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Evangelism and Justice
Newsletter - May 2022
Hello and welcome to our second edition of the Evangelism and Justice Newsletter. This edition features an exciting new job opportunity for a Local Church Development Enabler working within the District, information on various upcoming events, news and also a reminder to book your place ASAP for the Pioneer Practice Tour which is coming up on Wednesday 18th May and looks to be a really inspiring and valuable afternoon.
Pioneer practice is about seeing possibility, dreams, ideas of how things could be better or new or different, and then making something happen out of that seeing. 

The afternoon workshop will be practically focused with a mix of stories, exercises, poetry, songs, conversation, inspiration and encouragement. It’s for you if you are interested in pioneering or in encouraging others who are. If you are new it will be an opportunity to reflect on how to get started and explore your God given ideas. If you have been pioneering a while it will give you some encouragement and practical wisdom for the journey you are already on. There is such value in connecting with others in the area interested in pioneering. For further information and how to book your place see below. 

Please contact either of us if you have questions on anything in the newsletter or need some help, with blessings, 

Elaine & Tracey
Book Your Place Now! - Pioneer Practice Tour 
Pioneer Practice Tour is coming to Shieldfield Artworks on Wednesday 18th May 2022, from 2pm to 5pm. 

This event is brought to you by Jonny Baker and Gavin Mart and hopes to inspire and encourage Pioneer Mission with ideas, examples and stories as well as conversation. 

Please contact
Elaine for further information or book your place via eventbrite.  There will be a charge of £10 per ticket to cover costs. (If payment is a problem please do come along for free and no questions will be asked).

A printable poster is available
here, please feel free to share with others or display in your churches. 

We are Hiring - Local Church Development Enabler

Newcastle upon Tyne Methodist District are seeking to employ a Local Church Development Enabler. The post is full time for an initial period of 3 years (part time could be considered) and it is hoped for a start date of 1st September 2022.  The Local Church Development Enabler will work with Churches and Circuits in the District to enable them to consider and realise potentials for growth.

For an application pack please contact Natalie or for more information please speak to Stephen on 0191 2739790.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 14th June 2022 (Interviews to be held on Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th July 2022).

Please share this with those you think may be interested.  For the full advert click here

Walking with Micah - District Conversation

Join us for a District conversation about Justice on Monday 9th May at either 2-3.30pm or 7-8.30pm on zoom.  This event hopes to facilitate a conversation about what it means to be a fair, more equal and life bringing society world looks like and what we might need to do to help move towards it as individuals and as a church.  

We will also learn from each other about listening to those with lived experience of poverty and injustice. If you are interested please email
Tracey to book your place.

if you are unable to make either time on the Newcastle District Date above you are very welcome to join the Darlington District events on 30th May, 1.30-3pm or 7-8.30pm on zoom.  Please email
Helle to book a place in the Darlington event. 

'Canny Yem' Small Group 

'Canny Yem' is a small group seeking to create a safe place for those who may at times feel excluded. If you know someone who has struggled to find a home in a local church then please share this invitation with them. If you want to find out more information please email

Poverty Truth Commission

The Gateshead Poverty Truth Commission has been working in task groups of community and civic commissioners for the past year to try and make changes which positively impact on people in poverty in Gateshead.

On 7th April 2022 they held a celebration event which shares some of what has been achieved and what is happening next, and the full report of the work of the Poverty Truth Commission can be read here

The work of the Gateshead Poverty Truth Commission also appeared in this quarters Connexion Magazine (on the centre page!) and you can read the article here

JPIT Conference - Saturday 11th June 2022


£5 Online – £12 On Site – Free for under 25s and those on a low income

During the pandemic, ‘local’ has taken on a renewed importance. The needs, characteristics and opportunities in our communities have been seen in different ways. A new role for the ‘local’ has emerged in the political landscape too, as ‘levelling up’ and regional and national identities are given new prominence. And, across the UK, grassroots organising is bringing new power to campaigning for change.

The Joint Public Issues Team’s 2022 national conference will begin here, with the local.

  • What does social justice look like where you are?
  • Where do we find hope in our neighbourhood?
  • What can we learn from those who are already doing this work?
  • How can local change be part of changing the bigger picture?

How can we unearth hope and seek justice From the Ground Up?

For more information or to book tickets click

Honesty and Community Event

Children & Young People's Sleepover 
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th July 

For those aged 11-18 years.
“The children and young people of Stocksfield Methodist Church are looking to host a spiritual, soulful and song filled sleepover!
They want to invite children and young people from around the District to join them for a night of praise. They want the children and young people of our churches to get the opportunity to meet one another and meet with one of the youth representatives for the church! They hope that in doing so they will find other small churches and may create connections that could lead to them attending other events such as 3generate together and it could also start the ball rolling for more events for children and young people in the District.
They hope to see you and your pyjamas soon! Oh and don’t forget your toothbrush!” 
Contact David for more details.

Harvest Hands Prayers

Join the Harvest Hands Facebook Group for updates and prayers on Mondays at 10am. Join the Harvest Hands Facebook Group for updates and prayers on Mondays at 10am.
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