Category Archives: Learning

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).

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

Lent Groups

Lent Groups  around the Circuit are listed below. All are welcome.

WEDNESDAYS

10.30amBoldmere B73 5UB: from 13 March (except 20 March)
1.30pm Falcon Lodge B75 7ER: from 13 March (except 20 March)


THURSDAYS

1.30pm: Stockland Green B23 7JH

2pm (Guided retreat)  Erdington B23 6TX   from 14 March

FRIDAYS​
10.30am Nechells B7 5PR from 15  March
7.30pmKingstanding B44 0TF from 15 March 

Courageous Conversations

You are invited to join the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District as they come together for “Courageous Conversations on Marriage and Relationships” – a space welcoming people holding different perspectives where we can open the Bible together; look back over what the Church has said and done regarding Marriage & Relationships; consider what it means for us to be a people living with contradictory convictions and prepare for further conversations in 2019/20.

For further details please see the attached poster.

Professor Anthony Reddie

The UK’s Top Black Theologian

Professor Anthony Reddie
“Talking About God” Course Poster

Prof. Anthony Reddie is coming to Stockland Green to run a short course “Accessible Approaches To Doing Theology”, fortnightly in the evening at the Café on the Green from Sunday 10th March.

For more details, download the Flyer For The Sessions below.