The Week Ahead

The Methodist Church
19 July 2018

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The Week Ahead
The Methodist Church

Hello everyone and welcome to The Week Ahead.

This week, we begin preparations to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

I will be staffing the out-of-hours media support line on 020 7467 5170.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

Michael Ivatt and
Rosie Winn

The Media Office

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Saturday 21 July

BBC Two, 11.45pm

Biopic of the South African political leader following his rise to become one of the most prominent activists against the apartheid regime. Starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

In the Beginning

Archaeology: A Secret History

Sunday 22 July

BBC Four, 9.00pm

A look at the history and development of archaeology. Starting with the Emperor Constantine’s aged mother Helena, who searched the Near East in the early fourth century for physical evidence of the life and death of Christ.

Homeless and Working
Monday 23 July

Channel 4, 8.00pm

Behind the scenes at two homeless hostels in London. The programme reveals how increasingly people are in work and yet homeless, unable to afford high inner-city private rents and how a low-wage, zero-hour economy is leaving people to sleep on the streets.

Something Understood
Trial and Error

Sunday 22 July

BBC Radio 4, 6.05pm

Writer and priest Malcolm Doney examines the process of trial and error.

A Place Called Home

Monday 23 July

BBC Radio 4, 11.00am

Grace Dent follows the story of Windrush scandal victim Lloyd Grant, who lost his job, was forced out of his home through debt and started sleeping in hospital waiting rooms.

Counting the Cost: Antidepressant Use in Children

Tuesday 24 July

BBC Radio 4, 8.00pm

More antidepressants than ever before are being prescribed to young people in Britain, despite fears that they can cause harm in some cases.

See The Radio Times for further listings.

Remembrance 100                               

Remembrance 100 launches on 4 August 2018 with 100 Days of Peace and Hope, leading up to the centenary of Armistice Day. 100 Days of Peace and Hope features contributions from members of the Methodist family and others, alongside Bible readings
and prayers. The resource is available to download for free here.

Called to ministry

There is still time for people to offer themselves for ordained ministry this year. The deadline to begin the process is Friday 31 August. Click here for more information.

Calls for end to hostile environment


The government has temporarily suspended some of the data-sharing measures which form part of its ‘hostile environment’ approach to illegal immigration. The leaders of the Joint Public Issues Team Churches; the Church of Scotland, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches, have issued this statement in response.

Colin Morris thanksgiving service


A thanksgiving service for the Revd Dr Colin Morris will take place on Saturday 21 July, 12pm at Wesley’s Chapel, City Road, London.

Absolutes in a shifting world


The Christian-Muslim Dialogue Forum is on Monday 23 July in London and will feature the Revd Ayodeji Okegbile from the Nigerian Methodist Fellowship and Lucy Zwolinska from the Joint Public Issues Team. For more information, click here.

The Charles Wesley Society


The Charles Wesley Society 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on 9-11 August at the New Room, Bristol. The conference will include visits to historic Wesley sites in Bristol, including Charles Wesley’s home. For further information contact Dr Clive Norris here.

Samaritans Awareness Day


Tuesday, 24 July is the Big Listen: a day of awareness to raise of the valuable and life-saving work of the Samaritans. You can read more here.

This week in Parliament

The UK Parliament,
National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament will be in recess.


In the coming week, the Prayer Handbook encourages us to pray for the World Church: Christians in Asia, the Pacific and Europe as well as Britain and Ireland. The theme for next week’s A Word in Time Bible studies is ‘Holy Things, Holy People.’

Video Thursday: What’s great about ministry?

In this week’s film, superintendents describe what they most appreciate about being a minister. 

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