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District Newsletter – May 2021

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Welcome to the Bolton and Rochdale District Newsletter.

This edition includes details about events, dates for your diaries, training opportunities, vacancies, links and contacts.

If you have any information to share please contact us so we can include in future editions.

Please share this newsletter around your churches, circuits and contacts.

 

From Rev Paul Martin, District Chair

 

Dear Friends

 

I write on the eve of my sabbatical and just after the Spring Synod. I thought it might be useful to share something of what I plan to do and give some information about the future of my role.

 

For my sabbatical I am going to do some reflecting on my ministry thus far and what shape it might take in the future – given that I retire in 2022 (my wife Susy is retiring on 12 May – and she’s younger than me!). We are going to walk St Cuthbert’s way, a pilgrim journey which ends up at Holy Island. One of my hobbies is playing guitar badly so I am also dedicating time to practicing and having lessons, maybe even learning a fourth chord. The third element – which was initially challenged by the Sabbaticals Advisory Panel – will be getting the District Office into a shape which will be easy to handover next August; Heather will be heavily involved in that process! I will be having a two-week break from Sabbatical to prepare for and attend the Methodist Conference.

 

There is still a degree of uncertainty as to what will happen when my role as Chair comes to an end. Many Districts across the Connexion are considering their boundaries – indeed, under the report, Reaffirming our Calling, Connexional, District and Circuit structures are being revisited. The likelihood is that an Interim Chair will be appointed for two years prior to a reconfiguration affecting other Districts in the region.

 

I am grateful to those who are covering when I am on sabbatical; Ruth Jackson and Darren Garfield for the District and Brian Tomkins at Bolton Mission.  Thanks to everyone reading this and for how you exercise your daily discipleship. Have a good summer!

 

God bless

 

Paul

 

Spotland Methodist Church Rochdale and Littleborough Circuit.

 

Yes we are open, we are Church.

 

The building may be closed but we are not.

 

The people, the community the volunteers are church.  Spotland Methodist Church set back on a main road that if you followed it too far would take you onto the moors in Rochdale may look closed but it most certainly is not.   We may not be meeting in person, but letter, cards, cake boxes, telephone calls and much more have travelled around the Spotland area and beyond. 

 

Right before the first lockdown a local councillor asked, offered, enquired if we needed any grants, funds etc.  Well, I am never one to say no so I hastily put pen to paper, well fingers to key board and after a bit of advice applied for two grants.   If our toddler group and Friday toddler worship were ever to come back into the building things would need to change.  We now have a collection of the most beautiful brightly coloured builders’ trays to help separate and provide family pods to play and create on. A huge pile of cleaning equipment and a few ride along and balance bikes and toys which we are currently loaning to some of our families with young children.  (This is on long term loan with through cleaning and COVID-19 guidelines adhered to).

 

The other successful grant was in partnership with the local Co-op shops and local councillors to collect, clean and provide uniforms to local schools to help those in need, this is definitely something of benefit to this area.  Our church hall is now full of more donated new and pre loved uniforms, shoe, warm winter coats and blazers than we have hangers, shoe racks and clothes rails for. A local launderette has offered to launder the uniforms and make any repairs needed.   This has definitely become a community project.  I would normally be going into these school taking assemblies, re-creating parts of the Bible through drama and making links.  This is practically impossible at the moment so we have to be creative. Providing uniforms keeps this link alive, the schools know we are there for them, we are praying for them and we haven’t forgotten about them.   Two large bin bags of uniforms were collected for a local special needs school and a local primary nursery department has already made use of a few bags.  The grant help provide, steamers, clothes rails, shoe storage and cleaning equipment.  Many thanks to Councillor Massey and Rochdale Council.

 

So basically, what I am saying is to keep applying for grants, talk to your local councillors, make links, our congregation may not be very tec savvy but the circulation of the Church magazine has gone from under 50 to over 100 during lockdown. Keeping spirits up, connecting people and providing hope.

 

Every Blessing to you all and may we meet together soon.

 

Leonie O’Donoghue

Church and Community Lay Worker

Spotland Methodist Church

Rochdale and Littleborough Circuit.

 

 

 

Bump-it-forward - An appeal that is from the Liverpool School of Tropical  Medicine https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/support-us/bump-it-forward

 

 

 

 

Malawi is here

      

The appeal asks that we, who are so lucky to have our vaccinations free on the Health Service, donate the price of a vaccine (£25) to Malawi and other African countries who have no health service and no vaccines to date.

 

 

I am aware that the Government is supposed to be donating through Covax, but this is an individual response to say thanks for what we have.

I am sure you are aware that PPE etc. has been in very short supply and the LSTM started this appeal off to supply PPE to Malawi etc, realising that this was the first step.

 

LSTM have a young graduate working in Zomba Hospital in Malawi.

As Christians, Jesus ask for our commitment to the poor and needy and this appeal is one of those appeals that is to serve that need.

 

Please go to the website detailed above - it tells you all about the appeal and who it helps and how to donate.

 

Thank you!

 

Jenny Ashcroft,

Local Preacher, Skelmersdale LEP

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Christian Aid 

As you may know, Christian Aid week is nearly upon us (10th-16th May) and I’m getting in touch to see if you would be happy to support us this year.  We have two specific ideas on how you could get involved this year (outlined in the attached document):

 

Please let me know if you are happy to be involved with either of these and any further support you might need.  It makes a massive difference to our appeal if we can share your support and prayers throughout the week.

 

I also include links / documents relating to the following in the hope that these are useful for you in this critical year:

  • A short briefing note on climate justice 
  • Details of a new book we have published to mark our 75th anniversary: Rage & Hope: 75 Prayers for a Better World.   You can find the details here including the link to the book launch and a few of the prayers from the book are also available here
  • Following the launch of our Black Lives Matter Everywhere report  which highlighted the fact that climate change is a deeply racialised phenomenon, we have brought together a group of senior Black church leaders and Christian climate activists of colour, to increase the visibility of their perspectives on environmental issues.  This has led to a co-developed a range of resources providing powerful insights into the distinctive contributions of Black and other diverse voices on climate Justice. Please feel free to use and share these with your contacts

I hope the above proves useful to you and please let me know if you can be part of the Tea Time Prayers or 300,000 steps challenge. 

With every blessing,

Darren Staunton
dstaunton@christian-aid.org
01925 582 826
07778 109 971

 

Praying for our Planet

 

Praying for Our Planet is a programme of talks by scientists whose work is related to the climate and ecological emergency. Each scientist, who is also a Christian, will speak about their area of interest and how their scientific understanding affects their faith. Following the talk, the audience will be invited to divide into breakout rooms to reflect and respond to what the speaker has said.

The seven Zoom sessions will be on different weekday evenings in May and June. The first will be given by Dr Mike Morecroft, Principal Climate Scientist with Natural England who will talk on Climate Change, Nature and Us at 7:30pm on Wednesday 12th May **

Visit www.bramhallmethodists.org.uk/pfop for more information and to book tickets.

 

News for the District from Action for Children

 

Hello everyone,

 

I trust you’re well and the transition out of lockdown is also going well. Below are short updates for your District. Thank you.

 

News from Action for Children 

Thank you for your continued support throughout the pandemic. You’ve helped us support more than 20,000 children through our Emergency Response Fund and other gifts.

With lockdown restrictions being gradually lifted, we’re feeling positive that we’re getting closer to the time when we’d safely resume face-to-face events. In the meantime, I’d like to tell you about two events coming up soon.

 

Virtual Fostering Information event

Ever thought about fostering? Know someone who might be thinking about fostering? Then, come along to our live Facebook event on 20th May at 7pm to hear from one of our foster carers and our social worker.

There were 78,150 children in local authority care in 2019, and many more foster carers are needed to give them a safe and loving home; that might just be you. We can answer any questions you have.

The online event will be live on our Action for Children Fostering – England Facebook page on the Click here to sign up: https://fb.me/e/bA48w2IME

 

Boycott Your Bed for Vulnerable Children

On Friday 9 July, join forces with family, friends or colleagues to raise money by spending the night in the most unusual place you can think of.

Will you camp out under the stars or under the stairs? Bunk down in the bathroom or the back garden? Where will you sleep to challenge yourself? Before you settle in for the night, join us for an evening of virtual entertainment packed with famous faces, bringing people together across the UK. 

Boycott your Bed and you’ll bring hope to vulnerable UK children hit hardest by the pandemic. Because – while happier times are ahead for most of us – this crisis has made things even worse for children and families already in desperate need. 

Wherever you sleep, the money you raise can make children’s dreams of a safe and happy childhood come true. 

How will you Boycott your Bed? Sign up today at: boycottyourbed.co.uk/faith

 

To receive regular updates about the Action for Children straight to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter: https://bit.ly/AFCNewsletter-F

 

Blessings and peace,

 

Karis Kolawole

Faith Partnerships Lead, Action for Children

karis.kolawole@actionforchildren.org.uk

 

 

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ALDERSGATE

22nd or 24th May 2021 9.30am-12.15pm via Zoom*

 

A Warmed Heart

“About a quarter before nine …... I felt my heart strangely warmed ……”

These are some of the most well-known words in the Methodist Church.  John Wesley’s famous experience at a meeting in Aldersgate Street, London, is regarded as key to his ministry and to the development of the British Methodist Church.

What did it mean to John Wesley?  What significance might it have for us?

We shall spend the morning in guided reflection and quiet exploring the faith development of John Wesley and the role of a warmed heart for both him and today’s disciples.

 

Programme for the morning

9.30am                             Welcome & Introduction        Opening Prayers          

10.00am                           Session 1: Going through the motions

11.00am                           Session 2: Living through the depths

12 noon                           Conclusion      Closing Prayer                             

12.15pm                           Finish                      

    

To led by Rev Judith Jessop, a Methodist pioneer presbyter from Sheffield

If you would like to attend* please e-mail Gill Dascombe chair@reflectretreats.co.uk stating which date you would like to attend, or if you are flexible.

*This is the first of two Quiet mornings exploring Wesley’s spiritual journey. Part 2 will be held in the early autumn, dates to be advised.

 

There is no charge for this event, but donations (£5 suggested) may be made to Reflect:Lloyds Bank, Sort code 30 96 18, Account no 02833113, ref Quiet Day

 

Learning Network North West & Mann Line Manager Training  - aimed at all new Line Managers, anyone thinking of becoming a Line Manager, and those who have never had chance to do the training before. 

 

Managing Lay Employees in the Methodist Church. Wednesday 16th June. 10am - 4pm on Zoom

 

We will cover;

* the key skills and qualities of a Line Manager

* the roles and responsinilities of a Line Manager

* the different functions of Line Management

* the role of the Line Manager in the employment cycle

 

Any questions please ask Kristie on leggk@methodistchurch.org.uk

 

Book with Rob on NWMannNetwork@gmail.com

 

 

Circuit Steward Taster Session

 

Thinking about becoming a Circuit Steward?  What does being a Circuit Steward entail?  Do I have the skills and gifts to be a Circuit Steward?  Is God asking me to take a role in the leadership of my Circuit?

An opportunity to explore the role of the Circuit Steward and ask questions.

Monday 19th July 7.30pm until 9pm

Facilitated by Brec Seaton (Learning Network) and experienced Circuit Stewards from the Kendal Circuit

Email Rob Glassonbury to book your place nwmannnetwork@gmail.com

For more information contact Brec Seaton seatonb@methodistchurch.org.uk

 

Online courses at Cliff College

[Through Women in the Bible] I have been inspired to look at the difficult issues with fresh eyes and a better understanding. I have been encouraged to look again at those passages in the Bible which seem to criticise women and look down on them, and find they do nothing of the kind.

I’ve just finished Studies in Ephesians, and I must say WOW! I listened to each section at least three times, there was just so much in it.

If you haven't checked out Cliff College’s online courses yet, what are you waiting for? We have a variety of courses available, all self-paced so you can work through the teaching in your own time. See a full list of available and upcoming courses on our website:
https://cliffcollege.ac.uk/courses/cliff-college-online

For more information, email enquiries@cliffcollege.ac.uk

 

RSVP - Listening for God's Invitation 

We would like to let you know about a series of events offered by the Learning Network in NW&Mann aimed at helping people listen for God’s invitation in their lives. Could you share this with anyone you think might find it helpful?

Why?

For many people, the changing world caused by Covid-19 has provoked questions about who we want to be and how we want to live our lives in the months and years ahead.

Whether in big decisions or small, we are all called to listen for God’s invitation to how we can best join in with what God is doing in the world.

What?

RSVP is a series of Saturday morning sessions where we will consider how we pay attention to God’s invitation and how we understand what God’s calling might be in our lives.

Each session stands alone, and they fit together, so please do come to some or all.

The sessions are intended to offer you a focus for your discernment.

Who?

These sessions will be useful for:

•            those who want to reflect on how they can best respond to God’s invitation within their existing work, home or family lives.

•            those considering a ‘formal’ vocation in the church.

•            those wondering about a call to Christian mission or ministry outside of the church.

•            those exploring a call to serve God within the church in new or emerging ways

How?

There will be teaching, group discussion, prayer and time to reflect on your own. We’ll also provide some optional materials to prepare before each session, and to aid your reflection afterwards. We encourage you to see the sessions and the optional explorations as one part of your discernment.

 

Theological Depth  I am really pleased to share with you information about three new ways for people to engage with theological development. There are three ways to get involved…

  • TBC – Theology Book Club is series of sessions for anyone interested in thinking about theology and reading theological books. We will look at one book a term (3 in total) and there will be two zoom sessions per term for people to come and discuss the book in a facilitated conversation.
  • Thinking Theology  is a series of sessions aimed at those (lay and ordained) leading others in theological enquiry. This is particularly useful for those who lead study groups, fellowship and bible study groups and for those who want to help the wider church to ‘think theologically’. We will offer a blended learning approach with material sent out before hand and a facilitated zoom conversation to embed learning. The material will offer tips and techniques for working with people who want to deepen their theological knowledge.
  • TRIP – Theological Reflection in Ministry is a series of sessions aimed at church leaders (lay and ordained) offering them the opportunity to reflect on the mission and ministry of the church in their context. The sessions will look at a particular theme through the four lenses of ‘Our Calling’. We will use a blended learning approach with material sent out before hand and a facilitated zoom conversation on each of the four elements of ‘Our Calling’.

We will be asking people to book in for the sessions with Rob on NWMannNetwork@gmail.com  

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do contact Simon on sutcliffes@methodistchurch.org.uk

Yours

Alison Ransome | Connexional Vocations Advisor & Regional Learning & Development Coordinator - North West & Mann 
The Connexional Team

 

Theology Book Club

All facilitated by Learning Network via Zoom 19:00-20:30.

10th November:

Book 1:The Psalms & Life of Faith by Walter Brueggemann

20th January & 30th March

Book 2: Life Together by Dietrich Bonheoffer

5th May & 5th July

Book 3: Dwelling in the Household of God by Mary L.Coloe

 

Thinking Theology

All facilitated by Learning Network via Zoom 19:00-20:30.

Term 1: Models of thinking theologically

30th November          Theology as attention

Terms 2 & 3: Sources for theological reflection

19th January              Scripture

8th February              Tradition

18th March                 Experience

28th April                    Reason

20th May                     Worship

30th June                   Truth

 

Theological Reflection in Practice

All facilitated by Learning Network via Zoom 14:00-15:30.

Leadership: collaboration and participation

12th January              Worship

10th February            Learning & Caring

11th March                 Service

6th May                       Evangelism

 

Dates for your diary: visit the District Website: www.barmd.org.uk

 

UPDATES

 

All We Can - India's Coronavirus crisis: urgent support needed

 

Dear All,

India is currently in the grips of a deadly second wave of Covid-19 – please give generously to help save lives today.

 

It is impossible to have missed the devastating news coming out of India over the past week. With hospitals unable to cope with the ever-increasing number of cases, and oxygen supplies scarce, the situation threatens to overwhelm the country’s health systems.

At the time of writing, India has recorded more than 17 million Covid-19 infections and over 200,000 deaths – however, the true impact of the virus is expected to be much higher, with many cases and deaths going unreported.

All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain will be scaling up our response in India through the joint Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, to provide vital support to vulnerable communities at this most desperate moment.

Since April 2020, All We Can has supported more than 2 million people to stand firm in the face of the pandemic through the Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, and the work of its long-term partners. The Methodist family have also responded to the ongoing pandemic through grants given by the Methodist Church’s World Mission Fund toward partner church Covid-19 responses. 

As people here in the UK look forward to increasing freedoms, we must not forget about our global neighbours who are currently facing the virus at its deadliest moment. 

Please pray for the situation in India, and give generously to the Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, to help save lives today.

With heartfelt thanks,

Graeme Hodge
Chief Executive

All We Can (the Methodist relief and development agency) host a live broadcast on Facebook and YouTube every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:17 pm (inspired by Col 1:17 – ‘In Christ all things hold together’). You can watch these by following All We Can on Facebook or YouTube – just search for allwecanuk or visit allwecan.org.uk

 

How to Handle Later Life by Marion Shoard

 

Hello,

 

I have been a member of several Methodist churches over the years and am also the author of a handbook for older people entitled How to Handle Later Life (Amaranth Books, 2017). My book’s 1,000 pages explore the main choices people face as they grow older and the ways in which they can avoid potential problems.

 

Reviewing How to Handle Later Life, Eric Midwinter, a founder of the U3A movement, wrote:

 

It would be difficult to visualise a more complete and wide-ranging compendium than this on how to cope with the pressures and perils of later age. ... Health, with more than 200 pages, housing, legal matters, finance and all other facets of later life are comprehensively and sympathetically treated, with a user-friendly structure and presentation. There should be a copy in every library, council office, doctor's practice, MP's surgery, Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK office, if not in every household.

 

Although aimed mainly at older people themselves, professionals from nurses to ministers tell me they have also found my book invaluable. Thus in his review in the Methodist Recorder, The Rev Albert Jewell, Methodist minister for 58 years and former head of pastoral care at Methodist Homes, wrote:

 

Shoard addresses in a thorough-going and balanced manner the biggest concerns and decisions people face as they grow older… Reliable and comprehensive… It should be found in every public library… As someone who has been involved in dementia care and research over the years, I find the author's chapter on this subject particularly impressive. Its 25 pages are essential reading.

 

Over the last twelve months, the pandemic has taken away opportunities to sell my book, whether at speaking events, conferences and exhibitions or in bookshops. My publisher has retained copies for sale, but I have taken others which it would otherwise have pulped to reduce storage costs and am offering them free to individuals in churches, lay or ordained, seeking to engage with older people. If you are involved in work with older people with your church and/or your wider community and would like a copy, do drop me a line at PO Box 664, Rochester, Kent ME1 9JB with your name, address and a cheque made out to me for £3.70 (to cover postage and packing). For any questions about my offer, email marion@marionshoard.co.uk.

 

How to Handle Later Life puts forward a framework to aid understanding of the realities of growing older, both physical changes to the body and the particular nutritional, exercise and psychological needs of older people.  It goes on to examine the challenges growing older in Britain today can bring in fields from transport, housing and healthcare to finance, help in the home and combatting loneliness.

 

You can see several sample chapters, the table of contents, introduction and reviews on Amaranth Books’ website (at amaranthbooks.co.uk/titles/how-to-handle-later-life). My website (at marionshoard.co.uk) provides information about my background and activities, including within the ecumenical group Christians on Ageing, of which I am a trustee.

 

With best wishes,

 

Marion Shoard

 

Confident Christianity - Interfaith Engagement and understanding for Christians and their church communities

 

Sessions for Methodist Churches - The St Philip’s Centre is delighted that the Methodist Connexion has given us a grant to fund work enabling Methodists to join in with this exciting journey of faith. We expect this project to enable participants to increase their awareness of God’s presence; help people to learn and grow as Christians; and become good neighbours with people of different cultures and faiths. In reference to “Our Calling” and the priorities of the Methodist Church, the project will enable participants to develop and grow their confi dence in sharing their faith in a way that makes sense to those of other faiths and also enhance their own understanding of ministry and mission in a complex multi-faith, multi-cultural society.

 

The project will encourage participants to break out of inward- looking church life to make friendships and to speak of God and of faith with people they meet in multi-faith settings, as well as providing scope for theological refl ection on those meetings. One aspect of Jesus’ ministry that really challenges me is the fact that he was really comfortable as both guest and host in all kinds of complex situations. As I read the Gospels, I regularly see Jesus cross boundaries, defy social convention and build relationships with the most unlikely of people. One of the ways I learn how to get better at that is through interfaith engagement. I have recently written on this theme in a book entitled Hospitality, Service, Proclamation: Interfaith Engagement as Christian Discipleship. As I look back on my decade or so of interfaith encounters, I realise that as a result of them I have become a better guest and a better host. I have learnt to be more nuanced and Christ-like in what I welcome and what I challenge. I have had many opportunities to serve people of other faiths, but also to be served by them. I have grown in my ability to sensitively share my faith in Jesus in a way that means it is actually heard as someone speaking good news, even by those who do not share my faith. Interfaith engagement is a great way to grow as a follower of Jesus. As John Wesley says in “On a Catholic Spirit” we must be confident and clear in our own identity, which enables us to be comfortable in engaging with others whom we disagree with. In particular we will work to grow participants’ confi dence in appropriate sharing of their faith with those of other faith backgrounds. Interfaith encounter does not put up barriers to evangelism; rather it equips people to act appropriately, aware of the full implications of their actions and the care needed by those who convert to Christianity from other faith backgrounds.

 

Our booklet gives further information about the types of sessions we can offer. We are happy to run many of them online via Zoom or other video conferencing platform if that is easier for you. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with either James Blackhall – Churches Training Officer (courses@stphilipscentre.co.uk) or myself (director@stphilipscentre.co.uk)

 

All the best

Revd Dr Tom Wilson,
Centre Director

 

Dear All,

Welcome to the MWiB Spring mailing.

Attached you will find:

~ Spring 2021 Newsletter
Also available to download at https://mwib.org.uk/index.php/2018/03/15/spring-2018-newsletter/

Prayer Diary for March - May 2021
Also available to download at https://mwib.org.uk/index.php/2017/07/29/prayer-diary-august-2017/

~ An advert for the role of Website and Social Media Coordinator. Please share this around your church, circuit and district as widely as possible, and forward to anyone you think may be interested. This is a voluntary part-time role, and may be particularly suitable for a young person, a student, or a recent retiree.

~ What's going on where you are?
With so many activities now taking place online, there are lots of opportunities to join with others around the connexion, to share in events we wouldn't otherwise necessarily be able to attend, and to encourage both them and ourselves. You can find details of some District MWiB events on the 'News and Events' page of the MWiB website - why not take a look, and join in an event? And please send details of your own online MWiB activities, so we can add them to the list.

~ And finally, a reminder that in between these quarterly mailings, you can keep up to date with MWiB related activities via our website (www.mwib.org.uk) and Facebook page (Methodist Women in Britain). (If you've requested to join the Facebook group and not yet been accepted,
please drop me an email and I'll get it sorted out asap!)

Best wishes
Jude

Judith R Simms
Communications Officer
Methodist Women in Britain

 

Church and me: conversations about lifting lockdown.

Is the church building going to open up again soon – am I ready for this? Many feel they cannot return yet, others are straining at the leash. What emotions and practical considerations are running through your head? Let’s take time to reflect and listen to our fears as well as our dreams. In a small group or with a friend or by yourself, ponder on these bite size conversation starters.

 

Coronavirus/ COVID 19

Government advice can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

Advice from Connexion (Methodist Church House is closed), being updated regularly  online at: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/official-guidance/

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/official-guidance/#faqs

 

The Methodist News

The Media Office of The Methodist Church has changed “The Week Ahead” weekly e-bulletin, which has been replaced by “The Methodist News”.

If you don’t already receive this you can subscribe online at:-

https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/sign-up-for-newsletters?utm_source=Methodist%20Church%20House&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11505298_The%20Methodist%20News&dm_i=BVI,6ULJM,35DR8Y,RGULV,1

 

Phoneline

A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched.

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514

Listen to news: 0808 281 2478

Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening

 

A Methodist Way of Life

A Methodist Way of Life commitment card is available online at www.methodistchurch.org.uk/MWoL. Many people are downloading and finding it useful in this current situation.

 

VACANCIES: 

 

Vacancy – Communications Director Are you creative and enthusiastic about good communication? Can you help others to get their message across? You might be the person that we are looking for. The Manchester & Stockport District is seeking to appoint a full-time Communications Director to join the District team on a permanent contract, 35 hours per week, from 1st September 2021.

Salary £28, 000 p/a
 

Application pack is available from the District Office; admin@mandsmethodists.org.uk

Closing date for application: Friday 5th June
Interviews to take place: late June or early July 2021 (date to be advised on application)

 

Methodist Women in Britain are seeking a Website and Social Media Coordinator to work with the Communications Coordinator, Executive and Forum to keep the MWiB website and Facebook page regularly updated, and to develop an appropriate and ongoing social media strategy as this exciting and growing movement enters its second decade.

Beginning 1st September 2021, this is an open-ended volunteer appointment, primarily home-based, with the occasional online or face-to-face meeting with the Executive and Forum as required.

To find out more about MWiB, and to download an application pack, visit the MWiB website: www.mwib.org.uk or request by email from: admin@mwib.org.uk or by telephone: 0300 030 9873

There is no application deadline. If you’re interested in this role, please complete the application form and return to MWiB by email as above, or by post to: MWiB, c/o Touchstone, 4 Easby Road, Bradford BD7 1QX Methodist Women in Britain – For women, for justice, for Christ.

 

For employment and voluntary oportunities in the Methodist Church Connexionally: http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/connect/jobs-volunteering/

 

SAFEGUARDING:

Advanced Module Training Dates – please visit the Events section of the District Website to book places on these training days.

Policies and guidance – the most recent are now available on the Methodist Church website: https://www.methodist.org.uk/for-ministers-and-office-holders/safeguarding/policies-procedure-and-information/policies-and-guidance/

District Safeguarding Officer: Email address Kev Brabrook - boltonandrochdaledso@dso.methodist.org.uk

 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

Learning Network: North West & Mann Region

See:  www.methodist.org.uk/nwm

The Learning Network write a regular e-newsletter which is very informative. If you are new to the Region and / or don’t already receive this, please could you sign up by filling out your details here:https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/learning/network-regions/north-west-mann-region/subscribe-to-the-dmln-north-west-and-mann-newsletter/

Our Learning Network Team have various events and training coming up so please visit the website for further information of what is coming up - http://www.methodist.org.uk/learning/network-regions/north-west-mann-region

To book onto North West & Mann Region events contact Rob by email: - NWMannNetwork@gmail.com

 

GDPR:

General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on 25th May 2018.

Training and resources from TMCP are fine tuned for The Methodist Church context:

https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection

 

Dear Data Champions, 

The last months have been unprecedented and have thrown up new challenges.  As we learn to adapt to a 'new normal’ way of life, we need to remind ourselves that some things do not change.

We have seen the two year anniversary of the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 and although our main focus has been to ensure our premises remain a safe place for our members and users and navigating new recording systems of who is using our premises, we mustn’t forget our data protection responsibilities. We are writing to let you know that we  have developed a Data Protection Annual Checklist to help Managing Trustees across the Connexion check that they are on top of their data protection responsibilities.

It is important that every Local Church, Circuit and District works through the Checklist on an annual basis.  

We are asking Managing Trustees to contact their District Data Champions in the first instance but TMCP, is of course on hand to guide you through any areas where further clarification is needed.   We also require that all Checklists are signed and dated by the Managing Trustees and forwarded to you so that you can keep a tally on who has undertaken the exercise and those which have not. The District will need to keep a register of who has completed the checklist and provide a copy to TMCP each year in May, to coincide with the anniversary of GDPR. The first checklists will need to be completed by May 2021 and the list sent to TMCP by each District. This is a requirement to demonstrate assurance by the Districts to the Controller, being TMCP.

If anyone in your District would like to discuss further what the role of being a Data Champion entails then please contact us on: dataprotection@tmcp.org.uk.

Best wishes,

Laura Carnall
Data Privacy Manager

Direct Dial: 0161 235 6777

Work mobile: 07880 191810

 

HOW TO BECOME A FAIR TRADE CHURCH: The three goals: To be part of the campaign by becoming a Fairtrade Church, please register with us www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/in-your-community/faith-groups/fairtrade-churches

 

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