, Training Officers and Mission Enablers we can have strong links across the Synods in both the development and delivery of courses and resources.

For now here are the highlights of what is already planned at Westminster for 2018.

Eldership on the Frontline
A chance to be refreshed and resourced for the important role Elders play in the URC. As the tasks and role change along with society you will be given the chance to think about what this means for you and your church and to hear stories and experiences that will get you thinking and sharing together.
Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st March 2018
Friday  6th – Sunday 8th July 2018
Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th July 2018

Living the Life of Jesus through our worship
For Lay Preachers and Worship leaders in 2018 we are offering a mix of Bible study, worship and reflection alongside of some practical ideas on how we bring alive the life of Jesus for today’s worshippers. There will be a variety of session leaders and styles all looking to provide you with the tools and new insights for your important ministries.
Monday 13th – Friday 15th August 2018
Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th August 2018
Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2018
Friday 7th – Sunday 9th September 2018

Draw Breath and reflect upon
In the busyness of life we all need the opportunity to step back and spend time in the company of God reflecting upon life, our faith and what God is calling us to. Each of these days will have a different emphasis allowing a variety of approaches that make the most of Westminster’s stunning buildings and facilities. For our March date we will be focusing on Aspects of the cross. If you think you would like to take longer than a day with us why not consider our “In the Company of” initiative that allows for some guided reflection.
Saturday 24th March 2018
Saturday 11th August 2018
Saturday 3rd November 2018

NEW for 2018

It’s Advent!! Now what?
Join us and spend twenty four hours being resourced for the month ahead. This event is for ministers, lay preachers, worship leaders and anybody who wants to think afresh about Advent and Christmas.
Monday 3rd – Tuesday 4th December 2018

Alongside of these highlighted events Westminster also offers space for personal or group activities. We can cater for Synod activities, Spring and Summer Schools, Committee meetings, Church Away Days and personal reading and study times. We can also provide sabbatical opportunities.

We are excited to have our new Art Studio open to all URC members on request or exclusively booked for an event.

For further information contact:
Tutorial Office: 01223 330649 / admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk
Conference & Events Office: 01223 330647 / events@westminster.cam.ac.uk

Press Release – Westminster receives Living Wage Accreditation

NEWS RELEASE

5 October, 2016 

TWO CAMBRIDGE EMPLOYERS EARN LIVING WAGE ACCREDITATION AHEAD OF LIVING WAGE WEEK

WESTMINSTER College and Radmore Farm Shop have become the latest employers in Cambridge to earn their Living Wage accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.

The accreditations were announced ahead of this month’s Living Wage Week, when Cambridge City Council will find out whether it has won a Living Wage Champion Award, for which it has been nominated.

The council supported Westminster College and Radmore Farm Shop through the process of applying for accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation, which means both pay at least the voluntary UK Living Wage to all their staff.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The nationwide Living Wage campaign has been promoted in the city by Cambridge City Council since 2014, as part of its anti-poverty strategy.

The campaign’s aim is to encourage employers to pay staff more than the national minimum wage of £7.20 per hour for staff aged 25 and over. The Living Wage Foundation’s rate is calculated each year to reflect the true cost of living and is currently set at £8.25 an hour outside London.

Westminster College is a theological college affiliated to the University of Cambridge, which trains students for ministry in the United Reformed Church, as well as being a venue for events such as business conferences and weddings.

College Principal, Rev. Neil Thorogood, said: “Christianity, along with so many traditions, deeply values individuals as made in God’s image and worthy of the deepest respect and celebration. As a college of the United Reformed , Westminster is built upon and guided by such values. The Living Wage, and this accreditation, demonstrates that commitment and encourages us to be the very best employer we can be. I am delighted that we have been affirmed in this way as we seek to help all of our staff flourish in our community.”

Radmore Farm Shop, on Chesterton Road at Mitcham’s Corner, is a family-run food shop that has been selling produce from local suppliers, including the proprietors’ own family farm, since 2006.

Ben Aveling who manages the shop with wife Vicky, said: “In a small business like ours, we rely on friendly service and staff that our customers know. Therefore it is vital that we keep our staff and let them know they are valued, so they can deliver the best possible service and enjoy their jobs.”

More than 2,700 companies in the UK are now accredited as Living Wage employers, including 48 in Cambridge.

Living Wage Week takes place from 31 October to 4 November. During the week there will be a series of events and activities, including the announcement of the new Living Wage rate for 2017-18, and winners of the Living Wage Champions awards, for which the council has been nominated.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “I’m delighted that the council has been shortlisted for a Living Wage Champion Award, and that two more employers – Westminster College and Radmore Farm Shop – have been accredited.

“Living Wage Week is a great opportunity for even more employers and employees to find out why the Living Wage is such an important campaign, especially in a city like Cambridge where the cost of living is high.

“Paying a Living Wage isn’t just beneficial to employees – it also benefits the employers themselves, as the evidence suggests that it improves staff motivation and retention, and really boosts an organisation’s ethical reputation.”

“I’d encourage everyone to come and find out more about the Living Wage during Living Wage Week.”

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Notes for editors

  1. Contacts:
    Cllr Richard Johnson (Labour group), Executive Councillor for Communities, email: richard.johnson@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 07712 129529
    Cllr Zoe O’Connell (Liberal Democrat group), Opposition spokesperson, email: zoe@complicity.co.uk, tel: 07932 679179
    Cllr Oscar Gillespie (Independent/Green group), Opposition spokesperson, email: oscar.gillespie@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 07851 820806.
    Andrew Limb, Head of Corporate Strategy, email: andrew.limb@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 01223 457004
    David Kidston, Strategy and Partnerships Manager, email: david.kidston@cambridge.gov.uk, tel: 01223 457043