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Sent:                               26 October 2023 16:18


Subject:                          26/10/2023


New this week:
Safeguarding and Admin Vacancy
MYAF Launch
Children and Families Worker Vacancy
Street Banquet Newsletter launch
Finance Officer Vacancy
Meet Emily 
Funeral Details of Maurice Wright
In case you missed it:
Vacancy - Project Leader at The Chapel in the Fields
Action for Children News
Circuit Finance Officer Vacancy - update
Service of Thanksgiving for Leo Osborn
NPNP Conference
Lay Workers Retreat Day
LN online learning opportunities
Advanced Safeguarding Training

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Safeguarding and Administrative Worker Vacancy

The Stafford Methodist Circuit is seeking a Safeguarding & Administrative Worker to support and oversee the Circuit’s Safeguarding Practices and to provide day to day administrative support to the Superintendent Minister, in collaboration with the Circuit Administrator.
Working closely with the Superintendent Minister, we seek someone with the ability to lead and instruct on all aspects around Safeguarding at
Circuit Level.  Applicants should have experience in Safeguarding within a volunteer or employed environment with a working knowledge of
workplace IT systems.
20 hours per week
Salary: £25,967 per annum (pro-rata)
Fixed term – until September 2025
Closing date for applications: 1st December 2023
For Job Description & Person Specification, please contact


Methodist Young Adult Fellowship launched

Taking inspiration from the Wesley's Holy Club, Methodist Young Adult Fellowship (MYAF) has been formed by a group of Young Adults within the Methodist Church as a group to offer fellowship to one another. Comprising of a WhatsApp group and monthly zoom gatherings, MYAF hopes to be a safe and inclusive space for young adults to meet, chat, pray and get to know one another in a church which can sometimes feel very grey. 
The group is for 18-30 yr olds who have connections with the Methodist church and would like to spend time connecting with other young adult Methodists. 
To join the group or find out more, please email 
Many thanks

Naomi Prince
District Administrator, PA to the District Chair, Assistant Treasurer
07539 027151


Children and Families Worker Vacancy

The Black Country Methodist Circuit are seeking to appoint a CHILDREN’S AND FAMILIES’ WORKER (Full time 35 hours per week, days to be agreed with some flexibility needed)
Salary: £19,838 - £25,769 depending on qualifications/experience
We are looking for a full-time Children’s and Families’ worker to support the vision of the circuit in engaging with children and families in the church and wider community: 
Applicants must:
 Be able to work collaboratively as part of a team

  • Be a committed, practising Christian who is willing to understand and engage with Methodism
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with people of all ages
  • Show awareness of issues concerning safeguarding
  • Be willing to be flexible with regard to working hours, including some evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Have some relevant experience of children’s or families’ work in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Be educated to A-level Grade C (or equivalent) or above

Closing date for applications: midnight on Wednesday 15th November 2023
Interviews will take place on Wednesday 29th November 2023 in the afternoon/evening
For further details (including job description and full person spec) and an application pack contact Rev Ruth Childs:
Tel :0121 574 6758         


Street Banquet Newsletter

Street Banquet is a district Church at the Margins project serving the street community of Birmingham by offering a monthly meal, a place to belong and a place to explore faith.
We are growing in many different ways and would love to invite you to join us on the journey. We are starting an occasional newsletter – you can sign up on the Street Banquet Website - or get in touch with Neil on
There will be many ways to get involved in the coming months so do get connected!
Sign up here -



Finance Officer Vacancy

The West Midlands Synod of the URC ae seeking to appoint a Finance Officer. Salary £45,000-£50,000. Office/hybrid working to be negotiated. Job description, Person Specification and application form are all on this webpage:
Deadline: 13 November 2023.
Lindsay Peniston (she/her)
Office Manager & PA to the Moderator
West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church
Digbeth-in-the-Field United Reformed Church, Moat Lane, Yardley, BIRMINGHAM B26 1TW
Office: 0121 783 1177 | |
My working hours are Monday–Thursday, 8.30am-4.30pm



Meet the NPNP additional Needs Enabler

Do you have a heart to share God’s love with all, especially those with additional needs?
Come along to a zoom gathering where Jo Yair will introduce you to Emily, our New Places for New People Enabler for Additional Needs. Emily will briefly introduce you to her work, and how the District can support you as you connect with people on the margins who may find attending church a challenge. 
We would love to see you there.
To book your place on the zoom contact Emily
Venue: Zoom
Wednesday 29th November from 10-11am.


Funeral Details of Revd Maurice Wright

The funeral of Revd. Maurice Wright will take place on November 2nd, All Souls Day, in Shrewsbury at two locations- Emstry Crematorium at 1045 and Bayston Hill Methodist Church at 1130. People are invited to Bayston Hill from 1110 onwards for 1130. Both services will be lead by The Revd. Jonathan Hustler, son in law of Revd. Maurice Wright. 
As Revd. Maurice has been such a prominent and well loved minister across the District (and beyond) we  anticipate a great number of people to come pay their respects and share condolences with the family. 
With that in mind Bayston Hill has limited parking capacity and we encourage being mindful neighbours when parking to be aware of local bus stops and parking areas. If you haven’t already, please consider public transport (there is a bus stop just outside the church) or car sharing, with gratitude for the environmental consideration. 
We continue to hold Janet, Lesley and Phillip, along with their families in prayer and support and celebrate Maurice’s ministry amongst us. 
Yours in Fellowship, 
Revd. MacNeill Cooper 
On behalf of Shrewsbury Methodists
(Bayston Hill) 


Vacancy - Project Leader at The Chapel in the Fields

The Chapel in the Fields, is a small refurbished chapel in the countryside close to urban South Manchester which has become a place of creativity, spirituality, hospitality, worship and a resource to the wider church since 2016.  The project is sponsored by the Manchester and Stockport District.
A new project leader is being sought for a period of 5 years from June 2024, with an application and selection process between Dec 23 and Feb 24.  The post is open to lay or ordained people.
A short video for those who may be interested is here:
For more information email the project direct at



Circuit Finance Officer Vacancy - updated email

Part-Time Circuit Finance Officer

The Black Country Circuit seeks to appoint a part-time Circuit Finance Officer.
Hours: 10hrs per week, flexible hours
Salary: £10,000 per annum
Closing date for applications: Friday 27th October 2023 Interviews will be held in week commencing Monday 6th November 2023
As the main requirements for the role, The Circuit Finance Officer will:

  • Work with the Circuit Treasurer to ensure that the Circuit’s financial administration is accurate and secure
  • 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
  • Provide financial information and reports required for various Circuit meetings
  • Support the Superintendent Minister with budgeting and accounts for the Circuit

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



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.


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:
25th November – Solihull – face to face – 9.45am registration




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