Rebecca Catford: May 2019
In the next Connexional year the Methodist Church will be celebrating and sharing stories across the country. Personal stories capture our imagination, stimulate interest and encourage us in our own contexts. We hope that everyone will have courage to tell their story in this year of stories. As a catalyst for conversation and storytelling across the North East we hope to publish an initial set of stories from across the region in September 2019 with the suggestion that these are used in October and November. This initial resource, under the title "50 Great Stories" will follow in the style of the Great 50 Days and will provide a resource for group reflection, stories for use in worship and prompts for each of us to begin to tell our own story.
We will be contacting superintendents to find succinct stories of God at work today in and through the lives of people in every circuit. Some of these will be published as part of the 50 Great Stories, others will be part of the ongoing story resource bank to be used through the year as we celebrate God at work in our communities, churches and hearts this year.
In parallel we want to resource circuits to release stories throughout the year. As a first step in this we have a Faith Story day on 25 June at Wrekenton Methodist Church. Here we will be offering ideas for encouraging story sharing in local settings and on social media. The day will be supported by Trey Hall's team who are developing a national "Story Project" and will be bringing the story booth for us to record stories as part of this day. We would love to have representatives from every circuit on this day who will leave equipped to share and use the ideas with their home circuit. All are welcome, but we think this day would be especially suitable for small group leaders, stewards, preachers youth leaders and children's workers.
The Story Project Workshop Day
Tuesday 25 June 2019
10am-4pm or 6.30-9.30pm
Wrekenton Methodist Community Church NE9 7JL
Seminars and resources to help us share our story. There will also be an opportunity to have your story recorded in our story booth. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
We have high expectations for this Year of Testimony. Please join us in praying that through the sharing of stories and the witnessing of God at work around us we will experience the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those in our churches and communities such that we will see the sharing of real stories of contemporary testimony spreading exponentially across our Districts and out into places of work, home and family with lives touched and changed as a result.
Small stories, big dreams, and a bigger God at work in and through us all.
On behalf of The Great Stories Working Group
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