MINISTERS JON CHESWORTH AND FRANCES BISEKER FEATURE IN BREAKFAST CONVERSATION VIDEOS

Prior to the Breakfast Conversation, Circuit Steward Andrea Sheppick made two videos featuring ministers Jon Chesworth and Frances Biseker addressing food poverty. These can be viewed here:
https://youtu.be/bBW5N3OyZRM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N5hrE46h5E

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LEOMINSTER CHAPEL HOST BREAKFAST CONVERSATION TO ADDRESS UK HUNGER

 

Leominster Methodist Church held a Breakfast Conversation last Saturday where a group was established to support the End Hunger UK campaign, a national campaign sponsored by several charities including Child Poverty Action Group and Church Action on Poverty. Over a cooked breakfast the group made up of participants from local churches of various denominations, discussed the growing need for food banks in most of the towns and cities in the UK, why people in a developed society are going hungry and what the church can do to address this crisis.  With members of the clergy and caring professions being increasingly approached by people facing food and fuel poverty, due in many cases to what they consider the failings of the benefits system, particularly payment delays, an inflexible and harsh sanctions policy and long adjudication procedures, participants felt that the time has come to do more than provide food through food banks.

Revd. Jon Chesworth who chaired the discussion said the event was “an opportunity to enjoy breakfast and talk about the serious issue of why people are going hungry, to listen to peoples’ stories and share experiences” adding that he felt that the system set up to help poorer members of society is “not compassionate enough”. Myths about false benefit claimants were dispelled in a presentation which revealed that this accounts for under 1 percent of claims and that zero hours contracts were largely to blame for the desperate situation many, who are in work yet turn to food banks, find themselves in.

The presentation included first-hand accounts from people living with long-term reliance on food banks, a segment on a Church Action on Poverty initiative that provides meals for children during school holidays, a screening of the trailer for the film I, Daniel Blake and a brief overview of the Truth and Lies Report published by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).*

Through the discussion which followed, the group identified a need for policy to deal specifically with poverty in rural areas. They decided to take practical steps including galvanising church members to lobby MPs, investigate where school holiday meals provision schemes can be established locally, develop fundraising initiatives and continue to meet as an ecumenical endeavour to support End Hunger UK.

Prior to the Breakfast Conversation, Circuit Steward Andrea Sheppick made two videos featuring Revd. Jon Chesworth and Frances Biseker addressing food poverty. These can be viewed here:

 

For more information visit:

www.endhungeruk.org

www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/truthandliesaboutpoverty *

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President and Vice-President of Conference to Visit District

President of Conference, Revd. Dr. Roger Walton and Vice-President Rachel Lampard MBE will be visiting the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District from March 25th to 27th 2017.

On the Saturday 25th we will be holding a day at Bayston Hill Methodist Church (SY3 0HY) with both the President and Vice-President, and a range of other guests, in conversation and workshop (see poster below).  The day will be based on the Presidential theme of ‘Holiness and Justice’ and the concept of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, an ecumenical initiative based on a global wave of prayer between 25th May and 4th June.

On Monday 27th Trinity Methodist Church, Kidderminster (DY10 2JX) will host a Q&A session with Roger from 10:00am –12, with refreshments at 09:30.  This will follow a similar pattern to recent years where we will invite Roger to share some of his experiences over the year and then a chance for questions to be asked.

 

This event is particularly aimed at clergy and lay workers, however if others feel this would be beneficial to them they are more than welcome to join with us.

 

Mr. Leigh Maydew l PA to The Revd. Rachel Parkinson

Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District | The Methodist Church

 

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Sharing God’s Love on Local Radio

HEAR REVD. RICHARD HALL ON BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE
The Circuit’s Superintendent has been contributing to BBC Radio Shropshire’s Pause for Thought, a weekly Sunday morning item, for a while now.
Listen to one of his reflections from the series, “Sticks and Stones”.

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Professor Elaine Heath Open Events Programme

learning-elaine-heath-1015The Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network is delighted to announce that Professor Elaine Heath, an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church and McCreless Professor of Evangelism, will be sharing with Methodists and others throughout England and Scotland from Sunday 15 November – Friday 27 November 2015.

Details of her public events can be found on this flyer.

Other events across the regions will be independently organised and details will be on the Events across the Connexion calendar.

Professor Elaine Heath was ordained at SMU Perkins School of Theology. She co-founded Missional Wisdom, the Epworth Project and New Day which are networks of new monastic, missional communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Tomorrow’s Country – West Midlands Joint Public Issues Team

Major churches in the West Midlands have produced Tomorrows Country a churchgoers’  manifesto for the 2015 General Election. The manifesto is based on regional research by Church leaders that highlights the key political issues for members of their congregations, and aims at better enabling churchgoers to question parliamentary candidates on the topics that matter most to them.

A background booklet explains how the research was undertaken, gives a longer version of the Manifesto and raises questions for discussion.

The West Midlands Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church surveyed hundreds of churchgoers in the West Midlands. The results revealed that over 95% of respondents wanted to see a society that is compassionate, caring, fair, just, honest, respectful and tolerant. When asked about the policies that would guarantee such a society, there was virtual agreement in many areas such as the need to protect the vulnerable, increase penalties for tax evasion, and guarantee more housing for first time buyers.

The Revd. Roy Lowes, Moderator of the United Reformed Church’s West Midlands Synod, said: “The research and the Manifesto leaflet produced by and for churchgoers outlines the issues that matter most to them in the run up to the General Election. Poverty, benefits and welfare are just some of the key topics the Manifesto focuses on and churchgoers want to know how political candidates are going to tackle these problems.”

The Revd John Howard, Methodist District Chair of Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury added:  “There is a need for Christians to voice their concerns in the run up to the General Election in order to promote the common good in our society. We hope that the  Manifesto will encourage churches and others to do just this by getting involved in the crucial debates, holding hustings, and questioning political candidates about the policies set out in ‘Tomorrow’s Country’.”

‘The manifesto and background booklet are being  sent out to Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches churches in the West Midlands region and available for download on the West Midlands United Reformed Church Synod website.

Churchgoers are also being encouraged to use the national JPIT election resources, including short films, bible studies and reflections that aim to better equip churches for the election, available at http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/

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Who On Earth Is God? Explored With Revd. Neil Richardson

Come and explore Who on Earth is God? 

This evening, Thursday 16th April at Baysto9780567466013n Hill Methodist Church, Shrewsbury, Lansdowne Road, SY3 0HZ.

The evening includes audio visual presentations, an interview with Neil Richardson, a summary of the themes of his book Who on Earth is God? and an open question and answer session. Light refreshments will be available from 30 minutes before start time.

Copies of Who on Earth is God ? will be available for signing and purchase at the end of the evening.

Ideal for those exploring faith, and those wanting to sharpen their thinking – in particular their response to ‘new atheists’ like Richard Dawkins and Stephen Fry.

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Photo competition puts the focus on local preachers and worship leaders

Photographers are being asked to put Methodist local preachers and worship leaders in the frame.

The Local Preachers and Worship Leaders Photo Competition, launched today, aims to showcase the diversity of worship leaders and local preachers across the Church. Entrants will be asked to submit two photos for their entry. The first should be of the local preacher or worship leader engaging a congregation through worship or preaching. The other should depict the subject in an aspect of their daily life that informs their ministry – perhaps in their day job, enjoying a hobby or engaging with a community project.

The competition is open to UK residents and people are encouraged to interpret the brief as creatively as possible. Images captured using smartphones are welcomed, as long as the quality is high.

The lead judge will be internationally renowned documentary photographer, Martin Parr. Martin’s interest in the competition connects with his experience of Methodism as a child. He says: “My grandfather was a Methodist local preacher and keen photographer, who first introduced me to the camera.”

Prizes will be awarded in four categories:

• Pictures of worship leaders: entrants aged 18 or younger

• Pictures of worship leaders: entrants over the age of 18

• Pictures of local preachers: entrants aged 18 or younger

• Pictures of local preachers: entrants over the age of 18

 

Winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize of £75, with £40 awarded to second and third place. All entries will be showcased in an online gallery.

 

The competition is sponsored by the Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust (LWPT), which launched Preach Resources in September 2014.

 

“LWPT’s purpose is to support preachers and leaders of worship of all denominations through resources, grants and training. We are delighted to be involved in the competition, and look forward to seeing the fruit of your creativity,” said Jo Swinney, Preach Editor, judging panellist.

 

The closing date for entries is Sunday 31 May.

For more details visit www.methodist.org.uk

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Methodist Modern Art Collection in Wrexham

There is a rare opportunity to catch up with 40 works from the Methodist Modern Art Collection in Wrexham from 19 January to 26 March 2105.

You can see them at Wrexham Methodist Church and Glyndwr University’s Oriel Sycharth Gallery.

Both venues will be open 9:30am-4:00pm Monday to Saturday. A full programme of concerts, seminars, conversations and workshops will accompany the exhibition.

Entry to the exhibition and to all events on the programme is free.

 
For more information please contact: Revd Richard Sharples, Tel: 01978 361489, email: rvsharples@phonecoop.coop
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Face of Hatred

An Inter Faith Wolverhampton Event 27-30 November

Relatives of ISIS victims Alan Haines and David Henning asked us to respond by simple acts showing we would not let these horrible acts divide us, even more important as sadly they continue.  Let’s show we stand together!
Over the weekend 27-30 Nov a banner of unity will be welcomed at places of worship of all the main faiths in the city.
The weekend will culminate at 4.30pm in Queen Square WV1 1TX when the banner will be presented to the Mayor of Wolverhampton.

For more information and to obtain a leaflet about this event please contact the District Office at www. wsmethodist.org.uk

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