District Newsletter

District Newsletter – December 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.




West Pennine Moors Circuit - Community Activities Enabler

Three Year, fixed term part-time contract (15 hours per week) Offering a salary of between £7000 - £8000 depending upon qualifications and experience. We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic person to create and lead a number of community groups to extend the outreach of Manchester Road Methodist Church, Haslingden.

For an Application Pack please contact: The Circuit Administrator, Circuit Office, Wesley Hall, Feilden Street, Blackburn BB2 1LQ  Email : weshall@btconnect.com  Phone : 01254 661333

Closing Date for Applications is 12noon Monday 18 December 2017. The short listed applicants will be invited for interview on Monday 8 January 2018. There is a genuine occupational requirement for you to be an active member of a church recognised by Churches Together in England. You will be supervised by the minister of Manchester Road Methodist Church. The church is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Events & Dates for your diary:


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


Wednesday 10th January 2018: Leading Worship & Preaching in a Multicultural Church

With Dr Anthony Reddie.  7.30pm – 9pm

At Melbourne Road Methodist Church, Bolton, BL3 4BU.

Dr Anthony Reddie is a Research Fellow in Black Theological Studies for the Methodist Church and the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham.

He is a Methodist Local Preacher, the author of a number of books and the editor of Black Theology: An International Journal. For information and to book a place, please contact Rev’d Carolyn Lawrance 01204 227377 carolynlawrance@btinternet.com


Saturday 24th February: Preachers training day - Preaching the Gospel Powerfully

10am to 4pm at Bolton Road Methodist Church, Bury BL8 2EH

The event will be led by Ben Jack, who is one of the most prominent preaching evangelists in the country. Ben is employed by The Message Trust and preaches to thousands at events around the world with remarkable results. He also heads Advance, which is a movement that develops, encourages and endorses preachers; and which is growing exponentially throughout the UK and elsewhere.

The aim of the day is to encourage and equip us to become better at preaching the Gospel in a way that touches people’s hearts and satisfies their hunger for the truth about Jesus.

This training day isn’t just for Local Preachers and ministers. It will benefit anyone who wants to be better at proclaiming the Gospel, whether from a pulpit, at a youth club, in a school or in a park.

On a practical note, drinks will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

For more details, please contact Richard Selby by email: Richard_J_Selby@hotmail.com


Big Church Day Out (BCDO): 26-27 May in West Sussex & 1-2 June in Cheshire

If you’re not familiar with us, the Big Church Day Out (BCDO) is the UK’s largest annual gathering of the wider church that creates a space for all denominations and ages to gather each year for 2 exciting days of worship and celebration. BCDO is held on two sites- Wiston House in West Sussex and Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire. In 2018 BCDO South celebrates its 10th event, plus we will be returning to Cheshire for BCDO North’s second year. The Big Church Day Out has grown year after year, and in 2018 we will be expecting around 40,000 to gather between the North and South events.

The Big Church Day Out draws together tens of thousands of Christians from all over the UK and Europe to worship and celebrate all that is good. It’s a one-of-a- kind expression of church unity that’s as vibrant and varied as its wonderful guests. Whatever your age, denomination or musical taste, you are welcome to join us for two days of discovery and enjoyment you’ll never forget. www.bigchurchdayout.com


Sunday 27th May: Ordinands Testimony Service for Rev Jez Hackett

6pm at Heaton Park Methodist Church, (Bury Circuit) Bury Old Road, Prestwich, M25 1JA

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



Pastoral Care in Churches:

During the next 12 months a small group will gather to consider Pastoral Care in our churches.

If you have an interest in Pastoral Care, you are invited to join Paul Martin, Chair of Bolton and Rochdale District, and Brec Seaton (DMLN), for an initial meeting on the evening of Thursday 18th January 2018 at Hill Side, Bolton.

Please email Brec Seaton with your intention to join us on this evening, and for full details of the meeting times and address. seatonb@methodistchurch.org.uk


Growing Through Conflict:

Growing through Conflict Foundation Day - For church leaders - lay and ordained

Wednesday 10th January at Fullwood Methodist Church, Preston

Saturday 24th March in the Bolton & Rochdale District, venue tbc

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.

For more information contact Brec Seaton seatonb@methodistchurch.org.uk

To book your place email Rob Glassonbury nwmannnetwork@gmail.com




Quiet Days at Chapel in the Fields 

We are offering Quiet Days at The Chapel; 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.



Bread of Life – A deeply moving and captivating performance for your church this Lent and Easter. Springs Dance Company is delighted to be returning with its much sought after and highly praised production Bread of Life, for churches, cathedrals, festivals and schools. A reflection on the last supper, Bread of Life celebrates the meal of bread and wine with Jesus, the ever present King. This Lent and Easter rediscover the living, breathing Bread of Life, through this stirring depiction of how God is building a community of love with Jesus himself at the centre.

“Wonderful performance so moving - reminded me what the relationship with Jesus is meant to be like.” “A powerful and moving performance.”  “Amazing, heart-felt, inspirational.”  Audience Feedback from Bread of Life 2017

Springs would love to hear from anyone interested in hosting a performance of Bread of Life.

Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or call 07876 752 910


Association for Church Editors Awards

Please see www.churchmag.uk Closing date for entries is 5th February 2018.


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



Something Extraordinary – Greetings from All We Can!

Thank you to all of you who have been supporting our harvest campaign and do send us your chicken-themed pictures via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram - #ChirpForJoy !

This Advent and Christmas season, you could join us and do something extraordinary by supporting our Extraordinary Gifts appeal: visitwww.allwecan.org.uk/christmas for resources to use in services, carol concerts, Christmas socials and the chance to make a difference in some of the world’s poorest communities this festive season.


Global agencies unite to respond and raise awareness of humanitarian catastrophe. 

Joint Statement from
- All We Can, Methodist relief and development (Britain)
- United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR, USA)
- UnitingWorld (Australia)
- Irish Methodist World Development & Relief

We are committed to standing together in solidarity as Methodist and affiliated international development and relief agencies bringing urgent emergency assistance to the Rohingya people fleeing violence and unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Since 25 August 2017, more than 519,000 refugees from Rakhine State have been forced to cross the border seeking safety in Bangladesh, resulting in a massive humanitarian crisis. Those fleeing violence have made their way to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district and joining hundreds-of-thousands of women, men and children in the region in desperate need. Urgent humanitarian support is needed in Rakhine State, Myanmar, for those who remain, and also in neighbouring Bangladesh. Food insecurity, a lack of access to shelter, safe water and health care. Many of those fleeing violence are children, who are especially vulnerable to malnutrition and disease when living in makeshift settlements.

We believe there is an imperative at this time for individuals, churches and groups around the world to draw together collectively to respond to this crisis. The Government of Bangladesh has kept its borders open to enable people to seek safety and to allow the international community to provide the required humanitarian assistance.

Through our trusted international humanitarian aid partners and our different emergency relief programmes in the region, we are responding to those most in need both in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

This expression of unity marks our dedication to providing people with ways to engage with the global movement of church communities tackling injustice and poverty and responding to humanitarian disasters with compassion and care. We stand together in our sorrow at the recent suffering and deaths resulting from this crisis and we come together in our concern for the thousands suffering in Myanmar and in neighbouring countries. We also unite in prayer for the leaders of countries affected by the crisis for wisdom in making decisions that will aid the most vulnerable.

We appreciate and thank those who have already given so generously to our appeals for this crisis and continue to ask the Christian community, whom we are privileged to serve, to be fervent in prayer and to give generously and quickly to

this humanitarian crisis.

To donate and find out more about the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Appeal in your region of the world go to the website: www.allwecan.org.uk/rohingya   



Christian Aid – Christmas Appeal (www.caid.org.uk/Christmas)

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35 This Christmas, for every pound you give to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal, the UK Government will also give a pound, meaning even more mothers and children under-five across Sub Saharan Africa will be saved from the life-threatening effects of malnutrition.

As many families gather together for a time of plenty and abundance, millions of mothers and young children hit by severe hunger in countries across the world, including South Sudan, are wondering where their next meal will come from.

Earlier this year, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan: the first time it was declared anywhere in six years. More than three years of conflict had displaced nearly 4 million people, disrupting harvests and leading to devastating food shortages. Although the famine was averted, the crisis in South Sudan has reached unprecedented levels – nearly 6 million people are facing severe food insecurity. If left untreated, acute malnutrition – the most extreme form of food crisis – can lead to death.

Aluel used to run a small business selling tea and bread at her local market, which provided enough money to feed her family. As the situation in South Sudan deteriorated, inflation rose to 800%, meaning her earnings could no longer buy enough food to put on the table. The mother-of-four could only provide one meal a day for her family, and sometimes that meal would consist of nothing but leaves.

Christian Aid partner organisation is providing cash vouchers to people, like Aluel, struggling with acute malnutrition in South Sudan, so they can buy essential food in local markets to help their families recover.

“Before Christian Aid intervened, life had become very difficult. As a family, we urgently needed help,” said Aluel.

With support from SPEDP, she received cash vouchers, allowing her to buy enough food to feed her children.

“I saw the health of my children improve drastically as they then started eating three meals a day,” she added.

Your donation could help Christian Aid prevent many thousands of unnecessary deaths from malnutrition. Just £5 could provide a cash voucher to provide enough food for a family for four days, and £150 could provide 10 families with fishing gear.

Donations made to the Christmas appeal between 6 November 2017 and 5 February 2018 will be matched up to £2.7 million. The UK Government’s match will fund our work in South Sudan.

Please donate at www.caid.org.uk/Christmas