Resources for Methodist churches
PTSD Initial Response resource
The Methodist Forces Board has produced this short guide for churches to help colleagues provide an initial response to anyone suffering from PTSD (whatever the cause) and/or their loved ones.
Whilst it has been written with the help of Methodist Armed Forces chaplains, it has a wide application, ie it is not just for military veterans; we have chosen language which intentionally reflects this. It may be particularly helpful to those who are welcoming people into church buildings, and those who interact with a) those who have concerns about changes in their loved one’s behaviour that may be linked to past trauma or b) vulnerable individuals .
Map of Methodist Districts to selected Armed Forces sites
To support Methodist colleagues to identify if there are significant Armed Forces sites in their local area, we have produced this map showing District boundaries with selected Ministry of Defence sites identified. If you identify a site close to your church and want to consider making links then please email the Secretary of the Forces Board.
Reconnect, Remember, Renew resource
This short resource is bursting with ideas to assist churches and chaplains to help bring communities together following the end of Coronavirus-related restrictions. The document was compiled by the MFB's lay Project Workers in the Armed Forces. It is tailored for use with military communities, but can be easily adapted and used more widely.
Prayer resources for those who wish to pray for Methodist Chaplains and the Armed Forces more generally:
Remembrance Sunday resource for the Methodist Church
The additional content in this resource can be used selectively to supplement existing liturgies for Remembrance Sunday. Download the Remembrance Resource (Pdf).
A selection of short videos of the Chaplains are offered below for use in a Service of Remembrance.
You are free to use these videos in in-person services, or in live streamed or recorded online services.
The Revd. Mark Noakes (Royal Navy Chaplain) connects Methodists’ recollection of John Wesley’s experience on Aldersgate Sunday with the nation’s marking of Remembrance Sunday. He notes that we can choose to mark Remembrance Sunday in order to make better choices and avoid the worst mistakes in future. Should you wish to print them out, the words of Mark’s reflection are contained in the Remembrance Resource linked above. (3 minutes 30 seconds)
Remembrance for soldiers today
The Revd. Richard Smith (Army Chaplain) brings us a reflection on what Remembrance means for soldiers today from the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery in the Netherlands (1 minute 45 seconds)
What do we pause to remember?
The Revd. Ian Brown (RAF Chaplain) reflects on how Remembrance came to mean something personal to him and why it is important that we remember those who have given everything for others. (2minutes 30 seconds; subtitled)
Working for peace
Framed as a mini-interview, the Revd. Alastair Bissell reflects on his experiences as an RAF Chaplain. He recalls how he has been involved in supporting colleagues in spiritually and pastorally significant moments, and how the military marks Remembrance. He also relates how his Great-Uncle, renowned Methodist peace campaigner, Burt Bissell, can inspire us to work for peace. (5minutes 30 seconds; subtitled)