From:                              Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Office []

Sent:                               05 February 2024 12:21


Subject:                          05/02/2024


New this week:
Funeral arrangements for John Farrimond
Easter Pilgrimage '24
Changes  in the District Safeguarding Team
Safeguarding Training for the Community from NSPCC
News from Action for Children
Cardiff Methodist Community Choir Tour
3Generate '23 Video
In case you missed it:
Children's Support Grant
Amplify Stewards Needed
Christian Aid Changemaker Conference
Christian Aid's Lent Study
Connexional Vacancies
Local Arrangements Training
Circuit Steward Training
Christ for All Nations 2024 update

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Funeral Arrangements for Rev'd John Farrimond

The District is sorry to bring the news that the Rev’d Ken Farrimond, Supernumerary in the Telford Circuit, has recently died.  Our prayers are with John’s family.  The funeral service for John will take place at Trinity Methodist, Newport on Thursday 22nd February at 11am.  It will also be streamed via Zoom.  If you would like this option then please contact the District Office for details ( )
John’s wife, Kath, died during the pandemic and so the family are arranging a lunch afterwards to recollect and celebrate both John and Kath’s lives and ministry over their seven decades together.  Those able to join the lunch are asked to let the family know in advance, and by 6th February.  Again, please contact the District Office for contact details.


Easter Pilgrimage 2024: 1st - 6th April

Members of both the Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury and Birmingham Districts are invited to join a “pilgrim community” of up to 12 people this Easter week on a route largely based in the Telford Circuit.  During this six day experience, we will walk, pray and eat together and share sleeping space in a number of Methodist Churches.  Luggage (including your airbed / camp-bed and bedding) will be transferred each day.  Mileage will be between around 8 to 10 miles, taken at a gentle pace on rural routes that may include stiles.  We share cooking within the group.  
This is now a “tried and tested” formula which has been greatly appreciated by previous pilgrims.  Being willing to be part of a short-term community is far more important than being super-fit, providing you can manage a modest amount of walking over a number of consecutive days, followed by nights on a church floor!  The pilgrimage will be led by a small team of previous pilgrims, including Rachel Parkinson, Chair of Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District.  
If means allow, we suggest a contribution of £140 to the kitty to cover food, accommodation and luggage transfer.  Unfortunately, the living arrangements mean we cannot include children and young people, though they will be welcome to join us as accompanied day walkers (details later).  The gathering point will be close to Wellington Station on the early evening of Monday 1st April.  The departure point will be Shrewsbury Station on the late afternoon of Saturday 6th April.
If you are interested in joining the group this year, please don’t delay - contact Richard Lockley in the W&S District Office:   
There will be a briefing for pilgrims on Zoom on Thursday 14th March at 7pm


Changes in the District Safeguarding Team

We were very sad to lose Kay Redfern as Assistant DSO just before Christmas.  Kay has recently been in touch to say that she really is missing us all, but that she and her husband are thoroughly enjoying their new life on the South Coast and can really recommend retirement!
We’re very pleased to welcome Stephanie (Steph) Bradley as new Assistant District Safeguarding Officer across the two Districts.  Like Kay, Steph will focus on training and safeguarding audits whilst also assisting Sue Holder with some casework.  
In introducing herself, Steph says that she comes to this post having completed 33 years service with West Midlands Police where she has built up extensive experience in safeguarding and multi-agency working.  Steph was recently commended by the Chief Constable for the part she played in Operation Satchel - the largest ever child sexual abuse investigation and prosecution in the West Midlands.  
Steph and her husband have 3 grown up children and are also relatively new grandparents to a two year old.  She says that she is thoroughly enjoying the challenges of bringing all her experience into a new context.
I’m sure Steph will soon become a well-known face across the District.  She can be contacted at


Safeguarding Training for the Community from NSPCC

Within our churches there’s a good level of safeguarding training and awareness.  But what about in our communities?  The NSPCC is offering free training to help communities be fully supportive of the children and families in their midst in a way which is safe and appropriate.  Could your church be a host?  If you’d like to explore this you can use the email contact on the flyer.  Alternatively, if you’d like to chat things through with Lizzie Brookes, Local Campaigns Officer for the Midlands, the District Office has Lizzie’s contact details. 


News from Action for Children





Cardiff Methodist Community Choir SHOUT tour '24

Heaton Moor United Church, Stockport, SK4 4HL
on Friday 16th February 2024 at 7pm.
Lichfield Methodist Church, Lichfield, WS13 6JJ
on Saturday 17th February 2024 at 7:30pm.

ALL ARE WELCOME - the event is free entry but donations welcome on the night!

In conjunction with the EDI policies of The Methodist Church
CMCC works to raise awareness of the social injustices within society that prevent the Kingdom of God from becoming realised.
If we want to declare that our faith is for everyone, that it is so wonderfully hopeful and takes us towards the Kingdom here on earth, we must have a deep-rooted understanding as to why we make that declaration,
How can we offer food if we do not know about hunger?
How can we offer inclusion if we do not know about those excluded?
How can we offer comfort if we do not know about the pain?
How can we offer fellowship if we do not know about loneliness?
And as Christians, how can we rejoice in the birth and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ without knowing the horror of the crucifixion?
CMCC takes up this worthy campaign and in its own way raises awareness of societal injustices, at the same time heralding and empowering the uniqueness of humankind to love and care for each other, as we are loved and cared for.

We are CMCC. 
Rev Andrew Charlesworth, Chair of Wales Synod Cymru writes
‘Cardiff Methodist Community Choir (CMCC) are made up of members of the Cardiff Circuit and those who come along from the wider community.  They have a passion for justice, dignity and solidarity, together with a desire to share with others in an accessible and creative way. The Choir is keen to offer new arrangements of well-known secular and Christian songs. Having recently attended a service led by CMCC, I would heartily encourage you to come along and share with the Choir as part of this tour.’


3Generate '23 Video

Have you seen the brand new short video about 3Generate 2023? It's an amazing compilation of lots of faces and voices from last year's event! It's inspiring and encouraging and well worth a watch to be reminded how awesome it is to be involved in ministry with children, young people, families and young adults.
What's your favourite moment in the film?
Watch it here
Please share with your churches to inspire them to take part in 3 Generate this year.

Interesting in volunteering for 3 Generate 2024?
 Please sign up to find out how to be part of it all this year! 

Dates for your diary 
Volunteer Registration : 12th February 2024
Ticket sales open 16th April 2024

Sarah Remy 
Events Assistant | The Connexional Team 
Phone: 020 7467 5217 


Children's Support Fund

 We are still able to support Children's activities through a Children's support grant. The original fund has been spent but the District has agreed to make more funds available so please apply using the link and forward to my email    


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 an event 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 event 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


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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