Welcome to our newsletter for June. We continue to pray for the healing of the world at this difficult time. Especially, we are asking God to guide us as we begin to re-open our churches and reflect on our learning from lockdown about where we are being led now.
There’s lots going on across the Connexion and locally for you join in with; do get in touch if you have any news to share!
A Methodist Way of Life is a way of living. It is how we try to live our lives in response to God’s love, made known to us in Jesus.
The Methodist Church is encouraging all Methodist people to explore, commit to, and hold each other accountable to living according to Our Calling and A Methodist Way of Life. Visit the Methodist Way of Life<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-43FDS5-1/c.aspx> pages on the website for more information and you can see the video of Rev. Dr Roger Walton introducing A Methodist Way of Life here<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-43FDS6-1/c.aspx>. You can also download ‘Commitment Cards’ so that you and your congregation can dedicate your time and reflections to exploring ‘A Methodist Way of Life’. These are available in Welsh and other languages also.
More resources, support and modes of engagement with A Methodist Way of Life will be coming out across the coming year so we will keep you posted.
There is also a brand new creative arts competition.
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?’ What do you think God is saying to you, or to the Church, or to the world? More information and details on how to submit entries can be found here<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-43FDS8-1/c.aspx>.
Zoom offers different levels of membership with the most basic being very user friendly and free! Please join us – these are informal sessions and focused on having a go at different things to build competence and confidence.
Our first session will be on Tuesday 30 June at 10:30. If you would like to join us, email Gareth<mailto:[email protected]?subject=Zoom%20and%20brew> and he will provide more details.
We can’t do what we usually do right now. And if, as expected, social distancing measures remain for some time, our church buildings may remain closed for months yet. What does this mean for God’s mission through the church?
The District Missioner Community and Learning Network, in collaboration with the Ministry: Vocation and Worship Team and Evangelism and Growth Team, bring you a series of webinars this spring and summer to explore this issue and the many questions which arise. We are offering hosted conversations on the impact of social distancing on community engagement, leadership, evangelism, discipleship and more. Each webinar will be interactive and reflective, aiming to prepare all of us – ministers, lay workers and committed volunteers – for the “new normal” that is coming.
In September, the updated version of the Foundation Module will be rolled out for use across the connexion. It will therefore be necessary for all current trainers to familiarise themselves with the new material prior to its use. We are offering three dates in July of 7th, 11th and 16th in which we will be running an online session going over the new training course. This session will last two hours and will require some pre-reading.
For more information on this and to book onto one of these sessions, get in contact with Gareth<mailto:[email protected]?subject=Foundation%20Module%20Train%20the%20Trainers>.
Please note that a review of the recruitment process for trainers is currently underway and this training is therefore ONLY for those that are current trainers. Anyone wishing to be become a trainer should register their interest with Gareth<mailto:[email protected]?subject=New%20Foundation%20Module%20Trainer%20request> who will provide information on upcoming opportunities to do so.
Methodist Response: A statement on racism
Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference, has given a response to the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
We have exciting plans for 3Generate 365 which will launch in September 2020. Children and young people from across the Connexion will have the opportunity to gather virtually to explore this year’s theme of 2020, Vision, and listen to what God is saying to them. 3Generate 365 will provide opportunities for children and young people to pray, listen, notice, discuss and explore how God may want them to be active as disciples in the world.
Let’s make this an inspirational 3Generate 2020 year together.
Once again, if there is anything that you would like to talk to us about, any opportunities you want shared or any good news you would like the rest of Wales to know about, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.