Gill Newton, our District chair will be on sabbatical from March 23rd – June 22nd and will then be attending the Methodist Conference immediately following that period. Gill will therefore return to the District in her role as Chair from July 2nd.
During Gill's absence, Revd Sean Adair, Deputy Chair of District will be covering Gill's responsibilities and you can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org. Any administrative enquiries should be sent to the District Office on email@example.com.
After a period of relative calm in regards to safeguarding, we appear to be entering a time when a number of new projects and plans have been introduced all at once.
I will be writing to Circuit Safeguarding Officers with all the news in full and asking them to kindly disseminate the information to the correct people. Included in this will be:
This months District Safeguarding newsletter is now available via the District website, click here to read it. This month I have focused on Home Schooling and Mental Health. I know from speaking to friends that expectations are higher in this lockdown and therefore the pressure on all is greater.
Kate Little from the Connexional safeguarding team has arranged a one-hour webinar on Thursday 16th February from 11am – 12noon. There will be a talk on Understanding Dementia and the support available facilitated by Sara Wilcox, the founder and CEO of Pathways through Dementia. Topics include the Mental Capacity Act, Power of Attorney, financial help for family carers, how to pay for social care such as home visits and Continuing NHS Healthcare, and there will be a chance for questions & answers. If you would like to attend please will you contact Kate directly on 07854 247 546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As ever, if you have any questions or concerns please give me a call on 07483 362 735 or email me at email@example.com.
District Safeguarding Officer.
Have you missed your church toilets during lockdown? What does properties fit for mission mean after the age of covid? Neil Harland explains in this week's blog.
Is tackling climate change integral to your faith? Are you trying to reduce your church's and community's carbon footprint? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join a district-wide conversation on how we respond to our climate crisis.
You might want to join us at:
And you might be interested in st a new tool to measure your church's carbon footprint, sponsored by Eco Church.
Neil Harland, Jenny Carpenter, Rev Paul King
The Methodist Church would love to learn more about you and what you are passionate about.
Please could you take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous 'getting to know you survey'. By completing this survey you will be assisting the Connexional Team of the Methodist Church in Britain to have a better understanding of your needs, experiences, behaviours and goals.
You can find the survey here.
From22 February to 7 March 2021, they will be hosting an online festival bringing together schools, universities, businesses, supporters, campaigners and farmers from across the world to choose the world they want. Find out how to get involved.
There is also an ecumenical service which you can download and use – at home or as part of online worship. You can find a copy here: Fair Trade Service
Notwithstanding the increasing pace of coronavirus vaccinations, the NHS remains on the look out for additional premises. If your church has more than 350 square metres of space and a WIFI connection you may be able to help. See further details and contact details in February's Property Matters newsletter https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/20363/property-matters-feb-2021.pdf
Revd John Simms, one of our Supernumeraries, is 'Braving The Shave' for Macmillan Cancer on Ash Wednesday, 17th February. If you would be willing and able to sponsor him, that would be greatly appreciated. You can find details of how to do so at https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/john-simms
Join us for an evening of conversion with Brian McLaren about his new book "Faith after Doubt" on February 25th at 7pm.You can find out more on the flyer here: Faith After Doubt
Numbers are limited so please register as soon as possible using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcuyuqT0sEtG0TCiOgpI2Ame54Fd7lj1L
This link is for all the dates that the Book Club will be meeting. You select the dates you wish to join us.
Registrations for this event will close on 23 February
Joined Up Conference is for children's, families, youth and schools workers... and chaplains! They usually meet in Sheffield along with a couple of hundred workers from around the region. This year, due to lockdown restrictions, it will be online.
For more information including how to join, go to their website: www.joinedupconference.com
Cliff College is delighted to introduce its first online Lent course for group study. Creative Bible Reading- the Lent course is based on one of our online short courses and has been specially adapted for group study.
With teaching from Rev Dr Mike Parsons, previous Commissioning Editor for BRF, this course enables groups to consider different approaches to Bible reading. Topics include character studies, understanding individual stories in the context of the single narrative of the Bible, meditating on Scripture and more.
The cost for this course is £25 per person, and all proceeds will go to support United Theological College in Harare, Zimbabwe, one of Cliff's global partners. For more information, contact email@example.com or call us on 01246 584229.
Please do share this with your churches, circuits and Bible study groups. Support towards the cost may be available via a Learning & Development Grant.
Our next ministry with older people webinar will be 1 – 2:30pm on Thursday 18 March.Open to volunteers, lay workers and ministers, these webinars are an opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, and explore new resources and approaches to support you in your ministry in your context.
We will be joined on 18 March by Julia Burton-Jones who will explore the impact of chaplaincy approaches when working with older people in a wide variety of contexts, speaking from her involvement with the rapidly growing Anna Chaplaincy movement.
Book your space by Fri 12 March at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkcumsrDstHdAf737GPPwTkE9PAV9qpDGn
Join the Connexional Evangelism & Growth team to explore together how we might pioneer and create community in the digital realm. The course is suitable both for pioneers and for those wishing to develop a digital expression of a more traditional church. This is an updated version of the heavily subscribed course run last autumn, incorporating new materials in this rapidly evolving field.
Book your place at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdOugrzkvHt1tBD-hTt8TT3LZZXdozYjo
led by Karl Hopwood
The session will cover:
More information can be found here.
Take advantage of this offer from CLC Bookshops! Candles (for church and all special services, incl. Easter & Advent) ), palm ash, drip shields, tapers, cradle role, candle wreath, certificates, altar breads, non-alcoholic wine, calendars, Friendship Book, planners & diaries, books... and more. Palm crosses £9.50 per pack of 50.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the list. Collect your order in Crookes, or have it delivered (for a small charge). First come, first served.
Dear Praying Supporter
I pray that you will all know God's presence and strength as we start another year. Although we don't know what it hold we are persuaded that our God is able to keep that which we have committed to Him.
Please find here the February 2021 Prayer Points for TASTE (Transfer of Appropriate Sustainable Technology & Expertise).
I pray that you will find much to encourage you and fuel your prayers.
Thank you for your faithfulness in praying for us please do continue to remember us, we can't do what we do without your prayers.
God Bless you