From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               02 September 2020 11:26


Subject:                          02/09/2020


Latest News:
Ablewell Advice Aviva Bid
Coffee Break Prayers free e-book
Resources for Holocaust Memorial Day meeting
In case you missed it:
Methodist School Lay Worker opportunity
Webinar about planning to reopen
Updated Connexional News
All We Can Bicycle Campaign

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

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Ablewell Advice Aviva Bid

 Ablewell advice are often being asked how people can make donations. Well here's how.

Please support their crowd funding bid through Aviva. They need as many people as possible to make donations in the next couple of days, as seeing support for the project is likely to encourage Aviva employees to support them.
They are seeing unprecedented demand for money and debt advice, despite the amazing team working all through lockdown. They need more capacity to reduce our waiting time for appointments and need to raise money to expand their team. Please give as generously as you can. Every pound helps.


Coffee Break Prayers free e-book 

Following the success of our first “Prayers in Lockdown” we have now published a second Booklet. This one is called “Coffee Break Prayers”  - Again the booklet has been written virtually through collaboration with 29 authors.
Hard copies are available if you would like some and you can download it electronically. We ask if you use the booklet that you just acknowledge Coffee Shop Sunday. There is  no copyright issue I take the view that God is the owner of all our prayers - Here is the electronic link.
Let me know if you would like hard copies.
Ever blessing.
Trevor Gay
Tel: 02476 221719 Mobile: 07966 388195
 For more information about Coffee Shop Sunday click links below:
Blog Facebook Group Instagram Twitter


Resources for Holocaust Memorial Day Launch Meeting 

Join us at the online launch of our resources for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021
We are excited to share our new resources to support communities to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), even while socially distant.
Join us online on 15 September from 4:00-5:30 PM as we share exciting ways for individuals and organisations to get involved, with Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), exploring the importance of marking the day. Local HMD activity organisers from all over the country will hear from Martin Stern MBE, survivor of the Holocaust, who will discuss the theme for HMD 2021, Be the light in the darkness.
The HMDT Outreach team will showcase brand new resources which will enable groups of all kinds to mark HMD 2021, with a chance for you to ask questions. With the world facing a global pandemic, joining together in person isn’t always possible, but our resources will give you ways to join together with others, to learn from genocide – for a better future.
For more information about the event and to sign up, please visit the Eventbrite page. Please note that there is a limited number of places left, so please book early to avoid disappointment, and cancel your ticket if you are later unable to attend.
We look forward to sharing our new resources with you. If you can’t make the event but still want to find out more about marking HMD 2021, please feel free to get in touch.
Thank you for your continued support for HMD.
Kind regards,
Claudia Hyde


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 7th and 9th September. Times and registration links can be accessed here:


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 at 4 pm online. (more details to follow).


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


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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