From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               19 April 2023 12:38


Subject:                          19/04/2023


New this week:
Stationing Training
Action for Children Report
Online EDI events
Spring Dance Events
Fair Trade at Synod
In case you missed it:
NPNP Vacancy - last day!
Kesher Training
Advanced Safeguarding Training
Creating Church and Community: Families with Additional Needs
Saltley Trust Funding
CoE Training Day
Climate Emergency: The Big One
Volunteering at 3Generate?
Every Church a Growing Church: Mission Planning for all
Children's Support Fund

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Stationing Training

Stationing Training will again be online, led by the Chair and Angela Evans, Lay Stationing Rep.  
The dates are:
Wednesday 3rd May at 7pm:  General overview of the stationing process.  For Circuit Invitation Committee members and ministers in stationing.
Wednesday 17th May at 7pm:  More detailed training on the re-invitation process for both ministers considering re-invitation and for CiC members and anyone else who will be involved in the process.
Thursday 18th May at 6pm:  Entering the Stationing Process, for Ministers only.
Thursday 18th May at 7.30pm:  Submitting a Circuit profile to Stationing.  For CiC.
Superintendents, Senior Circuit Stewards and ministers involved in stationing will receive further information by email


Action for Children report

Here are screen shots of the Action for Children Report to Synod (links available via pdfs)


Online EDI events

The South-East District are delighted to host two online EDI events.
These are open to anyone across the Connexion.
Neurodiversity - Bendy Bodies; Bendy Brains (Tuesday 23 May from
We are delighted to share that Dr Jess Eccles will be delivering an
online talk via Zoom. Dr Eccles will talk about her work on how common
differences in the body are related to neurodiversity.  She will explore
research findings with implications for wider recognition amongst the
public and scientists alike. Dr Eccles is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at
Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex.
Registration link is
Empowering People with Sight Loss (Wednesday 12 July, 7.30 to 8.45pm)
Being sight loss friendly is a state of mind. But if you've never
encountered a blind or partially sighted person in your church, you may
have questions around how to make them feel welcome and include them in
all aspects of their church visit. Among other things, we will be
talking about: Lived experiences of visual impairment and how it affects
people differently; What churches can do to be inclusive and welcoming
and how Torch Trust can help. Do join us for this online talk. It is
open to all presbyters, local preachers, those in leadership roles and
members of congregation.
Registration link is:
Best wishes
Deeptima and Dan
Daniela (Dan) Warr Schori and Deeptima Massey Co-EDI Officers South East
District, Methodist Church


Spring Dance Events

At Springs Dance Company we have been bringing dance with heart and soul to church and community settings for over 40 years. This year we have two fantastic performances available for churches to book – A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance in the Autumn, and Journey of the Magi in the run up to Christmas. We would love it if you are able to pass on any of the below information to the churches in your network. 

A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance   

Alive dance eventfor your church to host.   
Bring your community together to watch two exceptional
new danceworks performed by a company of five outstanding dancers.   
“Last night was easily the best experience, the best performance, the best night. Stunning. Blown away. So grateful.” - Alan Dunn, audience member 2022 
Based on
Ecclesiastes 3: There is a Time for Everything, the performance is an uplifting dance show that explores the tension between loss and joy. The double-bill sensitively embodies akaleidoscope of grief and joy through open-heartedprofessionaldance.   
This stirring yet joyous arts event offers the viewer a chance to feel seen, understood and connected to others as they reflect on grief and the joy and celebration of life. 
“…it is one of the strengths of the performance that it does not offer easy answers or a simplistic message, but relates to universal emotional experiences. That makes it incredibly powerful and accessible to people from any background. Thank you and well done - it was beautiful!” - Andrea Weigert, audience member 2022 
Springs Dance Company is inviting churches and cathedrals to book now to host a performance of
A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dancein October 2023.   
For more information about this project please get in touch by emailing by calling 07775 628442. 
Further information and videos can also be found on the Springs Dance Company website page 

Journey of the Magi

A festive, light-hearted, joyful event with a moving and profound message.    
Share the joy and wonder of Christmas with your church and local community through this exhilarating, critically acclaimed performance. The show offers a bridge between contemporary life and Jesus’s birth, comparing our own personal journey to Christmas day with the journey that the wise men took. With sparkle and songs to keep the children entertained and bags of good humour for the grown-ups,
Journey of the Magidelights audiences of all ages and offers a chance to reflect and refocus.  
“Absolutely fabulous show. Wonderful mix of fun, wit, and meaning. It made me laugh and it made me cry all in a couple of minutes. (Hope you'll come back.)”
- Richard, Poynton Methodist Church  
Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of
Journey of the Magi, which will be available nationally during Advent 2023. 
Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website page, by by calling 07775 628442. 
Eliza Reger
Company and Education Manager
(Please note I work part-time. My usual working days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
Springs Dance Company
T: 07984 031881
W: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
Registered Charity No. 1136487


Fair Trade at Synod

Although our favourite supplier, Traidcraft has sadly gone into administration, fair trade is still flourishing. There will be a sales stall provided by Wolverhampton Fair Traid at synod. I’m afraid some of your favourite brands have disappeared but the shop has worked hard to find new suppliers and products that are similar to those you have enjoyed before. Plenty of chocolates and snacks and a range of craft goods. 
I look forward to seeing you there. 
Brenda Shuttleworth 


NPNP Enabler Post Vacancy

The Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District is seeking to recruit a New Places for New People (NPNP) Enabler for Additional Needs.
The District believes that everybody should be given the opportunity to connect with and follow Jesus, and to belong and participate in a worshipping community where they are loved and valued. This District role will aim to create a culture of disability inclusion, belonging and spiritual deepening of those who serve within the church and those who are yet to connect with Jesus; so that this becomes not just something we say but something we live out in practice.
The overall aim of the role is to support, equip and enable disability inclusion across the district, enhancing existing ministries and pioneering new ones.
You will be a self-starter with a proven record of accomplishment using disability inclusion practices. Working within a team you will have pioneered new places for new people and know what it is to work collaboratively with those both within and outside of church.
Salary: £29,000-£31,000 per annum dependent on experience and qualification
Location: Home based with frequent work/travel across the District
Terms of appointment: full time
Normal working pattern: 37 hours per week including evening and occasional weekend work as required.
Please email the District office for an application pack.
Closing Date: 19th April 2023
There is an occupation requirement that the role holder is a committed Christian in accordance with Part 1 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.
We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. 
To find out more about how we do this visit:
The Inclusive Methodist Church


Kesher training

Discover the connections between Judaism and Christianity Israel and the Church
Produced by Christian Friends of Israel (UK)
The Kesher Course will :
Give a different view and understanding of Jesus and the Bible :
To view Scripture through a Hebraic understanding
The Kesher course comprises 10 sessions • The Jewishness of Jesus • Jesus the Rabbi • Jesus the Messiah • The Jewishness of the Scriptures • Salvation of the Jews • The Great Divide ( the Church and Judaism) • Anti Semitism • The Physical Restoration of Israel • Israel Prophecy Fulfilled • Israel today and Tomorrow
Each Session will include a simple Hebrew word study Worship including Hebrew Songs Opportunity for Questions and discussion


Advanced Safeguarding Training

 Advanced Safeguarding Training Dates.
Anyone wishing to book onto one of these sessions needs to email
All of the below are training dates at The Methodist Churches below:
20th April  - Bishops Castle – face to face – 9.30am registration
27th April – online – 4.30pm start zoom - FULL
13th May 23 – Stafford – Trinity Church – face to face – 9.45 am registration
16th May 23 – Droitwich – face to face – 9.45am registration
24th June 23 – Pleck – face to face – 9.45am registration
1st July 23 – Kidderminster – face to face – 9.45 Registration
22nd July – Wednesbury Leabrook – face to face – 9.45am registration
16th Sept – Dudley Wood – face to face – 9.45am registration
9th Sept – Coventry – Central - Eadon Hall – face to face – 9.45am registration
14th October – Kenilworth – face to face – 9.45am registration
25th November – Solihull – face to face – 9.45am registration


Creating Church and Community Amongst Families with Additional Needs

A one hour workshop featuring “The Gate Church”* Experience, led by Jo Yair (Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Ministry & Mission Co-ordinator) and Geoff Bond (Regional Learning Network Co-ordinator) exploring how to establish, resource and equip churches for working with families with additional needs
Dates and booking: 19th April 23, 24th May 23, 12th June 23
Eventbrite Link: Church & Community: Families with Additional needs | Eventbrite

*The Gate Church, founded in 2018 by two lay workers, at The Storehouse in Brierley Hill, followed a long history of listening to, and journeying with parents whose children have additional and complex needs. The Gate Church was a natural step for a group of parents who were previously supported by circuit children & families workers, to bring their families to worship. The group began to Meet once a month on a Friday evening, it enabled the whole family to come along and connect together as a church family. The formation of The Gateway discipleship group quickly followed, enabling adults to meet whilst their children were at school to explore where God fits into their life.


Invite to join CoE Training Day

This is a reminder to book onto the free Pioneer/Fresh Expressions Catalyst Event on 20 April at Telford Minster if you haven’t already. Please also encourage all those you know with a missional heart to join us. Here is the Eventbrite link with further details:-


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 


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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