God In Love Unites Us

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District-led Gatherings for Conferring  Together on the God In Love Unites Us report and proposals

As you will be aware the Connexion is inviting wide-spread conferring about the “God In Love Unites Us” report, exploring marriage and relationships, and its proposals.  The Representative Spring Synod on Saturday 25th April 2020 will have a further discussion and hold the necessary vote. All ministers in the active work have received both the report and the study guide.  Copies can viewed, or ordered, at:

www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/the-methodist-church/marriage-and-relationships-2019/managing-group-conversations-around-marriage-and-relationships/

Our plans for conversation within the District, as agreed by both the Superintendents and the District Leadership Team are as follows:

  • All local churches and circuits are encouraged to have local conversations, using the material provided, as they so wish.  Two facilitation training meetings are being arranged within the District to support those who will lead these conversations and ministers are being advised of these separately. 
  • Four District led gatherings for conferring will be held around the District in February/March 2020 as set out below. These meetings will be widely advertised and open to all and I very much hope that all Synod members will attend one of these gatherings.  They will be important opportunities to share and confer sensitively and graciously across circuits. 

10.30am Saturday 29th February 2020 – Masham Methodist Church, Ripon & Lower Dales Circuit (HG4 4HN)

2.00pm Wednesday 4th March 2020 – Copmanthorpe Methodist Church, York Circuit (YO23 3SU)

7.30pm Thursday 12th March 2020 – Toll Gavel Methodist Church, Beverley Circuit (HU17 9AA)

7.30pm Tuesday 17th March 2020 – Pickering Methodist Church, Ryedale Circuit (YO18 8AA)

  • Additionally, having read the whole report, if anyone would like to offer a reflection in writing, this can be submitted to the District Office by 20th March 2020.  A paper summarising reflections from the gatherings and offered in writing will be prepared for distribution to Synod members prior to the Representative Synod.
  • The Representative Synod on Saturday 25th April 2020 will have further conversation and will then express its mind as requested. It is important to note that Synod members are ‘representatives’ rather than ‘delegates’.  We will all come to that Synod aware of views expressed locally, at our District gatherings and in writing, but we gather to confer together and then prayerfully express our mind through the vote we are asked to make.

Good News Stories from around the District

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Every week during December and January we will sharing some of our “Good News Stories” videos – featuring projects, events and success stories of many varieties from all around the district! These will be posted on our Social Media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

You may have already seen a few of these on our website and at Flourish, but we look forward to sharing others with you which haven’t been released before.

The full list of videos can be viewed on the District webiste here:
www.yorkshirenemethodist.org/news-events/good-news-stories

Homelessness Research

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Yorkshire North and East Methodist District is to undertake important research on homelessness.

We are pleased to announce that Mark Bevan, who has a background in housing research and issues surrounding homelessness, will be working with us over the next year to see how local churches and the District as a regional voice can make a positive impact on homelessness.

Watch the video to find out more…

https://vimeo.com/383811549

District Seed-Funding Grants: doing a new thing!

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Our District vision is to enable the growth of Flourishing Missional Communities.  One way to see this happen is to have a culture that tries new things and ’sows generously.’  The parable of the sower reminds us that we should approach our mission mirroring the generosity of God’s nature.  We’re called to take risks, knowing that not everything may grow or turn out as we hoped.  However, some seed will fall on good soil, and produce astonishing results. The District Advance Fund Committee wants to help us develop this culture.  We have therefore ring-fenced £15,000 for this connexional year for seed-funding grants. Local churches and circuits are invited to apply contacting Nic Bentley, our Grants Officer, using a short form that is on our website. Grants will be up to £1,000 and we will be supporting ‘new things seeking to reach new people.’  We intend for the process to be very straightforward.  We will aim to give a decision in less than 28 days, and hope to usually say ‘yes’ so long as your idea is missional and outward looking and you’re able to get on with implementing the idea within a year. We look forward to receiving your ideas and plans.  

Flourish District Gathering

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More details available here: www.yorkshirenemethodist.org/flourish

To book your FREE tickets, please contact the District Office.

To inspire and encourage local ministry and mission, developing the District Vision of growing ‘Flourishing Missional Communities’

About this Event

UPDATE 05/10/19

We have now limited ticket availability as we have as many people booked in as can be accomodated in the Grand Hall on Saturday Morning, however there is still space for during the rest of the weekend.

Please don’t be put off by the “Sold Out” message – if you are interested in getting a ticket for Flourish, please contact the District Office for info (Email: admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org | Telephone: 01904 786275 )

A District Gathering for EVERYONE – aiming for at least 1000 people gathering together in Scarborough for inspiration, celebration and fellowship. #YNEMethodists

Bookings for the creche, children’s programme and youth stream are now officially closed. If you have not booked places please contact the district office urgently to see if your child can be accommodated admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org

OVERVIEW OF FLOURISH PROGRAMME

Friday evening: “Opening Celebration” led by Leslie Newton with sung worship led by musicians from Burniston Methodist Church; late night comedy with Paul Kerensa (The “Kneel Down, Stand-Up Show”; youth programme.

Saturday morning: early communion; morning bible study led by Ashley Cooper (Flourishing Together: part 1); exploring how our churches can flourish in worship, fellowship & missino with speakers Elaine Lindridge (Flourishing Together: part 2); children’s groups and creche will also take place during the morning.

Saturday afternoon: a variety of workshops and activities, including talks on social justice, rural issues, evangelism; bible study; hands-on activities with music and art; reflective space; Messy Church how-to sessions; local arrangement ideas; family film; outdoor activities (pilgrimage walk, litter-pick, labyrinth, scavenger hunt); theatre presentation and more.

Saturday evening: “Evening Celebration” with speaker David Wilkinson and worship lead by Lou Fellingham and band; children’s activities; after-hours events including music in the bar and silent disco; youth programme

Sunday morning: a variety of worship options, including “Family Praise Party”, “Celtic Worship” by Northumbria Community, “Taize Worship”, “Service of Holy Communion” and “Forest Church”; and to finish, the “Closing Celebration – A Final Flourish” led by Leslie Newton with music by Matt Beckingham and “The Call” choir.