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Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion 

I Greet You All In The Name of Jesus Christ.

My name is Reverend Doreen Koffie-Williams. I am a presbyter in the Coventry and Nuneaton Circuit. I am also the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion officer (EDI) in Birmingham District. My role is to support our work, to help put recommendations into place and to act as a communication between the Connexional Team officers and local churches.

Strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity
The 2021 Conference adopted a comprehensive strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity as is rooted in Methodist theology, which presents an opportunity for a ‘profound change in the culture, practices and attitudes of the Methodist Church’.

The aim of the strategy is to enable the Methodist Church to ‘live according to our theological conviction’ that God loves us all and God’s universal love is a testament of our calling to discipleship in both the lay and ordained ministry.

The report is geared towards assisting the Methodist Church as far as possible, to become an all - inclusive church, responding to matters of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. It demonstrates that the Strategy for Justice, Dignity, and Solidarity is a shift from verbalising to acting out our belief through our living and discipleship.

What does this mean for us?
Birmingham District is fully committed to as far as possible achieving the strategy set out - amongst others:
 

  • to eradicate all discrimination and coercive control within the Methodist Church, and for all people to be treated justly and with dignity across the breadth of the Methodist Church’.
  • for a paradigm shift (a profound change) in the culture, practices, and attitudes of the Methodist Church so that all Methodists are able to be full participants in the Church’s life’.

As such, the local churches, circuits, districts, and the Methodist Council, are now required to adapt ‘a culture of justice and respect for all, as equal partners in the Gospel’.

Next Step:
To ensure the strategy is effective, we now need EDI officers representing the circuits, working collaboratively to support the implementation of this strategy across every sphere of the Methodist Church’s life.

You can access the Strategy for Justice Dignity and Solidarity at: Working Towards a Fully Inclusive Church

Also, the User Guide offers ways to pray about the Strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity work, it gives an insight into the report adopted by Conference 2021, and it is a useful material for ‘individually, worship, and small groups.

The User Guide to the Strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity can be accessed here.

You can also order free copies (free plus P&P)  from Methodist Publishing.

If you need to discuss either matters relating to the EDI officer’s role in the circuit or the Strategy for Justice Dignity and Solidarity or The User Guide, please contact me on:
Email: Doreen.koffie-Williams@methodist.org.uk
Telephone Number:02476713314
Mobile: 07756630672

Blessings,
Rev. Doreen Koffie-Williams.
Minister at Earlsdon and Radford & Holbrook Methodist Churches
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer, Birmingham District.

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being, many, are one body: so also, is Christ’. (1 Corinthians 12:12).
19th July 2022

Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Currently we are not offering tea, coffee and biscuits after the service due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, but it is hoped we can re start soon.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet off the back of church.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am, but when the music is led by our Worship Band, we have a few hymns &/or songs before the service starts. There is then a warm welcome from one of our Stewards. Church news & extra notices may also be given at this time. Our services are typically an hour long, with a mixture of hymns, prayers, bible readings and a sermon. One of our leaders will give the sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We finish with a final worship song before a final prayer is said. (Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.)


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What about my kids?

If you would like information of the activities available for children when they restart please Contact Us.

Have you got children? Would you like to bring them to church?

Earlsdon Methodist Church aims to provide a safe & welcoming environment in which children can be themselves & have fun learning about our Christian faith. Please see our Sunday Services page for more information on Sunday morning groups for children.

 
Current mid-week groups available for children are as follows:

  • Prayers & Bears – every Wednesday morning starting at 8.45 am. This is hosted by the church but led by Tulo & Sarah Raistrick from St Barbara’s C of E Church & is open to parents & carers with children aged ?).
     
  • Dayspring Steel Band – please follow this link for more information.

In addition to the above we now have two youth pastors, Ruda & Ady, & we welcome the new opportunities that they are bringing for our children & youth

 
If you have any questions about any of the above then please Contact Us .

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, morning, afternoons and evenings.


Our groups include:-

  • Tuesday Prayer Lunch
  • Wednesday Fellowship
  • Wednesday Word
  • Dayspring Steel Band
  • Wellspring Café
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.
  We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes