From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               17 January 2024 12:22


Subject:                          17/01/2024


New this week:
Amplify Stewards Needed
Christian Aid Changemaker Conference
Christian Aid's Lent Study
Connexional Vacancies
Local Arrangements Training
Circuit Steward Training
Calling all Spinners and Weavers
In case you missed it:
New Year Gathering for Children and Youth Workers
Free Smaller Spaces Trees
New Property Handbook
Pastoral Worker required
April Synod Date
New District Grants Officer
Christ for All Nations 2024 update

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Amplify Stewards Needed

Could you be part of our small but mighty stewarding team? If you are passionate about young people involved in the church and want to be a part of a great team who will be serving, listening and engaging with them, then being an Amplify Steward is for you! This varied role will allow you to both be blessed by and be a blessing to our young people. Amplify takes place between 15th and 17th March 2024 at the Pioneer Centre near Cleobury Mortimer. You can volunteer anywhere from one session to the whole weekend. Food will be provided for the meals you are with us for, and there is some accommodation available to stay with us for the weekend. You can find out more information about stewarding and apply at Contact Charlotte for more information. We'd love to have you on board!
Charlotte Hambly | District Youth Coordinator


Christian Aid's Changemakers Conference

Saturday 2nd March 10.30am-1pm
Join us for our hugely popular annual conference to hear stories from our partners in Burundi and to meet with fellow Christian Aid supporters to help make Christian Aid Week 2024 a great success. You can join us in 3 ways:

  • Join us in person in London
  • Attend a local ‘Watch Party’ hosted by CA staff in Crewe (St Andrew’s) or Warrington (The Outset)
  • Or join online from your own home.

The first 2 options are followed by a networking lunch.
Sign up here to attend: Changemakers Conference: Changing the world together | Christian Aid


Christian Aid's Lent Course

Christian Aid has joined forces for the Act on Poverty initiative with partner organisations – including The Methodist Church, Baptist Union, Church Action on Poverty and The Trussell Trust. Over 200 churches and individuals have signed up already to put their faith into action in the run up to a General Election.
Over six weeks, those taking part will find out more about the reality of poverty both in their communities and around the world, through activities designed to inspire them to take actions such as engaging with MPs.
Each pack contains:
Guidance for a short Bible study

  • Access to audio recordings of conversations featuring anti-poverty practitioners and activists, many with lived experience of poverty in the UK and worldwide.
  • Questions and prompts for small group discussion.
  • Inspiring videos from churches taking practical action on poverty.
  • A guide to simple steps your church can take to advocate for change.

You can also use each pack as a standalone session to explore the issues most relevant for you.
To find out more and If you’d like to join hundreds of others taking action on poverty, you can sign up here: Act on Poverty - Christian Aid


Vacancies in Connexional Roles

Connexion are looking to appointment for a number of key roles.  These include the Connexional Council, Nominations Committee, Resourcing Committee and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.  We would be grateful if you could share these with those in your Circuits and churches who would be suitable.  The links to the adverts are listed below.
Chair of the Connexional Council (
Members of the Connexional Council (
Members of the Nominations Committee (
Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and Member of the Connexional Council (
Members of Resourcing Committee (
We have also been asked by Methodist Homes Association if we would advertise two Head of Chaplaincy roles:
Head of Chaplaincy x2. North and South of England. Closing Date: 4th February 2024 (
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Doug Godfrey-Swanney CMgr FCMI  
The Connexional Secretary | The Connexional Team  
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7467 3791 


Local Arrangements Training

There will be two events held in the Telford Circuit meant to support those asked to lead local arrangements. The event will give ideas and support to those who find themselves having to lead an act of worship when they are not used to doing this. It is therefore aimed at church stewards, worship leaders, musicians, etc. who get involved with this. The first event is the one in Broseley mentioned on the attached on the 3rd February from 2 – 6pm.
The second will be at Dunwell Ghanaian church in Ketley on the 17th February from 10-2 pm. Can people bring their own lunch/tea for these events please. Although the event has been requested by the Telford Circuit, this is an open invitation for anyone across our District to attend.


Circuit Stewards Training

Are you a new circuit steward, or have been one for awhile and are looking to dive deeper in to your roles & responsibilities and develop your skills and knowledge?
This 6 session course takes place on Monday evenings, 7-9pm, from 26th Feb-15th April, 2024. It introduces new Circuit Stewards to expectations and responsibilities of serving in this area of circuit leadership and will refresh existing Circuit Stewards in their ongoing learning and development.
Each session will offer opportunities to explore ideas and share experiences as well as identify areas for further action, ongoing learning and development particularly in these areas:
Session 1: Welcome and Introduction to Circuit Stewarding - 26th Feb
Session 2: Calling and Role of the Circuit Steward - 4th March
Session 3: Distinctively Methodist - 11th March
Session 4: Positive Working Together - 18th March
Session 5: Continuing to Learn - 25th March
Session 6: Mission Planning - 15th April
This event is being led by the Learning Network.
For more information, please contact Jenna Thorne (
Who should come to this Learning Network event?
Anyone preparing for, or who has recently started in the role of Circuit Steward or anyone currently serving as a Circuit Steward who would like to refresh or develop learning and share experiences with others.
How much does this event cost?
This event is free and offered as part of the Learning Network support across the Connexion - just register and you'll receive joining instructions for the event
How do I book a place?
Go to Eventbrite, you can follow the link here  Circuit Stewards Training Tickets, Mon 26 Feb 2024 at 19:00 | Eventbrite
Rosie Bryant  
Learning & Development Officer | The Connexional Team  
Phone: 07772979625


Calling all Spinners and Weavers!

Are there any spinners and weavers in the District? If so, would you enjoy getting together for some quality spinning and weaving time? Is there anyone who would like to learn?
Get in touch with me and let's see if we can make something happen. I'm currently supporting 'Canuary' which is the challenge from 'All we Can' to do as much of something as we can in January to raise funds for a project in Liberia. I'm spinning as much as I can!
Frances Biseker.   


New Year Gathering for Church Children and Youth Workers

Jo Yair and Charlotte Scrivens are organising a New Year gathering for all who work with Children and Young People in a church context across the West Midlands. Come along to meet others, share your ideas, and to feel refreshed as the new year starts. Coffee and cake will be provided!

For date, venue and booking, please follow the link.



Free Smaller Spaces Trees

A fantastic opportunity is available to us- free trees suitable for smaller spaces are being made available through the West Midlands Virtual Forest. To access some free trees for planting at homes, churches or other places, simply contact them. They can either plant trees on your behalf, or, you can set up a hub at an appointed time in Wolverhampton and surrounding areas for pick up. This is a great way for churches to help care for creation, and, you can register to follow your tree’s progress! 

Get your trees here 

Free Trees

Share your progress on the Care for Creation Facebook Page found at



New Property Handbook

The Methodist Church have produced a new Property  Handbook for Property stewards which contains some helpful resources and (almost) everything you need to know if you are in charge of a Methodist building.
Please click here



Pastoral Worker required - Telford


April Representative Synod Date

Please be aware that the Spring Representative Synod will be held in person in the Shropshire and Marches Circuit on Sat 20th April so please save the date. More details to follow.


New District Grants Officer

We’re delighted that, subject to confirmation of the appointment by the District Policy Committee, Rev’d Denise Hargreaves of the Shropshire & Marches Circuit will serve as the new District Grants Officer working with the Resourcing Mission Committee.  The next meeting of the RMC will be on 15th February.  Denise will glad to receive applications by Wednesday 18th January


Christ for All Nations 2024
2024 is a big year for CfaN so as a leader that is based in West Midlands and surrounding area, we would like to invite you to our Leaders Vision Breakfast for Birmingham on Saturday 10th Feb 2024 at 8.30am at The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre.
This Vision Breakfast is an invitation to church leaders to come together and contribute significantly to Birmingham and the UK's spiritual landscape.
Event Highlights
*             Visionary Talks: Engage with leaders as they discuss CfaN's past achievements and envision the exciting future of evangelism.
*             Networking Opportunities: Build connections with members of the faith community who share your dedication and passion.
*             Detailed Insights: Gain in-depth knowledge about CfaN's School of Evangelism and the upcoming Gospel Campaign and opportunities.
Please find attached the link to CfaN's web page for more details <>
Tickets are £25 per head, but as you are a leader we would like to offer you a complimentary ticket, but places are limited, if you require further information or to book your free ticket please give CfaN a call on 0121 602 2000.
They are looking forward to welcoming you on the 10th February 2024.





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