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Sent:                               26 April 2023 14:25


Subject:                          26/04/2023


New this week:
Black Country Pilgrimage
District Merger Event
Tent of Nations
Mission Enabler Vacancy
Youth President Visits
In case you missed it:
Stationing Training
Action for Children Report
Online EDI events
Spring Dance Events
Advanced Safeguarding Training
Creating Church and Community: Families with Additional Needs
Every Church a Growing Church: Mission Planning for all
Children's Support Fund

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Black Country Pilgrimage

The Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District in association with the Diocese of Lichfield and Diocese of Worcester are holding an ecumenical pilgrimage event. Open to any denomination.
The pilgrimage is a chance to witness our faith in Christ to the world, explore our local Methodist Heritage and to share in fellowship together.
The Pilgrimage will start with refreshments together at Central Methodist Church, Wednesbury, WS10 9AD at 10a.m. Here, we will share some of our Methodist story through a number of historical artefacts the church possess.
From here we will travel by road and canal tow path through Lea Brook, Great Bridge, Dudley Port and Tipton, where we will have lunch at Tipton Green Methodist Church. Bring your own lunch, or purchase it from the local High Street.
After lunch we will journey to the Black Country Living Museum, where pilgrims will be granted free admission to see the Gospel Car and complete our day in an act of worship in the Methodist Chapel. Ending at 4pm.
If possible, please notify Rosie Bryant in advance if you are intending to come, so we can book your free place with the museum. Her e-mail is
We are seeking to promote care for creation and recommend where possible that people arrive via the bus or metro and go home via bus or train.
To this end, please see some guidance below, but always check your own arrangements as there may be local roadworks or other disruptions to services on the day.
To get to Wednesbury
From Walsall or Dudley catch no 11 bus to Wednesbury Bus Station. The church is about a  7 minute walk from here.
From Wolverhampton or Birmingham catch the Midland Metro to Wednesbury Great Western which is slightly closer than Wednesbury Parkway. It is about a 10 minute walk to the church.
From Telford or Stafford you are advised to catch the train to Wolverhampton and then get the Metro as per above.
From Lichfield you are advised to catch a train in to Birmingham and catch the metro from there.
From Cannock you are advised to get the train to Walsall and then catch the no 11 bus.
From Kidderminster catch the train to The Hawthorns and then take the Metro to Wednesbury.
When leaving the Black Country Museum
You can catch the no 11 bus from outside the museum back to Dudley Bus Station, or to Wednesbury or Walsall.
For most locations the simplest method will be to return home via train from Tipton railway station which is about a miles walk away.
For Kidderminster an alternative is to catch the no. 18 bus from Dudley Bus Station to Cradley Heath and then pick the train up there.


District Merger Event

Proposed District Merger with Birmingham - come and have your say
There was strong support at both Synods in Saturday for continuing conversations with a view to merger in September 2025.  A next step will be determining a preferred model of District leadership and any structures flowing from that.  Can you help be the architect of these plans?
You are invited to a joint meeting of both District Policy Committees which is also open to anyone else in the District at 2.30pm on Sunday 21st May at Walsall Central Hall.  Just come along and have your say.  Additionally, any suggestions or feedback about the merger proposals will be gratefully received at any time.  Please send them via Richard Lockley at


Tent of Nations

Visit of Tent of Nations to Lichfield 27th May
 The Tent of Nations is a peace building project located at Daher’s Vineyard, a family organic farm in the hills south-west of Bethlehem.  The Nassar family, who have owned the family farm for over a hundred years, have strong links with the Methodist Church.  In 2018 they were recipients of the Methodist World Peace Prize.
Here is an opportunity to meet members of this inspiring family in Lichfield on 27th May.  


Mission Enabler Vacancy

Shropshire & Marches Methodist Circuit (Registered Charity No.1139091) are seeking to appoint a part time Christian Outreach Mission Enabler in North Shropshire (areas surrounding Oswestry and Wem) to work with new bespoke mobile trailer FOR 832 HOURS ANNUALISED OVER THE YEAR (equating to a flexible16 hours per week)

This is a new and exciting opportunity for pioneering ministry with the Methodist Church in a new setting, within a new project, using an untried form of outreach in a brand new bespoke mobile trailer unit. It is anticipated that the project will enable people to meet Jesus in diverse and innovative settings as well as the traditional and familiar.

The Mission Enabler will be responsible for liaising with volunteers and co-ordinating events to enable a Christian presence that is both alongside and active in local communities.

The role will suit someone who is passionate to take the gospel beyond the walls of buildings, who engages well with all ages, is energetic and dynamic, but also deeply embedded in prayer and reflective practice.

The successful applicant will work within, and be supported by a ministerial and volunteer team but will be expected to lead and co-ordinate outreach events in innovative and resourceful ways.

The role might suit two people sharing roughly16 hours a week, for the right applicants. We are willing to be flexible as to how the hours might work but you must be prepared to work some weekends and evenings. The hours will be annualised to enable more hours in some weeks, but less in others and to fit around the commitments of the both church and post holder. An ability or willingness to learn to tow the trailer would be an advantage but not essential.

Salary in the range £10.90 - £13 per hour depending upon experience and qualifications

Closing dates for applications: 9am on 29th May.

Please apply as below for application form. Interviews will be held on 14th & 15th June Starting date as soon as possible.
For more information please contact Rev. Julia Skitt on 07810360778
For application form and information pack please email:


Youth President visits

The Youth President, James Carver, is currently planning for the third quarter of his year. If any youth groups would like him to come and visit over video call, please feel free to contact him at"


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


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:
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: 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.


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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