The Week Ahead

24 January 2019

Hello everyone and welcome to The Week Ahead.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place this Sunday. The day, chosen as it is the anniversary of the the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, remembers the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

3Generate manifesto

The 3Generate manifesto has been published. This was created from feedback gathered across all age streams at 3Generate, the Methodist young people’s event held last November. Copies of the manifesto and posters are available online

Creating a welcoming environment

In JPIT’s latest blog on creating a ‘welcoming environment‘ Bethan Laughlin writes about her experience of spending a week in Calais working with two organisations, Help Refugees and the Refugee Community Kitchen.

Thy Kingdom Come training 

The Thy Kingdom Come team are looking for locations to hold Inspire and Equip training events. These are to support church leaders and organisers as they prepare to take part in Thy Kingdom Come 2019. 

Jobs around the Connexion

A number of vacancies are available around the Connexion. You can find the full list of roles on the Methodist Church website. Vacancies include outreach work, safeguarding, administration and new positions as the Project Director and Research Director at Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum.

Easter school for preachers and leaders

Wesley House, Cambridge is offering a course of in-depth teaching and personal development for preachers and worship leaders. The three-day course, with Graham McFarlane and Julie Lunn, takes place 15-17 April.

Methodist Ministers’ Housing Society  

The Methodist Ministers’ Housing Society is seeking an Operations Director to develop their operational activities.

Easter Offering 

This year’s Easter Offering service ‘Longer tables, lower fences’ features stories of shared hospitality across the world. It encourages us to consider how we might build longer tables, rather than higher fences.

On the radio

Something Understood

BBC Radio 4, 6.05am

Sunday, 27 January

Remona Aly explores symbolic, mythological, scientific and religious concepts of motherhood.

The Choir

BBC Radio 3, 4.00pm

Sunday, 27 January

Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces this week’s selection of irresistible music for voices. including Franck’s Panis Angelicus, a setting for women’s voices by Saint-Saens, Byzantine Chant and Robert Carver’s motet O Bone Jesu.

The Sympathy of Things

BBC Radio 4, 4.00pm 

Monday, 28 January

Amica Dall and Giles Smith use the contemporary craft movement to look at people’s changing relationship with labour, value and the material world.


The American Civil War
BBC Four, 9.00pm

Thursday, 24 January
Lucy Worsley shows how the history of the American Civil War has been retold over time, in movies, books and speeches, to promote freedom and equality but also hatred and division.

The Last Survivors
BBC Two, 9.00pm
Sunday, 27 January
Compelling personal testimonies of the remaining Holocaust survivors living in Britain, all of whom were children during their incarceration in the concentration camps.

Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil

BBC Two, 9.00pm
Monday, 28 January

Documentary telling the stories of the battles to keep the European Union together, with contributions by presidents, prime ministers and their closest advisers.

Video Thursday:  
Susanna Wesley – Birth to Burial

Last Sunday, 20 January, marked the 350th anniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley. The short video below follows the ‘Birth to Burial’ pilgrimage that set off from Wesley’s Chapel in London.


In the coming week, the 2018/2019 Methodist Prayer Handbook, A World Transformed, encourages us to pray with Christians in Europe as well as Britain and Ireland. The theme for next week’s A Word in Time Bible studies is ‘Of the House of David’. 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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