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Interfaith Skills - May and June at Bouverie Court, Northampton

Attached is a flyer advertising an Interfaith Skills course being run on two Saturdays during May and June at Bouverie Court. We would ask you to put this out into your circuits. 

The cost is £20 per person. Cheques should be payable to PDBF (Peterborough Board of Finance).

Interfaith Skills Course


Thy Kingdom Come
Celebration event at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Oxford on Sunday 13 May 2018.
Tickets are FREE but need to be booked through Eventbrite.  Details on FLYER.



Saturday 17 March 2018, Methodist Central Buildings, Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ
The hopes, fears and challenges for the future of our communities, countries and the world will be the theme of a new Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) Conference taking place in Manchester on 17 March. 

Brave New World? Faithful living in a time of change takes place at the Methodist Central Hall on Oldham Street. It will explore what it means to be a Christian in the midst of a changing world. 

JPIT is a joint venture between the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. The team works together on issues of justice and inequality by influencing those in power and energising local congregations. 

The conference will bring together politicians, journalists, activists and people of faith to discuss the challenges facing our ever-changing communities, nations and the world. 

The programme includes worship, workshops and plenary sessions. The day will begin with Labour and Cooperative Party MP Stella Creasy, and Peter Oborne, columnist at the Daily Mail and former chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph. As these two public figures with their differing political views converse about our changing world, they will invite delegates to engage with their vision for the challenges ahead. 

Sally Foster-Fulton, head of Christian Aid Scotland, will present the Christian and biblical approach to the question of a brave new world.

Delegates will have the opportunity to explore specific issues in depth in a range of workshops addressing topics including intergenerational justice, responding to hate crime and the changing face of poverty.  

The conference will be drawn to a close by poet-in-residence the Revd Lucy Berry, who will write and perform poetry reflecting on the day.

Rachel Lampard, JPIT Team Leader and Policy Adviser says: “The aim of the conference is to consider how we might respond to the challenges and make the most of the opportunities presented by our changing times. Above all, we want to deepen our understanding of what it might mean to live faithfully in the world. How can we ‘do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God’ (Micah 6:8)?”

• ‘Brave New World?’ takes place in Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, on Saturday 17 March 2018 from 10am – 4pm. For further information and for details on how to book your free ticket, go to


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Lifting the Lid

We're excited to let you know about a new resource we're launching for this upcoming period of lent.


Lifting the Lid - Six Bible Studies Exploring God's Heart for Mental Health is a free study resource to help churches explore the topics of emotional and mental wellbeing, using the Bible as a guide. The free course includes material on mental health conditions drawn from The Mental Health Access Pack, an online resource developed in partnership with Mind & Soul.



Building awareness together

The series has been created with small groups in mind, drawing on well-known Bible stories to open up discussions on a key topic each week. Comprised of 6 studies, each session offers concrete ways to support people in both church and the neighbourhood who might be experiencing mental- ill health.


Churches have a key role to play

With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental ill health in the UK across the year, churches have an important part to play in supporting and resourcing their communities effectively.  Mat Ray, of Livability, who created the studies says:

Emotional and mental ill health is an area which can present many challenges, but churches are in a great position to engage with these areas positively. We have good reasons to be hopeful and we have an important part to play in raising awareness.


Help churches change the culture

Whether you've engaged in our community training, partnered with us through The Happiness Course or Dementia-Inclusive Church, we would love your community to be part of 'Lifting the Lid' on mental health. Mental illness is no longer taboo in many churches, but we can do more to help communities become more aware of the issues and welcome those of us who experience them.
The course was met with a positive response when it was trialled last year. Here's what some of the participants had to say:


Being able to talk openly in a church setting about these issues has been really valuable.  It has been wonderful to ground the subject with a bible study.

I appreciated the practical ideas for including those suffering mental health problems. I would highly recommend others doing the course.


Free download

Click here to download this free resource guide, and please let others know, too.



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