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DISTRICT WORLD CHURCH CELEBRATION SERVICE,

AND THE STORY PROJECT

This years World Church Celebrations are taking place at Park Avenue Methodist Church on Sunday 14th July. 

The guest preacher is Revd. Dr. Jongikaya Zihle, Chair of the London District.

Featuring worship, prayer, music from round the world.
Refreshments at 4.30 pm, Activities for children and young people, Worship at 6 pm.

The District World Church Group have been approached by the Story Project (Cliff College) – via the Learning Network - to invite people attending the Service to share their story – “What is God doing in your life right now?”   Mr. Ali Johnson from Cliff College will be with the Story Booth, collecting stories through video recording.

Please see the two poster's for further information.

POSTER   

THE STORY PROJECT


Cliff College Short Courses - Women In Leadership - September 16th to 20th

With a generous bursary form Methodist Women it is such a great opportunity, please have a look in your network who may be interested and benefit from it, and if you can help to get the word out that would be wonderful. 

The course will cover a wide variety of subjects relating to women who are or aspire to be in leadership roles. It is not designed for ordained women in mind.

The course will cover issues such as: unique challenges and opportunities for women in leadership, how can we live out our best story as women, wellbeing of women in leadership, skills and competences, resilience and so on. 

It is a great opportunity for women in your network who may benefit from great content, one on one coaching and a supportive community; maybe someone who runs a café, leads one of the groups or is a member of a church runs a small business, or simply wants to improve their leadership capacity.

Here is the link to Cliff College website. Please have a look in your church network, to see whether there are people who may be interested in this opportunity, or maybe there is some you as a church would like to nominate for this. We encourage 2-3 people to come together from the same community so that they can then continue to support each other on their journey. 

https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/cliff-certificates/certificate-in-women-in-leadership/

Women in Leadership


PRAYING AND PLANNING FOR EASTER AND PENTECOST 2020

A special prayer event on Monday 9th September 2019 at 7.30pm in St Martins House, Leicester. This is intended to start the planning process for Easter and Pentecost 2020, when we hope we might be able to have some significant acts of witness as part of Hope 2020.

Roy Crowne from Hope Together has agreed to join us on 9th September.

For more details of what is being planned nationally: 

https://hopetogether.org.uk/Group/Group.aspx?ID=318984


DISTRICT REIMAGINE CONFERENCE - 5TH OCTOBER 2019

All Saints, Abingdon invistes us to "Saints Alive".

With Keynote Speaker Trey Hall.

Please see the poster for more information. POSTER

Places can be booked on Eventbrite, via this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/saintsalive-reimagine-ii-tickets-59889769914


THE KALEIDOSCOPE TOUR - BOOKING NOW

Booking now for the Autumn Tour 2019 Kaleidoscope, featuring the brand new show for 2019 – BREAKING GROUND

Could your church do with a night, few days, or week of theatrical delight from Riding Lights?
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE KALEIDOSCOPE TOUR  


GODLY PLAY NETWORK

A new Godly Play network group has been started for those who might be interested in learning more about Godly Play or meeting others who use it in their ministry.

It is open to anyone whether they know anything about Godly Play or not and meetings are held at High Street Methodist Church in Witney.

For more information please contact Carol Carter: paul.carol.carter@phonecoop.coop

Please see the attached flier here


JOURNEY OF THE MAGI –  HOST A PERFORMANCE

A festive, light-hearted, joyful event with a moving and profound message.

Share the joy and wonder of Christmas with your church and local community through this exhilarating, critically acclaimed performance. The show offers a bridge between contemporary life and Jesus’s birth, comparing our own personal journey to Christmas day with the journey that the wise men took. With sparkle and songs to keep the children engrossed and bags of good humour for the grown-ups, Journey of the Magi delights audiences of all ages and offers a chance to reflect and refocus.

“Absolutely fabulous show. Wonderful mix of fun, wit, and meaning. It made me laugh and it made me cry all in a couple of minutes. (Hope you'll come back.)”  Richard, Poynton Methodist Church

Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, which will be available nationally from 23rd November to 23rd December 2019.

Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website page https://springsdancecompany.org.uk/productions/journey-of-the-magi/, by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or by calling 07876 752 910

There is also a flyer HERE


REFLECTION TIME IN FRANCE

Please see below for details of two retreats/workshops in Les Jardins des Arts, complete with booking forms - one in June and one in September.

Labyrinth Workshop Sept 19

Creative Contemplation June 19


THE FIVE DAY COMMUNITY FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Sunday 24th–Friday 29th November 2019 - Cliff College, Derbyshire

Explore the theme of 'Divine Darkness, Divine Light', through a programme of worship, teaching, silence and reflection based on a Benedictine monastic pattern. For more information please see the Flyer here

FLYER


METHODIST WOMEN PREACHERS IN BRITAIN CONFERENCE - 

NOVEMBER  2019

Please click here for the flyer promoting a forthcoming two-day 'Methodist Women Preachers in Britain' conference to be held in November 2019 with details on a call for papers and registration for the event.

FLYER


 

FESTIVAL OF CHURCH MUSIC

On 12th October 2019 the Free Church Choirs will hold their biennial festival in Guildford Cathedral. There is the opportunity to song with the choir, please see the poster for details.

POSTER


PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND - OCTOBER 2019

Tour leaders are Rev. Richard Tanner, Superintendent Minister Sherwood Forest Circuit and his wife, Rev. Janet Tanner, Minister, National Forest East Circuit. Please see the poster for further details. Poster


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