From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               11 October 2023 09:42


Subject:                          11/10/2023


New this week:
Congratulations to Jo
Circuit Finance Officer Vacancy
Rev'd Maurice Wright
Launch of 'Let's End Poverty' Campaign
Prince of Egypt Screening
Service of Thanksgiving for Leo Osborn
In case you missed it:
NPNP Conference
Lay Workers Retreat Day
Youth Leader Evening
LN online learning opportunities
Advanced Safeguarding Training
Children's Support Fund

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Many congratulations to Jo Yair, the District Mission and Ministry Co-ordinator, who has been awarded an MA in Mission with merit.   Jo’s dissertation looked at ministry to families with additional needs in the Methodist Church in Britain.  She has been urged to develop this as a resource for the whole Church, which is a credit to the work she has done.
The District supported Jo in embarking upon this MA as part of the development plan for her role.  We are delighted for her.


Circuit Finance Officer Vacancy

Part Time Circuit Finance Officer   
The Black Country Circuit seek to appoint a part time
Circuit Finance Officer
Hours 10hrs a week flexible.
Pay £10,000 per annum.
Closing date for applications 27th October 2023
Interviews will be held in week commencing 6th November 2023
The Finance Officer will

  • Work with circuit treasurer to ensure that the circuits financial administration is accurate and secure.
  • To ensure that timely accounts on the standard form of accounts (accrual accounts) and Charity returns are produced for the circuit and submitted to the Methodist Church.
  • To provide financial information required for circuit meetings.
  • To support the superintendent minister with budgeting and accounts for the circuit.

For further information please contact Mr David Ashfield 01902 674884.
For an application pack please contact Rev Denise Williams  0121 520 2237.



Rev'd Maurice Wright

Supernumerary Minister, Shropshire and Marches
We are sorry to bring news of Maurice’s death last Monday.  Maurice contributed one of the prayers on Day 28 of the Methodist Prayer Handbook (our District’s day).  The prayer asks that we might leave the world in a better place by  our passing through it.  This is certainly something Maurice strove to do.  Prayers are invited for Janet, Phillip, Lesley and the wider family


Launch of 'Let's End Poverty' Campaign

Saturday 14th Oct
Many people will remember the “Make Poverty History” campaign focusing on global poverty and the Millennium Development Goals.  Sadly, nearly 20 years later, there’s a need for a campaign to end poverty here in the UK and it’s being launched this Saturday at 11am.
The Methodist Church is the major player in this campaign but the aim is to build a broad alliance of people who believe that poverty is a solvable, avoidable problem – and that continuing to avoid solving it is a deliberate political choice. 
Sadly there are no West Midlands locations featured in the launch but you can join the Chair in attending online.  Book your free ticket here:


Prince of Egypt screening

Prince of Egypt(PG) the Dreamworks West End musical about Moses is showing at Telford Odeon on:
Thursday 19th October at 7pm
Sunday 22nd October at 2pm
Do bring your church.
You may like to organise a Sunday School outing for children and their parents to the Sunday afternoon screening.
The excellent 75-second trailer would be well worth showing in the church notices over the next two Sundays.
For details, the trailer and to book go to:
I hope the film brings great pleasure to many people at your cinema.
Every blessing
David Taylor
Christian films at my Cinema



Service of Thanksgiving for Leo Osborn

For those who may have known Leo, the service of thanksgiving for his life and ministry will be held at Newcastle Cathedral on Friday 10th November at 5.30pm


'Wholehearted' Conference for those interested in NPNP 

An invitation for anyone thinking about, or leading a New People New Places to join the Evangelism & Growth team at ‘Wholehearted’ conference:
12 to 14 January 2024 at Yarnfield Park, near Stone, Staffordshire.
We will spend time seeking God, discerning vision, engaging in strategic planning and workshopping knotty problems. It would be great to have your voice and wisdom inspiring those in more established contexts. Places, include accommodation and food, are fully funded but a deposit of £50 is required when booking (returned in full after the weekend to all who attend). If you need help paying the deposit please contact Julian Bond or contact Jo Yair
Book here <


Lay Worker District Retreat Day

If you are a paid lay worker then you are invited to join us at a District retreat day at Shallowford House on Friday 24th November 10.00-3.30pm.
The district will cover the cost of the day, lunch and refreshments (transport costs will not be paid by the district).
This special day for lay workers will be led by Rachel Parkinson and hosted by Jo Yair. There will be plenty of space to connect with God, connect with others or spend time with yourself.
Spaces are limited. To book a place please contact Jo Yair by email at by 11th November and to let her know of any special dietary requirements.


Youth Leader evening- 18th Oct

If you are a youth leader at church, paid or voluntary then you are invited to a special evening hosted by Jo Yair and Charlotte Hambly.
We would love to say thank you for your ministry, spoil you with tea and cake, and hear how the districts can better support you.
Please book at a place to attend as it is at Jo’s home, using the following link. (There is parking but please car share where possible or if you need a lift from/to the train station then please ask).

Details on the following link:
We look forward to seeing you
Jo and Charlotte.


Learning Network online learning opportunities

Online learning opportunities around the Pilot project and faith rooted organising.

9th November
Alison Webster (theologian in residence for Citizens UK) in collaboration with Kerry and Eddy on one of their regular’ learning Thursdays’ slots.

More information in the following link: <>



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:
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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