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  • Cartmel Coffee & Chat - on the second Tuesday morning in the month from 10:30 to 12:00 noon.  All welcome.  Click here for more details
  • Journey to Jerusalem - A walkthrough video is still available here.
  • Exhibition at Hawkshead - "Throughout May the tiny Methodist Church in the Square at Hawkshead will filled to bursting with a “congregation” of 5000 small salt dough figures, by way of a Community Art Project.  Despite their numbers they will leave room for visitors to sit and reflect in this very old place of worship.  What is it like to be faced by so many expectant people, each with their own needs and desires?  How could they be fed, how can we begin to realise the needs of so many people in our world today and how might we help to meet those needs? These salt dough people remind us of the story of how Jesus fed 5000 on a hillside, long ago and faraway and despite having only a tiny amount of food available.  They invite us to ask questions about our deepest needs and where we turn to in order to have them met." Anyone who can offer to spend some time at the exhibition and welcome visitors, please contact Dare Holland on 015394 41594 or by email.
  • New Places for new people  – If you are curious about new places for new people and would like more information, please have a look at this really useful and practical guide
  • Ukrainian family in need of sponsorsClick here for details.
  • Volunteer Director at Ambleside needed - Ambleside Methodist Church are seeking a volunteer director to work alongside our ministers and other volunteer directors as part of the Ambleside Parish Centre (a charity and limited company.) We are looking for someone with strong governance skills who would commit to a one or two year appointment as we enter the next phase of this exciting community partnership, building a resource for the Ambleside area, and wider, in this well used Methodist and Anglican owned building. For an informal conversation and person spec contact Grace, 07341960506 or email. (Note: the directors meet 4 times per year and other involvement could be remote.)

  • Ministry Intern  – We have the opportunity to host a Ministry Experience Intern to work alongside Grace in the pioneering, and other work in the northern part of the circuit 2024/25. We know this is work many of you are praying for, and are now asking if it’s work you could directly support financially. We estimate the cost to the circuit will be approximately £40 per week should we be matched (£1750 for the year plus local expenses). If you would be willing to make a one off or regular gift to the circuit for this work please contact Dare Holland (circuit treasurer) to make your pledge. And do of course keep praying for this work into new ways of reaching out and being church.
  • Loose ends project  – This is a fabulous international project that matches crafters with bereaved families who have unfinished crafts from their loved ones, allowing that object to be completed, and a memory to be cherished. You can sign up to be a finisher, but they also need to get the word out to those who may have need of the service, if you know anywhere where a flyer could be placed they are available for download here.
  • Read Easy  – is a national charity providing free, one-to-one coaching for adults who struggle to read.  We are Read Easy Morecambe Bay, an affiliated group who are now open for business with trained volunteer Coaches in Ulverston, Dalton and Barrow waiting to be introduced to prospective Readers. Click here for more information
  • Thornleigh Hotel, Grange over Sands – why not look at their list of upcoming events here?
Warm regards,

Juliana Caukwell

Circuit Administrator

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Cumbria District news

  • Care for God’s creation – an online webinar, ‘Eco Church: baby steps to bronze’ is taking place on Tuesday 21st May between 8 – 9 pm. This is for those who are wanting to take their first steps towards becoming an Eco Church. Further details available and you can sign up here.
  • District Ordinand Testimony Service – A service is taking place on Saturday 25th May at 3 pm at Stricklandgate, Kendal (LA9 4QJ) when you will have the opportunity to hear from Revd. Tiras Dainty-Share from the Kendal Circuit. All are welcome to share in this service and support Tiras as he moves towards his ordination later this year.
  • Zing Concert – taking place on 31st May at Carlisle Methodist Church @ Wigton Road.  For details, contact Juliana
  • Vice President’s visit to Cumbria – a report of Deacon Kerry Scarlett’s visit last month featured in the Methodist News. Read the report here.
  • Consultation on a single Cumbria Circuit - Thanks to all the circuit meetings and church councils who have considered this during the course of the year.  The Synod considered the matter carefully, before voting to recommend to the Conference that the present circuits in the Cumbria District should become a single Cumbria Circuit from September 2025 (voting 66 in favour and 7 against).
    We recognise that this will please some but not others; if you would like a conversation about this, let Carolyn know so that she can relay the request to the Cumbria Circuit Group.
    In terms of the results of the voting in the Circuits, Church Councils and the Synods, please see the updated Report here. A report to the Conference, where the final decision will be made, is being prepared and will also be available when ready.
  • North West England District
    A video is now available introducing James as the nominated Chair of the District. Click here.
    The Revd. Phil Gough has been nominated as District Secretary - Ministries and Vocation (subject to Conference approval). Meet him and find out something about him in this short video.  The post of  District Secretary - Administration & Compliance is being re-advertised; details of this and other posts in the new District are here.
    Save the Dates:
  • The Equip Series – a monthly online event where information will be shared to equip everyone for the launch of the new District in September.  The next session is on Monday 10th June, then Tuesday 16th July and Wednesday 14th August. Full details and joining links are here.
  • Celebration event to bid farewell to the Cumbria District -  14th July 2024 at Penrith Methodist Church; probably afternoon & evening, to be confirmed.
  • Launch Service – this will be on Saturday 31st August 2024 at Victoria Hall, Bolton. More details here.
  • The first NWE District Synod will be held on Saturday 14th September 2024. This will be a hybrid (online & in-person) event and further details will be published as and when confirmed. 
    • Methodist Young Adults Fellowship – "Comprising of a WhatsApp group and monthly Zoom gatherings, MYAF hopes to be a safe and inclusive space for 18-30 year olds to meet, chat, pray and get to know one another in a church which can sometimes feel very grey.” To find out more, email Naomi Prince from the Yorkshire North East District.
    • Churches Together in Cumbria – the Annual Gathering and General meeting is taking place on 15th June. Details and booking here.  The May edition of the newsletter is here.
    • Born in Song – save the date for this event at the Sands Methodist Church, Appleby on 18th June.
    • Children, Youth & Families Network – an ecumenical gathering for paid workers, volunteers and those working in roles that may not be directly linked to or funded by a church, is taking place on Thursday 20th June at Rydal Hall. Details from Juliana
    • Green Church Awards – made by the Church Times to recognise Christian organisations and communities, of all denominations, for what they are doing to care for creation. The deadline for entry is 30 June 2024 and further information can be found here.
    • Equipping for Equality – this is a development day for those passionate about Justice, Dignity and Solidarity to help equip people in implementing aspects of the JDS strategy. The event takes place on Saturday 8th July in London and more locally on Saturday 20th July in Lancaster from 10.30 am-4 pm. Both events can also be attended on line and further details including to book are here.
    • New faith podcast – the Revd Richard Corrie, a former BBC Radio Cumbria presenter, plans to put out a half-hourly podcast each month which features faith stories from across the county, as well as offering a chance to Pause for Thought and reflection, church events on the church noticeboard and hearing how God is calling people to all kinds of jobs and ministries. The first podcast features the Ven. Stewart Fyfe, who was caught up in the unrest in the Holy Land last October, the Rest Under the Stars installation and curate Hannah Wallace. Listen here.