If you have missed the Mission beyond Lockdown webinar series you can catch up with these on the Methodist Church series. One of the speakers in episode 2 was Helle Sewell, Darlington District Mission and Community Engagement Enabler. Her theme was “Give me some good news: evangelism beyond COVID-19.”
Episode 3 will be broadcast on 9 June at 2pm. You can register on eventbrite to join the live event.
"Transforming Teesside Together" churches are looking to record "Our Father" as a virtual choir, to be broadcast at 8pm on Pentecost. Deadline is Thursday 12pm. For further information email:
Please see the Worship page for service details for Ascension Day and a link for reflections for Thy Kingdom Come.
Cliff Festival is "at home" this year https://cliffcollege.ac.uk/cliff-festival/festival-2020
Unfortunately, 3Generate can not go ahead this year.
New Encounters is the name of our ‘EDEV’ (Extending Discipleship Exploring Vocations) programme which will begin in early June meeting on Zoom instead of at a central location. We hope this makes New Encounters accessible to people who might otherwise have found travelling for evening meetings a challenge. We hope you may have people in your circuit who are seeking to deepen their faith and discipleship and for whom this course will be a benefit.
District Children, Families & Young People Development Worker: https://www.darlingtonmethodistdistrict.org.uk/whats-on/news/district-children-families-young-people-development-worker.html
Regional Safeguarding Administrator: https://www.darlingtonmethodistdistrict.org.uk/whats-on/news/safeguarding-admin-job-opportunity.html
Living the faith Thursday 14 May at 7.30 pm
The topic is "What should be the relationship between the Church and State?"
Please get in touch if you would like to join the online discussion.
The Methodist Church have provided a statement:
Update issued on 12 May 2020
A statement from the Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference:
“Methodists have missed being able to gather for worship in church buildings over the last two months and look forward to the resumption of public worship when it is safe for this to happen.
"The Church’s commitment to the pastoral care of its members and others has been at the forefront of our response and will continue to be. During the lockdown many congregations have shared in internet based services, usually broadcast from manses, following strict social distancing rules, and many people have continued to worship in their homes. Church communities have been creative in preparing worship materials and nationally we have a dedicated phone line for those who are not connected to the internet.
"The increased number of broadcast services on radio and television has helped to mitigate some of the sense of deprivation that people feel from a loss of fellowship. We would hope that those programmes continue to be scheduled as not all will be able to attend public worship even when all restrictions have been lifted.
"We recognise the paramount importance of the safety of members of the public and understand that any change to the current restrictions must be made with care.”
One of our members has provided links to "Pastel shades, with sacred music".
A message from Connexion - The Government is due to give an update on its lockdown guidance on Sunday May 10. We will consider any changes carefully and update our own guidance as necessary. The Secretary to the Conference will meet Ecumenical colleagues later this week and District Chairs and the Warden of the Diaconal Order on Monday May 11 and will discuss any possible changes with them. As usual, any updates will be shared on the Methodist Church website and on our social media channels.
Next week is Christian Aid week. Although there are no house to house collections there is still lots going on. https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week
Volunteer registration for 3Generate is now open.https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/children-youth-family-ministry/3generate/volunteering/
All We Can: are producing short videos every day at 1:17pm to help people keep a sense of connection, togetherness and worship in these strange and isolating times. They have been drawing on Paul’s letter to the Colossians, and in particular Colossians 1:17, where Paul writes that ‘in Christ all things hold together’.
All We Can and the Methodist Church have launched a joint ‘Emergency Coronavirus Appeal’
Get creative with a brand-new creative arts competition from Methodist Children, Youth and Family.
We are looking for you to write, draw, paint, or get busy with your camera! The idea is that you write a poem, make a picture or take a photograph in response to the theme of ‘What is God saying?’
Find out more information here.
Jesus Loves All: A Prayer Journal
Journey through the eleven days of Thy Kingdom Come using the prayer journal Jesus loves all, written by Methodist Youth President, Thelma Commey.
Available from Methodist Publishing, with free delivery. Order by 13th May.ey.
Webinar series: Mission Beyond Lockdown
The lockdown means that we can’t do what we usually do right now. And if, as expected, social distancing measures remain once the strict lockdown ends, our church buildings may remain closed for some months. What does this mean for God's mission through the church?
For further details and to sign up see here.
Thanks to Jan for this week's poem
Lord, I want to be a missionary and sail across the sea,
And tell the heathen of Thy Word and bring them all to Thee.
You’d like to be a missionary? No reason that can’t be.
See that stranger in your pew? Invite him home for tea.
Lord, I’d like to be a minister and preach to a great big crowd,
And convert a thousand in a day by, that would make me proud!
You’d like to be a minister? No reason that can’t be.
How about teaching Sunday School? Those children too need me!
Lord I wish I were a deacon and could really have my say
In how the church is run and all, perhaps I will one day!
Instead of being a deacon I’ll tell you another need...
How about praying every day for your church and those who lead?
Lord, I wanted to be a General right in the very front line,
But it seems that’s not for me with these big ideas of mine.
Child, I just want you to be yourself in whatever I call you to,
Don’t covet another’s work for me...be content with the gifts I give you!
Leven Online Radio have an interview with Rev Richard Andrew, which can be found here.
A reminder that Catalyst can help deliver food or collect prescriptions if needed. Contact them on 01642 524500.
Property Matters - the March edition has been issued, with a focus on looking after property during the Coronavirus pandemic.
As we enter these unprecedented times, please be careful to ensure that data protection does not take a back seat when it comes to changing our working practices and dealing with data protection issues in general. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have released a useful list of FAQ’s many of which will apply to Managing Trustees.
There has been clarification on "furloughed" status and charities are now included. The District has issued advice, please get in touch if you would like the information.
Methodist Insurance have provided guidance for empty buildings.
Catalyst Stockton have a huge amount of information on their website, both for those in need of help and those offering help.
The Methodist Church have announced the closure of all it's church buildings for the foreseeable future. The only exception is for churches that are offering essential social outreach such as foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters, but these must be carried out within government guidelines. The latest newsletter can be found here.
The Methodist Church have produced posters for display at Churches to offer advice in relation to worship.
(when not open please contact Catalyst on 01642 524500 for help)
Stockton Hope at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Hardwick are now working as a satellite for the Billingham Trussell Trust Food Bank.
We are open as a food pick up point:
Every Wednesday 11am to 2pm at St Andrew’s, Methodist Church.
Red vouchers issued by local agencies, such as:
Redhill Children’s Centre, Roseworth.
These can be exchanged for three days’ worth of food parcels.
Our aim is to make the Food Bank an informal & friendly place, restoring dignity, reviving hope and showing care of all people regardless of background or belief. We believe in turning faith into practical action.
Glynnis McNaughton. Tel: 07810521255
Revd Suva Catford.