The Methodist Church and associated organisations offer a wide variety of training resources.

These are not spcifically linked to Ludlow Methodist Church, but are available to anyone who wishes to develop their Christian life and their role within the wider church. To find out more about any of the opportunities shown below please use the contacts in each post.


Prayer Guide Training Course

This course is designed to enable you to begin guiding/accompanying others as they take part in Ignatian based retreats. It has been continuously evolving since the first such training in Birmingham that was introduced by Fr Gerry Hughes SJ and associates in the late 1980s. It is a starter-course which will equip you to begin accompanying pilgrims on retreats. If you do that as part of Manresa Link there is always supervision, and encouragement to take part in ongoing training/development over time.

The course will consist initially of 10 Saturday mornings, commencing on January 13th 2024, but with a break on February 24th. These will all take place at St Mary’s Convent, 98 Hunters Rd, Lozells, Birmingham B19 1EB

The Saturdays will then be followed by two Retreats In Daily Life (4 weeks duration). In the first retreat, half of the course participants will be prayer-guides and the other half will be retreatants. Then roles reverse for the second retreat. On the Saturdays there will be prayer, input on various aspects of Ignatian Spirituality and on skills needed, and then the “real” work of the course – the triads! This is small groups of 3 course participants, one person sharing, one listening and one observing. Each week course participants will be given a piece of Scripture to pray on daily. Then, on all but the first Saturday, participants will be assigned to groups of three (the triads). In the triads, one person will share what they have been experiencing in their prayer over the past week. Another of the three will have been appointed to be a “prayerguide” to listen to them, and to help them to explore and deepen. The third person acts as an observer of the listener. Each then feedback to the others, and then swap roles.

Because the triads are the heart of the course, it is important that you attend all sessions – your absence in any one week will disrupt that process. We do try to have contingency plans for emergencies but ask that you set attendance as a priority.

Evaluation – during the course there will be a process of joint evaluation. Participants will be invited to use a self-evaluation tool to help them to assess for themselves where their strengths and weaknesses lie, and how these develop throughout the course as learning takes place. This will be explored with members of the training team as we go along, but it is a positive oriented process – discovering your gifts and helping you to discern God’s call to you.


The total cost for this course is £200. We ask for a £50 deposit once your application is accepted, and that the remaining £150 be paid at commencement of the course. However, we can consider requests for bursaries of for more time to pay.


'Wholehearted' Conference for those interested in New People New Places 

An invitation for anyone thinking about, or leading a New People New Places project to join the Evangelism & Growth team at ‘Wholehearted’ conference:

12 to 14 January 2024 at Yarnfield Park, near Stone, Staffordshire.

We will spend time seeking God, discerning vision, engaging in strategic planning and workshopping knotty problems. It would be great to have your voice and wisdom inspiring those in more established contexts. Places, include accommodation and food, are fully funded but a deposit of £50 is required when booking (returned in full after the weekend to all who attend). If you need help paying the deposit please contact Julian Bond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Jo Yair

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Advanced Safeguarding Training

 Advanced Safeguarding Training Dates.
Anyone wishing to book onto one of these sessions needs to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view
All of the below are training dates at The Methodist Churches below:
25th November – Solihull – face to face – 9.45am registration



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