District Newsletter

District Newsletter – October 2019

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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.

Upcoming Events

MWiB District Day 23 October  10am–3pm Bedford Methodist Church, Leigh. WN7 3DJ.

Titfers, Tatties & Toilets – Sandra Goodwin, former President of MWiB. Various stalls - all welcome, bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided.

Taking Care of your Mental Wellbeing – a ‘Methodist Well’ training day for those working/volunteering with children, young people or families.

This training day will help you:

    • Gain a greater understanding of mental health and wellbeing
    • Explore how faith influences mental health
    • Learn techniques and ideas for coping and dealing with stress in your role
    • Gain ideas for resources and learn skills that will be beneficial for yourself and the children and young people you work with.

October 29th 2019 11am–3.30pm at Cliff College at the subsidised price of £10 (this includes lunch). Tickets limited book early!  https://takingcareofyourmentalwellbeing.eventbrite.co.uk

Science and the Language of Prayer : 5 open seminars exploring how modern science might affect the way we pray. Saturdays from 2-5pm including keynote talk, interactive workshops and worship. Tickets (£5 per seminar) and/or more information from Bramhall Methodist Church, Stockport. SK7 1AL. 0161 439 1204 www.bramhallmethodists.org.uk/scienceandprayer

Precious memories lunch and chat afternoons (every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month)

We meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, from 12.00 -2pm at Christ Church, Mytham  Road, Little Lever, Bolton, BL3 1JE.

A friendly group for people living with memory loss, anxiety and depression with their Carers, family and friends. If you are looking for a free, safe, relaxed and welcoming environment  to have fun and laughter together, join us for a light lunch and a chat! There is also the option of table games, fun with music, gentle exercises, arts and crafts and entertainment. 

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

The Learning Network write a regular e-newsletter which is very informative, one will be coming out very soon. 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/

Imperial War Museum War Memorial Register. I am a volunteer and up until last year was able to travel around to churches recording Military and War Memorials for the National Archive. I am now in a wheelchair and would still like to do my voluntary work.

I am after photographs of the memorials in and around every church, these can be individual or collective memorials, this is so I can update the records we already have or record those that we don't know about. These can be crosses, boards/tablets, battlefield markers, alter ware, Rolls of Honour, almost anything, it just has to have someone that served on it. We also now record the names commemorated so the wording needs to legible if possible please.

Besides WW1 and WW2 we record all periods, it just needs to mention a rank or service. Not all memorials have names on them, we still want those. We also record personal or family memorials. We don't record Commonwealth War Graves although if gravestone records the death of a person in service buried elsewhere, we want those.

I even want to know if you have no memorials, I can mark you of the list I have recording that.

Would you be able to send me photographs of your memorials please? The only information I need with the photographs is the name of the church and its post code. this is important as the email has multiple recipients.

If you would like to know what we already have recorded please let me know and I will send you a list. An example of what I need is below.


If you have a large amount of pictures or they are high quality then there are file transfer systems that are free to use, Google and WeTransfer are just two available.

Some people send them to me on memory sticks, these I return once the images have been downloaded. For these my address is, Mark Newton, Ryecot, Conicavel, Forres, Moray, IV36 2TU.

I hope you are able to help me with this and please don't worry about a delay in responding.

Many thanks


Mark Newton - Imperial War Museum Volunteer
War Memorial Register


Nazarene Theological College, Didsbury, Manchester are advertising for a librarian and learning support person.  The link to the advertisement on the NTC website is here:https://nazarene.ac.uk/community/partnership-information/join-us/employment-opportunities/  
Responses should be made to Pauline McKendrick pmckendrick@nazarene.ac.uk

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


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: New email address Kev Brabrook - boltonandrochdaledso@dso.methodist.org.uk

Training Opportunities:

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 - http://www.methodist.org.uk/learning/network-regions/north-west-mann-region


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

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


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