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District Newsletter – November 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 10th November: How can Methodist Churches in Britain Grow?

10am-3pm at Hurst Methodist Church, Curzon Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 9QX

A day, together with Andrew Orton from Durham University, to: consider recent research findings; learn from examples in the Greater Manchester area. Reflect on what might support growth in your context. Includes free lunch and a free report, full of ideas for your church to consider. To book a place, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-canmethodist-churches-grow-tickets50480196627 or contact Rod Hill on rodney.hill@methodist.org.uk or 07801 627434.


Saturday 17th November: Craft Fair at The Triangle, Bolton, Chorley Old Road, BL1 5SH

10am-4pm Admission free. Various stalls


Sunday 18th November: District Service with the President of Conference, Rev Michaela Youngson 6:30pm at Victoria Hall, Bolton Methodist Mission, Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AS  Poster available here


For Ministers and Lay Employees in the District
Monday 19th November: The Pre Advent Reflection Day 10am-3pm will be led by the President of Conference, Rev Michaela Youngson at Bolton Road, Bury Circuit.

Wednesday 28th November: The next CDiM Day (Continuing Development in Ministry Day)

10am-3pm will be led by Edel from the Learning Network at The Triangle, Bolton Circuit.

Please book your places for both events via the website: https://barmd.org.uk/district-events


Remembrance Sunday Songs of Praise

At 3pm on Sunday 11th November, Bolton Parish Church will be holding a Songs of Praise Service as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War. All are welcome.


Greater Manchester Prayer event: Thu 22nd November 7:30pm – 9:30pm

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 (which "only" seats 800). Therefore, the organisers have arranged to instead use a larger venue for the remaining events and this is: Audacious Church, Trinity Way, Salford, Manchester M3 7BD.


Saturday 24th November: Journeying Through Genesis Day 10am-3pm

At: Heald Green Methodist Church. Booking essential through Rob at NWMannNetwork@gmail.com

Please bring your own lunch. Refreshments will be provided.



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

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



Training Opportunities:


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


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






Lay Pastor

Bury Methodist Circuit is looking to appoint a suitably qualified Lay Pastor who will be expected to:

Lead the congregation at the Bridge Methodist Church, Radcliffe and Act as schools chaplain to two of the Methodist schools in the Circuit.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and committed.

The appointee would need to have a strong Christian Faith and preferably a Methodist background

Bridge Methodist Church is a medium sized church with a lively congregation. There are two services on Sundays and flourishing Youth Groups during the week. There is established leadership for the groups. Summerseat School is the only school in the village

The school at Radcliffe Hall is a joint Anglican/Methodist school and is under new leadership.

Training will be available prior to starting the post.

Hours: 35 hours per week with flexible working

Salary: £22,000 - £24,000 pa., depending on experience. The appointment will be for 2 years in the first instance with the possibility of renewal.

Application Pack from Roger Green at roger.green@manchester.ac.uk or 105 Heaton Park Road, Manchester, M9 0QQ

Closing Date: 15/11/18



Personal Assistant to the District Chair (part-time). Manchester and Stockport District

The work of a Chair of a Methodist District is very time demanding and the leadership of the District have identified that this role should be put in place to support the current Chair. For more information on the Manchester and Stockport District please go to: https://www.mandsmethodists.org.uk

The basic details for the role are:

Annual salary £7,173 plus pension – basic working week will be 12 hours (over 4 days), which will be flexible and may include occasional evening work.

Main Scope of Post

The main scope of this new post will be to provide direct support to the Chair of the

Manchester and Stockport District.

• To assist Chair in staying on top of priorities and responding to issues.

• To maintain Chair’s diary of appointments, and make appointments as required.

• To prepare material for meetings in calendar, and brief the Chair on forthcoming


• To convene meetings, preparing papers and agenda and circulating, and taking

minutes when needed: MDR and supervision, and other meetings as needed (most

District meetings already have a secretary).

How to apply:

If you are interested in this role, please visit our websites for more information:

https://www.mandsmethodists.org.uk and www.churchandcommunity.org.uk

where you can download the information you will need to apply for the post or send an A4

SAE with a large letter stamp to the address below and we can post an application pack to


Closing date: 12 noon on Monday the 19th November 2018

The completed application form should be returned to:

‘The Recruitment Officer’, TCC, Wesley Enterprise Centre, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5BP;

or admin@churchandcommunity.org.uk (email preferable)


For details of the various jobs around the Connexion please visit: www.methodist.org.uk/jobs


News from Circuits:


1st Appley Bridge  (The Vale)  Girls’ Brigade Leaders are very excited!!

And here’s the reason why!

Earlier  this year I received an email from an organisation called “The Unremembered.”

It was an opportunity to enter a national competition to design a wreath to remember the Commonwealth Labour Corps of the First World War.

During the First World War people came from the Commonwealth Countries to serve and support our Armed Forces. Very often they were recruited by force!  They cooked, cleaned, carried and cared for the soldiers on the frontline and behind the lines. They did all the hard jobs like dug trenches, built roads and railways, transported fuel, food and ammunition, they carried the wounded and buried the dead etc.   At the end of the War they were sent back to their countries. Their contribution rarely acknowledged.

The competition was to design a wreath to be laid on Armistice Day in London to commemorate The Unremembered Labour Corps and write a 300 word article explaining what our wreath represented.

We designed 2 wreaths. We sent the photographs and explanations off!

Both wreaths were made on clear Perspex.  The centres have a map of the world with the sentiment “We Remember the Unremembered”  The girls coloured in Commonwealth flags on sticky back plastic. One set was applied flat so it looked like a stained glass window.  The second set was cut out in the shape of poppies.

We were delighted to hear that both our wreaths had been selected!! Our delight turned into excitement, pride and a sense of being extremely privileged when we received a further email inviting  us to take part in the Armistice Day Parade in London and lay our wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. 

4 Leaders and 5 girls will be travelling to London to take part in the Possession and lay our wreaths.

To say this will be a “Once in a life time opportunity” is an understatement as we are also commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the WW1

Blessing from an extremely proud and excited  GB Captain

Sandra (Youth & Family Worker Bispham & The Vale)




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.


Bread of Life – A deeply moving and captivating performance for your church for Lent and Easter 2019. 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.

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 and by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or calling 07876 752910


Quiet Days at Chapel in the Fields 

We are offering Quiet Days at The Chapel; 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.


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