Events Diary

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May

24 May
The Cost of Living Crisis: How do churches respond?
7.00 - 8.00 pm Online.
The Joint Public Issues Team and Church at the Margins are releasing a new briefing on the Cost of Living Crisis, and will be launching this with an event aimed at church and community leaders, both lay and ordained. 
Click here for more information and to book your place.

25 May
The Cost of Living Crisis: How do churches respond?
2.30 - 3.30 pm Online.
The Joint Public Issues Team and Church at the Margins are releasing a new briefing on the Cost of Living Crisis, and will be launching this with an event aimed at church and community leaders, both lay and ordained. 
Click here for more information and to book your place.

26th May
The Space to Be
10.00 am Online
'The Space to Be' is a monthly space for ministers in the active work and lay employees to spend time together. It's a space with no agenda other than fellowship and refreshment. It is hoped that having 'the space to be' will help people to take time out from busy schedules and to be blessed through spending time with others in ministry.
Click here to register.

26th May
Community Engagement Made Simple
7.30 - 9.00 pm Online.
Are you seeing lots of need in your community, but you're not sure how to respond? Maybe you're wondering whether you have the skills, volunteer time and money to offer effective help. In this webinar, which is offered twice for your convenience, Methodist pioneer and social activist, Mark North, explains how the Freedom Community Project makes community engagement simple. With just a laptop, a smartphone and an internet connection, you can connect desperate people in your community with people who have the training to help.
Click here to register.

27th May
Community Engagement Made Simple
10.00 - 11.30 am Online.
Are you seeing lots of need in your community, but you're not sure how to respond? Maybe you're wondering whether you have the skills, volunteer time and money to offer effective help. In this webinar, which is offered twice for your convenience, Methodist pioneer and social activist, Mark North, explains how the Freedom Community Project makes community engagement simple. With just a laptop, a smartphone and an internet connection, you can connect desperate people in your community with people who have the training to help.
Click here to register.

June

7th June
Mental Health First Aid
12.30 - 3.00 pm Online.
Join this 4-session online course to learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.
Please click here for further information and to book a place.

8th June
Beginning a Church at the Margins: A 3 session interactive online course
7.00 - 9.00 pm Online
A space to think about connecting and becoming a community of new Christians amongst and led by people experiencing poverty, for people who are passionate about their community with very little or no experience of this kind of work. Whilst you can attend alone, ideally you would join as a team (you plus one other person from your church or circuit) to share in conversation together. Each session in the course builds on the previous session, so you need to be available to attend all three sessions. The sessions are designed to be interactive rather than formal presentations and will not be recorded.
Hosted by Eunice Attwood, Church at the Margins Officer and Kerry Scarlett, Regional Learning and Development Officer.
Click here for more information, all session dates and to book places. 

9th June
Community of Practice Coffee and Catch-Up
10.30 - 11.30 am at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Undercliffe, Bradford, BD2 4QP. 
An opportunity for all lay employees working for the Methodist Church within our District to come together and offer support to one another, share the joys and frustrations of working for the church, and to offer training, advice and an opportunity to build relationships with others working in similar roles in different parts of the District.
Refreshments will be from 10am, with devotions at 10.30am, before we share about work and break into small groups. Lunch will be provided.
Please contact Laura Tunnacliffe to confirm your attendance and any dietary requirements you may have for lunch.

13th June -15th June
Lay Workers Retreat at Wydale Hall, Scarborough, YO13 9DG
The Yorkshire Plus Learning Network are gathering Lay Workers from across the Districts to explore The 8 Pillars of Wellness. 
Booking is open for day trips, dormitory accommodation and en-suite rooms, with Districts offering a subsidy for those who have not already taken part in a Regional Retreat this year.
Please click here for more information and to book a place. Bookings close on Tuesday 5th April.

14th June
Circuit Stewards Training
7.00 - 9.00 pm Online.
Are you new to circuit stewarding or preparing for the role? Join the Learning Network for 4 weekly training sessions on the roles, responsibilities of serving in this area of leadership. Each session will offer opportunities to explore ideas and share experiences, as well as identify areas for further action, ongoing learning & development needs. 
Please click here for more information, or here to book a place.

15th June
Dreaming Beyond: For Those Serving in Rural and Small Churches
Join this webinar to learn about a repair cafe that builds relationships as they fix stuff. An allotment team sowing seeds and growing people. We’ll also discover how churches can connect with the exciting possibilities of social prescribing, with Tizz Tizzard, Intergenerational Mission Enabler for the Southampton District; Revd Margaret Dudley; and Revd Phil Wagstaff, Rural Officer for the South East District, plus other special guests.
Please click here for more information and to book a place.

17th June 
Sharing Stories to bring Wellbeing
10.00 am - 1.00 pm Online.
This interactive webinar will offer ideas of multi-sensory approaches and techniques that make sharing stories accessible to people living with dementia, as well as considering ways of building community and using stories as a springboard for creativity. The speakers will be Kathryn Lord and Carrie Backhouse from "Stories for the Soul".
Click here for more information, or here to book a place

20th June
The Space to Be
11.00 am - 2.00 pm at Skipton Canal Basin, Skipton, BD23.
'The Space to Be' is a monthly space for ministers in the active work and lay employees to spend time together. It's a space with no agenda other than fellowship and refreshment. It is hoped that having 'the space to be' will help people to take time out from busy schedules and to be blessed through spending time with others in ministry.
The June 'The Space to Be' will be a walk from Skipton to Gargrave followed by a picnic at the Stepping Stones. We'll leave from the Canal Basin in Skipton at 11am and aim to be in Gargrave for a picnic at 12:30pm. Feel free to come to both the walk and picnic or just one. We'll organise cars to get people back to Skipton. 
Please click here to register your attendance.

21st June
Mental Health First Aid
9.30 am - 12.00 pm Online.
Join this 4-session online course to learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.
Please click here for further information and to book a place. Bookings close on Tuesday 31st May.

23rd June
Mental Health First Aid
7.00 - 9.30 pm Online.
Join this 4-session online course to learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.
Please click here for further information and to book a place.

22nd-23rd and 29th-30th June
School Chaplaincy and Schools-Work Training Course
10.00 am - 3.00 pm, Venue to be confirmed.
Christians & Sheffield Schools, The Diocese of Sheffield and The Methodist Church run a training course for those interested in school chaplaincy. The programme will include topics such as understanding chaplaincy; school expectations and boundaries; children & spirituality (SMSC); characteristics of Generation Z; chaplaincy in a multi-faith setting; safeguarding; mental health; loss and bereavement; identity matters and more.
Please click here for more information and to book a place. 

24th - 26th June
Leading Your Church into Growth
Online.
Leading your Church into Growth (LyCiG) is run by an ecumenical group of practitioners who seek to equip ordinary local churches to grow. The training is down-to-earth, theologically broad, and relevant to the whole spectrum of churches; large and small, rural and urban. It is recommended that teams from the same church or circuit attend together, so that they can use the time in breakout rooms applying the learning to their own particular context.
Click here for more information, or here for session timings and to register.

27th and 28th June
Mental Health First Aid
9.00 am - 5.00 pm at Hemsworth Methodist Church, Westfield Road, Hemsworth, Pontefract, WF9 4QG.
Join this 2-day course to learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. 
Please click here for further information and to book a place.

July

6th July
Community of Practice Coffee and Catch-Up
10.30 - 11.30 am Online.
An opportunity for all lay employees working for the Methodist Church within our District to come together and offer support to one another, share the joys and frustrations of working for the church, and to offer training, advice and an opportunity to build relationships with others working in similar roles in different parts of the District.
If you have already joined the mailing list, the Zoom details will be sent automatically ahead of the gathering; otherwise, contact Laura Tunnacliffe for more information.

14th July
Circuit Stewards Training
7.00 - 9.00 pm Online. 
Are you new to circuit stewarding, preparing for the role or looking for a training refresher? Join the Learning Network for 4 weekly training sessions on the roles and responsibilities of serving in this area of leadership. Each session will offer opportunities to explore ideas and share experiences, as well as identify areas for further action, ongoing learning and development needs.
Click here for more information, or here to register.

27th July
The Space to Be
7.30 pm at Aagrah Leeds City, Saint Peter's Square, Quarry Hill, LS9 8AH.
'The Space to Be' is a monthly space for ministers in the active work and lay employees to spend time together. It's a space with no agenda other than fellowship and refreshment. It is hoped that having 'the space to be' will help people to take time out from busy schedules and to be blessed through spending time with others in ministry.
Please click here to register.

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