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The Methodist News

17 September 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to the The Methodist News.

Please note updated guidance at the bottom of this newsletter regarding the "rule of six"

Yours, in prayer,

The Communications team



Learning Network


Change to regions


The Learning and Development Network of the Methodist Church has announced the formation of a new region combining the existing East of England and East Central regions. The new region will be called The Eastern Region of the Learning Network and will officially come into effect from 1 October 2020. Read more here.


Global Relationships


Presidential theme resources 


The Global Relationships team have published worship resources based on the Presidential theme for 2020/21 of "The Best of All is God is with Us."  The resources include videos, stories, pictures, prayers and reflections from the work of God around the world. Download the resources here.


Action for Children 




The charity Action for Children have released a report entitled  Childhood During Coronavirus: protecting children from the effects of poverty. The report highlights the need for the government to improve financial support for low-income families. You can read the report here.


Peace Sunday




Sunday 20 September is Peace Sunday, the Sunday closest to the UN Day of Peace, 21 September. The World Council of Churches calls on churches to make this a day of prayer for peace. Resources can be found here.



Year of Prayer



The Methodist Conference has declared 2020/2021 a year of prayer. Join others across the Methodist Church to pray together, every Tuesday from 12.45pm to 1.00pm. Read more and register here




If you missed Tuesday's prayer meeting, one of the weekly sessions that are part of the Year of Prayer, then you can watch again, with a BSL translation, here.


3Generate 365

Youth President 


Welcome Service 


Last Sunday's welcome service for Phoebe Parkin, the new Methodist Youth President, was held at Wellington Methodist Church, Telford. The service is available to watch again here.


3Generate 365


Launch Video


You can watch Tuesday's launch of 3Generate 365 on the 3Generate YouTube channel here.




District Ambassadors 


There are plenty of ways to get involved with 3Generate 365, why not give some thought to  volunteering? Whether as a District Ambassador, satellite group member or by engaging children and young people, you can help make it a year to remember. Find out more about the roles available here.




Youth President

Youth President Pheobe Parkin was interviewed on BBC Radio Shropshire on the morning of her Welcome Service at Wellington Church, Telford. You can hear the interview here from 1:39:30.




The Revd Mark Lawrence of Plymouth and Devonport Circuit was interviewed across the BBC local radio network on how churches have reopened with the restrictions required to keep worshippers safe and how churches are adapting to pastoral ministry online.  You can listen to his interview on BBC Bristol here, starting at 1:09.



The Methodist Podcast

In this week's Methodist podcast we talk to Action for Children about child poverty, we consider harvest and our rural communities, discuss the strategic direction of All We Can and hear about the Vice-President's personal connection to the Mayflower that set off for America 400 years ago this week.



Worship and reopening churches during the pandemic


There are suggestions for worship opportunities and worship sheets to print at home here. There is also a short act of spiritual communion
There is also a range of resources f
or open air worship, advice on face coverings, weddings, house groups and wider community use of church buildings. A service to celebrate a return to public worship, Beyond Exile, can be found here.

Updated guidance
Rule of Six


The government has yet to publish more specific guidelines but based on the brief information received, it is understood that the number relates to the maximum group size before they come into church and therefore can sit together in church. Guidance can be found here.

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