Cannock Chase Circuit Administrator needed
Cannock Chase Circuit are seeking an administrator. If you would
like to find out more, please contact Nigel Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spiritual Direction Course
are planning to run a course on Spiritual Direction starting this
May. It’s for praying people who already show an aptitude for
‘prayerful hospitality’ and have some training/experience in
listening. There will be a mix of ordained and those with other callings
and the course will be as much about doing/experiencing as about
hearing/thinking. It’s ecumenical. It’s costly – in terms of time
& commitment, also money (although there can be help with the
experience will support you to deepen your relationship with God
and equip you to accompany others who desire to do likewise.
Whilst it starts from where you are at, it will help you travel
with God as far you desire and He permits. Once you have overcome
any initial reticence to apply, be ready and available to be both
surprised and delighted!” (comment from previous
Details at Spiritual
Direction Courses - Diocese of Lichfield (anglican.org)
We would welcome Methodist applicants. Applications by end of
Wishing you well
Lichfield Diocesan Spirituality Adviser
Easter Study Retreat Day
HOLY WEEK & EASTERTIDE - SATURDAY 25TH MARCH 2023
The Brownhills & Willenhall Circuit will be hosting a study
retreat day exploring events of Holy Week and Eastertide on
Saturday 25th March (9.45am to 4pm - arrivals from 9.15am) at
Pelsall Methodist Church (Chapel Street, Pelsall, Walsall WS3
During the morning we'll be looking at the trial of Jesus, and
then the Ascension; the afternoon is given over to personal
reflection and prayer with stations of Holy Week &
More information to come, but in the meantime please contact Rev
Liz Dunning (email@example.com
or 01922 445802).
Enquiring Minds - online event
Have you ever been in that situation where you don’t quite catch
someone’s name the first time you meet them. Then on each
subsequent meeting you have with them it becomes more and more
awkward to ask? Sometimes it can be a bit like this with our
faith. Maybe something in a sermon or piece of scripture prompts
a question, but we feel awkward and don’t know who to ask about
it. Maybe you lie awake worrying at night and contemplating
big questions about life, the universe and everything. Perhaps
you want to go deeper in to your understanding of faith.
If you have ever had questions about faith, but didn’t know who
to ask, now is your opportunity. This Lent the
Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District will be holding a
number of “Enquiring Minds” events where you are invited to come
and ask questions about faith. As part of this we are holding an
online event for all in the region. The panel will include Rachel
Starr, Director of Studies at the Queen's Foundation for
Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham. Along with our
two District Chairs the Rev. Rachel Parkinson and Rev. Novette Headley.
You will need to book for the online event as places are limited.
Go to Enquiring
Minds Tickets, Wed 22 Mar 2023 at 19:30 | Eventbrite
For those able to come to the face to face events, the dates and
Sunday 12th March 3.30-5.00pm at Albrighton
Methodist Church WV7 3JA and
Sunday 19th March 3.30-5.00pm at Kingswinford
Methodist Church DY6 9NP
Why not explore your faith this Lent, with Enquiring Minds.
Every Church a Growing Church: Mission
Planning for all
inspired, gain practical tips and receive help tailored to your
context, so that every church might freely share God's love in
Date and time:
Sat, 8 July 2023, 10:00 – 15:00 BST
Perhaps you have found yourself asking some of these questions:
How do we do mission when we’re all worn out?
What if we have big ideas and a small congregation?
How do we produce a circuit mission plan?
This online conference seeks to inspire you to
discover the particular gifts your church/es have to offer the
community and to create simple, useful plans for positive action.
Through a mixture of presentations, workshops and team coaching
sessions, we'll explore God's call to share the love of Christ in
word and deed, offering what we have to our community and letting
the Spirit get to work.
Maybe your church has struggled to get started with mission
planning. Or you've made a start, but got stuck along the way.
Perhaps you have a mission plan, but it hasn't yet translated
into positive action. Or maybe you're leading a whole circuit in
mission planning. Wherever you are, this conference will help you
get unstuck and get going. Workshops will explore topics such as
doing mission in small churches, building community partnerships
and mission planning at circuit level.
The conference is aimed at lay and ordained church leaders -
church and circuit stewards, lay workers, ministers and
Superintendents - all those responsible for helping churches live
out their calling. Individuals are welcome, but for an even
greater impact, why not bring a team from your church or circuit?
Fortnight: 27 February – 12 March 2023
Don’t forget that Fairtrade Fortnight is coming up – 27 February
– 12 March. Fairtrade churches undertake to include fair
trade in worship at least once a year and you may want to
consider this if you are leading worship on 5 or 12 March
The Fairtrade Foundation has not produced new materials as far as
I can see but there are ideas at:
If you look for fairtrade worship resources on-line, you’ll find
that several churches have posted materials that they have
prepared in previous years. These may give you inspiration.
If you are based not too far from Wolverhampton, Beckminster
Methodist Church in Wolverhampton Circuit is hosting a fairtrade
themed coffee morning on Saturday 18th March – 10.30am
– 12 noon. Wolverhampton Fair Traid will have a stall there,
giving you the opportunity to buy Easter eggs, cards and gifts.
There will be the usual selection of grocery and craft items and
you would be very welcome to browse over a cup of coffee.
Beckminster Methodist Church, Birches Barn Road, WV3 7BQ.
Wolverhampton Fair Traid is still trading and is steadily
replacing the grocery items that Traidcraft has traditionally
provided with other fair trade brands. If you have been affected
by Traidcraft going into administration and finding it difficult
to source goods, please do get in touch with me as Wolverhampton
Fair Traid offers goods on a sale or return basis to churches and
other organisations and we may be able to help you.
Legal and Trust Officer needed
Legal & Trust Officer, West Midlands – 28 hours per week
(some evening and weekend work is required)
Salary £44,000 - £47,000 (pro rata)
legal compliance role in small regional charity team to suit
problem solving individual with excellent people and organisational
We are seeking someone to play a key role in the work of the West
Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church. Based at our office
in Yardley, Birmingham, you will be the principal point of
contact with the Synod’s solicitors and will work with the
Property Officer to take the lead in transactions relating to
land and property matters. You will support the work of local
churches, both in relation to individual matters and by promoting
an awareness of their various legal obligations as local
charities. This role supports the work of the Resources
& Compliance Committee and the Trust Company Board, including
undertaking the role of Company Secretary.
You will need to be an excellent communicator, both verbally and
in writing, with good problem-solving skills, who is able to work
effectively as part of a team and also on your own initiative.
You will have experience of legal and governance matters,
preferably relevant to a church charity, and must be able to
learn quickly about the way the Synod works and be able to
represent it and the wider United Reformed Church in a range of
Application pack available from Helen Cavaco, Synod Office,
Digbeth-in-the-Field URC, Moat Lane, Yardley, Birmingham B26 1TW
Tel: 0121 783 1177 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not accept CVs as we use an application form to evaluate
people on the same basis.
Applicants should state any involvement with church matters and
the United Reformed Church in particular where this is relevant.
A statement setting out the reasons why they are interested in
the Legal & Trust Officer post must also be included.
Golden Valley Easter Pilgrimage bookings open
are only 12 places available on this Pilgrimage which is shared
between the Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury and Birmingham
Districts, and there’s already strong interest. Dates are
10th to 15th April beginning and ending in Hereford. The
cost is £140, including everything except your return travel to
Hereford (bursaries available if needed).
This is a wonderful opportunity to take time out with God.
However this is a remote area and overnight accommodation
is very basic so please do watch the information video before
deciding to book https://youtu.be/qiNZwAhlCI4
If you decide it’s for you, please contact Richard Lockley email@example.com as
soon as possible.
Re:planting Church at the Margins
part of the visit of the President and Vice-President of
Conference, the Birmingham District has organised a one day event
at Kenilworth Methodist Church on Saturday 11th March called
Church at the Margins.
There is an excellent line up, with Deacon Eunice Attwood as
keynote speaker and a really good choice of workshops including
one led by our own Ministry & Missions Co-ordinator, Jo Yair.
Worship will be led by an intergenerational team. The
day will be designed to be accessible to all personality types
and learning styles.
The Birmingham District has extended a specific invitation to
members of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District. For
more information and bookings see here: https://birminghammethodist.org.uk/replanting-church-at-the-margins
Children's Support Fund
is still money available from the above and if your Church is
thinking of running any Children's activities, then, please
consider applying for a maximum of £500. The attached application
form needs to be completed.. Any further
questions please contact Tim Lorimer on firstname.lastname@example.org Many