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Help with Fundraising

with Paul Courtney, Kairos Fundraising Solutions



Paul Courtney of Kairos Fundraising Solutions has been retained by the District to help Churches, Circuits and the District find and secure  funds for the range of projects we undertake.

The District has made provision for Paul to give some initial advice and Paul is also able to agree terms with particular projects to act as Fundraiser.

Paul has worked with a number of Churches and CIrcuits over the last year.  Those who have worked with him have found his work very helpful and effective.

Building  on Pauls growing experience of the District and his substantial professional skill, the District has asked Paul to deliver two half day seminars about fundraising.

  • When do we need to do it?
  • What can be achieved?
  • How do we go about it?
  • .....and any other questions you have

Paul will deliver two seminars.  Each will be limited to 20 places.

Tuesday 26th February 2019 10.00am to 1.00pm at Wonford Methodist Church, Exeter

Please register with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 31st

Saturday 16th March 2019 10.00am to 1.00pm at Ridgeway Methodist Church, Plympton.

Please register with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 28th.







A big “Thank YOU” to the District for funding us to attend 3Generate (the Methodist Church’s Annual Gathering of around 1000 Children and Young People) in Southport in November 2017. Yes, Southport is a very long way North (and travelling on Friday afternoon is the worst time to be doing it! – About 9hrs from Plymouth!!). 7 young people, aged between 12 and 22, from Crediton and Plymouth made the trip. It was VERY COLD and, at times, VERY WET – but that didn’t deter any of us from enjoying ourselves.

There was a great choice of activities for the young people, including T-shirt decorating, an electronic graffiti wall, archery, climbing wall, chill zone, swimming, shows, bands …. And so much more. Lots of opportunities and different ways for the young people to have their say on what is important to them and especially, time to worship and pray together in widely different ways, including a late-night worship band and a later reflective, bean-bag communion led by the presiding President of Conference, Revd Lorraine Mellor to end the Saturday.

Sunday morning was the time to hear from the Youth President candidates and vote for the new Youth President. Jasmine Yeboah from North London was elected and her campaign focused on young people being courageous in how they live out the gospel and how they can create a Church where the vulnerable feel welcomed.

Prior to the 3 Generate trip I [Bev] had just 1 young person regularly attending church on Sunday mornings, this trip enabled me to reach out and connect with another young person, who is now regularly volunteering on Sunday mornings and helping weekly at another Methodist Church with after-school clubs for 5-15 year olds. He had grown up in Methodist Churches but had never attended anything with a large number of young people before. He and members of his local church have noticed a big difference in his confidence and visibility.

It is hard to sum up in just a few words why this is such an important thing for us to support: whether that is with our time (as leaders working with children and young people), our money (without sponsorship not many of these young people could have afforded to go) or our prayers (we are very grateful to the many people who prayed for us, especially for safe journeys). So, we would ask you to ensure your church’s copy of the 3Generate Manifesto is on display and as Ministers, lay preachers and worship leaders, please use the content.

Plans are well underway for this year’s 3 Generate and there is a powerpoint slide-show of the 2017 trip available if anyone would like a copy to show. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bev Smerdon (Crownhill Methodist Church) & Lauren Stacey (Crediton Methodist Church)

The District is looking for a Data Champion to:-


  • Be a champion for District, Circuits and Churches meeting the standards which protect the gathering and use of personal data in accordance with the 2018 General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
  • Be a key link between the District and the Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes (TMPC).  TMPC is the national body for the Methodist Church in implementing GDPR.
  • Encourage confidence in handling personal data as effectively and simply as possible.  
  • Help the auditing of present arrangements in the District, Circuits and Churches.
  • Be a local point of reference for enquiries from Churches and Circuits about GDPR.

This is an important contribution to the work of the District as a whole.  It is a voluntary role which will involve some travel.  Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

We are seeking someone with knowledge and commitment to help us demonstrate respect and concern for how personal data is used as part of the Church's determination to be a good neighbour.

A more detailed role description and a brief application form is available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  t:01392 211624


Roger Thorne is our longest serving District Offficer.  He has for a long time provided advice and overseen the responsibilities Chruches, Circuits and the District have in culling and archiving the information we have.

The Connexional Office provides online advice about archiving in line with Standing Orders in the Constitution and Discipline of the Methodist Church (CPD). See  https://www.methodist.org.uk/for-ministers-and-office-holders/office-holders/archivists/ but local knowledge and advice has proved very helpful.

Roger is not able to be as mobile as on once he was but retains his interest as District Archivist.  What he really needs is someone to work with him and be ready to take up the reigns when he decides to retire.

.....are you the person to help?

Please contact David Clitheroe, Synod Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  t:01460 234 345


Purpose and Adjectives:  To provide support to the Superintendent and the Circuit.

Main responisiblities

  • Provide Administrative support to the Superintendent
  • Facilitate communication between the Circuit Churches
  • Maintain accurate records

Hours: 25 hours per week  £9.55 per hour.

Further information and application form can be obtained from  Dave Bradford, the Joint Circuit Senior Steward by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Applications should be submitted by 12 noon on the 5th of December 2018 and interviews will take place on Friday 14th December 2018.