From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               31 May 2023 09:36


Subject:                          31/05/2023


New this week:
NPNP job re-advertised
Lay Pastor - Cornwall
A4C Open Day
A4C news
Storytelling training
In case you missed it:
Ministries Committee of Mission Council vacancies
Treasurer roles and responsibilities course
Wolverhampton Pride
Practical Property 2
Youth Christian Climate Network
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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New People New Places Enabler for Additional Needs post re-advertised
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: 16th June 2023
Interview date: 7th July 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



Lay Pastor required in Cornwall

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly District Camborne, Redruth and Hayle Circuit (12/01)

Job Opportunity for a Pastor
We wish to appoint a Pastor to join our circuit team, to work alongside existing staff, Circuit Stewards & members in the leading and nurture of four churches and to assist the Circuit in developing discipleship.
This is a new post within the Ministry Team of the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle Methodist Circuit, under the direction of the Superintendent Minister. The role is full-time (35 hours per week) and is initially for a period of 4 years. Part time may be considered.
This appointment will begin on 1st September 2023, or as close to this date as possible.
Salary: £27,300 per annum or part time equivalent.
Accommodation is available if required (with appropriate adjustment to salary)
We are looking for someone who can demonstrate the life of Jesus for the 21st century, and who is willing to be led by the Holy Spirit and the Bible.
This is an exciting opportunity to join our Circuit as we look forward, and focus on being and making disciples. The Circuit staff team currently consist of the Superintendent Minister, one presbyter and 3 part time Lay Pastoral Workers and a part time Circuit Administrator. The Circuit consists of 12 church societies.
The successful applicant for this role will be required to provide their own transport for which they will receive the standard Connexional travel allowance for lay workers, payable on all work-related mileage within the boundary of the Circuit. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the post-holder is a Christian. This appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.
For further information and an application pack, please email:
The closing date for applications is 12noon on Wednesday 14th June 2023.
Interviews will be held in the week beginning Monday 26th June 2023.
We look forward to hearing from you.


A4C Recruitment Open Day


News for your District from Action for Children



Storytelling training

We have a great opportunity for churches in our diocese to partner with intergenerational storytelling charity Truth Be Told, a project that aims to unite the generations with joy, hope and life through the telling of the Gospel. We've invited the charity's founder to host a Zoom session for all those who are interested in finding out a bit more and seeing if Truth Be Told might be something that helps you in your ministries in your communities. Truth Be Told helps churches to connect with local families and older adults in communities, churches and care homes through creative storytelling sessions. Truth Be Told equips churches with the resources, a full curriculum, training and support, making it really easy to encourage parents, children and older adults to belong as family, enjoying, appreciating and learning together, just as God intended. So if you're involved in a Messy Church, older people ministry, a toddler group, enjoy telling stories or in ministry to all ages, please join us on Monday 5th June, 10:30am - 11:30am or 7:30pm - 8:30pm to find out more.
Truth Be Told's website can be found here if you'd like to explore a bit more:
Please let me know if you'd like to book a place at one of the zoom sessions on Monday 5th June and I will send you a link!
Lizzie Hackney
Lead Intergenerational Missioner
Hereford Diocese
07833 117565


Ministries Committee of Mission Council vacancies

Two Volunteer Positions
Two new members of the Ministries Committee are required, one for a lay person and one for an ordained person. The appointment shall initially be for a period of three years and maybe reappointed for a further period of no more than three years.
Expressions of interest are invited from lay and ordained members of the Methodist Church in Britain, who have an understanding of the range of ministries across the Church and commitment to supporting effective processes. New members will complement the skills and background of other members of the Ministries Committee.
In line with our commitment to the Justice Dignity and Solidarity (JDS) Strategy, expressions of interest from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people are especially very welcome.
All applications will be assessed on merit.
For more information:
Membership of the Ministries Committee of the Methodist Council. Closing Date: 7th June 2023


Treasurer roles and responsibility Course

A brief, introduction to the role of church treasurer, providing some insights into aspects of church financial administration.

Date and time: Wed, 14 Jun 2023 19:00 - 20:00

Location: Online

A brief, non-technical introduction to the role of church treasurer, providing an overview and some insights into aspects of church financial administration.

The course is aimed at those with limited, or indeed no knowledge, of the specific requirements which underpin church and charity accounts, but who may have been approached to become church treasurer.

Those who wish to have an overview of the role and responsibilities of a church treasurer will also find the course of interest.
Please book here:


Wolverhampton Pride


Practical Property 2

Come and join Matthew McDade ( District Property Consultant), Keith Walton (District Property Secretary) and Rosie Bryant( The Learning Network) for an insight in to some practical property.  We will be meeting at Trinity Methodist Church, Kidderminster, from 10am- 2pm. We will look at how to complete an inspection and then make an action plan for carrying out any required work.
We will look at the issue of consents and give some advice on meeting some of your legal duties, for example in relation to asbestos in your buildings.
There will be an opportunity to ask your own questions about property and an opportunity to signpost you to other sources of help. There will be input from TMCP on the day too, so if you have any queries about property and want to know more come and join us.
Tickets are available from Eventbrite visit - Booking is essential, as numbers are limited. If you struggle with this, please e-mail Rosie and she will support you with this. You can also phone or e-mail her for more information on the event. E-mail: Tel: 07772979625.


Youth Christian Climate Network

 I hope you are well. My name is Phoebe and I currently volunteer as the Secretary for the Young Christian Climate Network, a group of Christians aged 18-30 who are passionate about climate justice.
We are currently running our latest campaign, Take the Veg Pledge. This is encouraging Christians to commit to being vegetarian between 5-11 June 2023. Alternatively, if you are planning on attending a Christian festival this summer, then we'd love for you to commit to eating a vegetarian diet for the duration of the festival. 
We understand that food represents so much more than a meal on a plate - it is part of our identity and culture. But it is for this reason that we would love for you to consider signing up for our campaign - diet is one of the key changes one can make to help tackle climate justice.
You can find out more about the campaign, including resources, FAQs, and details about the science behind our campaign here. We'd really encourage you to share this with the churches in your district, as well as committing yourself.
As a fellow Methodist, I am enthusiastic about our identity as a justice-seeking church and hope you will see how this small act can be part of that calling.
Finally, if there is anyone aged 18-30 in your district who is interested in climate justice, please do encourage them to contact YCCN - we are a very friendly bunch and would love to have them join!
Every blessing,
Phoebe Parkin


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


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
Date and booking: 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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