The Week Ahead

7 November 2019

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘The Week Ahead’.

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Wishing you all a wonderful week,

the Communications team

Remembrance Sunday 

This Sunday we honour the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces community and of civilians. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, has written a poem and a prayer in commemoration. 

Youth President Elections

3Generate is now just two weeks away. Taking place in Southport, around 1,500 young Methodists will be joining together for the event.
3Generate is also where the next Youth President is elected. You can watch videos from this year’s candidates here.

Inter Faith Week

Inter Faith Week begins on Sunday 10 November. The week aims to strengthen good inter faith relationships and increase awareness of the different faith communities in the UK, celebrating and building on the contribution their members make to society. Find out more here.

Election support 

If you are thinking about hosting a hustings in your church, JPIT has produced a guide to help it be of the most value to your community. It offers guidance on practicalities, regulations and the type of meeting you might choose to hold. Further resources will be made available as soon as they become available. You can find the election resources here.

JPIT Conference 2020

Tickets are available for the JPIT Conference 2020, Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate. Taking place on Saturday 7 March 2020 at the Riverside Centre, Derby you can book tickets and read more information here. The event will feature panel discussions, workshops, poetry, prayer, art and conversation.

All We Can – Extraordinary Gifts 

All We Can, the Methodist relief and development charity, has released its 2019 Extraordinary Christmas Gifts Catalogue. Inside you’ll discover a range of gifts that can change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Helping not just at Christmas, but for generations to come.

Planning for Retirement

A workshop is taking place to support presbyters and deacons in their planning for retirement. Partners are also invited and encouraged to attend. The event takes place at High Leigh in Hertfordshire from 3 to 5 March 2020. At the time of booking, ministers should be within two years of sitting down. Further information and booking details are available here.

Christmas with Greenbelt

The team behind Greenbelt are hosting a Christmas evening at Union Chapel in north London on Wednesday 4 December. It promises to be an evening filled with laughter and good cheer, packed with festival favourite faces and acts. Details of the event and tickets are available here.

Methodist Schools

Methodist Schools invite colleagues to join Clive Davies of Focus Education at Methodist Central Hall, Manchester on Tuesday 10 December. The focus of the day is the Ofsted framework and its implications for curriculum and pedagogy. Places are £50, to book and for details email

Video Thursday: Love, Pray, Vote

Youth President Thelma Commey has made a video to encourage young people to register and participate in the general election.


In the coming week, the 2019/2020 Methodist Prayer Handbook,
‘Responding to the Gospel’ encourages us to pray with Christians throughout all creation. The theme for next week’s A Word in Time Bible studies is “A Community of Grace”. Order your Prayer Handbook here.


The House of Commons is in dissolution. The House will next sit on Monday 16 December 2019. 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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