Methodists to Take Stand Over Israeli – Palestine Conflict

The Methodist church’s stance on the Israeli – Palestine conflict was addressed once again at this year’s Conference. Deliberating the conflict, particularly in expressing sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians, opens the church to accusations of anti-Semitism. Nevertheless, the church plans to call on members to take a stand.

Speaking after the Conference, District Chair John Howard, who has travelled to the West Bank, said “The Israeli-Palestine issue is a difficult one to raise because lots of people characterise you as having anti-Jewish feelings. Anti-Semitism quickly gets raised when the church begins to take a stance for justice for the Palestinians. We do find ourselves being characterised in ways which are negative but you have to have the integrity to face that kind of criticism.”

According to John Howard the Methodist church has led the other churches in raising the issue of the conflict.The continuing debate at Conference was a result of a motion passed last year. Previously, in 2010 a report called Justice for Israel and Palestine proposed a series of recommendations one of which is to galvanise support for Jewish and Palestinian peace groups through a range of methods, enabling church members, Methodists in particular to get to know more about what is happening and be better educated about the conflict. It was suggested that where possible, church members travel to Israel and Palestine and meet with those caught up in the struggles. Another recommendation was that church members boycott products of the illegal Israel settlements in the West Bank. “Last year a notice of motion was approved by Conference that we should take that forward into the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and over the last year a report has been written by our consultation team which has presented the arguments for and against a boycott of all Israeli companies and products, similar to the boycott campaign against South Africa.” John Howard explained, adding “What Conference has agreed is to send that document to all of our churches for discussion in our churches so that’s a document that’s available.” (more…)

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All We Can Harvest Appeal Resourse Packs Now Available

allwecanlogoALL WE CAN, (formerly Methodist Relief and Development) help people in some of the world’s poorest communities become ALL THEY CAN.

For a Harvest resource pack which includes: Inspirational worship resources, notes for sermons and talks for all ages, prayers, PowerPoint slides, a short film, ideas for school assembly and collective worship, song suggestions and more, visit www.allwecan.org.uk/harvest. Or telephone 0207 467 5132.

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The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, Wolverhampton need your votes please for a new kitchen!

Chance to help secure a new kitchen at Darlington Street – we need your vote!

With a few clicks you could help us win a brand new kitchen and appliances!

The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd are open 7 days a week to support all those in need, supplying food, showers, advice and basic provisions.  As well as making sandwiches for distribution on five days, twice a week we operate a dining room service for our clients to have a freshly prepared hot meal.

Last year we catered for and supported over 87,000 clients; so, as you can imagine, a chance to replace the very well used kitchen facilities at Darlington Street would be extremely welcome!

The opportunity has now arisen!  We have been chosen by Period Living magazine as one of 7 nominated ‘good causes’ in their Good-Will Award scheme.

We now need as many votes as we can to go forward to the next round.

You can help and support the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd by voting for us at;  www.periodliving.co.uk/goodwill-award

Our kitchen is a very busy place, where sandwiches are prepared and meals cooked for our clients; so it would be wonderful for us to have the opportunity to win this competition and improve the facilities and equipment we use.

Public voting closes on 30TH MAY 2014 and we really need your vote!

Thank you for your support.

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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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