Sharing God’s Love on Local Radio

HEAR REVD. RICHARD HALL ON BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE
The Circuit’s Superintendent has been contributing to BBC Radio Shropshire’s Pause for Thought, a weekly Sunday morning item, for a while now.
Listen to one of his reflections from the series, “Sticks and Stones”.

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Professor Elaine Heath Open Events Programme

learning-elaine-heath-1015The Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network is delighted to announce that Professor Elaine Heath, an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church and McCreless Professor of Evangelism, will be sharing with Methodists and others throughout England and Scotland from Sunday 15 November – Friday 27 November 2015.

Details of her public events can be found on this flyer.

Other events across the regions will be independently organised and details will be on the Events across the Connexion calendar.

Professor Elaine Heath was ordained at SMU Perkins School of Theology. She co-founded Missional Wisdom, the Epworth Project and New Day which are networks of new monastic, missional communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Tomorrow’s Country – West Midlands Joint Public Issues Team

Major churches in the West Midlands have produced Tomorrows Country a churchgoers’  manifesto for the 2015 General Election. The manifesto is based on regional research by Church leaders that highlights the key political issues for members of their congregations, and aims at better enabling churchgoers to question parliamentary candidates on the topics that matter most to them.

A background booklet explains how the research was undertaken, gives a longer version of the Manifesto and raises questions for discussion.

The West Midlands Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church surveyed hundreds of churchgoers in the West Midlands. The results revealed that over 95% of respondents wanted to see a society that is compassionate, caring, fair, just, honest, respectful and tolerant. When asked about the policies that would guarantee such a society, there was virtual agreement in many areas such as the need to protect the vulnerable, increase penalties for tax evasion, and guarantee more housing for first time buyers.

The Revd. Roy Lowes, Moderator of the United Reformed Church’s West Midlands Synod, said: “The research and the Manifesto leaflet produced by and for churchgoers outlines the issues that matter most to them in the run up to the General Election. Poverty, benefits and welfare are just some of the key topics the Manifesto focuses on and churchgoers want to know how political candidates are going to tackle these problems.”

The Revd John Howard, Methodist District Chair of Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury added:  “There is a need for Christians to voice their concerns in the run up to the General Election in order to promote the common good in our society. We hope that the  Manifesto will encourage churches and others to do just this by getting involved in the crucial debates, holding hustings, and questioning political candidates about the policies set out in ‘Tomorrow’s Country’.”

‘The manifesto and background booklet are being  sent out to Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches churches in the West Midlands region and available for download on the West Midlands United Reformed Church Synod website http://www.urc-westmidlands.org.uk

Churchgoers are also being encouraged to use the national JPIT election resources, including short films, bible studies and reflections that aim to better equip churches for the election, available at http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/

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Who On Earth Is God? Explored With Revd. Neil Richardson

Come and explore Who on Earth is God? 

This evening, Thursday 16th April at Baysto9780567466013n Hill Methodist Church, Shrewsbury, Lansdowne Road, SY3 0HZ.

The evening includes audio visual presentations, an interview with Neil Richardson, a summary of the themes of his book Who on Earth is God? and an open question and answer session. Light refreshments will be available from 30 minutes before start time.

Copies of Who on Earth is God ? will be available for signing and purchase at the end of the evening.

Ideal for those exploring faith, and those wanting to sharpen their thinking – in particular their response to ‘new atheists’ like Richard Dawkins and Stephen Fry.

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Photo competition puts the focus on local preachers and worship leaders

Photographers are being asked to put Methodist local preachers and worship leaders in the frame.

The Local Preachers and Worship Leaders Photo Competition, launched today, aims to showcase the diversity of worship leaders and local preachers across the Church. Entrants will be asked to submit two photos for their entry. The first should be of the local preacher or worship leader engaging a congregation through worship or preaching. The other should depict the subject in an aspect of their daily life that informs their ministry – perhaps in their day job, enjoying a hobby or engaging with a community project.

The competition is open to UK residents and people are encouraged to interpret the brief as creatively as possible. Images captured using smartphones are welcomed, as long as the quality is high.

The lead judge will be internationally renowned documentary photographer, Martin Parr. Martin’s interest in the competition connects with his experience of Methodism as a child. He says: “My grandfather was a Methodist local preacher and keen photographer, who first introduced me to the camera.”

Prizes will be awarded in four categories:

• Pictures of worship leaders: entrants aged 18 or younger

• Pictures of worship leaders: entrants over the age of 18

• Pictures of local preachers: entrants aged 18 or younger

• Pictures of local preachers: entrants over the age of 18

 

Winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize of £75, with £40 awarded to second and third place. All entries will be showcased in an online gallery.

 

The competition is sponsored by the Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust (LWPT), which launched Preach Resources in September 2014.

 

“LWPT’s purpose is to support preachers and leaders of worship of all denominations through resources, grants and training. We are delighted to be involved in the competition, and look forward to seeing the fruit of your creativity,” said Jo Swinney, Preach Editor, judging panellist.

 

The closing date for entries is Sunday 31 May.

For more details visit www.methodist.org.uk

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Methodist Modern Art Collection in Wrexham

There is a rare opportunity to catch up with 40 works from the Methodist Modern Art Collection in Wrexham from 19 January to 26 March 2105.

You can see them at Wrexham Methodist Church and Glyndwr University’s Oriel Sycharth Gallery.

Both venues will be open 9:30am-4:00pm Monday to Saturday. A full programme of concerts, seminars, conversations and workshops will accompany the exhibition.

Entry to the exhibition and to all events on the programme is free.

 
For more information please contact: Revd Richard Sharples, Tel: 01978 361489, email: rvsharples@phonecoop.coop
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Face of Hatred

An Inter Faith Wolverhampton Event 27-30 November

Relatives of ISIS victims Alan Haines and David Henning asked us to respond by simple acts showing we would not let these horrible acts divide us, even more important as sadly they continue.  Let’s show we stand together!
Over the weekend 27-30 Nov a banner of unity will be welcomed at places of worship of all the main faiths in the city.
The weekend will culminate at 4.30pm in Queen Square WV1 1TX when the banner will be presented to the Mayor of Wolverhampton.

For more information and to obtain a leaflet about this event please contact the District Office at www. wsmethodist.org.uk

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Training Event

A message from the Bridge Builders Ministries

Email, Social Media & Conflict in the Church
A Bridge Builders Open Workshop
Wednesday 3 December 2014, 9.30-4.30
Coventry
 
This workshop is designed for people who are part of a church’s leadership group (e.g. a staff team, ministry team, eldership, diaconate, church council), especially those with pastoral responsibility.
 
Full details are given in the attached flier, and below the address line. To book, follow this link: http://www.bbministries.org.uk/component/option,com_eventbooking/Itemid,47/event_id,75/task,view_event/

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Mindfulness Course

A message from Deacon Sarah Bruce

An 8 week Mindfulness Course lead by Deacon Sarah Bruce. Beginning on Saturday 18th October and continuing to 6th December, 10:30 – 12:00 in Wolverhampton University Chaplaincy, Molineux Street, WV1 1DT.  For further details contact Sarah on 01902 734090 – please feel free to leave a message. Cost £80 (normal cost £240). In order for the course to be offered I need a minimum of 8 people.  It is on a, first come first served basis, so please contact me sooner rather than later if you are at all interested. The following link may help you make your mind up;http://franticworld.com/free-meditations-from-mindfulness/  

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Germinate: Rural Mission Conference 

 

Saturday, 11 October, 2014, 10.00-16.00

Coventry.

A message from Andrew Roberts

Germinate is a significant national day conference on rural mission for lay, clergy and regional church leaders, supported by the main churches and organisations that resource rural churches.
The day will feature real case studies and practical workshops for rural contexts, with topics including children, youth, discipleship, evangelism, funding, building redevelopment, fresh expressions and shared leadership.
For more information or to book, please visit http://www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/mission-and-ministry/germinate
For help with funding do ask the District Training Group and/or for ministers remember the annual CDIM funds.

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