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.
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
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
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
deadline: Monday 7th September
- Interviews will
be held during the second half of September / early October
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
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
Oakley 01952 510546
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: WMCAG@creativeartsandcrafts.co.uk
Thanks, Liz (Art Tutor at Wellington Methodist Church Art Group.
Tel: 07970 709116)
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).
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
church.org.uk as soon as possible.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to
contact Thelma Commey.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The paper can be found at: http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/covid-19-and-your-community/.
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
August Black Country Walk
dates for your diary:
August 14:00 - 18:00, We Matter Pre-Launch Rally, Centenary
"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.
August at 13:00. Market Square, Stafford, Black Lives Matter
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 allwecan.org.uk/cycle
Thanks and God bless
Missional-Discipleship Enabler required
Hadley Methodist Church
time post (average 7 hours per week) initially for 24 months
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.
to be worked flexibly as agreed with line manager, including most
note: due to the make up of the current membership at Hadley
Methodist, the majority of this ministry will be with women.
an application pack:
email to: email@example.com
post to: Simon Mason, 43 Caldera Road, Hadley Telford TF1 5LT
telephone: 01952 244664
date: 28th August 2020
week beginning 7th September at Hadley Methodist
Church or on Zoom
is a fixed term appointment of 24 months at £9.30 per hour from
early October 2020.
is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a
Enhanced DBS check will be required
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?
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
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