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District Newsletter – August 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


4th August: Remembrance100

In 1918, the Queen’s grandfather, King George V, asked that August 4th, be observed as a national day of prayer. On that day, exactly four years after the outbreak of war, he and Queen Mary joined MPs and peers from the House of Lords at a special service at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster.

Exactly 100 days later the war ended.

So on 4th August 2018 churches across the country and across the denominations will start Remembrance100 – 100 days of prayer for peace and reconciliation running until Armistice Day, 11th November.

Partners who have signed up in support of this initiative include the Methodist Church in Britain, the Church of England, Churches Together in England, and Bible Society. Resources for individuals and groups are available on the website: www.remembrance100.co.uk


18th August: Ten years of Methodist Heritage

This year it is the 10th birthday of Methodist Heritage; the beginnings of the formation of the Heritage Committee and the launch of the first formal strategy. We have come a long way since then, although our journey and our story continue to grow and change! To celebrate this, and to share and reflect on what we have learned, we are holding a special event ‘Telling our Story’ in Oxford on Saturday 18th August this year.


Heritage Weekend: 8-9th September at Victoria Hall, Bolton

Saturday 8th: 11am-3:30pm Tours of the Building (free admission)

Saturday 8th: 7pm Showtime Concert ‘Step back in time’ (Tickets £8 adults, £5 u18, £20 family)


Sunday 9th: 4pm ‘A rousing afternoon of Song – Moody and Sankey’ (free to attend)


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. Venue info will follow nearer to the time.


New venue for the 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


Essentially: As a membership organisation The Methodist Church has a “legitimate interest” so in most cases “consent” is not required. It will be required for documents containing personal data such as the Directory or Plan which are in the public domain (i.e. left in unlocked vestries or on display in vestibules and Notice boards).


Did you know….For security and general IT best practice please remember to use “BCC” or Blind Carbon Copy and not “CC” or Carbon Copy when sending emails to recipients of 2 or more people.


Webinar available at:https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection/resources/videos#gdpr-video1


Training Opportunities:


Learning Network: North West & Mann Region


See:  www.methodist.org.uk/nwm

Our DMLN 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


Belonging Conference: Thursday 13th September 2018

An upcoming training opportunity being delivered by the Methodist Church, the Belonging Conference; Belonging supports churches to have a welcoming and accessible ministry with children and young people who have additional needs.

This is a one day, live streamed training event, taking place on Thursday 13th September 2018, 9.30am-2.30pm.

For more information please see the flyer attached, or go to the Belonging Conference page on the Methodist website.

There will be a screening of the training at 2 venues in this District:

The Triangle Methodist Church, New Church Road, Bolton, BL1 5QP

The Bridge Methodist Church, Milltown Street, Radcliffe, M26 1WD

This will be an opportunity to gather with others for the training, to discuss and to share with one another over the course of the day. If you would like to attend, please register via the events page on the District website.

However, if you can't make it to either, you don't need to miss out! You can watch the training at home (or anywhere with wifi), and can register to be kept up to date with news.  


Bullying and Harassment

Consider the dynamics that lead to Bullying and Harassing behaviour, and consider some basic skills to become more confident when meeting people who display such behaviour.

Thursday 20th September 2018 Upholland Methodist Church, Skelmersdale, WN8 0NR


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




Connexional Vocations Advisor

Director of Learning for Ministry

Methodist Youth President

Secretary of the Forces Board

For further details and application packs 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.


All We Can Harvest Resources:  Let Your Light Shine

Let your light shine this Harvest! Inspire your church and young people groups with how light can shine hope even in the darkest situations. Order a free DVD-ROM pack of engaging resources (including service materials – prayers, talk, interactive activities, an inspiring short film, children, youth and school materials, and a fundraising pack), posters and giving envelopes for your Harvest celebrations. Order and download at: allwecan.org.uk/harvest


Quiet Days at Chapel in the Fields 

We are offering Quiet Days at The Chapel; August 8th, September 12th, 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.



Journey of the Magi – A festive, witty and thoroughly Christmassy event for your church

Share the joy and wonder of Christmas with your church and local community through this exhilarating, critically acclaimed performance. With sparkle and songs to keep the children engrossed and bags of good humour for the grown-ups, Journey of the Magi delights audiences of all ages. The show offers a bridge between contemporary life and Jesus’s birth, portraying the journey that the wise men took 2000 years ago, whilst drawing hilarious and poignant parallels with our own preparations for Christmas day. Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, which will be available nationally from 24th November to 23rd December 2018.

Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website page https://springsdancecompany.org.uk/productions/journey-of-the-magi/, by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or by calling 07876 752 910


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