From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               17 February 2021 12:13


Subject:                          17/02/2021


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Latest News:

Questions Jesus Asks Bible Study Booklet
Self-care Challenge
In case you missed it:
Leprosy Sunday Resources
Preparing for Synod: The Report of the Marriage and Relationships Task Group 2019
Bringing People Together webinar
Vacancy for Birmingham District Chair
New "God is with us" grants
District Children's Support Fund

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Questions Jesus Asks Bible Study Booklet

House groups or Church Bible Study Groups might find it helpful if they are looking for new material. The Booklet contains 12 studies with leaders notes and answers to questions, if needed, with suggested hymns for each study.

I would like to recoup a little of my outlay if possible by asking for £3.50 per booklet including postage or £3 per booklet for 5 or more copies which includes the postage.
I am a local preacher with the Shrewsbury and Marches Circuit based at Oswestry.
Enquiries may be made to me by telephone 01691 655117 or by email keith.edlington@gmail .com.
Keith Edlington


Daily Self-care Challenge and Competition

Women & Families Resource Centre (WFRC) is a registered charity based in Wolverhampton that provides support services for vulnerable women & families. We would like to invite you to be a part of our upcoming Self Care Challenge.

Our goal is to inspire women to practice daily self-care and self-love from Valentine’s day (14th Feb) till Mother’s Day (14th March).
We’re making this challenge as easy to join;  By Registering, participants will  receive a template with hundreds of self-care ideas to choose from.
All we ask; 30- 40 mins of practising self-care / self-love for each day of the challenge.

Complete a short form:

For each of the 30 days of at least 30 minutes of self-care and post it on our social media page by 11:59 PM, they get a chance to win. This means that if you participate and post every day, you are entered in the prize draw 7 times.

Must be 16 or older to enter. Can live anywhere in the world and be female. However, to win a hamper, you must live in Wolverhampton or surrounding areas.
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email – all of it!
Spread the word! #Everyone 4 love
Tag friends to join you on social media. Quote:
"I'm practicing acts of self-care each day. Anyone want to join me? #Everyone 4 love

Thank you
Maureen Smith
Counselling & Befriending Coordinator
The Women & Families Resource Centre
Park Village Educational Centre
Cannock Road 
Wolverhampton, WV10 0RA
T: 01902 219797


Leprosy Sunday Resources

Here is a 5 minute video clip by Dame Darcey Bussell (of Strictly fame!)
Alternatively here is a full virtual service including virtual hymns, Bible reading, prayers, short sermon etc such at the one below – which Lyndon Methodist church in the West Midlands have VERY cleverly personalized for their own use for their virtual Sunday worship on Sunday 7th March 2021:
The Cannock Chase circuit of 20 churches showed it across all 20 churches in their circuit recently:
Resources such as sermon notes, children’s materials, envelopes and leaflets to accompany the above service can be ordered via this link:
Please support the work of The Leprosy Mission amongst your churches. For further materials – virtual or whatever, please email me at:
Thank you for your support and wishing you every blessing:
Allister du Plessis
PS: You can download my full 27 minute virtual service via this link – if any churches want the hymns they can obtain these separately from me:

Allister​ du Plessis

Regional Manager ‑ Central England, the Midlands & North Wales

24 Heygate Way



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Preparation sessions for Synod: starting this Sunday

Rev'd James Eaton-Challinor Rev'd Rachel Parkinson Rev’d Jimione Kaci

The Representative Synod meeting on 24th April will vote on the resolutions contained in the God in Love Unites Us report.  Since it is not known what COVID-19 restrictions will be in force at this time, the Synod will be conducted online.  
Those planning the Synod want the District to have confidence in the vote that is taken on 24th April.  We recognise that it will be at least twelve months since many Circuits conferred on the report.  Therefore all members of the Representative Synod will receive an invite to three online sessions, the aim of which is to allow people to reacquaint themselves with the report’s content and to raise any questions they may have.  These sessions will be facilitated by the Chair together with Rev’d James Eaton-Challinor and  Rev’d Jimione Kaci.  
These sessions will take place on Sunday 21st February, 7th March and 21st March from 4 to 5.30pm. As all 3 sessions are different, you are encouraged to attend as many of the three sessions as possible. Personal invitations have now been sent to all Synod members so if you think you should have received an invitation or you would like to register, please get in touch with Richard on


Birmingham District looking for a new Chair

Any presbyter who might be considering taking up the position of Chair of Birmingham District, please click on the link below.



New round of "God is with us" grants

Every Circuit responded to the District invitation to bless their communities at Christmas through the availability of small grants and 27 different projects were enabled.  In this short video a sample of these are celebrated and a new round of grants is launched to coincide with Valentines Day, Thinking Day and Mothering Sunday.  Anyone with a creative, missional idea which will bless people on the fringes of, or beyond the usual congregation* can apply for a grant of up to £150 with the agreement of the Superintendent Minister.  Grants are limited to 3 per Circuit.  It’s essential that activity does not breach lockdown restrictions nor increase chances of Coronavirus transmission but, with careful planning, much may still be achieved.  
Click here for a grant form.
*We recognise the huge importance of offering support and pastoral care to Church members and recognise the value of the work that is being done across the District .  However these grants invite churches and Circuits to go beyond that. 


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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