From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               03 November 2023 18:06


Subject:                          03/11/2023


New this week:
Wonderful Christmas Gift
Fairtrade Christmas Market
New District Grants Officer needed
District Warm Spaces Grants
District Advent and Christmas Small Grants
Rev'd Roger Moore
Assistant District Safeguarding Officer Vacancy
In case you missed it:
Safeguarding and Admin Vacancy
MYAF Launch
Children and Families Worker Vacancy
Street Banquet Newsletter launch
Finance Officer Vacancy
Meet Emily 
Vacancy - Project Leader at The Chapel in the Fields
Service of Thanksgiving for Leo Osborn
NPNP Conference
Lay Workers Retreat Day
LN online learning opportunities
Advanced Safeguarding Training

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Wonderful Christmas Gift! Who can you invite?

The Springs Dance company will be performing “The Journey of the Magi” on Saturday 2nd December at 5.30pm at Walsall Central Hall.  Here’s one review:
Forget The Nutcracker, Springs Dance Company’s Journey of the Magi is the best Christmas show I have ever seen! I went along to see it one dark, wet and dismal night in Birmingham and I came out having been touched, amused and moved to tears. Journey of the Magi looks beyond the tinsel and trappings and reveals the real meaning of Christmas.  Sir David Bintley CBE
The performance is suitable for children and adults alike.  The District has agreed to fund all costs associated with this performance so that churches can offer this as a free gift to people who may be blessed by it.  We particularly hope that this might be enjoyed by people who may not otherwise be able to access a Christmas treat like this, though everyone is welcome.  (Unfortunately, whilst making it accessible cost-wise, please be aware that nearly all the tiered seating can only be accessed by steps…we will only have around 20 spaces accessible for those with mobility needs which will need to be booked).
An Eventbrite site will be up and running next week.  In the meantime:

  • Save the date
  • Think of who you might be blessed by this - perhaps from groups associated with your church.  What might you need to do to encourage them to come?  Perhaps you can offer to accompany them?
  • It you would like to bring a group along, the District can help with travel costs.  For groups, we can also provide a Christmas craft session and light refreshments beforehand, to make more of a day of it.  Please contact the District Office or District Chair directly.

You can find a taster of the show here:


Fairtrade Christmas Market

Saturday 18 November 10.30am – 2.30pm

Chocolates, Crafts, Cards, Gifts

All you need for an ethical Christmas!

Teas, Coffee and Light Lunches served


Beckminster Methodist Church
Birches Barn Road


New District Grants Officer needed

We will be sorry to say farewell to the Rev’d Helen Croft, currently serving in the Vale of Stour Circuit, who has received permission from the Stationing Advisory Committee to explore opportunities to serve in ministry in the United States.  Helen will obviously go with our prayers, and we will look forward to seeing what God has in store for her.
This leaves the District looking for a new District Grants Officer, a voluntary role open to both lay and ordained people.  This is an important role in the life of the District with clearly outlined responsibilities.  You can find an outline of the role here.  If you are interested in exploring this, please contact the District Chair.


District Warm Spaces Grant Scheme

Warm Spaces 2023
Last year many churches in the District opened a Warm Space for the Winter.  In some places it worked very well and in others there was little demand.  Most often people welcomed the company as much as the warmth.
The Methodist Church does not want to see Warm Spaces “normalised” in the same way as Food Banks.  We want a just society where neither are necessary.  But with direct government support for fuel bills withdrawn and prices still high, many predict that this winter will be at least as hard for households as last year.  And whilst people are cold and hungry, we want to help churches to meet this need (Matt 25 v.31-46).  Therefore the District Policy Committee has agreed to extend our Winter grant scheme, with £500 available to churches opening a warm space.
Please apply here after reading the safeguarding considerations here and the examples here


District Advent and Christmas Small Grant Scheme

This Advent and Christmas, the District is supporting the Connexional campaign “Out of the Ordinary” by making small grants available to churches wanting to reach out beyond their Sunday congregation with the message of God’s love in Jesus.  In a change this year, the top limit you can apply for has been raised to £200 and the cap on the number of applications that can be made in a Circuit has been removed. These grants are easy to apply for but they are carefully scrutinised, so please make sure you’ve thought through how you can meet the criteria!
Click here to apply.


Rev'd Roger Moore

We are sad to bring news of the death of the Rev’d Roger Moore, Supernumerary Minister in the Brownhills and Willenhall Circuit.  We give thanks for Roger’s life and ministry in the Methodist Church and offer prayers for Liz and their family.  


Assistant District Safeguarding Officer Vacancy

Assistant District Safeguarding Officer for Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury and Birmingham Methodist Districts
The Methodist Church is committed to ensuring its churches are safe spaces for all. We work hard to ensure compliance with legal requirements, develop good practice, provide effective training and give professional advice on individual cases.  We have an exciting opportunity to join our team and take forward this work which will include implementing recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The post holder will work alongside the District Safeguarding Officer for both districts.
Do you have extensive experience of safeguarding?
Do you have Training and Quality Assurance skills and Experience?
Are you able to work flexibly and independently?
Are you open to working in the faith sector?
If so, this post may be for you.

  • Salary is currently under review but will not be less than £32,732 FTE  pro-rata
  • 20 Hours per week, with flexibility including evenings, and occasional weekends
  • Home based
  • Travel required across both Districts

Full details are available on request from
Please return the application to

Closing date and time for applications: 17:00 15th November 2023
Interviews will be held on Monday 20th November 2023.
These will take place at Walsall Methodist Central Hall.
Post subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check.


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 - updated

The Black Country Circuit seeks to appoint a full-time Children and Families Worker, working 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 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 relevant experience of children or families work in a paid or voluntary capacity
• Be educated to A-level Grade C (or equivalent) or above

Closing date for applications is 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 at or 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.


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


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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