“Let me be laid aside for you”

The Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Rachel Lampard, gave a personal and inspiring address at this year’s annual Methodist Parliamentary Covenant Service which took place last week. You can read her reflection on the President and Vice-President’s blog.

Job opportunities

Several new job and volunteering opportunities are now open for application. For opportunities in the Connexional Team, including positions in the Methodist Council Investment Committee, click here. For opportunities around the Connexion, click here.

Festival of Preaching

Early bird tickets for the Festival of Preaching taking place at Christ Church, Oxford, end on Tuesday 31 January. Featuring a variety of Christian speakers and a varied programme of worship, lectures and workshops, this three day summer event is not to be missed. Click here for more information and to book your place.

Hospitality and Sanctuary

The New Room, Bristol, will be hosting a special talk titled ‘Hospitality and Sanctuary: A Faith-Based Response to Refugees’ from former President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, onThursday 2 February. Admission is free, but pleaseemail the New Room to reserve your place.

Haiti Trip

A unique opportunity of a lifetime to see the Haitian Church in action and work with their children and young people, will be taking place this summer for eight 18-23 year olds. More details can be found online here. Applications close Tuesday 28 February.

Women, Leadership and Ministry

An online course run by the Catherine of Siena College, a partner of the Susanna Wesley Foundation, will be examining the role of women in Christian Leadership, with a particular focus on the developments, experience and practice in the Methodist Church. The course will be taking place from 1 March – 23 April. For more information about the course, click here.

Anticipating Easter

 

Residential and non-residential bookings are now openfor Wesley House Cambridge’s Easter School, taking place from 10-12 April 2017. Aimed at Local Preachers and Worship Leaders, the three days will be a time of devotion, reflection, learning and development. Click here for more details and to book your place.

‘My heart strangely warmed’

 

Bookings are now open for a day of music, workshops, academic discussion and worship, taking place on Saturday 20 May in Fulneck, West Yorkshire. This event is co-run by the Lutheran, Moravian and Methodist Churches along the theme of ‘My Heart Strangely Warmed’.

This week in Parliament

 

You can find this week’s parliamentary business online here. If you want to find out about the Scottish Parliamentary calendar, click here and the timetable for the National Assembly for Wales click here.

Song of the Week:
How Great Thou Art

 

American singer/songwriter Lauren Daigle performsthis modern acoustic cover of the powerful hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’.

Reflections

In the coming week the Prayer Handbook will be encouraging us to pray with Christians in Europe, Britain, Ireland and all of creation. The theme for next week’s A Word in Time Bible studies is Words and Actions written by the Revd Graham Jones.

Video Thursday: The Travelling Wesleys

This week’s video comes from our cousins across the seas in the United Methodist Church in America, who undertook a unique children’s ministry activity that saw paper versions of John and Charles Wesley travel from church to church to teach the history of Methodism