On Going Events and news…

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What can we do to help Traidcraft?

You might have seen in the news recently that Traidcraft is facing difficult times, with the very real possibility of closure at the end of the year.  Since 1979, Traidcraft has been pioneering fair trade in the UK. Today, the business is in a period of consultation, to see if there is a way it can work sustainably in the future. But whatever happens, it needs your help now.  Traidcraft currently works with over 100 producers from 30 countries: for their sakes, this autumn season needs to be a success.

Traidcraft sent these ideas as to how you can help (to which we’ve added notes of our own!)


  • Seek out the Traidcraft stall in your church or a church nearby – or, we would add, visit the Fairtrade stall in the indoor market in Shrewsbury: this is open from about 9.30 – 4.00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Do your Christmas shopping either by ordering from the stall (which is immensely helpful in keeping the market stall going) or at traidcraftshop.co.uk and encourage friends and family to do the same.
  • Hold a Traidcraft party at home or at church. Share catalogues and collect their orders.
  • Go to the Traidcraft website and sign up to receive their email newsletters, which will let you know how you can continue to help Traidcraft in the future.


Thank you.

Further to a recent Safeguarding Training session attended by some of the Circuit ministers and existing Safeguarding personnel, the Circuit has identified an urgent need to update Safeguarding Training through re-establishing a team of trainers.
The Safeguarding Officer role is being incorporated into my existing Lay-worker post and as such I will be responsible for coordinating and delivering training.
The intention is to recruit from within the Circuit approximately four additional trainers who will conduct a series of training sessions (perhaps 5), across the Circuit each year. Two trainers will attend each session which will also be attended by the minister from the area where the training session is taking place.
Circuit Safeguarding practice is of primary importance and it is imperative that mandatory training be given to those in specified roles and made available to all those who, of their own volition, would be interested in attending.
If training as a Safeguarding Trainer is something you are interested in pursuing, please email me for further information as soon as possible.
FAO MINISTERS: If you know of people in your churches who might be interested but are not online/don’t use email, please can you share this request with them.
Kind regards, Deborah Wills.
Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit
Circuit Media Officer
Bishop’s Castle Cluster Lay Worker
Telephone 01588 630 769
Mailing Address:
Circuit Media Office
Bishop’s Castle Methodist Church
Station Street
Bishop’s Castle
Shropshire SY9 5AQ

Guides needed for Shrewsbury Abbey

Shrewsbury Abbey is one of the twin Norman iconic buildings of Shrewsbury – built in 1087. It is also open 365 days of the year and receives between 25,000 and 30,000 visitors annually.

We have a willing band of amazing volunteers who commit 2 hourly slots to receiving our visitors – but age, infirmity, relocation …. and ‘fullness of age’ …. have rather depleted our numbers.

Would you be prepared to offer one (or more) 2 hourly slots per week to help welcome visitors to the Abbey?

The Abbey is a building of Christian witness and whilst guides do not have to profess ‘faith’ this is a wonderful opportunity for gentle evangelism – to let the history and the architecture speak of Christian outreach in the community to visitors from Shrewsbury and the wider world.

If interested – please contact Mike Purslow on 01743 – 232723 (best Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays) or on eMail – connexion@shrewsburyabbey.com



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Hannah Moore, Centre Director for Shrewsbury Youth for Christ, is taking on a sponsored challenge to raise money for SYFC. She is cycling down to Llanelli in South Wales and then running the Great Welsh Marathon.

 There is more information about this event at:

http://s-yfc.org/bike-run-wales/ and a training update vlog at https://vimeo.com/shrewsburyyfc 

If you would like Hannah, or one of the Youth for Christ team, to come and speak at your church or event and give an update on the work then please email Hannah at


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Churches Together Around Ludlow (CTAL) activities during 2017-2018

 Over many years, Christians around Ludlow have tried to show a common witness and to support united action, despite the historical differences of church structures and the continuing variety of preference for diverse styles of worship and fellowship.  The following is a brief summary of some of the main events that take place each year.

In January there is a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Each Lent there are Friday lunches in support of Christian Aid, and for many years there have been weekday ecumenical house groups for Bible study and discussion. In 2018 these latter were replaced by Alpha courses that have reached out to many new people, together with a large ecumenical study group led by Methodist Rev Dr Neil Richardson and hosted by the Catholics.

Building on long-standing ecumenical outreach to local schools, the Easter Experience events were very well supported and appreciated, as was the Good Friday Walk of Witness through the town.  The early Easter morning service on Whitcliffe, started many years ago by the Methodists, now has support from other churches.

The summer months tend not to be a time for CTAL-organised activities, but there is good ecumenical support for Christian Aid fund-raising each May.  Towards the end of the year there are preparations for the family-oriented Pantoin the Assembly Rooms, the Living Nativityevent on the streets of the town, and the Company At Christmaslunch for elderly people.

Ideas are shared at quarterly meetings of the CTAL Executive, which consists of ministers and lay representatives from every denomination.  Agreements are reinforced and disagreements are recognised.  In recent months a new website has been launched and a new brochure printed.  Support continues for the Hands Together Ludlowand the Ludlow Under Pressuregroups, while CTAL has become a member of the new Ludlow Dementia Alliance.

CTAL may not be a high profile organisation, but hopefully it will continue to be a supportive network for the mutual challenge and joint action of those who feel called by God to serve the present agein and around Ludlow.

Laurence Taylor Extract from the Ludlow Methodist Annual Report

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