Risk-Taking Mission and Service Synod Seminars : St Andrew’s Centre

Kathryn Stephens share the story of Southwick St Andrew’s Methodist Church and it’s partnership with Sunderland Community Church and the Eden project.  There have been some big decisions made and there will be ongoing conversations about the future but Kingdom work is being done. You can read more at the links below. Sunderland Circuit Eden […]

Risk-Taking Mission and Service Synod Seminars : Shops

Angela Lishman shared stories from her circuits work in occupying local shops for shorts period particularly during seasons like Easter and Christmas.  These have offered great spaces for people to open up, share stories or just drink tea. You can read more at these links Pop-up shop in South Shields Divine Intervention Helps Local Shops […]

Go Big or Go Home : Rev Graham Horsley

Rev Graham Horsley who is Methodist Connexional Fresh Expressions Missioner shared with us on the theme of Risk-taking Mission and Service. Below is an outline of his themes, thoughts and ideas. Graham shared a story from Yorkshire and the founding of Filey Primitive Methodist Church.  He shared how a man who went to try and plant a church there had …

Caring for those in Need

Synod heard testimony from a lady who shared some of her background of growing up in Newcastle in very difficult circumstances.  She shared about her struggles with drugs and her journey to freedom from addiction to finding God and finding her calling in caring for others.  This was first with a lady who had Huntington’s disease and now […]

Releasing ‘Rainy Day’ Funds

Newcastle Methodist District today agreed to release money kept for a ‘rainy day’ to be used to fund two post within the district.  The money will be used to help finance the roles of District Evangelism Enabler and Regional Safeguarding Officer. Credits – Rainy Day by Theophilos Papadopoulos under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Great 50 Days : Following Jesus

The Great 50 Days books have arrived. They’ve been delivered to circuits so you should have them very soon. This year the theme is ‘Following Jesus’. The book contains daily reflections written by people from across our region & each week there is a story of faith reflecting on the theme. There’s also weekly resources […]

Intentional Faith Development : Autumn Representative Synod 2016

Autumn Synod met on the 10th September at Bede Academy in Blyth. The theme for the day was Intentional Faith Development which continues the theme from work of Robert Schnase on the five practices of fruitful congregations. Tricia Mitchell gave a report on the work of the Regional Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network and particularly the North-East One Opportunity. This …

Developing Together : Paul Wood from Methodist Connexion

‘They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They …