Weekly Mailing – 22nd Jan 2014


This Week’s News

Chair of the Manchester and Stockport District

The Nomination Committee is seeking nominations for the Chair of the Manchester and Stockport District, to be brought to the Conference of 2014 for appointment in September 2015
Nomination, or Expression of Interest, forms should be returned to The Secretary of the Conference at Methodist Church House by noon on 10th Feb.
The District Statement and other relevant papers can be obtained (either as hard copies, email attachments or downloadable files from the Methodist Church website) :  www.methodist.org.uk/jobs

Chair of Trustees – Opportunity to lead the UK’s foremost Youth Christian Concert Orchestra and Singers

OneSound is looking for a Chair of Trustees who will lead the growth and development of this unique group, which developed from the MAYC Orchestra and Singers.
As OneSound turns 40, we are looking forward to a bright and exciting future whilst remembering our wonderful heritage, with over 80 past members joining us for a reunion concert this year. This is great time to join a charity with a lot of energy and potential to grow. We are looking for someone with an affinity to our Christian ethos, strong leadership skills and enthusiasm for our vision of growth, gospel and great music.
For more information about the role, our charity and an application form please see our website: www.onesound.org.uk/chair
Completed application forms are to be e-mailed to Brian Latham at bjplatham@aol.com  using “OneSound Chair” as the subject.
The closing date for applications is 28 February 2014 and we expect to conduct interviews in April 2014, in the Birmingham area for immediate appointment.

Ecumenical Service for Poverty & Homelessness Week

26 January – 2:30pm at The Church of the Holy Family, 20 Eastern Drive, Sheffield S2 3WP
Poverty & Homelessness Action Week has been running each year since 2008. It brings together two special Sundays which have been marked in UK churches for many years: Homelessness Sunday and Poverty Action Sunday.
This year the inspiration is from Proverbs: “Speak up for the rights of all who are destitute”.
There are people who are destitute in today’s Britain. The phenomenal growth of food banks ,in Sheffield as  elsewhere,  is an indicator. Low wages, zero-hours contracts, outrageous interest charges by doorstep lenders, benefits cuts, benefits delays, ‘sanctions’ on job-seekers – all these and more contribute to a Britain where many are locked out of what the rest take for granted. And there are plenty who are not destitute, but teetering on the edge. “Just two pay-packets away from homelessness” is how many feel.
So Church Action on Poverty calls on churches across the UK to stand alongside people in crisis to give, act and pray during Poverty and Homelessness Week 2014.
Download a poster here

The Acre, Ridgeway

You are warmly invited to join us at The Acre (Ridgeway Methodist Church, Ridgeway Moor, Ridgeway, Sheffield, S12 3XW) on
1st  February 2014 to explore ways of working with the New Testament Parables- in worship, work with children/young people and study groups.
10.00 a.m. (for 10.15 a.m. start) until 4.00 p.m.
Cost for the day is £2.00 including refreshments, but please bring your own lunch.
For further information and to book your place please contact Revd Jen Mullis on 0114-2476949 or email jennifer.mullis@methodist.org.uk

Interfaith Events

Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy –  A talk by Robert Chamberlain
Steiner’s meditative path of insight and practice can be described as ‘thinking with the heart’ and can be freely practised by anyone. Locally, both the Merlin Theatre and Brantwood School are founded on Steiner principles
Refreshments provided
Open to all faiths and everybody at Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL
on Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 7.30 pm

Training Days

A training day for those who line-manage lay employees has been arranged for Tuesday 4th March from 10:30 – 4pm at The Crossing, Worksop.
It will cover aspect such as the role and responsibilities; what is line management and what isn’t; the role of supervision; and the agenda for a line management meeting.
The Lay Employees Orientation Programme – a two day course offering a framework for newly appointed lay employees who are working in a church contact designed to enable them to understand better the role of a church worker.
Tuesday 1st April  & Wednesday 21st May from 10:30am – 4pm at The Crossing , Worksop
Both courses are free
Download a leaflet here for more information

The One Programme

Hopefully you are aware of the One Programme – a paid year for young people aged 16 to 23.
One Programme Participants (OPPs) are paid to work an average of 15 hours a week, the majority of which is spent working in a local project with some hours ‘banked’ and used for Connexional work and training.
Each year the Methodist Church funds ten placements for OPPs, which are selected by a panel of young people and key workers following an application process.
We are always keen to find a wide variety of different projects or placement opportunities that can offer an exciting and supported year to an OPP. The host projects do not necessarily have to be children’s or youth work – in the past we have had young people placed with food banks, creative arts projects and Street Pastors to name a few.
Churches and projects, from across the Connexion, or that have a link to the Methodist Church, are  invited to apply to host a young person on placement with the One Programme.
We are currently searching for hosts for next year, which will run from September 2014 to August 2015.
The Host Project Application Pack, which contains detailed information and an application form, will be available to download from the Children and Youth website www.childrenandyouth.org.uk  from Monday. The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd March 2014.

Summer Biblical Study in Oxford

Sunday 27 July to Friday 1 August
This annual residential summer school offers a varied programme this year, including Old and New Testament courses concentrating on the biblical texts, and other lectures concerned with the interpretation of scripture which explore use of the Old Testament in three of Handel’s oratorios, and representations used in modern Jewish art.  Study of the biblical languages remains a priority, with the opportunity to take language classes in biblical Greek or Hebrew at absolute beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.  Alister McGrath’s Inaugural address titled Irrigating Deserts: CS Lewis and the reading of Scripture opens the week.
Download the brochure here for more information and a booking form

The Great Fairtrade Bake Off

Angela Powell from CAFOD will be one of the judges, along with Vernon Marsh and one other (to be confirmed)
See the poster here

Sheffield Circuit News – w/b 13 January, including:

“THE MIKADO” by Gilbert and Sullivan
Wednesday 26th February to Saturday 1st March –  7.30 p.m.
Intake Methodist Church, Foxwood Road (off Mansfield Road), Intake, Sheffield
TICKETS : £7.00 Adult, £4.00 Children which includes programme and light refreshments

The Methodist Church news

The Week Ahead – 16 January 2014 – updates including resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January), Church Action of Poverty, Worldwide Songfest, what’s on the TV & Radio and the Thursday Video

Fresh Expressions – news and stories for January 2014

Christian Aid
Latest news and events in the East Midlands

Our East Midlands regional website is the place to go for stories and events from across the counties. The latest stories and news from our website include:
Details on the Humber Bridge Cross 2014 and how to sign up for the iconic walk
A super soup lunch that raised over £200 in Lincolnshire
New dates added to The UK Gold film screenings
To read these stories and see your local events, please go to: www.christianaid.org.uk/eastmidlands

Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre

Weekly Eucharist – every Tuesday  in the Chapel at 9:45am
Reflective Worship – Sunday 2nd March at 7pm
The Way Opens: Introduction to Christian Spirituality – Thursday 6th March at 7pm (cost £7)
Simple Quiet Day – Tuesday 13th March from 9:45am (cost £13)
Laughter is not the Poor Relative of “Serious Ministry” – Friday 21st– Sun 23 March, residential weekend led by Adrian & Bridget Plass
Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality – Wednesday 26th March at 7pm (cost £7)
A Refresher Day on the Basics of the Enneagram – Friday 28th March from 9:45am (cost £22)
Visit their website for full details of all the events on offer.

Last Week’s News

Reminder – Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnership – Conversation opportunity

St Andrew’s Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL either on
Wednesday 29th January from 7:30pm to 9:30pm or on Saturday 1st February from 10:00am to 12 noon.
There is no need to book, just come along.
Those attending will be expected to be committed to the confidentiality of the conversation.
It is not the intention that a response to the questionnaire be formulated in the meeting. 
It would be helpful if those attending could read online both the Frequently Asked Questions page and the questionnaire itself.
Hard copies of these can be obtained from the District Office (0114 281 2733).
Download a PDF version of this notice here

Please also encourage people to visit the website and register their views on this important topic.

DYFerence Worship Experience

Friday 31 Jan 2014 – 9:00pm-11:00pm at The House Skatepark
Following on from the success of the initial meeting, another opportunity to:
Spend time relaxing and meeting with mates
Give your creative juices a workout in our Freezone
Settle down on the ramps for the DYFerence Worship Experience
Download a poster here

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight for 2014, 24th Feb to 9th March, is approaching fast.
This year the focus is on bananas – the most popular and most traded fruit in the world.
More information is available here
You can download a Church Action Guide with some great ideas for worship and activities for young people. A more detailed guide for Fairtrade Fortnight can be found here.

The District will be again be hosting a Fairtrade Baking Competition on Monday March 3rd in the Winter Gardens.
Download a poster here
Download a flyer with instructions on how to enter here

If your church is a Fairtrade Church, marking Fairtrade Fortnight in some way during worship is one of the criteria for the award. However, we are keen that ALL churches will want to do something to support Fairtrade. If churches want further advice about becoming a Fairtrade church they are, of course, welcome to contact Wilma Gibson or Alison Tresize.

Easter Eggs at CLC Bookshop

Out of the 80 million chocolate Easter eggs sold each year in the UK, The Real Easter Egg is the first and only Fairtrade chocolate Easter egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter.
A sizeable donation from profits and Fairtrade Premium fees is given to the farmers allowing them to invest in their community buying everything from school books and solar panels to providing fresh water.
They are available to order from the CLC bookshop, 103-105 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EQ, but hurry – they sell out every year!

Connecting Disciples 2014

The Lay Employees and Children & Youth Workers annual conference will be held 3-6 March at High Leigh Christian Conference Centre.
It is an opportunity for networking, learning and development, and reflection.
Download a flyer here – Bookings need to be in by 17 January.
More information can also be found the Methodist Church website – Connecting Disciples
Please encourage all for whom this is relevant to try and attend. It would a very unfortunate if they have to cancel due to lack of attendees.

Bishop of Sheffield’s Shrove Tuesday Lectures

Revd Dr Sam Wells will be leading the Annual Shrove Tuesday Lecture, with a choice of days and subjects:
Monday evening: The Stories of Jesus Or
Tuesday daytime: Embodying the Story of Jesus I and II
More information on the poster here

An exciting opportunity to volunteer at a brand new school!

Oasis Community Learning is England’s second largest multi-academy sponsor and is looking for local, skilled volunteers from a range of backgrounds to be part of the local governance for our academies.
They will be holding two information / recruitment evenings, one for each school. An invitation to attend an evening at the Shirecliffe Community Centre, 349 Shirecliffe Road, Sheffield, S5 8XJ on 28th January to find out more about becoming a Councillor at Oasis Academy Watermead or at PACA, 127 Page Hall Road, Sheffield, S4 8GU on 5th February to hear more about becoming a Councillor at the new school in the Fir Vale area can be found here.
If you can attend either of these, please do RSVP to Lauren.Cooper@oasisuk.org by Tuesday 21st January 2014

Cathedral Archer Project

They would like to invite you to take part in their city-wide fundraising event. To raise funds for the homeless in Sheffield, they need you to join the fun – there is a prize for the team that raises the most money.
By organising a CAP Day event on Friday 7th February and raising money, you’ll help them support people to make changes in their lives and move away from homelessness. Sign up now and together we’ll fight to support those who need us. The vital work they do depends on people like you to believe there is a life for people after homelessness.
Your CAP Day could involve anything. It could be as simple as a cake sale or a dress-down day at the office. They need you to get involved.
Email sam.cook@sheffield-cathedral.org.uk to receive your FREE fundraising pack.
More information is available on their website

Church Action on Poverty

There are so many ways that we can speak up for those who are destitute – modern technology does afford an opportunity
With this in mind -Sheffield Church Action on Poverty are considering setting up an email action group.
The object of the group would be to receive email actions on poverty issues which would be be sent out to the group for members to consider taking the action in the email. Recently a an email petition resulted in a debate in Parliament  on the rise of food banks.
If you would be interested in joining such a group please contact email Robert Carrack – rcarrack@hotmail.com
Poverty and Homeless Action week 26 January to 2 February 2014
See below for details of the Ecumenical Service

Migration: Facts and Fictions

You are invited to the first of a series of public events aimed at exploring some of the myths and facts about immigration, and relating them to the local context, with particular relevance to those working in the public sector.
Tuesday 11 Feb – 2:00-4:45pm at The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX.
The event is free, but places are limited, so contact Emma Smith – e.smith@shu.ac.uk or on 0114 225 3073 to confirm attendance or with any other queries about the event
More information can be found here

Poverty on our Doorstep

Hallam Justice and Peace Commission, together with CAP in Sheffield invite you to a conference in Sheffield on Saturday, March 1st.
Speakers include Paul Blomfield MP, Cllr Mazher Iqbal and Dr Simon Duffy (Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform).
Full details and booking arrangements can be downloaded here

Christian Aid News

The UK Gold is an award winning film sponsored by Christian Aid and two other charities. It deals with the issue of tax avoidance by large companies and the role played in this by The City of London – but it does so from the perspective of the Anglican Vicar of Hackney and some of his parishioners.
This film will be shown on Friday 24 January at 7.30.pm. in St Aidan’s Church, Wheatley Hills, DN2 5PE (corner of Central Boulevard and Sandall Rise.)
Write to your MP about to push the EU to tackle tax dodging – sample letter can be downloaded here
Factsheet on anti-money laundering can be downloaded here
Download the full East Midlands Newsletter here

Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre

Living Spirituality Series – Five evening sessions introducing Christian  Spirituality starting Thursday 6th March.
Download the flyer for more information including a booking form
The January update with details about other events can be found here

Sheffield Circuit News – w/b 6 January, including:

Valentine event at The Acre Ridgeway on Friday 14th Feb 8pm –
An evening of music with Ruth Lawson (a young very talented acoustic guitarist and singer from Mosborough Methodist Church) Refreshments will be served, tickets £5 each from Carol Wells 01246 463940.
Illustrated Lecture at Coal Aston Methodist Church on Friday 31st  January at 7-30pm
Norman Jones will speak on “ The Treasures of Moscow & St.Petersburg” Admission £3-50  inc. refreshments Tel. 01246 414847 to book.
Download a poster

NHS Press Releases

Love your Liver -a campaign to raise awareness of the risks to people who regularly drink more than the recommended daily guidelines and to highlight that the majority of people who have alcohol-related health problems aren’t necessarily alcoholics.
Adult Autism – launch of a new service to provide diagnosis and post-diagnostic support for people aged sixteen and over with autism spectrum conditions and related neurodevelopmental conditions
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week – 19-25 January – Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is a European wide initiative lead by European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA). Further information and advice is available on www.nhs.uk/.

Sheffield Citizens Advice

The last ever annual report of the old Mental Health CAB is now available to download on their website at: http://www.smhcab.org.uk/about/achievements.
This report is an opportunity to reflect back over the last 37 years of the Mental Health CAB, from its beginnings in 1976 at the Middle Hospital to the merger into Sheffield Citizens Advice in November 2013.

The Methodist Church news

The Week Ahead – 9 January 2014 – updates including the Church Challenge to become Donor Churches, what’s on the TV & Radio, Easter Offering material and the Friday Video
Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine – Podcast where Karen Burke talks to the Rev Ruth Gee about her trip there in December

Paul Blomfield MP

As the MP for Sheffield Central, his job is to represent everyone in the constituency in Parliament and to provide help and assistance for constituents when they need it. He does this in a range of ways – holding coffee mornings, doing Street Surgeries and in particular by holding regular Advice Surgeries.
He is keen to ensure as many people are aware of when and where he holds his Advice Surgeries and how to contact him.
Posters and contact cards are available from his constituency office, and you can find out more from his website.

Weekly Mailing – 8 Jan 2014