From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               10 June 2020 11:37


Subject:                          10/06/2020


Latest News:
Online Church Survey
Action for Children Sunday

ON-Line Coaching Course
Methodist Church ONE Programme vacancy
MHA Chaplaincy Vacancy
Dial-a-prayer free phone line
District Children's Support Fund update


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Online Church Survey
An invitation for ministers (lay and ordained) and other church workers to engage in an international study of the online church during the COVID19 crisis? Please click on the following link to take part:

 “The CONTOC research project is an empirical, representative survey of the development and implementation of digital church practices and programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the period March - June 2020, i.e. from Easter to Pentecost 2020. Our study covers 22 countries on 5 continents, making it a unique research opportunity.”




Action for Children Sunday

Action for Children Sunday

Every year, Methodists and some other church denominations celebrate Action for Children Sunday on the second Sunday in July. Our staff always look forward to this celebration because it gives us an opportunity to meet and thank our longstanding, faithful supporters.  

This year, we expect things to be different due to the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown. Churches have had to replace physical meetings with online worship. Some may not even have the ability to host online services. We understand that and would like to assure you that it is ok if you can’t mark Action for Children Sunday on 12 July. You can pray for us on that day and mark it on a later date.

Our worship resources were ready before the lockdown and I’d like to share them with you: There is a booklet with a service outline, a prayer bookmark and a link to a video about Lyle, one of the children your generosity has helped us to support.  

Free online advice for parents

I’d also like to tell you that we have boosted our online resources to support children and families. Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice and support brings together a wide range of topics categorised by subject matter and by children’s ages (i.e. 0 to 5 years, 5 to 12 years and 13 years and above). We also offer free and confidential live chat with our parenting coaches.

I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the years.  It means a lot and we’re proud of our relationship with the Methodist Church. 

Stay safe, well and strong.

Karis Kolawole

Head of Faith Partnerships




ON-Line Coaching Course
Wed 10th June; Tue 16th June; Wed 17th June; Tue 23rd June; Wed 24th June; Tue 30th June
Each Session 2:00pm - 5:30pm

The course is highly interactive - over half of the time in sessions is spent doing practical
exercises, mostly in groups of two, three or four.
The coaching skills taught are invaluable both for formal coaching sessions and for
helping Christian leaders develop a more empowering, interactive style of leadership.
The material was developed by Keith Webb and his team at Creative Results Management
(CRM) ( and has been used around the world and
across almost every denomination to equip church planters, missional pioneers and church
The UK team led by Revd Graham Horsley have trained over 200 people as coaches. Graham is
an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach and holds a CRM
Trainers Licence.
The online course is an intensive introduction to coaching skills consisting of 6 meetings of
three and a half hours (each meeting consists of two sessions with a 20-30 minute break).
Topic and skills covered in this practical and interactive workshop:
• How to listen actively so others feel you understand them.
• How to ask powerful questions that initiate a change of thinking.
• How to generate feedback that avoids defensiveness.
• How to design action steps that will actually be accomplished.
• How to follow-up to increase learning and accountability.
For more information contact Graham Horsley:; 07966448310




We are hiring!

Wolverhampton pioneer ministries are excited to be recruiting someone aged 18-23 as a young adults outreach worker in partnership with the Methodist Church ONE programme.  

To find out more about the post and what being a ONE programme participant will look like follow the link below. 

Closing date for applications is 18th of June




MHA Chaplaincy Opportunity at Briar Hill House

Vicky Talbot has decided to retire after 5 years as MHA Chaplain at Briar Hill House. We’re seeking to appoint a new part-time Chaplain to continue and develop the excellent chaplaincy support that Vicky has provided. The post calls for a friendly, outgoing person who has experience of supporting older people, including people living with dementia. The post is part time, for 10 hours per week.

We are looking for a lay person or an ordained minister who will offer pastoral support and spiritual care to all residents, including at the end of life. The person will also be a listening presence for friends and relatives, and for staff members. An understanding of the spiritual needs of older people, demonstrated through experience of providing pastoral care and leading services, is essential. So too is the ability to address and meet the needs of people with dementia.

The person appointed will be in good standing with their faith community and will build good working relationships with local faith communities.

Part of MHA, Briar Hill House provides residential and nursing care for up to 36 people in purpose-built accommodation. The post is a rewarding opportunity for the right person to make a difference to the spiritual wellbeing of the residents.

More information about the post and details of how to apply are available on the MHA website The closing date for completed applications is Sun 28th June 2020.

MHA homes are currently closed to visitors because of coronavirus (Covid-19). As a result interviews will be done through Zoom.

Anyone with questions about the post can get in touch with Cathy Dakin, MHA Regional Chaplaincy Advisor (

Cathy Dakin

Regional Chaplaincy Advisor 

Methodist Homes

Mob: 07580 701860





Important notice about Easter Offering 2020

As we all know, the coronavirus is having a big impact on many aspects of our lives at the moment and many planned events are having to be postponed. You may be aware that we had already suggested that Easter Offering services should be held during the autumn. However, it now looks unlikely that autumn gatherings will take place, especially for elderly or vulnerable people.
Having spoken to the Global Relationships team, it has now been decided that we must further postpone the use of the 2020 Easter Offering materials, and therefore ‘Into All The World’ will now become the Easter Offering service theme for spring 2021. By postponing in this way, we hope that the Easter Offering will raise a good deal more money next Spring, when we will hopefully be able to gather together properly. We will change the date on the downloadable materials to 2021, but if you have already printed materials with the 2020 date, they can of course still be used rather than wasted.
This therefore means that THERE WILL BE NO EASTER OFFERING SERVICE IN 2020. Instead, we have agreed to work with the Global Relationships team to produce a short reflective act of worship for use in the autumn, on the theme of how Covid-19 is affecting our global church partners.
Many extra grants have been sought from the World Mission Fund to help those who are really struggling at this time, and it would be good to encourage our ladies to make any contribution they can this year towards that specific work. The service can be accessed online, or printed off for those without internet access, and used for individual reflection or in small groups, depending on what is allowed by then. Easter Offering envelopes could be distributed with the resource, and donations can be sent to the World Mission Fund directly.
So we would ask that you pass on the message that the Easter Offering 2020 materials will now be saved to use in spring 2021, but that later in the summer we will send out a link to a simple service based on the impact of Covid-19, to use in autumn 2020.  If you have any questions, do get in touch with us.
It is being sent to all of the contacts on our mailing list to ensure that it gets as wide a coverage as possible. If it doesn't relate directly to you, then please pass it on as appropriate, or simply disregard.


Carolyn Lawrence

on behalf of the MWIB Executive


Dial-a-prayer free phone line

FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched.

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514

Listen to news: 0808 281 2478

Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening.

 For more information click the following link:


District Children's Support Fund

The funding allocated specifically to the support of children and families in the District - particularly those experiencing some form of deprivation - is still open to accept applications at the moment.  Are there projects you might consider which could offer support even during the lockdown?  

The maximum amount of any claim is £500 and a Church can apply at any time using the attached form and send it electronically to Tim Lorimer who will process your application and give a decision within six weeks of receipt. The application will need the support of the hosting Church and circuit superintendent. Church’s cannot apply for retrospective funding.
We would hope that individuals and groups that have contributed in the past to the Holiday Fund will still wish to do so knowing that there money will still be used for Children’s Projects.  For more information please contact Tim Lorimer   on 07971899084. 



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