Christians on Ageing Conference Calls

We may be locked-in but our minds are still free to roam.  We may not be able to meet each other and exchange our ideas in person.  But, we can still talk to each other and see each other talking through the technology at our fingertips.  Christians on Ageing wants to use this time and the technology to look at some important and pressing issues of the day.  We are going to do this by using a very popular facility: ZOOM.

22 September 2020
Recruitment and support of volunteers in church activities (with older people).

The national effort to offer support within communities and to individuals has highlighted the work of volunteers, of every age and walk of life.  This discussion will focus on the needs of volunteering within the Churches.  It will be chaired by the Rev Dr Joseph Cortis, Co-ordinator of Caritas Diocese of Leeds, who is a member of Christians on Ageing Executive Committee

20 October 2020 
Care Home Update

As care homes relax some of the visiting restrictions imposed during lockdown, are relatives, friends, ministers and pastoral visitors able to see residents as much as they can reasonably expect? Are homes willing to be more flexible on allowing the visiting of people with dementia who would be distressed by the absence of visitors, as government has advised? What lessons from handling visiting during the March lockdown can we learn for future lockdowns? Our second Conference Call on the important subject of engaging with older and disabled people in care homes will be chaired by Christians on Ageing  Executive Committee member and author of How to Handle Later Life, Marion Shoard.

17 November 2020 
Supporting family carers and friends of people with dementia

The effects of the pandemic within society have been many and serious and areas of life often hidden from view have been exposed to the light of day – and fresh scrutiny.  The way in which those supporting people with dementia have themselves been shown to have needs for support has been a significant development in how we understand a growing phenomenon.  The discussion will be chaired by Julia Burton-Jones of the Diocese of Rochester with a commentary from Dr Albert Jewell, a member of our Executive Committee.

The practical stuff
Each session will start at 10.30 am and run for 40 minutes and then, after a ten-minute comfort break, a further 40 minutes. After introducing the topic, the chair will invite participants to offer their own experience and reflections, followed by general discussion. We will publish a short report of each session on our website. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to contribute, we are limiting the number of participants for each session to twelve, including the chair.

Joining the sessions
All you need to do to join the discussion is to register your interest by e-mailing giving your name and any useful background information (e.g. your church and the town where you live).  You will be sent a link by e-mail which will allow you to join the discussion via the Zoom video-conference facility.  You will not need to register to use the facility.

Who are the sessions for?
We are not confining these discussions to members of Christians on Ageing; they are open to all readers of the newsletter and visitors to our website but we hope, of course, that if you are not a member you might consider joining and supporting us in our work. Benefits of membership include receipt of our quarterly journal plus; we have recently published a special issue of plus devoted to the issues raised for older people by Covid-19.

Homelessness and Housing Gathering

Zoom Gathering – 30 September  

We are pleased to invite you to the third Homelessness and Housing Gathering which will be held over Zoom.

The Zoom Gathering will take place on Wednesday 30 September between 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. and will be hosted by Ian Rutherford (Manchester) and Mike Long (London). 

 We will hear updates on recent lobbying and the Government`s response and on current developments in social housing. We will have an open conversation on policy proposals in relation to Methodist involvement and an interactive session on the need for partnerships in working to end homelessness and integrating accommodation, health and support within this time of “Living with Covid”. 

To join the meeting email Revd Ian Rutherford on for a link.

We are looking forward to seeing you on 30 September and capturing everyone’s contributions.

More background information

Methodist Conference 25 June to 2 July 2020

The Methodist Conference will be held online from 25th June to 2nd July 2020.

  • The presbyteral sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, with the representative sessions from Saturday to Tuesday.
  • Conference sessions will be streamed live – see – where more details are promised in due course.
  • You can also follow links from there to the conference timetable and agenda papers.
  • There is a variety of fringe events – methods of joining in/registering vary. Click on the relevant links, preferably before the start of the event!

Utilising online platforms for mission

Online Zoom event – Tuesday 7th July 2020 10:00 to 14:00.
led by Ali Johnson, Digital Evangelist at Cliff College.

This is a FREE training day led by Ali Johnson, Digital Evangelist at Cliff College, for those who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in using social media, websites and lots other platforms for mission!

This training day is not for those beginning to use digital in their church/missional context, but it is for those who are already using social media — those who would like to ‘work smarter’ and advance their skills and knowledge.

Some basic knowledge is needed but it should be accessible for all ministers, administrators and lay workers, as well as volunteers with some digital awareness. As well as develop knowledge of different platforms, it will also help develop awareness of trends, target groups, different contexts and creative ideas for engaging digitally.


Let’s talk – webinar

Let's talk webinar posterIt is a Webinar, hosted by the Strathclyde Methodist Circuit!

Be part of the first one!

COVID 19:  Just blame God?!

5 Methodist people from different professions within Strathclyde begin a conversation on the effect of COVID 19 – and whether a better world could emerge . . .

There will be an opportunity to ask your questions . . .

When?     Tuesday 16th June at 8pm

How?  Register now using this link and you will be given the information you need to join the webinar!

Let’s talk . . . . and then make a difference.