Fringe events

Friday 28 June 

Open Hands and Space to Grow

Methodist Women in Britain
Warwick Suite
19:30-21:00

This will be an act of worship which will incorporate the commissioning of the new President of MWiB and news of current and future MWIB events and activities.

Tea, coffee and biscuits from 19.15.
Advance booking is not required.

Saturday 29 June 

Meeting Onjali Rauf - author of The Boy at the Back of the Class

Methodist Schools
York Room
Sat 29 June
20:00-21:00

Former President of Conference, Revd Michaela Youngson, talks with author Onjali Rauf.
Winner of the 2019 Blue Peter Children’s Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, The Boy at the Back of the Class explores the refugee crisis from a child's perspective. Onjali will speak about her experiences in writing for children and enabling youngsters to find a voice to tell their own stories. Join Methodist Schools for tea, cake and conversation.

Advance booking recommended - book here

Monday 1 July 

Methodist Evangelicals Together Lunch Reception

Warwick Suite
Mon 1 July
13:00-14:00

This will be a great opportunity to pray for the work of the Conference and to learn more about the work of Methodist Evangelicals Together.

Lunch for Conference Members can be provided during the reception if booked 10 days in advance via Marian Izzard admin@methodistevangelicals.org.uk 

Visions for Peace in Israel-Palestine

The Council of Christians and Jews
York Room
Mon 1 July
19:30-21:00

Prof Menachem Klein of Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and the Revd Dr Yazid Said, from Liverpool Hope University, share their visions for peace in Israel-Palestine, chaired by Prof Ian Black, author of Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017.  CCJ encourages Christians and Jews in dialogue on issues relating to Israel-Palestine. CCJ’s study tour to the region enables UK community leaders, including Methodists, to ‘listen and learn’ from different narratives. Please join us to hear two leading experts discuss ways forward for peace.

Please RSVP to rob.thompson@ccj.org.uk 

Remaining Faithful: Marriage and Methodism

Methodist Evangelicals Together
Sunningdale-Ascot Room
Mon 1 July
20:00-21:30

Methodist Evangelicals Together has invited a number of speakers to come and share reasons for Methodism to remain faithful to the traditional view of marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman.

Further information from Derek Balsdon at development@methodistevangelicals.org.uk

The Beckly Lecture 2019 - Politics and Faith in the United States: Pursuing justice in divided times

Joint Public Issues Team
Warwick Suite
Mon 1 July
20:00-22:00

Revd Dr Susan Henry-Crowe is General Secretary of the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, and at the forefront of helping the Church to live faith, seek justice and pursue peace in the US.

Tea and coffee will be servied from 19.45. Everyone is welcome - tickets are free.

Please book at www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/beckly-2019/ 

Tuesday 2 July

Breakfast Briefing

Central Finance Board
Henley Room
Tues 2 July
08:15-09:00

After breakfast on Tuesday, why not join us for a coffee and to learn more about how Methodist investments are being managed for the common good, particularly regarding the Central Finance Board’s work on climate change.

David Palmer (CEO) and Stephen Beer (CIO) from the Central Finance Board will update delegates on the ethics and investment work of the CFB over the last 12 months.

Changing childhood: how can we address the challenges facing children today?

Action for Children
Hampton Room
Tues 2 July
13:00-14:00

Join Action for Children as it celebrates its 150th birthday and reflects on how things have changed since it first started helping children in 1869.

Although much has improved, too many issues such as child poverty and abuse and neglect remain. Alongside this, children and young people growing up today face new challenges, such as social media and increasing concerns about mental health. This interactive session will reflect on the big issues facing children and the work the charity continues to do to address them. Come along to join the debate about what government and society can do to ensure all children can have the childhood they deserve.

Lunch will be served. Registration closed on Friday 21 June.

Enquiries: Karis Kolawole - Karis.Kolawole@actionforchildren.org.uk

A new relationship with Creation

Christian Aid
York Room
Tues 2 July
13:00-14:00

Climate change, largely caused by developed countries, is wreaking havoc everywhere, particularly on the poorest communities who are least responsible for it. Globally, the environment, our life support system, is becoming even more degraded. Sustainability and biodiversity have never been at greater risk. Join Christian Aid as we reflect on the interconnectedness of Creation, on how natural as well as technological solutions are a vital part of our response, and what we can all do.

Lunch will be served.
Booking closed on Friday 21 June

Book signing at the Conference Bookstall

Palace Suite
Tues 2 July
13:00-14:00

Jo Cox-Darling will be signing copies of her new book Finding God in a Culture of Fear:  Discovering hope in God’s kingdom.   How can we live a little more hopefully each day?  Fear, terrorism, corruption, fake news… it can be easy to become discouraged by the culture around us. Now more than ever, society needs hope in order to survive and flourish.

This book takes us beyond comfort zones and easy answers, and towards a deeper understanding and practice of hope. It offers reflections, stories and practical ways for individuals and groups to find hope in their lives through discovering more about God in their midst.

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Gathering for Prayer

Warwick Suite
Tues 2 July
13:30-14:00

Hosted by Methodist Evangelicals Together. An opportunity, open to all, to gather for prayer each lunchtime during the Representative session of Conference.

Voice of Methodism AGM

Hampton Room
Tues 2 July
18:00-20:00

Identity and Faith

Belonging Together Ministers' Group
Terrace Room
Tues 2 July
19:30-21:00

An evening of worship and conversation, celebrating the vibrancy of the Methodist Church and encouraging greater involvement in the mission and ministry of the Body of Christ.

Tea/coffee, cake and biscuits will be served.

RSVP to Novette Headley at novheadley4@talktalk.net

Voice of Methodism Open Meeting

Hampton Room
Tues 2 July
20:00

The Open Meeting will be addressed by the Revd Dr Alistair Bolt, who will speak on the subject: ‘The future of Methodism and its need for renewal’.

Light refreshments will be served. Booking closed on 21 June.

Methodist Sacramental Fellowship 2019 Lecture

Warwick Suite
Tues 2 July
20:00-21:30

John Wesley's Covenant Service: Its Genesis, Genius and Growth.
The 2019 Annual MSF Lecture will be given by the Revd Prebendary Norman Wallwork.

Everyone welcome.

Supporting Students

Student Christian Movement
York Room
Tues 2 July
20:15-21:30

An opportunity to discuss student ministry and share ideas, for churches with young people preparing to go to university and those receiving students.  You will be able to draw on SCM's extensive first-hand student work experience and hear about the latest research into student spirituality, with plenty of time to ask questions in this interactive session.

Refreshments provided.

RSVP to Rob@movement.org.uk, or by calling (main office) 0121 426 4918 - or just turn up on the day.

Wednesday 3 July

Worship Engagement in Later Life

Methodist Homes (MHA)
Terrace Room
Weds 3 July
13:00-14:00

This event provides the opportunity to meet MHA’s CEO, Chair and Trustees, and to hear about developments in the charity. During the session there will be the signing of a working agreement between MHA and the Methodist Church, as well as a presentation about resources that facilitate dementia-inclusive worship in both churches and care homes.

Lunch will be served.

Booking closed on Friday 21 June.

Gathering for Prayer

Warwick Suite
Weds 3 July
13:30-14:00

Hosted by Methodist Evangelicals Together. An opportunity, open to all, to gather for prayer each lunchtime during the Representative session of Conference.

It Takes Two

Global Relationships
Warwick Suite
Weds 3 July
19:00-21:00

A growing number of churches and circuits are building twinning links with Methodist partner churches around the world. Their aim is to share and and learn in mission, understanding, culture and worship across Methodist communities - together. Come along and find out what twinning involves, hear from partners already engaged in a twinning relationship and discover how your church, circuit or district could become linked with a church overseas.

Dinner will be served.

Booking essential - booking closed on 21 June.

 

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