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District Newsletter – January 2020

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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 please contact us so we can include in future editions.

Please share this newsletter around your churches, circuits and contacts.


Strategies to Recognise and Address Bullying and Harassment

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE 2020 Bringing together schools, community organisations and civic leaders to remember the victims of the Holocaust and acts of genocide that have happened since in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur This year also marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and 25 years since the genocide in Bosnia Tuesday 28th January 2020 1pm – 2:15pm Please Arrive By 12:45pm Festival Hall Bolton Town Hall BL1 1RU The theme for 2020 is ‘Standing Together’ Event Open to Everyone For further information please contact: Steph Dermott contact@boltoninterfaithcouncil.org.uk / 07732 742 969 - Bolton Interfaith Council located at: The Bolton Hub Bold Street Bolton, BL1 1LS For information on activities and events visit: www.boltoninterfaithcouncil.org.uk

Recognising and working with Bullying and Harassing Behaviours

Tuesday 4th February 2020, Maghull Methodist Church, L31 2HP. Gathering at 9.30am for a 10am start.  4pm finish.

The objective of the day is to glean a basic understanding about bullying and harassment behaviours, and to learn basic techniques to create good practices in ministry that can address negative behaviour.  The workshop is sponsored by Places for Hope, the Learning Network and the Liverpool Methodist District.

The workshop may not be suitable for individuals who are in a complaint process.  Support is available for those who are experiencing Bullying and Harassment through the District.

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

To book your place please contact Rob Glassonbury -  NWMannNetwork@gmail.com

The workshop is limited to 18 participants.

Kindle the Flame 
A musical for Candlemas By Darren Garfield Trinity Methodist Church,  Farnworth (Market Street, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 8EX) Sunday 9th February 2020 6.15pm Free admission/Donations welcome
Dates for your diary: visit the District Website: www.barmd.org.uk

2020 will see the launch of the National Methodist Choir of Great Britain.

The choir brings together singers from across the Methodist Church in Great Britain. NMCGB is a living demonstration that the Methodist Church wasn't just born in song, but is thriving in song now, too. Open, contemporary, ambitious, hospitable, forward-facing, celebratory, and joyful in sharing the Good News through the best of music, from all musical genre.

Details of the first course will be announced in the New Year.

If you would like to be kept up to date, follow the choir on Facebook: fb.com/methodistchoir or email info@thecalltour.com

Methodist Women in Britain Winter Mailing and Swanick 2020 information.

1. Winter 2019 newsletter: The latest news, resources, events and activities from MWiB: https://mwib.org.uk/index.php/2018/03/15/spring-2018-newsletter/

2. Prayer Diary December 2019 - February 2020 Praying for MWiB, Methodist Women in Ireland, and the World Federation, and holding in prayer those involved with various events, meetings, issues and campaigns in the UK and around the world: https://mwib.org.uk/index.php/2017/07/29/prayer-diary-august-2017/

3. You might be interested in the World Methodist Council’s First Friday newsletter, which includes a short article by Alison Judd  http://firstfridayletter.worldmethodistcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/November_2019_Print-PDF.pdf

4. We are seeking a new Vice President/President for MWiB, a four-year role beginning in June 2020. If you know someone for whom this might be a good opportunity, then do please approach them with the information - the personal touch is always good!
You'll see from the newsletter (page 2) that we're also seeking a Resources Officer to take charge of MWiB merchandise and resources, including storage of items, dealing with orders, and helping with resources stands at events. If this could be you, or you know someone who might take on the role, do please get in touch with us.

5. TRAVELLING IN HOPE: SWANWICK 2020 Bookings are now open for the MWiB Residential Weekend, taking place at The Hayes, Swanwick, Derbyshire, 3rd-5th April 2020. Keynote speaker is Jill Baker, former MWiB President and past Vice President of the Methodist
Conference. Booking and bursary application forms are available on the MWiB website, where you will also find the dedicated Swanwick link for secure payment via Charity Checkout:https://mwib.org.uk/index.php/2019/10/31/swanwick-residential-2020-travelling-in-hope/

The Destitution Project (DP) seeks to provide a safe environment in Bolton where asylum seekers and refugees can find friendship, food and practical help.

We operate a weekly Drop-In Centre each Wednesday at the Victoria Hall and provide casework support for asylum seekers including those who are destitute.    Website: https://www.boltondp.org/     


DONATE ITEMS:  You can donate much needed supplies such as:  non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby items, bicycles, etc.

DONATES FUNDS: you can make a financial donation to: Cooperative Bank - credit: The Destitution Project. Bank Sort Code: 08-92-99, Bank Account #: 65764556


We are a thriving organisation with much work to be done.   If you are recently retired, part-time employed or otherwise can give us some time each week for 6 months or more, we’d love to hear from you!

You can arrange to visit the Drop-In on a Wednesday to get a guided tour.  There we will explain a bit more about what volunteering with us will involve.  

Currently we are looking for people to help with:

Reception – you will need to come in from 9.30am to 3.00pm each Wednesday and help with the electronic sign-in system, welcoming service users and visitors  and controlling access to the Drop-In.

General Admin - we need help on a needs basis, e.g., this might range from 2 to 5 hours in a given week to fit in with the needs of the casework team.  You will need to be able to come in on different days (M - F) as and when needed.  We will work with you to find times that suit both you and the team.

Triage and Info team - you will need to be able to come in from 9.30am to 3.30pm each Wednesday and from 9.45 to 1.15 on Fridays, as a minimum; this work is intense and can be challenging, but training and support will be provided, should you become part of this team. You will need excellent time-keeping, good IT skills and be able to work well as part of a team and on your own.  You must be able to respond throughout the week via email and on the Triage WhatsApp group. You must be able to volunteer for a minimum of 6 months.

Main Hall Lead - ideally we need someone with experience in leading a small volunteer team and working in a busy environment. This would be on the Wednesdays (9.00am to 3.00pm).

IT and computer skills - we need help on a needs basis and you will need to work for a few hours when needed.  We will work with you to find times that suit both you and the team.

Thank You!

For more information: Please contact us at: Email: dropindp@gmail.com  or  at: Destitution Project, Victoria Hall, Knowsley St., Bolton BL1 2AS

The Learning Network write a regular e-newsletter which is very informative, one will be coming out very soon. If you are new to the Region and / or don’t already receive this, please could you sign up by filling out your details here:https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/learning/network-regions/north-west-mann-region/subscribe-to-the-dmln-north-west-and-mann-newsletter/


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