Lancashire Methodist District

District Events


18th May - 1st June 2022 (Weekdays, except Tuesday, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon)

Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston, PR1 2NL 

Come and explore the ideas, arguments, images and objects associated with teetotalism. The movement was born in Preston 190 years ago in 1832, but this exhibition takes the story into the 20th century, including the national centenary celebrations at Preston in 1932.

And join in our events, most held at Central and free admission, as above: Thursday 19th May: Temperance @190 Walking Trail 1.00 pm start at Winckley Square ending at Central Methodist Church. Book with Friends of Winckley Square (small charge). Followed by Talk ‘The Alternative World of the Proud Preston Non-drinkers’ 2.30—3.30 pm Annemarie McAllister 

Saturday 21st May: Temperance Tea Party—drop in between 1.30-3.30 pm for tea, cake, entertainment and a look at the exhibition. Book afternoon tea here.

Thursday 26th May: Band of Hope Meeting 12-1.30 pm discover what children enjoyed, with a performance of songs, recitations, and magic lantern slides, and try traditional temperance refreshments. Followed by Talk ‘The Temperance Movement and its Medals 2-3 Peter Crummett.

Friday 27th May: Talk ‘Two for the Road, a further temperance journey’ 12-1.00 pm Peter Crummett.

Saturday 28th: May Talk ‘Signs, Symbols and Stories of Temperance’ 10-11.00 am Annemarie McAllister followed by Drop-in Workshop 11-12.00 noon — share memories or find out about family heritage or temperance-associated items.

Songs for Ukraine


Wednesday 25th May 2022, 7.30 pm

Our Baptist family in the North West comes together to warmly invite you to NW Band Aid - Songs for Ukraine

Featuring our very special band - The Rockin' Reverends

A night of great music, classic covers, quiz, nibbles and charity auction.

All money raised going directly to BMS Ukraine Emergency appeal

£20 on the door - Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club, Lightfoot Green Lane, Preston, PR4 0AP

Ordinands Testimony - Journeying with God

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25th May 2022, 7.30 pm

Fairhaven Methodist Church, FY8 1BZ

It is the recommendation of the District Probationers Committee that Deacon Kim Gabbatiss should be sent forward for ordination at Conference. The Preacher will be Revd Paul Davis. 

This is an important occasion and we hope as many people as possible will be able to come and support Kim as she makes the next step in her ministry.

With Faith in Mind

churches together in lancashire

26th May 2022

The day will have a particular focus on mental health (am) and partnerships (pm). A flier for the day is attached here.

Two key aims are:

a. Support / guide churches who want to get involved in social action but not sure where/ how to start

b. Demonstrate to public sector partners the potential of the faith sector in contributing to wellbeing of society

The day is being planned to consist of three main elements:

- Some keynote speakers from Public Health, Health and Faith sectors
- A series of workshops on different aspects of this agenda
- An opportunity to showcase and celebrate some of the excellent practice that already exists in local churches

So far we have lined up speakers, workshop facilitators and a few 'show cases' (examples of where churches are already active in local partnership working).

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi (Director of Public Health for Lancashire) has agreed to provide the opening keynote address, and Rachel Lampard (formerly President of Methodist Conference and JPIT) has agreed to provide input during the day.

Further details available from Peter Lumsden

Click Here for flyer

Olive Grove Coffee Shop Re-Opening

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11th June 2022, 10.30 am

Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston, PR1 2NL

Come share coffee and cake as we mark the opening of the refurbished Olive Grove Coffee Shop.

The Olive Branch book, gifts and Fairtrade shop will be open as well, all are welcome to come celebrate with us.

Discover Church at the Margins

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Tuesday 14th June 2022, 7.00 - 8.30 pm

Over the following ten months we are holding an introduction to Church at the Margins in each learning network region. Open to all.

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

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

Register Now

The Burnley and Pendle Heritage Trail

burnley and pendle circuit

Saturday 18th June 2022
William Pickles Hartley Exhibition and Heritage walks from Trawden

The William Hartley Exhibition will open from 11.00 am - 12.00 noon and from 1.15 pm - 5.00 pm in the Community Centre at Trawden. Light refreshments available.

For further information contact the circuit office - 07752 278664

Click Here for flyer and more information

The Gathering

the well

for children, youth and family workers and volunteers.

Join us on Zoom for coffee, stories, friendship, training, inspiration and more!

SUMMER CLUB - 23rd June 2022, 7.30 - 9.00 pm OR 24th June 2022, 1.00 - 2.30 pm

For more info contact

Book through Rob:
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Line Management Training

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16th July 2022

New to Line Management?

Join the Learning Network Team and:

- identify the key skills and qualities needed to manage lay employees
- Gain clarity on the different functions of line management

- Understand the line manager's role in the employment cycle

See the FLYER for contact and booking details

Welcome Service

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20th August 2022, 4.00 pm

Wesley Hall, Fielden Street, Blackburn, BB2 1LQ

Join us as we welcome our new Interim District Chair, Rev'd Phil Gough.

Presiding Minister - Rev'd Michaela Youngson (Assistant Secretary of Conference)

Preachers - Rev'd Stephen and Deacon Myrtle Poxon (Former President and Vice President of Conference)