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The Learning Network is a national network to support learning within each local church. There are teams based in each region. Our region is the North East and more information about events and training can be found here.

We are now simply called Learning Network: North East. Perhaps you've already spotted our new red Learning Network logo on some of our documents? The name may be shorter (and hopefully easier to remember) but we haven't changed all that much. We're still here to support you across all areas of church learning and development. We hope to deepen our work with you in circuits with our work plan increasingly shaped in response to local requests — so please do keep in touch with us!

Locally delivered Circuit Steward training available
One such response was to pilot the first of three new core learning modules with a small group of both new and experienced circuit stewards in two circuits. This worked well and we would welcome requests from other circuits to do the same. A new circuit steward handbook will be available soon to complement the sessions. If this would be helpful in your local circuit, or if there is another area of learning which we could work more closely with you on, then do please contact us.

Children and Young People

3Generate Southport
There will be a coachload of 50 children, young people, leaders and volunteers from the North East heading off to Southport on 23rd November for the 3Generate Weekend. Please do pray for them as they focus on the theme for this year, #Courageous.

One Programme
Each year we host a project in the North East for the ONE Programme. The 2018-19 project is in the Stokesley Circuit, and Niamh is working there for 15 hours a week as our ONE Programme Participant (OPP) Intergenerational Worker. Niamh's role aims to help all churches in the circuit to identify those who are lonely and isolated and to find ways of bringing people of all ages together. Please pray for Niamh and the circuit as they take the project forward this year, enabling the local church to be the extended family that can be missing in many peoples' lives.

Could you offer an exciting and supported year to a OPP for 2019/20? We are looking for projects with a particular emphasis on evangelism and vocation which will contribute to the development of a young person's calling. The host projects do not necessarily have to be children's or youth work — in the past we have had young people placed with food banks, creative arts projects and street pastors to name a few. Applications and information for 2019/20 projects will be available soon here. Please get in touch with John for support.

Worship Leaders & Local Preachers

LWP Training:
We were delighted to welcome Bob Bartindale to our region last week. Bob heads up the Connexional support for Worship Leaders and Local Preachers and came to meet with Tutors and Mentors in our region.
Bob updated us on recent developments to simplify the assessment within training, he reminded us of the locally-tailored Worship Leader training now available and offered help with local problems. We recognised the need for more tutors and mentors in some circuits.

Do you feel called to lead worship or to offer support to those in training? Please talk to your Circuit Local Preachers' Secretary or minister to find out more.

LWP Explore Group:
A new Explore Group is starting up in early 2019, and will be meeting in Durham on one Saturday morning every 8 weeks to look at the Explore sessions beginning with Module 1. Led by Liz Kent and Alison Wilkinson, these sessions offer encouragement, peer support, good conversations, worship and more! You will continue to preach in your local circuit while gaining a new network of friends to learn with. Contact Liz for more information.

Spring School:
Looking for a 'fast track' study option? Cliff College are offering "Spring School" for the first time in 2019.
Spring and Summer Schools enable you to look at two LWP modules in one week — with the added bonus of the beautiful Peak District setting! Spring School 25-29 March 2019 offers a choice of (i) Modules 3 & 4, (ii) Modules 5 & 6, and (iii) Modules 7 & 8.
See the Cliff College website for more information.

Other Events and Resources

Lay Days
When/Where: Wednesday 6th March — Elm Ridge Methodist Church, Darlington; Thursday 7th March — Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle.
What: These days are aimed at supporting lay staff and volunteers. There will be two days with one based in each district at the beginning of lent, so a good time to pause and reflect. There will be worship, space for time out and networking, resource updates, input from our District Chairs and invited speakers/workshop leaders.
More Information: Contact John

Safeguarding Advanced Module — Fully Booked
All our Autumn Advanced Module Core Sessions are fully booked. More dates are coming around the region in early 2019. See the Regional Safeguarding Autumn Newsletter for lots of useful information about this Creating Safer Space training.

Navigating Change — North East
When: Monday 5th November 2018
Where: Chester-le-Street Methodist Church
What: "Intentionally Methodist, Navigating the Present, Exploring the Future", £30 for the day
More Information: Details and booking, see here.

Feeling Called?
When: 25th March 2019, 7pm
Where: TBC
What: A friendly evening offering an overview of candidating. Meet like-minded people, the District Candidate Secretaries and Learning Network team, learn about the process and ask questions.
More Information: Click here

Advent Resources:
Coming soon — a resource developed in this region for individual or group reflection during Advent and Christmas. Look at the familiar story through the eyes of young and older people. Request a copy here.

Certificate in Mental Health First Aid
When/Where: 28-29th November 2018, 9.30 — 5.30 at Chester-le-Street Methodist Church — Now Fully Booked
What: Gain a certificate in mental health first aid. There are two full days of training and it is essential to be able to attend both days.
More Information: Contact Tricia to register interest for future training.

Keep Praying

Creator God,
Surrounded by the glory of autumn colours we give you praise for the world you have made.
The trees alight with colour, a reminder of your Spirit at Pentecost.
The falling fruits a reminder that death and new life are in the rhythm of life,
and at the heart of our faith.

As the news on our screens fades we remember those affected by
earthquake and tsunami, war and famine.
May we remember them in prayer and giving.

As the WW1 100th anniversary approaches, thank you for the peace we enjoy;
help us not to take it for granted in our divided world.
In this season of poppies may we strive in small and bigger ways
to share your peace and reconciliation in our communities.
Maker of the sun, the wind and the rain, may we seek to find you in all things,
to honour you in our lives, to speak of you with our words, and in all things to follow the example of Christ your Son.
Amen

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