From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               21 June 2023 14:28


Subject:                          21/06/2023


New this week:
YMCA Positions
Sunshine and Showers Prayer Course - update
In case you missed it:
Christian Film at Cinemas near you
Cancellation of Practical Property 2
Creative Hub Manager required
Ablewell Positions
Connexional positions
Exploring Digital
3Generate update
A4C news
Advanced Safeguarding Training
Every Church a Growing Church: Mission Planning for all
Children's Support Fund

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YMCA Positions

One of our chaplains, John Welsby, who is also a trustee at Wolverhampton YMCA has asked that we would circulate details of the Christian Communications Coordinator job that is available at the Wolverhampton YMCA below.  You are also requested to circulate it within your networks.
Here is the link to the job details regarding the appointment of thenew chaplain in YMCA Black Country Group.
YMCA Black Country Group are also on the lookout for potential new voluntary trustees and/or governance members – and John would be happy to talk this over with anybody who might be interested.
Every blessing
Susanna Somerville 
Please note that this role is part-time and a response may be delayed. 

Company Registration Number 05409157 
Registered Charity in England and Wales 1110745


Sunshine and Showers Prayer Course

Are you a church or small group leader? Do you have local arrangements on your plan? Have you ever noticed apparent contradictions in prayer? Sunshine and Showers Prayer’s beautiful messiness is for you. 6 sessions focusing on paradoxes in prayer; discussion and exploration in small groups; local and flexible.
If you are interested in running a group come along to this free online information session to learn more about it Thursday 20th July @ 11.30. Book your place now via Eventbrite.



Christian Film at Cinemas near you

Birmingham's Vue cinema is putting on a new Christian film Jesus Revolution on:
Sat. 24th June  June at 6.15pm;
Sun. 25th June at 2pm;
Mon. 26thJune at 7.30pm; 
Tues. 27th June at 3.30pm.
It is also at the Showcase Dudley 
Fri. 23rd -Tues. 27th June daily at 4.10pm and 7.10pm
Please really encourage your congregation to attend.  Ideally arrange a church group outing - plan to meet up in the foyer.  It would be lovely if the churches could work together to bring a really good box office to the cinema for this film.  
It would be particularly helpful if the person who gives the church notices on Sunday morning is able to get to the Friday or Saturday screening as nothing beats personal recommendation.
To view the trailer, cinema details and to book click here:
A  four-minute extract from the film can be viewed here:
"A powerful message of love and forgiveness" 
    - Esther Higham, Premier Christian radio breakfast show
"One of the most appealing faith-based big-screen entertainments in a while, polished and persuasive"
     - Variety magazine
Jesus Revolution opened at number 3 in the USA cinema charts - let's see what you can do in Britain.  Spread the word!
Every blessing
David Taylor
Christian Films at my Cinema


Cancellation of Practical Property 2

Due to low numbers booked on to this event. This Saturday’s training Practical Property 2 is being cancelled. We will look at revisiting this and running some kind of property event in September instead to meet the needs of those who work with our properties.


Creative Hub Manager required

291 Community Association CIO is recruiting for an Assistant to the Manager of the 291 Creative Hub.
To be based at the rear of Wesley Methodist Church
291 High Street, West Bromwich B70 8ND
Hours: Part time (12-month Fixed Term Contract) - 10 Hours per week
Salary range £10.42p  -  £12.00p per hour.
For a Job Description and Application Pack please email
or message us using the contact us page on our website
291 Community Association CIO
Wesley Methodist Church
291 High Street
West Bromwich
B70 8ND
Closing Date 30th June 2023.
291 CA CIO Charity No. 1185192



Ablewell positions

Benefits Caseworker
(Money advice and welfare benefits)
16 hours per week at £11.22 - £14.07 per hour depending on experience
We are seeking a proactive and organised individual to join the Ablewell team.  Ablewell Advice Walsall is an outreach project of the Central Hall Methodist Church. Central Hall is a registered charity and our services are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
We provide specialist advice in relation to debt and welfare benefit matters. Our philosophy is to provide advice that is “people-centred, putting the client and their needs first”.  We are a distribution centre for the Black County Foodbank.
The working hours for this post will be 9.30 - 15:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at our advice centre. The successful candidate’s duties will include:

  • Provision of specialist advice and casework in relation to welfare benefits
  • Maintaining accurate case records and managing cases proactively
  • Being a team player in a small team, and able to work independently some of time.

You will be someone who:

  • Has completed formal training to deliver welfare benefits and casework within an advice agency or similar
  • Is able to independently manage a caseload, taking a proactive approach
  • Is trustworthy and comfortable with handling confidential information
  • Enjoys working as part of a small team
  • Is flexible and adaptable
  • Is sympathetic to the Christian ethos of our organisation. 

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.    
For an informal discussion about this role or to request an application pack please email Andrew Beattie at, leaving your telephone number and a best time to call back.   
CVs will not be accepted.
Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 26 June 2023. Interviews will be held on Monday 3 July 2023

SMI Project Coordinator
(20 hours per week, £12.80 per hour)
We are seeking a proactive and organised individual to join the Ablewell team.  Ablewell Advice Walsall is an initiative of the Central Hall Methodist Church (Charity No: 1132418)
We provide specialist advice in relation to debt and welfare benefit matters. We are also a distribution centre for the Black County Foodbank and a base for Walsall Works job club. 
Our opening hours are 9.30am – 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 
The SMI project is a 12 month pilot of a Black Country NHS Trust initiative to support people experiencing ‘Severe Mental Illness’ to access debt and welfare benefit advice, which will run in parallel with our existing services. For this project Advisers from Ablewell Advice and Citizens Advise Sandwell & Walsall are working together.
The post holder would work 3 days per week (Mon, Wed, Friday) at Ablewell’s offices and some hours on 2 days per week from home (exact hours will be agreed with the successful candidate).
The successful candidate’s duties would include:

  • Being first point of contact for all people referred to or using the service - in person or by telephone/email – triaging access and advice needs.
  • Maintaining effective communication and coordination between Mental Health specialist referral agencies, Ablewell Advice and Citizen’s Advice Advisers, Ablewell Advice office and clients
  • Co-ordinating and maintaining efficient and professional office systems and administrative support to the delivery of SMI project services

 We are seeking someone who:

  • Is trustworthy and comfortable with handling confidential information
  • Enjoys working as part of a small team
  • Is flexible and adaptable
  • Has experience of working in a client-facing role
  • has awareness of and is sympathetic to the Christian ethos of our organisation.   

For an application pack, or if you have any queries, please email Andrew Beattie at
Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 26th June 2023  (we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive a large number of applications)
The interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in the week commencing Monday 3rd July 2023.

Ablewell Advice Walsall, The Central Hall, Ablewell Street, Walsall WS1 2EQ F: AblewellAdvice T:@Ablewell_Advice     Tel: 01922 639700


Volunteer positions available at Connexional level

Volunteer Connexional Role - Stationing Advisory Committee
The Stationing Advisory Committee is  appointed by Conference to meet with presbyters and deacons who feel called to something other than a Circuit appointment, and to keep in touch with those who have responded to such a call.  It is significant work - helping ministers discern their calling while balancing that with the needs of the Church
SAC are looking to recruit new lay or ordained members.  The work is done in panels of three to five people and is usually done via Zoom. 
If you are interested then please contact the District Office for more information and an application form. 


Exploring Digital

A day online exploring the digital world for Methodist Churches and communities.
Join together with Methodists from all over Britain for a special digital gathering. Learn from key individuals who've mastered the digital world on how to connect and share the Gospel online. The event will feature insightful keynotes, group discussions and an expert panel. Don't miss this chance to enhance your church's online presence and explore faith in the digital era!

  • When: Saturday 30 September, 10am to 3:30pm.
  • Where: Online, so you can join wherever you are. 
  • Cost: We are providing this day free of charge.

We'll be sharing further information about speakers, topics and resources closer to the event. Register for your free place now to avoid missing out and join us on Saturday 30 September for a day of exploration into the digital world and the opportunities it holds for the Methodist Church.


3Generate Update

3Generate takes place from 6 to 8 October 2023 at the NEC. It's a wonderful opportunity for children and young people to gather together, encounter God and be reminded of their vital place within the wider Methodist Church. It's open to anyone aged between 8 and 23, with a special day event on the Saturday for 4 to 7 year olds with their parents/carers. 
All the information you need to book can be found here:  
Here is a link to a video from last year.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Melody Jones at



News for your District from Action for Children



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:
24th June 23 – Pleck – face to face – 9.45am 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


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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