Methodist Women in Britain EASTER OFFERING
We are delighted to announce the completion of the promised
video-recording of this year’s Easter Offering Service, ‘Into all the
world’, which is now available for you to watch on our brand new MWiB
YouTube channel. The video has been produced by the MWiB Executive, and
lasts around 45 minutes. With the text of the service on screen, and
recordings of hymns and songs to join in with, the video is ideal
particularly for smaller groups (if able to meet) and for individuals to
watch at home.
If you’re unable to meet, why not arrange a time for your group to watch
it at home ‘together-apart’, and perhaps arrange an online/Zoom chat
over coffee afterwards?
You will also find at the end of the service the following information
regarding payment of donations to the Easter Offering (and please note
especially that however you make your donation, you need to reference it
for “Easter Offering 2021”, so that it can be counted in this year’s
~ Any offerings made via the EO service are wholly donated to the World
If you would like to donate directly, via the Just Giving page, please
visit www.justgiving.com/mcfworldmission/donate and reference your
donation with EO Service 2021. You can also access this page via the
Methodist Church website (www.methodist.org.uk) when you search for
World Mission Fund.
~ If you would like to make an offering in your usual way, please
contact your treasurer with the offering and make sure they know it is
for the World Missino Fund.
~ Offerings can also be made to the WMF via Bank Transfer with the
reference EO 2021. You can access this information from your church or
The link to the YouTube video is:
All of this information, with accompanying links, is available on the MWiB website : mwib.org.uk
|Women’s SafetyRachel Lampard, Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team, considers the way forward for women’s safety following the death of Sarah Everard. Read Rachel’s blog here.||Reset the Debt|
prayer and actionSince the pandemic began, millions of people have been forced into debt simply to make ends meet. One year ago, many families received their first unpayable bill because of Covid-19. On Friday 26th March, we’re joining together in prayer for just and compassionate solutions to the debt crisis we now face in our communities. Find out more here.
|A year of the pandemicReflecting on the pandemic a year on, the Revd Richard Teal and Carolyn Lawrence, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have released a message ahead of the anniversary of the first lockdown. Read the message here.|
|PeerTalkThe mental health charity PeerTalk will be holding a “Let’s Have A Chat Day” on Wed, 24 March.|
The morning event will discuss the benefits and value of PeerTalk groups. You can book here. The afternoon session, A Personal Journey : Danny Sculthorpe – Former Rugby League Star, can be booked here.
|JPIT – InternshipApply to join the JPIT intern for 2021-2022. Learn more about this varied role making links between faith, politics and policy, ranging from climate justice, to disarmament, to economic equality campaigns. Read more and apply here.||ONE ProgrammeThe ONE Programme is about equipping, empowering, and encouraging young people in their discipleship, vocation and leadership. You can read stories of how young people have developed and supported their churches through this extraordinary year here. You can read more about the programme here.|
|Memory Worship“By God’s grace we are renewed” is the theme of the March Memory Worship service from the Highlands Methodist Church, near Southend. The service is for people with and without dementia. Watch here.|
You can catch up on previous Memory Worship at home services following link.
|PrayerA prayer for the environment – written and read by Andy Atkins,CEO of A Rocha UK. Watch here.||All We Can – LentYou can be a part of the change that is happening for families and communities around the world, and in your own journey with God.|
You can still download your copy of a daily devotional for Lent 2021 below, or order a physical copy, for you to use at home, in small groups or with your whole church. Click here.
|World Methodist CouncilThe World Methodist Council is organising a webinar to pray with and for migrants and refugees during the Covid pandemic. During the event there will be stories of grief, pain, solidarity and hope with calls for prayer and action from around the world. You can register for the webinar, that takes place on the 25 March, here.||World Council of Churches The World Council of Churches Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany (21 August – 10 September 2022) is accepting applications from young adults, 18 to 30, to serve as stewards. You can read more information here.||DefenceChurch leaders across seven denominations, including the Methodist Church, have made this statement following the publication of the Government’s integrated review of foreign and defence policies.|
|Wesley’s Shoes“As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace…”Ephesians 6.15||The Museum of Methodism at Wesley’s Chapel in London is curating an exhibition that will showcase through objects and stories the influence of Black British, Asian and British global diaspora leaders on Methodism. Can you help by nominating someone? We want to share stories of often unsung service, and by doing this, to nurture young leaders and provoke reflection on what leadership is in the Church today. Share your story with us and maybe like Inderjit Bhogal, your boots will join John Wesley’s to reveal the journey of our worldwide movement. Email your story to us here.|
|Year of Prayer|
|Join others across the Methodist Church to pray, every Tuesday from 12.45pm to 1.00pm|
|Participate Next Tuesday’s service will be led by Charlotte Rumble, School Chaplain at Hippings Methodist Primary School in Oswaldtwistle and community pastor in the West Pennine Moors Circuit. More information about the Year of Prayer can be found here or use this direct link to register.||Watch AgainThis week’s Year of Prayer service was led by Sally Rush,community worker with young adults at Wesley’s Chapel. You can watch the service again, here.|
|The Methodist PodcastAs some children and young people return to school, the latest edition of The Methodist Podcast considers the impact of the pandemic on education. We talk to a head teacher, a parent, pupils, the Methodist Youth President and the principal of Cliff College. Listen here.||‘Dial-a-Prayer’ phonelinesPrayer: 0808 281 2514Pastoral message from the President and Vice-President: 0808 281 2695|
Methodist Podcast: 0808 281 2478
You can download a print-and-cut-out sheet with details to send to others here
|Emma Hardy MPEmma Hardy MP has thanked Trinity Methodist Church, Hull for its work recycling & redistributing second hand school uniforms to local families. Emma was taking part in a Parliamentary debate on the Education Bill which addresses the cost of school uniform. Watch here.||Dales PodcastThe new Voices from the Dales podcast features chapels that were at the heart of village life in Wensleydale and Swaledale for around 150 years and discusses how Methodism is ‘still very much alive’ in places such as Gayle and Gunnerside. You can hear the podcast here.||BBC Radio 2Revd Delyth Liddell made her Pause for Thought debut on BBC Radio 2 this week with stories of a mischievous and adorable puppy. You can listen here from around 2hrs 27mins.|
|BBC Local RadioThe President of the Methodist Conference, Revd Richard Teal, appeared on two BBC local radio stations on Sunday 14 March to discuss his online visits. You can hear Richard on BBC Radio Humberside here from 1hr 8mins and BBC Radio York, here from 2hr 48mins.||Nuclear WeaponsThe government’s decision to increase the number of Trident nuclear warheads the UK can stockpile by more than 40 per cent has been condemned byChurch leaders including those from the Methodist Church. You can read a report in the Church Times here.||Faith In Politics PodcastIn the latest Faith In Politics podcast, Meg and Rodney interview Labour MP Rachael Maskell. Rachel offers valuable insight into her political career, the role of her faith in politics and the contribution the UK can make by looking globally. Meg and Rodney muse on how looking globally ties in with the phrase ‘charity begins at home’ and whether it is compatible. Listen|
Rev Charles Makonde, induction as Methodist Bishop of the Coastal District in Kenya
We share the good news of Charles’ induction as Methodist Bishop of the Coastal District in Kenya, having been persuaded to come out of retirement and invited to oversee important changes in the Methodist Church in Kenya. Charles ministered in the North Lancashire Circuit prior to his ‘retirement’. Charles has also been the driving force behind establishing a primary school, Timboni at Kambe in his home district, which is supported by many in our Circuit. Joyce has joined him for his induction which will take place on Sunday, 24th January in Ribe Church. ( prounounced Ree-bay). Ribe was the first Methodist Church in Kenya (1862) and is near Kambe
Please keep Charles, Joyce, and the Methodist Church in Kenya in your prayers.
Dear GDPR contacts across the District
Two points if I may.
Firstly, a cautionary tale, I have been contacted by someone from outside the district because, they sent an email out to all of their contacts within one Church as an open copy and, one of the email addresses was slightly wrong and, obviously, didn’t go to the correct person. This contact then received two emails back, one threatening to report her to the Police. I would assume that you are all sending out emails to multiple email addresses as BCC, if you know someone who isn’t may I urge you to ask them to send things BCC. For the record, if this person had gone to the Police, they would have referred him/her to the Information Commissioner, as what my contact did wasn’t a criminal matter, there was no personal information shared in the email.
Secondly, I contacted the GDPR team in Manchester, asking if they can make it easier for people like me (and possibly you) that when we visit the GDPR webpage we can identify quickly and easily what new stuff is there. I have been informed that I am not alone with this request, I have been informed by them that, “We have started including a box outlining substantive changes at the top of the page. An example is the Test and Trace Focus Note updated just before Christmas.” Therefore, if you do visit the GDPR webpage, it should be easier to recognise what is new.
I trust that this all makes sense. Wishing you all the best for the coming year.
With every blessing
Minister Bare, Torrisholme and Wesley Methodist Church
District and Circuit GDPR Champion
Circuit Covid Information Coordinator
A Letter from Rev. Steve Charman our Circuit Superintendent Minister.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:5
I hope that you have been able to experience the joy of Christmas despite the
restrictions which we have been living with – Christ’s coming among us is a present reality even in
these circumstances, as the verse from John’s Gospel makes clear!!!!
Last March, when we were first placed in lockdown, some of us were hoping to be ‘back to
normal’ by September, others suggested that Christmas might be a better target. Unfortunately, we’re still not there – the new Covid variant seems to be much more easily transmissible and there were over 50,000 new Covid cases and 981 Covid deaths announced by the government yesterday. Lancashire has now been in placed in Tier 4 restrictions, with the guidance ‘Residents should stay at home, unless they have a “reasonable excuse” such as work or education’.
With this news, I believe the right decision at this time is that, once again, all church
buildings in our Circuit should be closed for worship, prayer meetings, bible studies etc. with immediate effect and we must continue with alternative forms of worship – Zoom based, printed sheets, TV, radio, You Tube etc. (funerals can go ahead with the government published limit to numbers and marriage services only in exceptional circumstances).
This decision has been taken following conversation and consultation with Rev Paul Davis
(Chair of District) and other Superintendents in Lancashire. Every encounter that we have with other people, and every building that we visit, is a risk and it is clear that we should minimise the risks that we take for our own health, the health of others (particularly the elderly and more vulnerable members of our community) and also in order to reduce the pressure on the NHS. We should therefore avoid face-to-face encounters as much as possible and minimise the different places that we go to. (Note – while communal worship is legally permitted, it does not mean that it is the right thing to do with so many vulnerable people in our communities).
It is with mixed feelings that this decision has had to be taken – I realise that it impacts on
many people across our circuit who have valued the opportunity to gather with others for worship, but we must do everything we can to minimise the spread of the virus. It is also important that we stand alongside our neighbours – those in our communities whose businesses are closed and those whose activities are curbed.
The Circuit will continue to provide two zoom-based services – Jo Towers (Circuit
Administrator) will continue to send the login information each week by email. The written ‘Worship from Home’ service sheets are also available to anyone who would like them. If anyone wants to receive the Zoom login information or the ‘Worship from Home’ sheets then they should contact Jo Towers – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07922768516.
Please continue to care for and support one another, to pray for one another and for the
wider community and the world. Please also reach out in love to the most vulnerable in your neighbourhood.
Grace and peace,
Rev Steve Charman
Superintendent Minister (North Lancashire Methodist Circuit)
Superintendent Minister, North Lancs. Circuit
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A Message from Rev. Steve Charman , District Chairman
Jesus said, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” 31… “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Many people have spent a lot of time and energy doing risk-assessments and completing building reopening checklists in order to get our church buildings Covid-secure and ready to use. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in that process and particular thanks go to Rev Roy Burley who has overseen the whole project for the Circuit. I know that many people who have attended worship in these buildings over recent weeks have been grateful.
I am writing to you now as we have reached a new stage in the pandemic. Unfortunately, the number of cases both nationally and locally is on the rise and becoming ever more concerning, as is the number of people in hospital with Covid-19. Lancashire is of particular concern with a significantly high number of cases – according to the government, this area is labelled as ‘Local COVID Alert Level High’.
While the current government guidelines do allow us to open our buildings for worship, it is advised that we should not meet with people in public venues (including places of worship): “In the affected local areas, we also advise that you should not meet with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue. Examples of public venues include pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks.” from NHS Covid-19
Every encounter that we have with other people, and every building that we visit, is a risk and it is clear that we should minimise the risks that we take for our own health, the health of others (particularly the elderly and more vulnerable members of our community) and also in order to reduce the pressure on the NHS. We should therefore avoid face-to-face encounters as much as possible and minimise the different places that we
This situation has led me to the decision that we will no longer provide Local Preachers or Ministers to lead worship held in a church building for the present time – this is to protect all of our Preachers and Ministers.
My recommendation to every church in our Circuit is that we suspend worship in our church buildings and return to alternative forms of worship – Zoom-based, printed sheets, TV, radio, Youtube etc. I also recommend that any midweek groups (Bible study, fellowship meetings, housegroups, prayer meetings) should also cease to meet face-to-face.
As a Circuit, we are planning to provide two Zoom-based services each Sunday – one seeking to serve those in our northern, Lune Valley and coastal parts of the Circuit and one serving Lancaster and the churches to the south of Lancaster – but anyone is welcome to attend either. We are also planning that the written ‘Worship from Home’ service sheets will be available to anyone who would like them. I recommend that you
display a poster (similar to the one attached) at your church building to communicate effectively with your local community.
Some good news… Our new Circuit Administrator – Jo Towers – started work on 2nd October, she works in the mornings Mon-Fri. Having started work at The Cornerstone, we are now planning that she will be working from home from later this week. If anyone wants to receive the Zoom login information or the weblink for the ‘Worship from Home’ sheets then they should contact Jo – email@example.com
If a local church makes the decision that they will continue to meet for worship in the building, they will be responsible for leading their own act of worship (as a Local Arrangement) and they must continue to ensure that all Covid-secure procedures and policies are followed meticulously and ‘Test & Trace’ records are kept.
The Church Council (as Trustees) remain responsible for the health and safety of all those who enter the building for any activity (including worship).
Today, I have also received communication from Lancashire Resilience Forum (see additional sheet) –
The information from LRF makes it clear that external gatherings are prohibited, which means that sadly we cannot hold worship outside either (therefore outdoor Remembrance Day Services and outdoor Carol Services are prohibited).
Please continue to care for and support one another, to pray for one another and for the wider community and the world. Please also reach out in love to the most vulnerable in your neighbourhood.
Grace and peace,
Rev Steve Charman
Superintendent Minister (North Lancashire Methodist Circuit)