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Community Fun Day

Stockland Green are having a Community Fun Day on Saturday 3rd August.

There will be stalls, games, food, entertainment for all the family.

If anyone would like to have a stall to raise money for their own cause please contact Pam Round on 01216813504.

Please save the date and watch out for further information.

Foundation Safeguarding Training 25th May at South Parade

The Methodist Church offers two main levels of Safeguarding Training – Foundation and Advance (formerly Leadership). Both come under the heading “Creating Safer Space”.

The Training being run at South Parade at 0930 on Saturday 25th May is Foundation level training, and it is the “Foundation Refresher” course aimed at all those who need a top up having previously done the Foundation Module within the last four years or so.

Who Needs To Attend

Core list – required attendance 

  • Presbyters with an active preaching or pastoral ministry
  • Deacons with an active preaching or pastoral ministry
  • Pre-ordination students and probationers
  • Lay employees and volunteer workers with pastoral responsibility l Pastoral visitors 
  • Anyone working with 0-18 year-olds in the name of the Church
  • Anyone working in activities targeted at adults who are vulnerable (eg luncheon club for the housebound)
  • Church stewards
  • Circuit stewards
  • Local preachers
  • Worship leaders
  • Those training for local preaching or worship leading
  • Church and circuit safeguarding representatives
  • Choir/music group/drama leaders – where there are 0-18 year-olds or vulnerable adults in the group.
  • District staff especially policy committee members, complaints and discipline, mediators
  • Core teaching staff at Methodist Church training institutions
  • Connexional staff with direct safeguarding links (eg children and youth workers)
  • ‘Covenant of Care’ group members
  • Members of the Connexional Complaints Committee
  • Any student who will be undertaking a mission placement
  • Young leaders (ages 16-18)
  • Members of the Safeguarding Committee 

Warmly invited but not mandatory 

  • Evangelism/mission enablers
  • Leaders of other organisations, working with 0-18 year-olds or vulnerable adults, who use church premises
  • Remaining choir/music group/drama leaders
  • Any other group leaders within the church, who may have adults within their particular group who are vulnerable
  • Property stewards and other keyholders
  • Caretakers
  • Church/circuit meeting secretaries
  • Church/circuit/district administrators
  • Remaining district and connexional staff
  • Remaining teaching staff at Methodist Church training institutions 

What Do I Need To Read Beforehand?

It would be a huge help if you could familiarise yourself with the Policies, Procedures and Guidance from the Methodist Church Website. That’s a big document, but it really helps to know what’s in it so that you can refer to it as a resource.

You will all be given a copy of the Foundation Module Handbook, but it wouldn’t hurt to see it beforehand and familiarise yourself with the contents.

How do I Book?

Please book by emailing Nikki Murcott (email address in Circuit Newsletter).

Thy Kingdom Come

Ascension Day (Thursday, 30th May) to Pentecost (Sunday, 9th June)

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer, which the Methodist Church is very much part of.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will

  • Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know
  • Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer 

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.

Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the past three years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.

We are praying that the Spirit would inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks. It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge. The effects have been remarkable.

It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and respond and follow Him. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the country to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.

Whether you have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before or not, the invitation is to take part this year – along with people and churches from over 65 different denominations in 114 countries around the world.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and that day about three thousand persons were added.” 

Acts 1, 2

For more information and to see a message from our Methodist Youth President,

Jasmine Yeboah, about Thy Kingdom Come – please go to:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/thy-kingdom-come/