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The Methodist Church

30 November 2012

The Week Ahead
The Methodist Church

Hi everyone,

This week's mailing is packed full of festive spirit, with some great Advent resources as well as lots of news and campaigns info.

Toby Scott will be staffing the out-of-hours media support line this week (07881783812).

Wishing you a wonderful week,


On the box

An Island Parish
Tonight at 8:30pm on BBC2: Karen Le Mouton recovers from her injury in time to welcome the Methodist President to Sark, but the appalling weather threatens to scupper her plans for entertainment.

Unreported World:
Mumbai's Party Police

Tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 4:Jenny Kleeman and Alex Nott investigate claims that young clubbers are being arrested, assaulted and accused of being prostitutes in a police crackdown on the Indian city's nightlife.

Old Jews Telling Jokes
Saturday at 11pm on Channel 4: American senior citizens with Jewish backgrounds tell their favourite traditional jokes.

at 9pm on BBC4: Documentary exploring why women from poor communities across the world are making the life-changing decision to train as solar engineers in Rajasthan, India.



A Service for Advent with Carols
Sunday at 4pm on BBC Radio 3: Radio 3 travels to the chapel of St John’s College, Cambridge, for 90 minutes of lessons, prayers and carols.

Moral Maze:
Rationing the NHS

Saturday at 4pm on BBC Radio 4: Is it fair for those who look after their health to see their taxes being squandered on treatment for those whose poor health could be described as "self-inflicted"? Debate with David Aaronovitch.

The Global Gap
Monday at 1.45pm on BBC Radio 4: Professionals from the UK compare notes with their Mexican counterparts. Two students reveal what is in store for them once they graduate.

Songs of the Sacred Harp
Monday at 4pm on BBC Radio 4: Songs of the Sacred HarpCerys Matthews visits Alabama to investigate sacred harp singing, a choral tradition widely practised in pre-Civil War America, but one which became relatively obscure in later years.

For more TV and radio highlights visit the Radio Times.


No Place Like Home?

Advent begins tomorrow and the Joint Public Issues Team has launched a special online Advent calendar to help you count down to Christmas. The interactive calendar focuses on the issue of housing against the backdrop of the nativity story, raising awareness about the increased threat of homelessness and poverty in the UK. Find out more here and check out the calendar here. And good luck to all those holding special Advent Offering services this Sunday - please let us know how you get on.

It's Time to Save on Energy

A new scheme will offer thousands of Methodist churches the opportunity to save money, time and energy on their electricity, gas and oil bills. 2buy2 offer negotiated energy tariffs from suppliers that they manage on behalf of signed-up member churches. This allows them to "bulk buy", identifying the best suppliers of gas, electricity and oil at the best prices.Plus Government Energy Bill. Find out more here.


World AIDS Day

Tomorrow (1 December) is also World AIDS Day and this year is the 30th anniversary of the death of Terrence Higgins - one of the first people to die of an AIDS-related illness in the UK. Karen has put together a special edition of the Methodist Podcast which explores the issues - listen here.


Facebook Free Day?

On 1 December, large numbers of people are planning to switch off Facebook for a day in protest at the company’s tax avoidance. Church Action on Poverty initiated the campaign after it was revealed that the company paid just £196,000 in corporation tax on estimated UK sales of £175 million in 2011. More info here.

Removing Barriers

Over one billion people, (15% of the world’s population) live with some form of disability. Monday (3 December) will be the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and this year's theme is "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all". You can find out more here.

Time for Some Festive Spirit?


At long last, the Government's alcohol strategy consultation is out. The alcohol strategy, published in March 2012, includes a commitment to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol and to consult on the appropriate price. Find out more about the issues and how you can contribute to the consultation here.


Get Ready to Sing!


A carol concert or singing event is a great way to celebrate the festive season with friends, family, colleagues and the community. Join Christian Aid supporters throughout Britain and Ireland this December and raise funds by singing carols in the community, hymns at home or jingles at your job. More info here.


Future Spirit



Fresh Expressions is to continue its work 'well beyond 2014' said
Bishop Graham Cray, Archbishops' Missioner and leader of the national Fresh Expressions team during a speech at its national day conference. Find out more about the conference and watch or listen to the speeches here.

Inspiration for Advent and Beyond

Explore Singing the Faith Plus, the free website that supports and supplements the new Methodist hymn book. Visit the site to discover hymn and song suggestions to accompany lectionary readings, worship resources for Advent and special Sundays (including Advent candle liturgies for four hymns), a growing library of background notes on the hymns and songs plus creative ideas for using them and additional topical hymns and songs. .


Young people aired their views on conflict and peace, exam stress, bullying, sexuality and gender orientation at the sell-out 3Generate event this month. More than 250 children and young people met in Lichfield for the annual gathering, which drew delegates from as far away as Gibraltar, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. Find out more here.

Involved in Religious Education?


Are you an RE teacher? Governor? Parent or someone who has studied RE at school? A group of MPs have launched an enquiry into the supply and support for teachers of RE. They are looking for evidence. Please see the request and find out how you can help by clicking here.


In the coming week the Prayer Handbook will be encouraging us to pray with all creation, Christians in Southern Europe, West and Southern Africa, Britain and Ireland, and with the World Council of Churches. The theme for next week's A Word in Time Bible studies is A Kingdom Celebrated, and the reflections are written by the Revd Simon Sutcliffe, a minister, tutor and Venture FX pioneer.

Video Friday: A Christmas Greetings

Kicking the weekend off to a festive start, the guys from Applecart offer this interpretation of Luke Chapter 1. It's their entry for The Nativity Factor - a short film competition asking entrants to tell the story of the Nativity in their own unique way. Find out more, watch and vote here.


The Week Ahead is a regular mailing sent to
DCOs, District Chairs, Lay Workers, District Administrators,
DDEs, Ministers and Methodist Council Members. It aims to give people a heads up on upcoming events and opportunities, as well as highlighting new information and resources. We don't always remember everything, so please do email us if you have any feedback or ideas for items to include.

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