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District Newsletter – July 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


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. The pilgrimage will be a gentle 6-mile walk along lanes, footpaths and the side of the Bridgewater canal. http://www.churchpoverty.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.


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.



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

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


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.

Webinar available at:-



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


Training Opportunities:


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


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.

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


Worship: Leading and Preaching course tutors' training


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




Methodist Youth President

One Year Fixed Term Contract from 1 August 2019 – 31 August 2020

A full time role offering a salary of: Circa £18,800 - £22,000 per annum. Closing Date for applications: Friday 24th August 2018 at noon. For an application pack please go to www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/connect/jobs-volunteering/jobs-with-the-connexional-team/ or E-mail recruitment@methodistchurch.org.uk


Church Plant Youth Worker, Thornton (One Programme)

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

Occupational Requirement: 16-23, Christian DBS Clearance Required.

Visit: www.methodist.org.uk/oppjobs for an application pack. Closing date: 12noon 2 July 2018

Interview date: 17 July 2018




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.


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; 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.



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