Lancashire Methodist District

 The Methodist Church                    December 2020 

The work of artist Bobbie Russon has a simplicity to it.

What do you recognise about your own times of waiting in this image of a young woman?

Might this be how Mary felt during some of her pregnancy?

  Then there is this image of a pregnant young woman, is

  this an image of isolation?

  Or of one-ness with the rest of the painting?

  No one experience of pregnancy tells the story for all.

  No one experience of Advent tells the story for all.

  We do however, all have an Advent story.

In the team, our prayer for you this Advent is that you find something more of Jesus this Advent and something of yourself in that too.

Events coming up...

December 2020

• Thursday 10 December 10:30am to Noon

Introduction to A Methodist Way of Life

This short webinar is for anyone who has heard of A Methodist Way of Life and isn't quite sure what it is and how it could be part of the mission and ministry of your church life.  All are welcome.  Booking essential with Robflyer here.

• Thursday 17 December 11:00am to Noon

Lay Employees' Coffee Morning

For the final lay employee online coffee gathering of the year, we're going to be in the Christmas spirit. Bring your brew and catch up with other lay employees across the region - Christmas jumpers optional!  Contact Kristie for more info.

January 2021

• Tuesday 12 January 2:00 to 3:30pm

New series of TRIP Theological Reflection In Practice

Flyer heremore info below.

• Thursday 14 January 7:30 to 9:00pm or Friday 15 January 1:00 to 2:30pm

The Gathering for those working with children, young people and families

The focus for this session is on discipleship. We know that finding time to learn and grow ourselves is hard, so this session is a realistic look at discipleship for those working paid or as volunteers with children, young people and families.  Booking essential with Rob stating which date.

• Saturday 16 January 10:00am to 12:20pm

RSVP: Listening to God’s Invitation

Flyer heremore info below.

• Tuesday 19 January 7:00 to 8:30pm

Thinking Theology – new series

Flyer heremore info below.

• Wednesday 20 January 7:00 to 8:30pm

TBC Theology Book Club – new book

Flyer heremore info below.

• Thursday 21 January 10:00am to 3:30pm

Quiet Day for Lay employees

Flyer here, five places remaining

• Saturday 23 January 10:00am to 12:30pm

W:LP tutor training

Flyer heremore info below.

• Saturday 23 January 10:00am to 12:30pm

Exploring Ordained Ministry Day

Booking with Gabriella.

• Monday 25 January 9:30am to 3:45pm

Bullying and Harassment training day for leaders

One place remaining, book with Rob.

• Monday 25 January 10:00am to 3:30pm

Quiet Day for Lay employees

Flyer here, fourteen places remaining

• Tuesday 26 January 10:30am to Noon

Exploring Leadership for children’s, youth and families workers

More info from Lynne.

February 2021

• Thursday 4 February 7:30 to 9:00pm

“Pushing forwards when we don't know where we're going” webinar

We're offering this again, in an evening, for anyone who is interested but couldn't make it last time, flyer here.

More details...

TRIP Theological Reflection In Practice

A new series starts in the new term.

Theologically reflecting on Leadership: collaboration and participation in relation to worship, learning & caring, service and evangelism.

2:00 to 3:30pm on:

12 January - Worship

10 February - Learning and Caring

11 March - Service

6 May - Evangelism

More info from Simon

Bookings with Rob

Flyer here

RSVP: Listening for God’s Invitation

RSVP is a series of Saturday morning sessions where we will consider how we pay attention to God’s invitation and how we understand what God’s calling might be in our lives.

Each session stands alone, and they fit together, so please do come to some or all. If you sign up for them, all we will offer you a member of the team as an accompanist for you to meet one to one if you would find that helpful.

The sessions are intended to offer you a focus for your discernment.

10:00am to 12:30pm on:

16 January - God Calling: Many Calls

20 February - Biblical Callings: My Calling

20 March - Our Calling: Methodist Vocations

17 April - God’s Calling: Our Identity

15 May - Discerning Calling: Decision Making

More info from Edel

Bookings with Rob

Flyer here

Tutors of Worship : Leading & Preaching

Saturday 23 January 10:00am to 12:30pm

Overview of the course for those new to tutoring, and an introduction to version 3.0 for tutors old and new.

More info from Jasmine

Booking with Rob

Flyer here

Thinking Theology

New series – Sources for theological reflection

Do you want to help your congregation or members of your Bible study / fellowship group to think more deeply about their faith? Are you interested in helping people to think theologically about their beliefs and practices as Christians?  If so - you will not want to miss this opportunity.

7:00 to 8:30pm on:

19 January - Scripture

8 February - Tradition

18 March - Experience

26 April - Reason

20 May - Worship

30 June - Truth

More info from Simon

Zoom link from Rob

Flyer here

TBC – Theology Book Club

Book 2: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

7:00 to 8:30pm on:

20 January

30 March

The Christian tradition is rich with amazing thinkers and activists who have helped us be the kind of Christians we are today.

You don’t need to consider yourself a ‘theologian’, but, if you love to explore and think deeply about your faith this might just be for you.

We shall explore each book over a term and there will be opportunity for you to share in a facilitated conversation on Zoom. These conversations will enable us to dig a little deeper into the text and have the benefit of a wide range of peoples experiences and thoughts.

More info from Simon

Zoom link from Rob

Flyer here

Staying in touch

How can you keep in touch?

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• The Facebook page is where we advertise your events as well as those we are leading

• Twitter is where we chat and ask questions, and tweet articles we think are of interest

• Pinterest is an e-scrapbook where there are loads of sections and is a place to find good ideas and resources

• The YouTube channel is where we put up mini films of people teaching and sharing testimony

• On Instagram we visually record images, information and ideas 

Alison Ransome  07799900474

Alison is now part time in the region and shares the coordination role with Alison Ball

Alison Ball  07799902583

Alison shares the coordination role and is the officer linked to Chester & Stoke-on-Trent District

Brec Seaton  07799900469

Brec is the officer linked to Cumbria District

Jasmine Devadason  07799902560

Jasmine is the officer linked to Bolton & Rochdale District

Kristie Legg  07799902582

Kristie is the officer linked to Lancashire District

Simon Sutcliffe  07799902578

Simon is the officer linked to Manchester & Stockport District

Alison Hulse  07799900480

Edel McClean  07799902563

Melody Clarke is on maternity leave