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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: email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0300 030 1517 or from the District Forum rep. email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
District Safeguarding Officer: Graham Kay
Email: email@example.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
- Action for Children: details on their website: www.actionforchildren.org.uk
- Christian Aid: www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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:
- All We Can: (ex MRDF) www.allwecan.org.uk
- Bible Society: www.biblesociety.org.uk
- Children’s Bible stories: www.childrenschapel.org
- Connexion website: www.methodist.org.uk
- District website: www.barmd.org.uk
· Methodist Women in Britain: www.mwib.org.uk
· Methodist Publishing: www.methodistpublishing.org.uk