The Week Ahead

The Methodist Church
30 August 2018

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The Week Ahead
The Methodist Church

Hello everyone and welcome to The Week Ahead.

September 1 is the start of the new Connexional year so we wish you a Happy New Year.

Andy Jackson 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 Team

Songs of Praise

Sunday 2 September

BBC One, 3.15pm

Claire McCollum is in Newcastle to see Christian artefacts discovered nearby at Hadrian’s Wall, and a look at how the city that loves football is helping children with disabilities.


Monday 3 September
BBC One, 8.30pm

Across Britain serious violence is rising. There have been over 80 murders in London in 2018 alone, which includes eight children under 18. Panorama investigates why young people are losing their lives, by focusing on just one of these murders.

We are British Jews

Tuesday 4 September

BBC Two, 9.00pm

Eight British Jews with a broad range of opinions, beliefs and practices go on a journey to explore what

it means to be Jewish in Britain today.

Something Understood

Sunday 2 September BBC Radio 4, 6.05am

Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand celebrates the power of call and response, examining examples in music, science and religion.

Beyond Belief

Monday 3 September

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm

Ernie Rea in conversation with guests about the role of religion in Mexico.

Morality in the 21st Century

Tuesday 4 September

BBC Radio 4, 9.00am

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to some of the world’s leading thinkers about morality, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British sixth form students.

See the Radio Times for further listings.

Creation Time


You can download resources from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) website to observe Creation Time, that takes place from Saturday 1 September to Thursday 4 October. 

Remembrance 100


This began on 4 August to commemorate 100 days to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on Sunday 11 November. You can take part with prayers for peace, hope and reconciliation and engage in prayer and innovative peacemaking activities.  

3Generate volunteers


Are you passionate about making a difference to children and young people? If so, please consider volunteering at 3Generate 2018. Volunteers are needed with various skills and experience. The event takes place at Pontins, Southport, from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November.

Reconcilers Together


Reconcilers Together is a new ecumenical network of Christian peacebuilding and reconciliation centres across the UK. Its mission is to inspire and equip Christian leaders to be a reconciling presence in churches and communities, through its training programme and website.

Heritage Open Day


Bishop Street Methodist Church, Leicester, is a Georgian Grade II listed historic Methodist chapel. It has been listed on the National Churches Trust website as one of ten Heritage Open Days churches recommended for a visit. It will be open on Saturday 8 September, 10.00am-4.00pm.

Stories from rural churches


Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre is an ecumenical Christian charity, serving both the spiritual and practical needs of the rural community. It is looking for stories from churches who have used the Methodist/URC resource, A Discipling Presence. If you have stories to share, please contact the the Revd Elizabeth Clark.

This week in Parliament

You can find the UK parliamentary business online here. If you want to find out about the Scottish Parliamentary calendar, click here and the timetable for the National Assembly for Wales, click here.


In the coming week, the Prayer Handbook encourages us to pray for the World Church, Christians in Southern Europe and West Africa, as well as Britain and Ireland. The theme for next week’s A Word in Time Bible studies is ‘A Covenant Renewed’.

Video Thursday: Spoken Truth

This week’s films feature poet Dai Woolridge who creatively brings the Bible to life.

The Week Ahead is a regular mailing that aims to give people a heads-up on upcoming events and opportunities, as well as highlighting new information and resources. We don’t always know what is going on, so please do email us if you have any feedback or ideas for items to include.  

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