Category: Past Event

Coffee Mornings Cocoa Nights

Coffee Mornings – Cocoa Nights – March 2022

Coffee Mornings Cocoa Nights

Monday 14th March at 10am – 11am (and 7pm – 8pm) GMT

On Monday 14th March at 10am – 11am and repeated again at 7pm – 8pm GMT, I will be hosting an online event to share the latest news from the region. The event will run for about 45 minutes to 1 hour with a short briefing from me, a time to ask questions, and finish in prayer for our friends in Melanesia.

If you would like to attend and or know others who would like to join us, please let me know and I will send a link. Do also let me know if you have any particular questions / topics you would like me to cover.

Many thanks for your continuing support and I hope to see you online soon.

Katie Drew, MMUK

Coffee Mornings Cocoa Nights

Coffee Mornings – Cocoa Nights – February 2022

Coffee Mornings Cocoa Nights

Thursday 3rd February at 10am – 11am (and 7pm – 8pm) GMT

On  Thursday 3rd February at 10am – 11am and repeated again at 7pm – 8pm GMT, I will be hosting an online event to share the latest news from the region. The event will run for about 45 minutes to 1 hour with a short briefing from me, a time to ask questions, and finish in prayer for our friends in Melanesia.

If you would like to attend and or know others who would like to join us, please let me know and I will send a link. Do also let me know if you have any particular questions / topics you would like me to cover.

Many thanks for your continuing support and I hope to see you online soon.

Katie Drew, MMUK

Coffee Mornings Cocoa Nights

Coffee Mornings – Cocoa Nights – December 2021

Coffee Mornings Cocoa Nights

Wednesday 1st December at 10am – 11am (and 7pm – 8pm) GMT

On  Wednesday 1st December at 10am – 11am and repeated again at 7pm – 8pm GMT, I will be hosting an online event to share the latest news from the region and from our AGM and Festival Day in the presence of our President, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The event will run for about 45 minutes to 1 hour with a short briefing from me, a time to ask questions, and finish in prayer for our friends in Melanesia.

If you would like to attend and or know others who would like to join us, please let me know and I will send a link. Do also let me know if you have any particular questions / topics you would like me to cover.

Many thanks for your continuing support and I hope to see you online soon.

Katie Drew, MMUK

Climate Change and Food Security Poster

Climate Change and Food Security

18 October 2021, 18:00 – 20:00

Care of; Global Centre and DDE (globalcentredevon.org.uk)

This is the third in a series of A FAIR COP: from Climate Crisis to Climate Justice sessions in the lead up to COP26.

Marking World Food Day (16th October), how are disrupted weather patterns affecting food security?

In Melanesia: Katie Drew (Chief Officer, Melanesian Mission)
In Mali: Caroline Hart(Coordinator, Joliba Trust) and Deborah Hutchinson (Chair, Joliba Trust)
In Devon: David Mezzetti (Exeter Growers Cooperative)

Zoom link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84238615322?pwd=WUNxWnUrY2ZUekV6eEpIbHlUOXpJZz09


Climate Change and Food Security Poster
Coffee Mornings Cocoa Nights

Coffee Mornings – Cocoa Nights

Coffee Mornings Cocoa Nights

Tuesday 12th October at 10am – 11am (and 7pm – 8pm) BST

On  Tuesday 12th October at 10am – 11am and repeated again at 7pm – 8pm BST, I will be hosting an online event to share the latest news from the region and from our AGM and Festival Day in the presence of our President, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The event will run for about 45 minutes to 1 hour with a short briefing from me, a time to ask questions, and finish in prayer for our friends in Melanesia.

If you would like to attend and or know others who would like to join us, please let me know and I will send a link. Do also let me know if you have any particular questions / topics you would like me to cover.

Many thanks for your continuing support and I hope to see you online soon.

Katie Drew, MMUK

Walande Island

4 Week Creation Care Course – Week 1: Caring for Creation

7 October 2021, 19.30-21.00

This 4-week Creation Care Course is a unique collaboration between The Diocese of Chester, HeartEdge, Melanesian Mission UK and Southampton University.

In this 4-week Creation Care Course, we will provide you with vital information about climate change, its impacts on people, and reflect on our role as Christians in taking practical climate action.

Week 1: Caring for Creation (7 October 2021, 19.30-21.00), we will take a theological perspective on creation care and tackling climate change, using bible studies and a wide range of theological resources.

Week 2: Understanding Climate Change (14 October 2021, 19.30-21:00), we will look at climate change, its drivers and impacts from a scientific perspective.

Week 3: Living Climate Change – Stories from Melanesia (21 October 2021, 19.30-21.00), we will learn about the effects of climate change on people and draw upon examples of climate impacts and human responses in Melanesia.

Week 4: Taking Action – Caring for the Environment, Caring for People (18 November 2021, 19.30-21.00), we will hear about various options for climate change mitigation and adaptation that we can take as individuals, as parishes and as a Christian community.

Simply Living 2013, Lambeth Palace

The Archbishop of Canterbury to Open New Melanesia Pilgrimage Route in Devon

Saturday September 18th 2021

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to visit Devon in September to open a new pilgrimage route in honour of John Coleridge Patteson, the first Bishop of Melanesia.

The 8-mile Patteson’s Way is a joint initiative between the Melanesian Mission (MMUK) of which Archbishop Justin Welby is President, local school children and the Diocese of Exeter.

This year marks 150 years since Patteson, who grew up in Feniton in East Devon, was killed for his faith in 1871, after travelling from Devon to Melanesia as a Christian missionary in 1855.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Credit: World Council of Churches

The Diocese of Exeter is linked with the Anglican Province of Melanesia which covers the South Pacific nations of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Today Christians in the islands revere Patteson as a martyr and many regard his family home and churches in Devon as places of pilgrimage.

The Right Reverend Mark Rylands, an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Exeter and Chair of MMUK, said “The Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Devon is a wonderful tribute to the witness and ministry of a great missionary.

“150 years ago, Patteson’s endeavours helped to birth a Melanesian Church that is numerically and spiritually vibrant today. Now, they are ready, willing and able to help us in the UK to renew our Christian faith and tread more lightly upon the earth.”

St Andrew’s Church, Feniton
St Andrew’s Church, Feniton

The new circular pilgrimage route begins and ends at St Andrew’s Church in Feniton. It also includes St James and St Anne, Alfington, where Patteson was first a priest, St Mary’s, Ottery St Mary, which has a Melanesian Chapel, and Patteson’s Cross, a memorial sited where Patteson left Devon by stagecoach on his journey to Melanesia.

Patteson's Cross, East Devon
Patteson’s Cross, East Devon

During his visit on 18 September, Archbishop Justin will do part of the walk with local families before preaching at a special service at Exeter Cathedral.

Katie Drew, MMUK’s Executive Officer, said “The legacy of Patteson lives on, not only in Melanesia, but in Devon. So many of his values and concerns speak to us today – hidden slavery, black lives matter and care of the environment.

“We hope this new pilgrimage route will enable people to reflect on Patteson’s life, mission and courage, and bring a little bit of Melanesia to walkers in the beautiful East Devon Countryside.”

The Reverend David Carrington, vicar of St Andrew’s, Feniton, said “I am sure Bishop Patteson could not have imagined what would grow from his missionary work. He simply followed his calling and sowed in faith and love.”

MMUK, which is based in Devon, also works to highlight the effects of climate change in Melanesia, where some islands are already succumbing to rising sea levels. Mark Rylands said the Melanesia link was an opportunity for Christians in the UK to make a difference in the fight against climate change “We, in MMUK, do all we can to help the people of Melanesia with disaster relief funding, resourcing vital research and facing the impact of global warming. We are a family 10,000 miles apart – brothers and sisters in Christ supporting one another.”

Diocese of Exeter

Patteson 150 Festival Day & AGM

Patteson 150, MMUK Festival Day & AGM

Saturday September 18th 2021

Patteson 150 Festival Day & AGM

The Cathedral will be open from 10.00am for viewings of the Patteson exhibition and the Eucharist will be at 12noon.
At 2.00pm our guest speakers will include Bishop Willie Pwaisiho and Revd Richard Carter speaking on the legacy
of Patteson, and Marie Schlenker and Kate Pwaisiho talking about faith and science in the care of creation. This will be
followed by the AGM, finishing at 4.30pm.

We do hope you can join us.

Please RSVP MMUK by 1st September
mission@mmuk.net | +44(0) 1404 851656