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Sent:                               19 August 2020 11:23


Subject:                          19/08/2020


Latest News:
Methodist Council Representative result
Methodist School Lay Worker opportunity
Webinar about planning to reopen
In case you missed it:
Art Exhibition at Wellington MC
Connexional News
Stand Up to Racism
All We Can Bicycle Campaign

Missional-Discipleship Enabler post
Dial-a-prayer free phone line
District Children's Support Fund update

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Methodist Council Representative result
The next Methodist Council Representative will be Revd. Dr Joanne Cox-Darling. Thank you to all those who put themselves forward and to Pete Prescott who has now completed his term.

A serving Presbyter for 13 years, I remain one of the youngest ministers in the District and in the Connexion.  I am passionate about mission, and helping local congregations and national strategy take wise risks for the future of God's world and God's kingdom. 
I hope to bring a heart for God's Methodist people, a desire for there to be a Methodist Church of the future, and a willingness to participate hard, pray, and listen deeply to others at Council.  I am committed to inclusion and accessibility, and want to help shape our policies and decisions to reflect this. 
I am a practical theologian by instinct and by training - so I bring experiences from local congregational work (I currently serve in a rural/city/suburban context), as well as a rooting in wider theological language, pastoral practice, and thinking. 




Job Opportunity for a School Lay Worker - Telford

 The Telford Methodist Circuit seeks to appoint a School Lay Worker  at the (Methodist/ Anglican controlled) John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School

  • 7 hours per week term time only (plus pro-rota holiday pay)
  • Pay Range £9:30 to £11.45 per hour
  • Application deadline: Monday 7th September
  • Interviews will be held during the second half of September / early October

The Telford Methodist Circuit is seeking a person to work within our Anglican/ Methodist School  to help support the Christian ethos of the school. This will involve engaging with staff and pupils on a variety of activities including corporate worship, after school clubs, supporting lessons (in particularly leading up to the main Christian festivals), pastoral care, etc. The person appointed will also help to encourage Methodist support for the school and help the school to understand its Methodist Heritage.
This appointment is until 31st July 2021 in the first instance and then depending upon funding.
For further information and an informal chat prior to application please ring:
Brian Oakley 01952 510546


Planning to reopen for mission webinar

 For those of you planning to reopen your church, there is a webinar called ‘Planning to reopen for mission’ on 1st September and then repeated with identical content on 7th and 9th September. Times and registration links can be accessed here:


Wellington Methodist Church Art Exhibition 2020

For the last nine years the Art Groups at Wellington Methodist Church have organised an exhibition for Art Group members and local artists to exhibit their work. This summer 2020 it has been cancelled at the Church due to the social limitations of the Covid-19 pandemic, but they decided to have an online exhibition instead. The exhibition will be online from Friday 7th - 28th August, on the new local Creative Arts and Crafts web site:

This will be their tenth Art Exhibition, held in a very different way to their previous ones, the first nine were a great success and they’re hoping this one will be as well. If you would like to know more about an artist or wish to purchase a particular piece of artwork please contact them by email:

Thanks, Liz (Art Tutor at Wellington Methodist Church Art Group. Tel: 07970 709116)


Connexional News

Phoebe Parkin, from the Telford Circuit has now started her term as this year's Youth President and we wish her well and look forward to her Virtual Welcome Service on Sunday 13th September (details to follow).

Ambassadors for 3Generate 365 – message from Thelma Commey
We are looking forward to launching 3Generate365 in September. In order to offer our Connexion the most fruitful experience, we hope to have our amazing district ambassador teams in place as soon as possible. We are currently recruiting volunteers to work alongside your Youth and District Ambassador. It would be very helpful if we could receive all nominations (as stated in the briefing document) to 3Generate@methodist as soon as possible.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Thelma Commey.
Covid-19 and five things about your community
The world as we emerge from lockdown and beyond will be very different.  We have all been impacted by the pandemic, but for some the situation has been devastating.  What will this mean for local churches as they work out what mission within local communities looks like? The Joint Public Issues Team offers this paper and suggests things which might be true for your community.  If you or colleagues have comments or suggestions in response, please do contact Hannah Brown
The paper can be found at:
Youth President and Youth Rep Elections
This year’s Youth President and Youth Rep elections will be undertaken via the 3Generate App.  The App will be available for download by anyone, but in order to use it to vote, children and young people must be registered.  People will register for 3Generate 365 using the iKnowChurch system (as with previous years’ physical gatherings).  The Group Leader will be registered and the children and young people added to the leader registration.  All registered leaders will be notified to the DSO via Howard / Graham as part of this process.
For children and young people not in a “group” they can still be registered as a group by a Minister or steward or similar in the church.  Once registered the children and young people will be issued a unique ID number which will be visible to the leader of the group.  The children and young people will then be able to use that ID to vote via the App on their phone. It will be the leader’s responsibility to ensure that their young people have their code.  District Ambassadors in each district will encourage the churches and any individuals in their district to register and engage.
There will also be a website version of the voting tool for those who do not have a mobile smart phone.
Candidates will have the opportunity promote themselves using Methodist Church social media channels only and under the guidelines issued to them.


Stand up to Racism
The Black Lives Matter movement has energised  the campaign against racism involving lots of new people.  Significant victories have already been chalked up in regard to de-colonisation of public spaces and the curriculum but there is a lot still to be achieved particularly in regard to policing. Stand Up to Racism has supported a series of events around the area in recent weeks and there are more events coming up: 
28th August Black Country Walk

Other dates for your diary:
8th August 14:00 - 18:00, We Matter Pre-Launch Rally, Centenary Square, Birmingham
"We Matter" pre-launch rally for Black Political and Economic Change  Now! @ Centenary Square, Birmingham by Birmingham Library, Broad Street.  Bishop Desmond Jaddo, Bishop Johnathan Jackson and guest speakers/poets/singers/choir.
15th August at 13:00. Market Square, Stafford, Black Lives Matter Peaceful March
Hosted by Black Lives Matter, Stafford


All We Can Change Begins with a Bicycle campaign
For girls like Nawalat in Uganda, bicycles are more than a means of transport – they are a way to break the cycle of poverty. This year, you can join All We Can and be a part of the change that is happening. Support All We Can’s Change Begins with a Bicycle campaign using the resources available to order or download from
Thanks and God bless


Missional-Discipleship Enabler required

Hadley Methodist Church

Part time post (average 7 hours per week) initially for 24 months

 Missional-Discipleship Enabler

 Hadley Methodist is aiming to make discipleship its central focus. We are looking for a gifted discipler, who is passionate about mission, to establish a rhythm of missional-discipleship within the life of the church, and to help develop a learning strategy to support that rhythm. 

Hours to be worked flexibly as agreed with line manager, including most Tuesday evenings.

Please note: due to the make up of the current membership at Hadley Methodist, the majority of this ministry will be with women.

For an application pack:

·         email to:

·         post to: Simon Mason, 43 Caldera Road, Hadley Telford TF1 5LT

·         telephone: 01952 244664

Closing date: 28th August 2020

Interviews: week beginning 7th September at Hadley Methodist Church or on Zoom

This is a fixed term appointment of 24 months at £9.30 per hour from early October 2020.

 There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a Christian

An Enhanced DBS check will be required


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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