Weekly Mailing – 19 Feb 2014

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This Week’s News

Fairtrade Fortnight for 2014, 24th Feb to 9th March.

This year the focus is on bananas – the most popular and most traded fruit in the world.
You can download a Church Action Guide with some great ideas for worship and activities for young people or a more detailed guide for Fairtrade Fortnight can be found here.

Fairtrade Baking Competition

The District will be again be hosting a Fairtrade Baking Competition on Monday March 3rd in the Winter Gardens – get your entry in soon!
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.

Fairtrade Shop is opening

Tuesday 25 Feb from 6 – 8pm – Download a poster here
During fair trade fortnight (24th feb – 8th. March) the shop will be open 10am-5pm every day except Sunday.
They are also offering a 10% discount on all stock bought during FT fortnight.
And from 11th March the regular opening times will be 10am-5pm Tuesday – Saturday.
Why not pay them a visit :  195 Witham Road, Broomhill, S10 2SN.

‘The Trees Grow More Slowly’ – An exhibition of landscape photography

February 15th – April 4th  2014. Open 11am-7pm Tue-Sat
Alan Withington returns to Access Space after four years with an exhibition of new work – This exhibition is about wonderful natural regeneration in utterly ruined landscapes. It is also about how a superficial look hides the true story of the past as nature’s amazing regenerative power and beauty also cloaks the present.
Access Space, 3-7 Sidney St, Sheffield S1 4RG.

Ash: Contemporary Art Exhibition

A new exhibition at 35 Chapel Walk from 6 – 22 March.
From dust you came, to dust you will return
Opening night:  5th March 7-9pm

Burngreave Ashram

Mon 3 March
11 am                    Theology Book-sharing: Christ in the City – John Vincent
12 Noon               Meditation & Prayer – Adnan Khalid
12:30 PM             Lunch – Vegetarian Meal
1: 15 PM               Seminar – ISLAM
Full details on the poster here

Volunteer Donor Visitors

Anthony Nolan, the UK’s blood cancer charity and bone marrow register, urgently need to recruit some more Volunteer Donor Visitors for their Sheffield Collection Centre at the Royal Hallamshire. Every day, they work with remarkable people willing to donate their blood stem cells to patients who desperately need lifesaving transplants. Donor visitor volunteers go to hospitals to meet the amazing donors on the day of donation to check up on their overall health and well-being, complete an important medical questionnaire with them, thank them and update them on what happens next. The donors go through quite a lengthy process before they get to the point of donating, but the Donor Visitor is often the only time they meet a representative of Anthony Nolan face to face, as all other contact is by phone or with medical staff involved in their donation.
The Hallamshire is their only Collection Centre outside of London, and is due to get busier.
If you would like more information, contact Sarah Rogers (sarah.rogers@anthonynolan.org) or Download a Role Description here

Part-time Family & Young People’s Worker.

Derbyshire Dales Methodist Circuit is seeking to engage a Part-time Family & Young People’s Worker to work in four churches in the Matlock area.
This new post offers exciting opportunities to support and develop a number of existing projects and to initiate new ones.
The family/young people’s worker will be expected to be able to share in Christian ministry amongst families and young people.
Salary £8,500 for 20 hour week
For more information and an application form contact
Rev Keith Bamford (tel: 01629 259128 -email: revkb@uwclub.net)
Closing date for applications: Friday 14th March
Interview date: Saturday 29th March

There is an occupational requirement that the post holder is a practising Christian

Youth and Children’s Leaders

Mike North, the Children and Young People’s Adviser in the Sheffield Diocese, has created a mailing list for those who would like to receive regular emails about events, resources, courses and news about what’s going on. It may be possible to advertise your youth or children’s events in this new mailing too. Visit http://eepurl.com/OmqQv to sign up.

Education Commission consultation

The Education Commission which reported to 2012 Conference recommended that Districts should consider holding an annual gathering for Methodist people involved in education.  Such a gathering has not taken place in the District, but the District Leadership Team has decided to consult with appropriate people about the practicalities of holding such an event.

a)      Would it be feasible to have a single gathering which would attract and cater for governors, teachers and support staff, lay and ordained chaplains, and volunteers in schools and colleges?  If not, what might be possible?

b)      How could we identify those Methodists in our District who fall into those groups in order to encourage their attendance?

c)       What do you think would be the best geographical area on which to base a gathering: circuit, groups of circuits, District, region, or some other?

d)      The recommendation refers to offering advice and support, and the opportunity for networking and personal development.  Could this be realistically achieved in a single gathering?

e)      What would be a good time to hold a gathering?  Weekday in school holidays, Saturday, weekday evening, … ?   Before the summer, during the autumn?

f)       Do you have any other thoughts or advice which you would like to offer at this stage?

Anyone who has views on the above questions is invited to email them to Michael Sanderson sanderson.elsecar@gmail.com , by March 17th.

Rooms available at The Crossing

If you are looking for affordable office space in the Worksop area, there will be a suite of rooms available from 1st April.
More details can be downloaded here

Sheffield Circuit News (full version here)

Evangelism Workshop details; Biggest Birthday Party ever; Prayer points; as well as other news & events in the Sheffield Circuit

Greenhill Methodist Church

Seaside Rock Holiday Club Reunion & Taster Day
Saturday 1st March 10am – 12noon
Greenhill Methodist Church, School Lane, Greenhill. S8 7RL
Open to children in Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2
Download a poster for more details

Ashfield School Vocal Ensemble Concert
Saturday 8th March 7.30pm
Greenhill Methodist Church, School Lane, Greenhill. S8 7RL
Tickets £5 each
Download a poster for more details

Exploring Vocation: Offering for Ministry Evenings

Who are the Offering for Ministry Evenings for?
For all those considering whether God may be calling them to lay or ordained ministry in the Methodist Church.
What are we aiming for in these evenings?
To provide an informative, reflective, prayerful and encouraging event which enables participants to move on to the next steps appropriate to their journey of vocational discernment.
Download a poster for full details of where and when

CLC Bookshop

They have Lent guides and resources, Easter cards and books, and of course Easter eggs waiting for you at the bookshop.”You will not be disappointed at the selection!”
Click here to browse a selection of Lent and Easter items online

Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre

Reflective Worship – Sunday 2nd March, 7pm

An opportunity to worship in a contemplative and reflective way. Each service is different, but all those that lead seek to use creative ways of engaging with scripture, symbol, silence and music. The service usually lasts 45 minutes with the opportunity for hot drinks and an opportunity to get to know everyone in the lounge afterwards

The Way Opens: Introduction to Christian Spirituality (Living Spirituality Series)

Thursday 6th March, £7. This is an evening event (7-9pm)
Led by Philip Roderick, From Jesus to the Desert Tradition, from Scripture to the world as sacrament, from early contemplatives to the Christian Celts, we shall trace threads of prayer and spirituality on the Way of Christ. This is the first in a series of five evening sessions introducing Christian Spirituality.

Laughter is not the Poor Relative of ‘Serious Ministry’

Friday 21st, 6pm – Sun 23rd March, 3pm £180 residential/£130 non-residential
Led by Adrian & Bridget Plass  – “During our four years at Scargill House in Yorkshire we have seen the power of laughter and love, not least in the lives of those whose lives have been devastated by loss, disappointment and despair. Let’s go for the truth and find out what real freedom might mean. A lot of laughs. A few tears. What will God do? Come with an open mind and an honest heart. We look forward to meeting you.
To book please call 0114 2363173.

Out of the ARC

News from the Arthur Rank Centre, including
Germinate – Growing & Equipping Rural Mission – on Saturday 11 October 2014, 10am – 4pm in Coventry. More information here:
http://www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/mission-and-ministry/germinate
Plus: Rural Church Buildings Resource has been updated with new material, links and case studies;
Discipleship in Rural Church – a short online survey on the use of social media.

Flooding Special Edition

They  have collected together information on work supporting those affected by the flooding in Somerset. There are a variety of ways you can help, either through cash donations or with donations in kind.
More information here

Christian Aid East Midland Update

News, events and resources from the region.

Equality and Diversity Forum

The eNewsletter contains information about new equality and human rights developments, policy and publications, as well as details of forthcoming events and job vacancies.
View the full eNewsletter here – http://www.edf.org.uk/blog/?cat=3

Methodist Church News

Fresh Expressions News – February 2014

New stories and views from across the UK; last chance to book for Preaching and teaching in the 21st century in Durham on 1st March; YouTube video links; Young adults round table – a gathering for organisations and individuals working with young adults to share knowledge, develop best practice and support those pioneering fresh expressions for young adults; and much more.

e-news – February 2014

A Prayer for flood victims; New Generous Life Resources; Methodist Church to join major national credit union; The Giant Wiggle (fundraising with Action for Children); One Programme seeks new projects; and new mandatory questions on the Annual return to the Charity Commission

DWP’s response to Archbishop Vincent Nichols ‘seriously misleading’

The response of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to Archbishop Vincent Nichol’s criticism of welfare reform has come under fire from Churches today.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, Methodist Church and United Reformed Church say that the DWP’s response to the Archbishop is misleading and only shows a carefully selected ‘airbrushed’ picture of UK welfare reform.
More information here  – http://methodist-news.org.uk/BVI-2700A-BE35DR8W69/cr.aspx

Britain has ‘moral responsibility’ to accept Syrian refugees, say Church leaders

Forty-eight Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic and United Reformed Church leaders from across Great Britain have written an open letter to the Prime Minister acknowledging the significant role that Britain has played in providing funds for refugees in countries around Syria.
However, the letter also speaks of the ‘moral responsibility’ to resettle a significant number of refugees in Britain. The letter criticises the Government’s initial commitment as falling a long way short of the contribution Britain should make given its size and resources. The leaders suggest that a proportionate figure well in excess of 1,000 would be far more appropriate and point out that following a major conflict most refugees are able and desire to return to their homes
More information here – http://methodist-news.org.uk/BVI-26SOP-BE35DR8W69/cr.aspx

The Week Ahead 13 Feb 2014

This aims to give people a heads up on upcoming events and opportunities, as well as highlighting new information and resources – This week- paying tribute to Rev Dr Kenneth Greet; Praying for Flood Victims, Stop, Look & Listen (National Safeguarding Day); Street Child World Cup in Brazil; Rural Mission Conference; Reflections and the Thursday Video.