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District Newsletter – July 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.


Action for Children Sunday

Every year, Methodists and some other church denominations celebrate Action for Children Sunday on the second Sunday in July. Our staff always look forward to this celebration because it gives us an opportunity to meet and thank our longstanding, faithful supporters.  This year, we expect things to be different due to the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown. Churches have had to replace physical meetings with online worship. Some may not even have the ability to host online services. We understand that and would like to assure you that it is ok if you can’t mark Action for Children Sunday on 12 July. You can pray for us on that day and mark it on a later date.

Our worship resources were ready before the lockdown and I’d like to share them with you: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/resources-and-publications/promotional-materials/resources-for-methodist-fundraisers/ There is a booklet with a service outline, a prayer bookmark and a link to a video about Lyle, one of the children your generosity has helped us to support.  

Free online advice for parents

I’d also like to tell you that we have boosted our online resources to support children and families. Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice and support brings together a wide range of topics categorised by subject matter and by children’s ages (i.e. 0 to 5 years, 5 to 12 years and 13 years and above). We also offer free and confidential live chat with our parenting coaches.

I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the years.  It means a lot and we’re proud of our relationship with the Methodist Church. 

Stay safe, well and strong.

Karis Kolawole

Head of Faith Partnerships

Action for Children has launched a Coronavirus Emergency Appeal to help provide essentials to the most vulnerable families we support across the UK and those potentially affected in the future.  Please donate now. Thank you.


Lay Preachers' and Worship Leaders' in Challenging Times - please find here information about 2 half day conferences: 11th-12th or 16th-17th July.


Church Volunteer Awards

We are asking the Methodist Community to vote for their favourite volunteer from the 11 Regional Winners.  The results will then be combined with the results from our National Judging panel to determine the overall National Winner.

To vote please visit www.methodistinsurance.co.uk/volunteerawards.  Voting will remain open until 15th July.

The National Winner will receive a further donation of £2,000 for their church.


Cliff College Update

Festival 2021 (28th-31st May)

After the success of our first online Festival at Home, we’re excited to welcome you all back to Cliff College in May 2021 for Cliff Festival: Around the Campfire. This will be an opportunity to gather as church around the things that unite us, and to celebrate God’s goodness and grace together. Booking for Festival 2021 is open now: visit https://events.solidrock.io/cliff-college/cliff-college-festival-2021 for tickets, camping, accommodation (available from July 1st) and volunteer applications. We can’t wait to see you there!

Online courses and open days

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be releasing two online short courses later this summer. Led by our Principal Ashley Cooper and Rev Paul Smith, these will be titled ‘Introduction to Evangelism’ and ‘Wesleyan Holiness’. These courses will be suitable for Christians of all ages, and will be accessible completely online. If you’re interested in hearing more about these courses, get in touch at enquiries@cliffcollege.ac.uk.

For anyone considering our degree programmes (BA or MA) or our gap year, we are also hosting two virtual open days at the start of July – you can book for these here.

Did you know…

… that Cliff College is holds morning prayers live at 8:45am on Facebook every weekday morning? We regularly have more than 60 people joining us in prayer from around the country. You can tune in at www.facebook.com/cliffcollege.


There is an online coffee morning every Tuesday 11am for 45 minutes – could this be for you or someone in your church?

What is it like?

It’s like a coffee morning (although you have to bring your own drink and biscuit)!

  • Spend time with other people informally chatting
  • Each week there is a reflection and prayer, and then we go in to small groups to chat. We either about the things the reflection made us think about or we chat about anything we want to chat about.
  • Here’s some reasons why people who currently go like it

“I like hearing what’s happening in other people’s churches”

“it’s nice to see people’s faces”

“It’s relaxed and is great fellowship”

  • If you are a steward, or a preacher or some other sort of church leader, this is a great place to hear stories and take inspiration from others.
  • If you know you are in lockdown for some more time to come, and would like company, and a routine, and have internet, access this might be for you.
  • If you are missing contact with groups, then this could be a place for you. You can listen and/or you can talk. No pressure to talk!

Different members of the Learning Network are there most weeks, they host the reflections, as do others from the group from time to time.

How do I give it a try?

If you would like the link to the zoom coffee morning, please email Rob and he will send you the link.


Updates and more info on this and other events at


Dear Friends,

Following the donation from the Methodist Church Global Relations to Eglise Methodiste d'Haiti for protective and sanitary supplies during COVID-19 a report was received from Haiti which has become this article. 

'All We Can' supported the development of the EMH Health Programme, with expertise and guidance as well as funding, while we were in Haiti, and the World Mission fund has also given generous donations including this recent one.

We of course thank you for all the support and prayer you have also given over the last 10 years since the earthquake on 12th January 2010.



God bless you all.

Yours in Christ's service,

Sharon and John.

Dr. J A & Mrs. S E Harbottle.


Combatting Coronavirus in Haiti


Across the globe, we have seen the incredible courage and bravery of medical professionals, as they have stood on the frontline of work to halt the spread of coronavirus.  All We Can, together with the Methodist Church in Britain, have been helping support the work of Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (the Methodist Church in Haiti) in equipping medical clinics, and the staff who work there, to combat the virus.

Thankfully, Haiti – a country which has faced civil unrest and a devastating earthquake during the last decade – has seen official numbers of positive cases and deaths remain low, at 3,941 and 64 respectively.  The country is currently operating under a partial lockdown – but cramped and crowded living conditions in parts of the country, and stigmatization towards those affected by the virus have posed real threats to combatting the pandemic.

Eglise Methodiste d’ Haiti operates a number of clinics in Methodist Circuits across Haiti – vital resources in helping local communities prepare for and prevent the spread of coronavirus. In fact, in many of the communities where these clinics operate, they are often the only medical care available to local people. All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have supported the training of medical staff in these clinics, as well as the distribution of sanitary kits (which included buckets for clean water, laundry detergent, bleach, hand sanitizer, face masks) and training on how to use them for medical staff. Volunteers have also been trained in good hygiene practices, with the aim of taking these messages back to their own local villages to help spread the word ever further.

In addition, essential medicines have been procured to stock five of Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti’s clinics. Personal Protective Equipment has also been distributed to volunteers, staff and trainers, and dry food rations distributed to patients.

This multifaceted response has benefitted more than 3,600 medical staff, volunteers, patients and their families – and has also helped practically demonstrate the love of support of the church during this tumultuous period.

All We Can, together with the Global Relationships team in the Methodist Church, are helping deliver vital support to communities facing this pandemic across the globe – forming a truly global Methodist response. You can keep up-to-date with news from the global Church and continue to pray for mission partners around the world. You can also continue to support All We Can and the Methodist Church’s Joint Coronavirus Emergency Appeal at allwecan.org.uk/coronavirus.

About the Author Aimee Nott

Aimee is All We Can’s Communications and PR Manager. Having worked in the charity sector across fundraising, communications and campaigning, Aimee is excited about the impact communities can have in driving genuine change and transformation. She lives in Reading, and is an avid lover of houseplants and cats.



Dear All,

Greetings from MWiB in these strange and difficult times.

We  have some important event information for you to note:

~ 14th WORLD ASSEMBLY - GOTHENBURG, AUGUST 2021: The World Officers have taken the difficult decision to POSTPONE next year's World Assembly. This will now take place the following year, 2nd-7th AUGUST 2022 - please note these dates in your diary now. 

It is perhaps even more important that we keep in touch with one another now as never before and of course, prayer is vital at such times; you will find attached:

~ The MWiB Prayer Diary for June-August - an opportunity to pray for our Districts, Forum Reps, Exec members, and our friend in Methodist Women in Ireland.

Praying for Carolyn: At our Forum meeting in October 2019, we committed ourselves as Methodist Women in Britain to pray for Carolyn as she prepares for and takes on the role of Vice President of Conference. I know that Methodist women, along with the wider Methodist Church, will be praying for Carolyn throughout her time in office, but we are encouraging MWiB in each District to be especially committed to supporting Carolyn for one month during the year.

And finally, we are disappointed to announce that the World Federation Day event planned for October has been postponed due to the uncertainty of the current situation. We felt it better to make the decision now, and be safe rather than sorry, but the good news is that we plan to hold over our plans and ideas and use them for World Federatin Day in October 2021.

All of this information is also available on our website: www.mwib.org.uk; do please forward this email and use the information as you see fit.

We continue to hold you all in our thoughts and prayers, and wish you well.

Best wishes

Judith R Simms
Communications Officer
Methodist Women in Britain


Journey of the Magi – a festive, light-hearted, joyful event with a moving and profound message.   

Following a sell-out year in 2019, Journey of the Magi is back, for churches to host for Advent 2020. If you’re wanting to find ways to bring your community together in a joyful way after lockdown, then why not share the joy and wonder of Christmas with your church and local community through this exhilarating, critically acclaimed performance. The show offers a bridge between contemporary life and Jesus’s birth, comparing our own personal journey to Christmas day with the journey that the wise men took. 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 and offers a chance to reflect, refocus and bring strength to the community.  

“Absolutely fabulous show. Wonderful mix of fun, wit, and meaning. It made me laugh and it made me cry all in a couple of minutes. (Hope you'll come back.)”  Richard, Poynton Methodist Church  

Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, which we are planning to tour nationally from 21st November to 23rd December 2020. If a performance in 2020 cannot go ahead due to COVID-19, bookings will be fully refundable or postponed until Advent 2021. 

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 


Coronavirus/ COVID 19

Government  advice can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

Advice from Connexion (Methodist Church House is closed), being updated regularly  online at: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/official-guidance/

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/official-guidance/#faqs


The Methodist News

The Media Office of The Methodist Church has changed “The Week Ahead” weekly e-bulletin, which has been replaced by “The Methodist News”.

If you don’t already receive this you can subscribe online at:-




A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched.

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514

Listen to news: 0808 281 2478

Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening


A Methodist Way of Life

A Methodist Way of Life commitment card is available online at www.methodistchurch.org.uk/MWoL. Many people are downloading and finding it useful in this current situation.


Bible Month 2020: Ruth

The Methodist Church is encouraging churches and circuits across the connexion to run a ‘Bible Month’ 30 days focusing on a single book from the Bible - Bible Month 2020 focuses on the book of Ruth. Not just about sermons it can also involve small group leaders, and children and youth workers and is usually held during June (but can be done anytime!). 
During the current pandemic, bible month resources are still available to help you to plan and engage with your congregation at a distance – and what a great book to explore together. Here are some resources. Also, please see online at: https://www.preachweb.org/biblemonth


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




District Mission and Evangelism Facilitator - Liverpool District

To work in partnership with leaders in the district, circuits and churches to develop confidence and capacity for Mission and Evangelism in line with the Methodist Church’s developing God for All – Evangelism and Growth Strategy.

This is a permanent part time (0.5 FTE) appointment open to lay or ordained people, with a requirement for flexible working. 

The salary will be £32,553 (FTE) pro rata (or for an ordained person ½ stipend) dependent on experience, plus expenses. Ordained applicants should note that no manse provision is available with this post. Leave entitlement will be 14 days paid holiday a year inclusive of public holidays (pro – rata).

The Job and Person Specification and Application Forms are available on the district website, (https://liverpoolmethodistdistrict.org.uk/vacancies/)or from the Synod Secretary, synodsec@liverpoolmethodist.org.uk. For an informal conversation prior to application please contact the current post holder – Rev Rachel Deigh – mefacilitator@liverpoolmethodist.org.uk or 07572 834562.  

Please submit applications detailing how you demonstrate the skills and experience required, together with a CV and details of two referees to: Mr Steve Cooper, Synod Secretary, c/o Wirral Methodist Centre, 17 Seven Acres Lane, Thingwall, Wirral, CH61 7XZ or  by email to  synodsec@liverpoolmethodist.org.uk

All applications must be received by noon on 5th July 2020.  Shortlisting will take place by 6th July and interviews for the short-listed candidates will be held w/c 20th July (by Zoom if face-to-face remains unavailable) – with a view to the appointment commencing on 1st September or as soon as possible thereafter (subject to DBS Disclosure and satisfactory references).


Higher Education Full Time Lay Chaplain

Location: Liverpool (working as part of the Liverpool District of the Methodist Church)

Job Type: Full Time                                          Salary: £25,000-£29,000

Closing Date: 10 July 2020                            Interview Date: 31 July 2020 (via Zoom)

Are you passionate about working in a chaplaincy team nurturing students in the Christian faith? 

Are you excited to build a Christian community, welcoming those from all faith backgrounds without discrimination or prejudice? 

Are you committed to providing pastoral support to university students following Jesus’ example and enabling their gifts and talents to grow? 

We are seeking someone to serve as a chaplain to the city of Liverpool’s three universities- University of Liverpool, John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University.  They will focus their time on student nurture and outreach as well as liaising with students in local congregations.  This role is open to all definitions and styles of chaplaincy - make the role your own!

This is an exciting opportunity for the individual to use their gifts and skills in the community and developing new talents, exploring their faith in a supporting and open-minded team as well as making a real difference to the lives of students in Liverpool.

We welcome all applicants, especially those who are excited to be welcomed into the amazing city of Liverpool!

The full Job Description with Person Specification and Application Form is available at:



Vacancy for a Chaplain Methodist Homes (MHA)  Beechville, Bolton

  • 20 hours per week
  • Permanent
  • Location & Contact: MHA Beechville, 653 Chorley New Road, Lostock, Bolton BL6 4AG  Tel: 01204 467480
  • Salary: £ 10.74 per hour
  • Closing date: 26th July 2020

Would you like to make a positive contribution to benefit older people?

Spiritual well-being – distinct from religious affiliation or belief – is a universal need and a cornerstone of MHA’s positive approach to ageing and we aim to provide the highest quality care and support for older people of all faiths and none.

You will build good working relationships with local faith communities and take the lead on pastoral, spiritual and religious aspects of life at Beechville care home. You will need to be in good standing with your faith community.

You will have excellent listening skills, great empathy, be able to lead appropriate worship and have an understanding of the spiritual aspects of ageing and dementia. Experience of providing excellent pastoral care, ideally to people in later life, is essential.

Beechville provides residential and residential dementia care for 63 residents, in purpose built accommodation. We are rated GOOD in all areas by CQC and we have a 9.6/10 rating on carehome.co.uk.

Please look for the job description and apply online at https://www.mha.org.uk/careers/current-vacancies/ 


For more information please contact the Manager at Beechville on 01204 467480 or Head of Chaplaincy (North)  kate.lesueur@mha.org.uk or phone 07484 516570



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

The Learning Network write a regular e-newsletter which is very informative. 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/



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