All We Can – Methodist Relief and Development (MRDF)

“Do all the good you can….” said John Wesley.  As you may have heard, earlier this month MRDF changed its name to All We Can, the Methodist relief and development partner.  Our new name reflects the renewal of our commitment to do all we can to help those who need us most.  With the continued generosity and prayerful support of Methodist churches and individuals, we want to have a greater impact on people in the world’s poorest communities in the future.

This harvest, will you help All We Can to nurture potential in some of the world’s poorest communities?

How will your church be celebrating Harvest this year?  Harvest provides a great opportunity to celebrate the earth that God created and the produce it brings.  It is also a time when we can think about people in the world whose situations are different from our own, and how we might be able to help them to have better harvests.

At All We Can – we see God-given potential in everyone.  By supporting our Harvest Appeal, your church can help us to nurture that potential in places where the need is greatest – by investing in partnerships that improve quality of life and create positive, long-term change.

Our free harvest resources for churches, groups and schools will help make your harvest celebrations both memorable and meaningful.  This year, they focus on communities in Burundi, East Africa, where people are rebuilding their lives after a damaging civil war.  All We Can’s local partners are providing people with tools to farm their land, and fertiliser and seeds to make their harvests fruitful.  The resources feature inspiring stories of improvement and hope, and offer the opportunity to respond practically through giving to All We Can’s Harvest Appeal.

Gifts given to All We Can this harvest will mean that some of the world’s poorest people have enough food, not just this year, but for years to come.

The All We Can website – www.allwecan.org.uk – will tell you more about the harvest resources available, and how to order them.  They include prayers, sermon notes, a talk for all ages, interactive activities, a short film, ideas for school assemblies, campaign action cards and more.

I hope you will do all you can to help us to make a difference in some of the world’s poorest communities this harvest time.

Maurice Adams – Chief Executive of All We Can

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Pre-1900 Shropshire Methodist Registers now available online

Shropshire Archives have informed us that the pre-1900 Shropshire Methodist Registers are now available online via the Find Your Past website at http://www.findmypast.co.uk.

Free access is available at Shropshire Archives (Castle Gates, Shrewsbury) and at all Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin libraries.

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The President’s Visit to the District – Blog Post

The President of the Methodist Conference visited the District in March and has written more on this visit in her blog.

You can read it here.

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President of Methodist Conference – a talk to be given by Rev Ruth Gee

The Reverend Ruth Gee, President of Methodist Conference, will be speaking on ‘Glimpses of Glory in Rural Communities – finding God in meadow, marsh and muck’ on Saturday 29th March 2014 at Ludlow Methodist Church.

The talk will take place between 3pm and 4.30pm and all are welcome.

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Shrewsbury Secret Supper for Self Help Africa – 29th April 2014

Food-lovers from Shropshire and beyond are invited to the first Shrewsbury Secret Supper, with all proceeds to Self Help Africa.

Part of the 2014 Shrewsbury Food Festival, this special dining experience will take you to three secret restaurants  where you will be treated to a fabulous starter, main course and dessert.  The locations of the restaurants will not be revealed until the night!

Tickets for the three-course Shrewsbury Secret Supper are £30 per person.  Drinks are not included but can be bought from the restaurants on the night.  First course will be served at 7pm.

Places are limited so please buy your tickets now before everyone else hears about it.

For more information, please click here

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UN Anti-racism Rally – London – Saturday 22nd March 2014

A day of action has been called for across Europe on Saturday 22nd March to coincide with UN Anti-racism Day.

For more details on how you can get involved, please click on the link below to take you to a pdf document

No_to_Racism_22March_14

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Floods Crisis – Prayers and Donations

O Lord of the waters of creation

We are awed by the power and majesty of the oceans, seas and rivers.

We give thanks to you for the water we have to drink; for the skills we have been given by you to channel the power of the wind and the waves.

We remember before you those affected by flood, cyclone and hurricane.

We ask you to remind us, as we drink, of what we can do for those for whom water is less friendly.

AMEN

 

DONATIONS

A number of people have asked about the Methodist response to the floods.  If congregations wish to respond with a donation, contributions can be sent to the Arthur Rank Addington Fund, 9 Barford Exchange, Wellesbourne Road, Barford, Warwick CV35 8AQ.  Tel: 01926 620135.  Further information can be found on their website.

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Young Methodists change and challenge the Church at 3Generate

Young Methodists change and challenge the Church at 3Generate

About 250 Methodist young people aged between 8 and 25 gathered together last weekend (15-17 November) at the Pioneer Centre in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, for 3Generate 2013, the Methodist Youth Assembly. Together they made important decisions which will affect the life of the Church.

The theme was the call to love God, love yourself and love others (Matthew 22.34-40; Mark 12.28-31).

In different sessions they engaged with issues such as stress, conflict, bullying and self-esteem, as well as focusing on the Street Child World Cup, mental health and forgiveness. There was also a chance to speak out about issues relating to life, community, the world and the Church.

Alongside this there were acts of worship, diary room sessions, graffiti boards and animation to capture the young people’s voices, as well as activities like archery, high wires and parachute games.

During the weekend Megan Thomas from Kerry, Powys in Wales was elected as the Methodist youth president for 2014-2015. She will represent children and young people within the Methodist Church and speak out on their behalf. About her role, Kerry said, “I want to help the Methodist Church use one of its greatest resources, which is the youth. I don’t want any Methodist young person to feel that their age silences them.”

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News Release from ‘Illuminate Books’, Shrewsbury

BUCKING THE TREND – A BRIGHTER LIGHT ON THE HIGH STREET

 

At a time when many bookshops, particularly Christian ones, are closing; one independent shop is bucking the trend.

Illuminate Christian Books, in the centre of Shrewsbury, continues to thrive in its remarkable old building on Wyle Cop, selling Christian books, music, gifts and more recently opening a large and popular second hand book section.

However, only in 2010, after over 50 years trading, the shop faced closure.  Determined to maintain their bookshop, local Christians raised over £50,000 to buy the business and now own and run it as shareholders.

Andrew Pattison, Chair of the Board of Trustees, told us,

‘Our success in recent years has been built on the support of local Christians who ‘shop locally’.  We also work with an increasing number of churches, who we support through bookstalls and the supply of cards, books and other church supplies.’

The staff, including many volunteers, also benefit from Shrewsbury’s tourist trade.  Christine Coleman, the shop manager, explained,

‘Particularly in the summer months, we get many visitors who are thrilled to find a Christian bookshop, often telling us how their local shop has been forced to close.’

Illuminate is still looking to work with more local churches and is holding an open evening for church leaders on Thursday 23rd January 2014 to encourage more to work with them.  Andrew Pattison explained;

‘It really is a case of use us or, eventually, lose us, as we depend primarily on trade to pay the bills.   As well as very often being able to match the price of certain very well known internet retailers, we provide a local service to local churches, something we would love to do for far more congregations.  I, for one, want to see a local Christian presence continuing in the High Street for a long time to come and hope may local Christians will join us to make that possible.’

For more information, to book or find out more about the Open Evening call Illuminate on 01743 233657.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘The Hub’ at Cleobury Mortimer

It is not very often that a church is asked if they would like a new kitchen – for free, but that is what happened last summer to Cleobury Methodist Church, a dozen folk in a rural market town of just a few thousand. After some significant risk taking themselves during the past few years the offer was felt to be confirmation of the ongoing life and future ministry of the congregation.

The church hall had in recent years been a base for part of the work of the St Mary’s Youth Project – originating with the parish church but now separately constituted. Back when the new minister met the new youth worker the dream of a youth café/hub was born as the only evening gathering points in an area with no evening transport is outdoors or pubs.

When the local Housing Association wanted to invest some of its tenant support in the area the youth project was approached.  The café dream was discussed and the housing association offered to bring in their contractors to enlarge and renew the limited kitchen area of the church hall bringing it up to current standards and capable of fitting more than one person in!

In August 2013 the youth and church folk stripped out the old kitchen and an internal wall before the professionals moved in.  The hall which was largely built by church labour 30 years ago was then redecorated by youth club and church members, with new lighting and ceiling based speakers added by the electrician turned youth worker.

Nov 2nd saw the official unveiling of the finished result, and the launch of The Hub, with 3 after school sessions and 2 evenings a week to start.

As well as the youth hub the congregation are planning other community projects with the new facilities, in continuing partnership with other churches and groups in the town. Thanks go to South Shropshire Housing Association for the build and kitchen fit, and thanks also to the Hereford Diocese and Wesley’s Café in Ludlow and the Police Commissioners grant schemewho have each given grants to buy everything from major appliances, to more youth friendly crockery and café style furniture.

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