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Sent:                               19 June 2020 11:52


Subject:                          19/06/2020


Latest News:
YMCA Hosts needed
Refugee Sunday Resources
Prayers in Lockdown book
Lay Conference 2020 postponed
In case you missed it:
Online Church Survey
Action for Children Sunday

MHA Chaplaincy Vacancy
Dial-a-prayer free phone line
District Children's Support Fund update


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YMCA hosts needed

For any teenager, experiencing family breakdown is one of the most challenging life experiences that they could ever face. However, the risk of homelessness for 16-18 year olds leaves them with an even more daunting prospect during the Covid-19 outbreak, as many teenagers are left wondering what will happen and where they will go.
Since the outbreak hit the UK, YMCA Open Door has been helping over 50 young people across the Black Country who have found themselves in the precarious position. The Open Door project has been placing young people at risk of Homelessness with Host families for over 10 years, but at this particular time, there is even more need for more Hosts – people who have a spare room within their house and a caring heart.
Rachael Taylor (project manager) stated, “Many people do not realise the challenges for young people at risk of homelessness during this pandemic. Apart from the concern of where they may end up from night to night, it is a huge challenge going through family breakdown at their age and being socially isolated from the rest of your friends, family and community”.
In this challenging time, we are appealing to the goodwill of people who have a spare room and a caring heart to consider also providing a safe place for a vulnerable young person.
Our Hosts can decide to take a young person on Supported Lodgings (a longer term arrangement which can last up to 2 years or short-term Emergency Nightstop which usually last a few days or at the most a few weeks.
Please get in touch with us if you can help and find out about our next online training. You can speak to Jonathan, our Host Coordinator (0121 524 3255) to find out more or e-mail Better still, if you complete the online form we can send out one of our information booklets to your home.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming an YMCA Open Door Host, please contact us using our enquiry form, our team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have.




Refugee Sunday resources
We know that Covid-19 has impacted lives around the world. Unfortunately, refugees are at a high risk due to the conditions they currently find themselves in. This week, during Refugee Week, we encourage you to make use of and share All We Can’s Refugee Week worship resource. You will find all you need to run a service that reflects biblically how we are to love our neighbour




'Prayers in Lockdown'
“Prayers in Lockdown” is a booklet written by 28 people in Coffee Shop Sunday which is a new expression of Church and part of Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist Circuit.
Each prayer has twelve verses and there are 19 prayers (symbolically 19 in recognition of Covid 19) - each prayer has a one word theme.
To cover cost there is £2 charge which includes postage or £1.50 per copy for orders of more than 10 copies.
Our aim is that the booklet should reach vulnerable and/or isolated church members and people in care homes without access to online resources.
 For more details:
Trevor Gay
Tel: 02476 221719
Mobile: 07966 388195




Lay Conference 2020 postponed

Please note that the Lay Conference 2020 between the Lichfield Diocese and Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District has been postponed until Saturday 4th December 2021. Details can be found as they become available on. 




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




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





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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