Signpost for Ministry

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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ROOTS at home

Click here for the latest ROOTS at home newsletter.

posted 20/04/21

 

Vocations Sunday 2 May 2021

Vocations Sunday is a time to celebrate the vocations of those whose call is in gathered church as well as those whose call is in scattered church. 

Are you preaching on 2nd May?

Have you considered sharing your calling story with the congregation?

If so, why not share a story that expresses your sense of calling in 2021? 

#Methodist

#VocationsSunday2021

#LoveThisCalling 

For the Vocations website click here.

posted 20/04/21

 

Intercultural Preaching Events from the College of Preachers and the Baptist Union of Great Britain

Webinar, Tuesday 4 May, 19.30-20.30 | via Zoom 

Are we aware of how our own cultural experiences and worldview affect our reading of the Bible and our preaching? It is all too easy to fall into thinking that our experience is 'normal' and shared by everyone. But in reality, our experiences and understanding of the world are shaped by many factors, including race, socio-economic status, gender, denomination, and theology. 

Only when we take time to hear and understand one another's cultural experiences and viewpoint can we truly recognise that we are part of a diverse global Church and unlock the wisdom that exists within the whole company of Christ. 

Pam Searle, one of the editors of the newly released book, Intercultural Preaching, will introduce the thinking behind the book, after which two contributors to the text of Intercultural Preaching, the Revd Wale Hudson-Roberts and Eleasah Louis, will be joined by the Rt Revd Dr John Perumbalath, Anglican Bishop of Bradwell, in a discussion on intercultural preaching, chaired by the Revd Canon Dr Vicky Johnson, Precentor at York Minster. 

Our panel of speakers will discuss what we mean when we talk about intercultural preaching, how we can share insights across cultures, and why intercultural preaching and dialogue are needed in the Church today. 

This webinar is being offered free of charge, but booking is essential. 

To book, please visit this page. When prompted, enter the password Preach405  

 

Workshop, Saturday 5 June, 10.30-13.00 | via Zoom 

The webinar will be followed by a workshop on how to create and deliver an intercultural sermon, taking place on 5th June. Tickets for the workshop will be available from mid-April and can be booked by clicking on this link and enter the password Preach506. 

posted 20/04/21

 

Coronavirus Guidance for Property

Following further communication with Government officials, the decision has been made to allow Church Councils to meet in person to fulfil their legal duty, but only if it is reasonably necessary, and there are no alternative options. It is therefore still strongly recommended that church councils meet remotely if they can. Please refer to the safety precautions listed in the Guidance for Church Councils. As part of the Government’s roadmap, this situation is under constant review and therefore please refer back to this page regularly for updates.

posted 20/04/21

 

Getting churches gardening

After what feels like an eternity of waiting and hoping, we’re delighted to launch resources to help churches garden, this week: click here

The aim is that churches create gardens themed on Psalm 23, which will be the inspiration for Bible Society’s garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this September. 

But with spring upon us, and the opportunity to get outside, we wanted to promote this now to give people the chance to do something. 

Designer Sarah Eberle and Hazel Southam are doing a Facebook Live at 1.30pm on Friday. 

posted 19/04/21

 

Finance newsletters

Click here for the Finance newsletters. 

posted 17/04/21

 

Commemorative services to remember His Late Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh

Cambridge University Press, printers to HM The Queen, have created a series of commemorative services, that have been authorised for use by the Church of England, and offered to other churches to use.

They may be reproduced, either in whole or in part, without restriction or written permission required. These materials are available to download.  

Commemorative Services 

Additionally it may also be helpful to know of some of the resources available from the Church of England, including an online Book of Condolence, Prayers and Liturgical resources, which can also be downloaded using the link below.

Prayer & Liturgical Resources

posted 16/04/21

 

Recharge 2021 - 3 more spaces!

Recharge takes place from 21 to 23 June 2021 at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre. We have 3 more places left. If you would like to book, please click here.

posted 15/04/21

 

New Rural Mission and Ministry Officer

Click here for more information.

posted 14/04/21

 

Email Phishing Alert

Some people within the Methodist Connexion have received a phishing email claiming to be from ‘The Methodist Church in Britain’, asking recipients to click a link regarding email database updates.  We can assure you that these messages have not been sent from Connexional team systems.  These emails are not genuine, and you should not click the links contained in them. If you have clicked on the link and entered any information, you will need to change your email password.

posted 14/04/21

 

Property Matters newsletter

Click here for the Property Matters newsletter.

posted 13/04/21

 

Guidance for weddings and civil partnership receptions and celebrations

Click here for the guidance.

posted 13/04/21

 

Guidance for Step 2

The website has been updated to reflect the new guidance for Step 2 of the roadmap. The link is Coronavirus Guidance for Property (methodist.org.uk)

posted 12/04/21

 

MHA Sunday

MHA Sunday will be held on 13 June 2021, however we ask churches to hold a service whenever it fits best with their calendar. You are also welcome to join our online service broadcast on YouTube, 4pm on Sunday 13 June, where we will be joined by the President of Conference and Pam Rhodes and will feature stories from across the MHA family.
 
For the first time, MHA are holding online sessions to find out more about MHA Sunday and how we can support churches to get involved. These will be held on 19 April at 7pm and 23 April at 2pm. To register and find out more as well as downloading additional free resources including children and youth resources, a video to show in your service, and an Order of Service, visit mha.org.uk/sunday.

posted 11/04/21

 

Called to be a teacher, a shop worker, a parent...unemployed? Thursday 13 May - 7pm or 8:30pm

The call to church leadership is a wonderful thing, but what does calling mean for the rest of us? Does God call us to secular careers? Can I be called if I shift from job to job, or if I don’t have a job at all? What about my family calling? Join us for an exploration of the call to follow Jesus wherever we are, no matter what we do – or don’t do! We will be joined by Alison Ransome who is leading the #lovethiscalling campaign. To register click HERE.

posted 06/04/21

 

Update to the Coronavirus Guidance for Property

Click here for the update.

posted 30/03/21

 

Climate Justice for All

On Monday 5th April, a youth-led campaign calling on the global Methodist family to take climate action in the run up to the UN’s COP26 is being launched!

‘Climate Justice for All’ (CJ4A for short) is a campaign which invites Methodist communities all over the world to engage in the issue of the climate crisis and declare ‘we believe in climate justice for all’.

“The message of the campaign, ‘we believe in climate justice for all’, is so important because as Methodist people we want to remember John Wesley’s declaration that God’s love was for all and we wanted to make clear that when we seek climate justice it is not just for a small number of individuals but for all.” Camila Ferreiro, Uruguayan CJ4A Worker.

Climate Justice for All is being led by a team of young workers from Uruguay, Britain, Italy, Zambia and Fiji and a network of volunteers from fifteen other countries including Russia, India, Argentina, Zimbabwe and the USA.  

The campaign is asking Methodist communities to do three things in the run up to COP26: listen, call and commit. 

To enable Methodists listen to other Methodist communities, CJ4A are releasing monthly short films and worship resources. The short films will focus on a particular a community and their experience of climate action and/or change and the worship resources will enable communities to deepen their engagement with the issues explored. CJ4A wants as many communities to use their monthly content in whatever way best suits them: in Sunday worship, in small groups, in youth groups or in personal worship. The worship resources consist of things such as: short film discussion questions, prayers, song suggestions and an eco-reflection. These tools are an accessible way in which to bring issues of the climate and creation care into the life of the church.

To find out more about CJ4A, visit their website and make sure to look out for April’s short film and worship resources on Monday 5th

posted 29/03/21

 

Guidance for Methodist people concerning Anti Semitism and the service of Good Friday, Seders and other local liturgies

Click here for the guidance.

posted 29/03/21

 

A Service of Lament

Click here for the service.

posted 29/03/21

 

Officer and Tutor in Evangelism and Leadership

Click here for the details of this new role.

posted 29/03/21

 

An update on the 2021 Methodist Conference

The Conference Arrangements Committee has reviewed its plans for the 2021 Conference in the light of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Given that the Government’s roadmap anticipates that no earlier than 21 June all legal limits on social contact can be removed, the Committee has decided to work towards the Conference going ahead at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole between 24 June and 1 July.

After consultation with the venue, the Committee is confident that the Conference can take place safely. There will be an option for those who are unable to travel to Birmingham to take part in the Conference online and more details about this will be released in the coming weeks.

The Committee has made the difficult decision not to hold the exhibition and fringe events which normally take place in person. It is likely that the numbers of visitors and guests will be restricted and decisions about that will be made in the coming weeks.

Further statements will be made as the Government reviews the roadmap and those personally affected by these decisions will be contacted by letter or e-mail no later than 18 April. 

posted 29/03/21

 

Maintaining the integrity of online meetings

New guidance has been produced on how to maintain the confidentiality and transparency of our online meetings. By keeping to these guidelines we can avoid unforeseen pitfalls.

See How to use Zoom safely and with integrity

posted 26/03/21

 

ROOTS at home 

Click here to download the latest ROOTS newsletter.

posted 24/03/21

 

#LoveThisCalling 

What is your calling in this time and this place?

We all have a call to follow Jesus, and for each of us that is as unique as we are. For some, the last 12 months have been a time when our sense of calling has been hard to find, and for others new callings are emerging. 

The Love This Calling campaign is an opportunity to ask the Methodist community, and beyond, to explore our sense of calling in the time and place we find ourselves. 

To find out more, visit this page. 

#LoveThisCalling

posted 22/03/21

 

Living Library 

We want to highlight the vocations Living Library and how you as a Minister could use it.

If you are succession planning, or there are people in the congregations who you can see could be excellent in some of the lay leadership roles, then read on…

The Living Library is an online event where people can come along, almost anonymously, and ask questions of people from other circuits.

This is ideal for those either who are not very confident, or who aren’t yet ready for people in their own church to know they might be willing to think about some kind of church role.

How it works:

  • We have some ‘books’ committed to be at the event.

Local Preachers, Administrators, Stewards (circuit and church), Presbyters, Deacons, Children Youth & Families Workers, Global Mission Partners, Pioneer or Planters, Chaplains, Youth Reps, Youth President and other young adult leaders.

  • ‘Readers’ visit the ‘books’ in breakout rooms, and the ‘books’ share their stories, and the ‘readers’ can ask questions and together they engage in a conversation. 
  • The event is 10-12 on 22nd May
  • There will be up to 3 breakout room opportunities, and 3 times of prayer all together (we will be engaging with 3 different styles of discernment prayer)
  • If people only want to ‘read’ one book, they can visit that book 3 times, or they can head off after they have ‘read’ the book. It is very flexible.

Visit the webpage here.

Please contact Alison Ransome if there is anything else it would be helpful to know ransomea@methodistchurch.org.uk 

posted 22/03/21

 

Trialogue 8th Annual Preachers Conference 

Conference Theme: The Ecumenical Pulpit

Saturday 13 November 2021

15:00 -16:30 (Includes Q&A)

Free Zoom event – details to follow. Click here for more information.

posted 18/03/21

 

The Big Church Sing is back! 

At 4pm on Easter Sunday, you can be part of The Big Church Sing Easter Special and  raise your voices along with incredible Christian artists like Graham Kendrick, Noel Robinson, Celtic Worship and our very own National Methodist Choir. All performing to support All We Can’s work with people in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Join in as we re-tell the Easter story and celebrate resurrection together! 

posted 18/03/21

 

Exploring Ordained Ministry 

There are still spaces left for the next Exploration Day which will be held on 17 April on Zoom. Please pass this message and link on to those who might be interested. 

posted 17/03/21

 

Spring Harvest Free Pass and 10% offer 

To encourage your churches to participate Essential Christian would like to pass on a coupon code providing a 10% discount from the normal fees. The regular price is only £55 for the 4 days of content including all age meetings and evening entertainment – we do hope that your churches will join with us. The code is SH21METHODISTS  which when used registering will reduce the ticket price. We would also be happy to provide a free ticket as an offer over social media or similar if that works better?

posted 11/03/21

 

Take Your Next Steps in Evangelism and Growth 

Download the Take Your Next Steps in Evangelism and Growth free booklet. Discover opportunities and ideas for individuals, churches, and circuits.

posted 11/03/21

 

Easter service

Click here for the Easter service.

posted 10/03/21

 

Marriage Regulations

You’ll probably be aware that the government are planning changes to the way they record marriages – details can be found here.

posted 10/03/21

 

ONE programme

Over the week of 15-21 March the CYF Team & Methodist young adults social media channels are going to have a focus on the ONE Programme particularly encouraging Young Adults to register their interest in upcoming opportunities for 18-30’s to work churches or projects across the Connexion. The posts are targeted at young adults & will be posted on Facebook, Twitter & I hope Instagram. 

It would be great if you could share or retweet some of these posts on your social media pages after they are posted, perhaps tagging the OPP or Interns projects working locally to you. 

Here are couple of the content items that will be shared & when

posted 10/03/21

 

Property Matters newsletter

Click here for the latest Property Matters newsletter.

posted 09/03/21

 

Recharge 2021

There are three more spaces available - click here to book your place.

posted 08/03/21

 

Mr Peter Hill

This is to inform you that a Mr Peter Hill is circulating an email entitled THE METHODIST WAY, of which you may already be aware. Mr Hill’s emails are full of inaccuracies and are based on a lack of understanding of our processes.  

The advice to everyone is not to respond or engage with Mr Hill in anyway. You are also advised to delete any emails from Mr Hill from your system. Some have also blocked his address.  

It is possible that Mr Hill is using, among other things, an old copy of the Minutes of Conference to access email addresses, and we are sorry that you have been contacted in this way and for any distress this may have caused.   

We are grateful to those who have forwarded the email as this helps with monitoring the situation. 

The Chairs of District have been asked to keep us informed when Mr Hill sends out another round of emails so we are aware of Mr Hill’s activity. 

Please be assured that our legal team is aware of Mr Hill’s latest e-mail (which is potentially libellous) and is considering what action might be taken against Mr Hill. We trust his activity will come to an end at some point.

posted 08/03/21

 

Job Vacancy at the Queens Foundation

Click here for information about the Officer and Tutor in Evangelism and Leadership role at the Queens Foundation. 

posted 08/03/21

 

Reset the Debt website

Ahead of the Budget tomorrow (March 3rd) JPIT has posted a blog on the Reset the Debt website. It discusses the growing issue of household debt accrued as a result of the pandemic and how as people of faith we are committed to speaking out to ensure that everyone who needs help to move on from the crisis is supported. Read the blog here

posted 02/03/21

 

CPAS 

CPAS have produced some excellent resources which can be found here

posted 02/03/21

 

Worship: Leading & Preaching - Introduction for Tutors, Mentors and Local Preachers' Secretaries 

Since the introduction of WLP 3.0 in September, we have been inviting all new students on the course for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders, and their Tutors and Mentors, to attend an online 90-minute Induction.  These are fortnightly and take-up has been encouraging.  

We now plan to run similar online sessions for Tutors, Mentors and Local Preachers’ Secretaries.  These will offer an introduction to WLP 3.0 and are designed to be particularly helpful for tutors and mentors who do not currently have a student enrolled on WLP 3.0, and therefore haven't been able to attend the WLP 3.0 Induction sessions. 

Three alternative sessions are offered, each with an introduction to the course for new tutors and mentors (or those considering offering for these roles), and for Local Preacher Secretaries.  Booking for each session is through Eventbrite, using this link.

Please pass this invitation to anyone in your network who might be interested in finding out more about WLP 3.0 from the perspective of a Tutor, Mentor or LP Secretary. 

Bob Bartindale, Officer for Worship & Local Preachers 

posted 02/03/21

 

Church Stewards' and Circuit Stewards' Handbook 

The Church Stewards' and the Circuit Stewards' Handbooks have both been updated.

posted 02/03/21

 

CTBI Webinar - Church of Sanctuary, 24 March 2021 

Click here for more information.

posted 26/02/21

 

Spring workshops from the College of Preachers 

Looking for Meaning: Biblical Hermeneutics for Preaching, 3 March 2021, 10.30-13.00  

Workshop leader: Rt Revd Dr John Perumbalath, Bishop of Bradwell in the Church of England diocese of Chelmsford and former Archdeacon of Barking. 

Hermeneutics, how we interpret a biblical text or texts, is an important element in crafting a sermon. The way we interpret a passage can shape how we structure a sermon as well as the way in which we apply the text to our Christian life and understanding of the world. In this workshop, we will explore how to develop a hermeneutic that will aid in crafting sermons that bring biblical texts into meaningful conversation with contemporary life. 

Please note that booking for this event closes on 1st March. 

 

Speaking to a Distant Congregation: Preaching On-line, 24 March, 14.00-16.00 

Workshop leader: Darren Blaney, Baptist Minister & Preacher 

Preaching to a congregation sitting in their own homes and watching you on a screen requires a different approach than preaching to a congregation gathered together with you in church. Drawing on lessons learned in his own preaching ministry during lockdown, Darren Blaney will explore how we can shape our preaching into effective on-line communication. 

 

Poetry of the Word, 20 April 2021, 10.00-12.00 

Workshop leader: Canon Dr Rod Garner, Anglican priest, writer, and theologian. 

The heart of preaching is in part an engagement with beauty and truth and the ultimate source from which they both derive. Jesus and St Paul are both poets; the one is at home with parable, and the other revels in paradox. Their words move and inspire, and point to the graced possibilities of all human lives. Preachers are Christ's troubadours and words, the very best words, should form part of their armoury. In this workshop we shall explore why the right words matter. As St John Henry Newman insisted, 'with us a poetic view of things is a duty.' 

 

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary, 8 May 2021, 10.30-12.30 

Workshop leader: Canon Victoria Johnson, Precentor, York Minster. 

Vicky has taught liturgical studies and preaching to ordinands and curates across the North West, was a Trustee of the College of Preachers and remains a tutor. She has contributed regularly to the Preacher’s Companion and most recently wrote about the transformative power of preaching in ‘Holy Attention-Preaching in Today’s Church’, (2019), Edited by Frances Ward and Richard Sudworth. 

This workshop will explore the power of preaching to transform us in season and out of season, and reflecting on how we, as preachers, can make ordinary time preaching extraordinary by weaving our preaching into the liturgy, being attentive to scripture, and open to creativity and transformation.  

These workshops are all being offered on-line via Zoom. The cost to book a place on any of the above workshops is £7 or £5 for those in training for ministry (ordained or lay). For details of how to book, please visit our web site.  

posted 25/02/21

 

Listed Places of Worship Grant - VAT Reclaim 

The Government has announced that the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will be renewed this year, operating on the same terms as previously.

This is the scheme which allows listed places of worship to claim a sum equal to VAT which has been paid on repairs and alterations. It was due to cease running at the end of this financial year. The continuation of this level of Government support is very good news indeed. At the moment we do not know how long this will be renewed for, but we shall provide an update when we receive further information.

posted 25/02/21

 

The Well Snapshots March 2021 

Click here for the latest Well newsletter.

posted 24/02/21

 

Vocations Sunday - 2 May 2021 

If you are asking for dates for the plan that covers 2nd May, please note that this year there will be a big push to celebrate vocations of all Methodists.

Please do consider allocating Sunday 2nd May as Vocations Sunday on your preaching plan.

There will be available a Vocations Sunday service outline with hymns, prayers, a talk and under 18s materials available for use on 2nd May.

You will also see that The Vine, Singing the Faith+ and the Connexional Team are promoting vocations from the end of January through to week commencing 16th May in which there will be a Living Library event. Lots more information to come. #LoveThisCalling

posted 23/02/21

 

#LoveThisCalling 

What is your calling in this time and this place?
We all have a call to follow Jesus, and for each of us that is as unique as we are. For some, the last 12 months have been a time when our sense of calling has been hard to find, and for others new callings are emerging. 

The Love This Calling campaign is an opportunity to ask the Methodist community, and beyond, to explore our sense of calling in the time and place we find ourselves.

To find out more, visit this page.  

Alongside this there are events and resources to support vocational exploration

  • 22 March new  resource This Time : This Place – an A6 booklet, with lots of space to jot your own words and doodles as you ponder the questions in this booklet to support you in asking ‘What is my vocation here and now?’ £1 + P&P from Methodist Publishing LINK to come
  • Saturday 17 April – Exploring Ordained Ministry Day for those aged 18-30. Booking at this link. 
  • Sunday 2 May – Vocations Sunday LINK to come
  • 12 May new resource Intentional Vocation Planning. A magazine-style resource with lots of accessible ideas to help church, circuit and district to be intentional about developing vocations. It will be a PDF and a simple magazine.
  • Saturday 22 May – Methodist Vocational Living Library is an event where some people are ‘books’, and other people are ‘readers’ who listen to the stories of the ‘books’ and ask them questions. Methodist Vocations Living Library is a morning event where you can ‘read’ books on a wide range of church ministries, lay and ordained. Book here
  • Saturday 25 September - Exploring Ordained Ministry Day.  Booking at this link. 

#LoveThisCalling 

posted 19/02/21

 

How to run a virtual prayer room  

22 March, 7-8.30pm

A virtual prayer room provides the excitement of Christians praying together in community, without having to leave your own homes. It’s a great way to get involved with Thy Kingdom Come this year, at a church, circuit or district level. We are delighted to be joined by Brian Heasley of 24-7 Prayer, who will talk about the logistics of running a virtual prayer room and provide some top tips for encouraging people to take part. The evening will also include an opportunity to experience an online prayer room; to pray, reflect and spend time with God. Register now 

Click here for other E&G webinars over the next few weeks.  

posted 18/02/21

 

Property update - presentation slides 

Methodist Property: how to streamline transactions and improve efficency - click here for more information. 

posted 18/02/21

 

Faith in Communities Project 

As we prepare for COVID recovery, the Good Faith Partnership is running a 'Faith in Communities' survey in partnership with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

This survey will form a report to the Government on how faith communities are responding to current needs, the key challenges they face, the pressing needs/plans to provide for the most vulnerable in society and how the Government can aid and accelerate positive impact in this area.

Please complete the survey here.

posted 17/02/21

 

Ideas Exchange for anybody involved in ministry with 11-25 year olds

This gathering for Youth Workers, and others involved in ministry with young people, will be a chance to share challenges and reflections, resources and ideas. Members of the Connexional team will also be present to share initiatives and suggestions. The gathering will use the four areas of ‘Our Calling’ to look at ideas for worship, learning and caring, service, and evangelism with young people. The time will be interactive, with a chance for conversation, sharing and some activities. This will be a brilliant opportunity to meet others in roles similar to your own and pool ideas and perspectives. We’d love to see you there! 

When: Thursday 15 April, 10.30-12.00

Click here to book. 

posted 17/02/21

 

Vocations Sunday - 2 May 2021 

If you are asking for dates for the plan that covers 2nd May, please note that this year there will be a big push to celebrate vocations of all Methodists.

Please do consider allocating Sunday 2nd May as Vocations Sunday on your preaching plan.

There will be available a Vocations Sunday service outline with hymns, prayers, a talk and under 18s materials available for use on 2nd May.

You will also see that The Vine, Singing the Faith+ and the Connexional Team are promoting vocations from the end of January through to week commencing 16th May in which there will be a Living Library event. Lots more information to come. #LoveThisCalling

posted 16/02/21

 

SRG volunteer role 

The Supervision Reference Group are looking for a lay volunteer to support their work on Supervision. Do you know anyone who might be suitable? Please take a look at the role outline and pass it on to anyone who might be interested.

posted 15/02/21

 

Lead Theft 

We are writing to ask those churches who have been affected by theft of roofing material (lead or copper) during the last three years if they could supply us with information about those incidents. This request forms part of an information gathering exercise established by Historic England; it is part of a project which involves the Police and other partners with the aim of reducing and detecting this type of crime. 

The project team would be grateful for details of offences (including any suspected or failed attempts) and a point of contact in order that one of the Heritage and Cultural Property Crime Analysts can make contact to obtain further details, if necessary. Details include date, time, place, designation (if known or applicable) plus details of what was stolen, but you can also include significant points of interest, e.g. how the roof was accessed, people arrested or whether crime prevention measures proved effective in deterring a more significant theft. 

Lead theft does persist (despite lockdown) and does affect our churches. As well as the financial impact, serious and sometimes irreparable damage to heritage buildings and significant upset and emotional distress to individuals and communities may be caused by criminal activity of this type. We would very much like to help reduce this type of crime. 

If you would like to offer details of any lead theft incident over the past three years then please contact the Connexional Conservation Officer on conservation@methodistchurch.org.uk or by telephone on 07799900489 by Friday 26th February 2021. 

posted 12/02/21

 

Where do we go from here? 

The "Where do we go from here? Churches, communities, and buildings during COVID and beyond" project was launched by the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture (University of York) in August 2020. The first survey (September 2020) attracted over 2500 responses which have already helped to shape decision-making and guidance. A new survey is now underway to capture current developments and needs and to support churches in making a major contribution to long-term recovery. To find out more about how our responses have made a difference and to contribute to the second survey please follow this link. 

posted 09/02/21

 

Vocations Sunday - 2 May 2021 

If you are asking for dates for the plan that covers 2nd May, please note that this year there will be a big push to celebrate vocations of all Methodists.

Please do consider allocating Sunday 2nd May as Vocations Sunday on your preaching plan.

There will be available a Vocations Sunday service outline with hymns, prayers, a talk and under 18s materials available for use on 2nd May.

You will also see that The Vine, Singing the Faith+ and the Connexional Team are promoting vocations from the end of January through to week commencing 16th May in which there will be a Living Library event. Lots more information to come. #LoveThisCalling

posted 09/02/21

 

Dementia webinar - 16 February

Click here for more information on the webinar 'Understanding Dementia and the support available' which takes place on 16 February 2021.

posted 05/02/21

 

Easter Celebration CD 2021 | change to pre-orders closing date

Due to huge demand, and in order to ensure Easter delivery, it has been necessary to bring the pre-orders closing date forward to Wednesday 10, February at 3pm. 

We have currently received around 13,000 pre-orders for the Easter CD and we want to make sure that everyone receives their CD on time. You can still pre-order your free copies via Methodist Publishing but you now have until Wednesday 10, February, 3pm. (P&P applies).   

Please note, the CD will be distributed week commencing Monday 8 March. 

posted 05/02/21

 

Property newsletter

Click here for the latest Property newsletter. 

posted 05/02/21

 

Bursaries for Professional Supervision Training

We are pleased to announce that applications for a bursary to undertake Professional Supervision Training are now being received. These external diploma courses build on and extend any learning you may have done as part of the Responsible Grace programme and more information about the trainings available and how to apply can be found here

The closing date for applications is 21/3/2021 and there are currently 5 places available.

posted 03/02/21

 

Vocations Sunday - 2 May 2021 

If you are asking for dates for the plan that covers 2nd May, please note that this year there will be a big push to celebrate vocations of all Methodists.

Please do consider allocating Sunday 2nd May as Vocations Sunday on your preaching plan.

There will be available a Vocations Sunday service outline with hymns, prayers, a talk and under 18s materials available for use on 2nd May.

You will also see that The Vine, Singing the Faith+ and the Connexional Team are promoting vocations from the end of January through to week commencing 16th May in which there will be a Living Library event. Lots more information to come. #LoveThisCalling

posted 02/02/21

 

Politics in the pulpit

JPIT are aiming to release their first episode on Tuesday 16 February. For updates and developments please click here.

posted 01/02/21

 

Called to be

A new resource has been published and is available free of charge from Methodist Publishing. Our Called to be postcards encourage reflection on how a disciple might serve God in a church role. You can order them here.  

Please share the link with your churches. 

posted 01/02/21

 

Video and audio resources for local churches to re-use

We are pleased to launch a new resource today featuring a selection of our video and audio content that can be shared and downloaded for use in online worship, e-newsletters or social media. We are aiming to update the page twice-weekly with audio reflections and prayers from the President and Vice President and interviews from our weekly podcast. Click here for the page. We will aim to give you notice of the podcast topics, although this is not always possible if we are responding to a major story.  

posted 28/01/21

 

Easter Celebration CD

After the success of The Methodist Church’s Christmas Service CD, we are delighted to announce that we will be producing an Easter Celebration CD which will be available to order from Monday February 1st. The service can be used as part of your worship or to give to those who aren’t able to access online worship. It includes Easter hymns, readings and a reflection from the President of the Conference. You can pre-order your free copies via Methodist Publishing from next Monday until Monday 18 February at 3pm (P&P applies). Please note: the CD will be distributed week commencing Monday 8 March. Pre-order here.

posted 28/01/21

  

Worship: Leading & Preaching in a Year 

This programme offers an opportunity to complete the Worship: Leading & Preaching course in a Year. It requires a high level of commitment from the student, but this may be just right for someone with a strong sense of God's call and the opportunity and inclination to commit to intensive study. 

The programme makes demands on the circuit and the Local Preachers' Meeting, who must complete their parts of the training process promptly and provide opportunities for services and review. The student must have a Note to Preach, a Local Tutor (who will be responsible for assessment of their portfolios) and a Mentor. WLP in a Year provides the Explore sessions, the support of a peer group who are committed to completing the course, and support and liaison for the circuit in aligning their formational process with WLP course deadlines.  

More details are here. Contact Deacon David Hunt on 01246 584226 or email david.hunt@methodist.org.uk for more info. 

Bob Bartindale, Officer for Worship & Local Preachers 

posted 28/01/21

 

Vocations Sunday - 2 May 2021 

If you are asking for dates for the plan that covers 2nd May, please note that this year there will be a big push to celebrate vocations of all Methodists.

Please do consider allocating Sunday 2nd May as Vocations Sunday on your preaching plan.

There will be available a Vocations Sunday service outline with hymns, prayers, a talk and under 18s materials available for use on 2nd May.

You will also see that The Vine, Singing the Faith+ and the Connexional Team are promoting vocations from the end of January through to week commencing 16th May in which there will be a Living Library event. Lots more information to come. #LoveThisCalling

posted 26/01/21

 

Special Sundays 

JPIT produces a calendar of special Sundays and events throughout the year which link to social justice and peace issues. Click here to download it.

posted 25/01/21

 

Superintendents' Induction 

Bookings are still open for the New Superintendents' Induction programme. If you know of anyone being stationed in September 2021 please ask them to click on this link to book a place.

posted 25/01/21

 

Wellbeing articles 

Here are a few wellbeing articles that might be helpful.

Article 1

Article 2

posted 22/01/21

 

MWM Annual Conference 2021 

4–6 June 2021

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire

Celebrating Diversity:

Mission Together in the Global Village

We are made in the image of God, with all our incredible diversity. Rather than fragmentation, this gives us the opportunity to celebrate and interact with each other to create a rich and immense collective body of Christ.

Speakers include Methodist theologians

- Prof Anthony Reddie,

- Rev’d Prof Frances Young

- Rev’d Dr Inderjit Bhogal 

Join us to hear how we do mission together across continents and cultures. Meet those involved here in the UK as well as around the world, including mission partners, and learn about exciting new initiatives and outreach.

If we are unable to meet face to face, we plan to hold a one-day online conference – more information nearer the time.

For a booking form and information click here. Click here for the flyer.

Any queries or for more information email bookings@mwm.org.uk

posted 19/01/21

 

A Methodist Way of Life resources 

A Methodist Way of Life resources can be found on the following webpages. 

Methodist Publishing

Methodist Church

posted 19/01/21

 

News from the Children, Young People and Family team

Upcoming Webinars

During these ongoing difficult times, looking after ourselves might feel more challenging than usual. Join us for our next webinar on Tuesday 26 January where we’ll be exploring ‘rhythms of grace’, ways to make sure we build in rest and time to recharge into our busy lives. Sign up here to take part.   

If you can’t make it, this session will be available to view afterwards on The Well Learning Hub, over on youtube.

Methodist Young Adults Bible Study

We are launching a new monthly Bible study, led by young adults for young adults (18-30). It will be a relaxed opportunity to meet with others and to explore and discuss a Bible passage together. First Bible study will take place Tues 2 Feb 7.30-8.30pm on Zoom. To register click here.

posted 19/01/21

 

Video of Workshop on God in Love Unites Us

To help with ongoing discussions on the God in Love Unites Us report, please see this video featuring presentations by the Revd Mark Rowland and the Revd Dr David Hull during a Workshop held at Sherborne Methodist Church.

posted 19/01/21

 

Vocations Sunday - 2 May 2021 

If you are asking for dates for the plan that covers 2nd May, please note that this year there will be a big push to celebrate vocations of all Methodists.

Please do consider allocating Sunday 2nd May as Vocations Sunday on your preaching plan.

There will be available a Vocations Sunday service outline with hymns, prayers, a talk and under 18s materials available for use on 2nd May.

You will also see that The Vine, Singing the Faith+ and the Connexional Team are promoting vocations from the end of January through to week commencing 16th May in which there will be a Living Library event. Lots more information to come. #LoveThisCalling

posted 19/01/21

 

Exploring Ordained Ministry

There are still spaces left on the Ordination Exploration Day on Saturday 23 January. Please pass this on to those who might be interested in attending. The link to book on to the day is here.   

posted 18/01/21

 

Tune In events for children and young people

The next Tune In events for children and young people take place on Saturday 30th January. The previous Tune In was in the form of a YouTube live broadcast but this event will be different, partly due to current lockdown restrictions. 

We will be holding two Tune In events via zoom on the 30th January as follows: 

10am-11am for 8 -11 year olds

2pm – 3pm for 11 + year olds 

Phoebe Parkin, Youth President and the 3Gen Youth reps will be our hosts.  During the events children and young people will be encouraged to take part in a range of challenges, conversations and fun activities with opportunities to have their say on issues that matter to them. 

There will be a limited number of tickets available and the aim is to enable children and young people to connect with each other, discussing their views and opinions. Anyone working with children and young people in churches (whether ministers, layworkers or volunteers) is encouraged to share the booking links below with those they know and work with. 

Booking Tickets 

Parents/carers can book tickets directly for their children and young people to take part in these events.  It doesn’t have to be a group leader.  Those aged 18-23 years can also book their own tickets.  

Book for the 8-11s Tune In here:  https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/NDQ2LTM2/t

Book for the 11+ Tune In here: https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/NDQ2LTM3/t

If you’re aged 18-23 years, book here: https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/NDQ2LTM4/t 

If you have any questions please contact: 3Generate@methodistchurch.org.uk 

This information can also be found here.

posted 15/01/21

 

Frontline

Following the successful Young Preachers weekend last year we are seeking to enable the ministry of young communicators across the church. Do you know people in the 16-30 age group who would benefit from meeting with their peers from across the connexion? We encourage you to spread the word of this event as we encourage young people to spread the good news of the gospel. Click here for more information.

posted 15/01/21

 

Property Newsletter

Click here for the latest property newsletter.

posted 15/01/21

 

Updated guidance on singing for the Safe Use of Places of Worship

Click here for the updated guidance.

posted 15/01/21

 

Superintendents' Conferences 2021  - Bookings now open!

We are delighted to invite you to join us at one of the two Superintendents’ Conferences, which in 2021 will be held in the same venues we used in previous years, Thame (Oxford) and Blackpool. 

The theme of our conference will be Planning for the Future we are happy to announce that Pete Philips, Jo Cox-Darling, Jane Leach and the Evangelism and Growth team have agreed to be our keynote speakers. We will be joined by the Secretary of Conference and members of the Ministries Team. We have a wide range of workshops offered by Supers, 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 attached here to help you choose your workshop. 

You will notice on the draft programme we have built in sometime around the principles of World Café. Here you are encouraged to come thinking ‘is there something I would benefit from talking to others about?’. For example: It might be how do I set up a young people’s worker appointment, or challenges of filling the plan etc. People are then invited to gather in groups to focus on the issues raised. I flag this now so you might reflect – is there anything you would want to bring? 

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 commitment 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 a lockdown when nobody can truly predict what we will be able to do in May and June. However, we are carrying forward credits with both hotels from 2019, if we cancel at this point we will be charged a large cancellation fee (as the hotels are saying they will be open for business in May). If the hotels cancel, cancellation fees are waived. Therefore, if we still find ourselves under major Covid restrictions we will amend our plans nearer the time of the conference and will probably offer the retreat “on line”.  

If it helps with your decision making as to whether to book an “in person place” we are actively investigating recording the Conferences and making them available to view on YouTube. However, we all know that it’s meeting other Supers that is often the highlight of gathering at the Conference. 

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

The links to book your place is as follows:

For The Oxford Belfry Hotel 12-14 May 2021 – click here

For the Imperial Hotel Blackpool 7-9 June 2021 click here 

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.    

posted 14/01/21

 

Covenant Service 

You are invited to a special Methodist Covenant Service online on Sunday 17 January at 4pm. Led by Revd Dr Roger Walton, the preacher is Revd Dr Calvin Samuel and it promises to be a special occasion as we renew our covenant with God at the beginning of 2021. Join in with a Covenant prayer by voices from our official international development agency, All We Can, as we are led in worship by Matt Beckingham, Gareth Moore and others. This act of worship will be live on the Methodist Church YouTube Channel at 4pm on Sunday (and available for you to catch up later!)- you won’t want to miss it!       

posted 14/01/21

 

Next steps in Evangelism and Growth 

Sermons available to download from the Evangelism & Growth Team            

The Evangelism and Growth Team have recorded a set of 10-20 minute video sermons for you to download and use in churches. You could include them as part of a digital service or perhaps show them on the screen at an in-person service.             

Each sermon explores a different aspect of sharing the good news in our communities. The details of the sermons are as follows:     

  

Missional improv Luke 10.1-11 

Theme: seeking missional courage and humility to leave our comfort zones

Trey Hall: Director of Evangelism & Growth

            

God comes you to disguised as your life John 4:7-29, 39-42 

Theme: seeking missional courage and humility to leave our comfort zones

Trey Hall: Director of Evangelism and Growth

           

There is nothing new about New places for new people Acts 10:1-23

Themes: Beginning a New Place for New People / starting with prayer / being open to new people God brings to us / prevenient grace

Matt Finch: Pioneering and Church Planting Officer

              

Why did Jesus say, the poor will always be with us? Matthew 26: 6-13 

Themes: God’s response to poverty / God desires justice not charity / an invitation to keep God’s commandments / church at the margins / discipleship.

Eunice Attwood: Church at the Margins Officer

                

You are the light of the world Matthew 5: 14-16

Themes: Mission in the community / community engagement / social action and evangelism / post-Christian culture / testimony /

Emma Nash: Mission and Community Engagement Officer 

              

Encountering Christ in Evangelism John 4: 5-30, 39-42

Themes: Whole life evangelism / authentic faith sharing / characteristics of healthy evangelism / encounter / social action and evangelism / healing / revelation

Holly Adams: Evangelism and Contemporary Culture Officer

          

Following Jesus isn’t always easy – but it’s worth it Luke 9: 18-27

Themes: Following Jesus isn’t always easy / Jesus said that we would need to sacrifice in order to follow him / But following Jesus is also exciting – we get to be part of the story

Abi Jarvis: Discipleship and Faith Formation Officer

          

Rural Mission, Mission in ordinary 4: Mark 4 26-32

Themes using what we know to speak of God

Elizabeth Clark: Rural officer    

To access the sermons you will first have to register on the Evangelism & Growth database on the website.

posted 13/01/21

 

Dial-a-Prayer

We have now added a weekly pastoral message from the President and Vice-President of the Conference to our free ‘Dial-a-Prayer’ phonelines.

Please share these numbers locally with people who are not online and may feel very isolated, especially in the latest lockdown.

You can download a print-and-cut-out sheet with details to send to others www.methodist.org.uk/dial-a-prayer

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514
Listen to a pastoral message from the President and Vice President: 0808 281 2695
Listen to the Methodist Podcast: 0808 281 2478

posted 12/01/21

 

Vocations Sunday - 2 May 2021 

If you are asking for dates for the plan that covers 2nd May, please note that this year there will be a big push to celebrate vocations of all Methodists.

Please do consider allocating Sunday 2nd May as Vocations Sunday on your preaching plan.

There will be available a Vocations Sunday service outline with hymns, prayers, a talk and under 18s materials available for use on 2nd May.

You will also see that The Vine, Singing the Faith+ and the Connexional Team are promoting vocations from the end of January through to week commencing 16th May in which there will be a Living Library event. Lots more information to come. #LoveThisCalling

posted 12/01/21

 

How to prepare for Thy Kingdom Come

15 February, 1.30-3.00  

Thy Kingdom Come is an exciting global initiative that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. If you’re planning to engage your church, circuit or district this year, come and exchange ideas and inspiration with other Methodists across the country. You’ll also find out how the Evangelism & Growth team can support you with training and resources. Register now 

posted 12/01/21

 

What does it mean to pray daily?

27 January, 1.30-3.00

There are many different and exciting ways to pray daily, one of the commitments of A Methodist Way of Life, as both churches and individuals. How do we make regular prayer a joyful and life-bringing experience rather than a burdensome routine? As we prepare for a Lent season that will likely remain under heavy Covid restrictions, join us to hear some encouraging stories of how daily prayer has transformed lives, and to discuss how you could encourage your community to pray daily, to draw strength and to draw closer to God. Register now

posted 12/01/21

 

Sermon of the Year 2021

The Methodist Church is proud to be an associate sponsor for the Sermon of the Year. Have you ever thought about entering the Sermon of the Year competition? It’s not too late. Closing date for entries is Sunday 21 February, 2021. Enter now by clicking here.   

posted 12/01/21

 

Exploring Ordained Ministry

There are still spaces left on the Ordination Exploration Day on Saturday 23 January. Please pass this on to those who might be interested in attending. The link to book on to the day is here.   

posted 12/01/21

 

Closure of Methodist Church House

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Methodist Church House will be closed until further notice.

All post sent to the building is currently being held by Royal Mail and will only be collected on a monthly basis.

If you have recently contacted us by post or wish to do so, please note there may be a considerable delay before your communication is delivered to the appropriate recipient.

If possible, please send your communication to enquiries@methodistchurch.org.uk or to the email address for the relevant Connexional Team contact. Alternatively, please call 020 7486 5502 for guidance. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

posted 07/01/21

 

College of Preachers online workshops

 

Preaching in a Scientific Age

13 January 2021, 10.30-13.00 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Revd Jennifer Brown, Director of Training for the College of Preachers and former Science Missioner in the Diocese of Oxford

Science & technology are central to our lives and there are many who believe that science and religious faith are incompatible - that we can believe one or the other but not both. This workshop will explore how we can use our preaching to dispel this myth, help people to discover the truth of scripture in an age of science and equip our congregations to bring Christian values to discussions about how science & technology are used in society.

Ticket prices: General, £7; Ministry Student, £5

 

How to Craft a Faithful Sermon

10 February 2021, 15.00-17.00 | via Zoom

Webinar Leader: Revd Prof Karoline Lewis, Professor and Marbury E Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, and Programme Director for the Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota, USA, and Programme Director for the Festival of Homiletics.

Good sermon writing involves bringing the text of the Bible into conversation with the life and experiences of our own congregation. But how can we be sure we're being faithful to scripture and not just saying what we want to say? This webinar will look at how to craft a sermon faithful to the message of scripture while also being relevant to life of the church and society today.

This event is being offered free of charge, but donations are invited to support the ongoing work of the College of Preachers. Suggested donation £5.

 

 Preaching on Mark's Gospel through Lent

17 February 2021, 10am | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Revd Dr Ian Paul. Dr Paul is a writer, blogger, and theologian. He is also the Managing Editor at Grove Books and ordained in the Church of England, currently ministering in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.

How can we draw on Mark's portrayal of Jesus' temptation and passion to capture the essence of the season of Lent, share the Good News, and encourage congregations to faithful discipleship? In this workshop, we'll explore what Mark's Gospel says about Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness at the start of his ministry - those days echoed in the 40 days of Lent - together with the story of his passion and how we can retell this story in the context of our lives today to point people towards the hope and joy of Easter.

Ticket prices: general, £7; ministry student, £5

 

To book a place on any of the above workshops, please visit the College of Preachers web site, and follow the link for the workshop you wish to book.

posted 07/01/21

 

Exploring Ordained Ministry

There are still spaces left on the Ordination Exploration Day on Saturday 23 January. Please pass this on to those who might be interested in attending. The link to book on to the day is here.   

posted 06/01/21

 

Update 05 January 2021

Please click here for an update about the new lockdown restrictions.   

posted 05/01/21

 

Cultural Recovery Funding

We are writing to you all to inform you of the second round of Cultural Recovery Funding offered by the Government, which is available for our historic places of worship, including listed churches and chapels (the most relevant funding stream is Culture Recovery for Heritage).

This is offering grants from £10k to £3m to support re-opening. It is not for capital repairs, though it can include minor repairs/maintenance etc. needed for re-opening (i.e. pigeon netting to make entry to the building safe following the build-up of pigeon guano over lockdown).

The fund is administered by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Church of England was involved in consultations about the structure of the scheme, and the guidance has a specific section on places of worship. 

Please note that this grant has a very tight timeframe for applications; you can apply from 7 January and applications close on 26 January. We have had some success with the first round of this funding, including one church receiving £78k so please do apply if you feel this is appropriate for your church! 

Eligible costs include the following,  but you can find more information via the link above, or do get in touch (conservation@methodistchurch.org.uk) if you have any difficulties accessing the information: 

Eligible costs

Through this programme, you can apply to cover costs associated with shortfalls in income during the period April-June 2021, whilst you are working towards restarting normal operations or business. This includes hiring staff and freelancers as you would normally, therefore supporting the wider ecosystem of the heritage sector.

In your application and Business Action Plan you will need to make the case that this shortfall is the result of reduced trading and reduced earned income. We would not expect this shortfall to be more than 25% of your usual annual turnover as this funding covers one quarter, April-June 2021.

This shortfall may be costs you incur as part of your operations and business, including: 

  • staffing 
  • overheads
  • marketing
  • heritage activities
  • maintenance of buildings and land, equipment and services

In addition to your ongoing costs, we acknowledge that there may be additional “one-off” costs associated with restarting your business. Costs can include: 

  • rehiring or recruiting staff 
  • contracting freelancers 
  • purchasing or installing essential COVID-19 related equipment, and stabilising heritage that is at immediate risk, for example, scaffolding or urgent minor conservation work (up to a maximum of 20% of the amount applied for) 
  • repaying or clearing COVID-19 related debt incurred since 1 October 2020  

posted 05/01/21

 

Finance Newsletter

Click here for the latest finance newsletter. 

posted 05/01/21

 

Update 20 December 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 19 December 2020 a number of significant changes have been made to restrictions during the Christmas Period and for the rest of 2020.  This comes into effect from 20 December 2020.

There are now four Tiers of restrictions across England, with Communal Worship still allowed in all four tiers, but with different restrictions for mixing and attendance in each.  Please follow the links below to read the guidance for each Tier:

Tier 1 (Medium): Tier 1: Medium alert - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Tier 2 (High): Tier 2: High alert - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Tier 3 (Very High): Tier 3: Very High alert - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Tier 4 (Stay at Home): Tier 4: Stay at Home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

A Full list of local restriction tiers by area - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) can be found through this link.

The government has also updated its Guidance for the Christmas period - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) in England, including its Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), please refer to this for specific restrictions on Christmas Day.

For all other information relating to places of worship, please refer to the Safe Use of Places of Worship and the Safe Use of Multi-Purpose Facilities, which gives guidance on different groups using the site.

Please note this is for England only so please check the websites for ScotlandWalesIsle of Man and the Channel Islands (Guernsey & Jersey), for specific local changes.

 Posted  21/12/20

  

Bible Month 2021

Click here for more information.  

posted 15/12/20

 

Exploring Ordained Ministry Day - January 2021

Our next exploration day is scheduled for Saturday 23 January 2021 on Zoom. There are still places available so please click here to book your place.

posted 15/12/20

 

Property Matters - December 2020

Click here for the December edition  of the Property Matters newsletter.

posted 11/12/20

 

Supervisory Records

Just a quick reminder that if you have offered Supervision to a colleague under the Interim Methodist Supervision Policy who has recently moved stations then there are guidelines available as to what to do with related Supervision records. You can find all the information you need in this document. Please ensure you have completed any record transfer that is needed no later than 31 January 2021.

posted 09/12/20

 

Seeking a Rural Mission & Ministry Officer (Methodist Connexional Team)

Ordained and Lay applicants welcome

Closing Date: Monday 25 January 2021

More information here.

Passionate about helping rural Christians and churches engage their communities? 

Love championing innovation and resourcing mission? Enjoy working with people with no religious affiliation?  

We are seeking someone to serve on a national level to help deepen a vibrant Christian presence in rural contexts — a leader who encourages and collaborates with others to join what God is already doing, a practitioner who brings together grassroots missional work with bold strategic intention.  

This is part of our vision to equip the Methodist Church in Britain to be a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking Church for the 21st century. 

We welcome qualified lay and ordained applicants and especially encourage persons of colour to apply. The post is designated as home-based or office-based at Arthur Rank Centre, Warwickshire, with occasional work at Methodist Church House, London.  

We welcome short conversations to answer any questions from those discerning whether to apply. Contact evangelism@methodistchurch.org.uk  

Interview Date: 05-Feb-2021 

posted 08/12/20

 

Carol singing

Click here for an update to government guidance on Christmas and most importantly – carol singing!   

posted 03/12/20

 

Extension of the Charities (Exception from Registration) Regulations 1996

Methodist charities with gross annual incomes under £100,000 in England and Wales are ‘excepted’ from registration with the Charity Commission. The Regulations which provide for this exception were set to end on 31 March 2021 and many churches and Circuits have been asking us what plans were being made to prepare for registration of all our ‘excepted’ charities after that date. The Government and Charity Commission have now confirmed that the Regulations will be extended for ten years, until 31 March 2031. You can find out more information here.

posted 03/12/20

 

#GodIsWithUs

Update 1 December

The Methodist Church Christmas campaign #GodIsWithUs launches today and seeks to share the Christmas message of Emmanuel – the good news that God is with us. Each testimony is from somebody connected to the Methodist Church and our family members (including MHA and All We Can) and reflects on what hope has looked like for them this year and how they have experienced God with them.

You can watch the launch video here and each day throughout Advent we will share a new testimony from one of our 24 contributors here. You can also follow the hashtag #GodIsWithUs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please feel free to share any of the content with your networks.

If you have any questions about the campaign please contact Jill Moody moodyj@methodistchurch.org.uk or Holly Adams on adamsh@methodistchurch.org.uk.

  • The Worship at Home Service sheets are now all available to download: www.methodist.org.uk/christmas
  • The Christmas Service CD is still available for pre-orders to be taken, publication date is 7 December.
  • The countdown to the campaign launch is currently taking place on the Methodist Church in Britain socials. 

How can you help?

Our focus now is getting audiences ready for the launch of the campaign on 1 December.  Please feel free to reshare the countdown graphics that are available now. Details below and on the intranet. 

Shareable content

  • Countdown graphics (available now, posted every day at 9am just search the Methodist Church on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • God is with us video (available 1 December, there is only one video, it is our hero video/main advert and includes all 24 people who will be sharing their stories of hope during Advent)
  • God is with us photo + quote graphic, each day during Advent (available 1 December, there are 24, one for every day in Advent) 

posted 27/11/20

 

Christmas CD

Due to an overwhelming response, we’ve increased production of our special Christmas Service on CD. We’re delighted that thousands have been pre-ordered, so if you haven’t ordered yours yet please do so as soon as possible. The service features carols, readings, reflections and short interviews with members of the Methodist family. It will be available to download from our website in mid-December, but the CD is ideal to give to people who won’t be able to download it or get a Christmas service in person. You are also welcome to use it at any Christmas event you are holding. All of the songs (music and lyrics) are in the public domain, all of the featured performers have given their permission for use on this CD and for any sharing, broadcast and online use, including streaming.

The CD is free (P&P charges apply) and you can order it here

Along with the CD there are worship at home sheets (5 services including one for Christmas Day) and downloadable posters and postcards to send to family, friends, neighbours and communities. They are available here

posted 27/11/20

 

Update 25 November 2020

Click here for the latest update. 

posted 26/11/20

 

Big Church Sing Christmas Special 

On Sunday 29 November at 4pm, join with churches all across the UK for The Big Church Sing Christmas Special live on the Methodist Church's YouTube channel! Celebrate the extraordinary news of Jesus’ birth by singing your favourite Christmas carols with thousands of people alongside leading Christian musicians such as The National Methodist Choir and Lucy Grimble. You will also get the chance to join in the festive fun with a special Extraordinary Christmas Nativity narrated by Songs of Praise and CBeebies presenter Gemma Hunt! You certainly won’t want to miss it!

 posted 23/11/20

 

Frontline

Following the successful Young Preachers weekend last year we are seeking to enable the ministry of young communicators across the church. Do you know people in the 16-30 age group who would benefit from meeting with their peers from across the connexion? We encourage you to spread the word of this event as we encourage young people to spread the good news of the gospel. Click here for more information.

posted 23/11/20

 

Methodist Way of Life Advent Liturgy

Click here for the Methodist way of Life Advent Liturgy.

posted 23/11/20

 

National Gathering of Chaplains (Online)

The ministries team and the Southern and Islands region are hosting a national gathering of chaplains. We hope that this will bring chaplains together to share and support one another - but also provide opportunity for chaplains to share their thoughts and shape the work we do as a Church. We look forward to welcoming chaplains on 7th December, 7.00 pm until 8.30 pm. Booking for the event can be found here 

posted 19/11/20

 

Feasibility Funding

The Methodist Council lifted the moratorium on grant applications from the CPF Speculative fund and Managing Trustees, Circuits and Districts are welcome to apply for funding.  For more information, look on this webpage. 

posted 19/11/20

 

Sermon of the Year 2021 open for entries

Sermon of the Year 2021 is open for entries. Now in its sixth year, the event invites preachers and sermon writers, aged 18 or over, from all denominations and none, from across the UK to submit their 1,500 word sermons. This year’s theme is Cross the Divide. The entry deadline is midnight on Sunday 21 February, 2021.

We have chosen Cross the Divide to reflect the consequences of recent world and national events and the growing need for healing. The theme has been inspired by the idea of reconciliation of the divisions in our lives: from the personal, to households and local communities, to regional and national issues and across socio-economic, political, and environmental areas of concern. The brief to entrants is broad and we expect sermons might address hot topics such as Brexit, Covid-19 or Black Lives Matter.

This year, the process for submitting entries has changed. Entries are to be submitted via our website by uploading entrants’ details and sermons to a submission form. Full entry details and the entry form are here. . In line with previous years, entries will be anonymously adjudicated to select the top ten to be included in our Sermon of the Year 2021 book and the four that will go through to the Grand Final. The four finalists will deliver their sermons at our Grand Final on the evening of Thursday 24 June, 2021.

In 2020, Sermon of the Year promotional activity reached over 25,000 people in the UK and attracted over 2,000 views of the Grand Final and trophy presentation videos, making it LWPT’s most widely engaged event to date.

posted 19/11/20

 

A Place for All

No one was excluded from Jesus’ table and eating with him was a sign of the kingdom of heaven and an invitation to meet God and to be transformed. We recognise that we do not always offer such generous welcome or listen to the voices on the margins.

As the Church strives to be God’s people in a world changed by a global pandemic, we invite prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, penitence and resolve that, with God’s help, we may recognise and repent of our exclusivity, and that then we may be reconciling, open to all and ready to listen to all voices equally. Together, we pray to become a more inclusive and diverse Church, creating communities of greater respect and compassion.

In addition to prayers on the theme of the Handbook, we invite prayers of thanksgiving, adoration and confession and prayers on the themes of justice, times of life and times of day and the comforting presence of God for the opening pages of the Handbook.

Prayers must be no longer than 120 words. 

Please also email photographs that will help to bring our theme to life. Photographs with people in are particularly welcome. Photographs should be sent in their original size. Please provide a caption and state where the photograph was taken. 

The deadline for submission of prayers and photos is 11 January 2021.  

The exception to this is prayers and photos from schools. For schools only the deadline is 29 January.

Please send contributions to: prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk. Please also provide your name, postal address and how you would like to be described. 

Before sending contributions, please read the full submission guidelines here 

posted 12/11/20

 

COVID-19 government guidance - update

There have been some minor updates to this webpage in light of the government guidance being published. 

posted 12/11/20

 

Methodist Christmas Service

A special Christmas service is being produced by the Methodist Church as part of our Christmas campaign for 2020 #GodIsWithUs 

It will be available from mid-December as a free download from the Methodist Church website, but we are also producing a CD version for those who are unable to access services online. You may want to order some to give away to people in your area. The Christmas service will feature voices from around the Connexion and the wider Methodist family. It includes carols, bible readings, a Presidential Address, interviews and conversation. Listen to this act of worship at home, in your car or on your daily walk.   

You can pre-order your FREE copy now from here (P&P charges apply).

posted 12/11/20

 

Supervision Zoom Support Volunteers Needed

Are you passionate about Supervision and enabling Ministers to flourish within their work? Are you interested in enabling and equipping others to do new things and explore opportunities through the use of Zoom meeting tools? Do you have an attention to detail? Then we may have a role for you.

Ministries: Vocations & Worship is looking for volunteers to assist and provide Zoom support for the delivery of Responsible Grace (the development programme for Supervisors across the church).

You can find the volunteer specification here. Please do pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested.

For a more detailed role outline, please contact the Supervision Implementation Group through supervision@methodistchurch.org.uk. To express an interest, please use the same contact and enclose just a 150 word summary of why you think you could be involved by 13 November 2020.

posted 11/11/20

 

Big Church Sing Christmas Special 

On Sunday 29 November at 4pm, join with churches all across the UK for The Big Church Sing Christmas Special live on the Methodist Church's YouTube channel! Celebrate the extraordinary news of Jesus’ birth by singing your favourite Christmas carols with thousands of people alongside leading Christian musicians such as The National Methodist Choir and Lucy Grimble. You will also get the chance to join in the festive fun with a special Extraordinary Christmas Nativity narrated by Songs of Praise and CBeebies presenter Gemma Hunt! You certainly won’t want to miss it!

posted 11/11/20

 

'Zoom bombing'  

There have been recent reports of ‘Zoom bombing’ of online church services that involve sharing pornography, which is extremely upsetting. Simplified guidelines on making Zoom meetings safe are here.

posted 10/11/20

 

Superintendents' Induction 2021 

We are now taking bookings for the Superintendents' Induction 2021. This is for those Superintendents' taking on the role for the first time in September 2021. Please e-mail superintendents@methodistchurch.org.uk for the details.

posted 09/11/20

 

Planning Ahead? The Covenant Service 

The Covenant Service would usually be held in the context of a service of Holy Communion.  However it is likely that many people will still be worshipping on-line in January, in these exceptional circumstances the Covenant Service can take place within the context of a Service of the Word and ministers should feel free to plan accordingly.

posted 06/11/20

 

Schedule 14a - Sharing of Buildings

During lockdown it is difficult to collect signatures for the Schedule 14a licence to seek permission for another Christian denomination to worship on Methodist premises. It has therefore been agreed that forms may be submitted with electronic signatures and emailed to the Conference Office at conferenceoffice@methodistchurch.org.uk

The form and further detail is available here.

posted 06/11/20

 

National Restrictions Poster

Click here for the National Restrictions Poster.

posted 05/11/20

 

Update 5 November 2020

Click here for guidance on the use of church property under the new restrictions. 

posted 05/11/20

 

EU Settlement Scheme

Could you support someone to make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme? Over 3.5 million EU nationals have made their home in the UK and will need to apply for Settled Status if they intend to stay after Brexit. We want our churches to be welcoming spaces for everyone, but the application process is harder for some more vulnerable groups who might need some support. JPIT and Settled are running a short half-an-hour ‘coffee-break’ session at 11am on Friday 27th November aimed at church leaders and anyone who might be able to support an application. They will answer any questions you might have, outline the process of applying, and let you know how best to support someone through an application. More information , including guides and resources if you can’t make the session, can be found here.

posted 03/11/20

 

Remembrance Sunday

We have received a few queries regarding Remembrance Sunday. The government has stated that as an exemption from the new National Restrictions (subject to Commons vote on Wednesday), a service of remembrance can only take place outdoors around a cenotaph. Therefore, no congregational services can take place on church grounds but ministers can broadcast a service virtually. More information can be found here.

posted 03/11/20

 

Supervision Zoom Support Volunteers Needed

Are you passionate about Supervision and enabling Ministers to flourish within their work? Are you interested in enabling and equipping others to do new things and explore opportunities through the use of Zoom meeting tools? Do you have an attention to detail? Then we may have a role for you.

Ministries: Vocations & Worship is looking for volunteers to assist and provide Zoom support for the delivery of Responsible Grace (the development programme for Supervisors across the church).

You can find the volunteer specification here.

For a more detailed role outline, please contact the Supervision Implementation Group through supervision@methodistchurch.org.uk. To express an interest, please use the same contact and enclose just a 150 word summary of why you think you could be involved by 13 November 2020.

posted 03/11/20

 

How to enable online donations to your church

Please click here to visit the Finance section and read about setting up your church to receive donations online.

posted 02/11/20

 

Christmas Campaign 2020

The Methodist Church Christmas campaign for 2020 #GodIsWithUs seeks to share this good news through twenty-four stories of individuals and their experiences of this unbelievable year. Each day of Advent we will share a testimony from somebody connected to the Methodist church reflecting on what hope has looked like for them this year and how they have experienced God with them. 

The individuals whose stories the campaign tells include those who have felt the painful effects of isolation this year, who have experienced extreme poverty, who have struggled with poor mental health, who have lost loved ones – like so many millions of others. But ultimately, incredibly, God’s loving presence radiates from each of them in beams of powerful hope. Hope that is so necessary for such a time as this. 

The campaign name, which ties in with our Presidential theme for the year, of course comes from John Wesley’s purported words on his death bed: ‘the best of all is, God is with us’ which reminds us that even in the times which feel most uncertain, we can be certain of God. Who do you know who needs to hear this message over the coming months?    

For more information and to download and order your free resources click here

posted 02/11/20

 

A Methodist Way of Life

A Methodist Way of Life offers a way for Methodists and other Christians to express their discipleship and spirituality by commitment to a set of practices based on Our Calling. It puts into words how we can live our lives in response to God’s love made known to us in Jesus.

posted 02/11/20

 

Coronavirus Guidance - update 2 November 2020

Click here for the latest guidance. 

posted 02/11/20

 

Planning for Retirement - February 2021

The next virtual retirement course will be held on Zoom from 23-25 February 2021. The link to book on is here.

posted 02/11/20

 

Update on Charity Registration requirements for Methodist charities in England - 28.10.2020

The Office of Civil Society has informed us that an announcement will be made in the first half of November 2020 regarding the Government’s intentions to extend the Charities (Exception from Registration) Regulations 1996 beyond the current expiry date of 31 March 2021. The Conference Office is monitoring the situation and will update the Connexion when the announcement is made. At present, we anticipate that another extension will be granted, meaning that Methodist charities with an annual gross income below £100,000 will continue to be excepted from registration. We are also in discussions with the Charity Commission about the possibility of enabling voluntary registration, but currently there is no indication that this will be implemented.

posted 28/10/20

 

Supervision Zoom Support Volunteers Needed

Are you passionate about Supervision and enabling Ministers to flourish within their work? Are you interested in enabling and equipping others to do new things and explore opportunities through the use of Zoom meeting tools? Do you have an attention to detail? Then we may have a role for you.

Ministries: Vocations & Worship is looking for volunteers to assist and provide Zoom support for the delivery of Responsible Grace (the development programme for Supervisors across the church).

You can find the volunteer specification here.

For a more detailed role outline, please contact the Supervision Implementation Group through supervision@methodistchurch.org.uk. To express an interest, please use the same contact and enclose just a 150 word summary of why you think you could be involved by 13 November 2020.

posted 28/10/20

 

3Generate 

Dear friend, 

This year’s 3Generate elections take place from 21 November 2020 and we’re keen that as many children and young people as possible, from across the Methodist Church, are able to participate as possible. They have the opportunity to elect the Youth President for 2021/22 as well as their 3Generate representatives for the coming year. 

In order to vote children and young people need to be registered. There are some simple steps to make this happen: 

  1. Children and young people aged 8-17 years old can be registered only once by a group leader or parent/carer. 
  2. They need to be registered by 15 November via this link.  
  3. Elections open on 21 November for a limited period.
  4. All those aged 18-23 can register to vote here.  

Please could you help us get the word out and communicate this as widely as possible? There will be more information appearing in the coming weeks about the candidates standing for election so do check 3Gen TV and the 3Generate webpage for further details. We hope that lots of children and young people will use their vote and know that by doing so they are making a difference to the life and ministry of the Church. 

With grateful thanks for all your support in this, 

Phoebe Parkin and the Children, Youth and Family Team

posted 23/10/20

 

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) 

The Methodist Church at Bishop Auckland is working with other community organisations in the North East to apply to the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF). This is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community. They are working with secular organisations and churches of other denominations on a combined bid to the fund, and have asked whether any other Methodist Churches have made a similar application. If you know of a church that has benefitted from the fund and are happy to share their experiences we would like to ask them to make contact with Bishop Auckland Methodist Church to assist them with their initiative, contact details are: john.purdy@methodist.org.uk 

Indeed, if you would like to find out more about the grant yourselves then please find the details here.

posted 22/10/20

 

A Methodist Way of Life 

The commitment cards for a Methodist Way of Life have been distributed with membership tickets by Methodist Publishing. Enough copies of an A6 booklet, A Brief Guide to a Methodist Way of Life, will be available for all members and others associated with the Methodist Church to be distributed by early November. In the meanwhile the pdf of the booklet can be downloaded from here.

Also available in November will be an A5 booklet Finding the Way: Getting Started with a Methodist Way of Life which outlines how ‘Our Calling’ can be lived out through the practices of a Methodist Way of Life, and which includes prayers, activities and faith stories. This is can be ordered at no cost through Methodist Publishing by circuits and local preachers’ meeting secretaries. There will be sufficient for every circuit to receive between six and thirty copies depending on the size of the circuit (circuits are asked to assess themselves what a reasonable order will be) and for every local preacher and worship leader to receive a copy. Local preachers’ secretaries will be contacted about this is due courses. 

Keep a watch on social media and the website for information on further resources that will become available over the next six weeks:

  • Preparing the Way, a study guide on a Methodist Way of Life for small groups, available as a downloadable pdf, which can be used in one, two, three or four sessions.
  • A set of sermon notes on each of the twelve commitments of a Methodist Way of Life with accompanying prayers and liturgical materials, and guidance for small group follow-up to sermons (also a downloadable pdf)
  • A conversational resource for all ages and for intergenerational use, consisting of a set of cards which will be available for ordering from Methodist Publishing at a small cost. 

posted 22/10/20

 

Christian Unity 18-25 January 2021

For those of you who like to plan well ahead here is the link to the materials for the week of prayer for Christian Unity 18-25 January 2021.  

posted 22/10/20

 

Tiered lockdown and its impact on churches

Read a statement and prayers from Jonathan Hustler

www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/latest-news/all-news/a-statement-on-the-tiered-lockdown-and-its-impact-on-churches/

Posted on 21/10/20

 

New workshops from the College of Preachers 

 

Preaching Mark's Gospel 

25 November 2020, 11.00-15.00 | via Zoom 

Workshop leader: Revd Dr Neil Richardson, Methodist minister and former President of the British Methodist Conference.   

Mark is the shortest of the gospels and, arguably, conveys its message with a palpable sense of urgency. This workshop will examine how Mark presents the Good News of Jesus and how we as preachers can interpret that message, and its challenges, for our congregations today. 

Ticket prices: General, £10; Ministry Student, £7   

  

Preaching in a Scientific Age 

13 January 2021, 10.30-13.00 | via Zoom 

Workshop leader: Revd Jennifer Brown, Director of Training for the College of Preachers and former Science Missioner in the Diocese of Oxford.   

Science & technology are central to our lives and there are many who believe that science and religious faith are incompatible - that we can believe one or the other but not both. This workshop will explore how we can use our preaching to dispel this myth, help people to discover the truth of scripture in an age of science, and equip our congregations to bring Christian values to discussions about how science & technology are used in society. 

Ticket prices: General, £7; Ministry Student, £5  

For details on booking a place on either of the above workshops, please visit this webpage. 

posted 21/10/20

 

Update 21 October 2020 

Following various changes to Covid-19 policy by the English, Welsh and Scottish Governments recently, please click on the link here for the Connexional guidance updates. 

posted 21/10/20

 

Update 20 October 2020

The Welsh government has announced a Firebreak. During this time, places of worship are closed to the public, except for those invited to a wedding or funeral and for those broadcasting a worship service. Click here to read more.  

 

The government guidance on the Safe Use of Places of Worship has been updated to  include a useful summary of restrictions for specific activities in each tier level. 

The Guide for Using Your Worship Space has been amend to reflect the Covid-19 Alert Level tier system.  

Updates have been made to the Guide to Managing Your Church Building.  This guide is designed to assist in preparing for conducting a Covid-19 Risk Assessment (Word) or (pdf version). The HSE has also produced a sample risk assessment that may be of assistance.  

For information regarding local lockdown in Scotland, click here.   

posted 20/10/20

 

Updates on the Conservation and Listed Buildings web pages 

We have added a few updates to the News, Funding and Training page of the Conservation and Listed Buildings web page here.  

This includes a link to the House of Good Report, launched by the National Churches Trust yesterday which, ‘demonstrates that the total economic and social value that church buildings generate in the UK is at least £12.4 billion per year which averages around £300,000 per church. That is roughly equal to the total NHS spending on mental health in England in 2018. We believe that these findings are remarkable. They show that our churches are not just Houses of God. They are also Houses of Good – good that we risk losing if church buildings are not kept in good repair, and may never be able to replace’. 

As well as a useful document for policy makers this may also be useful to local churches compiling grant applications to local and national funders. We hope you find this interesting.

posted 20/10/20

 

Navigating Change Conference 2020: The Wellbeing Imperative 

See here for details. 

posted 14/10/20

 

Scam E-mails 

We have been alerted that a number of ministers are receiving emails similar to this.  

Hi, How are you doing?

I urgently need a favor from you. Please email me here as soon as you get this email.  

They are often sent under the name of another minister and others who serve the church. 

If you email back the scammers they often ask you to purchase gift cards etc. 

We recommend you delete such emails and do not respond.

posted 14/10/20

 

Covid-19 Alert Levels 

Following the PM’s announcement on Monday, the Government has introduced a new system of local Covid-19 Alert Levels in England.  Places of Worship remain open in all three Category Tiers, but with different requirements and restrictions. The Connexional Property Team have provided a summary on their webpage. This includes links to the following:

  • Details on the list of areas within each tier
  • Details on the restrictions in each of the three tier levels
  • Details of local alert level posters for public information 

Please click here for more information. 

posted 14/10/20

 

Information for Superintendents 

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

In the light of the ongoing pandemic we are needing to review our provision for New Superintendents Inductions and The Superintendents’ Conference. The former will be moved online as a series of zoom meetings. Details to follow shortly. With regards to the Conference we invite to you complete this short poll to help us focus our planning. 

A brief reminder that the Conference received the report 25 Reaffirming Our Calling: Oversight and Trusteeship and has invited comment from around the Connexion. Comments should be sent to SOC@methodistchurch.org.uk.

In the same report resolution 25/1a states:  The Conference directs Circuit Meetings and Church Councils to undertake Unconscious Bias related training in order to ensure equality and diversity within the appointments process of the new trustee bodies. The Learning Network are currently working on a 30minunite package that should be available from early 2021. Details will be posted on the Minister’s Signpost. 

Likewise The Ministerial Covenant (formally known as the Code of Conduct) has been updated and is available for review and comment. Details can be found here

Be assured of the team’s ongoing prayers as we all strive to serve God and the Church in these difficult times. 

posted 09/10/20

 

Risk Assessment 

The Covid-19 Risk Assessment (Word) and (Pdf) has been updated and enhanced in light of recent updates.      

    

posted 09/10/20

 

Updates on Covid-19 Guidance 

As government guidelines continues to change, please refer to the Coronavirus Guidance for Property for the latest updates, which include:  

posted 09/10/20

 

World Mental Health Day 

As we mark world mental health day on 10 October, attached are few pieces of information some previously shared, that we hope continue to raise awareness about mental health for all and provides some helpful tips how to improve this:

posted 09/10/20

 

Struggling with the lockdown? 

Here is a link to a group that might be helpful.

posted 06/10/20

 

Updates on the Conservation and Listed Building web pages

We have added a few updates to the following pages of the Conservation and Listed Buildings web pages:

Listed Buildings
News, Funding and Training
Annual Report 2018/2019
Listed Building Guidance Notes
Maintenance and Repair of Historic Places of Worship
How to Make Changes to a listed building?
Listed Building FAQs

If you have any specific questions or would like to discuss your forthcoming project to your listed church building then do contact us at conservation@methodistchurch.org.uk.

Also, for any Superintendents that would like an up to date list of the listed buildings and unlisted buildings in conservation areas in their care then please contact us on the email address above.

posted 05/10/20

 

Updates on the Guides

We have added a few minor updates to the following guides:

posted 30/09/20

 

Health and Social Care Chaplaincy Journal (COVID-19 Special)   

This special issue of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy (HSCC) is free until the end of December and considers international responses from chaplains ministering during the first six months of COVID-19. Whilst the articles are written from the perspective of health and social care chaplains, they will no doubt have a wider appeal as those who minister reflect on their experiences during COVID-19. 

Please click here to access the issue. 

posted 24/09/20

 

Update 24 September 2020  

TMCP have produced a helpful article regarding the legal requirements for Test & Trace and QR codes in response to the government's recent announcements - read more here.  We will also be working on publishing more practical advice on this topic as soon as we can. 

You can also read the government guidance on Maintaining Records to Support Test and Trace.    

posted 24/09/20

 

Update 22 September 2020  

Click here to view the response regarding today's announcement from the Government. 

In the meantime, the following documents have been updated to reflect other previous announcements from the Government:

posted 22/09/20

 

Updated Guidance  

We have received several queries about the new rule of 6 and how it impacts churches. The government has yet to publish more specific guidelines but based on the brief information received, it is our understanding that the number relates to the maximum group size before they come into church and therefore can sit together in church. It is not a directive to sit people together in groups of 6 as part of worship. You can continue to space chairs and people as before with 2m distancing between household groups, which could be individuals, couples, larger families, etc.

In the meantime, it is recommended to read through the links below for more information regarding permitted activities:

The government has emphasised that venues must be Covid-19 Secure by following the Priority Actions and contact details must be left for Test and Trace.  

As well, new guidance has been produced for the following:

 We are working on new guidance on Toddler GroupsFood & Drink and Choir & Drama Groups with an aim to publish next week.

posted 17/09/20

 

Resources from the Free Churches Group  

This is a very different start to the academic year for students in Higher Education. You may have young people in your churches who are going to university for the first time, and others who are returning. Churches in towns and cities where there are large student populations may want to explore how to offer support to young people who have moved away from home. 

The Free Churches Group have produced a series of leaflets with ideas to help you think about your support for students, and with links to other organisations that offer specialist advice. These are available on the Free Churches Group website for you to download. Clicking on the title will take you to each leaflet. 

posted 17/09/20

 

Four Community Cohesion Roundtables now announced - begins 15th September!  

Click here for more information. 

posted 16/09/20

 

'THE BEST OF ALL'  

Global Relationships Worship Resources for 2020/2021 

For their presidential year 2020/2021, the President the Revd Richard Teal and Vice-President Carolyn Lawrence are inspired by the last words of John Wesley, “the best of all is, God is with us”. 

Worship resources include:

  • Service outlines
  • All-Age Worship
  • Sermon ideas
  • Stories
  • Testimonies
  • A stand-alone Own Arrangement service
  • PowerPoint slides 

There is no set date for Global Relationships Sunday so use this worship material any time during the Connexional Year 2020/2021. We suggest church councils work with local preachers’ meetings to agree a date for using it. 

Join with the global Church in rejoicing that God is with us! 

Promotional Flyer PDF - click here and click here for the website. 

posted 16/09/20

 

Annual Returns  

The Annual Returns site is now open for submissions for the Connexional year ending 30 August 2020. Submissions are accepted until 31 August 2021. A brief summary of the main new & improved features is listed below:

  • Property Information reports from previous years (starting in 2018) are now accessible via a drop down menu, similar to annual returns from previous years.
  • Conditional questions are now recognisable as such on the downloadable reports.
  • Quinquennial inspections for non-model trust properties can be recorded if available (optional).
  • The map display will now only appear for properties recorded as being churches or worship sites.
  • Various questions regarding Conservation, Insurance and Documents have been made clearer and/or updated.  

posted 11/09/20

 

Re-opening Churches Posters  

A range of posters to assist with the re-opening of churches can be download to print from here

Welsh language versions will be available shortly.

posted 11/09/20

 

Latest government guidance  

You will have seen that the Government has confirmed that, from Monday 14 September, the number of people legally allowed to meet socially, both indoors and outdoors, will reduce from 30 to six. This will apply to gatherings in private homes and gardens, public outdoor spaces and venues such as pubs and restaurants.

As the Prime Minister confirmed in his statement , places of worship will be able to stay open for communal worship - as is currently the case - and will be able to host numbers larger than six for communal worship. The capacity limit for each place of worship should be set by what is possible within COVID-secure social distancing guidelines for that building – as explained in our places of worship guidance.

Attending communal prayer in a place of worship
The main change for places of worship is as follows: if you are attending with others, then the group you are attending with should not exceed more than six people. This group of six can be made up of people from outside your household, but strict social distancing must be maintained between members of different households at all times.

The Prime Minister was clear today that everyone should limit social contact as much as possible and minimise all interactions with those they do not live with. Therefore, when travelling to, entering and inside places of worship, people should observe strict social distancing from anyone not in their household - even if they are attending as a group of six.

To be clear, from Monday 14th September, the new limit for any group attending communal prayer together in a place of worship will be six people. Social distancing must be maintained between members of different households at all times.

The only exception to this new rule is where a single household (or support bubble) contains more than six people, but the same rules on social interaction should apply. No person who lives separately to this household or is not included in the support bubble is permitted to accompany this larger group. This replaces previous rules where groups could be larger than six people if they were made up of two households.


Attending life cycle events in a place of worship
Life cycle events such as weddings, wedding receptions, funerals and religious life-cycle events will continue to be allowed but are subject the current limit of 30 people. As above, whilst up to 30 people can attend the event, people attending these events must remain within their groups of six and observe strict social distancing between each separate group.


Our guidelines will be updated in due course

posted 10/09/20

 

Update from GOV.UK  

Landlords must give 6 months notice when terminating a tenancy agreement up until March 2021. More information can be found here.

posted 09/09/20

 

Worship: Leading & Preaching 

A new version, tagged WLP 3.0 is now live and available for new enrolments.  The main change is that the complexity around portfolios has been reduced again, and most of the troublesome Word and PDF forms have gone.  Portfolio projects now relate directly to each module section and are completed and assessed online.  We will also be offering new students and their tutors and mentors an online induction session (using Zoom) to help to orientate them to the course and hopefully address some of their anxieties.

Once new starters are settled in with modules 1 to 4, we intend to go live with modules 5-8 in November.  From that point, any existing students will be able to transfer to WLP 3.0, although the existing WLP 2.0 will be maintained for the time being to allow students a reasonable time to complete their current portfolio.  A webpage dedicated to WLP 3.0 is here and will be updated from time to time. 

Bob Bartindale, Officer for Worship & Local Preachers

posted 07/09/20

 

Conferring and Decision-Making

As we move into the Autumn, and prepare for the usual round of local church meetings and councils, we are offering a short, accessible resource to guide and inform local churches and those who lead them about how we are approaching this work in the current situation. In it, you’ll find some theological reflection on how who we are as Methodists might underpin our way of doing this, alongside a summary of some of the practical guidance already issued about what we can do and how we might do it. Finally, we’ve offered a few thoughts and spurs for reflection on inclusion, pastoral care, and collaboration involving the whole community. We hope it’s useful, and perhaps even provides some resource for deeper conversations about how we do the sacred ‘business’ of the Church in more ‘normal’ times.

You’ll find the resource here in two PDF formats:

  • An A4 version, for reading online (there are some hyperlinks in it to connect you to some key texts for reflection), or for those with visual impairment, or just needing a simpler format;
  • A paginated booklet version, which creates an A5 leaflet. To print this version off, we recommend that you ensure that your print settings are:
    • A4
    • Fit to printable area
    • Print on both sides.

Then you can fold the pages into a paginated A5 leaflet.

posted 03/09/20

 

Retirement Course - Pensions and Housing Webinar

We are hosting a webinar for those ministers in their last appointment. If this applies to you please click on the link in this letter to book your place.

posted 03/09/20

 

Resources and help for lockdown and return

Click here for resources created by the Children, Youth & Family team. 

posted 02/09/20

 

Moving Manse - latest guidance from the Government

Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

posted 02/09/20

 

Finance newsletter - August 2020

The August 2020 edition of the Finance newsletter can be found by clicking here.

posted 24/08/20

 

Pray together across the Church | Tuesdays at 12:45pm starting 1 September 

Be part of the Year of Prayer. Join others across the Methodist Church to pray together every Tuesday from 12.45 to 1.00pm. Our first gathering will be led by Carolyn Lawrence, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference. 

Join the weekly prayer meeting on Zoom. Register for the first Prayer Meeting on 1st September here

Join the weekly prayer meeting on Facebook Live here

posted 21/08/20

 

Ten ways to practice evangelism 

Ten ways to practice evangelism - a fun, getting-started resource with a basic orientation to evangelism, 10 ways to practice evangelism, and 40 ideas to put them into action for churches and individuals. 

posted 21/08/20

 

Two new online guides for your ministry from the Evangelism and Growth team 

Mission planning workbook - An in-depth, practical, guided process that takes churches and circuits through the mission planning process step by step and includes lots of space capture information, ideas, and plans. 

posted 21/08/20

 

Updates from the Property team 

The Property team have released the following updates:

posted 19/08/20

 

Autumn workshops from the College of Preachers 

Click here for a list of workshops. In addition, they are also offering a workshop on 'Preaching Advent to Epiphany', which will be led by the Revd Canon Dr Christopher Burkett, Director of Ministry in the Diocese of Chester and Editor of The Preacher. Places on this workshop can be booked by clicking on this link and entering the password Preach610.

These workshops are all being offered on-line but places are limited.

posted 18/08/20

 

Youth President 2021/2022 

Applications are now open for the role of Youth President 2021/2022. Click here for more information.

posted 17/08/20

 

Guide for Act of Communion and Guide for Cafes 

The government added more details to its guidance on wearing face coverings and accordingly, there have been updates on the following sections:
Guide for Act of Communion
Guide for Cafes

As well, there is new information added to the Covid-19 funding section.

posted 10/08/20

 

A message from the Communications Team 

The Communications Team of the Methodist Church are seeking to discover how churches, circuits, districts or other projects across the Connexion have engaged online during lockdown. The aim is to learn from examples of good practice and help equip the Church as the world moves into a new digital era.

The survey can be found here.

posted 10/08/20

 

"Test and Trace" update 

Click here for the latest update.

posted 10/08/20

 

Face covering and worship 

The government has updated its guidance Safe Use of Places of Worship:

In summary there are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups to not wear a face covering in these settings. In particular, those who are leading services or events in a place of worship, and those who assist them (for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, although one should be worn especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained.  

This exemption does not apply to worshippers, who should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public space.

posted 10/08/20

 

Online Worship - what are we learning? 

We are now taking bookings for this online event. To book your place please click here.

posted 07/08/20

 

E&G News 

The E&G section of the website has had a makeover, following the Conference’s affirmation of the Connexional Strategy for Evangelism and Growth. There’s a new video entitled ‘Good News to Share’, new content on Church Growth, Pioneering and Congregational Discipleship, downloadable resources to help with mission planning, starting New Places for New People and developing leadership skills. Finally, you can also watch again all of our ‘Mission in Lockdown’ webinars, presented by connexional leaders, on topics such as anti-racism, community engagement, resilient mission-planning and more.

posted 05/08/20

 

Preaching in a Time of Crisis 

A workshop with the Rt Revd Prof Tom Wright, former Anglican Bishop of Durham.  Thursday 1 October 2020, 1pm to 3pm, via Zoom

We have all been living through a time of crisis as the world has sought to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, the press and politicians warn of difficult economic times ahead, and many are now talking of a climate crisis. We cannot close our eyes to the problems the world is facing, and yet Christians are called to preach Good News. How can we do that in a time of crisis? How can our preaching both challenge and reassure people by helping them to see God at work even in dark times? Join us as New Testament scholar, theologian and former Anglican Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright, helps us to explore these questions and look at how we can be effective preachers in a time of crisis.


To book a place on this workshop, please click here and when prompted enter the password Preach110

posted 05/08/20

 

The Value of Preaching in Ministry 

A workshop with the Rt Revd John Pritchard, former Anglican Bishop of Oxford.  17 September, 11am to 1pm, via Zoom

What is the role of the sermon in today's Church? As our society become more visual, where information is delivered in 240 characters, people want to be moved by the experience of worship, and truth is often felt to be relative, what is the value of preaching in ministry? The Rt Revd John Pritchard, former Anglican Bishop of Oxford and author of numerous books on the Christian faith, prayer, and ministry will explore this very important question, looking at the value preaching still brings to ministry and how we, as preachers, can preach with confidence, knowing that what we are offering remains an important and valuable part of ministry today.

To book, please click here.  When prompted, enter the password Preach17.

posted 05/08/20

 

Coronavirus Guidance for Property 

Click here for the latest updates  

posted 03/08/20

 

Property Matters Newsletter 

Click here for the latest property matters newsletter.

posted 31/07/20

 

Change begins with a bicycle campaign 

For girls like Nawalat in Uganda, bicycles are more than a means of transport – they are a way to break the cycle of poverty. This year, you can join All We Can and be a part of the change that is happening. Support All We Can’s Change Begins with a Bicycle campaign using the resources available to order or download from allwecan.org.uk/cycle

posted 30/07/20

 

Can we conduct church meetings, church council and Synods online? 

New guidance on online meetings is now available here

Posted 30 /07/20

 

Online Worship - what are we learning?

As churches, individuals and circuits, we’ve been learning so much about how to worship and make community online as a result of Covid-19 and the restrictions it has brought in its wake. 

For many, Zoom, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook (and even those old-fashioned things called phones) have opened up unexpected horizons of creativity and mission.

The Connexional Team and Singing the Faith Plus are planning a series of events in early autumn that will allow us to share some of our learning and develop best practice for the future. What patterns have you evolved, what mistakes were made, what changes are you putting in place, and what opportunities for the future are exciting you?

Read our flyer, including our three key questions, and do get in touch.

To register your interest and find out more information please contact Gabriella Mahadeva mahadevag@methodistchurch.org.uk

posted 29/07/20

 

Updates on Guidance

posted 29/07/20

 

"Hope in Uncertain Times" giveaway booklet

Hope in Uncertain Times is a giveaway booklet pointing to hope for now and forever in Christ. As churches re-open it is an ideal gift to give with an invitation to join your church in person or online. Check out the design here.

The Methodist Church is a key partner in this publication, and so the voucher code HOPEin2020 used on the Hope online shop will allow any of the Methodist people to buy this publication in packs of 10 at £3 per pack (plus P&P) – a special offer price equivalent to 30p per copy, which otherwise starts at £1 per copy.  

posted 28/07/20

 

Weekly All-Church Prayer Meeting | Every Tuesday @ 1245pm during the new Connexional Year

The Conference has declared 2020/2021 a Year of Prayer to support the new Connexional Strategy for Evangelism and Growth. Districts, circuits, churches, and individuals are invited to pray for the Methodist Church as we deepen our commitment to be a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking Church of gospel people. In addition to prayer resources available later this summer on the website, a weekly online Church-wide ‘prayer meeting’ will launch on the first day of the Connexional Year. This will draw on the rich diversity of Methodist traditions and leadership to help the whole Church journey deeper into prayer together.

posted 28/07/20

 

Video: The Methodist Church has Good News to share!

To celebrate the new Church-wide strategy for evangelism and growth, check out this short film of scores of diverse Methodists sharing personal testimonies to God's goodness. A great conversation starter with your churches, as you explore "What does the Good News sound/look/feel like?" 

posted 28/07/20

 

Seeking a new National Rural Officer 

Passionate about helping rural Christians and churches serve their communities? Pray about applying to be the next National Rural Officer of the Methodist Church. More information here

posted 28/07/20

 

Local Preachers and COVID-19 

Updates on Local Preachers and COVID-19 can be found here.

posted 24/07/20

 

Ministry of Proclamation and Preaching of Deacons 

Information on the Ministry of Proclamation and Preaching of Deacons can be found here.

posted 24/07/20

 

Ordinations 2020 

The ordination services which were due to take place at the Conference in June 2020, have now been rearranged.

There will be three ordination services held on Sunday 18 April 2021.

3pm at Wesley’s Chapel, London for the diaconal ordinations

3pm and 6pm at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster for the presbyteral ordinations.

It is very much hoped that it will be possible for full congregations to gather for these services but even if there are restrictions due to Covid-19, the services will still be held on that day and made as accessible as possible.

Further details, including the names of the ordinands at each service, those who are officiating and information about tickets and attendance, will be provided by September 2020.

Please remember the diaconal probationers and the presbyteral probationers in your prayers as they navigate these strange times in the life of the church at such a significant year for them.

posted 23/07/20

 

Using Zoom Webinar for Synods 

A guide to leading Synods using Zoom Webinar can be found here.

posted 23/07/20

 

Update to the Coronavirus Guidance for Property page 

We wanted to let you know about recent updates on the Coronavirus Guidance for Property page. There are 2 new pieces of guidance on:

In addition, there have been updates on:

It is worth noting that there is a dedicated page on the CPO website for those who wish to purchase PPE with the 15% discount. The page has been updated and details can be found here.

posted 22/07/20

 

A Methodist Way of Life 

An update for Superintendents and those in circuit ministry.

posted 16/07/20

 

Crossroads Retreats 

Are you or someone in your church needing to take time to reflect? Maybe at a crossroads in life considering the next part of their vocational journey? Our friends at Crossroads Retreats might be able to help. Click here for more information.

posted 16/07/20

 

Charity Commission Annual Returns 

The Connexional Team have produced the following guidance relating to the submission of Annual Returns to the Charity Commission.

posted 16/07/20

 

New Guidance and New Format

The Guide for Other Building Users is now available. This guidance has been produced to provide a generic framework for the reopening of church buildings for community activities. Other new guidance includes:  Guide for Pastoral Visits, Guide for Children's Worship and an update to the Guide for Holy Communion.  

Guidance Restructure 
As we respond to the frequent changes in government policies and guidance for easing lockdown restrictions, we have altered the structure of the guidance for managing trustees.  he aim is that the information will be more accessible and that updates will be clearly visible on the different aspects of re-opening, maintaining and using a church property.

posted 15/07/20

 

Holy Communion in the light of Covid-19

The Faith and Order Committee have produced guidance for local churches that seeks to encourage reflection on deprivation and on the sacrament of Holy Communion, as well as providing practical guidance and suggestions so as to enable Holy Communion to be celebrated in safe and appropriate ways. See Holy Communion: Responding Pastorally in the light of Covid-19

posted 10/07/20 

 

New Test and Trace 

Click here for a useful article about how to use Test and Trace during worship services. 

posted 09/07/20

 

Licences during the COVID-19 outbreak - who is responsible for COVID-19 precautions and how do we clarify this?

Click here for the article. This article also talks about cleaning arrangements for other users of the building. 

posted 09/07/20

 

Updated guidance for Local Preachers during COVID-19 

Click here for the updated guidance. Issues addressed in the FAQs include whether Trial Services and Recognition Services can be online, and responsibilities of local preachers regarding accepting plan dates as lockdown is released.

posted 08/07/20

 

Reopening church buildings - testing for Legionella 

There is newly updated guidance on when you will need to test for Legionella on our Coronavirus Guidance for Property page.

Posted 7 July

 

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

After receiving the Government’s guidance around the re-opening of churches in England from July 4 we have added extra information to our guidelines. There is now specific advice around baptisms, weddings and funerals. You can find the guidance here: www.methodist.org.uk/for-churches/property/coronavirus-guidance-for-property/

This link will stay the same regardless of any updates.

The guidance for Community Centres has just been released by the Government and our property team aim to have updated information for other property users of Methodist buildings on our website by the end of the week.

Please be aware that if you are in a devolved administration or in an area where lockdown restrictions are being extended, you should consult your own local guidance.

You can find a special service for the re-opening of Churches, Beyond Exile, here: www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Posted 1 July

 

Reopening church buildings

The Government announced that Places of Worship can open from 4th July with certain restrictions.  The Opening of Churches for Worship guidance from the Methodist Church is now available on the Coronavirus Guidance for Property page.

Posted 26 June

 

Wellbeing Clinic 

The Human Resources and Wellbeing teams of the Connexional Team will be hosting a Zoom Wellbeing Clinic on Wednesday 15 July 2020, all day. The purpose of the Wellbeing Clinic is for employees and ministers to have the space and opportunity to talk with Josephine Chuks or Linda Robotham, Wellbeing Advisers, to discuss general wellbeing concerns, mental health issues or to seek advice and guidance. 

The wellbeing clinic is open to all employees and ministers, and each meeting is an hour slot. In order to book a slot please send an email to wellbeing@methodistchurch.org.uk. Slots start at 9am and the last slot is 5pm, starting every hour. Therefore, we have limited slots available so please contact us as soon as possible to confirm a slot. 

The team looks forward to hearing from you. 

In addition, here are two links from the Well-Being team which they felt might be of interest and use to ministers:

  • This article was written at 3 weeks of lockdown and these feelings may still resonate. This article from Graham Fawcett is a useful reminder of how we may still be feeling and how to process those feelings. Click here for the article.  
  • Fatigue – is this a word that has more meaning now than ever before? Read the blog from Ben Porter at Thrive Worldwide, our occupational health provider about fatigue which helps us understand why at this time this is normal. Click here for the blog.  

posted 25/06/20

 

Update on re-opening buildings 

The Government has announced that places of worship in England may re-open for worship from July 4 2020. Our Property Team is working on what Managing Trustees will need to consider in order to re-open buildings and we will update our website as soon as practicably possible. We will also be releasing a special service to celebrate a return to public worship. 

In the meantime you can see the updates on what steps Managing Trustees will need to take when considering whether to open church buildings here

Property guidance relating to Covid-19 including a Re-Opening a Building Checklist and a Covid-19 Risk Assessment. Both of these can be started now and will need to be followed in the event of any changes. 

Safeguarding considerations during the pandemic can be viewed here.

posted 23/06/20

 

Refugee Week 

We know that Covid-19 has impacted lives around the world. Unfortunately, refugees are at a high risk due to the conditions they currently find themselves in. This week, during Refugee Week, we encourage you to make use of and share All We Can’s Refugee Week worship resource. You will find all you need to run a service that reflects biblically how we are to love our neighbour.  

posted 16/06/20

 

 

Back to Church Update 

We continue to heed the Government guidelines for churches and to consider the needs and risks involved in reopening places of worship. We will look carefully at changes to Government guidance on churches when they are announced and update our guidelines as necessary.

 

posted 12/06/20

 

 

Updated Guidance 

We continue to heed the Government guidelines for churches and to consider carefully the needs and risks involved in reopening places of worship. At this point, we do not anticipate making any changes to our own guidance until after the Conference which takes place between June 25 and July 2.

We are aware that the Government’s furlough scheme is changing and we will liaise with those Treasurers who have already been in contact with us about furloughing staff.

posted 04/06/20

 

Online reflective group for people in ministry, Mondays 10:30-12:45

Mark Argent and Lynsey Heslegrave are offering a series of online reflective groups for people in ministry in June and July 2020.

These are an opportunity to pause and talk together. They draw on our backgrounds in accompanying people as they explore their experience of God and how they are working, and offer a space for people to reflect with others in ministry on their changing role in the world of Covid19, and on where God is in this.

How are people feeling? What’s going on? Where is God in all of this? How do we cope with less face-to-face human contact, with socially-distanced funerals, with meeting friends and church members only through a computer screen? Is there trauma being bottled up, which would be eased by having space to talk and reflect? As this is about reflecting on current experience, people will gain most from attending regularly. Each session is self-contained and people are welcome to attend for whichever sessions suit them. For more information or to book, please use the following links:

8 June 

15 June 

22 June 

29 June 

6 July 

13 July

posted 02/06/20

 

Updated Guidance 

Updated guidance on using Church buildings for streaming worship is available here.

posted 29/05/20

 

Use of buildings update

The majority of the property team guidance is now live – principal areas updated include early year education and construction/repair work. 

posted 27/05/20

 

 

COVID-19 and the use of our buildings

An update can be found here

posted 21/05/20

 

Supervision while social distancing.

As a reminder, guidance for receiving and offering supervision while social distancing can be found on the Supervision Pages of the website. By clicking the links below, you will be taken directly to the respective pages that hold these documents.

  • Guidance on receiving supervision while social distancing can be found here.
  • Guidance on offering supervision while social distancing can be found here.

Jane Leach, the Connexional Director of Supervision, has also written some guidance on the more technical aspects of supervising virtually. You can access that guidance by clicking here (Pdf).

posted 19/05/20

 

Wellbeing Resources and Hymns for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18—24 May)

Click here

posted 15/05/20

 

A (free) message of hope!

We've arranged for a limited number of free copies of the Hope Together magazines for local churches to use for evangelism and mission. Packed full of testimony, inspiring stories, and spiritual encouragement, they're a great accompaniment to food bank parcels, care packages, invitations to online church gatherings, outreach to care homes and NHS workers, and more.

To order for your church, visit HOPE for All  and use the promocode: methodist-2020-mag. Please note this code  will give 100% off your order. However, HOPE are unable to remove the ‘Postage and Packaging’ charge at the check-out, so you will need to pay the P&P initially. As soon as your order is processed, HOPE will refund the P&P charge to you. This should be the next day.

These are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so please do plan wisely.

posted 15/05/20

 

I am due to move this August. What’s happening?

The Conference will be asked to adopt the changes to the stations as usual and at present we are assuming that all moves will go ahead as planned during the summer (therefore removals should be booked). A small contingency group has been established to look at issues that might arise and we will publish further advice if the situation changes.

posted 15/05/20

 

Re-opening Church Buildings

The Property team are currently working on guidelines with regard to safe reopening of our buildings.  Updates will be posted here

Many people are asking about the re-opening of nurseries and pre-schools in our buildings from 1 June, and please be assured we are working on the updated guidance which will be published as soon as possible.

Having checked the FAQ’s if you have specific queries regarding property please email property@methodistchurch.org.uk,

posted 15/05/20

 

Reopening of building that are used as Nurseries and Preschools

Please note we are drafting this advice –and will post it here, and on the main website, as soon as possible.

posted 14/05/20

 

A training opportunity from the College of Preachers

“Four Weddings, A Funeral and A Christening”: an on-line workshop for preachers to explore how we can share the Gospel through preaching at weddings, baptisms and funerals.

Although how we minister has had to change in recent months due to the pandemic, funerals are still taking place, in some areas, sadly many more than previously. In time, weddings and baptisms will again be held. This workshop will look at how we can use these events to share the good news and hope of the Gospel.

This workshop will be led by the Revd Dr Duncan MacPherson, Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, author and former lecturer in Theology.

Date & Venue: Thursday 11 June 2020, 11am to 1.30pm, via Zoom.

This on-line workshop is being offered free of charge.

To book a place on this workshop, please visit this page 

posted 12/05/20

 

COVID-19 Guidance 

For an update click here.

posted 07/05/20

 

Being transparent and safe online 

See our guide to Pastoral Contacts for ministers in a virtual world (Word doc)

See also The Children and Youth social media and communications guidance for churches 

posted 07/05/20

 

MHA Sunday 

MHA Sunday is a date where the church traditionally comes together to give thanks for the work of Methodist Homes (MHA) and to offer prayer for those in later life and those who care for them. This year Covid-19 has had devastating impact in our homes and schemes, with hundreds of lives lost including our residents, members and colleagues. At 3pm on Sunday  14 June, MHA will be broadcasting a service where we not only have the opportunity to give thanks and pray, but this year to also pause and remember those lives that have been lost to this disease, to pray for all in later life and those who care for them. Please will you stand with us in thanksgiving and remembrance at 3pm on Sunday 14 June?

Further details will be available on our website, nearer the time.

posted 05/05/20

 

Prayer and Methodist News for those without the Internet 

A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched.

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514

Listen to news: 0808 281 2478

Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening. 

You can find the whole of this week’s Podcast here.

posted 01/05/20

 

Churches together 

Churches together have produced this prayer card for use in the Coronavirus epidemic – feel free to share it.

posted 01/05/20

 

Prayers with the dying and bereaved 

We have had some requests for help with prayers for the dying – when a minister cannot attend. And prayers with the bereaved.

Please feel free to share these with those it might help.

posted 30/04/20

 

Mission through Online Worship

An early study on the implications of Online worship in the Anglican Church is available here.   

If you have any insights to share please do email Paul Wood (Interim Director Of Ministries)

posted 30/04/20

 

Local Preachers' Meeting Guidance

Thinking how to run your Local Preachers’ Meeting during the lockdown?

We have drafted some guidance that can be downloaded here.

posted 24/04/20

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing for ministers 2020

We are conscious that, during this time, you are supporting people through all kinds of difficulties, challenges and unprecedented anxieties. Though you’re used to being with and alongside others in illness, bereavement, the end of life, and amid mental health difficulties, the scope and scale of Covid-19 are new, and challenging, and potentially overwhelming.

Download Some resources to support mental health and wellbeing April 2020 (Pdf)

posted 24/04/20

 

Tools for using Facebook

The presentations below were shared by Facebook during a recent conference call for faith and community leaders organised and hosted by Citizens UK. For those of you making increasing use of Facebook and other social media platforms, they may contain useful guidance and tips: but that is by no means a wholesale endorsement of Facebook! We hope they’re of use to some.

Keeping the faith on Facebook - interfaith slides

Faith on Facebook Toolkit

posted 23/04/20

 

 

Volunteering for chaplaincy in care homes

 

You will be aware that some of the most vulnerable people to Covid 19 are residents in care homes including those run by MHA. In a situation where there is a shortage of staff because people are ill or having to self-isolate MHA are looking for volunteer chaplains and it may be that presbyters or deacons would want to offer some time to this if you have capacity.

 

If you want to consider this please consult the superintendent minister and the circuit leadership team as the wider implications on work in the circuit will need to be considered, particularly as chaplains are limited to access to only one care home.

 

If you want to volunteer with MHA please send an email to chaplaincy@mha.org.uk

 

posted 14/04/20

 

Holy Communion and On-line Acts of Worship

For many Christians there will be a real sense of loss marking Maundy Thursday and celebrating Easter Day without the opportunity to gather for Communion. The Methodist Church has produced two resources which can be used when people are unable to take communion in church and are especially relevant as we find ourselves in lockdown. Methodists vary hugely in their attachment to Holy Communion.  Today it is common practice for Methodists to receive communion once a month, although for many years some congregations only celebrated the Lord’s Supper once a quarter. Drawing from other Christian traditions, a resource for Spiritual Communion has been created for people who aren’t able to receive the sacrament physically. The second resource is for a Love Feast, which has its roots in the early Church and has a particular place in the Methodist tradition. We are also reminded of the words of the Covenant Prayer, where we pledge to ‘freely and wholeheartedly yield all things’ to God.

The Methodist Conference of 2018 adopted the policy that: ‘presbyters and other persons authorised to preside at the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper are not permitted to use electronic means of communication, such as the internet or video-conferencing, in order to invite those not physically present with the presiding minister to receive the elements.” In doing so the Conference recognised that there are diverse views as to whether such practice constitutes Holy Communion, that there is not yet a shared understanding, and that the questions potentially lead to a significant re-imagining of sacramental theology.  This is in line with the position of our ecumenical partners in the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

While discussions have been taking place throughout the COVID-19 lockdown about how worship can be adapted for people at home, the Conference resolution of 2018 stands. We are conscious at this time that many people are not only isolated at home, but are also excluded from accessing services online.  Many of our sisters and brothers in Christ are deprived of the opportunity to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, so we stand with them at this difficult time. Many Christians around the world have no opportunity to worship or practice their faith freely and again we are mindful of their struggle while we navigate our own ways through this crisis. A recognition of what we are missing is itself a reminder of the privilege of being members of Christ’s body.

Jonathan Hustler

 

Easter Day Love Feast https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/16689/easter-day-love-feast.pdf

An Act of Spiritual Communion for Easter Day https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/16692/spiritual-communion-for-easter-day.pdf

posted 09/04/20  

 

Ideas

We invite you to share some of your ideas for celebrating Holy Week and Easter. Here are a few that we received:

 

Ideas for Holy Week and Easter Resoures

DIY Holy Week and Easter at Home

 

posted 06/04/20  

 

A funeral liturgy: I can’t get to a funeral 

The Ministries Team have prepared this short Worship at Home Sheet for those who cannot get to a funeral. Click here for the material.

Please feel to distribute as appropriate.

We are keen to hear from you what creative ways you are adopting to

  • ‘Visiting’ the immediate family to make funeral arrangements
  • How you are rethinking your practice in preparation and delivery of funerals
  • Supporting the wider mourners
  • Engaging with online funeral services

Please let us know via mvw@methodistchurch.org.uk and we’ll share your ideas with others.

posted 02/04/20

 

Updated Guidelines for Funerals During the Coronavirus Crisis

With regret, ministers are asked to note the further restrictions on use of Methodist buildings and the number of people attending a funeral.

Click here for the guidance. 

posted 02/04/20

 

Ministerial Counselling Service

We recognise this might be difficult times for ministers. If you feel you would like to access the ministerial counselling services, please consult this document.

posted 31/03/20

 

Ministers' Wellness Survey

We have decided to extend the deadline for responding to the Wellness Survey by an extra fortnight – it will now close on 17 April. We sent out a gentle reminder to those who hadn’t responded yet just before the Corona Virus lockdown was announced. Since then, ministers are likely to have been working flat out setting up new ways of being church during the lockdown. Given that the survey is about ministerial wellbeing, it would be a pity if this unprecedented threat to health and wellbeing got in the way of people being able to give their considered response. So, if you have completed the survey, thank you! If you haven’t had a chance yet, you’ll find the survey here – it will probably take about 20 minutes to complete.

Survey URL: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F9QRGVS

posted 30/03/20

 

A message from Paul Wood and Jude Levermore

Click here for today's letter from Paul Wood and Jude Levermore

posted 26/03/20

 

Free material from ROOTS

ROOTS has produced free material to support Worship at home during this time. The material will be updated every week and two weeks will be available at any time.

Click here for the material. 

posted 24/03/20

 

Updated information on Baptisims, Weddings and Funerals

Click here for the updates

posted 23/03/20

 

All Church Buildings to close, please

The Methodist Church is announcing a closure of all its church buildings for the foreseeable future. The only exception will be for churches that are offering essential social outreach such as foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters, but these must be carried out closely within Government guidelines. The Methodist Church suspended worship services last week with some churches still opening for quiet prayer and reflection. This must now also be suspended. We would encourage people to use our online resources at home which include downloadable services and links to online worship services.

The Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference said: “We are asking people to change their way of ‘going to church’ to help to protect themselves and others. We have put in place measures that will enable Methodists still to be part of the worshipping community, whilst for everyone’s sake staying away from church buildings. There is a range of resources available for people to use at home which we hope will help them to continue their cycle of prayer and worship. The Methodist Church is more than its buildings and if in these unprecedented times we can continue our life as Methodists without using our buildings we will help to reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.”

If you are running a foodbank or soup kitchen we would urge you to seek advice on how to operate as safely as possible from central bodies such as the Trussell Trust or IFAN. In the first instance ensure that those at high risk are not volunteering and put at risk, minimise contact and observe social distancing, ensure people do not remain on the premises but take food away quickly and think through all your processes to minimise all unnecessary person to person contact. There should be no-one on the premises who doesn’t need to be there.

If you’re running a night shelter there is advice available here:

https://housingjustice.org.uk/what-we-do/night-shelters/wns-network-membership/coronavirus-advice-for-night-shelters

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping/covid-19-guidance-for-hostel-or-day-centre-providers-of-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping#use-of-shared-spaces-when-individuals-who-live-with-others-in-hostels-are-required-to-stay-in-their-room

posted 23/03/20

 

What should I do if I am due to take my sabbatical?

In order that the Church’s ministry might be at full strength after the crisis prearranged sabbaticals should be taken as arranged and may only be deferred with the permission of the District Sabbaticals Group (SO 744). Any change in the timing of a sabbatical may only take place after consultation as directed in SO744  noting that this will impact on future planning. In any case any deferment should be within this Connexional Year.

Full guidance is found in SO 744 and this should be followed.

posted 23/03/20

 

How does COVID-19 affect supervision arrangements?

Guidance on receiving supervision while social distancing can be found here.

Guidance on offering supervision while social distancing can be found here.

posted 21/03/20

 

What is happening to candidates for the ministry during the current situation?

The Candidates Selection Committee will not physically meet in the way planned from 23 March but all candidates have been contacted about the way in which the candidating process will be completed.

 posted 20/03/20

 

Updated advice on Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Click here for the update.

posted  20/03/20

  

Superintendents' Conferences 2020 - CANCELLED

It is with sadness that I write to inform you that we have decided to cancel this year’s Superintendents’ Conferences in Oxford and Blackpool.

The current uncertainty around coronavirus means that Superintendents will have different demands in their home circuits. Cancelling now releases Superintendents to focus their attention on local needs and also protects the church a little from losses of people booking train tickets (and having to cancel them later) and some of the venue costs.

It is of course my prayer that we are over this crisis before May, but on current predictions this is unlikely. Over the coming weeks, health permitting we on the Connexional Team we will continue to find ways to help you respond to Our Calling in these challenging times.

Be assured of my prayers

Paul

posted 19/03/20

 

A message from the Secretary of the Conference

The Methodist Church

18 March 2020

Brothers and sisters,

 

We are living in strange times and as so often we find ourselves pulled in different directions. As those called to pastoral ministry, we are committed to doing the best that we can to care for people at a time of great anxiety and uncertainty. As responsible members of and representatives in our communities, we need to follow the advice of the Government to keep people as safe and free of the risk of contagion as possible.

 

For those reasons, the Connexional Team yesterday issued advice that all worship services and business and fellowship meetings should be suspended. We have cleared the diary for meetings at Methodist Church House until Easter and will review the situation on a daily basis from now on. Our social outreach work needs to continue as well as it possibly can, so please be mindful of the guidance around good hygiene in running (for example) foodbanks, night shelters, or drop-ins for the homeless. Again, we balance the care that is essential with our need to fulfil our mission to those who are (as in all situations) the most vulnerable.

 

The guidance on public worship affects the occasional offices. Whilst it is not appropriate to hold large public celebrations of Baptism, the current situation might lead parents or others not to want to delay a Baptism and we need to be willing to offer an appropriate pastoral response and if need be Baptism with a much smaller gathering. Similarly, we are assuming that all weddings will be postponed but that there might be exceptional circumstances in which a marriage can be solemnized with a small number of witnesses. Those who have weddings in the diary will need to speak with sensitivity to the couple concerned about their options.

 

In the same way, we need to think about our funeral ministry. Local councils will have guidance around what is possible or permission in crematoria and cemeteries. We will want to offer the pastoral care that we can for grieving families and the reverent committal of the deceased to God whilst putting off the holding of large memorial services.

 

Our guidance on pastoral visits is on the website. You might want to consider what can be offered by telephone rather than face to face, and perhaps a telephone cascade system to enable prayer requests, pastoral news and the need for practical help to be passed on.  

 

There will be financial implications for some churches and circuits. In the first instance, can I ask that any church’s concerns be raised with the circuit and that circuits that feel they are going to run into difficulties speak to their districts? If district treasurers are concerned, they should contact the Finance Office in the Connexional Team. Please be assured that we shall keep our finance operation (including the payroll) running. Our HR team is also on hand should any advice be needed about paid staff whose work may be affected.

 

The calling of the Church is to respond to the Gospel of God’s love in all circumstances. These trying times are both a challenge and an opportunity to proclaim the faithfulness of God through our continued care for God’s people. We shall continue to update the website with guidance and with ideas about how our mission and our pastoral ministry can continue and we would welcome any examples of good practice that you are following or have seen.

 

It is important in all this that we do not fail to look after ourselves. Beyond that, supervision and spiritual direction can be offered by telephone or video conference as well as face to face; this might be a time when those who are supervisors need to ensure that they are available more frequently and those who are supervisees need not to be afraid to ask for additional help. And, of course, our physical wellbeing matters and we all need to be alert to the medical advice.

 

As always, we watch over each other in love. Those of us who work in the Connexional Team have been grateful for the many promises of your prayers that we have received and please be assured that we are praying for you and the communities you serve.

   

Yours in Christ,

Jonathan R Hustler

 

Secretary of the Conference

A Prayer by the President of the Conference:

 

Loving God

If we are ill, strengthen us

If we are tired

Fortify our spirits

If we are anxious

Help us to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders!

Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves

Fix our eyes on your story

And our hearts on your grace

Help us always to hold fast to the good and see the good in others.

And remember there is just one world, one hope,

One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.

In Jesus we make our prayer,

The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,

 

In whom we trust, these days and all days. Amen

 

posted 18/03/20

 

COVID-19 Update (March 17th)

Click here for the latest update.

posted 17/03/20

 

COVID-19 Update (March 16th)

Please find below a message from Jude Levermore and Paul Wood:

Updates

As you will appreciate, we are in a very fluid situation, so many people want to make their suggestions and many have to be context specific. The British Government have announced they will give a daily update, we in turn intend to review any guidance given (daily or more frequently as the situation develops) and will update our advice to you as necessary, these can be found here

Worshipping at Home

Last week we provided a worship at home sheet.  We will endeavour to coordinate this for the coming weeks.  A new section on the Singing the Faith plus website has been created to host these materials, you can find this here.  If you are willing to draft a similar act of worship please email Gabriella Mahadeva mahadevag@methodistchurch.org.uk who will send you guidelines and allocate you a particular Sunday.

We continue to hold you in prayer at this challenging time.

posted 16/03/20

 

Superintendents' Handbook

We have updated the Superintendents' Handbook! Click here to download it.

posted 13/03/20

 

Updated Coronavirus guidance for churches

We have  updated our Coronavirus guidance for churches – to read the full guidance click here.

posted 12/03/20

 

Corona Virus and passing the peace

Please click here for information on passing the peace.

 posted 27/02/20

 

Coronavirus 

In the light of the ongoing situation around coronavirus, ministers are being encouraged to take extra care around hygiene when preparing to share Holy Communion.  Please click here for today’s press release and suggested guidelines. We continue to pray for those people affected by the coronavirus.

reposted 27/02/20

 

Retirement Courses  

We are now taking bookings for the Retirement Course in October and November. 

20-22 October - Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre - click here

3-5 November - High Leigh Conference Centre - click here

posted 21/02/20

 

Music Summer Exchange 

We’ve received this email from Scott Cockerham, who is the Music Director at St Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Titusville, Florida: 

My son and I lead music here and are planning to go the UK this June and July. Would it be possible to set up a tour of churches that may welcome guest musicians from America? We specialize in taking tradition hymns and freshening them up with bluegrass and jazz styles. We would like to do this on a volunteer basis in exchange for lodging accommodations. For more information please click here.

We share without prejudice or a recommendation but that it might be helpful to parts of the connexion

posted 21/02/20

 

Preaching from the Prophets 

“Preaching from the Prophets”: a workshop for preachers to explore what the Prophets of the Old Testament have to teach us and how we can communicate their wisdom in our preaching. This workshop will be led by the Revd Dr Wendy Kilworth-Mason, Methodist Presbyter and former university lecturer.

Date & Venue: Saturday 2 May, 12 noon to 4pm, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire. Cost: £27, includes lunch. For more information, please click here

To book a place on this workshop, please click here

posted  20/02/20

 

Coronavirus 

In the light of the ongoing situation around coronavirus, ministers are being encouraged to take extra care around hygiene when preparing to share Holy Communion.  Please click here for today’s press release and suggested guidelines. We continue to pray for those people affected by the coronavirus.

posted 19/02/20

 

Superintendents' Conference - Oxford

There are 3 more spaces left at the Superintendents' Conference in Oxford that takes place from 5-7 May at the Oxford Belfry Hotel in Thame. To book your place please click here.

posted 17/02/20

 

LPWL Newsletter

Our latest LPWL Newsletter can be downloaded by clicking here.

posted 04/02/20

 

Retirement Course - March 2020 

We have a few more spaces left at the Retirement Course that takes place at High Leigh Conference Centre from 3-5 March 2020. If you are able to attend please click here to book your place.

posted 30/01/20

 

A First Move in Ministry? 7 more spaces left!

Are you in the fourth year of your first appointment?  Likely to move appointment or seek a reinvitation? This event is for you! To book your place please click here and to download our flyer click here.

posted 28/01/20

 

Evangelism and Contemporary Culture Officer

We're seeking an innovative leader to join the Methodist Church in Britain team as Evangelism and Contemporary Culture Officer.

Are you passionate about helping new people encounter God and become disciples of Jesus who change the world for the better?

Do you have a track record for inspiring and equipping theologically-diverse people to be confident, inclusive evangelists?

Find out more here.

All people are welcome to apply; we particularly encourage applications from people of colour and younger adults.

posted 23/01/20

 

Spiritual Formation Event

Divine Intimacy, Ordinary Holiness’ is the intriguing title of the forthcoming Five-Day Community for Spiritual Formation which will be held at Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne, N. Ireland in June (14-19). Bookings are now open for this retreat which follows a Benedictine-style rhythm, incorporating teaching, silence, worship and small group sharing into a programme which many previous participants have described as life-giving and transformative.  

The Community for Spiritual Formation has its roots in the Upper Room Ministries and is run in Britain by a small group of mainly-Methodist trustees including presbyters Nicola Vidamour, Sheryl Anderson and James Bamber and past Vice-President of Conference, Jill Baker. 

Places are limited so don’t miss out!  More details can be found by visiting the website and downloading the flier and registration form which are there, or by emailing fivedaycsf@btinternet.com

posted 17/01/20

 

Retirement Course - February 2020

We still have two places available at the next Retirement Course that takes place from 11-13 February at the Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. If you  are able to attend please e-mail Gabriella - cdim@methodistchurch.org.uk to book.

posted 14/01/20

 

Superintendents' Conferences 2020

We are now taking bookings for the Superintendents' Conferences 2020. Details can be found here.

posted 09/01/20

 

Exploring Matthew's  Gospel: Preaching the Lectionary in the Year of Matthew

A workshop for preachers to explore ways in which we can most effectively share the good news of Matthew’s Gospel through our preaching. This workshop will be led by the Revd Neil Richardson, New Testament scholar, author and former President of the British Methodist Conference.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Time:  10am to 4pm

Venue:  Ludlow Mascall Centre, Shropshire, SY8 1RZ

Cost: £12 (no lunch) or £17 (includes lunch) 

To book a place, please click here. Please publicise this around your networks.

posted 06/01/20

 

Superintendents' Conferences 2020 

We will open the booking for the Superintendents' Conferences 2020 on 9 January at 12noon.

posted 20/12/19

 

Preaching the Good News of Matthew 

“Preaching the Good News of Matthew”: a workshop for preachers to explore ways in which we can most effectively share the good news of Matthew’s Gospel through our preaching. This workshop will be led by the Revd Dr Stephen Wright, Vice Principal and Academic Director of Spurgeon’s College.

Date & Venue: Friday, 17 January 2020, 2pm to 5pm, Mount Street Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3AY.

Venue is easily accessible by bus or London Underground.

This workshop is free but places are limited.

To book a place on this workshop, please email training@collegeofpreachers.co.uk

posted 11/12/19

 

Sermon of the Year 2020

This competition, organised by LWPT, is an opportunity to raise the profile of great preaching in your circuit.  Please publicise this at your next Local Preachers’ Meeting and note that the closing date is 23 February 2020.

posted 04/12/19

 

The StF plus site is now upgraded

Click here to access the newly upgraded site!

posted 04/12/19

 

Some interesting research from the Bible Society

Click here for a very helpful video.

posted 20/11/19

 

Recharge!

Are you in year 10-12 of ministry?  Wondering what next? This is for you! Click here to book your place.

posted 08/11/19 and updated 27/01/20

 

A First Move in Ministry?

Are you in the fourth year of your first appointment?  Likely to move appointment or seek a reinvitation? This event is for you! To book your place please click here and to download our flyer click here.

posted 08/11/19

 

Supernumeraries web pages

We are delighted to announce that the Supernumeraries webpages are now live on the Methodist Church website and can be accessed by clicking on this link.

posted 06/11/19

 

LPWL Newsletter

The latest LPWL Newsletter can be downloaded here.

posted 25/10/19

 

The Well

The Well is a network for all those working with children, young people and families; whether ordained or lay, paid or voluntary the Well is for everyone. If you sign up to the Well you will receive regular mailings containing information about relevant events, resources, opportunities and funding. There is also an extensive range of information and resources in the Well section of the Methodist website. 

You can also find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ministrywithchildrenandyouth 

and on Twitter @childrenyouth

posted  18/10/19

 

Church Stewards' Handbook

We are delighted to announce the publication of the long awaited Church Stewards Handbook which is free to download and print locally. We are treating this as a work in progress so if you can think of improvements please do feel free to email Paul Wood woodp@methodistchurch.org.uk

posted 14/10/19

 

Why are the number of Candidates for Ministry falling?

The Ministries Committee have received this report and share it with the church for its reflection.  Further work around the recommendations will follow.

posted 24/09/19

 

Remembering Our Call: An Annual Service for Local Preachers

This is now available in Word format and can be downloaded here.

posted 11/09/19

 

Marriage and Relationships

The report, study guide and film being provided to support discussions around marriage and relationships can be found online here. These resources are also available to order from Methodist Publishing; orders will be dispatched after the 23 September. District synod orders are being collated and handled directly in time for forthcoming  meetings. More resources to support prayerful reflection are to be added online in the next week.

posted 11/09/19

 

Are you beginning your 4th year in public ministry? Starting to think about your first move in Ministry?

First Move in Ministry – is a fully funded Continuing Development in Ministry opportunity especially for you. Save the date! Click here for our flyer. More details to follow.

posted 30/08/19

 

Are you in your 10- 12th year of travel – wondering what next?

Recharge could be for you - 22-24 June 2020! Save the date! More information here.

posted 30/08/19

 

Want to help your people think about their vocations?

Follow Alison Ransome our new Vocations Advisor, on twitter - Alison, is collecting and sharing stories around the Connexion. Share yours by following @MethodistVocat1

posted 30/08/19

 

Michael Paterson's presentation at the Superintendents' Conference 2019

Michael's video is now available to watch below:

posted 01/08/19

 

Circuit Stewards' Handbook

We are delighted to announce that the long awaited Circuit Stewards’ Handbook and training materials are now available here

We hope to make the new Church Stewards’ Handbook available in the autumn.

posted 31/07/19

 

Remembering Our Call: An Annual Service for Local Preachers

This is now available as a PowerPoint to download here.

posted 30/07/19 

 

Remembering Our Call - An Annual Service for Local Preachers 

Following the decision of Conference in 2018, Local Preachers are required to attend an annual service of reaffirmation of their call (SO 563(3)(v)).  Usually, this will be part of the Local Preachers’ Meeting, but could form part of a circuit service.  An order of service has been prepared by the Faith and Order Committee, and is now available for download here or from the Methodist Church website here.   

We hope that this will become a significant time of worship, celebration and recommitment for those who serve the church through their faithful preaching week by week.

posted 29/07/19

 

Connexional Evangelism and Growth Strategy Foundations Welcomed at Conference

Since autumn 2018, the new Evangelism and Growth team has led 75 consultations in every region of the Church – the first phase of its work to inspire, architect, and embed a contextual, coherent, and coordinated Connexional Strategy for Evangelism and Growth. Those consultations led to a “Strategic Foundations Paper” that was workshopped at the Superintendents Conferences and the Methodist Conference. Another 300 people from across the Connexion will engage with these strategic foundations at an October 2019 Consultation on Evangelism.

The developed strategy will be presented to the 2020 Conference in Telford for discussion and acceptance. In the meantime, the Evangelism and Growth team is kick-starting some experiments to help the whole Church stretch into a renewed commitment to faith-sharing, growing churches, and starting new Christian communities.

Here are a two ways you can get connected now:

A Mission Plan for Your Church

If your church doesn’t yet have a mission plan, the Mission Planning Toolkit has lots of resources to get you started and to guide you along the way. Mission Planning is a crucial step towards one of our strategic dreams: Every Church Growing.

New Places for New People Grants 

Are you looking to pioneer something new in your circuit or church? We would like to help you get started, and affirm you as you seek God’s calling, with a “New Places for New People” starter grant. We are looking for projects right at the start of their pioneering journey where £100-£1500 would lift a bit of pressure at that early stage.

Trey Hall, Director of Evangelism and Growth said: “As we prepare to launch a significant strategy change in 2020 around starting new churches, partnering with leaders in the most deprived areas of the country, and raising up a movement of young leaders, we’re excited to announce these micro-grants as a very small sign of the expansive commitment that we hope to make in 2020.”

posted 29/07/19

 

Worship: Leading & Preaching is changing!

The Worship: Leading & Preaching website was introduced in 2015-16 and is well overdue for a makeover. The new site is now live.

Five headline changes are:

  1. New page design with graphics and colour, optimized for most device types.
  2. Easier navigation around the site – harder to get lost!
  3. Book-marking within Worship and Prepare.
  4. Easier and more efficient printing. 
  5. Course contents re-organised into more logical blocks for learning.

We hope that these changes will make learning more accessible and remove obstacles from the path of those developing their calling as Worship Leaders and Local Preachers.

The technical details of the changes are here.  All existing users will be given prior notice and will be switched to the new course automatically.  They will still be able to access the current course for a while, although we hope that they won’t want to.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Bob Bartindale for clarification. 

posted 16/07/19

 

New Professional Certificate in Pastoral Supervision Training Course

The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in association with the Institute of Pastoral Counselling & Supervision is offering a course for Clergy, Pastoral Care Team Leaders, Lay Ministers, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Chaplains, Pioneer Ministers and Spiritual Directors to develop understanding and skills in reflective practice in pastoral and ministerial settings.

You can find more information about this and other professional supervision training courses here.

Posted 12/07/19

 

New Superintendents' Induction Courses 2020

Dates for the New Superintendents' Induction Courses are now on the website at this link.

posted 11/07/19

 

Exploration Day 18-30s

If you know anyone in the age group of 18-30s who would like to explore a Call to Ministry, please ask them to come along to our Exploration Day that is scheduled for Saturday 5 October 2019 at Methodist Church House, London. Bookings are open at this link. 

posted 11/07/19

 

Superintendents' Conferences 2019

The material from the Superintendents' Conferences 2019 is now available to download here.

posted 11/07/19

 

Presbyteral Session Communion Liturgy

The Ex-President of Conference, The Revd Michaela Youngson, has made available the liturgy from the Presbyteral Session of Conference for those who wish to use it. It can be downloaded here

posted 11/07/19

 

Called to Ordained Ministry - Stories

We’ve added some more Video Testimonies of people called to Ordained Ministry onto the Website at this link. Feel free to use them – in worship, meetings or to direct people who you feel may be called to ordination.

posted 11/07/19

Worship: Leading & Preaching

Spring School and Summer Schools provide the group “Explore” sessions from the Worship: Leading & Preaching course at Cliff College.  Students still require a local tutor and mentor, but benefit from learning with a diverse group from around the connexion.  Summer School takes place from 5 - 9 August at Cliff College and Spring School is 23 - 27 March 2020.  Despite the information on the flyer that can be downloaded here, we will be offering all modules at both events.  If there are those in your circuit who could take advantage of these opportunities, please let them know – bookings will remain open until mid-July. 

Also, our new WLP in a Year programme starts in September.  This is designed to allow completion of Worship: Leading & Preaching within a calendar year, and is especially appropriate for those intending to candidate for ministry.  Further information is available here, or contact David Hunt at chaplain@cliffcollege.ac.uk.

posted 09/07/19

 

Ministers' Retirement Course

For those looking towards retirement in the next 2 years there is an opportunity to attend the Ministers' retirement course.  Details can be found here.

posted 24/06/19

 

Vocations Advisor

We are pleased to announce that Alison Ransome the Learning Coordinator from the North West and Mann Region will be seconded from September 2019 to serve in Ministries: Vocations and Worship as Vocations Advisor.  She will take the lead alongside other members of the Connexional team in work around the Vocations Strategy.  Alison has experience of Fresh Expressions of Church and is a passionate advocate for the ministry of the whole people of God –  we look forward to her sharing her gifts with the team.

posted 17/06/19

 

Superintendents' Conference Oxford 2020

Due to the change of the 2020 May Bank Holiday, the Superintendents' Conference in Oxford will now take place from Tuesday 5 May to Thursday 7 May.

posted 17/06/19

 

Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine is an event for young people aged 16 -23, who have been chosen by their church to attend, as they are in leadership or show potential in leadership. Rise and Shine will bring young people together for a weekend to listen to God, pray and talk together and gain a deeper understanding of leadership through worship, workshops and creative activities. The weekend is from the 12–14 July at Cliff College in Derbyshire. More details here

 posted 03/06/19

 

Young Local Preacher Weekend

Do you know a young person aged 16-25 with a call to preach? This year we are launching a Young Local Preachers weekend, for anyone aged 16-25 who is a local preacher, or at any stage in the training, or even just thinking about it! The Methodist Church and Cliff College will be hosting this weekend event full of inspiration, challenge and a chance to develop new skills. The weekend will be held at Cliff College from 20-22 September 2019.  Tickets cost £75 and can be bought via the Eventbrite link here.

 posted 03/06/19

 

Supervision Record Keeping and Note Taking

Guidance on the handling of supervisory files can be found here.

posted 31/05/19

 

Candidating for the Ministry? 

Do you know people who you think might or are considering Candidating for the Ministry?

Here are some stories you might like to share.

posted 23/05/19

 

Circuit and Church Stewards Training Materials

Circuit Stewards materials to be published 14 June
Church Stewards (in draft form) autumn 2019

posted 23/05/19

 

Worship: Leading and Preaching

Information on Peer Review can be found here.

Annual Service to be published in July

The May LPWL Newsletter can be found here.

posted 23/05/19

 

Ministry in the Methodist Church – Conference Report

The Conference Report can be found here
Includes Questions for reflections, Bible Study

posted 23/05/19

 

Update on Supervision Roll Out

Being Supervised - click here for more information.

Expect Research Questionnaire

posted 23/05/19

 

New MDR guide

Click here to download the MDR guide.

posted 23/05/19

 

Focus on Vocations

Postcards and new web materials including video testimonies.
Exploring Ordination Days. Click here for more information.

posted 23/05/19


Candidates for Ministry

In 2019-2020 all Candidates must be admitted as Local Preachers or trained and submitted a portfolio as a Worship Leaders (having completed modules 1-4) by February 2020. In effect this means W:LP portfolios must have been submitted by 30 September 2019.

posted 23/05/19


Training for Ministry: Circuit Based Learning Programme

Click here for more information

posted 23/05/19

 

New Bible Study Materials on the theme of Ministry 

(linked to the Ministry in the Methodist Church conference report)

Read the Bible study materials here

 posted 10/05/19

 

Materials for this page should be sent to mvw@methodistchurch.org.uk

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