As Easter People we now embark on the “Great 50 Days” leading from Easter to Pentecost Sunday. In the midst of our current severe challenges, our Chair of District, Revd Leslie Newton encourages us to join in faithfully responding by focussing on these three themes: LOVE, PRAY, GIVE.
Yorkshire North and East District invites you to make these three themes a priority between Easter and Pentecost 2020: Love Pray Give
We will be sharing more resources online and by email in the coming weeks to support us in exploring these themes.
Please note: if you need to contact the District Office, please call our District Admin, Siân, directly on 07809 431871 for the time being – Don’t ring the office phone, as you won’t reach us, but use the mobile number provided above. All other contacts remain the same.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are now a few dates and venues confirmed for Digital Training sessions around the District over the coming months. Take a look at the Digital Resources page. If you want to organise a training event in your local circuit or area, get in touch.
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.