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District Newsletter – July 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


The Methodist Conference 2019


Conference information and the online live stream: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/the-methodist-conference/conference-2019/


Please hold all Conference members, speakers and visitors in your prayers, especially those being ordained on Sunday.


Upcoming Events


If you have any upcoming events in your Churches and Circuits to share then please contact us so we can include in future editions.


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. 


Saturday September 21st 2019 at 10am: Morecambe Bay Sponsored Walk

Join Action for Children for a cross bay walk from Arnside to Kents Bank with refreshments at Abbot Hall Hotel after the walk. Registration is £10 for each adult walker and sponsorship is also required. To register, or to find out more, please contact Helen Noble on 01925 415097

Or email helen.noble@actionforchildren.org.uk


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




Lay Pastor: Rossendale Methodist Circuit

Closing Date: 12th July 2019

Hours: Full Time. Salary: £17,316 p.a. plus pension and expenses

This post is at the heart of our circuit vision as we seek to embrace and develop new ways of Mission and Ministry. The circuit staff is a mix of ordained and lay employees working on a cross circuit basis, as we seek to help people encounter God in meaningful ways. You will partner specifically with two or three churches, offering pastoral support to their communities and support the establishment of strong and effective church leadership teams. We envisage that this role will encompass the development of both evangelism and discipleship opportunities, tailored to meet the local needs, creating both personal and church growth.

If you’d like to learn more about this exciting opportunity, please initially email janet_king58@hotmail.com to request a job description that includes details of how to apply.


Volunteers: 3Generate

The Children, Youth and Family Mission Team are currently advertising for volunteers to be a part of the 3Generate delivery team at: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-

britain/3generate/volunteering, the Learning network teams also have volunteering packs to hand out if needed. Please contact Penny Fuller, Team Coordinator - fullerp@methodistchurch.org.uk if you or your colleagues would like any further information.


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




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





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




Our Daily Bread Ministries…..not just the daily devotionals.

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.


London City Mission – Together in the Gospel

As one of the most diverse cities on earth, London is a huge mission field. Together with the city’s churches, London City Mission shows God’s love in practical ways and shares the life-changing message of Jesus with the least reached of our capital - those living in poverty, on the margins of society or from other religions. We seek to partner with churches, to reach out more effectively to the least-reached and to integrate those who decide to follow Jesus into a loving church family.

For over 180 years, the gospel has been at the heart of all we do, because London needs Jesus. We depend almost entirely on contributions from individuals and churches to run these ministries.  Will your church partner with us and help to share the good news with the least reached people of London?  For further details and to receive a Together in the Gospel partnership brochure for your church, click on www.lcm.org.uk/togetherinthegospel