We are delighted to announced that after interviews last week, Nicola Turner has accepted the offer to become the new Team Leader/Lay Pioneer Minister of WPM. She will take up her appointment in June 2017.
This means that we will soon be advertising her current role of Young Adult Outreach Worker. So do watch this space and pass on the job advert to those you know who might be interested!
We’d value your prayers during this time of change and transition. Do get in touch with Nicola to offer your congratulations as well!
We have a new pattern of prayer for 2017!
On Mondays the team commits to pray for anyone who requests prayer but we do not meet to pray.
On Tuesdays the God at Work Group meets, this is a small group for those who are in full time work or education. This group meets at 7 pm to 8.30 pm every fortnight. During Lent we will be studying Dethroning Mammon, the Diocese’s recommended Lent Book. Email us for more information.
On Wednesdays we will meet to pray at midday in Zuri Coffee, 37 Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1EQ.
On Thursdays we meet to pray at 9 am in Zuri Coffee.
On Fridays we will meet at 10.30 am for Breakfast and Bible Study, the venue for this will change from week to week so you need to email us for more info.
If you would like us to pray for you please use this link to email us your prayer request in confidence. You can also send a Message on Facebook: Wolverhampton Pioneer Ministries or Twitter: @wolvespm or Instagram: wolvespm.
We use the Community of St Chad prayers. You can find the prayers for each day using these links: morning prayer and evening prayer.
What will 2017 bring? What do you hope for? What challenges have you set yourself? What promises have you made? What will be different?
We started the year at Vitalise on 1 January 2017 listening to God’s question to Adam: Where are you?
We thought about this verse in the light of the beginning of the Gospel of John and the Christmas story: John 1:1-4 and John 1:10-14. We thought about the question “where are you?” in the light of what these passages tell us about Jesus.
We reflected on where we are emotionally, spiritually, physically. We thought of God in Christ constantly asking us where we are and calling us back into a relationship with Him and one another.
We committed to ask each other throughout the year “where are you?”
We’ve spent the summer as a community thinking about baptism and confirmation and how we live as disciples of Jesus. We’ve spent the early autumn thinking about the choices we make as followers of Jesus and how our faith impacts on the day to day things. This series will continue until Advent.
We are really excited to share with you details of our service of Baptism, Confirmation and Membership which is on Sunday 23 October at 6 pm at St Chad and St Mark in Penn Fields.
We’ve got two candidates for baptism, those candidates plus six more for confirmation and all those candidates plus one more being admitted into membership of the Methodist Church. Please do join us as we celebrate faith, belonging and commitment!
The holiday season is upon us and this means two things for the Vitalise community: first, Soul Survivor; and second, we have to start getting ready to say goodbye to people who are off to university or starting jobs having graduated. So, it’s fun before farewells.
Soul Survivor is 27 to 31 July, if you’re not going pray for those who are!
Throughout the summer at Vitalise we will be journeying through materials to help us prepare for our baptism, confirmation and membership service on Sunday 23 October. For those who have already made these commitments it’s a chance to reflect on the promises we’ve made and for those who are exploring faith it’s a chance to think more deeply about what Christians believe and why.
Morning Prayer and Chaplaincy work will continue throughout most of the summer, although there will be no Morning Prayer during the first two weeks in August (Monday 1 August to Friday 12 August). Morning Prayer will be back as usual on Tuesday 16 August. Do check Facebook and Twitter for up to date information.
Please pray for those who have already left to start new jobs and for those preparing to start new jobs. Please also pray for those who are getting ready to go to Uni and those awaiting exam results over the summer. It’s always a time of change and transition.
If you want to find out more, or if you’ve got any queries please email us!
So here’s what’s happening at Vitalise over the next few weeks!
Since Easter we have started a preaching series on Psalm 23 but given other events this is going to get a little interrupted. Vitalise starts as usual at 6 pm and our normal format will be slightly shortened so we finish at 7 pm. We’ve also started our Heroes of Faith series which is taking place at the end of Vitalise at 7 pm, or soon after 7 pm once we’ve had a cuppa and the odd biscuit! This is how it’s looking, please note the dates when unusual things are happening:
Sunday 24 April sermon on Psalm 23:1 followed by a talk about Catherine Booth.
Sunday 1 May sermon on Psalm 23:2 plus Holy Communion.
Sunday 8 May talk about St Cuthbert until 6.30 pm then we’ll be going to join our friends at St Chad and St Mark (Lime Street, Penn Fields, Wolverhampton) for their Inclusive Prayer Event which starts at 7 pm.
Sunday 15 May sermon on Psalm 23:3 followed by a talk about William Tyndale.
Sunday 22 May – this is our weekend away to Cefn Lea so VITALISE IS CANCELLED.
Sunday 29 May Global Positioning Sunday followed by a talk about C S Lewis
Sunday 5 June sermon on Psalm 23:4 plus Holy Communion.
Sunday 12 June sermon on Psalm 23:5 followed by talk, details tba!
Sunday 19 June sermon on Psalm 23:6 followed by talk, details tba!
During Lent we will be reading and discussing Learning to Dream Again by Sam Wells. We will be reading the chapters during morning prayers, so if you struggle a bit with reading do come along and we can read a section together each morning. We will be discussing the chapters at Vitalise on Sundays as follows:
Sunday 14 February – Chapter 1, Learning to Love Again.
Sunday 21 February – Chapter 2, Learning to Live Again.
Sunday 28 February – Chapter 3, Learning to Think Again.
Sunday 6 March – Chapter 4, Learning to Read Again.
Sunday 13 March – Chapter 5, Learning to Feel Again.
Sunday 20 March – Chapter 6, Learning to Dream Again.
If you’d like a copy of the book or if you’ve got any questions please do get in touch. We will be following the materials which have been prepared by Lichfield Diocese which you can access here if you miss any of the sessions and want to catch up!