Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Zoom Quiz success!

The Church Zoom Quiz took place on Saturday night when 9 teams competed against each other.
We had 4 rounds of questions and one ongoing round. 
The winners were ‘And in Last Place’ ( Rev. John , Vanessa and friends )  who retained the trophy from March 2020.
Although this time was in a different format to usual,  we still managed to deliver a snack supper to every team except the team from Oxfordshire.

Thanks to all who helped with the evening.  A total of £205.00 was raised for Church funds.

The Bible and Ecology Course

A Five week -session course facilitated by Rev Ruth Newton of the Diocese of Leeds on behalf of the North East Churches Environment group

  • What are the connections between ecological concerns and faith?
  • Does the Bible help or hinder us when thinking about creation-care?
  • Is Salvation just for humans?

These are some of the questions addressed in The Bible and Ecology Course. Using online material from the University of Exeter, you will have the chance to hear from expert theologians in this area, followed by discussion in a local group.

Taking place on Zoom Thursdays in Jul from 7.30 to 9pm.
Thursday 1st July and continuing on  8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of July.

Rev Ruth Newton is parish priest of St John’s, Sharow, near Ripon and author of Greeningthelectionary.net. Ruth is studying for a Doctorate in eco-theology and mission. She is member of the Church of England General Synod and Area Environment Champion for Ripon Episcopal Area (South).

To register, please contact the North East Churches Ecumenical Environment group on this email.   Places are limited.

What previous participants said about the course:

“This course has helped to pull to gather lots of disparate thoughts I have had on the environment and enabled me to place them on a strong Biblical framework.”

“I’ve found it really helpful to try to see eco issues form others’ perspectives. Thank you Ruth for your excellent facilitation.”

“The group discussion on the course has been really stimulating. I have learnt a lot from others”

District Youth and Children’s info

Courageous Film

The District team are making a film to capture the prophetic voice of young people from around the District. We would therefore like young people to choose one of the attached prompt questions and record themselves answering it. They can send this as a voice recording or a video, but please note that if they send a video only the audio will be used, and all submissions will be kept anonymous. They will need to send the recording with the relevant permission form to Liddy Buswell

We’re also aware that some people might want to submit a comment without recording it themselves – if this is the case, you can fill in this google form and your comment will be voiced by someone else.

Logo Competition

As we start to plan for Courageous Day 2022, we are excited to announce that the District is holding a competition for young people to design a logo for Courageous Day! Be as creative as you like and think about what being courageous means to you! Please send your completed designs to Liddy Buswell.

The District team will shortlist the designs and the winning design will be voted on at the Courageous Hour on July 4th (see below!).

Courageous Hour • Reflect, Celebrate, Act 

Sunday 4th July, 6pm

As a follow-on from Courageous Day we are holding a Courageous Hour on Zoom. This will be a time for children, young people, leaders and parents to reflect on the time since Courageous Day, celebrate what God is doing in our lives, and act on what God is calling us to. There will be an opportunity for 16+ year olds to hear about the Courageous Programme starting in September, and for everyone to vote on the winner of the logo competition. We hope it will be a fruitful and empowering time.

You don’t need to have been to Courageous Day to come along to this event!

Please register for the Courageous Hour through this link

or get in touch with Vanessa as you did for Courageous Day if you prefer

Creating Safer Space: Foundation Module Training

There are a few of us who need to do this, and Kath asked that the link to book be put up here for you:

We are pleased to announce a new block of online sessions for the Creating Safer Space: Foundation Module Training. The attached flyer has details of the dates available and information about how to book a place. If you have any questions or want further information please contact Ruth Dunbar

To book your place, fill out the booking form here: Creating Safer
Space: Foundation Module Online – Summer 2021
(google.com form)

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