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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Circuit Newsletter for March now available

Green Sock Issue 7 IconThe latest issue of our Circuit Newsletter, ‘The Green Sock’, is now available.

We want to hear about events and happenings in all areas of the Circuit, so please contact the our Circuit Media Officer with your stories, testimonies, event, poems, prayers or anecdotes.

We want to hear from you!

 

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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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Scenes from across the Circuit

Watch our new video of scenes from around the Shropshire & Marches Methodist Circuit.

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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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What’s The Point Of Methodism?

In this progamme of Radio 4’s series What’s the Point?  Methodism, from it’s radical roots to present day, comes under scrutiny.

The programme blurb says:

They’ve lost a third of their members in the last decade – Quentin Letts asks whether the Methodists in Britain have a future. In the nineteenth century the Methodists were a religious and social force in the land; shaking up a complacent Church of England, preaching in the open air and singing from the rafters, organising the masses into trade unions and laying the foundations of the modern labour party. Today, if current trends are anything to go by, they are heading for extinction.


Why has this happened? Have the Methodists lost their radical edge, sold out by watering down their attitudes to alcohol? Are they victims of their own success – do we now all take for granted the values equality and social justice which they communicated? Is their singing not what it used to be? What’s the point of the Methodists?

Listen up – Radio 4.Tuesday 2nd September 2014 9am and 8.30pm

 


Don’t miss ‘What’s the Point of Methodism’ on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday at 9am and again at 8.30pm! If you do, don’t worry – the programme will be available on iPlayer later next week.

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Message from the Methodist Presidency: Call to prayer for Iraq and Syria on 31 August

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Ken Howcroft and Ms Gill Dascombe, are asking Methodists to ensure that they spend some special time in prayer for persecuted minorities during worship on 31 August.

They have written this special prayer for use by churches and groups (responses in bold):

God of love, guide us as we pray:
God of love, guide us as we pray.

God of all nations and peoples, hear our prayers for the people of Syria and Iraq, and for all whose lives are torn apart by hatred and violence, whose heartbreak is more than we can imagine:
God of compassion, guide us as we pray.

For leaders and politicians and those who seek to negotiate for peace, whose responsibility is more than we could bear:
God of wisdom, guide us as we pray.

For aid workers, medical staff, those who care for refugees, orphaned children and older people, whose daily workload is more than we could tolerate:
God of goodness, guide us as we pray.

For those who feel compelled to accomplish their justice through warfare or terrorism, whose motivation is more than we can comprehend:
God of justice, guide us as we pray.

For ourselves, who look on, devastated and helpless, praying to our God whose peace is beyond our understanding:
God of peace, guide us as we pray.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit:
Amen.

“The situation in Iraq and Syria can only be described as a living nightmare,” said Mr Howcroft and Ms Dascombe, adding, “as Methodists we stand in solidarity alongside all those who are persecuted. As followers of Jesus who was crucified we stand with all those who find their religion twisted by others out of all recognition in order to justify horrific acts of violence. We stand in prayer, crying out together to a God of justice, peace and mercy. May God have mercy on us all.”

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