District Newsletter

District Newsletter – March 2017


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 then please contact us so we can include this in future editions. Please share this newsletter around your churches, circuits and contacts.




Facilities Manager at Bolton Methodist Mission

Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton

Responsible for the building, events, staff management and customer care.

30 hours per week including some evenings and weekends.

Salary £17,000 to £18,750

For Application Pack email: bmmvictoriahall@gmail.com

Closing date: 10 March 2017


Ecumenical Christian Chaplain at Royal Bolton Hospital

Part Time 3.75 Hours per Week

Job ref: 241-77C-17

Salary: £21,909 to £28,462 pa pro rata

Closing Date: 06/03/2017

Priest/ministers, with at least 3 years experience in ordained ministry, are required to join an enthusiastic and well motivated multi-denominational, multi-faith team at Bolton FT Hospital. The department is comprised of both clergy and voluntary workers and offers opportunities for spiritual care to patients, their relatives and staff on an ecumenical basis. It provides a 24 hour ecumenical on-call service on a rota basis. 
You should have excellent communication skills, and able to work as part of a team. Experience of hospital/hospice work or counselling would be an advantage, but training and support will be given for successful but less experienced candidates. 
Anglican candidates must have the agreement of the Bishop of Manchester and the Bishop’s Advisor on Chaplaincy. 
Free Church candidates must be of a denomination affiliated to the Free Church Federal Council and have the agreement of their relevant authorities.
This post includes emergency on-call pay.



Events & Dates for your diary:


For District Diary Dates visit the District Website: www.barmd.org.uk


Fairtrade Fortnight : 27th February - 12 March

For resources see: http://shop.fairtrade.org.uk/fairtrade-fortnight-2017


Saturday 4th March: Making Sense of Safeguarding Policies & Practice in the local church

10am-2pm at The Avenue Methodist, Sale, M33 4PL

What forms to use and when, Who attends, Noticeboard displays, what Youth & Children’s Workers need to be doing, Vulnerable Adults, policies and more.

Booking essential via email to: NWMannNetwork@gmail.com


Dignity and Respect: Understanding of bullying and harassing behaviour and ways to respond - For church leaders - lay and ordained

Thursday 9th March at Knutsford Methodist Church 09:30 - 16:00

Friday 10th March at Ince Methodist Church, Wigan 09:30 - 16:00

This day will consider our understanding of, and approaches to, dealing with bullying and harassing behaviour. We will consider areas such as group dynamics, transactional analysis, dealing with high conflict people, the emotional life of conflict and underlying experiences that inform behaviour towards others. To book a place on one of the days, please email Rob Glassonbury: NWMannNetwork@gmail.com


Methodist Women in Britain District Day: Friday 17th March 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm

At: Westhoughton Methodist Church, Wigan Road, Westhoughton BL5 3RQ

Dementia Awareness Day. AM:-Speaker, Methodist Homes for the Aged MHA

PM:- Precious Memories Activities. Project for people living with dementia and carers

Several stalls; books, jewellery, bring and buy also Fair Trade.

Please bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided.          


17th & 18th March: 'Wesleyan Spirituality' with Rev. Dr. Phil Meadows. 

The weekend will be Friday evening 17 March and all day Saturday 18 March. A weekend at

St Helens Road, Bolton when we will be looking at 'Wesleyan Spirituality' with Rev. Dr. Phil Meadows 


23rd March: Engaging Young Refugees

An equipping day for Youth Workers at Nazarene Theological College (M20 2GU) Free.

See: http://www.forrefugees.uk/youthworkers/


Methodist Women in Britain Residential Weekend
Bookings are now being taken for the annual residential weekend
Date:    Friday 31st March - Sunday 2nd April 2017
Venue: The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire
Cost:    £165 full board, en-suite accommodation, no single supplement
Booking details/forms: email swanwick@mwib.org.uk or ring 0300 030 1517 or from the District Forum rep. annecash@uwclub.net or 01204 363989


Friday 7th April: Quiz Night at Victoria Hall, Bolton 7:30pm

Tickets are £10 for a team of 4 people (including drinks and nibbles).

Tickets can be bought from the Victoria Hall Box Office which is open: Tue & Thu 10am-2pm and Sat 10am-12pm or contact Jill on 01204 522569. You would be very welcome to join us with a team, or on your own and make up a team with others.


8th-15th May:  Prayer Initiative “Thy Kingdom Come”

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before the Day of Pentecost. The week of prayer will culminate in “Beacon events” around the country over Pentecost weekend, where people will pray for the renewal of the Holy Spirit and the confidence to share their faith. Further info available online at:



20th May: My Heart Strangely Warmed 10am-5.15pm Moravian School Fulneck, (LS28 8NT)

Lutheran, Moravian and Methodist Churches are holding a day of music, workshops. academic discussion and worship. See: “Events” on www.reformation500.uk


20th May: Action for Children Annual Morecambe Bay Sponsored Walk

A cross bay walk from Arnside to Kents Bank with refreshments at Abbott Hall Hotel afterwards.

To register (£10 fee and sponsorship required) call Diane Goodier on Tel: 01925 850856 or email: diane.goodier@actionforchiildren.org.uk


2nd-4th June: Methodists for World Mission Annual Conference

At Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick. Please see: www.mwm.org.uk


10th June: “We Are One Walk” from Salford Cathedral to Manchester Cathedral.


22nd-23rd June: Presbyteral Session of Conference

24th- 29th June: Representative Session of Conference

25th June: Ordination Services


Training Opportunities:

District Safeguarding Officer: Graham Kay

Email: bandr.methodist.safeguarding@gmail.com    07704 037011


Past Case Review (PCR) report “Courage, Cost and Hope”: available to download at:



Time Management, Boundaries and How To Say No

Thursday 16th March at Fulwood, Preston (Please book by 10th March)

Thursday 11th May at Maghull Methodist Church (Please book by 4th May)

Tuesday 20th March at Doxey, North Stafford (Please book by 13th June)

Bookings via Rob at: NWMannNEtwork@gmail.com


10th-12th April: Wesley House, Cambridge - Easter School

The Easter School is aimed primarily at Local Preachers and Worship.

Since it began in 2014, the Easter School has always had good ecumenical representation amongst participants - and in its keynote speakers. See: https://easterschool2017.eventbrite.co.uk


31st July - 4th August: Cliff College Summer School

For those training in Worship Leading and Preaching. To book see: www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/ss

Or contact Ministry Development Officer for Worship & Local Preachers; Bob Bartindale at:



Connecting Disciples 2017: Be the Change. Holiness and Justice

Conference for lay employees - 9-11 June 2017 at Cliff College, Calver, Derbyshire

For bookings (including early bird discounts) see: http://www.methodist.org.uk/connectingdisciples


How to become a Fairtrade 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



·       SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, & Airmen Families Association)

Andrew Pratt has written two hymns for the period 2014-2018 all royalties will be donated to SSAFA. Find them on: http://hymnsandbooks.blogspot.co.uk/


Great Manchester 10K run on the 28th May.

Premier Christian Radio are recruiting runners to join their team for this year’s Great Manchester 10K run on the 28th May. They have some charity places available to help them fundraise to support Premier’s ministry. The team are offering support throughout training with tips and hints on how to get your friends, family and church to support you.  To find out more email community@premier.org.uk


URGENT APPEAL: East Africa Famine Appeal

All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of The Methodist Church in Britain are appealing for financial support to enable them to respond to immediate needs in South Sudan and help avert famine in other countries on the verge of disaster.

Please, if you are able to help donate online at:


Post; send a cheque payable to “All We Can” to: All We Can, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR stating your gift is for the East Africa Famine Appeal.

Phone; on Tel: 020 7467 5132 or TEXT EFAM17 £10 to 70070 (for example for £10 or amend the amount by changing £ in your text)


Writing Competition

The Writing Competition in memory of Julie Hulme on the theme of “Stepping Out”, organised by Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB), has recently been launched. See online at:




Refugee Crisis: All We Can Refugee Booklet now available online at:



Free Methodist Church Stickers for Your Car and Windows

Show those that walk and drive past you that you’re a Methodist! Free P&P until end Feb. See:



·       DMLN: www.discipleshaped.org/events/date

·       Methodist Women in Britain: www.mwib.org.uk

·       Methodist Publishing: www.methodistpublishing.org.uk