District Newsletter

District Newsletter – July 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

in future editions. Please share this newsletter around your churches, circuits and contacts.




Finance and Office Administrator

At: Bolton Methodist Mission, Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AS

35 hours per week (plus 8 occasional meetings)

Salary £16835 per annum

Preferably with knowledge of SAGE accounting or similar

For application pack email - bmmjobs17@gmail.com closing date for applications 18 July 2017


Children & Families Worker: East Oldham

Hours: 20 per week. Salary: £8,788-14,556 pa (subject to qualifications & experience)

Closing date: 17th July Interviews: August

For application pack contact Gordon Roscoe, Church Treasurer, 90 Rakewood Drive, Moorside, Oldham OL4 2NP Tel: 0161 652 4943/ Mob: 0795 146 3287 Email: gordonroscoe@gmail.com


UK Church Administrator Network (UCAN) Administrator & Network Co-ordinator

First employed staff opportunity; working from home.

Hours: up to 14 per week. Closing date: 6th July Interviews: 20th July

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to: Andy Bagwell, UCAN, 27 Old Gloucester St, London WC1N 3AX, Tel: 0300 302 1887 or email:andrew.bagwell@churchadministrators.net

Details online at: https://www.john-truscott.co.uk/Administrators


Pioneer Worker: Peterborough Circuit

FT Contract: 3yrs part time flexible Salary: £20k Closing Date: 28th June

Contact Circuit Administrator: Sue Moore for full details and Application Pack at: pborocircuitoffice@gmail.com


The Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee – opportunity for a new member

The EDI Committee is seeking a new member, the vacancy is for someone with knowledge and experience of promoting EDI around disability and impairment.

If you are interested in this position, the next step would be to let Jennifer Crook, the Connexional EDI Adviser, know and to write an expression of interest outlining: why you would like to be a member of the EDI Committee and how you meet the attributes outlined in the role description,

The deadline to receive this expression of interest is 9am on Tuesday 1st August 2017.

Following this the Chair of the EDI Committee the Revd Stephen Poxon will then have a conversation with you discussing your understanding of EDI, your interest in and understanding of the role. Final decisions are made by the Methodist Council. For more details please contact Jennifer Crook at



Events & Dates for your diary:


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


Rooted: A young adult’s Christian network at Harwood Methodist Church. The group is for students and young professionals who are 18+, of any denomination. This group aims to connect young adults to other people, to churches and to God. The group meets every 1stand 3rdThursday of the month at 7:30pm, at various locations. For anyone who would like more details please email rooted@harwoodmethodist.org.uk. We also have a Facebook group, www.Facebook.com/groups/rootedbolton which the young adults can join. If you would like us to send you posters and other advertising material, including material for church notices, then please let us know.


Sat 1st July: Puppet Ministry Training Course

Harwood Methodist (Bolton) have organised for One Way UK to run a Puppet Ministry Training Course (10am – 4pm) at Hardy Mill School (Bolton). This is for anyone age 9 and over and is, from all accounts, a brilliant day. The cost of the day is £15 (early bird) or £20 within 10 days of the event. For further information, please go to http://www.onewayuk.com/event.php?id=87654555 or contact r.alison.davies@sky.com.


7-9th July: Rise & Shine Youth event

For 16-23 year olds who show leadership potential.

For more details contact Meg Prowting Tel: 07891 873372


8th July: URC Big Day Out

At Southport Convention Centre Info & bookings available at: www.nwsynod.org.uk

Tel: 0161 789 5583 or email: admin@nwsynod.org.uk


Quiet Days at Chapel in the Fields 

We are offering a monthly Quiet Day at The Chapel over the next few months on the second Wednesday - July 12th, August 9th, September 13th, October 11th.

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.



Lunchtime Concerts at Victoria Hall, Bolton

22 July - Carl Austin (Viola)

Tickets are £5 each. Light lunch will be served from 12:30, music at 1pm and cake at 2pm - additional charges for refreshments. Tickets are on sale at the box office and online - http://www.boltonmethodistmission.org.uk/events/


23rd July:  Peace & Unity Event

1-4pm at Manchester Cathedral. Free tickets available at: www.peace-and-unity-17.eventbrite.co.uk


2nd September: Representative Synod

District reps from both Manchester & Stockport and Bolton & Rochdale

Venue: Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AS - This will now be an all-day Synod.


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

This critically acclaimed production is set to be a spectacular part of Christmas celebrations for the 21st year running! With sparkle and songs to keep children engrossed and bags of good humour for the grown-ups, Journey of the Magi delights audiences of all ages. The show portrays the original Christmas story whilst drawing hilarious and poignant parallels with our own preparations for Christmas day.

"Fantastic production, full of life, colour and emotion. A really powerful piece of modern theatre with so many layers to touch and challenge our souls. Thank you." Rev Cameron Stirk, Emmanuel Methodist Barnsley

Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, which will be available nationally from 18th November to 23rd December 2017.

Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website, by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or by calling 07876 752910.


Training Opportunities:


DMLN (Discipleship Ministries & 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/key-areas-of-work-for-201617


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:



Growing through Conflict Foundation Day

For church leaders - lay and ordained

Times All days start with refreshment at 9.30am, concluding at 4pm.

What do I need to bring? - A short completed questionnaire to identify your own response to conflict

- A ‘live’ experience of conflict

How much will it cost? The course is free. Please bring your lunch.

For more information contact Brec Seaton: seatonb@methodistchurch.org.uk

To book your place email Rob Glassonbury: nwmannnetwork@gmail.com

Venues and dates:

Monday 10th July - Lower Bebington, Wirral

Monday 9th October - Chorlton Methodist Church, M21 9JG

Wednesday 18th October - Court Hey Methodist Church, Liverpool

Tuesday 31st October - Bolton Road Methodist Church, Bury, Bolton & Rochdale District


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:





Christian Aid: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/

Action for Children: www.actionforchildren.org.uk

East Africa Famine Appeal: http://www.allwecan.org.uk/current-appeals/east-africa-famine-appeal?utm_source=Methodist%20Church%20House&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8037321_AWC%20Famine%20Appeal&dm_i=BVI,4S9MX,3A7Q7Y,I05FO,1

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)


All We Can: ‘Chirp for Joy’ this Harvest!

Inspire your church to 'chirp for joy' at God’s creation and make a practical difference through All We Can's Harvest Appeal.

Share stories from Zimbabwe and the Bible of how it is possible to overcome challenges.

Download or order All We Can’s free inspiring resources, which include worship materials, a talk and a sermon, interactive activities, an unforgettable film and more!


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




Thornleigh Christian Hotel - http://www.thornleigh.org/ for church weekends, quiet days or retreats.


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


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