District News – 21 March

This Week’s News

Sheffield District MWiB

This year’s Spring Retreats will be at Castleton on Wednesday 26 April and Tickhill on Thursday 27 April. The leader will be Deacon Lorraine Brown, and the theme is “Women who Inspire”. The poster can be found here: MWiB RETREAT2017

Booking forms can be downloaded here:

There will be an Away Day (with lunch) on Monday 15 May at Willersley Castle. More information on the poster here: MWIB WILLERSLEY

Representative Synod

Thank you to all who have replied to confirm that they have received the calling letter papers, and confirmed their attendance or sent apologies. There are more papers to follow, which will be emailed (or posted) out on Monday, so please look out for these. Let the District Office know if you would like printed version on the day.

It would be helpful if circuit reps could check that their colleagues have received the papers, as I am aware that on occasion our emails have been blocked by other account providers (for example AOL and BT).


Bruce Springsteen – The Gospel Connection?

On Sunday 26 March at 7.00pm at Emmanuel Methodist Church, Huddersfield Road, BARNSLEY  S75 1DT a service led by Rev Dave Markay, currently Methodist minister at Dronfield but originally from New Jersey, the same state as Bruce Springsteen and Richard Grosberg will examine the connection between the words of Bruce Springsteen’s songs and the Christian message of Jesus Christ, under the appropriate title of “Searching for the Promised Land”.

The specially formed TRM Street Band, containing members of Totley Rise Methodist Church, Sheffield will play some of the most relevant Springsteen songs and there will be opportunity for prayer and reflection, so don’t stay dancing in the dark, come and join us as we travel down Thunder Road riding out to case the Promised Land…

All are welcome – no previous knowledge of Bruce Springsteen  is required.  No ticket required to ride this train.

For more information, contact Rev. Cameron Stirk.  This would be a great service to invite rock fans to and also those exploring faith more from the margins.  Do come along – we would love to have a full house!

We Who Sing, Pray Twice at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Monday 27th March  –  7.30pm – 9.30pm

Please come and join us as we seek to deepen our experience of God through song, meditation and prayer.

This evening session will be led by Mark Strong, Nick Cocking, Linda Batten, Gill Greenwood, Gill Upham and David Beddow. You will learn simple sacred rounds and chants in four-part harmony, including songs of joy, gladness, sadness and peace.

The singing will be followed by a time of silence offering the opportunity to be still, or to pray or meditate.

No musical experience is needed as we will help you to find the part that best suits your voice.

No pre-booking is needed and there is no charge for this event. More information can be found by clicking here.

Shalom at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Thursday 30th March 2017 – 9.30am – 4.00pm

Have you ever wondered what exactly is Shalom?  Then please join us for this special day and hopefully we will begin to unfold something of the wonder that is Shalom.

Shalom is the peace we often seek.  Shalom is first and foremost about relationships.  We will learn more through exploring both its biblical foundations and its practical implications.

The day will be led by Noel Moules (a thinker, teacher and activist for peace) and Jayme Reeves (public theologian).

The day will begin at 9.30am and close at approximately 4.00pm.

The cost of the day will be £18 payable in advance.  If you would like more information and/or to book a place on this study day you will find all the information needed here.

Taizé Prayer at Sheffield Cathedral

Monday 3 April

A group of young people are organising a special Taizé prayer in the Spirit of Lent, with some unknown Taizé Songs.

Come and join us in prayer song and silence.

Song practise open to all 6:30pm, Prayer at 7:30pm.

Training & Leaning Opportunities

Mental Health Matters

Taking place at Cliff College on the 2 June, this event provides training, support and advice for people in the Church wanting to learn about mental health issues. Booking details can be found here.

Job Vacancies

Caretaker – The Foundry (Victoria Hall Methodist Church), Sheffield

13 Hours per week (5pm to 10pm Thursdays and 10am to 5pm Sundays) – £8.72 per hour

This key role will be responsible for unlocking and securing the building, supporting the wide variety of hirers using the premises and keeping the premises clean, tidy and free from Health and Safety hazards.

As well as being able to undertake the caretaking duties required, the successful candidate must be able to work alone as well as part of a team, communicate effectively with users of the building and have a working knowledge of Health and Safety regulations. This post is subject to a satisfactory Safeguarding Self Declaration.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon Tuesday 28 March 2017.

Full details here: The Foundry Job Advert March 2017

Property Manager – The Beacon, Sheffield

We seek someone to manage the three properties of our busy multi-site church in western Sheffield.  The job involves seeking and co-ordinating lettings; basic maintenance and organising specialists for more advanced maintenance; and administrative duties necessary for the safe and efficient running of our properties. 20 hours per week, mostly midweek but with flexibility for some evening and weekend work. Salary: £15,000 per annum.

For more information please contact: Rev Will Fletcher on 0114 230 5676 or at will.fletcher@methodist.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 21st April 2017.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Practical help for current Reception-age children, Y6 pupils and their parents/carers and teachers

Starting school is a huge milestone in a small child’s life, and It’s Your Next Step provides children and their parents/carers with an opportunity to work through any issues or anxieties.
With a pull-out section for the child to complete alongside the adult booklet, It’s Your Next Step helps to promote healthy conversation about school and learning.

This new book is packed with up-to-date information and replaces the well-known book “Get Ready, Go”.

Pack of 5 copies: £15.00
Single copies: £3.99

It’s Your Move is an educationally-appropriate and culturally-sensitive guide for Y6 pupils, compiled by young people and those who work with them.
Its 64 colourful, fun-packed pages feature :

  • Top 40 survival guide
  • Real-life stories from Y6ers about to move up
  • …and those who’ve made the move
  • Lots of wise advice
  • Stories for a good read
  • Plenty of interaction to get young people thinking
  • Space for friends’ autographs – to make the book personal

Besides being a helpful guide, It’s Your Move is also a very affordable gift!

Act now and take advantage of this early-bird offer price
10 books just £12 until 31st March
Single copies are £3.50 each

Buy a Real Easter Egg today – Fairtrade quality chocolate!
The egg that shares the Easter story!

Of the 80 million Easter eggs sold in the UK every year, The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has an Easter story book or booklet in the box*, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and makes a donation to charity from its sales.

Help make a little difference and treat yourself to a Real Easter Egg this year!

Browse and buy the books here: CLC Bookshops, 103 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EQ

Housing Justice Lent Appeal

Spring is upon us with crocuses and daffodils and lambs bringing the promise of new beginnings – and Lent with a renewed focus on reflection and the chance to turn again to God. For me this is especially relevant this year as I prepare to hand over the baton of leading Housing Justice and embark on a new phase of my life. So I am writing this my final letter to you with mixed feelings. In many ways the situation for people experiencing or threatened with homelessness is worse now than it was when I joined Housing Justice in 2003. The numbers of people sleeping rough continue to rise and despite the Government’s good intentions there is no silver bullet that will bring the housing crisis to an end. So our work is needed more than ever.

And yet there are many things that Housing Justice has achieved in the last 14 years of which we can be proud. Our work with Winter Night Shelters has grown from a forum for five London night shelters to a network of more than 70, an established toolkit to support the development of new night shelters and a respected Quality Mark with 13 night shelters now graded as Excellent. Our Faith in Affordable Housing project has grown from an online guide for church property folk to the provision of bricks and mortar for people who need homes. In London we have 28 destitute asylum seekers staying with volunteer hosts and we have provided accommodation for 50 people like this in the year since the project began. And even though we no longer run a mentoring and befriending service ourselves we are regularly training and supporting others to set up new schemes in their communities. Meanwhile on the advocacy front we are speaking in churches and to other groups giving radio and TV interviews and writing articles about Christian action on homelessness, as well as tweeting and Facebooking. We are a voice for Church concerns in the homelessness and housing sectors as well as with national and local government.

But my best memories will always be the times when I have been lucky enough to see the change that takes place between a first meeting on the street and then, after a few months of support, seeing someone settled in their own home. Even better is meeting someone as a volunteer who the year before was a night shelter guest.

However, none of this could have happened without you, our loyal supporters, your prayers and your donations. At Housing Justice we concentrate on the work that cannot be funded by the Government, helping people who have fallen through the net, are unable to access state support or who need something more than services commissioned by Local Authorities can provide. We also don’t receive large sums from the denominations. So we, and the people we help, depend on the gifts of individuals, donations from Religious Orders and collections from parishes and congregations.

Please, will you include the work of Housing Justice and all those experiencing homelessness and in housing need in your Lenten prayers, and consider making a gift to support our vital work going forward.

Methodist News

East Africa Famine Appeal

All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain are calling for help to meet the needs of many in East African countries. To read more about the appeal and how you and your church can contribute, click here.

Thy Kingdom Come – Roots resources

New resources are available on the Roots website as part of the Thy Kingdom Come global wave of prayer to take place 25 May to 4 June. Roots is an ecumenical partnership, involving the Methodist Church, to help plan inspiring worship, encourage discipleship and nurture children and young people in their faith. To access the resources, click here.


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!