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District Newsletter – August 2020

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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.


Syke Methodist Church on line art exhibition ... is going to be on line for a month until 4th September.


All We Can 

All We Can’s Harvest materials for 2020 are now ready to be downloaded or ordered. All you have to do is visit allwecan.org.uk/cycle and follow the links. We have produced these so that they will work whether churches are meeting physically for Harvest Festivals, or are meeting online, or a mixture of both. We have also produced a series of videos to help facilitate the service, including prayers, sermons, an all age talk and some pre-recorded hymns for you to join in with. I hope you will enjoy them, and join us on this journey as travel to Uganda and discover how change begins with a bicycle…


If you want to find out more about the resources and how you could use them in your church, please do sign up for one of our volunteer training sessions, entitled ‘Change Bringers’, which we are running via Zoom. We will explore some of the stories behind this year’s harvest materials, as well as some ‘best practice’ for how you and your church could function online (including input from Cliff College’s Digital Evangelist Ali Johnson and Holly Adams from the Methodist Church’s Evangelism and Growth Team). We will also hear from the President and Vice President of Conference – Richard Teal and Carolyn Lawrence. If you are interested, please just fill in the form here (allwecan.org.uk/changebringers) with your preferred time-slot (morning / afternoon / evening are available) and we’ll send you the details about how to join.


Church and me: conversations about lifting lockdown.

Is the church building going to open up again soon – am I ready for this? Many feel they cannot return yet, others are straining at the leash. What emotions and practical considerations are running through your head? Let’s take time to reflect and listen to our fears as well as our dreams. In a small group or with a friend or by yourself, ponder on these bite size conversation starters.


Cliff College Update

We are very excited to announce that Cliff College will be open for Bed and Breakfast bookings from 1 August 2020!

Our summer saver offer gives you the opportunity to discover and explore the beautiful setting of Cliff College and the amazing Peak District. You will be staying in one of our quality en-suite rooms, with your breakfast included, for the great price of £39 per night for a single room and £59 per night for a double. If you want a family room then please contact us and we'll let you know what's available.

More details at https://cliffcollege.ac.uk/venue/summer-saver or from Debra at conferences@cliffcollege.ac.uk. We're looking forward to welcoming you to Cliff College this summer.


British Methodist Youth Choir 

Following a hiatus of 18 months, the British Methodist Youth Choir is now back up and running. You may know that in 2022 the BMYC will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and is now in preparations for rebuilding the choir and the membership. We have recently taken over as administrator and musical director after being elected at the most recent AGM and are keen to try to recruit as many members as possible to restart this choir, so that we can sing throughout the connexion and truly show the Methodist spirit of ‘Born in Song’. We currently have an age range of 14-27, but we will shortly be increasing this to an upper age of 30.

Here are some links to our social media sites.




https://www.bmyc.info/ (the current website is under development and so doesn’t reflect the current status of the choir)


Please contact us if you would like any more information. 

Yours in Christ,

Judith Laycock (administrator) judelaycock@gmail.com and Jason McMahon (musical director) jason.mcmahon@live.co.uk


The attached events are being run by the North West & Mann Regional Learning Network - Bullying & Harrassment & Growing Through Change and Conflict


There is an online coffee morning every Tuesday 11am for 45 minutes – could this be for you or someone in your church?

What is it like?

It’s like a coffee morning (although you have to bring your own drink and biscuit)!

  • Spend time with other people informally chatting
  • Each week there is a reflection and prayer, and then we go in to small groups to chat. We either about the things the reflection made us think about or we chat about anything we want to chat about.
  • Here’s some reasons why people who currently go like it

“I like hearing what’s happening in other people’s churches”

“it’s nice to see people’s faces”

“It’s relaxed and is great fellowship”

  • If you are a steward, or a preacher or some other sort of church leader, this is a great place to hear stories and take inspiration from others.
  • If you know you are in lockdown for some more time to come, and would like company, and a routine, and have internet, access this might be for you.
  • If you are missing contact with groups, then this could be a place for you. You can listen and/or you can talk. No pressure to talk!

Different members of the Learning Network are there most weeks, they host the reflections, as do others from the group from time to time.

How do I give it a try?

If you would like the link to the zoom coffee morning, please email Rob and he will send you the link.


Updates and more info on this and other events at


Dear Friends,

Following the donation from the Methodist Church Global Relations to Eglise Methodiste d'Haiti for protective and sanitary supplies during COVID-19 a report was received from Haiti which has become this article. 

'All We Can' supported the development of the EMH Health Programme, with expertise and guidance as well as funding, while we were in Haiti, and the World Mission fund has also given generous donations including this recent one.

We of course thank you for all the support and prayer you have also given over the last 10 years since the earthquake on 12th January 2010.



God bless you all.

Yours in Christ's service,

Sharon and John.

Dr. J A & Mrs. S E Harbottle.


Combatting Coronavirus in Haiti


Across the globe, we have seen the incredible courage and bravery of medical professionals, as they have stood on the frontline of work to halt the spread of coronavirus.  All We Can, together with the Methodist Church in Britain, have been helping support the work of Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (the Methodist Church in Haiti) in equipping medical clinics, and the staff who work there, to combat the virus.

Thankfully, Haiti – a country which has faced civil unrest and a devastating earthquake during the last decade – has seen official numbers of positive cases and deaths remain low, at 3,941 and 64 respectively.  The country is currently operating under a partial lockdown – but cramped and crowded living conditions in parts of the country, and stigmatization towards those affected by the virus have posed real threats to combatting the pandemic.

Eglise Methodiste d’ Haiti operates a number of clinics in Methodist Circuits across Haiti – vital resources in helping local communities prepare for and prevent the spread of coronavirus. In fact, in many of the communities where these clinics operate, they are often the only medical care available to local people. All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have supported the training of medical staff in these clinics, as well as the distribution of sanitary kits (which included buckets for clean water, laundry detergent, bleach, hand sanitizer, face masks) and training on how to use them for medical staff. Volunteers have also been trained in good hygiene practices, with the aim of taking these messages back to their own local villages to help spread the word ever further.

In addition, essential medicines have been procured to stock five of Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti’s clinics. Personal Protective Equipment has also been distributed to volunteers, staff and trainers, and dry food rations distributed to patients.

This multifaceted response has benefitted more than 3,600 medical staff, volunteers, patients and their families – and has also helped practically demonstrate the love of support of the church during this tumultuous period.

All We Can, together with the Global Relationships team in the Methodist Church, are helping deliver vital support to communities facing this pandemic across the globe – forming a truly global Methodist response. You can keep up-to-date with news from the global Church and continue to pray for mission partners around the world. You can also continue to support All We Can and the Methodist Church’s Joint Coronavirus Emergency Appeal at allwecan.org.uk/coronavirus.

About the Author Aimee Nott

Aimee is All We Can’s Communications and PR Manager. Having worked in the charity sector across fundraising, communications and campaigning, Aimee is excited about the impact communities can have in driving genuine change and transformation. She lives in Reading, and is an avid lover of houseplants and cats.



Dear All,

Greetings from MWiB in these strange and difficult times.

We  have some important event information for you to note:

~ 14th WORLD ASSEMBLY - GOTHENBURG, AUGUST 2021: The World Officers have taken the difficult decision to POSTPONE next year's World Assembly. This will now take place the following year, 2nd-7th AUGUST 2022 - please note these dates in your diary now. 

It is perhaps even more important that we keep in touch with one another now as never before and of course, prayer is vital at such times; you will find attached:

~ The MWiB Prayer Diary for June-August - an opportunity to pray for our Districts, Forum Reps, Exec members, and our friend in Methodist Women in Ireland.

Praying for Carolyn: At our Forum meeting in October 2019, we committed ourselves as Methodist Women in Britain to pray for Carolyn as she prepares for and takes on the role of Vice President of Conference. I know that Methodist women, along with the wider Methodist Church, will be praying for Carolyn throughout her time in office, but we are encouraging MWiB in each District to be especially committed to supporting Carolyn for one month during the year.

And finally, we are disappointed to announce that the World Federation Day event planned for October has been postponed due to the uncertainty of the current situation. We felt it better to make the decision now, and be safe rather than sorry, but the good news is that we plan to hold over our plans and ideas and use them for World Federatin Day in October 2021.

All of this information is also available on our website: www.mwib.org.uk; do please forward this email and use the information as you see fit.

We continue to hold you all in our thoughts and prayers, and wish you well.

Best wishes

Judith R Simms
Communications Officer
Methodist Women in Britain


Journey of the Magi – a festive, light-hearted, joyful event with a moving and profound message.   

Following a sell-out year in 2019, Journey of the Magi is back, for churches to host for Advent 2020. If you’re wanting to find ways to bring your community together in a joyful way after lockdown, then why not share the joy and wonder of Christmas with your church and local community through this exhilarating, critically acclaimed performance. The show offers a bridge between contemporary life and Jesus’s birth, comparing our own personal journey to Christmas day with the journey that the wise men took. 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 and offers a chance to reflect, refocus and bring strength to the community.  

“Absolutely fabulous show. Wonderful mix of fun, wit, and meaning. It made me laugh and it made me cry all in a couple of minutes. (Hope you'll come back.)”  Richard, Poynton Methodist Church  

Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, which we are planning to tour nationally from 21st November to 23rd December 2020. If a performance in 2020 cannot go ahead due to COVID-19, bookings will be fully refundable or postponed until Advent 2021. 

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 


Coronavirus/ COVID 19

Government  advice can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

Advice from Connexion (Methodist Church House is closed), being updated regularly  online at: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/official-guidance/

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/official-guidance/#faqs


The Methodist News

The Media Office of The Methodist Church has changed “The Week Ahead” weekly e-bulletin, which has been replaced by “The Methodist News”.

If you don’t already receive this you can subscribe online at:-




A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched.

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514

Listen to news: 0808 281 2478

Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening


A Methodist Way of Life

A Methodist Way of Life commitment card is available online at www.methodistchurch.org.uk/MWoL. Many people are downloading and finding it useful in this current situation.


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




Bolton Methodist Mission - The Victoria Hall - Business Development Manager

15 hours per week

Looking for something different? A new job using your skills. We are looking for an outgoing and effective communicator who will help promote the activities within the Grade II Listed Building, including the promotion of The Victoria Hall as a North West venue for musical events, and Heritage Tours.

The successful applicant will be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Christian Church.

A DBS will be required.

For an application pack, please email Robert Marshall: vichalljobs@gmail.com by 12 August 2020.


Bolton Methodist Mission - The Victoria Hall - Pioneer Missioner

We are looking for an exceptional person to pioneer new ways of working primarily with people who are not currently connecting with church. Working from Bolton Mission, in the centre of town, and linking closely with Bolton Circuit, we are looking for a Pioneer Missioner to shape a new expression of church and worshipping community.

For additional information including job description and details of how to apply, please email: districtoffice06@gmail.com

Closing date 24th August at 12pm.


Assistant Chaplain

We are advertising for a  part time Assistant Chaplaincy Vacancy at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals. 

This is the NHS Jobs link to the vacancy:


If anyone would like to have a chat about it or come and visit, please encourage them to get in touch with me.




Liverpool District is seeking to appoint a Half-time District Mission and Evangelism Facilitator

To work in collaboration with the new District Mission Planning Group and other leaders in the district, circuits and churches to develop the confidence in, and engagement with Mission and Evangelism in line with the District’s Mission Policy and the Methodist Church’s developing God for All – Evangelism and Growth Strategy.

This is a permanent part time (0.5 FTE) appointment open to lay or ordained people, with a requirement for flexible working.

The salary will be £32,553 (FTE) pro rata (or for an ordained person ½ stipend) dependent on experience, plus expenses. Ordained applicants should note that no manse provision is available with this post. Leave entitlement will be 14 days paid holiday a year inclusive of public holidays (pro – rata).

The Job Description, Person Specification, and Application Forms are available on the district website, (https://liverpoolmethodistdistrict.org.uk/vacancies/) or from the Synod Secretary, synodsec@liverpoolmethodist.org.uk. For an informal conversation prior to application please contact the current post holder – Rev Rachel Deigh – rachel.deigh@methodist.org.uk or 07572 834562.

Please submit applications detailing how you demonstrate the skills and experience required, together with a CV and details of two referees by email to: Mr Steve Cooper, Synod Secretary, synodsec@liverpoolmethodist.org.uk

All applications must be received by noon on Friday 4th September 2020. . We anticipate shortlisting to take place within two weeks and interviews for short listed candidates are expected to be either weeks commencing 15th or 22nd September. The appointment will commence at a mutually negotiated date (subject to DBS Disclosure and satisfactory references).



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

The Learning Network write a regular e-newsletter which is very informative. 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/



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