From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               02 August 2023 14:17


Subject:                          02/08/2023


New this week:
Vacancy for District Children and Youth Ambassador
Funding for HE Study
Personal Reflection Course
Called to Organise Blog
In case you missed it:
Welfare Benefits and Money Adviser vacancy
Wesley House Supervision Courses
Action for Children News
Action for Children Advocates
Journey of the Magi
Exploring Digital
Advanced Safeguarding Training
Children's Support Fund

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Vacancy: District Children and Youth Ambassador

 The District would like to record our gratitude to Melody Jones of the Cannock Chase Circuit who is stepping down from this role after a number of years of service.  Thank you Melody!
We are now looking to make a new appointment to this voluntary position.  It is suitable for someone aged 18 or over, but beyond that is open to all, both lay and ordained.  A role outline can be found here.  
Please consider whether this might be a vocation for you, or mention it to others whom you think may be suitable.
Expressions of interest should be made to the District Office by 1st September.  The Chair is very happy to have further conversations with anyone who wants to explore whether this role is for them..
Role Description here.


Funding for HE Study

Funding to support higher education study
The Methodist Church has some funding available to support course fees for any member of the British Methodist Church, lay or ordained, wishing to study a theological subject at masters or doctoral level. Further details, criteria and application forms can be found here: Scholarships and Funding ( and the closing date for applications for this year is Thursday 21st September 2023.


Personal Reflection Course 

This course is about doing prayer. So a typical session will include time for prayer (using different ways of praying), personal reflection and listening to one another, as well as some teaching from the front. There won’t be long essays to write; the ‘homework’ is to spend some time each day praying.
Course venue and dates:
Day meetings: Saturdays 14 Oct, 2 Dec and 3 Feb: 10am – 3pm, St Aidan’s Church, 10a Mount Rd, Penn, Wolverhampton WV4 5SW
Zoom: Tuesdays 24 Oct; 7 & 21 Nov; 12 Dec, 9 & 23 Jan: 7 – 9.30pm
There is no entrance requirement for this course other than a desire to grow in prayer.
This is likely to be expressed in:
A willingness to talk about your prayer life;
A sense of (or desire for) community with other praying people; A commitment to attend all the course sessions.
If you would like to join the course, please email or write to Charles Ruxton (address below) with the following:
1. A paragraph or two on any experience of prayer that you have, and how you hope the course will help you.
2. Any access requirements (e.g. internet access, large text, wheelchair access for the day sessions etc.)? (remember to include your address, phone and email please!)
Charles Ruxton (Lichfield Diocesan Spirituality Adviser) is at
Mary Flitcroft (Worcester Diocesan Spirituality Adviser) is at
All of the information you provide will be confidential to the Tutor Team (including Diocesan Spirituality Adviser). It will only be used for course administration and will not be passed on to anyone beyond the Tutor Team. If you would prefer your details not to be recorded in this way, please let us know


Called to Organise Blog 

 I am excited to reach out to you today to introduce our new blog called "Called to Organise." This blog aims to document and share captivating stories and resources about the two-year faith-rooted community organising pilot project in the region covering two districts, Birmingham and Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury.
Through the blog, we aim to spotlight the transformative power of faith-based initiatives and the impact they can have on churches and communities.
The two-year pilot project that forms the cornerstone of this blog has been a collaborative effort, bringing together individuals from diverse faith backgrounds, community leaders, and passionate volunteers.
In "Called to Organise," you will find a collection of real-life narratives, success stories, resources, and lessons learned from the project and its participants. Through these accounts, we hope to inspire others to participate in similar initiatives and bring about positive change within their churches and communities.
I would appreciate your support in spreading the word about this blog. Sharing these stories on newsletters and social media contacts will help us reach a wider audience, amplifying the impact of our faith-rooted community organising efforts. Your support in sharing the blog posts would mean a lot to us.
To explore "Called to Organise," please visit Here, you can find our latest posts. We will soon add a way to subscribe to receive regular updates to your inbox.
Here are our latest posts:
If you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at or 07534573880.



Welfare Benefits and Money Adviser 

Welfare Benefits and Money Adviser
Between 16 & 35 hours per week (Job Share Considered)
Rate between £11.22 & £14.07 per hour depending on experience
12 month fixed-term contract
We are seeking a proactive and organised individual to join our 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.
We are offering between 16 and 35 hours, and the hours can be adjusted to suit the applicant. The working patten for this post will be 9.30 - 15:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at our advice centre, with additional hours on Tuesday and Thursdays at NHS offices as part of our Severe Mental Illness Project. The successful candidate’s duties will include:

  • Provision of benefit and money advice
  • Proactive follow up of enquiries
  • 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 money advice
  • Is able to work independently
  • Is trustworthy and comfortable with handling confidential information
  • Enjoys working as part of a small team
  • Is flexible and adaptable
  • Is willing to train and expand their knowledge of welfare benefits
  • 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 an application pack please email Bev Boden at, leaving your telephone number, and a best time to call back. Application packs will be sent on application to the above contact details.  
CVs will not be accepted.
Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 4th August 2023. Interviews will be held on Friday 11th  August 2023
Ablewell Advice Walsall, The Central Hall, Ablewell Street, Walsall WS1 2EQ F: AblewellAdvice T:@Ablewell_Advice     Tel: 01922 639700


Wesley House Supervision Courses


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


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.



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:
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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