District Newsletter

District Newsletter – March 2018


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.


Events & Dates for your diary:


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


Sunday 4th March: Local Preacher Accreditation Service

In the Farnworth & Worsley Circuit at 6.15pm

For Ms Marcianne Uwimana and Mr Joe Sate. Led by Revd D Garfield

At: Trinity Methodist Church, Market Street, Farnworth, BL4 9EX


5-7th March: Connecting Disciples 2018

Lay employees Conference at Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. See: http://www.methodist.org.uk


7th March: Methodist Women in Britain District Day                  

10:00am - 3:00pm at Bolton Road Methodist Church, Bury, BL8 2NZ

A Musical Day with Guest Speaker: Revd Jenny Pathmarajah

Various stalls; books, jewellery, Fair Trade etc.

All Welcome - Please bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided. 


10th March: Joined up conference

We will open the doors for the third annual joined up conference in Sheffield for youth, schools, children’s and families workers, as well as parents, church leaders and schools’ chaplains!



13th March: Bikers Against Child Abuse UK – BACA Guest speaker

You are warmly invited to attend Spotland Methodists Wives and Friends group who will be hosting a guest speaker from Bikers Against Child Abuse UK. www.BACAworld.org

This is an organisation that supports and empowers children who have gone through abuse to not be afraid of the world they live in. BACA regularly meet at Spotland Methodist Church, Rochdale Circuit.

Time – 7.30pm.  Spotland Methodist Church, Rooley Moor Road, Spotland, Rochdale, OL12 7DQ

Feel free to turn up on the night all are welcome – No need to book. If you need any more information, please contact Joyce Buckley (text would be preferable - 07712 373415)


17th March: JPIT (Joint Public Issues Team) Conference

10am-4pm at Central Hall Manchester. “Brave New World - Faithful living in a time of change”

Tickets available online via Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brave-new-world-faithful-living-in-a-time-of-change-tickets-40506828013


17th March – Black Dyke Band

At: Victoria Hall, Bolton 7:30pm start. Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AS

Tickets are selling fast. Please buy in advance of the night to avoid disappointment.

£15 each (or £13.50 each for 6 or more) the Box Office is open Tue & Thu 10am-2pm and Saturdays 10am-12noon or available online through the website:



25th March: The musical "Jerusalem Joy" by Roger Jones

To be performed by the Circuit Singers from Leigh and Hindley Circuit at 6.00pm at Astley/Tyldesley Methodist Church, Elliott Street, Tyldesley. No admission fee. A warm welcome to anyone who would like to attend.


21st April: ‘Ek Aurat - One Woman’

An Asian Theologians’ conference which will be held at St.Paul’s Church, Hanstead, Birmingham. This conference is open to all. More information can be found in the flyer.


27th April: Stories of Hope 10am-4pm

Join us for Christian Aid's first North West conference! Connect with other supporters to share ideas and engage more with Christian Aid's movement for justice.

At: Manchester Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

There will be the opportunity to hear from the Bishop of Manchester and from our Haiti Country Manager, Prospery. Find out more about our brand new campaign, and so much more! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Suggested donation: £8 to cover catering costs.

For more information, contact Bex Turner (01925 582 817).


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


1st -3rd June: Connecting Disciples 2018

Lay employees Conference at Cliff College, Derbyshire. See: http://www.methodist.org.uk


9th June: Spirituality day

A one off spirituality day conference in Liverpool for the spiritually curious

Check out the save the Date e-flyer and like the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/194098601340312/ and watch out for more info as the day comes nearer. Bookings will as usual be via Rob at NWMannNetwork@gmail.com


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


Growing Through Conflict:

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

Saturday 24th March

At Glazebury Methodist Church, WA3 5LD in the Bolton & Rochdale District

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




'To Be a Pilgrim' conference

As part of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential theme for 2017/18, a conference with the title ‘To Be a Pilgrim’ will take place at Cliff College from Friday evening 6th April through to Sunday lunch 8th April. The programme offers a choice of variety of different topics and activities, with Rev Michaela Youngson, President-designate, as the keynote speaker. Bookings can be done through the website at http://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/learning/discipleship/journeying-with-others/pilgrimage/pilgrimage-events/to-be-a-pilgrim-conference. The conference fee includes high quality accommodation at reasonable prices.


Thy Kingdom Come, 10th – 20th May 2018

We are delighted to invite you and your churches and communities to take part in Thy Kingdom Come, a global, ecumenical call to prayer between Ascension and Pentecost 2018.


As many of you will know, Thy Kingdom Come began in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Today, Thy Kingdom Come aims to equip individuals, families and churches to pray, so that through prayer, people will be empowered by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.


Methodists are already involved in Thy Kingdom Come in a number of ways, but we are delighted to say that the Methodist Church is now a formal partner in the initiative, as an expression of the Church’s commitment to personal and social holiness and to paying attention to God through prayer.


There are many ways to get involved. A number of churches across the Connexion will host Thy Kingdom Come Beacon events in 2018, and Thy Kingdom Come ‘champions’ who will promote the initiative across the Connexion. A wide range of resources are already available through www.thykingdomcome.global for use by churches, including materials for prayer walks, prayer stations and service templates. Further resources are currently being developed with particular reference to Methodist contexts and charisms.


Further information, along with suggestions and resources for prayer, will be available on the Methodist Church’s website and at www.thykingdomcome.global We do hope that you and your churches and communities will join us in engaging with Thy Kingdom Come and in uniting in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost 2018.


Yours in Christ, Jill Baker, Vice-President of the Conference, Loraine N Mellor, President of the Conference and Gareth J Powell, Secretary of the Conference.




Quiet Days at Chapel in the Fields 

We are offering Quiet Days at The Chapel; March 14th, April 14th, May 9th, June 9th, July 11th, August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, 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.



Christian Aid News:


Stories of Hope: Friday 27 April 10.00am – 4.00pm

Join us for Christian Aid's first North West conference! Connect with other supporters to share ideas and engage more with Christian Aid's movement for justice.

There will be the opportunity to hear from the Bishop of Manchester and from our Haiti Country Manager, Prospery. Find out more about our brand new campaign, and so much more!

We are looking forward to seeing you there! Manchester Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ. Suggested donation: £8 to cover catering costs.

For more information, contact Bex Turner (01925 582 817).


Is your business truly sustainable? inclusive? ethical?

Christian Aid and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them for breakfast, on Monday 30th April, 8.30-10.00am, and explore how you can be supported and inspired to develop a more values based business which has human flourishing and care for creation at its heart. Want to find out more about how your business can not just strive to be the best in the world but the best for the world? This event will mark the launch of a new Christian Aid business network, Salt, in the NW and also a series of training events (to be hosted by the Chambers) which aim to support business leaders to develop more ethical, sustainable and inclusive practices. Speakers include Paul Gerrard (Director, Group Policy & Campaigns, The Co-operative Group) and Jody Wainwright (Director, Boodles Jewellers)

Cal Bailey, Owner NG Bailey and Salt Member said “‘I need help to be a Christian in business; I need friendship, support, ideas and challenges.. Salt provides all these in a context of God’s purposes for his world, especially his suffering world – the real one, which is invigorating and full of both learning and opportunity.’

  1. you would like to explore how business leaders are uniting to eradicate poverty and how you could be part of this growing movement please register for your free place now at https://saltnw.eventbrite.co.uk or email us at salt@christian-aid.org. Find out more at: The Salt Business Network | Christian Aid



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