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A big “Thank YOU” to the District for funding us to attend 3Generate (the Methodist Church’s Annual Gathering of around 1000 Children and Young People) in Southport in November 2017. Yes, Southport is a very long way North (and travelling on Friday afternoon is the worst time to be doing it! – About 9hrs from Plymouth!!). 7 young people, aged between 12 and 22, from Crediton and Plymouth made the trip. It was VERY COLD and, at times, VERY WET – but that didn’t deter any of us from enjoying ourselves.

There was a great choice of activities for the young people, including T-shirt decorating, an electronic graffiti wall, archery, climbing wall, chill zone, swimming, shows, bands …. And so much more. Lots of opportunities and different ways for the young people to have their say on what is important to them and especially, time to worship and pray together in widely different ways, including a late-night worship band and a later reflective, bean-bag communion led by the presiding President of Conference, Revd Lorraine Mellor to end the Saturday.

Sunday morning was the time to hear from the Youth President candidates and vote for the new Youth President. Jasmine Yeboah from North London was elected and her campaign focused on young people being courageous in how they live out the gospel and how they can create a Church where the vulnerable feel welcomed.

Prior to the 3 Generate trip I [Bev] had just 1 young person regularly attending church on Sunday mornings, this trip enabled me to reach out and connect with another young person, who is now regularly volunteering on Sunday mornings and helping weekly at another Methodist Church with after-school clubs for 5-15 year olds. He had grown up in Methodist Churches but had never attended anything with a large number of young people before. He and members of his local church have noticed a big difference in his confidence and visibility.

It is hard to sum up in just a few words why this is such an important thing for us to support: whether that is with our time (as leaders working with children and young people), our money (without sponsorship not many of these young people could have afforded to go) or our prayers (we are very grateful to the many people who prayed for us, especially for safe journeys). So, we would ask you to ensure your church’s copy of the 3Generate Manifesto is on display and as Ministers, lay preachers and worship leaders, please use the content.

Plans are well underway for this year’s 3 Generate and there is a powerpoint slide-show of the 2017 trip available if anyone would like a copy to show. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bev Smerdon (Crownhill Methodist Church) & Lauren Stacey (Crediton Methodist Church)


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Children and Families Worker:

The Avenue Church, Newton Abbot

Salary: £11,800 - £13,315

The Avenue Church (Methodist with URC) is a thriving church in the growing town of Newton Abbot. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative worker to oversee and develop our work with children and families.

Are you someone with a passion to connect with families in our community, as well as those on the fringes of our church?

Are you organised, self-motivated and keen to explore fresh ways to connect with families?

We would love to hear from you!

This post is for 20 hours per week, initially on a 3 year fixed contract, and includes evening, and some weekend working.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a Christian

The closing date to receive applications is Friday 17th August 2018

For further details and an application pack contact our Church Administrator:

Sharon Hurlow

The Avenue Church

The Avenue

Newton Abbot

Devon

TQ12 2BY

Tel: 01626 360400   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Plymouth Methodist Central Hall have a VACANCY for a full-time CARETAKER

Salary: £16,835 to £18,278

Plymouth Methodist Central Hall is a vibrant city centre Church with many weekday activities for all ages, lively Sunday worship and connections with the University, commercial and caring sectors of the city. We are passionate about welcome, care, creativity and lives transformed by God. We are looking for a person who cares passionately about caretaking to join our dedicated team of staff and volunteers in serving here in the city centre. You will be responsible for the security, safety, cleanliness, maintenance and ongoing development of our property and utilities. In turn we will help you to expand your skills, experience and knowledge. It is essential that you have experience of looking after large premises, appropriate qualifications in Health and Safety and good understanding of HSE Codes of Practice. Safety legislation.

The appointment is 37 hours per week, generally 8am to 4.30pm on four weekdays and 5 hours on Sundays.

Flexibility will be required in relation to attendance on the premises for Sunday services, weekday activities and lettings. There is potential for overtime in relation to room hire and events. The post is subject to a satisfactory DBS check. If you would like an informal discussion about this role, please contact Nigel Morris on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For an application form please download from plymouthcentralhall.co.uk or contact: The Administrator at Plymouth Methodist Central Hall, Eastlake Street, Plymouth PL1 1BA or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01752 660997


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