Helen Titterton has been appointed ‘Places of Welcome’ enabler for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, with the aim of helping community groups open their doors to local people. Every week people are free to belong, connect and contribute at ‘Places of Welcome,’ many of which are churches. The growing network of hospitality is run by local groups who want to make sure that everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation. Helen, who lives in Lichfield, will undertake the role on a part-time basis. Find out more about Places of Welcome here.
Pentecostal members of ‘Churches Together in England’ have elected Pastor Agu Irukwu as the next Pentecostal President. A law graduate of the University of Warwick, barrister and former investment banker, Pastor Agu is national leader of the ‘Redeemed Christian Church of God’ in the UK, and Senior Pastor of Jesus House, London. Pastor Agu becomes only the second person to serve in this position following Bishop Eric Brown, who served as CTE’s first Pentecostal President between 2013 and 2017.
Revd Mike Bridgewater has been appointed Dementia-Friendly Enabler for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent part of the Church-of-England Diocese of Lichfield. In his role, Mike will aim to:
- Deliver ‘Dementia-Friendly Church’ courses in four sessions, covering pastoral care, church services, church buildings and community networks
- Deliver services in individual churches to raise awareness among the whole congregation, using the national ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative
- Offer advice and support when requested.
More information via this link.
President of the Methodist Conference for 2017/2018 is Revd Loraine Mellor, Chair of the Nottingham and Derby District of the Methodist Church, which covers East Staffordshire as well as the counties of Derby and Nottingham. Through the year of her presidency, Loraine is travelling the country (and beyond) in connection with the Methodist Church.
Revd Ashley Cooper has taken up the role of Principal of Cliff College. Ashley has for ten years been the Senior Minister at Swan Bank Methodist Church and the Superintendent of the Burslem (Stoke-on-Trent) Mission Circuit. Ashley has previously served in the Delamere Forest Circuit, as the District Evangelism Enabler in the Chester and Stoke District of the Methodist Church, and as the Co-ordinator of District Evangelism Enablers in the Methodist Church.