Posted on November 29th, 2017

A new Encounter programme is planned to start in the North East of England early in 2019.  The group will probably meet in the Durham area.  A taster evening for the programme will be held on Thursday 11th January 2018, for more details, or to register an interest in attending the evening, please contact Tricia Mitchell on ​

Posted on April 28th, 2016

A new Encounter programme is planned to run in Middlesborough.  A taster session is to be held at Trinity Methodist Church, Middlesborough on Monday 18th July.  The session will introduce the Encounter programme, provide an experience of the Encounter sessions and answer any questions you have about the programme.

Further details about the taster session and the Middlesborough programme can be obtained from Tricia Mitchell (

Posted on March 31st, 2015

Starting in Hexham after Easter the second Encounter programme in the North East is open to people from across the region.  Encounter is a great opportunity to join with a group of fellow Christians to reflect on Christian living and to discern what God may be calling us to do. Find out more on the website or email Tricia Mitchell to request a leaflet or to sign up.  
Most of the programme will run on Tuesday evenings with two longer away days giving additional time for reflection and encouragement.  Here are the first dates
  • Taster session: 12th May
  • Initial away day:  Saturday 6th June 
The programme begins with a taster session (12th May) and then if you wish to continue with the programme there is an away day at the beginning (6th June) and end (23rd January 2016) and then 9 evening sessions at approximately 3 weekly intervals (15th June, 7th July, 28th July, 8th September, 29th September, 20th October, 10th November, 1st December, 15th December).
If this might be right for you, don’t delay – find out more.

Posted on January 25th, 2015

New Encounter programme in the North East

The 2015 North East Encounter programme is to start soon.  The programme will run on 10 Tuesday evenings, approximately monthly, from February 2015. In addition, there will be two longer Saturday sessions.

The Encounter journey begins on Tuesday 10th February 2015 at North Road Methodist Church, Durham at 7.00pm for 7.30pm – 9.30pm, light refreshments provided.

This will be followed by the first of the two longer Encounters on Saturday 14th March at North Road Methodist Church, Durham from 10am – 3pm (coffee served from 9.45am for a prompt start at 10.00am).

Please email if you hope to attend, or to request more details.

Posted on March 20th, 2014

A new Encounter programme will be starting at the beginning of April in Doncaster.  The programme will be based at Alder Grove Methodist Church, Alder Grove, Balby, DN4 8RF and will be led by Revd's Rachel McCallum, Piers Lane and Sean Adair.  The programme is being hosted by the Doncaster Methodist Circuit, and is open to anyone in the Sheffield, West Yorkshire, Leeds and York & Hull Methodist Districts. 

The introductory session is on Sunday 6th April from 1.00pm until 5.30pm.  There will then be  monthly sessions running from the end of April until March 2015.  Apart from the final session, these sessions will take place on week-day evenings between 7.00pm until 9.00pm.  Details of the dates and times of all the sessions can be found on the programme flyer.

If you would like any more information or would like to register an interest in joining the programme, please contact Rachel McCallum via email on, or send us a message using the query form on the Contacts page of the Encounter website.

Posted on September 4th, 2013

A new Encounter programme is starting in the Calderdale circuit this autumn.  The programme will be based at Christ Church LEP at Hipperholme near Halifax. Several people have already registered their interest in joining the programme but there are still a few places available.

A taster session for the programme is being held on the evening of Tuesday 17th September at Christ Church, starting at 7.00pm and finishing at 9.00pm.  There will be drinks available before the session begins. At the evening the Encounter programme will be explained fully and you will be able to experience the type of activities that will be included on Encounter sessions.  The programme leaders will provide an explanation of the various components of the programme and answer any questions people have about being involved in Encounter.

If you would like to come along to the taster session please send us your details via the General Query section of the Contacts page of this website and we'll pass them onto the programme leaders.

Posted on July 15th, 2013

Welcome to the new Encounter programme website, which is being launched today!  Arising from the Methodist Church’s Extending Discipleship, Exploring Vocation (EDEV) initiative, Encounter provides a year-long programme for a small group to consider  what God may be calling them to do with their lives. 

On the website you can discover more about what is involved in Encounter and see if the programme is something you would like to be involved in, either as a participant or as one of a team that facilitates the programmes.  There are sections on the website that describe what is involved in Encounter and in the roles of programme facilitators and Encounter Accompanists.

If you are already involved in an Encounter programme, there are sections on the website you will find useful.  For explorers, the Connections page will provide you with ideas for activities and opportunities that you can take up as part of your vocational exploration on the Encounter programme.  For programme facilitators, there is a password protected section of the site that will contain resources to help you plan and run a programme, including a new set of programme notes.  For Accompanists, there is another secure area where resources to help you in your role will be placed.

This Blog will be used to provide details of new programmes, news from existing programmes, and information about items that may be of interest to everyone involved in Encounter.  If you have anything you would like to share with others, including photos or video clips, or have any suggestions or ideas for the website, please get in touch with us through the messaging facility on the Contacts page.



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