The Lancashire Methodist District of the Methodist Church shares in the calling of the Methodist Church to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Jesus Christ and to live out our discipleship in worship and mission.
Walking with Micah / Social Justice
West Preston Methodist Church
@HOME CAFÉ: a place of safety, acceptance and belonging
Despite a significant and welcome increase in partnership working through the pandemic between local councils, health service, and the voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS), it is still often the case that one partner has little knowledge of, never mind understanding of the others. Fortunately, there are some notable exceptions, such as the community engagement work taking place through West Preston Methodist church. Wendy Foot began working there as the funded Church Inclusion Worker in the middle of May last year, with a remit to reach out and support lonely and isolated people.
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Coffee-free for October
Go coffee-free this October, raising money for Hope UK and claim the title of Coffree Conqueror!
Could you help us to support young people make drug-free choices by signing up for the COFFREE Conqueror Challenge?
- Since 2017, at least 14 young people have died after taking drugs at festivals in England
- In 2020, more than 13,000 16-24-year-olds were admitted for drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders
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District Lay Employment Date
Save the date - 31st March 2022, more details to follow in due course.
Conference 2021 Business Digest
The Conference Business Digest is a report for local churches about the business of the 2021 Methodist Conference. Please share this with the office holders and members of your church and circuit.
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District Volunteer Vacancies
The District are looking for Volunteers for the following vacancies. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in volunteering can you please contact Carole Jones (District PA) on firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous office holders would be happy to provide information if you would like to know more.
3Generate 2021 (29-31 October 2021)
Ticket sales for 3 Generate 2021 will close at midnight on Friday 15th October 2021.
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District Grant Funding
The District Policy Committee have approved grant funding for 3Generate as follows:
1/3 of the cost of the ticket for the event (whether that's for the whole weekend, or for day passes); the FULL cost of train fare to Birmingham / NEC for all young people and adults in attendance.
Please note, there are no other transport costs which will be covered (e.g. cars / minibuses / coaches) - it's a District desire to be as environmentally-friendly as possible with 3Generate, so we encourage booking train tickets. PLEASE do consider the cheapest way to travel by train - perhaps group tickets, and certainly explore Family Railcard options (2 adults and a number of children)
Further details about the Family and Friends Railcard can be found Here; contact the District office for more details
Interfaith YouTube Page
The Interfaith group now have a YouTube page and we invite you to visit our page. We also have a Facebook page which we encourage you to visit.
Please click Here to see our latest video on the Hindu Festival of Navratri.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED IF YOU MIGHT VOLUNTEER FOR A LAY ROLE IN CHURCH LIFE, OR EVEN EXPLORE ORDAINED MINISTRY OR PAID LAY WORK?
- If you have a sense that God might be nudging you in to a role in church life, but you’re not sure and you don’t want to make a fuss at church, then you can come to this event and meet people from other churches.
- It is a place where there are no ‘silly’ question
We are planning to introduce Gregorian Chant services for those who long for a deeper spiritual experience or connection. This is for anyone who is seeking a more traditional worship, as well as for those who are not currently church goers, and for whom sacred music may open the door to experience the living God.
The services will take place on the first Sunday evening of the month (tbc) in the beautiful chapel at Lisieux Hall (Dawson Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, PR6 7DX).
We are looking for enthusiastic people of any age to form a small Schola Cantorum (a group of musicians which specialises in liturgical music) and to sing Gregorian Chant during the services. If you can sing, you like Gregorian Chant, would like to be part of an exciting new group, and are in a position to make this commitment, please get in touch.
Full training will be provided.
Andrew Kesiak, Community Pioneer - email@example.com
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Meditation may deepen one's experience of the presence of God, enhance self-awareness, and reduce stress and anxiety, valuable during this time of isolation.
Join a half-hour Zoom ‘guided meditation’ session, led by Peter Lumsden (local preacher in the Clitheroe circuit), every Monday evening at 7 p.m.
The sessions follow a pattern of 15 mins of spiritual reflection, combined with a focus on breathing, leading into a period of about 15 mins of silence.
Contact Peter Lumsden: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Click Here to visit the Weekly Meditations page
District Sunday Services October 2021, 7.00 pm
UPDATE: REGULAR ATTENDERS ONLY NEED TO REQUEST TO ATTEND AS WE HAVE ALL YOUR DETAILS.
Deadline for requests to attend is 1.00pm on Friday
The District Sunday Evening Services via Zoom are still continuing but are entering a new phase - in that we would like to invite other people to take a role in leading them in the future. Anyone who is interested in helping in this way, contact the District Office at the following email address: email@example.com.
When booking you only need to state your circuit and church if it is your first time of attending, otherwise, please just send an email requesting the codes.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. When booking you only need to state your circuit and church if it is your first time of attending, otherwise, please just send an email requesting the codes.
Please note the deadline for applying to join the weekly service is 1.00pm on Fridays. This will greatly assist the Preston Ribble Circuit with administration.
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Worship Sheets (24th and 31st October 2021)
These short acts of worship have been produced for you if you are unable to attend church. If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you?
Click Here for Word copy of worship sheet for 24th October
Click Here for pdf copy of worship sheet for 24th October
Click Here for Large Print pdf of worship sheet for 17th October
Click Here for Word copy of worship sheet for 31st October
Click Here for pdf copy of worship sheet for 31st October
Click Here for Large Print pdf of worship sheet for 31st October
Transforming Lives and Communities (TLC)
Transforming means to be changed from one thing to another. A policy document is not meant to be set in stone and fixed. This is especially true if the title is “Transforming Lives and Communities.”
The purpose of this revision is to equip the Lancashire Methodist District to prepare for the 2020’s, building on the past yet seeking to be changed as we approach the next decade.
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Events around the District
We would like to remind you that we have a page dedicated to events taking place in the District.
If you would like to learn more click Here to visit our Events Page
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