From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               05 April 2023 12:28


Subject:                          05/04/2023


New this week:
Passion Play Stafford
NPNP Vacancy
Kesher Training
Advanced Safeguarding Training
In case you missed it:
Creating Church and Community: Families with Additional Needs
FE Sunday
Saltley Trust Funding
CoE Training Day
Action for Children News
Climate Emergency: The Big One
Volunteering at 3Generate?
Property Admin opportunity
Wesley House Webinar
Every Church a Growing Church: Mission Planning for all
Children's Support Fund

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Passion Play Stafford


Friday 7th – Saturday 8th April 2023, 11am & 3pm


Life changing theatre on the streets of Stafford

The Stafford Passion Play produced by The Saltmine Trust is coming to town this Easter. Crowds, laughter, and raw emotion will fill the streets with the power of a story that changed the world.

In partnership with Love Stafford, this production is by the community, for the community. Over a hundred volunteers will gather alongside Saltmine’s professional actors to steward, act, sing, and perform.


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:
15th April 23 – Cannock – St Stephens face to face - 9.45 am registration
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.


FE Sunday

Pray for your Local Further Education College on FE Sunday 14 May 2023

Did you know that more 16-19s attend a Further Education or Sixth Form College than stay on at school?  FE Colleges play a huge role at a vital stage in young people's lives, offering training, qualifications and skills for life, as well as being major local employers.  FE Sunday (14 May 2023) is a great opportunity to pray for your local college, its staff and students, and consider how your church could love your local college.

Visit for downloadable prayer resources, videos and ideas for worship and action.  Get involved on Twitter #FESunday2023.



Saltley Trust funding available

Could St Peter's Saltley Trust help you with your bright idea?
St Peter's Saltley Trust offering funding and support to creative projects focused on faith and learning across the West Midlands region.  Our three main areas of interest are:

  • Religion in school education
  • Faith and Further Education (16-19+)
  • Christian learning, discipleship and theological education

Small grants of up to £1000 are available for one-off projects with a definite focus on faith and learning.  For details of what the Trust does and doesn't fund, plus more on the Trust's current funding priorities, see:  (larger grant streams are currently closed but expected to re-open to new applications later in 2023).  
For more information, please contact Ian Jones (



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:-


News from Action for Children




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.


Wesley House Webinar


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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