Category Archives: Caring

MWiB Presidential Inauguration 22nd June 2pm

Methodist Women in Britain: Birmingham District Inauguration of the new President: Jackie Hartley and Vice President: Deacon Marilyn Slowe on Saturday 22nd June 2019. 2pm.

At Catshill Methodist Church, Golden Cross Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove. B61 0LG.

Preacher Rev. Loraine N Mellor: previous President of Conference.

Refreshments will follow the Service. All welcome. 

For further information please contact Kay Davies (kbdavies at hotmail.co.uk)

Foundation Safeguarding Training 25th May at South Parade

The Methodist Church offers two main levels of Safeguarding Training – Foundation and Advance (formerly Leadership). Both come under the heading “Creating Safer Space”.

The Training being run at South Parade at 0930 on Saturday 25th May is Foundation level training, and it is the “Foundation Refresher” course aimed at all those who need a top up having previously done the Foundation Module within the last four years or so.

Who Needs To Attend

Core list – required attendance 

  • Presbyters with an active preaching or pastoral ministry
  • Deacons with an active preaching or pastoral ministry
  • Pre-ordination students and probationers
  • Lay employees and volunteer workers with pastoral responsibility l Pastoral visitors 
  • Anyone working with 0-18 year-olds in the name of the Church
  • Anyone working in activities targeted at adults who are vulnerable (eg luncheon club for the housebound)
  • Church stewards
  • Circuit stewards
  • Local preachers
  • Worship leaders
  • Those training for local preaching or worship leading
  • Church and circuit safeguarding representatives
  • Choir/music group/drama leaders – where there are 0-18 year-olds or vulnerable adults in the group.
  • District staff especially policy committee members, complaints and discipline, mediators
  • Core teaching staff at Methodist Church training institutions
  • Connexional staff with direct safeguarding links (eg children and youth workers)
  • ‘Covenant of Care’ group members
  • Members of the Connexional Complaints Committee
  • Any student who will be undertaking a mission placement
  • Young leaders (ages 16-18)
  • Members of the Safeguarding Committee 

Warmly invited but not mandatory 

  • Evangelism/mission enablers
  • Leaders of other organisations, working with 0-18 year-olds or vulnerable adults, who use church premises
  • Remaining choir/music group/drama leaders
  • Any other group leaders within the church, who may have adults within their particular group who are vulnerable
  • Property stewards and other keyholders
  • Caretakers
  • Church/circuit meeting secretaries
  • Church/circuit/district administrators
  • Remaining district and connexional staff
  • Remaining teaching staff at Methodist Church training institutions 

What Do I Need To Read Beforehand?

It would be a huge help if you could familiarise yourself with the Policies, Procedures and Guidance from the Methodist Church Website. That’s a big document, but it really helps to know what’s in it so that you can refer to it as a resource.

You will all be given a copy of the Foundation Module Handbook, but it wouldn’t hurt to see it beforehand and familiarise yourself with the contents.

How do I Book?

Please book by emailing Nikki Murcott (email address in Circuit Newsletter).

Canoldir – Birmingham Male Voice Choir

In aid of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Cleft Palette  Team

A member of the Choir has a grandson. Eddie, who was born with a cleft palette, but because of the remarkable work and care of the ‘Birmingham Children’s Hospital Cleft Team’, he has undergone a remarkable facial transformation.  The team included surgeons, nurses and therapists from a variety of disciplines. Eddie will require ongoing treatment.

In recognition of their life-changing skill and expertise, and out of gratitude, Eddie’s father John, has already undertaken two sponsored Iron Man Triathlon challenges involving a 2.4 miles swim in open water, followed by a 112mile cycle ride that concluded with running a marathon to raise funds for the ‘Cleft Team’ in gratitude for all that they have achieved with Eddie.  Meanwhile John has had his own battle to fight with a form of cancer.

At the wish of its members, the Choir are giving their services to raise more funds for the work of this remarkable charity that has done so much for the grandson of one of its members.

Safeguarding Training – Advanced Course

Dear Friends,

Below are the dates and venues of the future planned Advanced Courses in the District.

The list of those who need to attend this Advanced course is here.

Advanced Course at Erdington MC on Tuesday 21st May 2019 ( limited spaces available)

Advanced Course at Blackheath Central MC on Saturday 22nd June 2019 , 10-3pm

Advanced Course at Solihull MC on Tuesday 10th September 2019,  10-3pm

Advanced Course at Ross-on-Wye on Saturday 16th November 2019 , 10-3pm

Advanced Course at Kenilworth MC on Saturday 8th Feb 2020, 10-3pm ( please note the change of date as previously advertised)

All places need to be booked on by emailing me on
birminghamsafeguarding [AT] birminghammethodist.org.uk

Kind regards

Sue Holder

District Safeguarding Officer, Birmingham Methodist District

SEE ALSO OUR CIRCUIT SAFEGUARDING PAGE

Christian Aid – Circle the City – Birmingham 2019

Saturday 18th May: A great day out…

Join us for this unique fundraising challenge on a sponsored bus ride around Birmingham. This family friendly event will be a great day packed with activities, challenges, pop up exhibitions, musical performances, guided tours and many more adventures along the way!

More details and booking information here.

Sutton Park Circuit ‘Walk for Justice’

A response to KNIFE CRIME in our communities

Begins THIS Sunday, 14th April Noon at Kingstanding…… and ends Westminster Good Friday, 19th April.

The coach is booked to leave Kingstanding at 12 noon on Good Friday for the Knife Walk/Service in Westminster. The coach has 53 seats. BOOK NOW if you want to join us for worship and protest in London. We could easily run out of spaces.

Youth Worship – Launching the Knife Cross Walk

THIS Sunday, 14th April 11am – Kingstanding – see poster above.

Support The Walkers

Knife crime walk – our JustGiving page. Help us to cover the costs!

Itinerary and additional details here.

Updates During the Week:

Journey updates and photographs will be put on twitter (https://twitter.com/Braziekthevic

The giant cross fashioned from knives donated by local police.

Funeral of Mai McGinnigle

Many around the circuit will know Jack and Mai McGinnigle. Mai finally lost her battle against Parkinson’s Disease on 1st April. Her funeral will be on Thursday 18th April at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium at 1.00 pm, followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Four Oaks Church at 2.00 pm. All would be most welcome to join the family.

Revd Edward Heyes funeral

Many in the circuit will remember Ted who for some years attended Four Oaks Church. Sadly he recently passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Ted’s funeral is on Monday, 1st April at 1pm at Worcester Crematorium,
followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Droitwich Methodist Church at 2.30
pm. After the Thanksgiving Service there will be a light tea in the Wesley
room at the church. Everyone is welcome to join the family.