From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               07 June 2023 11:18


Subject:                          07/06/2023


New this week:
Sept Synod Date
Connexional positions
Exploring Digital
Windrush 75
Gravestones and Greetings
3Generate update
Thank you from Rwanda
In case you missed it:
NPNP job re-advertised
Lay Pastor - Cornwall
A4C Open Day
A4C news
Ministries Committee of Mission Council vacancies
Treasurer roles and responsibilities course
Wolverhampton Pride
Practical Property 2
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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Confirmation of Autumn Representative Synod

Synod meets on the date published in the Spring Agenda, 9th September 2023.  Synod dates are published more than a year ahead.  Originally it was indicated we would meet a week later and this later date may have got into some people’s diaries.  However, since talks with the Birmingham District have progressed, the date was moved forward to allow both Synods to meet on the same day.  Further details will be announced as soon as they are available.  


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.


Windrush 75 Commemorations 

It takes a village - Windrush 75
celebration events at Central Hall.  We're hoping to have a good sized attendance to support some excellent presenters and performers.
All events free of charge - all very welcome.
Windrush 75: 2023 sees the 75th anniversary of the HMT Empire Windrush arriving in Britain on 22 June 1948. In this year of national celebrations of shared history, we will be holding a programme of events 11am-4pm on 16/17 June - with speakers, musicians, drama -  and a special service led by Sharon Jackson on Sunday 18th June.
It takes a village to raise up a child – we are now in the 4 – 5th generation of those who came from a village. 
We may use the term ‘village’ to include all our communities.  We wish to raise up the children in our communities to learn more about the Windrush and the Commonwealth countries who experienced challenges of racial discrimination, homelessness, un-employment, but through each and every struggle helped build the country together.


Gravestones and Greetings

Lichfield Diocese Community of Evangelists Presents:
Steve Hollinghurst
Mission Enabler (Environment) – Diocese of Hereford
Gravestones and Greetings’”
Tuesday 13th June 2023
6.00 pm – 9.30 pm
St Michael-on-Greenhill Church
48 Church Street, Lichfield, WS13 6ED
Find us - St Michael-on-Greenhill, Lichfield - A Church Near You
Google Maps
Nearest railway station: Lichfield City, Station Road, Lichfield, WS13 6HX.
To book your place contact Warden, Lynne Mills, at
Free refreshments are provided – please state your specific dietary requirements
All are welcome

If you are not a member of the Community of Evangelists, then you can come to one of our gatherings to ‘try us out’ but after that you need to join if you wish to come again.
What can you expect from this gathering?
Introduction to the evening and to Forest Church (inside)
Forest Church outdoor celebration (weather permitting)
Sharing of local story QR trails etc
Further Churchyard resources (eg CfGA) and Q&A
As well as sharing of resources, updates and prayer groups
Introduction to our speaker
Revd Steve Hollinghurst
Steve is Mission Enabler, Environment for Hereford Diocese working on evangelism and environmentalism, and spirituality in nature as part of mission. He has a background in social science and theology, particularly looking at culture and spirituality in today’s world. He helps churches in outreach at Mind Body Spirit fairs and Pagan gatherings as well as working and teaching in mission and evangelism and is one of the founders of the Forest Church Movement. His publications include Mission-Shaped Evangelism (Canterbury Press 2010), New Age Paganism and Christian Mission, (Grove 2003), and Starting, Assessing and Sustaining Pioneer Mission (Grove 2013)

Note: booking is essential, together with any dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Lynne Mills

Warden of the Lichfield Diocese Community of Evangelists

(: 07810 550583 or 01922 415050


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


Thank you from Rwanda

Thank you from Bishop Samuel of the Free Methodist Church of Rwanda
Thank you for your prayers for the devastating floods in Rwanda.  May all blessings be upon those who donate for helping those in critical situation.  Please convey my word of gratitude to the District.


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



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.


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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