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Sent:                               05 October 2021 11:42


Subject:                          04/10/2021


New this week:
Gospel Magic
Supervisee Training
Altar Rail available
FE Chaplaincy Workshops
Involve Zoom Meeting
Schools and Community Worker advert
Lay Workers catch up
Pioneer Needed
Children's Support Fund (form added)
In case you missed it:
John Howard talk on Israel Palestine
Lay Conference 2021

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Christian Magician Workshop and show

I am organising two events at Penkridge Methodist Church  - the first is for anyone who would like to learn how to perform some magic as a tool for evangelism - no previous knowledge or skill are needed.  Professional Christian Magicians are offering to run a workshop for ministers, lay workers, preachers, evangelists, youth/familiy  workers etc to learn how to incorporate basic tricks and illusions into their talks and sermons to make them truly memorable.  It takes place on Saturday 23rd October at 1.30pm at Penkridge Methodist Church.  There is a cost of £25 but this does include an evening meal, materials to take away after the workshop and an full evening performance.
For further details and booking,  please use this link (tickets must be booked in advance to ensure we have sufficient resources available)
Penkridge Methodist Church are hosting a night of comedy magic with performances from members of the Christian Magicians UK including Mark Harrington and David O’Connor. Mark and David are professional magicians who perform magic with a gospel message.
The show is on Saturday 23rd October 7pm -8.30pm and tickets are free but you must book in advance as numbers are limited and you are invited to leave a donation as a contribution toward Messy Church if you are able to.  Refreshments including ice creams will available in the interval.
To book your tickets, please drop Deacon Sue Culver a line -


Being a Supervisee training event
Please click on the link for the flyer:


Altar Rail available
I am attaching a photograph of a piece of altar rail which was needed in our previous church (which is now the church hall), but is excess to requirements in our current church which is not as wide as the hall.
We were wondering if any of the churches in the District could make use of this piece of altar rail?  It is 7 feet in length and is obviously free-standing and a shame not to be of use to some church.  I have contacted all the churches in Cannock Chase Circuit, but no takers.
If any of the District churches think they could make use of it, please contact June Scrimgeour on 01543 423517 and I will arrange for them to have a look if this is necessary.  It is quite heavy and we wouldn't be able to deliver.


FE Chaplaincy Workshops
The Methodist Church are organising two online workshops featuring the WM region's FE Chaplaincy Ambassador Nigel Roberts.  These 45 minute introductions to FE Chaplaincy are an ideal first step for anyone exploring chaplaincy in further education.
You can find a link to the Methodist Church's Chaplaincy News here: and you can also find a link on the West Midlands Churches' FE Council website here:


Involve Zoom meeting

We want to hear from as many voices as possible in this Zoom community consultation. Your voice and views matter! Find out more or book at
All of those attending the whole session will receive a small thank you gift.
* Please note, I don’t currently work Thursdays *

James Henderson​

Senior Development Worker




07946 771495








Schools and Community Outreach Worker Vacancy - readvertised
Stafford Circuit - Berkswich Methodist Church - 
Schools and Community Outreach Worker Opportunity
Berkswich Methodist Church wish to appoint a part time Schools and Community Outreach Worker
*  20hrs per week
*  £11.25 per hour
*  Application deadline 19th November 2021

Berkswich Methodist Church has employed a Schools Worker over the past 12 years and we wish to maintain and build on this work, developing the relationship between the six primary schools with whom we work and the church.
 We are also looking to find new ways of taking church out of the building and into the community so that people may understand what a relationship with God can mean in their lives and come to faith. 
The Schools and Community Outreach worker will work in the schools delivering assemblies, lunchtime Bible clubs, celebrating the Christian festivals and being a Christian presence for both staff and pupils. The outreach work in the community looks to find new ways of being church in the community and having soft conversations about faith with those unsure about stepping over the threshold of the church building.
If you would like to have an informal chat about the position do call Jean Harrison, Berkswich lay pastor on 01785 661263 and to request an application form.


Lay Workers Zoom Cuppa and Catch Up

As a region we are planning lots of new ways to encourage and resource you in your lay ministry. As part of this we would like to invite you to join us for a lay workers cuppa and zoom catch up. This will give us chance to say hello, update you on what’s happening within the Learning Network team since Jon’s departure and give you an opportunity to share your thoughts and good news stories.
If you are a paid lay worker and have not yet received an invitation and would like to attend then please email Jo Yair for the zoom link.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Jo Yair, Geoff Bond and Adam Sanders.


Pioneer needed

Castle Eden Methodist Circuit is seeking to appoint a PIONEER
38 hours per week
Salary £27 000 pro rata
(Start date January 2022 funding for 5 years)
Our vision is to plant a new discipling community within a former church building in Hartlepool which is now being established as a community project known as @six8nine.
@six8nine seeks to provide the local community with opportunities to meet, grow and become united.  A safe space where value is placed on human life through activities that support the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of wellbeing.
For further details and an application pack please email Rachel at
Closing date for applications:
Monday 18th October 2021
(Interviews to be held w/b 1st November)


Children's Support Fund

The above fund has been available to access for about 18 months now and I would encourage more applicants to support the young and disadvantaged children from our District. As we are now coming out of the pandemic I am sure Churches are looking at what new activities they might be able to run and this fund may be able to help. There is a ceiling of £500 and applications need to made on the attached form and emailed to Tim Lorimer @
Some examples of activities we have supported are:
Kingswinford. Purchase of Lego sets for their Full of Spirits Project
St John's Bloxwich.  Support for School meals
Fallings Park, Stationary bags to support prayer spaces for Children
Stafford.  Tablets to help in school work
Beckminster.  Christingle Bags
Aldridge.  Support for their ECO warriors project
Bourne Methodists.  Support for newly formed Dads and Children's Saturday club
Cole Street.. Working with Safer Families Charity providing activities for Children
Should anyone want more details of these projects please send me an email.



Hope in Israel Palestine

Revd. John Howard will be visiting the District on Tuesday 12th October to share his experiences of his time working in Jerusalem.  He has written a book which will be available on the evening and says, “I hope that the book sets out the grounds for hope for a solution to the conflict that has gone on for so long. The first thing that those who look for peace in the land called Holy need, is the belief that a just peace is attainable.” 
The meeting will be chaired by Revd Rachel Parkinson and will be @ 7.30 pm at Beckminster Methodist Church, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 4PX. 
Please put the date in your diary! 




Lay Conference 2021

Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District in partnership with Lichfield Diocese
Lay Conference Detail
Title;               Discipleship Today – Being and Doing
Date;              Saturday 4th December 2021
Time;              10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue;            Yarnfield Park Conference and Training Centre, Yarnfield near Stone, Staffordshire
Cost;               £20.00 per person
09.30 – 10.00                      Arrival
10.00 – 10.20                      Welcome and Worship
10.20 – 11.15                      Bible Study / Reflection on Discipleship - Revd Rachel Parkinson
11.15 – 11.35                      Coffee Break
11.35 – 13.00                      Keynote Address – Revd. Roger Walton
13.00 – 14.00                      Lunch
14.00 – 14.40                      Round 1 workshops
14.40 – 14.50                      Movement
14.50 – 15.30                      Round 2 workshops
15.30 – 15.45                      Summing up – Bishop Michael
15.45 – 16.00                      Closing Worship
16.00                                   Departure
Workshop Leader and Title
Roger Walton – Discipleship – Following a rule for life
Andrew Roberts – Discipleship and Forgiveness
Dr Lindsey Hall – Discipleship and Change     
Helen Morby – Discipleship and Joy

Click here for more details and here.
For more background information, click here
For booking forms, click here.



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