27 January 2021

The UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 ceremony will be streamed online at 7pm. This will be our first fully digital ceremony.
Please register below to receive the link to the ceremony in January.
Register here - https://hmdt.geteventaccess.com/public/events/6587e0ff-fcbd-416a-b190-5404c23563bb/guests/create
The ceremony will run from 7–8pm.
At 8pm, get ready to Light the Darkness with us. Households across the UK will be lighting candles and putting them in their windows to:
remember those who were murdered for who they were
stand against prejudice and hatred todayLight a candle and put it in your window at 8pm on 27 January 2021.
#HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness
What's going on? 
(From Ryad Khodabocus, Head of Community Relations & Development, Luton Council of Faith)


Luton Unite

Young people and youth leaders are invited to participate in a new Luton Unite initiative from Youthscape in the coming weeks.   While it is under the Luton Unite brand young people from other churches in the Circuit are welcome too!
The goals will be to uplift young people through fun challenges and tasks with big prizes, to discuss and normalise Christian faith in today’s world, and to grow in relationship in a time where it is difficult to stay connected.  This will feature a ‘Taskmaster’-type theme, using Youtube, Instagram & IGTV, and Tik-tok accounts (all titled Luton Unite for search purposes).
There will be a main event on the first Friday of every month, beginning on 5th February, shown via Youtube and including video clips from challenges, strong faith content, and prizes.   There will also be facilities for prayer requests to be submitted.  There are likely to be smaller weekly challenges on Tik-tok & Instagram. 
Youthscape would also like as many youth leaders as possible to be involved and will run an Instagram live with a different youth leader each Friday.   
For more information please contact Robert McNerney (07821 626711 robert.mcnerney@youthscape.co.uk) or Jemimah Woodbridge (07808 161385 jemimah.woodbridge@youthscape.co.uk).

The Methodist Way of Life

The Methodist Way of Life  is being engaged with a little more as I know many churches held back until their Covenant Services to issue the commitment cards. Having organised a couple of sessions looking at this locally I have set aside some dates to work through the commitment cards that I am happy for anyone across the District to engage with.  Each session will look at either Worship and Learning & Caring or Service and Evangelism. Date & Times are below Anyone interested please email me (dde@behdistrict.org.uk) for further details and the zoom link.

19th January 7.30pm: Worship, Learning and Caring

26th January 7.30pm: Service, Evangelism

11th February 10.00am: Worship, Learning & Caring

18th February 10.00am: Service, Evangelism

12th March 2.00pm: Worship, Learning & Caring

19th March 2.00pm:  Service, Evangelism

Children and Young People. Just a reminder that we have 2 sessions planned for an informal discussion about the work with children and young people across our churches. The dates for these are Friday 22nd January and Monday 25th January both at 7.30pm. Please email me (dde@behdistrict.org.uk) for the zoom details. Our work with children and young people will continue to be affected by the covid restrictions. At these sessions I am just wanting to hear your stories from your churches, whether joyful or despairing. The discipleship of our young people is as important as the older members of our churches. 

Another informal discussion planned is about Pioneering Tuesday 9th February at 7.00pm - 8.30pm Over the last few months we have all had to be pioneering as the usual ways of being church have been restricted. This informal discussion will include myself and Nigel Pimlott from the Learning Network - Eastern Region. Please do email me (dde@behdistrict.org.uk) for further details.