From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               19 July 2023 11:38


Subject:                          19/07/2023


New this week:
Action for Children News
Action for Children Advocates
Journey of the Magi
In case you missed it:
Sunshine and Showers Prayer Course - update
Exploring Digital
3Generate update
Advanced Safeguarding Training
Children's Support Fund

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Action for Children News

News for your District from Action for Children



Action for Children District Advocates

Dear District Advocates
Supporter Services may already have been in touch with volunteers who collect and bank donations/collections, but I wonder if you can also share locally that we have a new freepost licence which is: RUEY-EGCU-ZKZL. Please can all post now use this licence number and not the old one, RTGA-TJEJ-HHCK which has been discontinued.
I hope the following may answer any questions your volunteers may have about this:
Will communications sent using the old number reach Action for Children?
Yes, but there will be a significant delay.
Do I need to order new collection envelopes?
Please use existing ones but use the new licence number when you send the envelopes to us. We are printing new envelopes and these will be ready soon. We will let you know when they are in stock.
My cheques have not been banked and/or I have not received a thank you from AFC. Why is this?
The delay in receiving mail sent under the old licence is likely to be the reason for this. We apologise for the delay.
Action for children Sunday is coming up. I am concerned about ensuring our collections reach you. What should I do?
Please send cheques etc in the usual manner but using the new Freepost licence number RUEY-EGCU-ZKZL.
But don’t worry, if the old number is used by mistake, the collection will still reach us eventually.
Once the new collection envelopes are ready we will let you know.
Thank you for your continued support.
Best wishes
Anna McCrum
Faith Partnerships Lead


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.



Journey of the Magi

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 Magi delights 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 emailing or by calling 07775 628442. 


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



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:

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


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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