Category Archives: Circuit

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

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