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.
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/
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
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:
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
Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy is a partnership organisation between the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit and the Hereford Diocese.
The Chaplaincy have made two films to inform on the nature of Agricultural Chaplaincy and to encourage both those considering Chaplaincy and potential supporters to get involved. You can watch the films here.
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”.
The 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.
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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