Information Board

The Methodist Church  

22 February 2018

The Week Ahead
The Methodist Church

Hi everyone, and welcome to The Week Ahead.

This week we will be marking
Fairtrade Fortnight and the second Sunday of Lent.

Andy Jackson will be staffing the out-of-hours support line this week on 020 7467 5170. You can email here.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,


Rosie Winn
Media Officer


An Island Parish: After the Hurricane
Thursday 22 February

BBC Two, 9.00pm

Cameras return to the Caribbean island of Anguilla in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which struck in September 2017. 

Saturday 24 February

BBC Two, 10.00pm

Drama recounting the true story of Philomena Lee, a Catholic woman who gives birth out of wedlock in 1950s Ireland. Abandoned by her family, she is forced to live in an abbey, where the nuns sell her infant child for adoption. 

Sunday 25 February

ITV, 8.00pm

The detective drama takes inspiration from Oxford's real-life history. The Nation of Islam preacher and civil rights campaigner Malcolm X was invited to speak at the Oxford Union in December 1964, less than two months before his assassination in New York.


British Socialism
Friday 23 February
BBC Radio 4, 9.00pm

Anne McElvoy traces the emergence of British socialism through the 19th century. 

File on 4
Sunday 25 February

BBC Radio 4, 5.00pm

With many hospitals crumbling and huge backlogs of maintenance work, Lesley Curwen investigates whether the NHS can afford to run and replace its ageing hospitals.

Civilisation: A Sceptic's Guide
Monday 26 February

BBC Radio 4, 11.00am
David Cannadine aims to dispel ideas propagated by the likes of 18th-century historian Edward Gibbon in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and Samuel Huntington's book The Clash of Civilisations. David reveals how encounters between civilised and 'primitive' peoples have been far more finely nuanced than first believed.

See The Radio Times for further listings.

Free Our Calling poster


Use this FREE poster to tell everyone about our mission. Available in A1 and A2, with free UK postage and packing, you can order your poster here.

Lent reflections


This year's superb Easter Offering has again been created by Methodist Women in Britain. This week’s reflection is Seek Peace and Pursue It. The reflections are designed for personal or group use and can be downloaded here.

Fairtrade Fortnight


Fairtrade Fortnight is from Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March. Your church can get involved by incorporating fair trade themes into worship and events to help support trade justice and alleviate poverty. Methodist Publishing also has plenty of Fairtrade items on sale here.

World Book Day


Taking place on Thursday 1 March, World Book Day celebrates reading and stories. Download the toolkit here and plan how you are going to join in. Methodist Publishing has some exciting children's books you can order here - maybe your child could dress up as John, Charles or Susanna Wesley for the day!

Death of Billy Graham


The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have offered their condolences to the family of US evangelist the Revd Billy Graham, who has died aged 99. Click here to read the full statement.

Wesley Impact! radio


This weekly radio program from Wesley Mission in Australia includes a song, sermons and reflections on the Gospel. The current episode features the Revd Keith Garner who shares the story of the baptism and temptation of Jesus at the start of the Lent season. Listen to the current and past shows here.

The Hope Journey


This exciting scheme is an interactive and engaging way of partnering local churches and schools in the delivery of the religious education syllabus. Each Journey is written specifically for those in primary education, from early years in reception right through to year six.

Worship: Leading & Preaching


Four films have been created for the Worship: Leading & Preaching course that features the Revd Dr Calvin Samuel, Methodist Presbyter and Principal of the London School of Theology. 


This week in Parliament



You can find this week's parliamentary business online here. If you want to find out about the Scottish Parliamentary calendar, click here and the timetable for the National Assembly for Wales click here.



In the coming week the Prayer Handbook will be encouraging us to pray with Christians in the Pacific, Europe, Britain and Ireland. The theme for next week's A Word in Time Bible studies is Mercy and Salvation
written by Anna Drew.

Video Thursday: Journey of Faith


This week's film features a priest who makes a daily treacherous climb to reach his church, carved into a sheer cliff face in the remote mountains of Gheralta, Ethiopia. Watch the film here.

The Week Ahead is a regular mailing that 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.
Tel: 020 7467 5191
For urgent out of hours support from the media team:
020 7467 5170