Wem Chapel’s Dementia Friendly Service, led by Local Preacher Susan Dutton was inclusive and interactive food for the spirit. The service demonstrated how incorporating, “old favourite” hymns, a comforting touch, instruments, a focal point and talking with rather than to an aging congregation, can help those with dementia to better participate in church.









The Wem Cluster are planning to roll out the Churches Together initiative across the Northern Area of the Circuit. It is hoped that similar services will be offered across the Circuit.














For more information on Dementia Friendly Churches visit:

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Chair of District Revd. Rachel Parkinson will be leading a District Retreat Day on the theme of vocation:
“Called by Name” for @WSMethodist at Stiperstones Methodist Church SY5 0PF. Wednesday 28th February 10-3:30. Drinks provided. Please bring your own lunch.
For more information telephone 01902 658 383 or email admin@wsmethodist.org.uk
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If you know anyone who may be facing difficult circumstances this Christmas season, please invite them. All Welcome.

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Borderlands Welcomes Eight New Chaplains

Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy (BRC) has added new chaplains to its team.  A licensing service conducted by Honorary Assistant Bishop Michael Bourke at Church Stretton Methodist Church brought an additional eight chaplains to the team of five, which was commissioned in 2015. Revd. Jon Chesworth and Revd. Frances Biseker from the Shropshire and Marches Circuit are among those newly commissioned.

Opening the service, which was led by Methodist District Chair Revd. Rachel Parkinson, Chaplain Nick Read stated, “Chaplaincy is as wide as the people who take part in it. Our passion is the farming community, our motivation is the love of Jesus Christ”.

The ecumenical partnership between the Diocese of Hereford and the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church offers pastoral care and outreach to farmers, farming families and agricultural communities principally within Hereford and South Shropshire.

2016 saw substantial requests for support from the Chaplaincy Team with approximately 250 farming families receiving help and support ranging from a confidential listening ear, farm and home visits, to sign-posting to appropriate organisations and practical, hands-on assistance. Pastoral contacts reach the Chaplaincy through various channels including the national helpline, The Farming Community Network (FCN), members of the agricultural industry and Trading Standards.


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Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy To License New Chaplains

Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy is growing, licensing new chaplains on Saturday July 22nd, to offer more farmers & agricultural communities pastoral care. You are invited to join them for this special occasion:

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Rwanda Youth Trip Fundraising Concert

Superintendent Minister Revd. Richard Hall will be leading a Youth trip to Rwanda in August. Among the young people participating in the visit, which will include collaborating with members of the Methodist Church in Rwanda on a variety of projects, will be his daughters Ruth and Catrin.

To raise funds for the trip they invite you to,

A “Musical Evening”
featuring Ruth, Catrin and other special guests
At Bayston Hill Methodist Church, Lansdowne Road, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury SY3 0HZ
On Saturday 24th June at 7.00pm
Come along and be musically entertained.
Free admission – donations welcome
Refreshments available

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Thy Kingdom Come global prayer initiative starts on Thursday May 25th and continues to Sunday June 4th.
If you have not yet pledged to pray and would like to, or to find a range or resources and suggestions on how you can participate as an individual, family or church go to:
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“Shine Like Stars”



















Worship prepared by the Methodist Women in Britain on behalf of the World Mission Fund. The offering helps the work of 65 Partner Churches overseas. This is an opportunity to hear about some of the Christians and work taking place in these churches.

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Ellesmere Methodist Chapel (SY12 0EA) are hosting a Messy Church 4pm-6pm.

The Sunday Club group will be taking part in Clun Methodist Chapel’s (SY7 8JB) Morning Worship at 10am, which will include a distribution of flowers.

Ellerdine Heath Chapel (TF6 6QN) will be joined by Moreton Mill Chapel for a special Mothering Sunday Service at 9:30am led by Revd. Heather Williams. Flowers will be distributed to all the ladies. Families are asked to bring along a picture of their mothers for use during a time of mediation in the service.

Revd. Heather Williams will also conduct a special service at Northwood Chapel (SY4 5NN) at 11.00am.

Ludlow Methodist’s (SY8 1NH) Junior Church will distribute posies of daffodils and foliage, to all the ladies attending the morning service, at 10:30, regardless of whether they are ‘Mothers’ or not.

For other Mothering Sunday events taking place across the Circuit, please contact the churches directly.

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You may have picked up that we have been working hard planning the Presidential Visit that will soon be upon us, here is an outline of the weekend:
Friday 24th March
The President will be going to St John’s Bloxwich for lunch followed by seeing some of the pioneering work done by Vickie Heydon-Matterface in Leamore.
The Vice President will be joining Ablewell Advice in Walsall for lunch and the afternoon to see some of the work that they are doing.
In the evening both the President and Vice-President are joining Wolverhampton Pioneer Ministries to see their work at Darlington Street.
Saturday 25th March
The day will be spent at Bayston Hill Methodist Church starting with a chance for Supernumerary Ministers to meet with the President and Vice-President between 1000 and 1100. If you are attending this please let us know ASAP so that we can make catering arrangements.
This will be followed by a fantastic day of conversation and workshops called Praying for a Change. This will be a day open to all looking at the themes of Thy Kingdom Come and Holiness and Justice.
In the evening the President and Vice-President will meet with Senior Circuit Stewards and members of the District Staff Team over food.
Sunday 26th March
The President will be preaching at Shifnal Methodist Church in the morning and Kinver Methodist Church in the evening.
The Vice-President will be preaching at St Johns Bloxwich in the morning before leaving the District for prior engagements.
Monday 27th March
We will round off the visit as we have in recent years with a chance for Ministers and Lay Workers (if others would like to join they would be welcome) to meet with the President, hear some of his thoughts about his year in office before a chance for Questions and Answer. This will take place at Trinity Methodist Church, Kidderminster.

To find out more on Thy Kingdom Come visit: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

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