ESD Evangelism News

The Methodist Church May 2013
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Welcome to the May 2013 edition of Evangelism, Spirituality & Discipleship News!

The Evangelism, Spirituality and Discipleship team seeks to equip and enable people of all ages and experiences to live life to the full, faithfully following Jesus through the joys and struggles of life. The ESD team includes you too! You and your local church are a vital part of a growing discipleship movement shaped for mission. This newsletter is intended to offer stories and resources to help each of us, individually and corporately, to live out our discipleship in ways that make a positive difference to ourselves and to others in God’s world. If you would like to contribute to forthcoming editions of the ESD news, we would love to hear from you!

You will find recommendations, resources and details of forthcoming events on the themes of evangelism, spirituality and discipleship.


God bless,
The ESD Team
(Jenny Ellis, Joanne Cox, Ed Mackenzie, Marion Zebedee)



Books of the Month:

Distinctly Welcome: Christian presence in a multifaith society by Richard Sudworth (Bletchley: Scripture Union, 2007). Sudworth’s helpful guide on living as Christians in a multi-faith society weaves together stories, theological reflection, and practical suggestions. Sudworth explores how to retain a distinctive faith while also acting hospitably towards those of other faiths, a task particularly pressing in an increasingly diverse society.

Website of the Month:
The President of the Baptist Union, Chris Duffett, has just finished his ‘Big Hearted Tour’ which encouraged churches to develop skills in evangelism and outreach. His blog recounts the many creative ways he helped churches engage their local communities.

Video of the Month:
A colleague shared this video recently – a clever retelling of the Easter story through Twitter.




The Deepening Discipleship Website

Resources continue to be added to Deepening Discipleship (, and can be downloaded and printed off for use in small groups and elsewhere. To access the resources, check out the ‘Explore’ tab in each area of the website.

First Impressions Count

First Impressions Count is a freely downloadable workshop designed to help churches reflect on the welcome that a visitor experiences when they first walk into a church. Designed for a 2 ½ hour training session, the workshop is divided into three sessions: creating a welcoming building, being a welcoming people, and welcoming through inclusion. Including a facilitator’s guide, participants’ guide, and video clips, the workshop will be available for download in early May at

Disciple Leader Training

A new booklet is available explaining what DISCIPLE has to offer to lay leadership in the Church, as well as video clips of two DISCIPLE groups running in Exeter and London with interviews from the leaders and participants: . Disciple training is also taking place Saturday 22 June 2013 in Preston. Please contact Alison Parker on or Sue Griffiths on for further information.
A further training is planned for the summer in either East Anglia or Cambridge. Please keep checking this page for updates:

H+: Making Good Sense of the Bible

H+ is an excellent 10-session programme developed by the Bible Society to help you interpret the Scriptures. It incorporates discipleship material, practical advice, facilitator input and audiovisual features, and the Bible Society is running a series of training and enabling days for those who might be interested in facilitating the course. For further information, visit

Damaris Resources on Quartet

Quartet (available on DVD, Blu-ray and download from 6th May 2013) is a delightful and inspirational film that explores the depth and impact that music can have on us, as well as raising some interesting questions about living life to the full – whatever our age. Director Dustin Hoffman said: “Someone once commented that 'old age ain't no fun' but I've always believed that your soul can expand.” The official resources from Damaris provide an enjoyable and thought-provoking activity for people to explore how music illuminates life. They are all available from the 6th May, completely free, at .




Pentecost Festival Events

The Pentecost Festival takes place from the 10-19th May, 2013, and the opening weekend begins with a ‘Pentecost 7:14’ Prayer Gathering on Saturday 11th May, 6-7pm at Parliament Square, launched by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres. To register and receive the prayer programme, email . On Saturday 11th May, there’ll also be a ‘Release the Spirit at Pentecost’ worship event, 7:30pm – 10:30pm at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Hosted by Andy Frost, the evening features the Rend Collective, Noel Robinson, Graham Kendrick, Doxa Deo, Guvna B and others. To find out more and purchase tickets to the event, visit For other information about the festival, visit .

Annual Healing Conference

The Annual Healing Conference at Methodist Central Hall explores the question, ‘Is Healing still possible in 21st Century Britain?’ The conference takes place 11th May, 10am to 4:30pm at Methodist Central Hall. Speakers include the Revd Dr Mark Pearson, Revd Martin Turner, and Revd Peter Edwards. For more information, visit

Methodist Women in Britain Conference

“Come to us creative Spirit” is a one-day conference organised by Methodist Women in Britain and open to all women with an interest in creative Christian spirituality. The conference takes place at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Slough on Saturday 18th May 2013. Yvonne Bell, Christian textile artist, will give the key presentation, and the day will include hand-on activities and a variety of workshops. Booking is essential, and please visit the MWiB website for details and a registration form

‘Unbelievable’ Apologetics Conference

The Unbelievable Apologetics Conference takes place this year on Sat 25th May at the Brewery, London, and costs £29 (and £20 for students). The theme is ‘Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, Legend... Or Lord?’ and speakers include Alister McGrath, Amy Orr-Ewing, Dr Trevor Stammers and others. For further information and to book your place, visit

Inspire Teaching Retreat Days 2013

On Saturday June 15th at Cliff College (Derbyshire), ‘Investing in a Few’ is a day for leaders to consider the ways in which they can exercise their ministry to intentionally develop mission-shaped disciples. The day will include a balance of worship, teaching input, personal reflection and group interaction. There is no charge for these events. For more details of the programme or to book online, go to .

Lead Academy

Lead Academy provides ‘insights and tools to release churches to their full potential.’ In July, they are running a course on ‘Breaking the Growth Barriers’ (12-13th July) Click here for details. To find out more about Lead Academy and to watch a short introductory video visit
Or contact .

Reflect Northern Retreat: Chosen and Fruitful

Scargill House, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HU
Tuesday 8th October to Thursday 10th October 2013 Leader: Revd Phil Stone, Director of Scargill Community. This will not be a traditional silent retreat, but will include some times of silence. Scargill House is situated in 90 acres of land in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, and has a residential Community who live by a rule and rhythm of life. Cost £150.

Engaging with Contemporary Spirituality

'Engaging' is a day event for Christians seeking to understand and engage with contemporary spirituality and spiritual seekers. It takes place Saturday 8th June, 10am-4pm, at Church of Christ the Cornerstone, central Milton Keynes. Andrea Campanale, Steve Hollinghurst and Ian Mobsby will be providing talks and workshops. To book and for more information go to or contact Rob on 07703552938.

Celtic Spirituality Retreat

A retreat exploring Celtic Spirituality in Words and Art will take place 14-16th June at Ladywell Convent, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1ST, and will be led by Rosemary Power from the Iona Community. For further information and to book your place, contact Brian Sherrell on 01883 370945 or .



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