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Centre Manager Vacancy

MORPETH METHODIST CHURCH AND CENTRE FOR THE COMMUNITY

CENTRE MANAGER

Morpeth Methodist Church wish to appoint a Centre Manager, working 25 hours per week, with management responsibility for a small team comprising 2 part-time Receptionists/Admin and a Janitor.

The successful candidate must have good people skills and an understanding nature, in keeping with the Methodist Christian ethos.   We need someone with proven management and organisational skills, a strong administrative background and experience working with social media and IT based systems.   This is a staff position.

In return for your dedication and hard work you will be welcomed into an established team and given autonomy to run with the role and make it your own.

Benefits:         Salary:        f.t.e. £25,088.96 per annum of the order of £16,952 pa

                        Holidays:    4 x weekly hours (25 per week)

Please apply by email with a copy of your CV, letting us know the qualities you could bring to the job, details of previous employment and two referees to: lyndaandbarry@gmail.com

Closing date 16th February, 2019

Added on 07/02/2019.

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President & Vice President's Statement on Death Penalty

 

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have released a  statement  regarding two Islamic State fighters who have had their British citizenship removed and are now facing the death penalty.

Added on 27/07/2018.

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Ascension Day Statement on Overcoming Religious Intolerance

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have released the following statement to mark Ascension Day, when Christians celebrate Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven.

The month of May includes a number of important dates in the Christian calendar: Ascension Day, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday all fall within the same month this year.

May 2018 also brings special days for those of other faiths including Shavuot for Jews, Wesak for Buddhists and Ramadan for Muslims.

We welcome these seasons and celebrations and send greetings of peace to our neighbours of all faiths in Britain, praying that this will be a time of deepening understanding of each other’s traditions.

We commend the ongoing work of the Big Iftar and of organisations including the Council of Christians and Jews and the Christian Muslim Forum who seek to build bridges in our communities.

Strong relationships, understanding and tolerance have never been more needed, in a world where intolerance and violence against other faith groups have become all too frequent.

We grieve for the victims of recent violence targeted at Christians in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, of the terrorist attack on a church in Bangui, Central African Republic, and of the bombing of a mosque in Khost, Afghanistan.

Sadly, these are only a few among many acts of violence targeted against believers including attacks and abuse directed at minority groups in our own country.

We stand at this time in solidarity with all people of faith who are subject to hatred, abuse and violence because of their beliefs.

All people are made in God’s image and, as we celebrate the ascension of our Lord, we pray that the day will come when no one will be persecuted for their faith.

Loving God, from earliest times you have heard the cry of your children for justice and for peace.

In these days of tension, of difficult remembrances, of competing voices and desperate cries, help us to hear the whisper of your Spirit, calling us to love, to service, to prayer and to compassion.

Open our ears to the voices of those with whom we disagree and our eyes to see how things look to them.

Give us confidence to stretch out our hands across difference and division.

Help us all, Gracious God, to be channels of your grace and your peace, wherever we may be.

Amen.

Added on 11/05/2018.

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Statement before the General Election

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have called for Christians to be guided by their faith in discerning what sort of society they wish the new government to create and have issued the following statement. 

As we prepare for the General Election, we recognise that Christians across our nations will prayerfully vote for a variety of parties and candidates in good conscience. We celebrate the fact that Christian people are inspired by their faith to debate passionately – and to disagree well - on how the United Kingdom should be governed at this present moment.

While much of the debate around the election is rightly focused on individual policies, it is also our duty to ask what sort of society we would wish our government to build. As Christians we have to embrace the reality that our vision will never be achieved by humankind alone, and to look beyond our human time-frames to the coming of the Kingdom of God. It is this future hope that gives meaning and direction to present struggles.     

Jesus offers us abundant life, life in all its fullness, and we are called to reflect this eternal promise on earth as it is in heaven. If we believe that all people are made in the image of God, we must surely pray, work and vote for a society in which all people are enabled to flourish and live life in all its fullness in the here and now too.

This is a society in which everyone has enough food, resources, shelter and opportunity to succeed, and where people are not left behind or damaged by poverty and inequality.

This is a society where our common humanity is valued and respected, where people can find refuge, and where everyone can contribute towards the common good.

This is a society that acts to protect God’s creation, and seeks to be a peaceful influence in the world, promoting human rights, religious freedom and economic justice for all.

So we invite you to pray for everyone standing for office and for all voters. We pray that Christians across our nations entering the polling booth on 8 June do so as followers of Jesus Christ, seeking to take part in creating a society which reflects God’s kingdom of goodness and of justice. A society that encourages life in all its fullness.

Signatories

Revd Lynn Green, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Revd Dr Roger L Walton, President of the Methodist Conference

Ms Rachel Lampard MBE, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

Revd Kevin Watson, General Assembly Moderator of the United Reformed Church

For more information contact:

Michael Ivatt

Lead Media Officer

Methodist Church House

25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR

T 0207 467 5191

M 07881 783812

 E ivattm@methodistchurch.org.uk

Added on 01/06/2017.

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Statement and Prayer after the Manchester Attack

The Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference and Vice-President, Rachel Lampard, have responded to last night's attack in Manchester. Andrew Lunn, Chair of Manchester and Stockport District, and Peter Martin, Chair of Bolton and Rochdale District, have written a prayer. Youth President, Tim Annan, has also released a statement.

 

From the Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference, and Rachel Lampard, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference:

      

We are appalled by the horrific bombing at the Manchester Arena. We pray for the families of those who have been killed or who are injured, and for those, many of whom will be young, who have been scarred and scared by what they have witnessed.

      

We give thanks for the emergency services and for the many ordinary people who demonstrated compassion in responding to those caught up in the tragedy. We ask the Methodist people to hold the people of Manchester and beyond in their prayers as we remember the words of Psalm 34, "Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."

      

From Andrew Lunn, Chair of Manchester and Stockport District, and Paul Martin, Chair of Bolton and Rochdale District of the Methodist Church:

      

In the face of the violent and deadly attack at the Manchester Arena last night, the Methodist people in Manchester are united with many others in their sense of shock, and in their prayers for all those who have been bereaved, wounded, or traumatised.

      

As we seek to respond to this terrible event we are grateful for those who have affirmed that, so far as it is possible, we will not let this attack change our daily lives. Some people have been tweeting using the hashtag #WeAreNotAfraid - in this way those who are stronger support those who feel the weight of anxiety, pain and fear.

      

Among the stories beginning to emerge there are many about the ways people have sought to help others: providing safe places, or lifts home, or passing on messages to help those who were separated find each other. It is through such small acts that we reaffirm our commitment to one another. Every such act makes a stand against violence and fear.

      

In a diverse city one thing we can be sure of is that people in Manchester will not let this event divide us.

      

Manchester is the home of a movement called We Stand Together (#WeStandTogether), in which people of many different faiths and backgrounds recognise that we find strength in our common humanity.

      

We are deeply grateful for the many assurances of prayer which we have received from around the country.

      

God of compassion and mercy,

amidst the pain and trauma of this day we turn to you,

for through Christ crucified we know that you have taken to heart the suffering of our people.

      

In fear and anxiety, strengthen us.

In despair and pain, comfort us.

In incomprehension and anger, reassure us that your love and life are stronger than the hatred and violence which overshadows our city today.

 

Console those who carry a burden of loss, injury, or trauma and empower all who support them.

Strengthen all who seek to stand together in peace and unity.

      

We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

      

From Tim Annan, Youth President of the Methodist Church:

      

It's hard to look at the images and stories coming out of Manchester today and not feel rage at this horrific act of violence against people; all of whom were just going to live life to its fullest.

      

Lives have been irreconcilably changed last night. An empty seat at the table. A smile and warm embrace; now missing. We stand with all those who grieve this morning, in our thoughts and prayers. Holding the pain with the anger.

      

Yet, in the face of the anger, confusion and grief, the response of the people of Manchester was love and compassion. From the emergency services responding quickly and effectively, to the many people who opened up their homes to those who needed a place to stay, to cab drivers transporting distraught people for free to a place to rest. Even at the darkest moment, humanity, compassion and hope shone through.

      

Beautiful and terrible things will happen, but don't give in to anger or fear. Know that you are surrounded by God's love.

Added on 25/05/2017.

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An Easter Message from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard MBE, speak about confidence, suffering and hope in this year's Easter Message. - Watch here:

http://methodist-news.org.uk/BVI-4VIMD-8959XPH079/cr.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

Added on 13/04/2017.

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Events

Listed below are forthcoming events at the Morpeth Methodist Church or of interest to its members. Please check with the contact listed for each event to ensure that the details are accurate.

Musical Chairs

Saturday 23rd February 2019 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

An informal evening of musical entertainment given by members of the New Tyneside Orchestra and friends.

Tickets: £5.00 available at the door

Tickets can be reserved by contacting Richard Stent  Email: rjstent@btinternet.com      Tel: 01670787445

Profits from tonight’s concert are going to the Mesothelioma Research Fund. 

For more information about the New Tyneside Orchestra including future concerts go to: www.newtyneorch.org.uk

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Notices

Below is a selection of relevant notices which may be of interest to members. Not all notices from the regular Sunday notice sheet are included here, mainly for privacy reasons.

Lay Days

These days, at the beginning of lent, are aimed at supporting lay staff and volunteers. There will be worship, space for time out and networking, resource updates, input from our District Chairs and invited speakers/workshop leaders. With our District Chairs coming to share with us it’s a great opportunity to hear more about their vision for growth going forward and exploring our roles in this.

Our nearest one is at Brunswick Methodist Church on 7th March from 10.00 am till 4.00 pm.  The deadline for registration is 1st March and you can book by going to the site below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/newcastle-lay-day-tickets-55162331017

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Spring District Music Event 2019 - ‘Olivet to Calvary’

On Saturday March 16th at Brunswick Methodist Church. Conductor: David Hughes. ‘Olivet to Calvary’ by J. H. Maunder is a sacred cantata in preparation for Holy Week. As the number of church choirs has fallen there are fewer opportunities to sing ‘Olivet to Calvary’ and this event provides the chance to take part in the cantata.

The conductor is David Hughes and the soloists will be Peter Vasey, tenor, and Ian Gray, baritone. There will be an afternoon rehearsal and ‘Olivet to Calvary’ will be sung during the evening service which will also include appropriate readings. We hope you will be able to join us for this event  - full details on the poster in the coffee lounge.

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Spring District Music Event

Saturday March 16th at Brunswick Methodist Church. Conductor: David Hughes. ‘Olivet to Calvary’ by J. H. Maunder is a sacred cantata in preparation for Holy Week. As the number of church choirs has fallen there are fewer opportunities to sing ‘Olivet to Calvary’ and this event provides the chance to take part in the cantata.

The conductor is David Hughes and the soloists will be Peter Vasey, tenor, and Ian Gray, baritone. There will be an afternoon rehearsal and ‘Olivet to Calvary’ will be sung during the evening service which will also include appropriate readings. We hope you will be able to join us for this event  - full details on the poster in the coffee lounge.

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Creating Safer Spaces (The Methodist Safeguarding Course)

Wednesday 27th February 7 – 9 p.m. in the coffee lounge.  Registration and refreshments from 6:30 p.m.  Led by Jackie Rogers and Steve Collinson.  Anyone who holds an office in the Methodist Church is required to attend this training at least once every four years.  Although advertised as a refresher this course is suitable for anyone who has not done a previous course.  Places are limited so please book yours by contacting Jackie Rogers jac.rogers1@btinternet.com  Telephone—07973331748

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World Day of Prayer Service

This has been an important event in the life of the Morpeth Christian Community. Folk look forward to it each March. There is an enthusiastic volunteer choir and band and the organising committee has joyfully participated in the dramatic requirements of the service. This year’s service “Come - Everything is Ready”, which is being prepared by the people of Slovenia, takes place at Morpeth Methodist Church on Friday, 1st March at 2.00 pm.

If you would like to take part in the service - either in the choir or the band, please come to the rehearsals (also at MMC) on Friday 15th and Friday 22nd February from 11.00 am - noon.  There will also be a full rehearsal from 10.00 am till noon on the day of the service.  It would be useful if you could contact Arlette Irving so that the committee has an idea of numbers - but, if you haven’t been in touch, please don’t let that stop you from coming along to the rehearsal; they will be very glad to see you.

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Common Ground

Thanks to all who contributed in January.  In February we will be collecting tinned meat (not pork) and fish.  Other items always welcome.

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Memory Cafe

For people with memory problems or dementia, and their carers, family and friends. Come along for a chat, to pick up information and to enjoy some social time with others in a similar situation to your own where you can share ideas and experiences. No need to book, please just drop in!

Refreshments will be available.

The café will run on the Thursdays shown below from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon in the Coffee Lounge at the Morpeth Methodist Centre, Howard Terrace, Morpeth. For further information please contact the church office on 01670 511078

or e-mail office@morpethmeth.org

Memory Café Dates February 2019- June 2019

February 7th and 21st

March 7th and 21st

April 4th and 18th

May 2nd and 16th

June 6th and 20th

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Messy Church

The next two Messy Church Events are:

Saturday 23rd February 2019 from 3 till 5

Saturday 20th April 2019 from 3 till 5

All free with fun activities and hot food will be provided.

 

 

 

 

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Puddlers

Puddlers are continuing to look at the York Course "Glimpses of God".  If you would like to join us, we would be delighted to see you.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday 12th February at 11.00 am.

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