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District Newsletter – September 2018


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

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Events & Dates for your diary:


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


Wednesday 10th October: Methodist Women in Britain District Day

‘Women finding a Voice’ Guest Speaker: Dr Jill Barber (Project Director, Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum)

10:00am - 3:00pm at Prestwich Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Prestwich, M25 1AA

ALL WELCOME - Please bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided. 

Various stalls: Books, Jewellery, Fair Trade etc


Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th October: REFLECT Methodist Spirituality, Northern Retreat

‘Water from our own Wells’ At: The Briery Retreat Centre, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Leader: Henry Morgan Cost £200. At the foot of Ilkley Moor in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Briery is a place of spiritual renewal, where those who come can find God in an atmosphere of love, prayer, healing and peace. This will be mostly a silent retreat.

Interested? Contact Rev Sandie Exley-Watts sandie@exleywatts.me.uk 01924 840219


13th October: LP&WL Study Day

Revd Dr Pete Phillips, from St John’s College, Durham, is coming to lead a LP&WL study day based on his new book Engaging the Word. Please see attached document for full details.  


15th October: GMCT Assembly The theme of the evening is 'Prayer and Action'.

At Salford Cathedral Centre. We have a keynote address from Rachel Lampard of the Joint Public Issues Team (Churches Working for Peace and Justice), workshops on prayer and action from the perspective of different Christian traditions, and a time of worship together as we commit ourselves to prayer for the year ahead. Please register in advance online so that we can finalise catering plans - there are two ticket types: with food (5pm arrival) or without food (arriving in time for a 6pm start). There is no charge for either ticket, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk so we know you're coming and can send you further details before your arrival.


Saturday 10th November: How can Methodist Churches in Britain Grow?

10am-3pm at Hurst Methodist Church, Curzon Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 9QX

A day, together with Andrew Orton from Durham University, to: consider recent research findings; learn from examples in the Greater Manchester area. Reflect on what might support growth in your context. Includes free lunch and a free report, full of ideas for your church to consider. To book a place, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-canmethodist-churches-grow-tickets50480196627 or contact Rod Hill on rodney.hill@methodist.org.uk or 07801 627434.


For Ministers and Lay Employees in the District
Monday 19th November: The Pre Advent Reflection Day 10am-3pm will be led by the President of Conference, Rev Michaela Youngson at Bolton Road, Bury Circuit.


Wednesday 28th November: The next CDiM Day (Continuing Development in Ministry Day)

10am-3pm will be led by Edel from the Learning Network at The Triangle, Bolton Circuit.


Please book your places for both events via the website: https://barmd.org.uk/district-events


Remembrance Sunday Songs of Praise

At 3pm on Sunday 11th November, Bolton Parish Church will be holding a Songs of Praise Service as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War. All are welcome.


Greater Manchester Prayer event: Thu 22nd November 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Churches in Greater Manchester, plus The Message Trust, are coming together to pray for a move of God's Spirit in Greater Manchester. The first of these prayer events was in March and was a wonderful Spirit filled occasion. Attendance was very good - so good that it more than filled the Lighthouse Church (which "only" seats 800). Therefore, the organisers have arranged to instead use a larger venue for the remaining events and this is: Audacious Church, Trinity Way, Salford, Manchester M3 7BD



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

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



Our District GDPR Champions are: Ian Smart ian@karenandian.com and Andrew Hopkinson andrew.hopkinson@yorkshireit.com


Training Opportunities:


Growing Through Conflict

Consider your ‘conflict style’, and how you respond in difficult or tense situations. Explore how conflict escalates in a church context and begin to consider some tools to de-escalate conflict.

Saturday 6th October 2018 Ince Methodist Church, Wigan, WN1 3HF


Worship: Leading and Preaching course tutors' training

The Continuing Development Days for Current Tutors of the W:LP course are:

24th November 2018, 8th June 2019, 28th November 2019

The purpose of the days are:

• For those tutors who have students’ who have had portfolios submitted in that period to hear feedback

• For all tutors to be given additional training and support to help them develop as tutors.

• The focus of the training is chosen in response to areas of weaknesses found Connexionally in portfolios.

• To hear Connexional updates relating to the course and to give feedback to the Learning Network to feedback to Connexional colleagues.

• To meet other tutors, build connections and support.

For further details contact Jasmine Devadason at devadasonj@methodistchurch.org.uk  

Please book through Rob at NWMannNetwork@gmail.com


Learning Network: North West & Mann Region

See:  www.methodist.org.uk/nwm

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




School and Family Worker in the Wigan Circuit

We are looking for an energetic and experienced individual to work with two church schools and the Methodist Churches in the Aspull and Blackrod communities:

  • nurturing faith
  • developing relationships with families
  • strengthening the links between the schools and churches

Job type: Part-time 20 hours per week

Rate of pay: £10 to £12 per hour, depending on qualifications, plus expenses

More details and application forms are available from: Senior Circuit Steward Mrs. Margaret Sowerby

Email – margaretsowerby@yahoo.co.uk  Closing date 31st October 2018.


For details of the various jobs around the Connexion please visit: www.methodist.org.uk/jobs




Our Daily Bread Ministries…..not just the daily devotionals.

Other resources that are available:
1. Looking Deeper- How can I respond to terrorism? Just once more - and then I'll quit. I'm a new Christian: Why is it so hard? At least 23 different titles.
2. Looking at Life - Why in the world is there suffering? Should we care about Easter? At least 15 different titles.
3. Media Club - at least 12 different DVD's great for Bible studies.
4. Discovery series - The power of the cross. At least six titles.
5. Resources for new Christians as well as the youth and small children.
The team are willing to come and share with you, please contact them directly either by email on churchministry_uk@odb.org or by phone on 015395 64149.


Quiet Days at Chapel in the Fields 

We are offering Quiet Days at The Chapel; October 10th, November 17th, December 12th - 9:30am for 10:00 start and finish by 3:15pm. Spaces will be limited so please contact tcitf15@gmail.com if you would like attend. We are asking for £10 donation for the day to include a simple lunch.



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