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The Methodist Church

February 2018

The Methodist Church

Methodist young people launch manifesto


The need for the Methodist Church to keep God at its centre and to be brave, inclusive and dynamic has been expressed by young Methodists as part of their manifesto to the Church.


The manifesto was published following the 3Generate event last November, where more than 1,000 young people aged 8-23 and their leaders discussed the issues concerning them in relation to the Church and society.


Michael Pryke, Youth President of the Methodist Church, said: "Within this manifesto we hear the combined voice of the Methodist young people. This is a call to grow the work of the Church and to develop even more church communities that are accessible, inclusive and working to challenge injustice."

In Brief

Faith in Politics:
new monthly podcast


Faith in Politics, an exciting new podcast series that features guests discussing topics from current affairs that link in with faith, has been launched by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).

The podcast is aimed at JPIT's existing supporters and activists but will also appeal to a younger audience thanks to increased engagement with current affairs and politics, and the accessibility of social media and podcasts.


Those taking part are people who are living out a faith of some kind in public and political life. Guests will include the Co-Leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, Labour politicians, the Rt Hon Stephen Timms and Alan Milburn, and the Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

Host projects needed for ONE Programme


The ONE Programme is about equipping, empowering, and encouraging young people in their discipleship, vocation and leadership.


ONE Programme Participants (OPPs) are employed for one year, on a part-time basis, with a local project to help develop the mission and ministry of the Church at a local, regional and national level. OPPs are paid a living wage to work an average of 15 hours a week - most of which is spent in their local project but with some Connexional (national) responsibilities.


But the ONE Programme is more than just a job for the young person. The training and personal development in the programme is excellent and gives participants the skills for starting off, or carrying on, in employment as well as developing leadership skills.


Are you interested in hosting an OPP?


By applying to be a host project, you are offering a placement for a young person to be employed on a part-time basis for a year.  The salary for this employment will be paid by the Methodist Connexion. As part of your commitment, you will be expected to provide a Project Supervisor, who will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the young person.


For 2018/2019 projects are being sought with a particular emphasis on evangelism and vocation, which will contribute to the development of a young person’s calling.


The deadline for host projects is 6 March 2018 at 9.00am. Find more details here.

Connecting Disciples 2018


Bookings for Connecting Disciples 2018 are now open. Connecting Disciples is the conference for Methodist lay employees, children and youth workers. It offers the opportunity to explore ideas and approaches under the banner of "Faith: Life: Work".


The conferences take place 5-7 March at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire and 1-3 June at Cliff College, Derbyshire. Click here to register.

Easter Offering


Resources for the Easter Offering 2018 service, "Seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:14), can now be downloaded.

They feature stories from Mission Partners in Sri Lanka, Japan and the Middle East supported by the World Mission Fund.   


Bible Month:
30 days with Jonah


Bible Month is an opportunity for churches and circuits to spend 30 days focused on a single biblical book. In June 2018, Bible Month will focus on the book of Jonah.

You can find out more here, with resources available from Methodist Publishing here.

Thy Kingdom Come


Thy Kingdom Come 2018 has been launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury. This is a worldwide, ecumenical prayer movement calling on all Christians to pray that people might come to know Jesus Christ. The Methodist Church is a major partner in the initiative. The prayer is focused between Ascension Day and Pentecost from Thursday 10 to Sunday 20 May 2018.


Click here for more information and to register.

BBC Songs of Praise:
Westminster Central Hall


Methodist Central Hall Westminster was the focus for the BBC’s Songs of Praise on Sunday 21 January. You can catch up with the programme on the BBC iplayer.

Important dates in February

13 Shrove Tuesday

14 Ash Wednesday

Churches Together in England

Churches Together in England (CTE) is seeking an able and inspiring General Secretary to maintain its vision and provide leadership within CTE, whilst promoting the unity and mission of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The closing date is noon on 12 February 2018. Discover more here.

Soul Man?

The Methodist Armed Forces Board has launched a new resource to help servicemen in the Armed Forces talk about life and faith.



Soul Man? is a hardcover, pocket-sized discussion guide that covers 12 life themes to help men in the military explore different aspects of belief. They include the soul, God, prayer, belonging, success, ambition and failure, and the mind. The book encourages men to explore issues around faith and spirituality and can be used by military chaplains to guide group or individual conversations.

the connexion

In January the latest edition of the connexion arrived in churches and through letterboxes.


Focusing on Our Calling, you can read an online version of the magazine here. The articles can also be downloaded as Word documents for use in local newsletters and magazines.

Reimagining Circuits: planning for life

Take part in one of series of conferences (in Newcastle, Manchester, London and Bristol) exploring new ways of invigorating circuits and bringing new life to mission. They feature keynote speakers Jorge Acevedo and Patti Nemazie from America.



Find out more details and booking information here.

Shaped by Today's World: 7 March 2018

This day-long conference explores how weddings and funerals can be meaningful and relevant for the Church, and believers and non-believers alike. It takes place at St Aloysius Parish Centre, London and is organised by the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain.


For more information, email Martin Foster.

To be a Pilgrim:
6-8 April 2018

To be a Pilgrim is a conference taking place between Friday 6 and Sunday 8 April at Cliff College in Derbyshire. The weekend will include presentations, worship, workshops and opportunities for pilgrimage.

Click here for more information and to book.

Beyond Belief:
21-23 May 2018

Beyond Belief - sorting out our faith is the annual conference of SPECTRUM (formerly Fellowship of the Kingdom) takes place at Willersley Castle, Derbyshire.


The speakers include the Revd Prof Michael Taylor (former director of Christian Aid and Emeritus Professor of Social Theology, Birmingham University) and Mrs Gill Dascombe (former Vice-President of the Methodist Church). Cost: £220 full board. Day visitors are welcome but please book in advance.


For more details email Pat Anning.

Methodist World Mission Conference: 1-3 June 2018

Taking place in Swanwick, Derbyshire, this year’s Methodist World Mission Conference will be discovering how the Methodist Church is growing in in Africa despite challenges. Find out more here.

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