District Newsletter

District Newsletter – September 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.




Bridge Centre Supervisor and Outreach Worker

The Bridge Centre, Smithy Bridge Methodist Church

35 hours per week (initial 3 year contract)  £15,470 per annum

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

Due to the nature of the job, the successful candidate will require a full DBS check.

Closing Date: 17.00 on Friday 15th September

Interview Date: week commencing 18th September

Please apply for an application pack from:

Mrs Janet Bower (Community Outreach and Bridge Centre Manager)

The Bridge Centre, Smithy Bridge Road, Smithy Bridge, OL15 0DY, Telephone: 01706 378550 Email: thebridgecentre@mail.com


Development Worker at Newchurch Methodist Church, Rossendale Circuit

Please see attached job description and person specification. For further details please contact Martin Kemp: mkemp@askkingfisher.co.uk


Children’s & Families’ Worker (20 Hours) - East Oldham Methodist Church

£8788-£14556 subject to qualifications and experience

For further information and an application form please contact Gordon Roscoe at the address below.

Church Treasurer, 90 Rakewood Drive, Moorside, Oldham, OL4 2NP. Telephone: 0161 652 4943 0795 146 3287. Email: gordonroscoe@gmail.com Closing date for applications: Friday 22 September


Deputy Warden Of The Methodist Diaconal Order (From Sept 2018 for an initial period of 5 years)

The MDO Discernment Group is seeking to discern a deacon in Full Connexion with the Conference with the desire, gifts and skills to serve as the Deputy Warden of the Methodist Diaconal Order. 

For further details please go to: http://www.methodist.org.uk/who-we-are/job-opportunities/jobs-around-the-connexion Deadline for nominations in at noon 8 September 2017. Deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 15 September 2017.



Events & Dates for your diary:


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


Quiet Days at Chapel in the Fields 

We are offering Quiet Days at The Chapel; September 13th, October 11th, 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.



2nd September: Representative Synod

District reps from both Manchester & Stockport and Bolton & Rochdale Districts.

Venue: Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AS

Drinks will be available from 9:30am and Synod will start with Worship at 10am – 3:30pm.


Monday 4th September: Eye Witness - Stories from the West Bank and Israel.    

The Methodist Church supports the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Helen Close has just returned from the West Bank as part of this programme and she is coming to the Triangle Methodist Church, Bolton on Monday 4th September at 7.30pm to talk about what daily life under occupation is really like, what the Israeli peace movement is doing and what can we do to promote a just peace in Israel-occupied Palestine. The evening will start with a presentation for about 45 minutes, then there will be time for questions, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits. All are welcome tell others and bring them. The Triangle Church, New Church Road, Bolton, BL1 5QP.


Wed 13th September – Come and join our Choir!

‘Give me your hand’ – a musical for peace by Darren Garfield. Come and join our choir; first rehearsal on Wed 13th September 6:45-7:45pm at Trinity Methodist Church, Market Street, Farnworth, BL4 8EX. Everyone’s Welcome!


Thursday 21st September: Film Night - I, Daniel Blake (Directed by Ken Loach)

6.45pm for a prompt 7.00pm screening

In the Methodist Church, Market Street, Tottington, BL8 3LJ

Admission: By Free-Will Donation: (Monetary or contribution of tinned/packet food)

All Donations will be given to “Porch Boxes” to help them provide crisis packs for those in need in the Bury/Radcliffe area.   (Suitable only for 15 years and over)   


25th September: Our Faith, Our Planet, Our Community

Event at Manchester Cathedral 6-9pm.


Wednesday 4th October: MWiB District Day

10.00am – 3.00pm at Tottington Methodist Church, Market Street, Tottington, Bury, BL8 3LJ

Speaker: Gill Dascombe, Former Vice-President of the Methodist Conference.

Please bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided.


16th October: Greater Manchester Churches Together Annual Assembly

Time: 5pm– 9pm at Salford Cathedral Centre, Salford M3 6DP Please book through Eventbrite


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. 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 or by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk


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


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 9th October - Chorlton Methodist Church, M21 9JG

Saturday 14th October - Lancashire District (Venue to be confirmed)

Wednesday 18th October - Court Hey Methodist Church, Liverpool, L14 3NU

Tuesday 31st October - Bolton Road Methodist Church, Bury, BL8 3EH




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Action for Children: www.actionforchildren.org.uk


East Africa Famine Appeal: http://www.allwecan.org.uk/


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

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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!


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