Events Diary

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May

07 May
Leading into Change
7.30 - 9.00 pm Online.
Following Jesus is all about transformation; people and churches experiencing transformation and communities being transformed. In Methodist churches, transformational leadership is practised by teams of lay and ordained leaders: ministers, lay workers, church and circuit stewards and other committed volunteers. The monthly Leading into Change webinars offer leadership ideas to stimulate your thinking and give you space to apply this thinking to your own particular context.
Please click here for more information and to book.

09 May
Explore
7.00 - 9.00 pm Online.
Explore is a nine session course for any member of the Methodist Church in Britain to take a breath, step back, and consider how they are called to respond to God's call through worship, learning & caring, evangelism or service.
Please click here for more information about the course, and here to book.

13 May
Prayers for New Places for New People
06.30 pm Online.
A monthly online prayer gathering for the NPNP/Church at the Margins movement. Come and join us in connecting, supporting, and growing the NPNP movement.
Please click here to register.

17 May
Line Management Training for Lay Employees
10.00 am - 3.30 pm Online.
Line Management Training is designed for any new or existing line manager. This one-day offering covers the basics of line management, including management styles and models, key skills and the employment cycle. Participants will join colleagues from across the Connexion at this online training day.
Please click here for more information and to book.

21 May
JPIT General Election Resources Webinar
7.00 pm Online.
Join the Joint Public Issues Team to explore how individuals and churches can engage in the upcoming general election. As the election draws near, we've curated valuable resources to aid you in preparation and engagement. From voter registration and ID requirements to issue briefings and theological resources, learn how individuals and churches can play a vital role in engaging in political discourse. Join JPIT for an insightful exploration into political engagement and the upcoming general election. Together, we'll delve into the resources, empowering you to love, pray, and vote in this General Election.
Please click here for more information and to book.

21 May
Eco Church: baby steps to bronze
8.00 - 9.00 pm Online.
Has your church already signed up to become an Eco Church? Are you thinking of doing it, but worried it'll be too much work? Or maybe you're already well on the way to bronze, and wanting to share what you're learning with others. Join the Learning Network and the Evangelism and Growth Team in conversation with Hamish Leese, the Connexional Officer who's spearheading our efforts to reach net zero. You'll hear inspiring stories, pick up tips, and learn about new funding that's available to help your church reach net zero.
Please click here for more information and to book.

23 May
Circuit Stewards Gathered
7.00 - 8.30 pm Online.
Are you a new circuit steward, or have been one for a while, are currently enrolled in the Circuit Stewards MCBX course, and are looking to dive deeper in community to further explore your roles & responsibilities and develop your skills and knowledge? This free event is for anyone enrolled in the online MCBX course for Circuit Stewards Training, and aims to nurture and equip Christ-like disciples, challenge mission-shaped communities, form and equip those who share in lay and ordained ministry, and enable and encourage creative thinkers in an environment of scholarship, research and innovation.
Please click here for more information and to book.

24 May
Local Lay Pastor Community of Practice
11.00 - 11.45 am Online.
The Learning Network are hosting a monthly online gathering for Local Lay-Pastors in their initial stages of learning and development. We’ll begin to build a community of mutual support, where Local Lay-Pastors can share the joys and challenges, the wisdom and frustrations, and come together as disciples living out an important calling in the life of the church. Come and meet with others and learn how each other’s roles are being lived out in a variety of contexts, and look for connections and inspiration as we explore what God is doing across the Methodist Church.
Please click here for more information and to book.

24 May
Cliff Festival: Rerouted
Cliff Festival is a worship and teaching event where people gather to pray, learn and encounter the Spirit of the living God. Cliff Festival is full of opportunities for people of all ages, including children and young people, to engage in worship and learning individually and together.
Please click here for more information and to book.

June

04 June
Leading into Change
7.30 - 9.00 pm Online.
Following Jesus is all about transformation; people and churches experiencing transformation and communities being transformed. In Methodist churches, transformational leadership is practised by teams of lay and ordained leaders: ministers, lay workers, church and circuit stewards and other committed volunteers. The monthly Leading into Change webinars offer leadership ideas to stimulate your thinking and give you space to apply this thinking to your own particular context.
Please click here for more information and to book.

05 June
New Places for New People Information Evening
7.30 pm Online.
An Information Evening for individuals, churches and circuits to find out more about what New Places for New People are, how the process will work and the support available from the District for this exciting work.
Please click here to book, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

07 June
Introduction to Unconscious Bias
10.00 - 11.15 am Online.
Hidden biases have the power to undermine and derail our desire to act justly, and fairly towards other people and lots of areas in our decision making, and it is possible to be unconsciously biased regarding disability, religion, race, gender, age, social class, and more. The Learning Network are running this session to introduce the concept.
Please click here for more information and to book.

12 June
Responding to Bullying and Harassing Behaviour
9.30 am - 4.00 pm Online.
This one day programme promotes good working relationships and ways to manage bullying and harassing behaviour within the life of our churches and faith communities. It enables those who participate in the training to consider the dynamics that lead to bullying and harassing behaviour, and equips participants with basic skills to become more confident when dealing with people who display such behaviour. The course considers the use of power, ego states, Kantor and top tips. This day builds upon the learning covered by the one-day ‘Growing Through Change and Conflict’ course material. While it is not essential that you have attended Growing through Change and Conflict, you might find it beneficial to also consider participating in this days' training.
Please click here for more information about the Positive Working Together Course, and here for more information about this programme.

12 June
New Places for New People - Rural Mission
7.30 pm Online.
The Methodist Church is looking at where we can set up new Christian communities for those not yet part of an existing church. Already within the district there are a number of NPNP developing but these are all based in urban areas. It is hoped that we can also establish at least one NPNP in a rural or semi-rural context. As a District we have begun to explore how this might happen and we have set up an online gathering to do some further exploration together. This will be facilitated by Revd David Goodall, the District Mission Enabler. Sarah Hulme the Connexional Rural Mission and Ministry Officer will also be present and offering support and guidance.
Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and the Zoom link.

19 June
Local Lay Pastor Community of Practice
11.00 - 11.45 am Online.
The Learning Network are hosting a monthly online gathering for Local Lay-Pastors in their initial stages of learning and development. We’ll begin to build a community of mutual support, where Local Lay-Pastors can share the joys and challenges, the wisdom and frustrations, and come together as disciples living out an important calling in the life of the church. Come and meet with others and learn how each other’s roles are being lived out in a variety of contexts, and look for connections and inspiration as we explore what God is doing across the Methodist Church.
Please click here for more information and to book.

July

02 July
Scripture, Spirituality and Conflict
09.30 am - 4.00 pm Online.
Our churches and faith communities are experiencing rapid change, which can sometimes result in difficult conversations and conflicted relationships. These experiences would be familiar to the early Christian church, where change and conflict were the norm, and heated conversations were regular occurrences. What can we learn from scripture about conflict and change? Building on our foundation day ‘Growing through Change and Conflict’, this material explores first an approach to scripture rooted in God’s loving reconciliation in the world, and then secondly offers a way in to bible study rooted in ‘the remembered bible.’ Drawing on our own lived experience of life in our church or faith community, we continue to support all those in our churches and faith communities to be peacemakers in the spirit of the gospel.
Please click here for more information and to book.

04 July
Time Management
10.00 am - 12.30 pm Online.
Sometimes the 'to do' list seems never ending and it can be hard to find time for what feels most important. In the time management sessions, you will think about how best to manage your diary and other people's expectations; consider how to use your time discerningly, making space for what matters most; and learn some practical ways for managing to-do lists.
Please click here for more information and to book.

09 July
Leading into Change
7.30 - 9.00 pm Online.
Following Jesus is all about transformation; people and churches experiencing transformation and communities being transformed. In Methodist churches, transformational leadership is practised by teams of lay and ordained leaders: ministers, lay workers, church and circuit stewards and other committed volunteers. The monthly Leading into Change webinars offer leadership ideas to stimulate your thinking and give you space to apply this thinking to your own particular context.
Please click here for more information and to book.

11 July
Boundaries and saying no
10.00 am - 12.30 pm Online.
Sometimes we find that our boundaries are not quite in the right place and we have said 'yes' when we maybe could have said 'no'. In the boundaries and saying 'no' session we will spend time with Jesus and discern our responses to saying 'no', and explore some methods to help us develop and keep to boundaries we have set.
Please click here for more information and to book.

13 July
Good news for all creation: Mission planning for every church
10.00 am - 3.00 pm Online.
This online conference seeks to inspire you to discover the particular gifts your church/es have to offer the world and to create simple, useful plans for positive action. Through a mixture of presentations and team coaching sessions, we'll explore God's call to share the love of Christ in word and deed with all of creation, offering what we have and letting the Spirit get to work.
Please click here for more information and to book.

20 July
A Retreat for (Busy) Volunteers
10.00 am - 1.00 pm at Bradley Methodist Church, Lidget Road, Bradley, BD20 9ED.
Are you a busy volunteer? Have you always got things to do for church? Would you like to nurture your own faith more? Take a morning out for you in a space where you can connect with God, be, and reflect on your journey of faith.
Please click here for more information and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.

20 July
Equipping for Equality - North
10.30 am - 4.00 pm Online.
Are you passionate about bringing about equality within the church? Want to be resourced and equipped? This day will be a chance to learn from one another's experiences, improve our cultural literacy, develop our understanding of Equality Impact Assessments, discuss the implementation of the Inclusive Language Guide, enhance our skills in communications, social media and facilitating online gatherings, and consider how to support and resource people for the continual personal learning aspect of the mandatory EDI training.
Please click here for more information and to book.

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