District Office, Beckminster Methodist Church, Wolverhampton, WV3 7BQ

An Update from Rwanda

I received greetings this morning from Bishop Samuel Kayinamura in Kigali, a good friend to the District through our partnership with the Free Methodist Church in Rwanda. I had only just been thinking of him as I listened to the Rwandan spokeswoman on Radio 4 defend the country’s decision to…

Enoch Powell 50 Years On

Over recent months Rachel, along with many others, have been reflecting on the infamous Rivers of Blood speech which was delivered 50 years ago by Wolverhampton MP Enoch Powell.  Rachel shares some of her thoughts in a recent Connexional Blog on Wesley Horse.  The blog can be found here.

District Pilgrimage 2018

Rachel and Ivor are leading a group of people from across the District on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Head.  Rachel is posting regularly on her Facebook Page, where possible I will also share information below. Day Nine Pilgrimage Day 9: Golan Heights It was a strange day to go…

Proposal to recognise Enoch Powell in Wolverhampton through a Blue Plaque:

A View from the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of The Methodist Church The new series of ITV’s popular police drama Endeavour is set in 1968; the same year that Enoch Powell, then Conservative MP for Wolverhampton, made his “Rivers of Blood” speech.  In a recent episode featuring arson attacks upon Kenyan Asian…

Rachel urges others to join her in Mosque visits

The Chair of District is encouraging people to join her when she visits two local mosques as part of Visit My Mosque Day 2017. Thousands of Britons are expected to visit one of more than 150 mosques taking part in the third annual event of its kind on Sunday 7…

The Revd Christopher (Chris) Hardy

Rev’d Chris Hardy, a Methodist Minister who began work in the Shropshire and Marches Circuit last September, has died suddenly and unexpectedly at home. Whilst he had only been in post for a short period, Chris has already made many good relationships with local people.  He worked with Methodist congregations…

Ministers Don’t Move A Muscle About Benefit Sanctions

Ministers gathered at Presbyteral Synod didn’t move a muscle yesterday to challenge the regime of sanctions applied to those receiving benefit payments.  Synod was addressed by Paul Morrison of the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) which represents the Methodist Church on issues of social justice.  Santions involve benefit payments being…

New Site for the Chair’s Blog

Now that Rachel is in post she will be making more use of Facebook as a means for communicating with people and sharing her travels and thoughts. You can follow her travels by heading across to the Facebook Page and liking it.

Methodist Conference 2016

This week I have been at Methodist Conference meeting at Methodist Central Hall Westminster, it’s been an excellent but long week. Above is a picture from the closing act of worship and below is a picture of some of the District representatives.

Fishley Rock

Each year the Walsall Methodist Circuit organise a service at Fishley Rock in Pelsall where it is suggested that John Wesley preached from. This year it was my chance to preach from that spot.