Recently added or reissued resources.  Latest information includes:

  • General Election - Resources provided by the Joint Public Isssues Team are here
  • Digital Sunday – This year the churches in Cumbria are being encouraged to engage with this on Sunday 23rd June. Digital Sunday offers congregations, who choose to take part, an opportunity to reflect on how we – as Christians, for whom all of life is worship – should use our digital activity in a way that is an expression or an outworking of our faith. Resources are available here.
  • Property Support - The May edition is now available here.  The Dialogue is here.

  • Endings and Beginnings - The Learning Network are offering a two hour online session across the 5 north west districts. This aims to equip people personally to understand endings and beginnings, and to enable others to navigate endings and beginnings. There are two sessions, open to anyone: Wednesday 5th June at 1.30 pm or Tuesday 18th June at 7 pm. There will also be other opportunities for some of the communities of practice where people gather, including local lay leaders, children, youth and families workers to access a session, which will be identified separately.  Book for one of these sessions now.
  • Forests and Firepits – a video which has been produced recently by the Methodist Church and Fresh Expressions features two communities that gather outdoors. The second part of the video sees Lol Wood, the Family Project Leader for the Rainbow Parish, Kirkby Lonsdale, talk about ‘Foresty’. To watch the video click here(and if you want to skip to Lol’s section it starts at 12:30)
  • Snapshots from the Well - resources for work with children & young people here
  • Learning & Development events – the regional networks are being replaced with one to serve the whole Connexion.  A calendar of training activities nationwide is here.
  • Epworth Cash Plus Fund for Charities – we occasionally receive information about Methodist related financial matters, and this may be of interest to church or circuit treasurers. Please click here for the full information.
  • Digital Technology Support – following discussion about the use of technology at the recent Synod we have been advised of an organisation, AbilityNet, that supports people getting online and making use of digital technology. As well as having resources online they have community volunteers who are able to support individuals in a local area. There is a poster attached and you can find out more on their website or by calling: 0800 048 7642.
  • NWED Equip Series – The video of the previous session on 17th April is available to watch. The next session will be uploaded soon.
  • Methodist Way of Life  – there is a new animated film available to help introduce this which you can find on the Methodist Church website: A Methodist Way of Life Videos.
  • Justice-Seeking Church  – the film introducing the Justice-Seeking Church report is now available here, so please do view and share it in your context.  A shortened version of the Walking with Micah, Justice-Seeking Church Conference report, with questions for discussion and reflection, is available for free from  Methodist Publishing.  Further resources to help churches engage further will be available soon.
  • Anti-Poverty Movement  – ‘JPIT have been working closely alongside partners to develop the beginnings of a new anti-poverty movement, aimed at raising poverty higher up the political agenda at the next General Election. The hope is for a broad collection of organisations, faith groups and networks who will mobilise their communities to speak up and take action in the 12 months leading up the election. For the Methodist Church, this means making campaigning on poverty our priority ahead of the next General Election, and equipping our congregations to speak from their own experiences of social action and community engagement to argue that we want to see a poverty free UK. This is a really exciting opportunity for the Church to convene a cross-sector space with significant potential for public and political impact, and we’re excited about where it could go. Hannah Fremont-Brown has been appointed to coordinate this work in a new Methodist role, moving from her current role in JPIT to take this on. Please do get in touch with Hannah with any questions and keep an eye out for more information soon.’
  • Consultiv Utilities - We have been approached by this company who offer support with property in the following areas: Gas / Water / Waste / Electric / Communications / VAT refunds.
    If anyone is interested in following up with them they have a website and the contact we have is: Aidan Angus, Senior Energy Analyst, Tel. 0191 691 8817 or Email. We are aware that they have been working in recent years with Manchester Central Hall and Manchester Circuit.