District News – 15 March

This Week’s News

Putting Fairtrade in your break

Local church and faith leaders put Fairtrade in their morning coffee break at Zooby’s Cafe in the Sheffield Winter Garden on Thursday March 9th.  Invited by the Revd Gill Newton, Sheffield Methodist District Chair, they enjoyed Fairtrade coffee, tea, and snacks.

Among the guests were local Christians leaders (including Methodists, Catholics, Anglicans and Quakers), Buddhists, Hindus, Reform and Orthodox Jews, and Pagans.

Gill Newton said “Lots of people of many different faiths and none are committed to Fairtrade, because they know that buying and using Fairtrade goods helps support small farmers across the world to get a fair deal and live better lives.  So as we were enjoying our break, we joined churches and organisations across the country in celebrating this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.”

“The Fairtrade movement is constantly expanding, and I hope that our coffee break will remind people of the wide range of Fairtrade goods available in shops and cafes today, and encourage them to have a Fairtrade break at home every day.”

35 Chapel Walk

You are invited to an open evening on Tuesday 4 April from 7pm to see this vibrant mission outreach in action. There will be a project update from Naomi Gordon (Centre Manager), a talk by artist Tim Harrold, who is exhibiting in the gallery at Easter, and a quiet meditation led by Revd Ric Stott.

Please let them know if you are going for catering purposes: 35chapelwalkgallery@gmail.com

Invite can be downloaded here: District 4th April

YMCA Learning Hub

YMCA White Rose are hosting their next Learning Hubs on Tues May 16th for all those who work with Children or Young People. Pippa Ankers from Care for the Family is leading the session, which will explore the changing state of families, and explore how our parenting styles affects how we work with Children and Young People.

For more information, and to book a free place, visit www.billetto.co.uk/MayLearningHub.

Contact Jonathan Buckley on 07450 778678 or jonathan.buckley@ymcawhiterose.org.uk for more information.

Holy Trinity Church LEP, Thorpe Hesley (S61 2QJ)

The Trinity Community Centre is now available for hire

Monday to Friday daytime

For your Meetings, Training events, Conferences, Lunch Club and celebrations

We have great facilities and are only 1 mile from the M1 Jct 35  why not come and have a look.

Ring our Centre Manager Amy on 0114 245 9665

You may need to leave a message but we will get back to you asap.

Journey Makers

Journey Makers is a new, exciting after school club and home visiting programme for primary school children that provides children with a fun and safe space to explore ideas of purpose, faith, morals and much more.

Come along to find out how Journey Makers can help your church reach your local community, blessing children and families.

Wednesday 22nd March at St Thomas Philadelphia, 6 Gilpin Street, Sheffield, S6 3BL. The event will be from 10.00am-12.00pm followed by lunch and is completely free to attend.

You can find out more about the event and TLG on our website https://www.tlg.org.uk/get-involved/whats-on

Please contact jack.chaldecott@tlg.org.uk or   01274909016


Simple Quiet Day at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Tuesday 21 March : 9:45 – 3:45

These days are intended to provide you with the space to “be” before God; to relax, reflect and pray and so to renew your spiritual resources.
The space available will be quiet and honouring of your quiet

The day will begin at 9.45am (beginning with a Reflective Communion) and close at approx 3.45pm. Please bring your own lunch, drinks are provided. The cost of the day is £12 payable in advance using the booking form which can be downloaded here or online here.

April Events

at Whirlow Spirituality Centre at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit

You are invited to join us for one or more of the events below:

Holy Week Events

Holy Monday – 10th April  Day of Retreat 9.30am- 5pm

A day specifically designed and facilitated to offer maximum quiet and solitude in the special setting of Whirlow Spirituality Centre. Facilitated by a recognised spiritual accompanier.  Cost £15. Book online here or download a booking form here.

Holy Tuesday & Wednesday – 11th & 12th April 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Reflections on the Passion of Christ – no need to book, no fee.

Maundy Thursday – 13th April 7.30pm – 8.30pm

A Reflective Maundy Thursday Communion – no need to book, no fee

Good Friday – 14th April 7.30pm – 8.30pm

A Good Friday reflection – no need to book, no fee

Holy Saturday Vigil – 15th April 9pm – sunrise

Come and stay for as long as you wish – no need to book, no fee

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunrise Communion 16th April 6am – 7am followed by coffee and croissants

Easter Reflective Communion 16th April 7pm -8pm

Simple Quiet Day

  • Tuesday, April 18th
  • 9:45am  3:45pm     Cost: £12 Book here or download a booking form here

Simple Quiet Days are intended to provide you with the space to ‘be’ before God; to relax, reflect and pray. Beginning with the weekly Reflective Communion (open to all)

Mindfulness in the Christian Tradition Retreat

28th – 30th April

Cost £50

More details and booking online here or download a booking form here

This non-residential retreat is an opportunity to step aside from everyday life, to take time to pray and reflect, to help us live with more kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others.

Burngreave Ashram

Monday 3 April

Meditation/Prayer, Lunch & Seminar

This is held every first Monday with the following timetable:

11 am                Book/Poetry/Art Sharing
12 Noon            Meditation/Prayer
12:30 pm           Lunch – Bring and Share (Vegetarian)
1: 15 pm            Seminar

Download the flyer for future dates and themes here: Ch-58.Lib.Seminars.Notice.Apr to Aug.17

Easter Labyrinth

Saturday 14 April : 10am – 3pm ; Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield

A time and space in the hustle and bustle of life to take time out, be still and focus and your journey.
Come for all the session or just pop in for a short time.

Download the poster for full details and to help publicise this event: Easter Labyrinth poster

Walk the Labyrinth

Saturday 29th April 2017, Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace LS10 2HR

Led by Fiona Fidgen (Yorkshire plus DMLN), a time to discover how to use the Labyrinth in prayer and meditation. Suitable for all ages and abilities

10.30pm – 3.30pm

 £10 including Lunch

Please book for catering purposes by contacting:

Erica or Cathy 0113 2794816   email admin@lswmethodists.org

Music for the Spirit – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

A series of five chamber-style classical music events

Please join us for a series of five concerts in the beautiful setting of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit here at Whirlow.  The five concerts will take place between May and October and will showcase the talents of local musicians.  There will be a variety of musical styles, composers and interpretations over the five concerts but all will seek to reflect the meditative and affirmative style of this special place.

It is possible to book for all five concerts at once at a reduced rate or you may book for individual concerts as required.  For full details of dates and prices, including concessions, and to book online please click here.  Or alternatively you may download a booking form here and return it with your payment.

This unique concert series is likely to be very popular. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, early booking is highly recommended.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy the music on offer and that through its uplifting spiritual dimension we will all be further enriched in our lives.

Reformation 500

Saturday 20 May – Fulneck, Pudsey

This year is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his theses on the door of the castle chapel in Wittenberg – an event that has become known as the beginning of the Reformation.

On Saturday 20 May there is an event at Fulneck, Pudsey to mark the this anniversary. It is a joint event arranged by the Council of Lutheran Churches, the Moravian Church, and the Methodist Church.

The President of the Conference, The Revd Dr Roger Walton, will be the preacher at the service at the end of the day.

Full details on the poster here: My Heart Strangely Warmed 

Training and Learning Opportunities


Saturday 8th April 10.30am – 4.30pm

Reimagine Church: revitalising and starting Churches Oxford Place Methodist Church

Join lay people, church leaders, pioneers and ministers for a day of conversation and learning about the ministry of church change in the 21st century.

  • Exploring different ways of being church?
  • Need practical support to move from ideas to action?
  • Passionate about innovation, inclusive, and risk-taking?

Bring a team of people from your church for:

  • a keynote address by Trey Hall, pioneer, writer, and the Mission Advisor of the Birmingham District
  • a panel of diverse practitioners – to be announced soon!
  • break-out groups and workshops to help your ministry’s next steps

Nothing in the world of organised religion works the way it used to. We’re interested in cultivating new models and equipping leaders who can serve flexibly and passionately amidst critical cultural shifts.

The event is free! Lunch is provided so booking is essential.

To book, contact Sian Henderson
01904 786275 07809 431 871

Download a flyer to pass on: Re imagine

Pastoral Care in Bereavement

Saturday 17th June 2017 – Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace LS10 4SU
10am to 12.30pm followed by lunch

Speaker: Rev Keith Albans, the Methodist Housing Association (MHA) Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality.

Come along and find out how we can be part of the process of change in pastoral care of the bereaved. How can we as individuals and as a faith community feel more comfortable and talk honestly and openly about death. We will also address issues around dying and death.

Cost: £8 

Please book for catering purposes by contacting:

Erica or Cathy 0113 2794816   email admin@lswmethodists.org

Job Vacancies

Events Co-ordinator

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Part time (15 hours per week In agreement with the post holder, preferably 5 mornings, with the provision for flexible working by prior arrangement and in line with the needs of the service)

Do you have a passion for organising events and working with volunteers? Would you like to be part of a growing Christian Spirituality Centre and support its ongoing development?

Whirlow Spirituality Centre at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit is looking for a confident, innovative and organised person to work with the current team to develop and facilitate a wide range of diverse events. Our current events programme has become very popular and we need someone to support us during this exciting stage of our development.

If you would like further information about the post, an application pack or have an informal discussion please contact Rachel McLafferty, Operations Manager at All Saints Ecclesall on 0114 268 7574 or email rachel.mclafferty@allsaintsecclesall.org.uk

Information about Whirlow Spirituality Centre can be found at www.whirlowspiritualitycentre.org/

If you would like to visit the Spirituality Centre before you apply you would be most welcome. To arrange a visit, please contact the Chaplain, Revd Joy Adams, on 07987456838.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday 26th March 2017.
(It is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder should be a practicing Christian)
at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit


Trinity Community Centre, Thorpe Hesley  S61 2QJ

An opportunity has arisen to appoint a cleaner/caretaker for 15 hours per week (flexibility is required)

The role involves daily cleaning of the TCC and additional caretaker duties

To apply and for a full job description please either phone 0114 2457564 or email thorpehesleychurch@hotmail.co.uk

with your CV and the reasons why you feel you are suitable for the role

CLOSING DATE – Friday 21st April 2017

Other News

Christian Aid

           Christian Aid Week 2017 is 14-20 May

Count Your Blessings

Are you counting your blessings with us this Lent? Based on the beautiful hymn ‘When I needed a neighbour, were you there?’, our Lent calendar guides you through to Easter with daily ways to give thanks for life’s blessings. There is still time to order or download your copy of our Count Your Blessings calendar and join us on our journey of giving, acting and praying throughout Lent. To find out more or download your own Count Your Blessings calendar, please visit: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/lent-easter/lent-calendar#count_your_blessings 

Christian Aid Week resources

Our fantastic Christian Aid Week 2017 resources are available to download and order! This year we also have the option of editable resources, such as editable posters and flyers, so you can advertise your local events. To create your own localised poster or flyer, please visit: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week/editable-resources or to download or order our other Christian Aid Week resources, please visit: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week/resources 

Final call for our Big Shift training!

It is less than a week till our campaigns training event! Join us for an exciting evening to get equipped and inspired to build our Big Shift campaign. We will be joined by a member of our campaigns team who will share all the latest news, resources and actions for the next stage of our climate change campaign. Our campaign evening will take place from 7-9pm in our Loughborough office next Tuesday (14th). If you would like to find out more about our Big Shift Banks campaign and meet other local campaigners, please do join us! To find out more or to register your free place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-shift-banks-loughborough-training-tickets-30926003509

CLC Bookshops

World Book Day £1 offers for children and adults all month

In addition to the many offers at CLC Bookshops Sheffield, there are also eight children’s titles and five adult ones at just £1 each. World Book Day tokens accepted. Thanks for letting your family and friends know about this very popular promotion. We look forward to your visit.

Whether you’re after 100 hymn books or 100 Bibles; one £25 book or 25 £1 books; something to read or something to colour, something to help you teach or to help you learn, your local CLC has it all. Including ways to reduce your spend, stacks of offers, Mother’s Day cards, used books and everything you need for Easter.
So, when did you last visit us?

CLC Bookshops, 103 West Street, SHEFFIELD S1 4EQ

Methodist News

Methodist young people call for support in a challenging world

Mental health and the pressures of school life are among the topics that young Methodists have told the Church they would like support and guidance with.

After gathering at the 3Generate event, attended by more than 500 young people aged 8-23 and their leaders, three manifestos have been produced that highlight the issues concerning young people in the Methodist Church today.

Other issues raised include poverty, the refugee crisis and the positive tackling of extremism.

The manifestos will be presented to the 2017 Methodist Conference, taking place in Birmingham in June.

Tim Annan, Youth President of the Methodist Church commented: “The Methodist Church has a wonderful tradition of actively listening to its members, including its young people. These statements should make important reading for all Methodists across the Connexion.

“Young people are an integral part of the Church today and these are the issues they are talking about which are affecting us as Methodist people now.

“The church has an important job in helping people grow in their faith and to provide the support that we all need to explore and discuss these issues from a Christian and a Methodist perspective.”

Penny Fuller, Church and Community Development Co-ordinator, commented:, “The world can be a very difficult place for people of all ages to navigate, especially at the moment. Young people don’t just want to understand the world; they want to take an active role in seeking solutions to its problems.

“Children and young people are calling for the Church to support them and work with them to make change happen. They are speaking out about how, as individuals, they want to become ‘Agents of Change’ and work alongside the wider Church and their communities to create a better, fairer world based on Christian and Methodist values.”

3Generate 2017 is going to be held at Pontins Camp in Southport,. 24-26 November 2017. Youth Leaders and Children’s workers will be accompanying and caring for their groups at the event. Individuals not part of a group will be encouraged to attend with others from their District.

Full details of the manifestos can be found here.

3Generate 2017: Venue and dates announced

3Generate 2017 will take place from 24 to 26 November at Pontins, Southport – a new LARGER venue!

There will be some other changes this year too…

For the first time, children and young people and their leaders can attend as a group.

Groups will stay in accommodation, together with their leaders, who will be responsible for their care throughout the event. Leaders will attend the event for free and only need to cover their travel costs.

When there are only one or two children or young people who are not in a group, we would encourage them to join with others in their circuit or district and attend together. If needed, there will be help available to connect individuals with groups when tickets go on sale after Easter.

Young people aged 23 and under, who are beyond school year 13, can book on with or without a group and there will be a support team for 18 – 23s available during the event.

This year there will be the usual facilitated sessions attended by the children and young people as well as some joint sessions together with their leaders. During times when the children and young people are in their facilitated sessions there will be a separate program for leaders.

Woven into the event will be Youth President and Youth Rep elections, a variety of worship opportunities, activities and entertainment.

Keep visiting our website and reading your Well Snapshots for more information as it becomes available!

East Africa food crisis: A catastrophe of this magnitude means that every response matters

All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain are urgently calling for individual and local community support to respond to famine in South Sudan and to avert famine and further death in other countries across East Africa and the wider region including Somalia and Yemen.

Ongoing food crises have pushed many countries to the brink of catastrophe with millions facing malnutrition, illness and death. A month ago it was announced that South Sudan had already reached a tipping point with two counties being declared as officially affected by famine. Since then, Somalia, northern Nigeria and Yemen have been categorised as being on the brink of famine, with other countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi and Uganda facing severe food insecurity.

The Methodist Church in Britain is urging people to respond quickly, generously and collectively to this catastrophic situation by supporting the appeal being managed by All We Can.

Full press release here: Press release – East Africa food crisis