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Fresh Expression Meeting - London
New Song Network Update April 2015
 

Jackie has just returned from being part of a strategic meeting in London with the leaders of the Fresh Expression movement in Great Britain. Joining amongst others the board of Fresh Expressions and denomination heads from the Methodist Church, Church of England, The Salvation Army and United Reform Church the day was spent looking at teh next steps for Fresh Expressions. Watch this space for news on New Song and ideas of how we can share what we do with others.

Methodist Women in Britain Conference - MWiB
New Song Network Update April 2015
 

Jackie was the keynote speaker over the weekend of 17-19 April 2015 at a fully booked weekend at Swanwick conference centre in Derbyshire for the annual Methodist Women in Britain conference. Speaking on the theme "Being One, Being God, Being Whole" Jackie explored what and how we are defined by relationships and looked at the labels we place upon ourselves and the labels others place up on us and they impact us. She also shared the work of New Song inspiring attendees to think outside the box in relation to mission.

City Centre Network Meeting
New Song Network Update October 2014
 

In November the Methodist City Centre Network met just outside of London for a conference and Jackie spoke at a seminar on Modelling Excellence. A great opportunity to spread the word on how New Song is leading the way in many aspects from worship to learning and caring, from service to evangelism. Our governance structure focuses on this area as we give our lay leaders full authority to make a difference.

Rev Jackie on Radio Merseyside & BBC Radio 2
New Song Update  March 2015
 

Jackie regularly broadcasts on Radio Merseyside’s Daybreak programme leading the act of worship on Sunday mornings. You can link to Daybreak here where you can listen to the programme for 7 days after it has been broadcast. The latest broadcast was Sunday 8 March  2015. Jackies next broadcast will be Sunday 21 June.

 

Jackie has also worked with Daybreak's Helen Jones on how music has helped her with her recent illness. This was broadcast live on Radio 2 on 26th October from Arrowe Park Hospital, hosted by Clare Balding. Jackie also provided the reflection on this programme.

New Song on BBC Radio 4 & Songs of Praise

New Song Netowrk Update October 2014
 

In September New Song featured on the Radio 4 Programme "Whats the Point of Methodism?"  As part of a series examining British Institutions - Quentin Letts explores the ongoing purpose of them. This time it was the Methodist Church under the spotlight. In the midst of statistics on decline we are asked are we still relevant? And up popped New Song Network Church . We cry out yes we are. We are not just about cake and singing despite what some people think. We are about service and honest care and love and God trasnforming lives.  A few weeks later new member Gill shared her testimony of how God has transformed her life on BBC Songs of Praise  - Good news all around.

photo (c) Malcolm Cuthbert

Jackie at Methodist Conference
New Song Network Update June 2014

The Methodist Conference took place in Birmingham in July 2014 and Rev Jackie formally represented the Liverpool District. Coming just after the formal commissioning of New Song as the newest Methodist Chruch and with the publication of statistics showing a decline in members for UK Methodism New Song was mentioned positively by the General Secretary and President as a move of God's Spirit and postive news for Methodism. Jackie was in great demand for interviews through the week and shared the great news of New Song with many.

 


Commissioning of New Song Network Church
New Song Network Update June 2014

The 22 June 2014 marked the official opening of New Song Network Church and welcomed 43 full and dual members of the Methodist Church. The church and its minister Rev Jackie were commissioned by The Rev'd Lucille Rogers (Circuit Superintendent) and greetings were brought by The Rev'd Stephen Lindridge (Fresh Expression Missioner) and The Rev'd Jim Booth (Liverpool District Chair).  A great evening of praise, testimony and witness to the love of God. Also in attendance were Radio 4 and BBC Songs of Praise. Jackie had earlier been on BBC Radio Merseyside telling the story of New Song. More photos in our photo gallery.

 
St Rocco's Starlight Walk 2014
New Song Network Update June 2014

On a glorious cloud free night 40 ladies in Jackie's team walked the 6.5/13 miles in aid of St Rocco's hospice in Warrington. Fun, laughter as Jackie tried to get a bus, hitched alift and tried to get in a trolly all in aid of a worthwhile cause. The final amount was £3500. More photos in our gallery page.

 

Jackie's Team is walking again in 2015. All donations gratefully received for the work of St Roccos.

 

 

 

New Song Network Church
New Song Network Update February 2014

At the Sankey Valley Methodist Circuit Meeting on Monday 24 February the circuit voted in favour, by majority, to the formation of New Song Church. Encouraged and recognising the wonderful news of a new church this was affirmed and received at the Liverpool Methodist Synod.


We are thankful to God for his abiding and generous love which takes us forward.

New Song Weekend Away
New Song Network Update February 2014

What an amazing weekend away with 100 of us descending into Grange Over Sands. Led by The Revd's Lucille Rogers and Jackie Bellfield and led in worship by the the New Song Band we looked at the theme "Be thankful". We were and we are thankful. Now for the next weekend away - anyone interested.

New Song Cafe - Moves downtairs and more improvements on the way
New Song Network Updated April

On December 2013 Café moved venue from the hall in Bold Street to the church. New chairs, projectors and screens and it is all systems go.  Why? Because the hall was not big enough anymore. You are welcome to join us on the 4th Sunday of the month at 7pm. And we have some new mugs which you can buy. Now we need a new PA system, blinds for the window and more lighting. Could you help we need around £5- 6,000 for this .......

New Song Network January 2015
New Song Network Update  April 2015

Our 3rd quiz was a great success. Thanks to all.  Brilliant, fast-moving quiz, good food and fellowship.

Many thanks to all who helped organise it. Our next quiz is later this year

New Song On the Road

​New Song Network Updated October 2015

A number of groups and churches have asked us to tell them about New Song Network.  Over the last few months we have spoken to and/or held a New Song Café at various churches.  The band has led worship at Hope Methodist Church in whitby, Ellesmere Port, The Heath Methodist Runcorn, Padgate Methodist, St Philips LEP and have a number of requests for otehr churches.  If you would like to know more please make contact here.

MHA - Methodist Homes for the Aged Songs of Praise
New Song Network Update November 2013

On 3rd November 2013 the New Song band helped to lead a celebration event to give thanks for the work and ministry of MHA.  This uplifting event was hosted by Pam Rhodes from BBC Songs of Praise .

Halliwell Jones Stadium Praise Service

​New Song Cafe Update November 2013

On 20th October the New Song band helped lead a welcome service for the Samoan Rugby Team at the home of Warrington Wolves - Halliwell Jones Stadium. Welcoming the Samoan Rugby League team for the World Cup it was a truly family occasion when between 1,300 and 1,400 attended this act of worship. Many civic leaders attended including the Mayor and Chief Executive of the Borough Council, add into the mix the Warrington Male Voice Choir and Wolfie and it was an amazing event. £1,175 was raised for Christian Aid and The Warrington Wolves Foundation.  (Photograph by Malcolm Cuthbert) For more photos please see our image gallery.

Garden Party

​New Song Cafe Update October 2014

A wonderful Garden Party took place at Jackie's house to raise money for New Song Network Community Action Teams and towards the new chairs for Bold Street. Latchford, Bold Street and Rixton churches all had stalls with money going to their own churches. A total of over £900 was raised a great time had by all. Thank you Jackie for the use of your garden and home.

 

Date of next one: 9 August 2015

Connected Worship Conference

Jackie Bellfield May 2013

 

In November 2012 we hosted our first big event: the Connected Worship Conference organised by the Methodist Church connexionally. It attracted ​ministers, local preachers and worship leaders from almost every district in the country. Our brilliant NSN catering team provided all the meals for the weekend except Saturday evening when we took over a local Chinese restaurant!

Internationally known speakers led sessions: Helen Cameron, Sheridan Voisey,  Roger Walton, Jo Cox and Jackie Bellfield and the New Song Team.

A hugely successful event a great weekend was had by all.