District Newsletter

District Newsletter – November 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.


Circuit News:

Harwood ‘journey’ to Albuquerque: 8-13 Oct

We had a really incredible week on our ‘journey’ to Albuquerque. We needed to cycle 2027 land miles to reach Harwood Methodist Church in New Mexico and we actually completed 2533.22 miles, thus giving us leeway for diversions, getting lost and sight seeing! Upon completion, we even received a lovely email from their Pastor welcoming us to Albuquerque! We were thrilled at going beyond expectations but the most amazing thing to come out of the week was the togetherness it brought to our Church congregation – all united with one focus, it was a joy to be part of the fun. Also, the chance to share our story with the general public of Bolton and to share their stories too. One lady out shopping ‘stumbled’ across us and it turned out that she had been brought up in Albuquerque, with a Methodist father and their local church just happened to be Harwood Methodist – what are the chances?! The bikes were ridden by people who were: young (5 yrs) and old (86 yrs) and every age in between, blind, deaf, had only one leg, had hip/knee replacements, had survived open heart surgery, all faiths or no faith, transgender – a massive cross-section of society. The week exceeded expectations in so many ways. However, the original purpose of the event was to raise lots of money for our building fund to enable us to realise our vision for our Church and community. If anyone feels that they could support us with a donation they can do so by going on our just giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hmc-cycle-challenge or by texting HMHM55 £5 (or whatever amount) to 70070




The Bridge Centre is looking to recruit a Supervisor and Outreach Worker who will work closely with the Bridge Centre Manager/Community Outreach Coordinator and the Church as we seek to engage with the local community.

The Bridge Centre, Smithy Bridge Methodist Church. 35 hours per week (initial 3 year contract)

£15,470 per annum

This will be a twofold role:

  • Act as Supervisor at The Bridge Centre; charity shop and café
  • Assist in outreach work to the local community

As the ideal candidate you will have a strong Christian faith, have experience at managing people, and ideally have worked within retail and food production. You will be innovative, motivated, able to use your initiative and have a heart for mission within the local community.

Candidates must have good communication skills, be able to work flexible hours and have a positive attitude. Due to the nature of the job, the successful candidate will require a full DBS check.

Closing Date: Friday 24th November 2017

Please apply for an application pack from:

Mrs Janet Bower (Bridge Centre Manager & Community Outreach Coordinator)

The Bridge Centre, Smithy Bridge Road, Smithy Bridge, OL15 0DY

Telephone: 01706 378550          Email: thebridgecentre@mail.com


Events & Dates for your diary:


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


7th November: Methodist Schools Chaplaincy Day

Methodist Church House. Register your interest by emailing: admin@methodistschools.org.uk


11th November: Reimagine Event in Salford

Monton Methodist Church in Salford on 11th November followed by Droylsden Methodist Church on 20th January 2018.Booking essential via email to: angel.doyle11@gmail.com (for catering as free lunch provided) Please provide your name, contact, Circuit details and any special dietary requirements (if any).


18th November: Craft Fair at The Triangle

The Triangle Community Church, Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 5SH

10am – 4pm admission free. Craft workshop and refreshments available.


18th November: Open Day Conference

10.30am – 3.30pm at Coventry Central Hall, CV1 2HA

Keynote address by Jill Baker (Vice-President of the Methodist Conference 2017-18)

  • Pilgrimage around the city of Coventry
  • ‘Walking the Way’ meditation tapestries by Ruth Sprague
  • Indoor labyrinth
  • Shoreline Conversations
  • Reflect short AGM to follow at 3.45pm

Lunch available at Wesley’s Coffee Lounge, Central Hall, or bring packed lunch.

All are welcome; there is no charge for the day, but donations requested to cover expenses.

No need to book, just turn up on the day, but if you intend coming, please e-mail Brian Sherrell brian@reflectretreats.co.uk if coming to give us an idea of numbers.

Further information at www.reflectretreats.co.uk


Wednesday 10th January 2018: Leading Worship & Preaching in a Multicultural Church

With Dr Anthony Reddie.  7.30pm – 9pm

At Melbourne Road Methodist Church, Bolton, BL3 4BU.

Dr Anthony Reddie is a Research Fellow in Black Theological Studies for the Methodist Church and the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham.

He is a Methodist Local Preacher, the author of a number of books and the editor of Black Theology: An International Journal. For information and to book a place, please contact Rev’d Carolyn Lawrance 01204 227377 carolynlawrance@btinternet.com


Saturday 24th February: Preachers training day - Preaching the Gospel Powerfully

10am to 4pm at Bolton Road Methodist Church, Bury BL8 2EH

The event will be led by Ben Jack, who is one of the most prominent preaching evangelists in the country. Ben is employed by The Message Trust and preaches to thousands at events around the world with remarkable results. He also heads Advance, which is a movement that develops, encourages and endorses preachers; and which is growing exponentially throughout the UK and elsewhere.

The aim of the day is to encourage and equip us to become better at preaching the Gospel in a way that touches people’s hearts and satisfies their hunger for the truth about Jesus.

This training day isn’t just for Local Preachers and ministers. It will benefit anyone who wants to be better at proclaiming the Gospel, whether from a pulpit, at a youth club, in a school or in a park.

On a practical note, drinks will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

For more details, please contact Richard Selby by email: Richard_J_Selby@hotmail.com


Big Church Day Out (BCDO): 26-27 May in West Sussex & 1-2 June in Cheshire

If you’re not familiar with us, the Big Church Day Out (BCDO) is the UK’s largest annual gathering of the wider church that creates a space for all denominations and ages to gather each year for 2 exciting days of worship and celebration. BCDO is held on two sites- Wiston House in West Sussex and Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire. In 2018 BCDO South celebrates its 10th event, plus we will be returning to Cheshire for BCDO North’s second year. The Big Church Day Out has grown year after year, and in 2018 we will be expecting around 40,000 to gather between the North and South events.

The Big Church Day Out draws together tens of thousands of Christians from all over the UK and Europe to worship and celebrate all that is good. It’s a one-of-a- kind expression of church unity that’s as vibrant and varied as its wonderful guests. Whatever your age, denomination or musical taste, you are welcome to join us for two days of discovery and enjoyment you’ll never forget. www.bigchurchdayout.com


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-201718




Quiet Days at Chapel in the Fields 

We are offering Quiet Days at The Chapel; November 8th, November 18th, December 13th,

January 13th, February 14th, March 14th, April 14th, May 9th.

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



Something Extraordinary – Greetings from All We Can!

Thank you to all of you who have been supporting our harvest campaign and do send us your chicken-themed pictures via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram - #ChirpForJoy !

This Advent and Christmas season, you could join us and do something extraordinary by supporting our Extraordinary Gifts appeal: visitwww.allwecan.org.uk/christmas for resources to use in services, carol concerts, Christmas socials and the chance to make a difference in some of the world’s poorest communities this festive season.


Global agencies unite to respond and raise awareness of humanitarian catastrophe. 

Joint Statement from
- All We Can, Methodist relief and development (Britain)
- United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR, USA)
- UnitingWorld (Australia)
- Irish Methodist World Development & Relief


We are committed to standing together in solidarity as Methodist and affiliated international development and relief agencies bringing urgent emergency assistance to the Rohingya people fleeing violence and unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.


Since 25 August 2017, more than 519,000 refugees from Rakhine State have been forced to cross the border seeking safety in Bangladesh, resulting in a massive humanitarian crisis. Those fleeing violence have made their way to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district and joining hundreds-of-thousands of women, men and children in the region in desperate need. Urgent humanitarian support is needed in Rakhine State, Myanmar, for those who remain, and also in neighbouring Bangladesh. Food insecurity, a lack of access to shelter, safe water and health care. Many of those fleeing violence are children, who are especially vulnerable to malnutrition and disease when living in makeshift settlements.

We believe there is an imperative at this time for individuals, churches and groups around the world to draw together collectively to respond to this crisis. The Government of Bangladesh has kept its borders open to enable people to seek safety and to allow the international community to provide the required humanitarian assistance.

Through our trusted international humanitarian aid partners and our different emergency relief programmes in the region, we are responding to those most in need both in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

This expression of unity marks our dedication to providing people with ways to engage with the global movement of church communities tackling injustice and poverty and responding to humanitarian disasters with compassion and care. We stand together in our sorrow at the recent suffering and deaths resulting from this crisis and we come together in our concern for the thousands suffering in Myanmar and in neighbouring countries. We also unite in prayer for the leaders of countries affected by the crisis for wisdom in making decisions that will aid the most vulnerable.

We appreciate and thank those who have already given so generously to our appeals for this crisis and continue to ask the Christian community, whom we are privileged to serve, to be fervent in prayer and to give generously and quickly to

this humanitarian crisis.

To donate and find out more about the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Appeal in your region of the world go to the website: www.allwecan.org.uk/rohingya