The Week Ahead

25 October 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to The Week Ahead.

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Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Rosie Winn and Mike Ivatt

Media Office

Universal Credit

Universal Credit has been failing hardworking families and recently both press and politicians have noticed that the next stages of Universal Credit could cause harm. Something needs to be done and quickly. Read this new blog from the Joint Public Issues Team.

Lift the Ban

Church leaders signed a letter published in The Telegraph, supporting the Westminster debate which took place this week. It is calling for the government to lift the ban on the right of asylum seekers to work. Have you joined the campaign to #LiftTheBan? Sign the petition here.

3Generate volunteers

Are you passionate about making a difference for children and young people? If so, please consider volunteering at 3Generate 2018. Volunteers are needed within the Operations, Creative, Venue and Care teams. The event takes place at Pontins, Southport, from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November.

Call for bell ringers

The ringing of church bells across the UK was restricted throughout the course of World War 1. They only rang freely after Armistice was declared on 11 November 1918. To honour that moment, and the 1,400 bell ringers who died in the war, 1,400 bell ringers are being recruited to take part in the commemorations on 11 November.  

Inter Faith Week

Join the week-long campaign to encourage inter faith relations in your local churches and communities. Inter Faith Week is 11-18 November with events and activities taking place around the UK. Share stories, download resources and publicise your own activities here.

Indonesia appeal

All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain continue their joint urgent appeal for the people of Indonesia. Please help those suffering after the destruction caused by September’s earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi.

Half-term club

Royston Methodist Church, Cambridge, is inviting all local 4-11 year-olds to come and have fun at its half-term holiday club, Monday 29 October-Friday 2 November, 9.45am-12.30pm. For a booking form, click here.

Visit to the Holy Land

A 12-day experience of Christianity in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Galilee, led by former Methodist mission partner and District Chair, the Revd John Howard, 14-25 February 2019. For further details, email here.

Study tour

The next Connexional Photography and Spirituality Study Tour is taking place in Rome during May 2019. A chance to explore how photography and spirituality can inspire each other and offer some unique perspectives on ourselves, our world and our faith.

Thinking Lunch

A lunchtime event takes place at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans, on Thursday 1 November at 12.30pm with the theme, ‘The NHS: 70 years old. Health and Social Care in Hertfordshire and Beyond’.

Sleep Out

Would you ‘sleep out of your comfort zone’ to help support homeless people? The West London Mission (WLM) is organising its annual Sleep Out from 7pm on Friday 26 October to 9am on Saturday 27 October, at St James’s Church, Piccadilly. 

Reconcilers Together

This is an ecumenical partnership of Christian peace centres across the UK and Ireland. They invite applications from Methodist Church members for a fully funded training opportunity between January and June 2019 to develop a ministry of reconciliation.

Greenbelt 2019

Early-bird tickets for Greenbelt (23-26 August 2019, Kettering) are available; the closing date is 31 October. 

On the radio

Fourty Years On

BBC Radio 4 Extra, 6am

Saturday 27 October

Bittersweet satirical comedy about a headmaster looking back on a 50-year association with his school. Written by, and starring, Alan Bennett.


BBC Radio 4, 9.30pm

Sunday 28 October 
Has pupil premium funding helped poorer students succeed at school? Professor Rebecca Allen assesses the evidence.

The Democrats Dilemma:
Now What

BBC Radio 4, 8.00pm

Monday 29 October

Michael Goldfarb examines what the Democratic Party stands for in the Trump era, travelling to Texas and Georgia to meet a new generation of activists.


Made in Great Britain

BBC Two, 9.00pm

Friday 26 October

Steph McGovern tells the story of how the nation’s craft and manufacturing skills have shaped its towns and cities and built modern Britain.

Songs of Praise

BBC One, 2.15pm

Sunday 28 October

The Archbishop of Canterbury reveals his favourite hymn and Katherine Jenkins pays a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

I Was a Yazidi Slave

BBC Four, 11.00pm

Sunday 28 October

Documentary exploring the personal stories of two women forced into slavery
by Isis, who were helped to escape by German doctor Jan Kizilhan.

Video Thursday: Meet Your MP

Meet Your MP is an initiative from the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) to encourage positive links between church congregations and their MPs. Watch this film to find out how you can get involved.


In the coming week, the 2018/2019 Methodist Prayer Handbook, A World Transformed, encourages us to pray with 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 ‘Glory and Power’. Order your Prayer Handbook here.


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.

The Week Ahead is a regular mailing that gives you a heads-up on forthcoming events and opportunities, as well as highlighting new information and resources across the Methodist Church. We cannot know about everything that’s going on, so please do email us if you have any feedback or ideas for items to include.


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