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District Newsletter – June 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

 

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.

Thursday 7th June 2018 Upholland Methodist Church, Skelmersdale, WN8 0NR

Saturday 6th October 2018 Ince Methodist Church, Wigan, WN1 3HF

 

7th June: Our Faith Our Planet

6.30-9pm at Manchester Cathedral. Tickets available from www.ourfaithourplanet18.eventbrite.co.uk

 

9th June: Spirituality for Change Conference * CANCELLED *

 

Wednesday 13th June: ‘Reckless Abandon’

The Rossendale Methodist Circuit in partnership with Mission Aviation Fellowship will present

‘Reckless Abandon’ at Longholme Methodist Church in Rawtenstall in Rossendale (BB4 7NQ) at 7.00p.m. The 2 hour production relates the true story of Elisabeth Elliot whose husband was transported by MAF along with other missionaries to a remote South American tribe and their true story. Tickets are £5.00 and are available from; David Burrow: 07758 299740 and David Hollows: 01706 523138

 

Saturday 30 June: Pilgrimage Against Poverty

Join the Pilgrimage Against Poverty in Monton, Salford on 30 June 2018 for a prayerful walk in beautiful, historic surroundings. Learn about the industrial history of our region - and the connections with our work to build a just and compassionate society today. Share prayers and reflection with other Christians concerned about UK poverty  and inequality. Raise funds to help loosen the grip of UK poverty. The pilgrimage will be a gentle 6-mile walk along lanes, footpaths and the side of the Bridgewater canal. http://www.church-poverty.org.uk/pilgrimage/pilgrimageinfopack?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=pilgrimage&utm_content=2018+04+26+Pilgrimage+announcement

 

New venue for the Greater Manchester Prayer event

As previously publicised, 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 where we met (which "only" seats 800). Therefore, the organisers have arranged to instead use a larger venue for the remaining two events and this is: Audacious Church, Trinity Way, Salford, Manchester M3 7BD

The remaining two dates are:

Thursday 19th July 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday 22nd November 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

1st Webinar available at:-

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

 

 
 

Methodist Homes Sunday

 

MHA’s annual campaign includes an Order of Service which can be used for Local Arrangement services, prayers, hymns, stories and links to video clips of MHA’s work. The theme this year is ‘Full of Years’ and we invite church groups to look at ways in which we can help one another to support older members of our church and society as well as recognise and value the unique insights and perspectives of those who are in later life.

 

Worship resources: https://bestforages.com/best-church-resources/

 

 

 

 

 

Methodist Women in Britain

 

Training Opportunities:

 

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.

Thursday 7th June 2018 Upholland Methodist Church, Skelmersdale, WN8 0NR

Saturday 6th October 2018 Ince Methodist Church, Wigan, WN1 3HF

 

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

 

Worship: Leading and Preaching course tutors' training

The Tutor Training day for new Tutors is on 9th June from 10:00am till 4pm at Altrincham MC.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Vacancies:

 

10 Volunteers needed for the Connexional Grants Committee and Streams

We are seeking volunteers (lay or ordained) to contribute to this important piece of mission resource work for 3-6 years. New Members are needed as follows:

  • Connexional Grants Committee – 1
  • Mission and Ministry Stream – up to 3
  • MELD (British grants) – 1
  • World Church Approvals Group - 3

We particularly welcome Black and Ethnic minority applicants, young people and women who are under-represented within the constituent groups of the Connexional Grants Committee.

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday, 9 July 2018. Interview & Information day: Monday 23 July 2018 (all day) in London. Expenses will be paid. Another day may be arranged if necessary. Further details and Expression of Interest form from: Development & Personnel Office, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/connect/jobs-volunteering/   E-mail: recruitment@methodistchurch.org.uk

 

Roles available in the Learning Network

Not looking for a new job? Read on anyway… and pass this information on to someone you know who you would be pleased to see turn up and lead an event in your Circuit.

There are currently 3 full time posts available to work as Learning & Development Officers in the North West & Mann Learning & Development Team, one to start as soon as possible and two to start in September.

Looking for a new challenge? Please do read on… The successful applicants will be working in an established, skilled team led by Alison Ransome, and alongside Alison Hulse, Brec Seaton, Edel McClean and Jasmine Devadason.  As you will notice John Squares’ name is not on this list; John has been stationed to be the Superintendent in Durham Circuit, and we are advertising a new post. The post will not be exactly the same as what John has done, because the roles will be defined in part by what this region requires and also by what the successful applicants have to offer.

If you want to talk to Alison R about the posts, please do get in touch. The link to the job descriptions and person specification, terms etc is… http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/connect/jobs-volunteering/jobs-with-the-connexional-team/learning-development-officer/

Alison Ransome, North West & Mann Learning Network coordinator, ransomea@methodistchurch.org.uk  07799 900474.

 

Methodist Church's One Programme

16-23? Studying, taking a gap year or have some spare time? Do you want to work in a local church whilst developing your skills, experience & CV?

We are looking for: • Someone who is confident in their faith and keen to share it with others. Someone who is fun, but serious about growing with God

What is the role about? • Connecting with children and young people and showing them God’s love in Jesus. • Assisting with the Church Plant so that we grow God’s Church.

What's in it for you? • You will be given support and encouragement, room to try new things, permission to fail and try again. • You will have the unique opportunity to start a brand new church with a supportive team. • Study at Cliff College and opportunity to serve at national Christian youth events. • Train with a group of 10 others doing similar roles across the country

Visit: http://www.methodist.org.uk/oppjobs www.thorntonmethodists.org.uk

Email: dunnythegeordie@hotmail.com

Salary: £6825 per annum Hours: 15hrs per week Fixed Term: 1 Sept 2018 - 31 Aug 2019

DBS Clearance Required Occupational Requirement: 16-23, To be a Christian 16-23? Studying, taking a gap year or have some spare time? Do you want to work in a local church whilst developing your skills, experience & CV? WE ARE HIRING! APPLY NOW! Visit: http://www.methodist.org.uk/oppjobs for an application pack

Closing date: 12noon 18 June 2018 Interview date: 13 July 2018

 

Family Missioner in Alderley Edge

We are – two churches, who love working together and want to take our mission to young children (0 - 11 year olds) and their families to a new level. You are – a person with a well rooted faith in Christ, imaginative and who is passionate about working with children and their families. Training – will be available as appropriate.  Salary is £16,920 pa (30 hours per week) depending on qualifications & experience.  There is an Occupational Requirement that the applicant is a Christian,

in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010.

For further details please e-mail: office@stphilipsae.plus.com or in writing to Mrs. Sheila Rayner, Parish Office, St. Philip & St. James Church, Church Lane, Alderley Edge SK9 7UZ

Closing date for applications, 19th June, 2018. Interview date: Saturday 7th July 2018

 

Children, Youth and Family Lay Person in the Preston Ribble Circuit
The Preston Ribble Methodist Circuit is seeking to appoint an energetic, imaginative, experienced and suitably qualified person to the position of: Children, Youth and Family Lay Person. In the Preston Ribble Methodist Circuit www.prestonribblemethodistcircuit.org.uk

This is an exciting opportunity to: Work with families and young people in worship, pastoral care and discipleship across a group of churches. To support ongoing, and develop new areas, of ministry.  

Hours: Full-time (40 hours a week) Salary: £23,213 - £26,398 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. Closing date: 22nd June 2018. For employment pack and application form please email Mrs Margaret Squire on margaretsquire@gmail.com Information pack available on the Preston Ribble website:www.prestonribblemethodistcircuit.org.uk 

 

Resources:

 

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; June 9th, July 11th, 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.

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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