From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               22 June 2022 16:31


Subject:                          22/06/2022 update


New this week:
The Conference Fringe -
Methodist Conference 2022
Food, Faith, Running and Refugees
Methodist Conference Parkrun
Transport to 3Generate
Congratulations to Vanetta
Revd John Trudgill
Cliff College Community Warden needed
District Youth Event Booking
Schools and Community Outreach Worker needed
In case you missed it:
Primitive Methodist Anniversary Celebration
Action for Children Sunday Resources

Volunteers sought for SAC
Holding Crosses offer
Exciting New Job Opportunity
Learning and Development Events

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The Conference Fringe - update

The Fringe events organised around the Methodist Conference are open to all and provide an excellent opportunity for the District to access some wonderful events, all held within the Telford International Centre.  
Some of the highlights include:
Friday 24th June 7.30pm.  The MWiB Mary Bosanquet Lecture. - CANCELLED DUE TO TRAIN STRIKE
Dr Paula Gooder theologian, lecturer in Biblical Studies, author, and Chancellor of St. Paul's cathedral will deliver a lecture entitled  'Reading between the Lines': finding women in the stories of the bible even when it looks like they are not there.’ 

Monday 27th June 8pm.  JPIT presents the Beckly Lecture for 2022
Rt Hon Lord Boateng: “Britain: Global Power or Good Neighbour?”
Tuesday 28th June 7pm “Justice and Peace for Palestine and Israel”
organised by Sabeel-Kairos (at Meeting Point House)
Tuesday 28th June Methodist Church Global Relationships
Climate Change in Context: Bible Study from Different Global Perspectives.  
The full Fringe agenda is here:   Please note that most events need to be booked online beforehand.


Methodist Conference 2022

The Presbyteral Session of Conference starts this week in Telford on Thursday, with the Representative Session opening on Sunday.  Please keep the Conference in your prayers, particularly our team of District Representatives and the Rev’d George Heinz, of the Shropshire & Marches Circuit, who will be Received into Full Connexion and Ordained this Sunday at St Andrew’s Church in Shifnal.  The photo is from the District Testimony Service for George last Saturday at Ludlow, with Kim Stilwell, District Probationers’ Secretary and Richard Hall, Superintendent Minister. 


Food, Faith, Running and Refugees at Oregano Project

Whether you’re local or just in Telford for the Methodist Conference, you’re welcome to a relaxed Sunday evening at the Oregano Project in Albrighton, set up both to make delicious pizza and as a way of supporting refugee athletes.

Limited seating at Oregano means that booking is essential. If you are unable to take up your place please let us know. The event is free but you will pay for your own food and drink. Turn up anytime from 6.45pm (we know that attendance at ordinations may create delays). Order your pizza, tackle the table quiz and find out who else is in the room. Around 8pm there’ll be an informal conversation between Inderjit, Jude and Rachel about what running, sanctuary, food and faith mean to them.

The Oregano Project is on Albrighton Station, WV7 3FD
Note that there is a train service between Telford and Albrighton.

Contact email: 
Book here:


Methodist Conference Parkrun


Transport to 3Generate

3Generate, the Children and Youth Assembly of the Methodist Church, is back at Birmingham NEC from 30th September to 2nd October this year. Tickets are available online.
This week the District Resourcing Mission Committee decided to support people attendance at 3Generate by funding a coach, leaving from Wolverhampton.


Congratulations to Vanetta

Many congratulations to Vanetta Griffiths, a member at St Andrew’s, Sedgley.  For a number of years Vanetta has been a voluntary chaplain through the Black Country Urban Industrial (BCUIM) with the West Midlands Ambulance Service.  She’s received the WMAS Chief Executive’s award for pastoral care throughout the pandemic.  Given the particular pressures on the Ambulance Service both then and now, this is an extremely valuable ministry to offer.
If you feel a call to chaplaincy but don’t know where to start, then the District works with a number of bodies  such as BCUIM, Borderlands, and Faith at Work in Worcestershire, who could guide and support you.


The Reverend John Trudgill

We are sorry to bring news of the death of the Reverend John Trudgill, a Supernumerary Minister in the Telford Circuit.  Please remember Liz and John’s wider family and friends in your prayers.


Cliff College Community Warden needed

Cliff College, located in the Peak District, has been training people in evangelism and mission since 1903. Today it continues in its mission to equip the church in evangelism and mission through a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, a wide selection of short courses, an annual Festival, partnerships with other institutions globally and churches locally and a busy conference centre and leisure business.
Cliff is now seeking to appoint to the new role of Community Warden. This will be a key role, overseeing the student life of the College, developing community cohesion, supporting the provision of student welfare and shaping the student spiritual formation programme.
We are looking for someone who:

  • has relevant training to support the post
  • has good knowledge of special educational needs
  • is a good listener
  • is passionate about developing a creative, bespoke spiritual formation programme for our students
  • is willing to play a key role in the life of Cliff College

If this is you then please contact the Michelle Foulkes for more information or download the details from our website:
Salary:                  £25,000 with accommodation provided. All occupants of Cliff College premises will be expected to abide by the Conditions of Residential Occupancy.
Closing date:      12 noon on Tuesday 19th July
Interviews:         Wednesday 27th at Cliff College
Applications are welcomed on a College application form or through a CV with covering letter, outlining suitability for the criteria required.
For more information or to arrange an informal conversation about this post please contact Michelle at or 01246 584200.


District Youth Event booking

I'm very pleased to announce that bookings are now open for the District youth afternoon event on Sunday 17 July.
The venue is St. Michael's school in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton and the event will take place from 1.45 (for a 2 p.m. start) to 4.30 p.m.
The event is broadly speaking for 11-18 year olds with the exception of younger siblings and those with additional needs who may be over 18.
There is an exciting programme planned including 5-a-side football, prayer space, Bible study, art zone, team building games, playing your musical instrument in worship, campfire activities, photo booth and more. 
Light refreshments will be provided. 
The event will close with a short Bible reflection. 
Bookings can be made by following this link:

Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District youth event
An afternoon of sports, games, music, art, worship, Bible reflection, prayer, fun and food for young people ages 11-18.

I recommend that this link is shared with parents, who register their young people. I will then send them a consent form to complete.
If you have any questions, please get in touch

Melody Jones


Schools and Community Outreach Worker needed

Part time - 25 hrs per week
Berkswich Methodist Church in Stafford have been blessed to work with our local primary schools over the past decade bringing the aroma of Christ into the schools. We are now looking for a part time Schools and Community worker to continue the Christian witness in the schools and our local community.
As well as our morning service we have an afternoon service for all ages - church@4 - with Messy, Muddy and Hang Out church. Each summer we run a Holiday Club and we have church based events for the schools throughout the year.
We have active adult groups and an active community presence, which we would love to build on, exploring new ways of introducing church to our community.
Ideally you will have schools work experience, but it may be that you can bring other experiences of working with young people and in the community and we would love to hear about them as we are keen to explore new gifts and talents.
A Christian, comfortable working alongside and with people and good at establishing relationships.
Days worked are by agreement, but there is the requirement to be available evenings and Sundays on occasions.
Remuneration is £11.25 per hour, which equates to an annual salary of £14625.
For more information, an application form and an informal chat if you wish, please email our Lay Pastor Jean Harrison on or call on 01785 661263.
Applications close on Monday 1 August 2022.


Primitive Methodist Anniversary Celebrations

 Come and celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the beginnings of Primitive Methodism in North Shropshire at Prees Green Chapel, SY13 2BL on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022
 Exhibition from Englesea Brook Museum of Primitive Methodism ~ the story's beginnings
 Displays  ~  Music  ~  Singing ~ Refreshments
Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm:  Exhibition and refreshments
5.00pm – 6.30pm: chapel tea, sharing of memories, old time hymns
Sunday  3.00pm:  Service: Speaker  Rev Tim Macquiban
                      Light refreshments to follow


Action for Children Sunday Resources

I'm pleased to let you know that worship material for Action for Children Sunday is now available to download from our website: along with the latest fundraising newsletter and bookmark template.

Action for Children Sunday is on the second Sunday in July - 10th July this year, but you can mark it on any Sunday you choose. The theme is 'There's a star in every child'. We hope you enjoy learning about what is driving our campaign to help the stars of children shine.

Please join us on UCB radio 1's 'Hour of Prayer' to pray for Action for Children's work and children from 27th June to 1st July between 12 and 1pm each day. Join here: 


Volunteers sought for Connexional Stationing Advisory Committee

The Stationing Advisory Committee is appointed by the Conference to meet with Presbyters and Deacons who:
•  want/feel called to do something other than serve in Circuit, District or Connexional Team appointments.
•  are serving in something other than Circuit, District or Connexional Team appointments and who want/feel called to return to a Circuit, District or Connexional Team appointment.
• want to have a conversation with sympathetic, experienced people who are not a part of their “management structure” about how their ministry might develop.
Most of the work takes place on Zoom.  For a full outline of responsibilities please see here.  For an application form please see here.  Expressions of interest are invited from the ordained, but also especially lay people.  
Further information can be found here.


Olive Wood Holding Crosses from Bethlehem

A few years ago the District ordered a stock of small holding crosses direct from the shop of Joseph Tabesh near the Milk Grotto in Bethlehem.  Liz Dunning, of the Brownhills & Willenhall Circuit, is about to order some more and is willing to collect other orders.  The price is likely to be between £1.29 and £1.45 per cross (this includes cost of postage; crosses are £1 each) depending on the quantities ordered and resulting postage. There will be an additional cost for the onward postage to you. Hopefully we should receive them before the end of the summer.
If you would like to place an order, please contact Liz direct by Saturday 25th June. or 01922 445802


New Exciting Job opportunity

Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury and Birmingham District are looking to employ a Congregational and Community Organiser in this exciting new project.

This 2 year, full-time role is part of a Congregational and Community Organising pilot project, working across both Districts, beginning September 2022.  
The Organiser will work with local Methodist congregations who are actively seeking to develop both as a congregation and in how they engage with the community around them.
Salary in the range of £29 – 31k per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 it is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a practicing Christian.
Completed Application and Monitoring forms to be emailed to by  12 noon on Monday 27th June.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 5pm on Tuesday 5th July. 
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13th July at Beckminster Methodist Church, Wolverhampton.
For more information please contact Kerry:

Please find below the link to the job description and person specification as well as the application form.
OPPORTUNITIES — Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District (


Learning and Development Events

As I’m sure you’re aware, all of Reflective Supervision CPD Courses are now available online.
These courses are delivered by colleagues across the Network, the wider Connexional Team, ministers in Circuit and external trainers. Some are even written (and will be delivered) by your good selves.
The courses are listed at:
These short courses will be repeated and added to over the coming year.
The LN Calendar will be updated with new learning opportunities regularly, so make sure you make a habit of checking back using the link: (the posterboard or tile view may be the most useful to get a sense of what’s available)
Learning and Development Events (

Here are a few upcoming courses:
Learning and Development Opportunities
1. Circuit Stewards Training Various dates, on zoom.
This four -session course will be offered twice in 2022. The sessions are based on the material available on the Stewards pages of the Methodist website. Sessions will run from 7 till 9 pm.
28th June & 5th July
To book –
2. Beginning a Church at the Margins: A 3 session interactive online course Various dates, on zoom
Aim of the course: A space to think about connecting and becoming a community of new Christians amongst and led by people experiencing poverty.
For: People who are passionate about their community with very little or no experience of this kind of work. Whilst you can attend alone ideally, we would like you to join as a team (you plus one other person from your church or circuit) to share in conversation together (if you are an experienced pioneer drop us an email for more information).
Important: Each session in the course builds on the previous session, so you need to be available to attend all three sessions. The sessions are designed to be interactive rather than formal presentations and will not be recorded. This course is open to all across the connexion (not just West Midlands)
Hosted by: Eunice Attwood, Church at the Margins Officer and Kerry Scarlett, Regional Learning and Development Officer
To book: please click the links (in blue) below, or go to and click the links in red beside the dates you wish to attend.

Wednesday 22nd June7-9pm: Session Two: Nurturing communities in which people with lived experience of poverty are recognised as the experts
Wednesday 13th July7-9pm: Session Three: Sharing the gospel and seeing transformation as people grow in faith and challenge injustice.    
If you would be interested in attending this course over two days face to face at Cliff College, please email:




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