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Subject:                          07/04/2021


Latest News:
Faith, finance and climate change event

Fund for Human Need news
Love This Calling campaign
Vaccine Voices Videos
In case you missed it:
Dates for diary - Correction
Trauma-informed Ministry Workshops
Stations of the Pandemic church resource
Safeguarding Webinars
Vacancy for Chaplain
Modern Slavery Survivors room request
Christian Aid Vaccination Wall of Thanksgiving
District Children's Support Fund

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Faith, Finance and Climate Change event

Increasing people’s knowledge of the different faith perspectives on climate change and the environment

About this event:

Our aim with these sessions is to bring people together from across the Black Country and beyond to:

1. Increase people’s knowledge of the different faith perspectives on climate change and the environment

2. Increase people’s understanding of different religions

3. Increase social cohesion by bringing people together

4. Explore how we can all work TOGETHER across communities and faith groups, to improve financial wellbeing across the Black Country

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Zahid Parvez - Markfield Institute of Higher Edication
  • Jasmine Khatri - Hindu Climate Action
  • Simon Ross - Director of Marches Energy Agency
  • Rosie Venner, National Programme Manager, Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility
  • Rev Richard Clarkson - Lichfield Diocese Environmental Officer

Please book your place through the Eventbrite link below.


Fund for Human Need news


Love This Calling Connexional Campaign

Love This Calling is a campaign to celebrate a range of vocations in gathered and scattered church and to build confidence as we explore our own sense of calling in the time and place we find ourselves. You may be interested in some of the following:



Vaccine Voices Videos

We're delighted to say that the video of the 3rd Covid Vaccine webinar with NHS partners is now live on our YouTube page at
All three videos can be viewed via our YouTube play list at or via
Our grassroots #VaccineVoices campaign continues to grow, with a library of over 35 West Midlands residents sharing their positive experiences of the Covid Vaccine -


Dates for the diary - correction

Please note the correction below in red. Apologies for the confusion!

Stationing Training Arrangements
All stationing training will take place online this year.  The arrangements will also be different from previous years in that the information will be spread over several shorter sessions, as follows:

  • Thursday 6th May at 7pm:  Brief overview for all those involved in stationing.  This marks the start of the stationing process, from which date conversations with ministers can begin. (45 mins max)
  • Monday 24th May at 7pm:  A session for Circuits and ministers expecting to be involved in re-invitation.  It is very important that everyone who will be playing an active role in this process attends (1 hr max)
  • Wednesday 26th May at 6pm:  A session for ministers seeking a new appointment  (45 mins max)
  • Wednesday 26th May at 7.15pm:  A session for Circuits entering a profile into stationing  (45 mins max)

Links to join online will be made available later.


Trauma-informed Ministry Workshops

The District has secured two workshops with the Tragedy and Congregations team. These are on 20th April repeated on 21st April both from 9.30 till 12.45pm.  Each workshop can accommodate 12 ministers.  These workshops have previously been offered to all ministers in the Birmingham District and all priests in the Shrewsbury Episcopal area of the Diocese of Lichfield.  Take-up was very high and the workshop was greatly appreciated by those who took part.
If you would like to attend, please let Richard know ( giving your preferred date and also an indication of whether you would be available for the other date in case your first option is full.   If there is excess demand we will attempt to secure another booking.  The District is bearing the costs of these workshops.  With the limit on numbers it’s very important that you take up  your place if you book it.  If that becomes impossible please contact the District Office at the earliest opportunity so we can offer your place to someone else.


Stations of the Pandemic: A resource for churches

This year the District Chair has made a series of 12 “Stations of the Pandemic” loosely based on the traditional Stations of the Cross and Resurrection.
 Each one features words associated with people’s experience of COVID-19 and is made from fused glass.  At the moment they are being shared on social media but they are available for churches to borrow and display. They come on a backing board and can be displayed outside with reasonable precautions taken.  They may be particularly helpful if churches are planning any events to help people process the experience of the pandemic through prayer, worship and/ or conversation.  Please contact the District Chair if interested.


Tackling bullying, changing culture and enabling positive relationships webinars

‘Tackling bullying, changing culture and enabling positive relationships’:
A series of webinars from the Methodist Church. 
The target audience for these webinars is
lay and ordained leaders in the church (as defined broadly by those who are required to undertake the Advance Module safeguarding training).

Following her virtual travels around the connexion our current Vice President, Carolyn Lawrence, has heard accounts of members who have experienced bullying and poor behaviour in different church contexts. After discussions with Connexional staff about these issues and what resources are available to help the church be better prepared in this area, work started to address how we can improve our overall awareness, the resources already available, and ability to take action when required.
We are therefore very pleased to present three specific webinars looking at different aspects of anti-bullying action.  They are designed for all church leaders with the Methodist Church and any other members and officers who are interested in how we can continue our journey of making churches and church work safer for everyone involved.
The invitation is for you to join any or all of the webinars. When you sign up, there will be an option to send questions in ahead of the webinar which we will do our best to address.
Webinar 1: Tackling Bullying, Changing Culture, Enabling Positive Relationships
April 20th 11.00-12.30 

Within the church we believe that everyone should be enabled to flourish, to become the people whom God created them to be. Promoting positive working relationships is a key part of enabling individuals and communities to flourish and culture to change. The webinar will offer practical ways in which to tackle bullying, change culture and enable positive relationships.
Register here:
Webinar 2: Reconciling communities: living well with difference
May 13 11.00-12.30 

Change, disagreement and conflict is a part of everyday church life. This interactive webinar invites you to look at disagreements in a new light, seeing them as an opportunity for creativity, community-building and conflict transformation. You will experience an online facilitated conversation and find out more about the exciting new reconciliation and mediation pilot project being run in partnership with Place for Hope.
Register here:
Webinar 3: Addressing Bullying through Justice, Dignity and Solidarity
Jun 17 11:00 – 12.30pm

In this webinar we explore the relationship between bullying, discrimination and exclusion. Panellists will examine the intersectionality between individual, institutional and structural forms of discrimination and the role each may play in bullying. The importance of creating a supportive environment in which trust and confidence is achieved is critical to ensuring that no one suffers in silence. This webinar will present a range of inter-related approaches to tackling bullying, discrimination and exclusion, through a range of options offered by the Methodist strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity. 
Register here:


Vacancy for Chaplain - MHA Stafford

Brooklands House, Retirement Apartments, Stafford.

  • Part-time - 10 hours per week - permanent
  • Location: Brooklands House, Eccleshall Rd , Stafford, ST16 1PD 
  • Salary: £21,395 pro rata from 01.04.2021 (actual £5782.00)
  • Closing date: 18th April  2021

Would you like to make a positive contribution to benefit older people?
Spiritual well-being – distinct from religious affiliation or belief – is a universal need and a cornerstone of MHA’s positive approach to ageing and we aim to provide the highest quality care and support for older people of all faiths and none.
We are looking for a person who is in good standing with their faith community to take the role of chaplain (a lay person or ordained minister). They will build good working relationships with local faith communities, and take on pastoral care, spiritual and worship aspects of life.  
You will have excellent listening skills, great empathy, be able to lead appropriate worship and have an understanding of the spiritual aspects of ageing and dementia. Experience of providing excellent pastoral care, ideally to people in later life, is essential.
Please look for the job description and apply online at  Job Reference REQ012541
For more information please contact the Manager Sarah Heath, Brooklands House, Stafford, ST16 1PD  t: 01785 221 800
or area support chaplain  tel:  07568 612075


Modern Slavery Survivors need your spare room!

Eventbrite link below:: 

Helen Hodgson

Operations Director

07923 246561



Christian Aid Vaccination Campaign

Click here to see the press release from Lichfield announcing that the District is joining them in partnering Christian Aid in giving people an opportunity to give thanks for their Covid-19 vaccine by helping others in crisis across the world.  
Here’s the online giving link here:


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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