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District Newsletter – March 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

 

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.

 

Wednesday 6th March 6.45pm Be in A Musical on Prayer By Darren Garfield

‘The Open Door’ First rehearsal – Worsley Road North Methodist Church, Argyle Avenue, Worsley, M28 3GD

 

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 30th March: Methodist Women in Britain District Day

‘When two worlds collide’ Encountering God through our Senses

Guest Speaker: Sue Snowden (Church Development and Pastoral Support Worker Bolton Circuit & District Rep to Methodist Council)

10:00am - 3:00pm at St Helen’s Road Methodist Church, Bolton, BL3 3TP

All ages welcome – facilities/activities for children can be arranged on request: phhill28@googlemail.com Please bring a packed lunch - drinks will be provided.

Various stalls: Bring & Buy, Books, Jewellery, Fair Trade etc

 

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:

 

School Chaplain and Family Worker: Wigan Circuit

We are looking for an energetic and experienced individual to work as Chaplain with two church schools and with the associated Methodist Churches in the Aspull and Blackrod communities: offering pastoral care in the church schools, nurturing faith, developing relationships with families and strengthening the links between the schools and churches.

Job type:      Part-time 20 hours per week

Rate of pay: £10 to £12 per hour, depending on qualifications, plus expenses

More details and application forms are available from:

Senior Circuit Steward Mrs. Margaret Sowerby

Telephone – 01257 401024   Email – margaretsowerby@yahoo.co.uk

Closing date for completed applications is 31st March, 2019.

 

Schools / Youth Work Evangelist

Warrington youth for Christ are looking to employ a Schools/Youthwork Evangelist for the Culcheth area of Warrington - 20 hours per week

We now have an exciting opportunity for a youth worker to join our team, taking responsibility for the Culcheth area of Warrington, working in partnership with Culcheth Methodist Church. The successful candidate will connect well with young people, be a team player, hold a Youth Ministry qualification or possess equivalent experience.

If you think this might be you we encourage you to contact Steve Murphy (Director) on 07718854167 or 01925 240862. Starting salary £15.4 to £20k (pro rata) p.a. depending on experience. There is a genuine occupation requirement that the postholder is a committed evangelical Christian in accordance with Part 1 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.

An enhanced DBS check will be required.  Closing Date: Friday 8th March 2019

 

The Methodist Church

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.

Please book through Rob at nwmannnetwork@gmail.com

For further details contact Jasmine Devadason at devadasonj@methodistchurch.org.uk  

 

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

 

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

 

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.