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Our Richard becomes President

Former MMHS board member Revd Richard Teal has been elected and inducted as the new President of the Methodist Conference. Richard’s induction took place on 27th June at Cliff College in Derbyshire, as part of the Methodist Conference – which is taking place online for the first time. Richard was a member of the Society’s board for nine years before ...
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‘I’m so glad you are there’

Residents have expressed overwhelming support for the way the MMHS team has been weathering the Coronavirus storm. Retired ministers have offered heart-warming comments since CEO Mairi Johnstone sent them a personal letter on 20th March. POSITIVE FEEDBACK One resident calling about storm damage, expected to hear an answerphone message. Instead, she spoke directly to Executive Assistant Rachel Dawson. ‘She was ...
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Cool to be kind

Be kind, get connected and do some colouring – those are just some of the practical things-to-do for Mental Health Awareness Week. We looked at some of the messages shared by various agencies for the week (18th-24th May). We found a variety of resources on common themes. FOCUS ON KINDNESS Unusually, the Methodist Church’s own wellbeing resources include an adult ...
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The forgotten frontline

We hear of the Coronavirus crisis in hospitals, not care homes. The ‘second frontline’ of the Covid-19 war slips quietly under the radar. Our friends at Methodist Homes (MHA) are battling hard to change that. They’ve launched a petition calling for ‘correct and necessary’ PPE in the care sector. Methodist Homes is the nation’s biggest charitable provider, but they’re not ...
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How to connect in a crisis

Lockdown loneliness has attracted a crowd of helpers – including churches, charities and a Government secretary. The Methodist Church is alerting members to the fact that while their buildings may be closed, many congregations offer phone pastoral care and an online worship experience. The Methodist Church also offers worship sheets to use at home. CHATTY RADIO Examples of online help ...
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New handbook is leaner and greener

Everything from rabbits to refurbishments, ponds to plumbing, gullies to gas boilers – it’s all covered in the plastic-free, eco-friendly version of the MMHS Residents’ Handbook. Well known among the Society’s residents, the Handbook used to be a heavy plastic manual weighed down by laminated pages and complex graphics. FREE DOWNLOAD It has now been totally revised and refined – ...
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‘I’ve been social distancing for 29 years’

How do you make social distancing work? Here's someone who lives like that all the time. Sister Mary Catharine Perry (pictured) shares some tips for staying home amid coronavirus fears. For the past 29 years, I’ve chosen to practise social distancing. Of course, I and the 17 other nuns I live with don’t call it that. We are formally called ...
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Richard is champion

It’s far more than dealing with ministers’ housing needs that has equipped Revd Richard Teal as President Elect of the Methodist Conference. Encountering floods, miners’ strikes, shipyard closures ­- and the aftermath of horrific shootings - have also helped make him uniquely qualified for his latest role. LONG-SERVING Richard has just stepped down as a long-serving board member for the ...
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