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Circuit News from Jenny

Weekly newsletter 30th April

Bishop Auckland and Shildon Methodist Circuit

For a week in May there will be a number of “Gifts outside the box” events.  Bookings need to be made by 3rd May. Click here to book


We have updated the plan so that Vanessa is preaching at the Zoom service on Sunday 16th May and Susan on 30th May.  Please let me know if you would like the link to join in the Zoom service.

The details of preachers can also be found on the Circuit website.


A small group discussion on living with ‘Joy in Enough’ over Zoom

Wednesday evenings 7pm-8.30pm beginning on Wednesday 12th May,                                  

a two-week break, then 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th June 


Let us know if you want to come along and we will know to send you the Zoom code and the pre-reading.

God bless,

John and Vanessa

Children and young people – if you would like the link to join in on Zoom, please get in touch.

A reminder that our next gathering for workers/volunteers with children, families and young people is coming up on Wednesday 19th May, 11am-12.30pm.  The focus will be on Mental Health and Wellbeing and we will be joined by Lynne Norman and George Dixon-Gough of the Connexional Children, Youth and Family Team to share some of their experience and encourage further conversation on supporting ourselves and each other as well as how we might go about supporting the children, families and young people we are working with.  Lynne and George are trainers on the Mental Health First Aid (Youth) certificate course. 

Regular events and links

SundaysVisit YouTube to see a recorded service from Bishop Auckland Methodist Church.
Or visit the website for lots of other opportunities for worship  
Worship sheets are on the Circuit website
Sundays 11amBishop FM 105.9 will have a recorded service from Bishop Auckland Methodist Church  
Sunday 6pmWorship takes place on Zoom, please get in touch for the link  
Monday 12.45 pm    The President and Vice President of Conference are hosting a series of events on Facebook Live.  
Tuesdays 12.45pm      During this Year of Prayer there is an opportunity to join with others across the Methodist Family in a weekly prayer session, on Zoom and Facebook     Next Tuesday’s service will be led by Barry Sloan, Partnership Coordinator for Europe.


Within our Circuit and churches, we have been completing the Data Checklist.  We should be careful how we use people’s data, so I thought I would let people know about the “BCC” function, in case you are not familiar with it.

If you send an email to more than one person everyone can see all the other email addresses used. 

You will see from the emails I send that I send it to my own email address and then list everyone else using “BCC”.  In Gmail it is on the right-hand side and once you click on it, email addresses are listed on a separate line.

It is still possible to send to everyone and have their email addresses visible if the group have agreed to this, but please ensure that if the email is sent outside of the group that the email addresses are deleted.

Click here for the District worship at home sheet.

District Environmental group formation

Bill Offler has advised us of the formation and work of an Environmental group within NECAT (North East Christians Acting Together).  The NECAT environmental group consists of officially appointed representatives and other interested people from some of our ecumenical partners.

Bill advises – At the DPC it was agreed that we might appropriately form some kind of federation of people across the District who are interested in or practitioners in ecological/environmental issues: including those relating to climate change. Before beginning his sabbatical Richard Andrew set aside the evening of Monday July 26th for an on-line meeting for anyone interested to meet up and to see where this might lead.

If you would like any further information, please let me know and I will pass your details on to Bill.

From Connexion

 As India grapples with the devastating impact of a Covid-19 second wave, please support vulnerable communities by giving generously to the joint Emergency Coronavirus Appeal. All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain will be responding through All We Can’s local partner in Odisha to the unfolding crisis, helping rural communities in the state to pull together, and providing vital help at this most desperate moment.’ Read more here.

In this podcast to mark Earth Day, we hear about the eco-district initiative and the importance of the COP 26 climate summit. The youth president tells us how young Methodists feel about the planet they are going to inherit and we consider meta ethics, faith and the environment over the kitchen table. Listen here.

The latest edition of the Connexion magazine is available now, featuring inspiring stories of Christian calling with testimonies that demonstrate the breadth and depth of God’s imagination as God calls people in so many and various ways to follow Jesus. Download a copy here

A number of Ecumenical events are being organised in the North East.

Wednesday 5 May 2021 18.30 – 20.30hrs: Community Organising in the North East: An ecumenical conversation.

Over the last five years Christians have been working alongside people of other faiths, and none, to challenge the injustices that shape our communities in the North East. During this online event we want to share some of the stories of how together we have empowered people to tackle low wages, mental health provisions, hate crime, free-school meal access and climate change. Along with the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, and the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Robert Byrne, we will be asking how community organising is part of our faith journeys.

Storytelling is at the heart of challenging injustice and we hope our stories will engage and inspire you.

Please sign up here [1] and login details will be sent out the week before the event.

Save the date: NECAT are organising a series of 5 evening on-line sessions on ‘Creation Theology’ Thursdays July 01st-29th.  I will send further details once they arrive.

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