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District Newsletter – February 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 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: visit the District Website: www.barmd.org.uk

Sat 16th February: Phakamisa Meal

At Glazebury Methodist Church at 7pm and tickets are £10 each to Phakamisa. 

If you are interested, please contact Delia Caswell on 01942 671938.

 

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. 

 

Wednesday 6th March 7:30pm: Firefest 2019 at Bolton Road Methodist Church, Bury

An evening of worship and teaching presented by Summer Fire in partnership with the Bible Society. With 

  • Shane Rootes, Worship and Creative Arts pastor at a Church of 3000 people in Washington DC.
  • Rev Phil Gough Minister of Leyland Methodist Church and a leader of Firefest.
  • Rev Neal Stanton Pioneer Pastor of Zac’s House, a church plant in Northwich, Cheshire.

There is no charge - just come along.  Bolton Road Methodist Church is on the junction of Bolton Road and Newham Drive.  Use the postcode BL8 2EH for your satnav.

 

8th – 10th March: Bolton Methodist Mission, The Victoria Hall is hosting the BBC Songs of Praise for filming

There are three times of the filming taking place where they would like a congregation - this is by ticket only and if you are interested in being in the congregation on any of the 3 occasions please see below to request tickets: 

If you’d like to sing along, there will be a special Songs of Praise recording of hymns and gospel songs on Friday March 8, between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Get in touch to book your place: SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv or call 0161 873 7073

The Young Choir of the Year Competition 2019 will also be recorded at Bolton’s Victoria Hall on March 9th and 10th 2019 - If you would like FREE tickets please get in touch: SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv or call 0161 873 7073. Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th March, 2.30pm – 6.30pm

 

Saturday 16th March: Growing through Change and Conflict

At: St Andrews Methodist & United Reformed Church, Rochdale. OL16 2HZ

9.30am refreshments. 10am start concluding at 4pm.

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

 

Thursday 28th March: Bullying & Harassment day for Church Leaders Lay and Ordained

At: Hope Farm Methodist Church, Ellesmere Port. 9.30am for coffee, starting at 10am until 4pm. For more information contact Brec Seaton: seatonb@methodistchurch.org.uk

Or Delyth Davies: daviesd@methodistchurch.org.uk   

To book your place contact Rob Glassonbury: NWMannNetwork@gmail.com

 

Saturday 27th April - Christian Aid sponsored walk ‘Circle the City’ in Manchester.

I am delighted to tell you that this year we are organising a Christian Aid sponsored walk ‘Circle the City’ in the centre of Manchester. It is on 27th April 2019 starting at 11:30am. We would love you to join us to celebrate Christian Aid week in this way. Through your sponsorship, you will also be raising money to end poverty with each step you take.

The walk is 5km long and gives you the chance to visit some of Manchester’s historic places of worship and beautiful historic buildings. Along the way we've lots to keep you entertained, including pop-up exhibitions, music, treasure hunts and other fun activities. 

The walk is suitable for all ages and abilities. The walk starts at Manchester Cathedral where there will also be a short pre-walk service and will end at St Ann’s church.

I would really appreciate it if you can promote this to your congregation. Please find attached posters and flyers for you to use to promote the walk. Please let me know if you would like me to send any hard copies out to you.

If you and others in your congregation would like to register or want some more information, please visit www.christianaid.org.uk/events/circle-city-2019-manchester  

I look forward to celebrating with you in this way!

Bex Turner

Regional Coordinator, Greater Manchester

 

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

 

Vacancies:

 

Hebden Royd Methodist Church: Mission Centre Manager

Part Time post at Hebden Royd Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge.

The post is for 12 hours a week which are flexible to the requirements of the job and will be initially for 3 years.

Payment will be £9.00 per hour with 28 days holiday p.a. pro rata, to include 8 public holidays.

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the post-holder is a Christian (see Person Specification). The appointment is subject to a clear Certificate of Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service – Enhanced check.

For an application pack and full details email: office@calderdalemethodists.org.uk or call 01422 359639 or write to Calderdale Methodist Circuit Office, Salem Methodist Church, Richmond Street, Halifax, HX1 5SX. Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 18th February 2019

 

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

 

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

 

Training Opportunities:

Saturday 16th March: Growing through Change and Conflict

At: St Andrews Methodist & United Reformed Church, Rochdale. OL16 2HZ

9.30am refreshments. 10am start concluding at 4pm.

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

 

Thursday 28th March: Bullying & Harassment day for Church Leaders Lay and Ordained

At: Hope Farm Methodist Church, Ellesmere Port

9.30am for coffee, starting at 10am until 4pm

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

Or Delyth Davies: daviesd@methodistchurch.org.uk

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

 

Worship: Leading and Preaching course tutors' training

The Continuing Development Days for Current Tutors of the W:LP course are:

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

 

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

 

GDPR:

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

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

https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection

 

Resources:

 

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.

 

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, 9:30am for 10:00 am start, 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.