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This is the landing page for those in active ministry in the Methodist Church. We recommend all presbyters and deacons either make this their home page or check back regularly to see how the Connexional Team might help you, as we work together to fulfil Our Calling.

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Cost of Living briefing

JPIT have produced a Cost of Living briefing and can be found at The Cost of Living Crisis | Joint Public Issues Team. We will be updating the briefing and adding resources to equip you and your churches so please keep checking back to the page. Our economic policy advisor Paul Morrison is happy to provide input to any appropriate meetings and can be contacted at MorrisonP@methodistchurch.org.uk.

posted 26/05/22

Thy Kingdom Come 2022

Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer calling Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost (26 May – 5 June) for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. Who are you praying for this year? Be encouraged by 5 stories of prayer from Methodists across the country: watch them on YouTube or download them for services and meetings. We’ve also produced an inspiring spoken word poem, "Out and About", written by All We Can's Tim Baker, to encourage churches to get involved (download it here). Thy Kingdom Come comes to an end over the long bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. If you’re involved in an event, how can you pray for the people taking part before, during and afterwards?

posted 26/05/22

Women’s Health Project - Menopause Awareness session

It has been recognised that there are many issues both physical and mental experienced by women and people assigned female at birth. These issues affect all aspects of their lives and can affect their families, friends and colleagues. Many who live or work closely with them will want to understand the issues and support them in what they are going through.

In recognition of these issues over the next few month’s we will be looking at various gender- related issues and conditions to inform and provide empowerment, through prioritising women’s health. These include breast, ovarian, cervical and ovarian cancers, menstrual health and gynecological issues, pregnancy, infertility, loss and menopause to name a few.

The first area of focus is the menopause and we hope by running this women’s health project we will raise awareness and understanding about these issues and the impact they can have at home and in the workplace.

The TUC estimates that 23 per cent of all women in employment (3.5 million women) are of menopausal age (between 45-55) and the importance of women’s health has meant the Westminster government is introducing a strategy for women’s health to develop good practice guidelines.

We will be running an awareness session on 11 July from 10.30am to 12noon, led by Bev Thorogood, Trainer, NLP Practitioner and author. Please see this flyer for further information.

posted 26/05/22

Discipleship day

Are you interested in exploring how to bring intentional discipleship growth into your community? Would you value space and time for reflection and conversations with others asking the same questions you are?

Join us for a day exploring how we can re-imagine what it means to be a disciple and re-engineer our churches to encourage a culture of discipleship that welcomes new people and deepens the faiths of those who’ve been journeying with Jesus for a long time. We will delve into the idea of ‘discipleship pathways’ and consider how A Methodist Way of Life might inspire our communities to a new way of being disciples together.

Visit the Eventbrite page for more details and to book a free place click here. This event is intended for anyone who might be involved in church leadership and encouraging discipleship - church and circuit stewards, presbyters, deacons, superintendents, youth workers, and more.

posted 25/05/22

Prayer Day

Is prayer a life-giving way you connect with the God who is love? Or does it sometimes feel like an impossible task full of contradictions? Join others from across the Methodist connexion as we embrace our experiences of prayer, feel liberated and be reassured that there is good news in the mystery. We're also delighted to welcome Brian Heasley from 24-7 Prayer to join us. This event is intended for anyone who might be involved in encouraging prayer in a church. It will include teaching, discussion, reflection, quiet, and time to pray together. It's free, and includes lunch and refreshments. It is organised by Abi Jarvis & Andy Fishburne, Discipleship and Faith Formation Officers in the Evangelism & Growth team and Rosie Bryant from the Learning Network, in partnership with local churches. Register for your free ticket here

posted 25/05/22

Young people and Mental Health workshop

A note to remind you all we have 6 spaces available for the Young people and Mental Health workshop which is on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in attending this workshops please send an email by Thursday 26 May 2022 to  wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk

  • Young people and Mental Health – level one, Nurturing our children in everyday life or during a crisis level 2, Experiencing and experimenting with the tools that calm the nervous system and increase resilience” on Tuesday 31 May 2022 @ 9.30 -4.30pm hosted by Kids Inspire – six spaces available. For more information on the organisation click Kids Inspire

Remember to be kind to yourself

posted 23/05/22

Exploring Ordained Ministry - 28 May 2022

The next Exploring Ordained Ministry day is scheduled for Saturday 28 May on Zoom. Please click here to book your place.

posted 19/05/22

Discussion on Migrant and Host Churches - 'Principles' from case studies

Click here for more information. 

posted 18/05/22

FE Sunday

A last reminder that this Sunday is FE Sunday and an opportunity to pray for, think about and focus on, in however large or small a way you like, the FE sector. 

There are lots of resources to use on the Sunday and in the days to follow on the WMCFEC web site here.

posted 18/05/22

New Cliff College programme - Foundations for Mission and Ministry

Click here for information on Cliff's new programme. For all questions and registrations of interest please e-mail enquiries@cliffcollege.ac.uk

posted 18/05/22

Wesley House Cambridge - Appointment of Editor for the Holiness Journal

We are now looking for our next editor for this international journal of Wesleyan theology and practice that promotes scholarly intercultural conversation amongst the global Wesleyan/Methodist family. It is published twice a year online, offering free access to its readership and contains peer-reviewed articles, shorter articles of a theological and devotional nature, poetry and book reviews. You can read the journal at www.sciendo.com/journal/holiness. This is a freelance position, working remotely. Issues are expected to take 100-150 hours of editorial time and a fee of £3,000 per published issue is offered. For further details, including how to apply, please visit this page. Applications close at the end of 12 June 2022. Interviews will be held on 7 July.

posted 18/05/22

Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast is taking place on Tuesday 5 July from 7:30am to 9am. This year’s theme will be ‘Serving the Common Good’, with keynote speakers, seminars and events for church leaders. 

Could you invite your MP? Local churches can invite their MP to the prayer breakfast, and then accompany them on the day. This could be a great way to build a relationship with your MP. 

To register, head to Book your ticket – Christians in Parliament and enter the access code CHL22. If you want to find out more about the morning, click here: 2022 Programme – Christians in Parliament.

posted 18/05/22

Recharge - 5 spaces left!

There are 5 spaces left on Recharge, which takes place from 14-16 June 2022 at Yarnfield Conference Centre. If you would like to attend, please click here to book your place.

posted 17/05/22

Help us celebrate weddings in Methodist churches

The Communications team wants to celebrate and share weddings taking place in Methodist churches and chapels and we’d love to find couples who have set a wedding date in 2022/3 to be part of this. We are offering a limited number of free pre-wedding photo shoots with our professional photographer in exchange for permission for us to share one or two images from the shoot on our Instagram channel together with a short testimony from the couple about why they have chosen to get married in a Methodist Church. 

The wedding may be organised later in the year or even next year but we would need to have the shoot completed by the middle of June 2022. Please share in your church communities and ask couples or their minister to get in touch with us at this email address: mccruma@methodistchurch.org.uk no later than 20 May.

posted 12/05/22

Mental Health Awareness Week – 9–15 May 2022

This week marks Mental Health Awareness week, which will run from the 9 to 15 May and this year’s theme is loneliness. 

We have seen over the last couple of years how our lives have drastically changed in the way we work and the way we connect with others. Through the pandemic not being able to see friends and families and loved ones face to face, not being able to attend certain groups had a huge impact on us. Whilst we are able to meet and socialise with others this does not mean that loneliness has gone away.  Loneliness can affect anyone at any time and can creep into all aspects of our lives affecting our mental and physical wellbeing. 

The focus on loneliness aims to highlight how reaching out to people to make connections and finding strategies to combat loneliness can have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing. 

You can read further information about the theme and how to get involved Mental Health Awareness Week | Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 - Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org)  Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 - Mind

 

posted 11/05/22

Cliff Festival

Cliff Festival is taking place from 1-5 June. Alongside the main programme, Methodist Young Adults are offering specific sessions aimed at those aged 18-30, giving you a chance to connect with others of a similar age. There’ll be a late-night Chill Lounge as well as opportunities to worship together and to discuss issues and ideas. With loads of worship, Bible study, bands, workshops, activities and fun, Cliff Festival is set to be a great weekend! Book now for #cliffffest22. Tickets and info here.

posted 11/05/22

Conversation and Reflection Space: Ministers Who Are Single

Last chance to book onto this conversation space for ministers who are single.

Much more detail and how to book can be found on this attached flyer.

Responses by close of play 12th May please.

 

posted 09/05/22

Wellbeing Webinars - a few more places left

Following on previous posts, we still have spaces available for the wellbeing webinars below. To sign up, please send an email to wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk with the name of the webinar you would like to attend. 

Young people and Mental Health - level one, Nurturing our children in everyday life or during a crisis level 2, Experiencing and experimenting with the tools that calm the nervous system and increase resilience” on Tuesday 31 May 2022 @ 9.30 -4.30pm hosted by Kids Inspire 

Physical impairments and disabilities in the workplace – support, guidance and information, panel event on Thursday 7 July 2022 @ 11 – 11.40am (40 minutes) 

Remember to be kind to yourself.

posted 04/05/22

Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit July 2022

A new short-course that is being led by The Revd Dr Adam Ployd, Vice Principal of Wesley House, throughout July 2022.

This four-week course invites participants to reflect on the nature of leadership within their own ministerial contexts. As the church faces a host of challenges, from declining membership to climate change, new intentionality is necessary for the work of leading God's people, whether those leaders be ordained or lay.

This course provides the resources and space to consider how Methodists might bring a particular charism to such leadership in different contexts.

Further details and registration can be found here

posted 04/05/22

Reimagining Prayer

Is prayer a life-giving way you connect with the God who is love? Or does it sometimes feel like an impossible task full of contradictions? Join others from across the Methodist connexion as we embrace our experiences of prayer, feel liberated and be reassured that there is good news in the mystery. This is a day to pray, and explore with others the beautiful messiness of prayer. Click here to book your place.

posted 03/05/22

Circuit Stewards and Church Stewards Handbooks 2022

We have updated the Circuit Stewards and Church Stewards Handbooks. Please ensure your stewards are aware of them; they are a useful resource to have to hand. They are also helpful in providing induction for new stewards.

Circuit Stewards

Church Stewards

We update them each year, so if you have any feedback, please let us know.

posted 03/05/22

Lunch Break Prayers: An opportunity to come together to pray for schools on 12th May

The Methodist Church has always been, and remains, passionate about connecting with schools. Now more than ever, children, young people and schools need our prayers and support. Please join us for this time of prayer.

Join us on Facebook Live 12.30-1pm, Thursday 12 May at this link.

posted 29/04/22

Reimagining Discipleship

Are you interested in exploring how to bring intentional discipleship growth into your community? Would you value space and time for reflection and conversations with others asking the same questions as you? Join Abi Jarvis & Andy Fishburne from the Evangelism & Growth team and other local church leaders from across the Connexion for a day exploring how we can re-imagine what it means to be a disciple, and re-engineer our churches to encourage a culture of discipleship that welcomes new people and deepens the faiths of those who’ve been journeying with Jesus for a long time. Click here to book your place.

posted 28/04/22

Property Matters - April 2022

Click here for the latest version.

posted 28/04/22

Candidating 2022 - 2023 UPDATE

This is to alert you to a change in candidating for the 2022-2023 year as a result of the decisions of the 2021 Conference ‘Changing Patterns of Ministry’ report.

The application to candidate with limited deployability has now been replaced with an application to candidate for a local or specific context.

This means that those who feel called to serve in a local context or need to be in a local context can apply to do so, and also that those who feel called to a specific form of ministry such as pioneering or a language context, can apply to do so. They can apply for both specific and local contexts.

There is a new application form for this – the C.1.2.

This form, along with all the other candidating forms, will be available on the website by 1 May. Please also note that no longer will prospective candidates need to email the office to request an application pack, but they can download the forms directly from the website. We do ask that when they download the forms, they also send an email to the office to inform us that they may candidate and copy that email to you and the District candidates’ secretary.

We are making these forms available earlier than usual in order to build in time for everyone to understand these changes.

Also please note that we no longer require any paper copies of any candidating forms, but request that these are sent electronically. Where signatures are required please ensure that these are scanned into the document rather than names simply being typed in.

Please share this with anyone who may need to know this information.

posted 28/04/22

Superintendents' Conference - Oxford

Due to a few last minute cancellations we have a few places at the Superintendents' Conference in Oxford that takes place from 18-20 May 2022. If you are able to attend, please click here to book your place.

posted 25/04/22

ONE Programme roles

The Methodist Church have 19 ONE Programme: Leadership roles available across the country focusing on evangelism and pioneering & planting - these roles are for 18-30 year olds offering a living wage, mentoring, flexible working that fits around the rest of your life and residential training weekends through the year that are fully funded. Click here for more information. 

posted 18/04/22

Vocations Sunday

Sunday 8 May is Vocations Sunday - you can find materials to help you prepare worship or a devotional group here

The materials can also be used for any different Sundays.

posted 13/04/22

Supervision of Supervision Training

If you have taken the Responsible Grace training and are supervising other supervisors, you may value coming along to one of our Supervision of Supervision residential courses being held this spring/summer. There are spaces available and you can find out more by contacting us through the supervision inbox supervision@methodistchurch.org.uk

 

3-5 May 2022

The Hayes Conference Centre, DE55 1AU

 

24-26 May 2022

Cliff College, S32 3XG

 

13-15 July 2022

Yarnfield Park, ST15 0NL

posted 13/04/22

Wellbeing webinars - a few places left

A note to remind you all we have spaces available on the wellbeing webinars which are on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in attending any of the webinars/ workshops please send an email to wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk.

  • Self-care in the workplace and understanding anxiety on 19 April 10.30 – 1.30pm - one space available
  • Suicide Awareness, Real Talk: Introduction to Suicide Prevention online course on Wednesday 27 April 2022 @ 1pm – 4pm (3hrs) hosted by Grassroots – three spaces available
  • Self-care in the workplace and understanding anxiety on 19 May 10.30 – 1.30pm – four spaces available
  • Young people and Mental Health - level one, Nurturing our children in everyday life or during a crisis level 2, Experiencing and experimenting with the tools that calm the nervous system and increase resilience on Tuesday 31 May 2022 @ 9.30 - 4.30pm hosted by Kids Inspire – ten spaces available
  • Physical impairments and disabilities in the workplace – support, guidance and information, panel event on Thursday 7 July 2022 @ 11 – 11.40am 

Remember to be kind to yourself

posted 11/04/22

Secretary of the Faith and Order Committee vacancy

Click here for more information on this vacancy.

posted 11/04/22

Voices of Identity - May & July

Bookings are now open for the next two gatherings in our Voices of Identity series

They are being held as follows:

17/5/22 – a gathering for Ministers in the active work who identify as single

6/7/22 – a gathering for Ministers in the active work who are under 35

All the information you need is on the flyers and bookings can be made through Jane Bingham on binghamj@methodistchurch.org.uk

Please do share this within your ministry teams.

posted 11/04/22

‘Homes for Ukraine’ – Can Methodist residential property be used to host those seeking refuge?

Click here for more information.

posted 07/04/22

Spam e-mail

There is a spam e-mail going round about Ukraine.

It looks like this:  

Good day, 

Hope all is well with you. 

The news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine has affected my cousin Garry's wife Iryna(who is originally from Ukraine) and her family in a deeply intense and personal way. Having fled Kyiv after the invasion began, Iryna’s family eventually made it to the Polish border. 

Iryna’s family needs long-term housing and financial support while in Poland. Garry and Iryna are working hard to get them to where they will be safe. They are exploring all options to get them to the United Kingdom. 

Please kindly help by donating money, gift cards or any valuable item to support Ivana’s family. Our goal is to raise $50,000 which we think is adequate to sustain Iryna’s family for 6 months in Poland, and will cover housing, food, clothing, medical care, legal assistance, and transportation. 

Kindly confirm receipt of this email and let me know how you are willing to help. 

Thank You and God Bless.

Please do not open such e-mails unless you know they are genuine.

Our friends in IT are happy to help.

posted 07/04/22

Check out Evangelism and Growth webinars and events

On this page you will find details of both in-person events and upcoming Zoom meetings and webinars hosted by the Evangelism and Growth Team. Join with us as we reflect on our practice together and spur each other on to live out our renewed commitment to becoming a growing, evangelistic, justice-seeking, inclusive church. The auto live transcript option in Zoom is enabled for all our webinars. www.methodist.org.uk/evangelismwebinars

posted 04/04/22

Preaching in Perilous Times - Wednesday 6 April, 10am - 1pm BST

Every Holy Week and Easter brings us face to face with the themes of violence, powerlessness, lament, the tension between crying for justice and loving our enemies, and hope emerging from the ruins.

It’s one thing to speak about these from a position of safety, but this year we are closer to these realities than we have been previously.

Join our Festival of Preaching event and discover fresh wisdom for these challenging times.

Confirmed speakers: Sam Wells, Lucy Winkett, Rachel Mann, Malcolm Guite, Pádraig Ó Tuama, and Angela Tilby.

Tickets are £15, or £10 for subscribers to either the Church Times or The Preacher.

Free tickets are available for anyone for whom cost would be a barrier to attending this event. Please select a free ticket below, or contact festivalofpreaching@hymnsam.co.uk.

posted 28/03/22

United in Prayer for Ukraine - Sunday April 3 at 2:00pm

Over the last week, Christian Aid colleagues have been working with CTBI, CTE, and a number of our sponsoring churches to flesh out this idea. Click here for more information.

 

posted 28/03/22

Managing Director – ROOTS for Churches Ltd Registered Charity No. 1097466

ROOTS is a partnership of Church denominations and other Christian organisations, which has been publishing worship and learning resources online and in print since 2002. ROOTS aims to help local churches plan inspiring worship for every week of the year, to encourage the discipleship of congregations throughout the week, and to nurture children and young people in their faith.

Following the retirement of our previous MD, the trustees are seeking to appoint a dynamic and committed person with vision and business acumen to take overall responsibility for the leadership, management and strategic development of ROOTS for Churches Ltd.

The changes in the digital landscape during the COVID pandemic have been far reaching. Are you the person being called to lead ROOTS into this exciting new phase of resourcing our churches?

For more information about ROOTS and our publications: ROOTS | Worship and learning for the whole Church (rootsontheweb.com)

For more details of this vacancy and application, please contact: INSPIRED SELECTION

Closing date for applications: Monday 21 March 2022

Interviews: week beginning 28 March 

ROOTS for Churches Ltd

86 Tavistock Place WC1H 9RT

Registered Charity No. 1097466

posted 23/03/22

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness month is marked throughout March. The prostate is a gland and if problems develop they can relate to an enlarged prostate, prostatitis and prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is still the most common form of cancer in men. Other people can also be affected by prostate problems. March The Month is the challenge set by Prostate Cancer UK to everyone this year to do 11,000 steps per day to raise awareness. For more information about prostate go to About prostate cancer | Prostate Cancer UK March The Month 2022 | Prostate Cancer UK

posted 23/03/22

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – March

Ovarian Cancer awareness month is marked in March. Every year, 295,000 women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the UK ovarian cancer is the UK’s deadliest gynaecological disease. With every person diagnosed there are family and friends that are also affected by this diagnosis. Awareness still needs to be raised about this disease to help detection and continued research. Knowing the signs and seeking help is also key in fighting this disease. For further information go to Ovarian cancer | Ovarian Cancer Action   Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2022 (macmillan.org.uk)  Cancer Research UK

posted 23/03/22

3Generate Volunteering is now open!

Join us at 3Generate 2022, you can be part of a team of 250 people helping make the Children and Youth Assembly happen.  Play your part in a vibrant event that transforms and inspires everyone involved. There is now a dedicated registration route for ministers, which makes the process to volunteer much simpler.    

Find out more information about volunteering opportunities at 3Generate here

posted 23/03/22

SPECTRUM Conference - May 2022

Click here for more details and the application form can be downloaded here.

posted 23/03/22

For individuals and churches exploring pioneering

Every few months, we host an exploration space for anyone and any church/circuit discerning a call or seeking more information about starting new Christian communities. The next “New Places for New People Hub” is Tuesday 6 June, 7:30 – 9:00pm. Who from your district or circuit might welcome an invitation? Sign up here.  

 

posted 23/03/22

“Leading Your Church into Growth” Conference

This online weekend conference in June is for any circuit, church, or leadership group seeking a boost of inspiration, practical equipping, and excitement about being/becoming a growing church. Facilitated by ecumenical leadership with a bespoke Methodist contextual focus. Find out more here

posted 23/03/22

God's calling us out and about

A new, beautiful video poem is available for groups and churches to watch and download. It's a 90-second conversation starter about what it feels like to be called by God into mission. It's also inspiration and invitation to party plan for mission this summer, perhaps kicking it off on Pentecost/the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend. Watch the film and find other resources here.

posted 23/03/22

The Methodist response to the Government’s Homes for Ukraine - Zoom call details now updated

Those who registered to host a refugee as individuals will receive an email informing them of the next steps. We are yet to see the content of that letter but it is likely/possible that it will say- ‘speak to your local church/faith leader if you would like help in the match process’.

If you receive requests for matching help please point people to our website where they will find a link to Reset (a charity supporting communities and refugees). Via this site they can register again (even though they have expressed an interest on the government site).

If you as Circuit might be able to offer then we suggest you wait until the community group scheme goes live.

We are offering the following opportunities for people to explore the scheme:

Tuesday 22 March – 7.30pm 
https://zoom.us/j/95524368738?pwd=QTZlOE9YaXhpVlpnWWV5bXhWNUxZZz09

*** Monday 28 March– cancelled ***

Tuesday 29 March – 7.30pm

https://zoom.us/j/96797854271?pwd=Z3FSNUpkUEt3UnJNQXo2L1diTUNDZz09 (note new link)

These will be 90 min sessions where we will explain the scheme from a Methodist perspective, including aspects in regards to the resources we have and can signpost to, along with how to access press and comms help, mental health first aid, trauma, adverse childhood experience training, property and TMCP, we will have with us those with experience of community sponsorship schemes. We hope to provide an opportunity for people to network, connect and make links. 

We will not be making these zoom calls public on our website but please feel free to share with the relevant person in your context. There will be FAQs on the website if people miss these.

posted 22/03/22

New Resources

Resources, including a User Guide for every Methodist to use, are now ready to support our work in becoming a more fully inclusive Church, following the ‘Strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity’. Please look, browse, use and enjoy at The Inclusive Methodist Church

posted 22/03/22

Wesley House - The Spirit that Crosses Borders - 2-5 June 2022

Click here for more information.

posted 22/03/22

Methodist Heritage Conference

We are excited to announce that booking for the Methodist Heritage Conference is now open! So we invite you to join us for this year’s Methodist Heritage Conference: Transformed Lives Transforming Lives.

The Methodist Heritage Conference is open to the Methodist Heritage community – whether you are involved with one of our Methodist Heritage sites, a researcher, or just interested in the history of Methodism.

Tickets are available via an Eventbrite listing, which also provides more information about the programme for the conference. 

This year’s Methodist Heritage Conference looks at the history of social justice within Methodism. The Conference is hosted by Methodist Heritage, in partnership with Englesea Brook, as part of their celebrations for the Hugh Bourne anniversary year.

Because we are pleased to be working in partnership with Englesea Brook for the conference, a discount is available for Friends of Englesea Brook. Please contact Ruth Hilton for more details: director@engleseabrook.org.uk

As we are aiming to be as inclusive and accessible as possible, there are also five fully-funded places at the conference. Please contact the Heritage Officer for more information: hollingdales@methodistchurch.org.uk

posted 22/03/22

Blake Morgan expands Methodist Church team

Click here for more information. 

posted 22/03/22

A further update in regards to our Methodist response to the Government’s Homes for Ukraine

Today those who registered to host a refugee as individuals will receive an email informing them of the next steps. We are yet to see the content of that letter but it is likely/possible that it will say- ‘speak to your local church/faith leader if you would like help in the match process’.

If you receive requests for matching help please point people to our website where they will find a link to Reset (a charity supporting communities and refugees). Via this site they can register again (even though they have expressed an interest on the government site).

If you as Circuit might be able to offer then we suggest you wait until the community group scheme goes live.

We are offering the following opportunities for people to explore the scheme:

Tuesday 22 March – 7.30pm 
https://zoom.us/j/95524368738?pwd=QTZlOE9YaXhpVlpnWWV5bXhWNUxZZz09

Tuesday 29 March – 7.30pm
https://zoom.us/j/96797854271?pwd=Z3FSNUpkUEt3UnJNQXo2L1diTUNDZz09

These will be 90 min sessions where we will explain the scheme from a Methodist perspective, including aspects in regards to the resources we have and can signpost to, along with how to access press and comms help, mental health first aid, trauma, adverse childhood experience training, property and TMCP, we will have with us those with experience of community sponsorship schemes. We hope to provide an opportunity for people to network, connect and make links. 

We will not be making these zoom calls public on our website but please feel free to share with the relevant person in your context. There will be FAQs on the website if people miss these.

posted 18/03/22

A Message from Jude Levermore, Head of Mission, about the Ukraine refugee crisis

I wanted to let you know that over the past few days we have been working hard with colleagues in JPIT and the Church of England to influence the government’s policy on refugees from Ukraine. We are also in deep conversation with our European partners.

Please see the Methodist Church website for details of how individuals and churches can get involved. You can find the link to the Ukraine page here. You can scroll down for information about refugees.

This is an ongoing and developing piece of work and as we get more details from the government we will update you. Information will also be forthcoming from TMCP. Please know that we are not uncritical of government policy and JPIT will continue to inform our work in regards to the Nationality and Borders Bill and wider work regarding asylum and refugees. Again I commend the website to you for that information.  

posted 15/03/22

Walking with Micah: Justice conversations for chaplains

Are you interested in shaping the future of a justice-seeking Methodist Church? Are you involved in chaplaincy? Then join the conversation!

https://walkingwithmicahforchaplains.eventbrite.co.uk/

As a chaplain, you have invaluable insights into the world the Methodist Church works with and as we look to the future of our justice-seeking work, we want to hear from you.

posted 14/03/22

Holy Week

Are you planning services for Holy Week? Click here to find an order of service for a service of Lament. Faith and Order have also drafted some guidance for people concerning anti-Semitism and the service for Good Friday. Click here for details.

posted 13/03/22

Poem for the Jubilee / Thy Kingdom Come

God calls us into mission - to open our hearts and open our doors and take the good news out and about. We have lots of opportunities to do this in our lives and by our prayers. The extended bank holiday weekend for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee offers us a chance to get involved in community events and get to know our neighbours. How are you and your church getting out and about in mission that weekend? Show this video in your church services and meetings, and post it on your social media channels, to encourage your whole community to get involved. Our grateful thanks to Tim Baker and Lucy Zwolinska for writing and voicing the poem. For further ideas, resources and support, visit this page.

posted 12/03/22

Methodist Prayer Cards

Prayer: difficult, boring and frustrating

Prayer: creative, life-giving and transformational. 

Where do you sit? 

Prayer is an opportunity to encounter God. It can involve words spoken in a group, art we hang on our walls, or a stroll in the park. 

The new Methodist prayer cards offer 52 different prompts for creative prayer; different ways that we can fulfil the Methodist Way of Life commitment to "pray daily" as far as we are able, with God's help. The cards can be used by individuals or groups, at church events onsite & online, in homes, schools & care homes. 

Buy your pack now from Methodist Publishing here.

posted 12/03/22

This Event is Anti-Racist

5 REASONS to come and join us for 'This Event is Anti-Racist' - the Agents of Change Roadshow in London on 26 March!

  1. Tickets are completely FREE and we'll provide lunch and refreshments
  2. A chance for leaders to learn alongside children and young people
  3. Brilliant spoken word artist Aaron Bent will be joining us for the day
  4. Show children and young people the Methodist Church cares deeply about the justice issues they care about
  5. Be empowered to challenge racism, champion racial justice and be a part of bringing about transformational change.

 If you haven't booked your ticket yet, why not?! www.methodist.org.uk/aocroadshow

posted 11/03/22

Ukraine Prayers and Resources

In case you missed it, you can find a variety of content on the website here.

This includes prayers, hymn suggestions and other helpful resources.

posted 10/03/22

Methodist Messy Church Meet Up!

Tuesday 22 March 7.30-8.30pm 

Are you involved in a local Messy Church? Either as a leader, volunteer, lay worker or minister? Join us for an hour of conversation with each other, some Messy Church inspiration as well as hearing from Aike Kennett-Brown, Messy Church Ministry Lead.  

Meet others involved in Messy Church, hear the latest news updates and be encouraged for all you’re doing with children, their families and households as well as your team! 

Sign up here.

posted 08/03/22

Talking with Micah

Bramhall Methodist Church is hosting Talking with Micah, a series of five evening conversations for Lent 2022 asking what it means to be a justice-seeking church and streamed over Zoom. The sessions focus on different aspects of justice and are led by a range of Speakers from across the north of England. Afterwards the conversation will continue in small groups. The conversations build on a long tradition of Lent Lectures at our church. Our theme this year has been chosen to align with the Connexional Walking with Micah project. Further details can be found here

posted 08/03/22

Cadet Forces Chaplaincy booklet

Click here for a new resource which the Methodist Forces Board has just published.

To find out more information about Cadet Forces Chaplaincy, click here.

posted 08/03/22

JPIT conference - From the Ground Up: Unearthing Hope and Seeking Justice

Tickets for JPIT’s next conference are now available. ‘From the Ground Up: Unearthing Hope and Seeking Justice’ will explore how we can listen to our communities and amplify local voices to bring about change. Attendees will be able to join either online, or in London at Oasis Hub Waterloo. Both online and on-site participants will be invited to engage with keynote speakers, take part in interactive workshops and learn new skills to build change. 

Our keynote speakers will include Emma Revie (CEO of Trussell Trust), Zrinka Bralo (CEO of Migrants Organise), Bishop Mike Royal (incoming CTE General Secretary), Revd Al Barrett (Hodge Hill, Birmingham) - and more to be announced! Workshops will explore a whole range of issues, from housing justice to hope in healthcare, the climate crisis and racial justice.

We would be delighted if you were able to join us for this day of creative exploration, and bring with you people from within your community. We want to make the conference as accessible as possible, so tickets are free for anyone on a low income or aged under 25. To help bring together as many people as possible, it would be great if you could encourage church leaders in your area to consider if they could bring to the conference…

  • Someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it
  • Someone they have identified as a lay leader in the community
  • Someone aged between 16-25
  • A member of staff who can carry ideas back to their wider team

If you have any questions, do get in touch with Hannah Brown (brownh@methodistchurch.org.uk) – we would be delighted to see you there.

The conference is on 11 June 2022 and tickets are available here.

posted 08/03/22

International Women's Day

Tuesday 8 March marks International Women's Day across the world which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of women’s equality and fundraising for women-focused charities (internationalwomensday.com). This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias. For further information on events go to IWD: About International Women's Day (internationalwomensday.com)

posted 08/03/22

Mental Health First Aider training (MHFA)

MHFA training is available to all Ministers and Deacons to sign up to a course, follow the link below your chosen date. If you require any further information, please contact Funmi Oyedokun | Senior Administrator via email OyedokunF@methodistchurch.org.uk

Dates available 

8, 10, 22, 24 March – 2 – 4.30pm – Online Course - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/240967378917

15, 17, 22, 24 March – 9.30am – 12pm Online Course - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/229320502797

15, 17, 29, 31 – 7pm - 9.30pm – Online course - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/258094265897

29, 31 March, 5, 7 April 12.30 – 3pm – Online Course - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/229333461557

26, 28 April, 3, 5 May – 12.30pm – 3pm – Online course - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/229358897637

4 -5 May 9am – 5pm – In-person course - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/216356908337

6, 10, 13, 17 June – 9.30am-12pm – Online course - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/241111179027

21, 23, 28, 30 June – 9.30-12pm – Online course - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/229392267447  

posted 08/03/22

Wellbeing Webinars - a few spaces left

Dear Colleagues,

Following on previous posts, we still have spaces available for the wellbeing webinars below. To sign up, please send an email to wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk with the name of the webinar you would like to attend. 

Suicide Awareness, Real Talk: Introduction to Suicide Prevention online course on Wednesday 27 April 2022 @ 1pm – 4pm (3hrs) hosted by Grassroots, suicide prevention - 3 spaces available. 

Self-care in the workplace and understanding anxiety on Wednesday 16 March 2022 starting at 10.00 -13.00pm (3hrs) hosted by Linda Hafez, an accredited integrative counsellor – 5 spaces available 

Young people and Mental Health - level one, Nurturing our children in everyday life or during a crisis level 2, Experiencing and experimenting with the tools that calm the nervous system and increase resilience” on Tuesday 31 May 2022 @ 9.30 -4.30pm hosted by Kids Inspire 

Physical impairments and disabilities in the workplace – support, guidance and information, panel event on Thursday 7 July 2022 @ 11 – 11.40am (40 minutes) 

Remember to be kind to yourself.

posted 08/03/22

RSVP - bookings closing soon

The last few years have caused many of us to ponder on what matters most. If you’re wondering about how you want to respond to God’s invitation in a changed and changing world, RSVP might be for you. The course offers four reflective Saturday mornings to consider who you are, and how you want to live now. The series is open to anyone over 18 who wants to take some time to listen to God’s invitation. Book for all the sessions, or for the ones that particularly interest you. For further information contact Edel at mccleane@methodistchurch.org.uk

https://www.methodist.org.uk/for-churches/vocations/discerning-vocation/connexional-vocation-exploration-opportunities/rsvp-responding-to-god-s-invitation/

posted 04/03/22

Sermon of the Year 2022

Theme: Welcome The Stranger
Entries Close: Midnight Sunday 6 March

Sermon of the Year 2022 — Preach magazine - a resource for preachers and worship leaders, putting world events into a biblical context (preachweb.org)

The Methodist Church is an associate sponsor for the Sermon of the Year.

posted 03/03/22

Recharge 2022 - 4 spaces left!

Recharge is a new and fully funded residential reflection and conversation space for Ministers in the 10th to 12th years of ministry. This year the residential will take place at Yarnfield Conference Centre from 14 to 16 June.

There are 4 spaces left so click here to book in! 

posted 02/03/22

Global Relationships Anytime Sunday

There is no set date for Global Relationships Sunday so the worship materials offered by the Global Relationships Team can be used at any point in the year. The teams suggests that church councils coordinate with local preachers’ meetings to agree a date for using it.  

Resources (methodist.org.uk)

posted 02/03/22

Sponsorship - Methodist Insurance - How would you make £1,500 count?

Throughout 2022, Methodist Insurance will be celebrating 150 years of providing protection by awarding 15 church and community initiatives a £1,500 donation. The closing date is 29 July 2022. Find out more here

#MIC150Awards

posted 01/03/22

Diploma in Group Supervision - Wesley House - 17-22 October 2022

Click here for information on the 'Diploma in Group Supervision' at Wesley House in October 2022. 

posted 01/03/22

God for All Update - February 2022

Click here for the latest 'God for All' Update.

posted 01/03/22

Update to the Coronavirus Guidance for Property webpage

The following update has been posted on Coronavirus Guidance for Property (methodist.org.uk)

As well, it has been brought to our attention that the guidance on church closures is not easily found on the website. It was a collaborative effort but the document sits under the Managing Trustees section as the core aspect relates to a church ceasing to meet. However, there is a link under the ‘Church Closures’ tab on what is now renamed as A-Z Property Guidance (methodist.org.uk)

posted 01/03/22

Grief and Lament webinar, Thursday 3 March, 1pm to 2pm, free

Join the Preach webinar on Grief and Lament as we consider how to preach, teach and come alongside others – including how to become a bereavement friendly church. Q&As are a key part of the 3 short sessions. The speakers are: Judith Brashaw from Oundle Baptist Church about how to become a bereavement friendly church; Rev Cassius Francis from the Wesleyan Holiness Church network; and Katy Tutt from Loss and Hope. For more information, please see Eventbrite HERE. 

Long link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grief-lament-webinar-workshop-hosted-by-preach-at-lwpt-tickets-259753418467

posted 01/03/22

Property Matters Newsletter - February 2022

Click here for the latest Property Matters Newsletter.

posted 01/03/22

Singing the Faith Newsletter - March 2022

Click here for the latest Singing the Faith Newsletter.

posted 01/03/22

Praying with Hymns

This booklet is intended as a guide for those who want to use hymns as prayers.

Useful if you are preparing to lead worship or prayers.

£3.50 (P&P applies)

Praying with Hymns How to use hymns without music - Other - STFHAP21 (methodistpublishing.org.uk)

posted 01/03/22

Methodist Worship Book: downloadable communion liturgy - PILOT

Free electronic editions of the Holy Communion services from the Methodist Worship Book are being piloted.

You can download the Holy Communion services in Word, PDF and Power Point from Singing the Faith Plus: Methodist Worship Book

posted 01/03/22

Ministers who have had to deal with catastrophe

As part of a new 2 year project the Ministries: Vocations & Worship team are hosting an online conversation and reflection space for Ministers who have had to deal with catastrophe.

Many of our Ministers have found themselves in complex circumstances following the occurrence of serious incidents in their context. Often it has been hard to find someone to connect with who may have had a similar experience or might have wisdom to draw on. If you would welcome the opportunity to share or be in community with others who, like you, can identify with this set of circumstances then you are welcome to join us on 31 March 2022 from 10.00am to 12.30pm.

Our co-hosts on this occasion will be the Revd Ian Rutherford who is currently serving in Central Manchester and Deacon Ramona Samuel currently serving in Chelmsford.

Bookings can be made by contacting Jane Bingham on binghamj@methodistchurch.org.uk

For an informal chat or to learn more please do get in touch with Jane who can help with any queries you have. 

This flyer gives the same kind of detail should you wish to pass it on to someone you think it might benefit.

posted 01/03/22

Tell Her Story, Tell Our Story | Easter Offering 2022 |

These resources are prepared by Methodist Women in Britain to help you plan your Easter worship and encourage giving to the World Mission Fund, which supports the work of our global Church Partners. This year’s theme, ‘Tell Her Story, Tell Our Story’ features stories of women who have often been forgotten or overlooked. They are stories of courage, compassion and calls for change. The theme is inspired by the tenth anniversary of Methodist Women in Britain and its work to empower and enable women around the world. 

Easter Offering (methodist.org.uk)

posted 01/03/22

Bible Month webinar

Click here for more information on the 'Small Group Leadership' webinar scheduled for 9 March 2022.

posted 01/03/22

Bible Month training day

The next Bible Month training day is scheduled for 19 March 2022. Click here for more information.

posted 01/03/22

Statement on Ukraine from the Methodist Presidency

For a statement and prayer from the Presidency regarding the situation in Ukraine click here

For hymn suggestions and other links please click here

posted 25/02/22

RSVP - Responding to God's Invitation

The last few years have caused many of us to ponder on what matters most. If you’re wondering about how you want to respond to God’s invitation in a changed and changing world, RSVP might be for you. The course offers four reflective Saturday mornings to consider who you are, and how you want to live now.

You can find more information about the course here.

posted 24/02/22

Warning – Phishing Email to methodist.org addresses

Please be aware there have been reports of emails being sent to ministers on the Methodist Church webmail claiming to be from HR. 

The emails ask the recipient to upload files to get a bonus!  

As you may have guessed these are phishing emails, please ignore and delete.

posted 22/02/22

Online Event: Invitation to School Chaplaincy

We are running an ‘Invitation to School Chaplaincy’ event for anyone who is on the threshold of schools work – maybe you have just started in a school, or you’ve been stationed to a circuit with a school… or maybe it’s just an area that interests you? Maybe you’ve been doing it for a while but would like to refresh your thinking – you are welcome too!
 
We’ll have people sharing ideas for good practice and others sharing understandings of the value and opportunities of the role. This session will be in the context of Methodist Schools but most of it will be applicable across the sector.
 
And the details? We’ll be running it online on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd March, from 1pm to 4pm. If you’d like to join us, please email the schools office and we’ll send you a Zoom link nearer the time. That’s oolayinka@methodistschools.org.uk.

posted 22/02/22

Safeguarding webinar on the Church's response to survivors

The Methodist Survivors’ Advisory Group and the Safeguarding Team at the Methodist Church will be holding the second of two webinars - The Church’s Response to Survivors: From Stumbling Block to Stepping Stone on Wednesday February 23, 11am -12.30pm

Read more and register here

posted 18/02/22

Volunteer Position: Member of the Liturgy and Worship Sub-Committee of the Faith and Order Committee

Are you a member of the Methodist Church seeking to use your liturgical and theological skills, expertise and gifts in a new way in some or all of the following?

Do you have a good understanding and knowledge of the range of Methodist worship and liturgy? Are you able to engage critically with draft liturgies, worship resources and formal reports? Do you have a good awareness of issues of Justice, Dignity and Solidarity? Do you have skills in creating liturgies and worship resources, drafting formal reports or a particular worship expertise (such as music, image or technology)? Could you make a significant contribution to an important and hard working body in the Methodist Church?

We are seeking a member of the Liturgy and Worship Sub-Committee of the Faith and Order Committee to start as soon as possible for a term of up to six years.

Expressions of interest are invited from lay and ordained members of the Methodist Church in Britain. The Sub-Committee wishes to increase diversity amongst its membership, and therefore would particularly welcome applications from Black and Minority Ethnic members of the Church.

Please only submit a completed Expression of Interest Form.

Closing date: 25 February 2022 Discernment Conversations to be held on 15 March 2022

Further details and Expression of Interest form from: HR Office, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR

posted 14/02/22

Voices of Identity

 

Last chance to join us at our event on Thursday for ministers serving here who are from beyond the British Connexion. 

All the info you will need is on the following flyer.

Thank you.

We are looking forward to meeting you.

posted 14/02/22

Invitation to Online Event - Flourishing in Ministry

Our colleagues at the Susannah Wesley Foundation have been spending time researching and exploring ministerial flourishing and well-being, something also central in Connexional work just now. They are offering two opportunities to join them and their researcher Kathryn Kissell in finding out more about the principles and findings of the work, and what practical steps we all might embrace in response. Details of the invitation are here.

posted 11/02/22

Walking with Micah “Justice Conversations"

A new phase of the Walking with Micah project has been launched on Tuesday 1 February. You will recall that the Walking with Micah is a two year exploration of what it means to be a justice-seeking Church. 

The Walking with Micah “Justice Conversations” are an invitation to anyone involved in the life of Methodist churches and communities to have a conversation about what a just world looks like, and to feedback their answers to the project. The answers will help shape the Methodist Church’s work to tackle injustice. 

Local Justice Conversations can take any shape or form, but it’s hoped that people will encounter three things:

  • Listening to experiences of injustice
  • Exploring where God is
  • Reflecting on what a just world looks like. 

There are lots of tools available on the Walking with Micah website to support conversations – from worship resources, to guided conversations, to intergenerational ideas and craftivist sessions. If you have time, may I suggest that you watch this 12 minute film, Speaking from Experience, in which people with particular experiences of injustice describe what a just world looks like to them. 

You can find out more about the Justice Conversations here

At the end of a Conversation, groups are encouraged to feedback their answers via an e-survey. Postcards are also available where people do not meet as a group. Feedback from this phase of the project will be looked along with resources from other phases to work towards the Conference report in 2023. 

Methodist Comms will be focusing on justice and Walking with Micah during the month of February so we hope there will be some awareness. 

If you’ve got any questions, or would like to explore how this project might engage with your own work, please do get in touch with Rachel Lampard. And please do share this information with anyone in your teams or networks.

posted 09/02/22

Re-imagining discipleship

Tuesday 26 April 9.30-4.30

Are you interested in exploring how to bring intentional disicpleship growth into your community? Would you value space and time for reflection and conversations with others asking the same questions you are? Join Andy Fishburne and Abi Jarvis for a day at Cliff College, exploring how ideas like discipleship pathways and A Methodist Way of Life can help us to re-engineer our churches to grow in discipleship together. Register your free place now

posted 08/02/22

100 Dreams

Do you have lay people aged 20-40 in your circuit? Do you want to see them develop their leadership? Do they have capacity for running missional projects that you want to help grow?

100 Dreams is a vision to equip a new generation of lay leaders to start 100 new missional projects around the UK over five years. It’s a one year course of training and coaching in missional leadership for lay people aged 20-40 who want to start something new for the Kingdom.

The workshops take place online on Monday evenings, ensuring the course fits around the schedules of most people, including those working full time or with busy family commitments. The course costs just £200, and can be paid over the year at £20 per month. The total value of a 100 Dreams place is £5000, but we can offer 20 spaces at this vastly reduced rate due to a Connexional funding grant.

It’s relevant for people who want to start up or scale up mission projects – typically we resource those leading church plants, missional communities, social enterprises, youth events or community projects. We support leaders at various stages of a project, from those with an idea they want to launch, those already leading something they want to scale up, and those who feel they want to do something new but are unsure what that is. It’s also a great opportunity for those wanting to reimagine existing mission projects as we adjust to a post-Covid world.

100 Dreams is run by One Rock International and coordinated by Mark Williamson. Mark works part time at Methodist Central Hall Westminster, leading their Sanctuary congregation for young adults, and is an experienced local preacher. He is also chair of Fresh Expressions, a member of the New Places for New People Guiding Team, a coach on the God For All influencer program, and has extensive experience working with church leaders and mission projects around the UK; leading beach missions in Cornwall, city-wide missions in Leeds, starting fresh expressions in Lancashire and running island-wide missions on the Isle of Man. 

Our Impact

“I’ve found the program to be so helpful. It’s teaching I engage with – it’s asking us what does our walk with God look like? What do our leadership skills look like? What sort of leader do we want to be? What are our gifts and are we using them well? The focus was always in the right place, God first. Then followed up with lots of good helpful information.” Cathy Ward

Cathy is setting up a missional community for spiritual seekers in Bradford and also planning a social enterprise that will teach on mental health and wellbeing for primary school children. 

Further Info

Visit www.100dreams.co.uk, or watch a video story from another alumni here. Email mark@onerockinternational.com for a full prospectus, or to arrange a phone call to discuss. 

Please pray for the leaders on the course, and forward this information to a key individual – either to a lay person aged 20-40 you think would benefit from the course, or to another leader who is working with that age group.

posted 08/02/22

RSVP - Responding to God's invitation - Social Justice and vocation

There are still spaces left on this event! Click here to book your spot.

posted 08/02/22

Platinum Jubilee

This year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee the Methodist Church is partnering with Hope UK to resource churches who are planning community events around the extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.

Could you pray and encourage those in your churches to get involved, exploring ecumenical and community relationships as you plan?

The weekend coincides with Pentecost and Thy Kingdom Come so there are opportunities to think creatively about additional events or invitations which will offer spaces for communities to worship and pray together too.

There is a page of the Methodist Website dedicated to any resources you might like to use. 

Please keep an eye on this page as it will be updated as we get closer to the Bank Holiday weekend. 

We would like to invite those who are planning events to:

  1. Register your event 
  1. Sign up for an introductory webinar for party planners on February 15 at 7.30pm

posted 08/02/22

Time to Talk Day – Thursday 3 February 2022

Time to talk day will be on 3 February 2022. This year’s theme is Talk, Listen, Change lives. 

Being able to take that small step to have that conversation around mental health can be so powerful and without you even knowing, can have a real impact on someone’s life. Sometimes just asking that simple question ‘are you ok’ can allow another person that opportunity to open up which we know can be scary but can really change life’s. Why not take that step? 

If you want to talk about your mental health you can contact the wellbeing advisers to arrange a suitable time and date. Additional support can be found from these organisations. 

Let’s Talk, Listen, Change lives. For further information about Time to Talk go to Time To Talk Day - Time To Talk Day

posted 08/02/22

Wellbeing webinars update

HR and Wellbeing are offering another date for Self-care in the workplace and understanding anxiety Thursday 19 May 2022 from 10 – 1pm (3hrs). We only have 14 places available.

Brief overview of sessions /outcomes achieved:

  • Understanding barriers to self-care in the work place
  • Self-care tools
  • Understanding anxiety and the fight/flight response
  • Understanding negative impacts on daily function.
  • Tools to over-come anxiety and sleep difficulties 

Information about the therapist:

Linda Hafez is an accredited integrative counsellor, family practitioner and therapeutic supervisor. Linda is currently the mental health therapeutic supervisor in schools and charities in London. Linda also has her own private practice offering counselling and supervision. She has over 12 years of experience as a therapist and has published articles on self-care. 

Other webinars available

Nutrition and Wellness on February 17, 2022 online at 10:30 – 12.30, 2hrs hosted by Barbara Cox-Lovesy, Nutritionist 

Suicide Awareness, Real Talk: Introduction to Suicide Prevention online course on Wednesday 27 April 2022 @ 1pm – 4pm (3hrs) hosted by Grassroots, suicide prevention 

Young people and Mental Health - level one, Nurturing our children in everyday life or during a crisis level 2, Experiencing and experimenting with the tools that calm the nervous system and increase resilience” on Tuesday 31 May 2022 @ 9.30 -4.30pm hosted by Kids Inspire 

Physical impairments and disabilities in the workplace – support, guidance and information, panel event on Thursday 7 July 2022 @ 11 – 11.40am 

Please send an email to wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk to book onto a webinar.

posted 08/02/22

Cyclescheme

We are pleased to announce that The Methodist Church has signed up to a cycle to work scheme through Cyclescheme which is now open to ministers. If you are interested in finding out more information or wish to sign up to the scheme, please check out the resources and options via the Cyclescheme website.

The Methodist Church code for this scheme is 001691c.

If you have any questions, please contact hr@methodistchurch.org.uk.

posted 08/02/22

Nationality and Borders Bill

The Joint Public Issues Team are currently coordinating an open multi-faith letter to the Prime Minister, raising concerns about the Nationality and Borders Bill, which you are invited to sign.

As you may be aware, the government are seeking to overhaul the way the UK asylum system works through the Nationality & Borders Bill. Whilst they claim that this will make the system fairer, there has been widespread criticism about how the Bill will in fact make the UK a more hostile place for those seeking sanctuary. The Methodist Church in Britain has spoken out on this a number of times, and a notice of motion was passed at Conference in 2021 to encourage members to campaign on the bill. As people of faith, we want to raise our voices to say that these changes are unacceptable, and do not align with our belief in the value of human life or our duty to show compassion to those in need. Previously, the strength of faith leaders speaking out together on issues of justice and peace has been clear, and we would like to show as strong a voice as possible on this crucial issue.

You can read the text of the letter here, and add your name and details to sign the letter.

Anyone who is a faith leader from any community is invited to sign. If that's you then please do get involved. You are also welcome to share this letter with other faith leaders you think will be interested in adding their support. However, we ask that you only share the letter with potential signatories for the time being.  I hope you'll feel able to join with others in raising our voices on this issue. Please contact enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk with any questions.

posted 08/02/22

Training Opportunity: a reminder

Working in partnership with Multiverse, we are offering the opportunity for further training in either Project Management or People Leadership, beginning in March 2022. The training is funded through the Apprenticeship Levy and is therefore open to all ministers in a full-time appointment, and lay employees who are contracted for at least 30 hours per week.

Further information can be obtained through the recent post on Signposts, which also offers a link to the Expression of Interest Form and the dates of information sessions. The time commitment required is not onerous, as the training is designed to integrate with the participants’ current work, and to enable them to work more effectively. Multiverse already works with partners such as Christian Aid and World Vision, as well as other churches, and we are excited to offer this opportunity to the wider Connexion as we face new challenges in our life and ministry, and increasing demands in the work of leadership.

More information is also available from Richard Armiger or Jonathan Dean in the Connexional Team.

posted 07/02/22

THIS EVENT IS ANTI-RACIST: AN AGENTS OF CHANGE ROADSHOW

Saturday 26 March, 11am - 3.30pm

Wesley's Chapel, London

This roadshow is an opportunity for children and young people, aged 8 to 17, and their leaders to gather, share their experiences, hear other people’s stories, and be encouraged to think about how they and the Methodist Church might respond.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Find out more and book here.

posted 04/02/22

AGENTS OF CHANGE: LET'S TALK ABOUT DISABILITY

Thursday 14 April (Easter Holidays), 10am - 11.30am

Monday 27 June, 6pm - 7.30pm

A series of online events that seek to provide a safe space for children and young people who are disabled, or who are young carers, to meet with others who share similar experiences and offer one another support and affirmation.

Key learning from these sessions will be fed into the wider Justice, Dignity and Solidarity Strategy of the Methodist Church.

Children’s and youth leaders, who would like to be part of this journey towards a more inclusive Church, are also invited to attend.

Tickets for children and young people must be booked by parents/carers.

Find out more and book here.

posted 04/02/22

GOING NET ZERO: HAVE YOUR SAY A GREEN AGENTS OF CHANGE EVENT

Tuesday 15 February, online

4pm - 5.30pm: 8 - 11s (primary school)

7pm - 8.30pm: 11 - 17s (secondary school)

The Methodist Church is working towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. It’s a huge task, but so important at this time of climate crisis.

We're inviting children and young people to come and tell us what they think the most important steps will be and where we should begin!

Tickets for children and young people must be booked by parents/carers.

Find out more and book tickets here.

posted 04/02/22

Reflections of the Annual Enquiry

Click here for the reflections.

posted 04/02/22

A note from the Community for Spiritual Formation

Through a programme of teaching, silence, worship and reflection based on a Benedictine monastic pattern The Community for Spiritual Formation creates transformative space for people to be in communion with God, self, others, and creation for the sake of the world. Registration is now open for: Visio Divina: Embracing the new normal through contemplative [smartphone] photography an online retreat day with Steve Radley on Saturday 5 March 2022; and Divine Intimacy, Ordinary Holiness a five day residential Community at St. John’s College in Durham with Gemma Simmonds and Andrew Walker from Sunday 10 (5pm) – Friday 15 July 2022 (2pm). To book a place or request further information please email fivedaycsf@btinternet.com

posted 31/01/22

Pick and Mix : A Vocational Planning Resource

We launched this resource at the Superintendents conference in June, and since then many churches have begun to use it, and one district as part of their strategic vocational development.

Pick and Mix : A Vocational Planning Resource This free (+p&p) resource seeks to ignite your imagination, in your own context, whether in your local church, circuit or district, or as an individual. It seeks to encourage you to choose to make small but significant changes which create a culture that builds confidence to respond to God’s invitations.

posted 31/01/22

3Generate Announcement

We’re delighted to let you know that 3Generate, the Methodist children and youth assembly, will be taking place at the NEC in Birmingham again: the dates are Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2022. Do share this news widely so the weekend can be pencilled into diaries.

posted 28/01/22

Tell Her Story, Tell Our Story | Easter Offering 2022

These resources are prepared by Methodist Women in Britain to help you plan your Easter worship and encourage giving to the World Mission Fund, which supports the work of our global Church Partners. This year’s theme, ‘Tell Her Story, Tell Our Story’ features stories of women who have often been forgotten or overlooked. They are stories of courage, compassion and calls for change. The theme is inspired by the tenth anniversary of Methodist Women in Britain and its work to empower and enable women around the world. 

DIRECT LINK: Easter Offering (methodist.org.uk)

posted 28/01/22

Update from 27 January 2022

Click here for the latest coronavirus guidance from 27 January 2022.

posted 28/01/22

Vacancy notices at the WCC

We are pleased to share with you the following opened positions: 

Please refer to the press release that has been posted in our website.

posted 27/01/22

Looking and listening for God in Scripture, and the world

One of the ‘A Methodist Way of Life’ commitments for our worship life is that; “…We will look and listen for God in Scripture, and the world…”. As Methodists, our connexionalism is also global and you can enter into that by using the wealth of Global Relationships worship resources that are available for you to download from the Methodist Church website.

posted 26/01/22

Church at the Margins Training - Beginning a Church at the Margins: A 3 session interactive online course

Aim of the course: A space to think about connecting and becoming a community of new Christians amongst and led by people experiencing poverty.

For: People who are passionate about their community with very little or no experience of this kind of work. Whilst you can attend alone ideally, we would like you to join as a team (you plus one other person from your church or circuit) to share in conversation together (if you are an experienced pioneer drop us an email for more information).

Important: Each session in the course builds on the previous session, so you need to be available to attend all three sessions. The sessions are designed to be interactive rather than formal presentations and will not be recorded.

Hosted by: Eunice Attwood, Church at the Margins Officer and Kerry Scarlett, Regional Learning and Development Officer  

Church at the Margins Training (methodist.org.uk)

posted 25/01/22

Church at the Margins: Resources (webinars) - An introduction to Church at the Margins

Over the following six months we are holding an introduction to Church at the Margins in each learning network region. OPEN TO ALL. 

Poverty across the UK is rising with a devastating impact on the lives of individuals and communities. How should we respond? What is God’s invitation to us? Why is it important for social justice and evangelism to be deeply connected? This webinar offers an  introduction to the vision and values of Church at the economic margins with stories from local practitioners in urban and rural contexts.

Hosted: by Eunice Attwood, Church at the Margins Officer and Sarah Hulme, Rural Officer. 

Church at the Margins: Resources (webinars) (methodist.org.uk)

posted 25/01/22

CYF Survey

Our survey takes just a few minutes to complete but will have a huge impact on Children, Youth and Family ministry for the next 5 years so do grab a cuppa and complete our questionnaire.

Questionnaire for district leaders | Questionnaire for circuit leaders | Questionnaire for local church leaders

posted 25/01/22

Wellbeing Webinars

The Self-care in the workplace and understanding anxiety on Tuesday 19 April 10am  – 1pm, Is now full.

However, the following webinars are still available:

  • Nutrition and Wellness on February 17, 2022 online at 10:30 – 12.30, 2hrs hosted by Barbara Cox-Lovesy, Nutritionist

Join award-winning nutritionist, Barbara Cox-Lovesy for a fun and informative webinar on nutrition and wellness.

The webinar will be split into four sections with lots of practical hints, tips and ideas to easy implement afterwards.

The sections are:

  1. Increase Your Energy
  2. Weight Loss
  3. Positive Mental Health
  4. Creating healthy Habits

Each section will look at foods to incorporate, foods to avoid, recipe ideas, lifestyle ideas and healthy habits to create a daily structure and routine so you can stay motivated to reach your goals.

  • Suicide Awareness, Real Talk: Introduction to Suicide Prevention online course on Wednesday 27 April 2022 @ 1pm – 3pm (3hrs) hosted by Grassroots, suicide prevention
  • Young people and Mental Health - level one, Nurturing our children in everyday life or during a crisis level 2, Experiencing and experimenting with the tools that calm the nervous system and increase resilience” on Tuesday 31 May 2022 @ 9.30 -4.30pm hosted by Kids Inspire
  • Physical impairments and disabilities in the workplace – support, guidance and information, panel event on Thursday 7 July 2022 @ 11 – 11.40am

To book onto any of the webinars please send an email to wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk making clear the title of the webinar. Further detail regarding the content of the webinars will be circulated, however, if you would like to know more in the meantime contact us via email.

posted 25/01/22

Hearing Reality: Voices Crying in the Wilderness

Hearing Reality: Voices Crying in the Wilderness, the first of two informative and thought-provoking webinars planned by the Methodist Survivors’ Advisory Group is now available to watch again here.

posted 24/01/22

Property Matters - January 2022

Click here for the latest issue of the Property Matters newsletter.

posted 24/01/22

Postcards which can be used in groups, in worship or given to people exploring a sense of vocation within gathered church

Called To Be postcards are free (+ p&p). 15 cards with 14 church ministries. Most of the discernment questions can be used interchangeably. For use:

  • On your own
  • In groups
  • In worship

posted 24/01/22

Self-care in the workplace and understanding anxiety

The Self-care in the workplace and understanding anxiety on Wednesday 16th March 2022 starting at 10.00 -13.00pm (3hrs) hosted by Linda Hafez, accredited integrative counsellor is now full. However, Linda has agreed to host an additional session on 19th April 10am  – 1pm. There are only 12 spaces available. 

An overview of the session

  • Understanding barriers to self-care in the work place
  • Self-care tools
  • Understanding anxiety and the fight/flight response
  • Understanding negative impacts on daily function.
  • Tools to over-come anxiety and sleep difficulties

Linda Hafez is an accredited integrative counsellor, family practitioner and therapeutic supervisor. Linda is currently the mental health therapeutic supervisor in schools and charities in London. Linda also has her own private practice offering counselling and supervision. She has over 12 years of experience as a therapist and has published articles on self-care. 

If you wish to attend, send an email to wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk with the title of the webinar.

posted 24/01/22

New Training for Ministers and Lay Employees

We are excited to announce a training and development opportunity for ministers and lay employees, in either People Leadership or Project Management. The training leads to an accredited qualification, and includes both group learning and one-to-one coaching. For further details, please read this document.

posted 24/01/22

A note for Supervisors accredited under the Methodist Church policy

A series of new cross connexional development events have now been finalised and are ready to book onto.

All the options and choices are detailed here.

There are 17 events so far, with 6 more to go. You can, of course, also see them here.

Please do book on. Particularly if your reaccreditation is due in the Connexional year of 2022/2023.

posted 20/01/22

‘Heritage Now’ Article – A Future for Methodist Chapels

Please see the recent article on the future of Methodist chapels which features in the first edition of the new Heritage Now e-newsletter of Historic Buildings and Places (formerly the Ancient Monuments Society). The article was written by Dr Peter Forsaith, Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, and a member of the Listed Buildings Advisory Committee and Heritage Committee. The article focusses on the challenges faced by our historic chapels as well as how we are using our older buildings to develop innovative forms of mission and ministry. The article can be found here.

posted 19/01/22

Empowering Design Practices – Resources and Courses – Enabling Community Based leadership in Design of Sustainable Development of Historic Faith Buildings

Empowering Design Practices is a five-year collaborative research project exploring how community-led design can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places that respect and enhance their heritage. The Outcome of the Open University research project (on involving communities in using places of worship) is an online course – free for the general public, with a fee payable if used for the purposes of professional development. The course went online just before Christmas, and can be found via this link. 

Alternatively, you can utilise the many resources produced by this initiative, such as: 

Which you can find by following this link.

posted 19/01/22

Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme – Three Year Extension

Some very good news – following an announcement on Tuesday we are pleased to announce that the Government's Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme has been extended for another three years until 31 March 2025 (this is the scheme that gives a grant to cover the cost of VAT on repairs etc. to listed places of worship).

posted 19/01/22

SPECTRUM Conference 2022

Click here for more information on the SPECTRUM Conference.

posted 19/01/22

This Time: This Place

News Years resolutions might have started to wear thin for some folk already, please do consider sharing this with people on pastoral visits

This Time : This Place is a reflective journal for individuals to jot down, or draw, our responses to some reflection questions on God's calling for us in our lives right now. £1 + p&p

This journal asks questions of your sense of calling in the whole of your life and not specifically about any one calling or callings within church life.

This Time: This Place aims to help us explore what ‘Follow me’ means in our lives right now. By considering the reflection questions in this booklet, we are asking ‘What is my vocation here and now?’ For all of us this changes over time, and will depend on the place we are at in our lives.

posted 19/01/22

Active Faith: Wesleyan Practices That Make a Different from Wesley House

A new short-course being run by The Revd Dr Paul W. Chilcote, Director of Global Wesleyan Theology at Wesley House, throughout March 2022. There is an Early Bird Registration offer until 31 January.

Paul has produced a short invitational video which you can VIEW HERE

Based on Paul's book Active Faith - that you receive e-access too - this four week course helps participants learn how to resist the dangerous ideologies  and toxic forms of faith in our age that sap energy and create barriers between God and people.

It introduces four Wesleyan practices that help renew and restore truth, joy, peace, and love to the soul.

Further details and registration can be found here

Please feel free to forward this message onto anyone you think might be interested.

posted 13/01/22

Supervision Training Spaces Available!

Supervision Training G5 still has spaces available. This training is in two parts, with the first part happening at the end of March. If you or someone you know are interested in attending, please email Sydney McMichael for more information and to register. You can reach her at: supervision@methodistchurch.org.uk .

Supervision Training G5

Initial Training G5
29 - 31 March 2022
High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon EN11 8SG

Call Back G5
18 - 19 October 2022
Zoom

posted 13/01/22

Superintendents' Conferences 2022 - bookings now OPEN!!

The bookings for the Superintendents' Conferences are now open!

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

After a difficult two years we are delighted to invite you to join us at one of the two Superintendents’ Conferences, which in 2022 will be held in the same venues we used in previous years, Thame (Oxford) and Blackpool. 

The parallel themes of our conference will be This is how I see it & Building Back Stronger and we are happy to announce that The Revd Mark Hammond, Jane Bingham, Rachel Lampard, Meg Prowting, members of the Children, Youth and Families, and the Evangelism and Growth teams have agreed to be our keynote speakers. We will be joined by the Assistant Secretary of Conference (The Revd Micky Youngson) and members of the Ministries Team. 

We have a wide range of workshops offered by Connexional Team members and others from further afield. It really helps Gabriella if you can sign up for these when you book as it enables us to liaise with the hotels as to the size of breakout rooms etc. A document listing the workshop descriptions is here to help you choose your workshop. 

As ever places will be limited, over recent years these conferences have been oversubscribed so please do sign up early. This said each cancellation costs the church over £450 and are not easy to fill when people have made other arrangements, so please only make a reservation if you are 100% committed to attending. We appreciate health and family commitments may get in the way but late cancellations due to diary changes are unhelpful and costly. We recognise that we are opening these bookings in the middle of another covid situation, when nobody can truly predict what we will be able to do in May and June. However, last year’s Blackpool Conference showed that we can run these types of events safely.  If we still find ourselves under major Covid restrictions we will amend our plans nearer the time of the conference . 

In order to keep our commitment to keeping these conferences we are making a change to reimbursed travel costs. Your circuit will be asked to pay up to the first £100 and the Connexional Team budget will cover the rest. We hope this will deliver equity whilst enabling us to keep this conference going whilst Connexional Team budgets are being cut. 

I look forward to seeing you, God willing, either in Thame or Blackpool. 

The links to book your place is as follows:

Oxford Belfry, Thame: 18-20 May – click here to book your place

Imperial Hotel, Blackpool: 6-8 June – click here to book your place 

For those of you who like to plan ahead you’ll find there are dates for the Supers Conference up until 2025 here

May God bless you and the place where you serve.

The Revd Paul Wood

posted 12/01/22

Pensions and Housing webinar - December 2022

The Pensions and Housing webinar is now open! We have scheduled it for Thursday 8 December 2022 from 9am to 12pm and the link to book your place is here.

posted 12/01/22

Wellbeing Survey Webinars 2022 update

Dear colleagues,

Wellbeing sent out a wellbeing survey early summer this year, seeking feedback from both employees and Ministers about the wellbeing function and service provided. Thank you to all who contributed to our request for information enabling us to implement what you all have asked for as part of our wellbeing strategy.

One of the requests made by you all was for wellbeing to provide further information on certain topics; therefore, we are providing targeted webinars based on the wellbeing survey for 2022. There will be a series of five webinars, please see below: 

  • Nutrition and Wellness on February 17, 2022 online at 10:30 – 12.30, 2hrs hosted by Barbara Cox-Lovesy, Nutritionist

Join award-winning nutritionist, Barbara Cox-Lovesy for a fun and informative webinar on nutrition and wellness.

The webinar will be split into four sections with lots of practical hints, tips and ideas to easy implement afterwards.

The sections are:

  1. Increase Your Energy
  2. Weight Loss
  3. Positive Mental Health
  4. Creating healthy Habits 

Each section will look at foods to incorporate, foods to avoid, recipe ideas, lifestyle ideas and healthy habits to create a daily structure and routine so you can stay motivated to reach your goals. 

  • Self-care in the workplace and understanding anxiety on Wednesday 16 March 2022 starting at 10.00 -13.00pm (3hrs) hosted by Linda Hafez, accredited integrative counsellor
  • Suicide Awareness, Real Talk: Introduction to Suicide Prevention online course on Wednesday 27 April 2022 @ 1pm – 3pm (3hrs) hosted by Grassroots, suicide prevention
  • Young people and Mental Health - level one, Nurturing our children in everyday life or during a crisis level 2, Experiencing and experimenting with the tools that calm the nervous system and increase resilience” on Tuesday 31 May 2022 @ 9.30 -4.30pm hosted by Kids Inspire
  • Physical impairments and disabilities in the workplace – support, guidance and information, panel event on Thursday 7 July 2022 @ 11 – 11.40am

To book onto any of the webinars please send an email to wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk making clear the title of the webinar. Further detail regarding the content of the webinars will be circulated in the New Year, however, if you would like to know more in the meantime contact us via email.

posted 12/01/22

Racial Justice Sunday resources for 2022

Sunday 13 February is suggested as the annual Racial Justice Sunday and we’re pleased to introduce both the amazing worship resources put together by CTBI (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland) Racial Justice Sunday – 13 February 2022 – ‘Racial Justice: What’s it got to do with me?’ (ctbi.org.uk) and also some resources produced by Wesley’s Chapel with a new You Tube video finished just before Christmas: 

Website: https://www.wesleysheritage.org.uk/exhibits/leadership-on-a-journey/the-leaders/

Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdsko8rpk_U&t=10s

In the CTBI resources you’ll find lots of inspiring prayers, suggestions, ideas, and stories to help you focus your worship on the Gospel imperative of Racial Justice.

In the ‘Leadership on a Journey’ you’ll find the stories of several prominent ordained and lay Black Methodist leaders. The video could be used in worship: it is a celebration of how God has used these amazing men and women from many different backgrounds as they have taken leadership within British Methodism and wider society. 

You will also find ideas on the Methodist website pages, from Black History Month in November and from previous years  Black History Month 2021 (methodist.org.uk)

Conference 2021 accepted the Strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity Conference 2021 Agenda Volume 3 (methodist.org.uk) and the User Guide for this will be out in March. Look out for that! Racial Justice is one part of our calling to eradicate discrimination in the world that God has made and loved. 

If you have not yet designated a Sunday for Racial Justice Sunday you can choose one to suit you but, if you can, please let’s make 13 Feb Racial Justice Sunday across the whole Methodist Church. 

We have one last thing to ask you: if your sermon on Racial Justice is uploaded to a church website please send the link to marshj@methodistchurch.org.uk as we’d love to share it with other people too.

posted 11/01/22

Listening for God - Transforming Local Preachers’ (and Worship Leaders’) Meetings

The Local Preachers' Meeting is a place of worship, encouragement, learning and equipping for mission. Or could be. Perhaps 2022 is the time to refresh the Local Preachers' meeting in your circuit. A suggested meeting plan prepared by the Ministries Team and called Listening for God is available now. Download it from the CLPD webpage here, together with other ideas and resources for LP Meetings. 

We recommend you use it for your first meeting of 2022 to help you explore fresh possibilities. When the invitations are sent out (remembering that all LPs are obliged to be there - SO 563 says so), make it clear that this meeting will be different, and that suggestions for the shape and content of future meetings are welcome.  

And… any feedback and suggestions about what would help to transform your LP meeting into an event people look forward to would be very welcome. 

Bob Bartindale, Officer for Worship & Local Preachers

posted 11/01/22

Superintendents' Conferences 2022

Bookings for both Superintendents' Conferences this year will open on Wednesday 12 January at 12pm. Please look out for an e-mail with the details as well as a message on this page with the booking links.

posted 10/01/22

For anyone wondering if ordained ministry could be their vocation. Please do pass this on to them.

Do you have a sense of call to ordained ministry?

Come and find out more about all forms of Methodist ordained ministry on 28 May or 8 October.

If you want to know more about what it is to be a Deacon, either because you think this might be your call, or simply because it is a ministry you know little about, please come along on 2 April.

More information can be found here

posted 10/01/22

Children, Youth, Family & Intergenerational Ministry questionnaire

Tell us about your ministry! We want a snapshot of children, youth, family & intergenerational ministry across the connexion, in order to better support and resource this work in future. If you’re a district, circuit or local church leader or supporter of this ministry, then please complete our short survey. 

You can respond as an individual, or if you’ve got a district/circuit/church meeting coming up then please put it on the agenda and give us a group response – it’s sure to generate some interesting conversations. 

Questionnaire for district leaders | Questionnaire for circuit leaders | Questionnaire for local church leaders

For more information, please contact Ella Sibley-Ryan, Mission Team Projects Officer.

posted 10/01/22

Voices of Identity - March 2022

As part of a new 2 year project the Ministries: Vocations & Worship team are hosting an online conversation and reflection space for Ministers who have had to deal with catastrophe. Many of our Ministers have found themselves in complex circumstances following the occurrence of serious incidents in their context. Full details can be found on this flyer and bookings can be made through binghamj@methodistchurch.org.uk

posted 07/01/22

Global Relationships Newsletter - January 2022

Click here for the latest issue of the Global Relationships newsletter.

posted 07/01/22

"Voices from Bethlehem: Christian Unity in the Birthplace of Jesus” on 21 January 2022 at 09:00 Rome/10:00 Jerusalem

The Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome and the Methodist Liaison Office Jerusalem invite you to the webinar “Voices from Bethlehem: Christian Unity in the Birthplace of Jesus” on Friday, 21 January 2022 at 09:00 Rome/10:00 Jerusalem.

The webinar celebrates the theme of the 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – “we saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him” from Matthew 2 – which was selected by the Middle East Council of Churches. In this webinar Christian leaders from Bethlehem and environs will discuss the importance of Christian unity in contemporary times in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.

Speakers for the events are:

  • Daoud Nassar (Lutheran) is the director of Tent of Nations, a receipent of the World Methodist Peace Award
  • Zoughbi Zoughbi (Latin-rite Catholic) is the founder and director of Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center
  • Fr. Issa Michael Thaljieh (Greek Orthodox) is the parish priest of the Greek Orthodox Nativity Church in Bethlehem
  • Dn. Ashot Ghazaryan (Armenian Apostolic) is the secretary of the Armenian Theological Seminary of Jerusalem
  • Revd Angleena Keizer (Methodist) is a mission partner assigned to the Methodist Liaison Office Jerusalem and a resident of Bethlehem.

The Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, will moderate the webinar.

The webinar is free and will last 90 minutes. The webinar will be conducted in English on Zoom. 

Visit the MEOR website to register for the webinar and receive the Zoom link.

Questions? Email the MEOR office at office@meorome.org.

posted 07/01/22

Online Training for LP Secretaries, Mentors and Tutors

A 90-minute Zoom session for those supporting students on the Worship: Leading & Preaching course, or who are considering these roles. Designed to supplement training provide by the Learning Network in your region, these sessions include a short introduction to the course, with breakout groups looking at the roles of Tutor, Mentor and LP Secretaries. 

Six sessions are currently being planned for 2022. Capacity is limited, so please book online using the link below.

The first two (Tuesday 22 February, 7.30pm and Tuesday 8 March, 2pm) can be booked here.

posted 07/01/22

Cascade

From today Ministers will be able to reset their own passwords on Cascade. Also any personal data can be changed if it is not correct or has changed.

posted 05/01/22

Global Mission Fellows – Application deadline Jan 15 for a Sept 2022 start

Aged 20-30? The Global Mission Fellows programme might be for you. It is a great opportunity to serve in another country, to live out your faith and develop as a leader committed to justice and peace. The 2-year programme is open to graduate-level (or equivalent) young adults from Britain, Ireland and around the world. If your application is successful, you will train with other Global Mission Fellows then take up a placement with a church or Christian organisation engaged in social justice in a country different from your own. Through regular supervision, reviews and mid-term training you will be encouraged to reflect on and learn from your experience, and to live out the programme’s three core values: 

Engage with the community

Connect the church in mission

Grow in personal and social holiness

Global Mission Fellows (methodist.org.uk) or contact Andy Dye at dyea@methodistchurch.org.uk for more info or a chat.

posted 05/01/22

Worship at Home services – writers needed!

We are currently short of writers for the Worship at Home services. If you feel that you are able to offer to write a service for us please get in touch with Gabriella (mahadevag@methodistchurch.org.uk).

posted 04/01/22

New Superintendents' Induction 2022

We have now opened bookings for the New Superintendents' Induction 2022. This is for those who are taking on the role of Superintendency in September 2022. Please click on this link to book your place.

posted 04/01/22

Catch up link to Plunkett's Allchurches webinar

For those who missed the live webinar on co-location of community enterprise in a place of worship offered by Plunkett & Allchurches, the recording is available to view on catch up here:

https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/c8sYXqL276CNtX4kqeI7iwqWR8zkvwO8B2qKPhXx2nyF65vYewr4oalcs6xqcJbY.CTKDFcvTzw1BC3nE?startTime=1638880333000

posted 04/01/22

GMF Coffeehouse

Friends! 

You are cordially invited to GMF Coffeehouse, an online event with the Global Mission Fellows program! 

The Global Mission Fellows program is a great opportunity for young adults between the ages of 20 and 30 to work in mission service for two years. Our Fellows work with communities in areas of social justice like hunger, homelessness, immigration, health, and education. There are many benefits of our program for young adults to gain and we would love to share more with you about the details of the program and its benefits. 

On January 4, 2021, at 3:00 PM UK/London time (14.00 Central Europe / 17.00 Eastern Europe) , please join us for a coffee break to learn about the new Fellows serving in Europe and more! Bring your favorite cup of joe or tea or hot chocolate, we would love to have you join us! 

The application is now open and if you know someone that would benefit from the Global Mission Fellows program, please visit our website to Global Mission Fellows (methodist.org.uk) learn more about the application!  

Thank you!

Üllas (Regional Representative – Europe, Eurasia & North Africa , Global Mission Relationships, United Methodist Church)

posted 04/01/22

Diploma in Group Supervision - New

Click here for information on a new diploma in Group Supervision at Wesley House.

posted 04/01/22

RSVP

Are you looking for something to dip in and out of as you consider God’s calling for you in a changing world? Feeling unsure of what is now yours to be and do? RSVP is four freestanding, online, events. Come to as many or few as you want to.  

Booking at this link. 

More info from Alison Ransome

posted 04/01/22

Encounter programme

Encounter is a 10-month programme and is a great way to learn and discern together, in a committed and intentional way. All information can be found here. To attend one of the online taster evenings on 6th January or 12th January 2022 contact either Tricia or Sharon for more information

posted 04/01/22

Voices of Identity - February 2022

In the New Year, as part of a new 2 year project around Voices of Identity, the Ministries team are hosting an online conversation and reflection space for Ministers who have been trained beyond the British Connexion but now serve here. You can find out more and how to book on this flyer.

posted 04/01/22

A letter from Kemi Badenoch MP

Minister for Faiths within the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities, Kemi Badenoch MP, has written this letter to the churches in England.

posted 04/01/22

Update 13 December 2021 – Update of Government Guidance for Places of Worship

Please note that the document COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) has been updated to incorporate the changes announced as part of the implementation of Plan B restrictions. This does not supercede the Methodist Church’s guidance published previously below, and therefore both sets of guidance can and should be read together.

posted 22/12/21

Historic Place of Worship

Lozells Methodist Church and Community Centre in the Birmingham District is a Grade II listed building who partner with local charities and service providers including Citizens UK to influence change in the community, focusing on Covid vaccination uptake, homelessness, affordable housing, hate crime, domestic abuse and places of sanctuary. One of the biggest problems in their community is health inequality due to food poverty/education along with increased domestic violence and loneliness. They are now working to develop a Food Club in the Centre that will open once a week offering a food box that costs £3.50 containing the equivalent of £15 worth of food. Further details of this are here: https://www.family-action.org.uk/content/uploads/2021/03/Ladywood-FOOD-Club-Poster.pdf

posted 22/12/21

Wellbeing Survey Webinars 2022

Wellbeing sent out a wellbeing survey early summer this year, seeking feedback from both employees and Ministers about the wellbeing function and service provided. Thank you to all who contributed to our request for information enabling us to implement what you all have asked for as part of our wellbeing strategy.

One of the requests made by you all was for wellbeing to provide further information on certain topics; therefore, we are providing targeted webinars based on the wellbeing survey for 2022. There will be a series of five webinars, please see below: 

  • Nutrition and Wellness on February 17, 2022 online at 10:30 – 12.30, 2hrs hosted by Barbara Cox-Lovesy, Nutritionist

Join award-winning nutritionist, Barbara Cox-Lovesy for a fun and informative webinar on nutrition and wellness.

The webinar will be split into four sections with lots of practical hints, tips and ideas to easy implement afterwards.

The sections are:

  1. Increase Your Energy
  2. Weight Loss
  3. Positive Mental Health
  4. Creating healthy Habits 

Each section will look at foods to incorporate, foods to avoid, recipe ideas, lifestyle ideas and healthy habits to create a daily structure and routine so you can stay motivated to reach your goals. 

  • Self-care in the workplace and understanding anxiety on Wednesday 16th March 2022 starting at 10.00 -13.00pm (3hrs) hosted by Linda Hafez, accredited integrative counsellor
  • Suicide Awareness, Real Talk: Introduction to Suicide Prevention online course on Wednesday 27th April 2022 @ 1pm – 3pm (3hrs) hosted by Grassroots, suicide prevention
  • Young people and Mental Health - level one, Nurturing our children in everyday life or during a crisis level 2, Experiencing and experimenting with the tools that calm the nervous system and increase resilience” on Tuesday 31st May 2022 @ 9.30 -4.30pm hosted by Kids Inspire
  • Physical impairments and disabilities in the workplace – support, guidance and information, panel event on Thursday 7th July 2022 @ 11 – 11.40am

To book onto any of the webinars please send an email to wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk making clear the title of the webinar. Further detail regarding the content of the webinars will be circulated in the New Year, however, if you would like to know more in the meantime contact us via email.

posted 22/12/21

The Next Local Preacher’s Meeting…

It’s sometimes a struggle to get enthusiastic about Local Preachers’ Meetings/ Leaders of Worship & Preachers’ Meetings, especially when so many people make their excuses – even though all Local Preachers are obliged to be there. And what should we do about Continuing Development? And peer review? 

Local Preachers’ Meetings are vital for encouraging and supporting those who lead worship and preach throughout the circuit. In order to help you to reimagine and reinvent your Local Preachers’ Meeting, a meeting plan will be available shortly for you to use in your first meeting of 2022. Watch this space…

posted 22/12/21

Mask wearing while singing in church

We’ve had a lot of questions around mask-wearing while singing in church. Please see our latest guidance here. https://www.methodist.org.uk/for-churches/property/coronavirus-guidance-for-property/#singing

posted 10/12/21

Update 9 December 2021 - Changes to Government Guidance

Click here for the latest guidance.

posted 09/12/21

A Connexion’s roundtable

Theme: A Kairos Moment of evangelism and growth by welcoming and supporting new Hong Kong migrants

Date: 9th December (Thursday)

Time: 2pm

Venue: virtual Zoom room -
https://zoom.us/j/98368692499

Speakers: Revds Lawrence Law; Kan Yu and Kong Ching

Stories: testimonies and stories about this growing ministry.

Response: with opportunity for conversation about how churches might respond. 

Contact person: Leão-Neto

posted 03/12/21

Mask wearing in church

There has been no change in the Government advice (in England) with regards to worship (where there is no requirement for people to wear masks in church). There are legal requirements to wear masks indoors and therefore in church in Scotland and Wales. 

However, since September the Methodist Church has been encouraging local congregations to continue to wear masks in worship for the sake of others who are gathered.  Given that a new variant has been identified it seems wise that local trustees encourage members of congregations to wear a mask during worship wherever they are located.

posted 03/12/21

A message for those using a methdist.org.uk address

During the past week attempts have been made to gain usernames and passwords via phishing emails supposedly from either Fluent, or the Connexional IT team. One such attempt was successful, and as a result the affected colleague had to change their password with the assistance if Fluent IT.

In response to this incident the Connexional IT Team have been working with Fluent IT to increase the security on the Methodist.org.uk email system, and remove any of these fake emails which have been delivered. 

As you can appreciate cyber threats are constantly evolving, and will get through from time to time, particularly in times such as these where we are approaching Christmas. Please stay vigilant, and if you are requested to change or provide any login details by email or any other communication. Stop, Call, and Check with the person, organisation, or team making the request.

 

posted 01/12/21

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