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Breaking down the walls - dance workshop

Created 4 dance!
Invites you to an afternoon workshop
Breaking down the Walls
Saturday 2 March 2013 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Dewsbury Elim Church, Daisy Hill, Dewsbury, WF13 1FT
For all aged 11-100 and all abilities.
The costs of this afternoon workshop are £7 to Christian Dance Fellowship of Britain (CDFB) members and an additional £5 to non-CDFB members.
Full details and booking form (pdf)

Exploring Church Membership

I am planning some sessions on church membership to take place during the spring.
These are suitable for: Someone who has been coming to church for a while and is now interested in taking the next step into becoming a member of the church;Someone who has been coming a long time but for whatever reason has not become a member in the past;Someone who has come into Methodism as a member of another denomination and would like to know more about membership in the Methodist Church.
I am aware that a number of churches in the circuit are LEPs and I will bear this in mind in the sessions offered, depending on where the participants come from.
I already have a number of names of individuals, but I would be grateful if you could let me know of anyone else who may be interested in taking up church membership. The emphasis will be on exploring the meaning of membership. Attendance on the course does not require a prior commitment to become a member, but opportunity will be given at its conclusion for…

The Chair's Challenge comes to Bradford North 22 February

Chair's Challenge

7.00 pm Friday 22 February 2013 Baildon Methodist Church
Roger Walton, Chair of the District, will join with the Bradford North Methodist Circuit on 22nd February 2013, @ 7:00pm, at Baildon Methodist Church for a fun filled evening of table tennis coaching, tournaments and challenges.  The young people will join Roger during the first part of the evening to learn some master-strokes, then later in the evening the event will be opened up to anyone wishing to Challenge Roger to a game or two.

Roger is seeking sponsorship to raise money for the Touchstone Centre, Bradford. Touchstone is one of the leading agencies in relationships between different faiths. It is recognised by the Methodist Church as a nationally significant venture and by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for its work among Christians and Muslims.

Full details and sponsor forms

Faith in Keighley 22-24 March 2013

Presented by Sue Hope & Robin Gamble
Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 March 2013
7.30 pm
Shared Church, Church Street, Keighley, BD21 9HT

Property Matters - February 2013

The Spring 2013 edition is now available for download:

PDF 472 Kb Word 187 Kb

Contents: IntroductionConsentsNews from the Connexion: District property secretaries get togetherNews from the Connexion: Unoccupied PropertyNews from the Connexion: Community Land Trust HousingConnexional Property Grants:Resourcing Mission through the Fund for PropertyConservation: Listed Buildings and non Listed Buildings in a Conservation AreaLandfill Grants: A new opportunity for grant funding under the Landfill Communities Fund Governance:Transfers of Manses between CircuitsTrustees for Methodist Church Purposes: TheLocalism Act 2012 

Busoasis - Job opportunity

POSITIONBusoasis Lead Bus Worker (part-time) ORGANISATION   Calderdale Methodist Circuit SALARY                  £24250 (pro rata) DESCRIPTIONWe are seeking a committed Christian to organise and promote the use of our new bright yellow double decker bus as a place where outreach to various sections of the community can take place – both in Halifax and the surrounding West Yorkshire towns and villages. Links with other Christian groups will be expected and encouraged. CONTRACT 20 hours per week arranged flexibly to suit the project as it develops. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions and some weekend work. The contract runs initially until 31st August 2015 but may be extended if further funding becomes available. CONTACT              For more details and how to apply contact Calderdale Circuit Office on 01422 359639 or email see CLOSING DATE    Friday 8th March 2013 INTERVIEWS          Wednesday 10th April 2013 There is a Genuine Occupa…

Godly Ways 8-10 March 2013

Godly WaysCODEC and the Dales Biblical Literacy Project present: A weekend of Worship – Teaching – Workshops. WHEN: March 8th to 10th 2013 (Starts Friday evening)
WHERE: Elm Ridge Methodist Church and Bondgate Methodist Church, Darlington and Ingleton Methodist Church
Revd. Professor David Wilkinson is a Methodist minister and Principal of St. John’s College, Durham. Well-known as a writer, speaker and broadcaster, David has wide-ranging interests, although he is especially concerned about science and religion. Revd. Dr. Peter Phillips is a Methodist minister and Director of Codec, a research centre housed at St. John’s College, Durham. For many years, Pete served on the staff of Cliff College. He has a great interest in the New Testament and in communicating the faith in a digital age. Revd. Ron Willoughby is an ordained minister with the Southern Baptist Convention in the United States, now living in this country. He has a particular interest in the use of the imagination in rea…

Exploring Vocation: Is God calling you?

Is God calling you? Leeds Methodist Mission, Oxford Place, Leeds Saturday 9th March 2013 10.00am to 4.00pm
Formerly know as Regional Vocations Days, the Discipleship and Vocations Leaflet says that these days offer... An opportunity to join with others across the region to consider whether God might be calling you to lay or ordained ministry in the Methodist Church, and if so, what that might involve.”
Who are the Exploring Vocation: Offering for Ministry Days for? They are for all those considering whether God may be calling them to lay or ordained ministry in the Methodist Church.
What are we aiming for in these days? We aim to provide an informative, reflective, prayerful and encouraging day which enables participants to move on to the next steps appropriate to their journey of vocational discernment.
Our Objectives? To reflect with others on the calling of God in generalTo learn more about the different ministries that exist in the Methodist ChurchTo meet presbyters, deacons …

A Different Drum - Riding Lights Theatre Group

Riding Lights Theatre Group - A Different Drum
Monday, 15th April 2013 at 7.30 pm

Baildon Methodist Church
This is offered as an alternative passion play, where the focus is on the stories of ordinary people who have dared to follow in Christ’s footsteps, taking up their cross to transform the lives of others. 

Full details

Developing Healthy Churches

Cornerstone bookshop
with Canon Robert Warren
exploring important themes from his book:
Developing Healthy Churches
Wednesday 13 March 2013 10am - 2pm
Trinity Methodist Church
Westmorland Street, Skipton, BD23 2EA
Cost:  £8 or 3 for £20 (including soup and roll lunch)
Book at:  Cornerstone, 17 Newmarket Street, Skipton Tel:  01756 793673 Email:
Full details (pdf)

Message from the Link

Dear Friends "I didn't want to get out of bed this morning" (song by the Yeah You's)

Since New Year's Day I have needed to sleep more than usual.  This is not because I have collapsed exhausted after all the Christmas activities.  it is because of an extremely heavy cold which I am only now beginning to shake off.  The words quoted above by the "Yeah You's" reflect my feelings abou the last ten days.  I have also been quite grumpy as I have needed tor est when I should have been working.
During Advent I read a number of reflections by Maggi Dawn from her book "Beginnings and Endings".  Little did I realise that one particular reflection would be very appropriate after New Year.  The passage is 1 Kings 19 1-9a, where Elijah collapses in exhaustion and despair after his encounter with the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel.  Maggi highlighted the way God cared for Elijah at his point of need.
'Here, God met him in his most profound moment of hu…

Circuit Mission

Following a presentation I made to the September Circuit Meeting, on the subject of mission in the circuit, the meeting appointed a working group to consider the issue in more detail, with a view to preparing a mission policy, to guide the circuit in the years ahead.  The working group has held several meetings and is acutely aware not only of the size of the task, but also of the importance of discerning God's will for North Bradford.  We are encouraged by the prayer support which we received from across the circuit, and trust in God, working through his Holy spirit, to make his will clear to us.

Listening for God's guidance and seeking to discern god's purpose, is where we need to be, as a circuit and as local churches.  As part of this process, it is proposed that members of the Mission Working Group will meet with each of the circuit churches, over the next six months, to listen together for God's purpose for each church, and thus for the circuit.
In order to prepa…

What of the future

Every church makes a fuss about recruiting new members in the Church Family.  We've all heard someone say "We're all growing older, who's going to replace us when we are gone?" The prevailing assumption appears to be that new members are needed to preserve the church as it is today - or for those who don't like what the church has become - the church as they like to think it used to be.  it is possibly the wrong question.  it assumes that today's church - or yesterday's church - is the perfect and final expression of what church should be.
Would this be a better question? "What kind of church will people want to belong to say, in 50 years?"  Go back in time, if you can.  Television was in its infancy, no mobile phones or home computers, the internet had not been invented, video games hadn't appeared.  Most people didn't have cars, telephones, fridge-freezers or even foreign holidays.  There was no professional sport on Sundays.  In m…

The aroma of bread

The sweet smell of bread-making pervaded the last church service of 2012 in the North Bradford Circuit of the Methodist Church.  For three hours the participants mixed, poured and kneaded flour, oil, yeast, honey, slat and water while singing, meditating, discussing and praying.  The oil, for example, was olive oil from the Palestinian Occupied Territories.  There was much merriment over the stickiness of the dough and over the carrying of water on the participant's heads from the kitchen to enact how water is brought for cooking in many areas of the world.  Finally, the bread was cooked in a completely full oven and then eaten with a liberal spreading of Yorkshire butter and quince jam made from fruit out of Baildon Methodist Church garden.  Everyone shared part of their loaves with others.