The Week Ahead

13 December 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

Advent Poetry 

The poet-in-residence for the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), Revd Lucy Berry, is releasing weekly poems during Advent. Watch and listen to her reading While the World Turns Worldy and Rude, wasn’t it?

Methodist Publishing

The last day to order from Methodist Publishing for delivery before Christmas is 18 December. You can find details of all the products on the Methodist Publishing website.

3Generate sleeping bags for refugees 

Sleeping bags donated at the annual Methodist youth event, 3Generate, have been delivered to Calais where they will provide essential bedding for refugees.

HOPE magazine

This year’s Christmas HOPE magazine is out. There is a Nativity story for families to read together, a game to play and a competition. This 32-page, top quality, glossy give-away aims to be a conversation-starter at seasonal events.

Welcome environment 

JPIT has been campaigning for an end to ‘hostile environment’ immigration policies. JPIT are now calling on churches to play a part in creating a more welcoming environment for migrants and refugees.

Methodist Heritage Calender 

The Methodist Heritage Calendar 2019 marks a decade of promoting the inspirational heritage of the Methodist Church, with photographs that tell the story of Methodism and God’s mission.

Methodist Forces Board 

The Methodist Forces Board have published a new, longer version of the video Roots, Boots and Wings giving an insight into the experiences of children and young people whose parents are in the military. 

Wesley’s House and Chapel 

On Saturday 15 December two events take place at Wesley’s House and Chapel in London. Between 12 noon and 2.30pm you can enjoy tea, coffee and delicious cake served by Georgian re-enactors. From 3.00pm, The Snow Queen will be performed by Quantum Theatre with tickets available from their website.

Methodist Prayer Handbook

Submit your prayers to be used in the next Methodist Prayer Handbook. The theme for the 2019/2020 Handbook is ‘responding to the gospel’, inspired by Our Calling. Email your prayers here and read submission guidelines here.

On the radio

The Tyranny of Story

BBC Radio 4, 10.30am  

Saturday 15 December

John Harris reflects on how people’s understanding of themselves, and the idea of the self, is shaped by narrative, hearing from people who are compelled to convey persuasive stories of their lives.

Something Understood

The Annunciation

BBC Radio 4, 6.05am

Sunday, 16 December

Mark Tully considers the very first moment in the story of the Nativity.

Art of Living: In My Mind’s Eye

BBC Radio 4, 11.30am

Tuesday, 18 December

Following artists Daniel Settatree and Catherine Dyson as they work with parents and children in Pembrokeshire to bring autism and the arts together.


Question Time

BBC One, 10.45pm
Thursday, 13 December

David Dimbleby presents his final show after 25 years. The panellists gather in Southwark, London to face topical questions from the audience.

My Faith and Me: Gavin Peacock

BBC One 11.30am

Sunday, 16 December

The former footballer revisits key locations from his spiritual life, and discusses how he has started a new career as an evangelical church minister in Canada.

The Truth About Christmas Carols

BBC Four, 8.00pm
Tuesday, 18 December

Composer Howard Goodall uncovers the often turbulent and uncomfortable relationship between carols and the celebration of Christmas.

Video Thursday:
A visual journey through heaven

The BBC have released a video of heaven, or at least an interpretation of it based on various beliefs. What do you think?


In the coming week, the 2018/2019 Methodist Prayer Handbook, A World Transformed, encourages us to pray with Christians in the Middle East, India and Asia, as well as Britain and Ireland. The theme for next week’s A Word in Time Bible studies is ‘The Promised Christ’. 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.

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