Administrative Assistant needed at MBC

Role:                                                  Administrative Assistant

Church:                                             Moortown Baptist Church

Location:                                           Leeds

Salary:                                               £10,799 per annum (£11.24 per hour)

Hours:                                                18 hours per week

Holiday days:                                   12.5 days + bank holidays

Moortown Baptist Church is seeking to appoint an office based Administrative Assistant for 18 hours per week (days to be negotiated).

Salary is £11.54 per hour which equates to £10,799 per year.

Holidays are pro rata at 12.5 days as well as Bank holidays.

Training will be provided as necessary.

This is an important role as the person appointed would be the first point of contact for anyone approaching the Church in person, on-line or by telephone.

They would also have access to certain accounts/money in conjunction with the Treasurer and also all important documents pertaining to the life of the Church.

Confidentiality and accountability are therefore fundamental to the role.

Skills essential:

The person should be a Christian.

The person should have good working knowledge of Microsoft 365

The person should have recognised and experienced secretarial skills.

The person should be able to communicate with others and work as part of various teams as needed.


 The person appointed would be responsible for:

  • All work on the office computer. (Some training can be provided).
  • Producing minutes from meetings, some being taped from a Zoom.
  • The typing up and amending of policies.
  • Writing and answering a variety of letters and correspondence as required.
  • Maintaining a yearly calendar and members listings, plus all other admin work as needed e.g. making posters or downloading children’s work.
  • They will have to answer all telephone calls and check recorded messages passing the information to the required relevant persons.
  • They will need to order and maintain all consumables needed for the smooth running of the Church.
  • They will need to purchase yearly licences and maintain and pay bills to the necessary contractors used in the running of the Church.
  • They will pay expenses to staff and volunteers in conjunction with the Treasurer.
  • They will need to liaise with the cleaning staff and all other persons working in the building, which may change daily.

A personal handover and a written handover of the role can be made to the successful candidate.

A detailed job description listing the wider role is available.

Please send a copy of your CV to:  

Mrs Karen Ross (HR Deacon)

Moortown Baptist Church

204 King Lane.


LS17 6AA        

or email

All applications should be into the office by Wednesday 1st June 2022

Interviews will be on June 6/7thth 2022 to be arranged.

MBC Plant Sale – Saturday 21 May

MBC’s Plant Sale – which this year is supporting our friends in Romania as they reach out to their neighbours in Ukraine will take place here at church on Saturday 21st May. 

Below there is an extract from an email that Jenny Dixon sent round the organising team; if there is anything in it that you would like to help with please make contact with the relevant person.

– plants can be brought on Saturday morning or left behind the church garden before then if you can’t get in on Saturday.
– please do label your plants so we can tell buyers about them.
– please do remove dead leaves, slugs etc so they look as nice as possible!

On the day :
The plant sale set up will be 9-12 on Saturday 21st, with doors opening at 1.  Our proceeds this year will be going to support our Ukraine initiative.
– we need to set up the tables in the sanctuary
– we need to put a price label (these will be pre-written) on each plant and bring them in to the appropriate table
– we need to set up for refreshments

During the sale :
– volunteers needed to tell our visitors about the plants and generally help them
– volunteers needed to add up the purchase value while people are queuing to pay so the till volunteer doesn’t have to
– volunteers to take payment at the ‘tills’ so the queue moves quickly through and people aren’t waiting with heavy loads

After the sale :
– clearing up!

So we would very much welcome help doing all these things.  The most work-intensive period is the setting up.
– We also need cardboard boxes or big bags for people to put plants in, please bring them in to church any time
– Gwynneth is looking after refreshments (thank you Gwynneth) so please contact her if you can help out with cakes – they are always a massive attraction!

Please could you let me or Nicky Gibb know if you are up for any of these roles? We’ve had great help in the past which has been key to making the sale so successful. You can email me or contact me on 07580 301641. 

Latest news from Andrea and Mark in Chad

Ahead of their visit to MBC’s Beacon cafe on Monday July 25th here’s the latest newsletter from Andrea and Mark Hotchkin.

Life in Chad is never easy but as Roger Robson points out “this letter really does show how difficult and tough their life is compared to ours, it also shows their terrific dedication.”

There’s a taster to the letter above but you can read it in full by following this link. 

Carpet bowls – minus the carpet

Many thanks to John Hornby for sending in this picture of MBC’s Lunch Club playing carpet bowls.

No prizes, and yes I know we’ve given it away in the headline but can anyone guess what’s missing… yes you’re right, a carpet.

Never mind eh!

Christians as citizens

At our recent Church Meeting, when John Sherbourne introduced the discussion paper on Vision, I was particularly struck by the paragraph which read

Share a Hunger for God’s coming Kingdom – by nurturing what the BU calls a ‘holy discontent’. Something that arises from our desire to give practical expression to our vision of God’s purpose. For example confronting evil, injustice and hypocrisy and challenging worldly attitudes to power, wealth, status and security”

I had already written a big YES against this before the meeting.

By chance, a few days before I had been to the first meeting since the lockdowns of Leeds Citizens, an organisation which MBC used to belong to, which we voted to leave in an earlier church meeting. I don’t wish to re-open that debate but would like to say a few things about Citizens in the light of our Vision discussion paper., and about our vision in the light of Citizens

Leeds Citizens currently has 44 member organisations around Greater Leeds. The majority are church groups with others from the Muslim and Jewish communities and a small number from Education and Trade Unions. Their purpose is [1]to Listen to their local people to hear what Issues, stories and experiences they have which need changing for the better [2] to find and help develop Leaders in those communities [3] To build Core Teams [4] To build Relationships with people with the Power who can bring about good changes in our society.

It seems to me that these aims (supported by many church groups) are not a million miles away from the vision “To share a hunger for God’s Coming Kingdom” and offer practical ways of Christian involvement in our wider society for good.

Not surprisingly in present circumstances many of the groups told stories of financial worries and needs and of trying to work with power to establish a Real Living Wage for people in our region – especially in the Care Sector. Other issues ranged from campaigning on Mental Health and Disability issues including for children as we emerge from lockdown (Schools are seen as very important in several campaigns), to improving local facilities such as footpaths and steps in some housing estates.

In the past MBC has run a “What matters?” listening campaign in our locality and Shelley is developing relationships with groups on our neighbouring Queenshills estate and with the Jewish Housing Association, and we have community connections on the Lingfields. Leeds Citizens will be holding an Assembly later in the year to work out the common issues to work on City Wide.

There are many other ways we can link, for God’s Kingdom, with other churches and secular organisations to bring about change and do good, and I pray this will continue to be a major part of our Vision as Moortown Baptist Church.

Roger Robson   

New MBC Housegroup starts up this coming Friday

A new house group starts this coming Friday at Jonathan and Hilary Darling’s home which is in Adel. It begins at 8pm and goes on to 9.30. Alternating between the Darling’s and Steve and Helen Olijnyk’s home in Shadwell the plan is to run the group each Friday, for three months, that’s up until the end of July and then to take stock. 

This is a really exciting initiative and anyone who might be interested in taking part is encouraged to email or

15th May. Keep on running – part 2 of our running the race series

Sunday the 15th of May sees Phil Commons picking up the baton to complete our running the race mini series.

This is a particularly busy time at MBC what with the plant sale coming up next weekend, Pentecost and of course HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations all withing just a few short weeks. 

If you can’t make it to any of our Services remember you can always catch up by visiting the MBC YouTube chanel either on the day or at any time after. 

Now I get it! They’re speaking my language!  Jane Coates

“They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!” Acts 2 v 11 The Message.

“We are from these different countries, but we can hear these men in our own languages! We can all understand the great things they are saying about God.” 

The Feast of Pentecost was perhaps the best attended Jewish festival in Jerusalem with Jews and visitors from all corners of the world, sharing many languages, gathering for the Feast. The disciples and followers of Jesus had also gathered, possibly in the Temple Courts area for the festival, as they waited for the promised Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit came, the disciples and followers were first aware of the sound- a loud, audible sound like a powerful, gale force wind filling the whole building. This was followed by flames of fire settling upon the head of each one present. As the Holy Spirit moved among them, disciples and followers began to speak out their praises and worship to God in spoken languages that they had never learned, as the Spirit came them power. The crowds, attracted first by the sound of the strange wind, began to gather round, then hearing words of praise and thanksgiving in their own native tongues and languages, from the mouths of a motley collection of uneducated Galileans. 

The disciples were speaking out to all within earshot, the wonderful works of God. They were praising their God, proclaiming His goodness, communicating, and delivering their praise in such a dramatic way, that their hearers were astounded at what they were hearing- because they were now tuned in and hearing this, each one in their own native language. 

The lovely phrase ‘now you’re speaking my language’ means ‘now I see what you’re getting at’ now I can understand what you’re saying’ and even’ I think that we are on the same page!’ Now I can see it! 

So often when we are talking about Jesus and our Christian faith, we are not talking the same language as our listeners. We are not on the same page, and so it is not surprising that ‘they don’t get it!’ Some years ago, a book called The Five Love Languages. How to express Heartfelt Commitment to your Mate by Gary Chapman, became an instant best seller. The book outlines five different ways (words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch) that we can express, receive, and experience love. The author believed that it was important to know your ’love language and that of your partner to make sure that you were communicating in the way that you can receive the message. He also believed that love could get’ lost in translation’ when couples speak different love languages. 

The crowd in Jerusalem got the message very clearly. The worship and praise was in their ‘first’ language, their ‘heart’ language, their ‘love’ language. “There are Parthians, Medes and Elamites; there are men whose homes are in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Africa near Cyrene, as well as visitors from Rome! There are Jews and proselytes, men from Crete and men from Arabia, yet we can all hear these men speaking of the magnificence of God in our native language.” 

After Peter’s clear presentation of the gospel message of salvation, to the crowd, three thousand individuals that day were added to their group. They had heard, ‘got it’ and responded in faith. 


Forgive me when my words of praise and thanks are feeble or non-existent. 

Forgive me when I do not speak of you even to those in the family of faith. 

Help me so that my words and my life may speak of you in ways that can be understood. 

Give me the words to say so that they are clear, simple and do not confuse. 

Help me to tune into the way that others are thinking, feeling and speaking so that I can bring your grace and love. AMEN 

I love You, Lord
For Your mercy never fails me
All my days, I’ve been held in Your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God 

And all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God 

I love Your voice
You have led me through the fire
In the darkest night
You are close like no other
I’ve known You as a Father
I’ve known You as a Friend
And I have lived in the goodness of God 

Cause all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God 

Bethel Music 

Running the race

With a finishing time of 1 hour and 59 minutes Shelley came a mere 51 minutes behind the winner of Sunday’s Run for All Leeds Half Marathan. Having said that she completed the 13.1 mile course a darned site faster than many of us would have done

Running again to raise money for and awareneess of the Roy Castle Cancer Foundation our intredid runner intends to spend a lot more time pounding the pavements ahead of this year’s London Marathon for which she has landed a much prized entry. 

Well done Shelley. 

There’s more to MBC’s help for our Romanain friends than supporting their emergency front line work – writes Howard Dews

In addition to the money to support Ukrainian refugees, we have also recently been able to send £4,750 to the churches we are linked with in Romania for their work in the local community.

Florin Fodor, an elder at Manastur church in Cluj said “We need to keep a healthy balance between the work among the refugees and other ministry activities we are called to do.”

The money we have sent is to be used as follows:

· £1,500 to Manastur Baptist Church in Cluj for work among young people, meeting needs in the congregation and bursaries for Christian students.

· £1,000 to the gypsy church in the village of Floresti near Cluj towards the salary of pastor Iosif Hoca, needs in this very poor congregation and for the salary of an assistant.

· £500 to support Florin and Dana Fodor in their work with university students through the Campus Crusade organisation.

· £250 to Nicu and Rita Reparuc for their work through the Bethany House in Cluj providing accommodation in a Christian environment to people with limited finances and in need of somewhere to stay.

· £1,500 to Zsuzsi & Andor, Noemi & Csaba for them to use in supporting youth work and needs in the Hungarian speaking congregations in Udvarhely and Cserefalva.

This has been possible because of your generous giving and also by the money raised through the plant sale last year.

We have received the following message from Manastur Baptist Church in Cluj.

Dear brothers in Leeds, Thank you and we appreciate all your support so far! God reward you! Thank you for the projects of the church that you continue to support and we are glad to see that you want to support new projects such as the work of the Fodor family with Alege Viata! We continue to make food packages and financial support for people in need both in the church and in church branches or friends of the church. The work with young people is growing, they also organised last year, in addition to the summer camp and two outings over the year, two youth conferences attended by other young people from the Christian community in Cluj. We will continue to support the young people in our church by providing financial support. We also continue to support the salary of Brother Hoca Iosif at the church in Floresti. This year I supported with an occasional monthly help a brother who helps the work in Floresti. We, as well as the church, support the church in Floresti with the payment of gas and electricity utilities, costs that have increased recently. We want the Lord’s blessing on the work of your church in Leeds!

With appreciation,

Baptist Church No. 1 Cluj-Manastur

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