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Sent:                               15 March 2023 13:15


Subject:                          15/03/2023


New this week:
Enquiring Minds Events 2
Climate Emergency: The Big One
Volunteering at 3Generate?
Property Admin opportunity
Representative Synod details
In case you missed it:
Wesley House Webinar
Easter Study Retreat Day - update
Church Magazine Competition
Every Church a Growing Church: Mission Planning for all
Children's Support Fund

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Enquiring Minds events

Second Opportunity: Sunday 19th March, Vale of Stour Circuit
This Sunday the District’s Lent series will move to Kingswinford Methodist Church meeting from 3.30pm to 5pm.  The format will be the same as last week’s afternoon in Albrighton - a panel of four chaired by Rosie Bryant from the Learning Network will attempt to give their own honest answers to any questions you want to ask relating to matters of faith.  Great if you’ve been in the church for decades or are just dipping a toe in the water.  Just turn up.
This week’s panel is the Superintendent of Vale of Stour Alan Combes; Circuit Children & Families Worker Claire Biggs, District Ministry and Mission Co-ordinator Jo Yair and District Chair Rachel Parkinson.  

If you can't make it in person, why not take part online on Wed 22nd March from 7.30 pm.
To book for the online event (places are limited) go to Enquiring Minds Tickets, Wed 22 Mar 2023 at 19:30 | Eventbrite


Climate Emergency: The Big One

21-24 April
Many Methodists will be amongst the 100,000 people surrounding the Houses of Parliament on Friday 21st April to demand action on the climate emergency.  Christians will be gathering at St John’s Church, Waterloo at 11am for worship at noon led by many Christian organisations involved in campaigning around the Climate Emergency, including Christian Aid. This will be followed by a pilgrimage to the protest outside Parliament.  
Whilst the District is not organising a group to travel together, it would be good if those going could keep in touch, perhaps on a WhatsApp group.            There is also a Facebook group covering the Connexion, search “Methodists @ The Big One”.  If you’d like to be linked up please contact the Chair, who will be attending.  


Volunteering at 3Generate is now open

"Going to 3Generate is like having an energy boost! To see so many Methodist young people in one place is just amazing." - volunteer at 3Gen 2022
Volunteer registration opens today, Wednesday 1 March 2023 for this year's event and we're looking for new people to join our growing community of staff and volunteers, who make up the brilliant 3Generate Delivery Team. If you served as part of the 3Generate delivery team last year, you do not need to complete the full application again - you will be contacted directly and asked to fill out a short form if you'd like to join the team again this year.
Why you should consider volunteering...

  • Join a team of 250+ people, living out their discipleship in an exciting way.
  • Play your part in a vibrant event that transforms and inspires everyone involved.
  • Use your skills - and develop new ones!
  • Encourage and equip the younger generation of the Methodist Church.
  • Meet new people, have fun and be welcomed into the 3Generate family.

Apply to be part of the 3Gen delivery team here 


Property Administrator Opportunity in Walsall

Walsall Methodist Circuit
Job Opportunity: Property Administrator
Closing Date: 14th April 2023
Salary: £10.90 – £12.60ph depending on experience.
4 hours a week working flexibly throughout the year.
Fixed contract for 18 months, due to possible merger of circuits.
Walsall Methodist Circuit is looking for a part time Property Administrator to look after the circuit property and administration.
We are looking for someone who:
- Has experience of working in administration and is computer literate.
- Has understanding and/or experience of maintaining property
- Will engage with the Methodist property Systems and work with other partners as and when needed.
- Will act on recommendations on the Manse Quinquennials within the remit of the report and finances available.
- Will work with the Circuit Leadership Team to ensure manses are maintained, and support Ministers in dealing with emergencies.
- Able to prepare reports for Circuit meetings.
- Is adaptable to working on their own initiative and as part of a team.
- Is organised and self-motivated.
- Will be flexible with their working hours, taking into account the needs of the circuit.
Interview Date: 3rd May 2023
Start date: As soon as possible.

To request a detailed job description, person specification and application form, or for any further details, please contact
The appointment will be subject to references and an enhanced DBS check.


REPRESENTATIVE Synod date and venue

Representative (and not Presbyteral - thanks to those who pointed out my error!) Synod will be taking place in person on Sat 22nd April from 10 am - 3.30 pm at Cannock Chase High School, WS11 1JT. Each Circuit Representative will receive Synod Papers by Easter. Please contact Richard Lockley if you have recently changed your contact details or have not received the papers by Easter Sunday.


Wesley House Webinar


Easter Study Retreat Day

More information to come, but in the meantime please contact Rev Liz Dunning ( 


Church Magazine Competition

How good is your church magazine? 

Here's a reminder for the 2023 church magazine competition!


The search is on for Britain's best church magazine. Entries are now invited for the annual competition run by the Association for Church Editors (ACE), which is an independent, not for profit organisation.

"Judging from the number of brochures and leaflets that land on our doormats and the array of magazines in newsagents, other organisations still value printed material," says Sally Churchus, Chair of the national organisation, "so we are keen to encourage church editors everywhere".

For the coming 2023 competition, which closes on Monday 3rd April, awards will be made for any size of magazine using just black and white printing. The Gold Award winner will receive the John King Trophy, to be held for one year, while Silver and Bronze Awards will receive an inscribed trophy to keep, together with a Certificate of Excellence for display.

A panel of judges assesses each magazine, giving points for various aspects including cover design, headlines and clarity of the Christian message. The prize-giving in the autumn is open to everyone, and will include a lecture by a Keynote Speaker along with talks on various ways to improve your magazine. This year's meeting will be held at Central Hall Westminster on Saturday 30th September.

Further information and the entry form can be found at


Every Church a Growing Church: Mission Planning for all

Be inspired, gain practical tips and receive help tailored to your context, so that every church might freely share God's love in Christ.
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?
his 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?


Children's Support Fund

There 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 Many thanks





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