North West & Mann Resources
This part of the website contains reviews of various resources linked to Methodism that we think you’ll find helpful.
Over the last few months, we’ve been piloting a set of prayer cards with engaging and accessible prayer prompts which can be practised in five minutes or less. They offer a simple way to connect with God, ourselves and our world. For an online sample of the cards, click here.
Conversations for congregations - conversations about lifting lockdown
Is the church building going to open up again soon – am I ready for this? Many feel they cannot return yet, others are straining at the leash. What emotions and practical considerations are running through your head? Let’s take time to reflect and listen to our fears as well as our dreams. Please click here for this resource.
Local Lay Ministries
We support those lay people, either paid or unpaid, who are contracted to work for a local church as its pastor. For further information and dates of upcoming Communities of Practice, contact Kristie. Is your Circuit or Church considering the possibility of a Local Lay Pastor? We have a suite of resources to assist your thinking, drawing on good practice from around the Connexion, so do get in touch for more information.
Bitesized Practical Training Days
We offer various day and half day sessions for practical ministry. If there's a particular topic you'd like us to run a training day on, please contact Kristie.
Lay Employee Support - learning and development for lay employees.
Dates for forthcoming Lay Employee Days will be circulated once available. We also work with Districts to offer coherent support for lay employees, with guidance information and good practice.
Aids to Effective Practice of Lay Employee Steering Documents
Please click here for a useful document.
Exploring Prayer - Video Series
Please click here for a Simple Prayer flyer
Please click here for a Simple Prayer Guidebook
Youth Participation Techniques Flyer
We have put together a menu to support your spiritual life. Its headings are Starters, Something More Substantial, Sharing Plate, Classic, Refreshment, Children’s Menu. Click on this link and it will take you to a live-link copy of the menu which means you can just click through to all the resources. We have given away all the paper copies of the menu, but if you want a big order to give away do get in touch with Edel.
Holy Habits (2016) - Andrew Roberts - Book plus course booklets on each of the ten habits
Who is it for? Church communities and small groups to engage with in a variety of ways - services, prayer meetings, community meals, events, film showings etc.
What is its purpose? Holy habits calls the church to refocus its commitment to discipleship.
The review: beginning with Andrew Robert's book of the same title, the resources from the BRF give helpful suggestions for engaging with those Habits both for worship and day to day life. In the Sheffield Circuit we are eight months into a two-year initiative to work through these disciplines and are being encouraged, equipped and inspired as we journey together. The Habits are Worship; Sharing resources; Serving; Prayer; Making more disciples; Gladness and generosity; Biblical teaching; Breaking bread; Eating together and Fellowship.
Where can this be obtained? www.holyhabits.co.uk
Reviewed by Revd Sally Coleman, Methodist Minister - 10/05/2019
Colossians: Hope in Desperate Times (2019) - Revd D Kevin Jones - Book
Who is it for? This book on Colossians is for personal Bible study, for group Bible study and for preachers.
What is its purpose? This book has been produced to support Bible Month 2019, and is a helpful resource for anyone wanting to explore the message of Colossians for today.
The review: in ‘Colossians – Hope in Desperate Times’, Kevin provides helpful teaching about life and faith in first century Colosse. He also considers the application of Paul’s message for today for individual Christians, for church life and for the world in which we live. Kevin explores the greatness, the supremacy, of Jesus Christ past, present and future. He also explains how our relationship with God, through Christ, can enable us to experience help and hope within the ups and downs of life. At the end of each chapter Kevin has provided helpful questions for individuals and groups to consider. This book is a great resource for anyone who wants to explore Colossians.
Where can this be obtained? Methodist Evangelicals Together or by emailing or by phoning Revd Derek Balsdon 07958 549146.
Reviewed by Revd Derek Balsdon - 16/03/2019
Social Activism: A Youth Worker's guide to activism and discipleship (2017) - Nigel Pimlott - Booklet
Who is it for? Youth workers, but also anyone interested in activism and discipleship.
What is its purpose? To inspire action to close the gap between what God intended for the world and how it currently is.
The review: this excellent short booklet is full of inspiration for everyone, though is specifically aimed at those working with young people. Easy to read with real life examples, Biblically backed and a great list of practical suggestions for action, this resource is ideal for anyone in need of encouragement in living out the dual commands to love God and our neighbour.
Where can this be obtained? www.grovebooks.co.uk or 01223 464748
Reviewed by Kristie Legg - 23/10/2018
Talking of God Together - The Methodist Church - Booklet/Small group resource
Who is it for? Small groups.
What is its purpose? To help Methodist people talk together about faith and God.
The review: this book includes five session plans to help groups pray together, think about their understanding and experience of God, and share this within the group. Each session includes a wide range of suggested material, including material for prayer, poetry, Scripture readings and reflection sessions. There is also a 'how to use this resource' section for those who facilitate the group.
Where can this be obtained? www.methodistpublishing.org.uk
Reviewed by Edel McClean - 06/11/2018