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Rhwydwaith Dysgu Cymru / Wales Learning Network
June 2020 Newsletter
Welcome to our newsletter for June. We continue to pray for the healing of the world at this difficult time. Especially, we are asking God to guide us as we begin to re-open our churches and reflect on our learning from lockdown about where we are being led now.
There’s lots going on across the Connexion and locally for you join in with; do get in touch if you have any news to share!
Amy, Delyth and Gareth
A Methodist Way of Life
A Methodist Way of Life is a way of living. It is how we try to live our lives in response to God’s love, made known to us in Jesus.
The Methodist Church is encouraging all Methodist people to explore, commit to, and hold each other accountable to living according to Our Calling and A Methodist Way of Life. Visit the Methodist Way of Life<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-43FDS5-1/c.aspx> pages on the website for more information and you can see the video of Rev. Dr Roger Walton introducing A Methodist Way of Life here<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-43FDS6-1/c.aspx>. You can also download ‘Commitment Cards’ so that you and your congregation can dedicate your time and reflections to exploring ‘A Methodist Way of Life’. These are available in Welsh and other languages also.
More resources, support and modes of engagement with A Methodist Way of Life will be coming out across the coming year so we will keep you posted.
Children, Youth and Families Opportunities
[https://i.emlfiles4.com/cmpimg/0/9/3/5/1/files/imagecache/11285539/w660_11595344_getcreative2.jpg]The Well and the Children, Youth and Families team are putting together a number of webinars and training opportunities for all who work with young people. These are free to sign up to and will provide an opportunity for reflection, connection and ways to start thinking about what next.
You can sign up to these webinars by clicking the link here<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-43FDS7-1/c.aspx> and more will be published soon.
There is also a brand new creative arts competition.
We are looking for you to write, draw, paint, or get busy with your camera! The idea is that you write a poem, make a picture or take a photograph in response to the theme of ‘What is God saying?’ What do you think God is saying to you, or to the Church, or to the world? More information and details on how to submit entries can be found here<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-43FDS8-1/c.aspx>.
Struggling with Zoom?
[https://i.emlfiles4.com/cmpimg/0/9/3/5/1/files/imagecache/11285539/w660_11459696_videoconference.jpg]Come and join us for conversations and practice as we look to use Zoom most effectively for meetings and worship. The Cymru Wales Learning Network team gather together every other Tuesday from 10:30 until 11:30 to explore and practice on this communications platform.
Zoom offers different levels of membership with the most basic being very user friendly and free! Please join us – these are informal sessions and focused on having a go at different things to build competence and confidence.
Our first session will be on Tuesday 30 June at 10:30. If you would like to join us, email Gareth<mailto:[email protected]?subject=Zoom%20and%20brew> and he will provide more details.
Evangelism and Growth: Mission Beyond Lockdown
We can’t do what we usually do right now. And if, as expected, social distancing measures remain for some time, our church buildings may remain closed for months yet. What does this mean for God’s mission through the church?
The District Missioner Community and Learning Network, in collaboration with the Ministry: Vocation and Worship Team and Evangelism and Growth Team, bring you a series of webinars this spring and summer to explore this issue and the many questions which arise. We are offering hosted conversations on the impact of social distancing on community engagement, leadership, evangelism, discipleship and more. Each webinar will be interactive and reflective, aiming to prepare all of us – ministers, lay workers and committed volunteers – for the “new normal” that is coming.
To view the upcoming topics and to book a place on a webinar, visit the link here<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-43FDS9-1/c.aspx>.
Safeguarding: Updated Foundation Module Train the Trainers
[https://i.emlfiles4.com/cmpimg/0/9/3/5/1/files/imagecache/11285539/w660_11595532_css2020.jpg]Calling all current Creating Safer Spaces Foundation Module trainers.
In September, the updated version of the Foundation Module will be rolled out for use across the connexion. It will therefore be necessary for all current trainers to familiarise themselves with the new material prior to its use. We are offering three dates in July of 7th, 11th and 16th in which we will be running an online session going over the new training course. This session will last two hours and will require some pre-reading.
For more information on this and to book onto one of these sessions, get in contact with Gareth<mailto:[email protected]?subject=Foundation%20Module%20Train%20the%20Trainers>.
Please note that a review of the recruitment process for trainers is currently underway and this training is therefore ONLY for those that are current trainers. Anyone wishing to be become a trainer should register their interest with Gareth<mailto:[email protected]?subject=New%20Foundation%20Module%20Trainer%20request> who will provide information on upcoming opportunities to do so.
Methodist Response: A statement on racism
Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference, has given a response to the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
To read this statement, click the link here<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-43FDSA-1/c.aspx>.
3Generate 2020: 3Gen365
We have exciting plans for 3Generate 365 which will launch in September 2020. Children and young people from across the Connexion will have the opportunity to gather virtually to explore this year’s theme of 2020, Vision, and listen to what God is saying to them. 3Generate 365 will provide opportunities for children and young people to pray, listen, notice, discuss and explore how God may want them to be active as disciples in the world.
If you would like to register your interest to be involved in 3Generate 365 then you can do so by visiting the 3Generate pages<https://methodist-news.org.uk/t/BVI-6PVZ7-N33TD6-41OGN1-1/c.aspx> of the Methodist Church Website.
Let’s make this an inspirational 3Generate 2020 year together.
Once again, if there is anything that you would like to talk to us about, any opportunities you want shared or any good news you would like the rest of Wales to know about, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.
Amy Adams – [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]?subject=Newsletter> 07799 900492
Delyth Wyn Davies – [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]?subject=Newsletter> 07799 902576
Gareth Bennett – [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]?subject=Newsletter> 07799 900485
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