District News – 29 March

This Week’s News


By now hopefully everyone will have received their papers for Synod on Saturday, if not, you can also find them here: Spring Synod. We look forward to seeing you there. Please send any apologies in to the District office as soon as possible.

Sheffield Half-Marathon

On Sunday April 9th, a team of 5 YMCA Staff and supporters, including,  are running the Sheffield half-marathon to raise funds for our work with young people in Parson Cross in Sheffield. We currently work with 50-60 young people each week, delivering:

  • After-school drop in sessions
  • Delivery of the Unique course for girls in a local primary school and Learning Zone.
  • Running the Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award for Student Leaders at Chaucer Secondary School
  • Horticulture projects at local allotments.

If you’d like to sponsor us and help us reach our £500 target, you can do so at www.give.net/ParsonCross where you can also gift aid your donation.
Many Thanks – Jonathan Buckley

Fundraising for Assist

You may be aware that I am about to go on sabbatical and in the weeks before Easter I plan  to be walking the Camino from Porto into Santiago de Compostella, with a friend of mine. We plan to walk between 10-20 miles each day for two weeks.

I am blessed by being able to choose to do this, but many people who are refugees and asylum seekers have no choice but to travel through often tragic circumstances. I am therefore hoping to raise some money through doing this walk to help people who are refugees and asylum seekers in the Sheffield area.

If you would like to  help me raise money for this great cause, please do so by donating directly to my fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Louise-Grosberg.

Or through directly giving me any money you would like to donate.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to ASSIST Sheffield and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

Thank you to all those who have given a donation, or to all who are just about to do so, I just have to walk it now!

This is the final week of training, a week today, Ju Pearson and I fly out to Porto to begin the walk.

It would be brilliant to raise the £ 5,000 for ASSIST, thank you for your generosity, and if you meant to give something and didn’t quite get round to it…… it would be great if you could.

You can donate directly to my fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Louise-Grosberg

We hope to post some more pictures on the just giving web site here in the next few weeks as we do the walk.

Thank you  in anticipation, for your support!
Revd Louise Grosberg

South Yorkshire Police

Are there any SYP officers or civilian staff in your church?  Or any family members?

The SYP branch of the Christian Police Association will be re-launched on Wednesday 12 April, 6.30pm at the Rock Christian Centre, Carlisle Street, S4 7LJ.  Both the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner will speak – briefly!  All welcome!


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

Training and Learning Opportunities

Re-imagine Conference

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

More information can also be found here: reimagine info

Mental Health Matters Conference

2-4 June – Cliff College

The theme of this year’s conference is: ‘Sharing the Journey’.  Our theme aims to draw on the need to ‘walk alongside’ those in our churches and communities who are dealing with mental health issues and the resulting social, vocational and emotional difficulties that they can experience alongside the mental health issue itself. It is about raising awareness, understanding and enabling those who wish to understand and help, to feel enabled to do so through learning more about the everyday things those with mental health issues deal with, and where to find hope and practical help in the midst of it.

We want to put an emphasis on themes within mental health such as:

  • ‘openly talking about mental health and wellness’
  • ‘reducing stigma in the church and our communities’,
  • ‘asking for help either as a carer or as a person dealing with mental health issues’,

And taking a closer look at specific issues like:

  • ‘men and suicide’,
  • ‘mental health and substance abuse’

As well as workshops addressing the spiritual, societal and emotional side including:

  • ‘The theology of mental health’;
  • ‘Mental Health & Culture’
  • ‘Spirituality and mental wellbeing’.

Early bird tickets sales are open now… Tickets

Information is also on the main website: http://www.methodist.org.uk/ministers-and-office-holders/pastoral-care/mental-health

Connecting Disciples:

The Methodist conference for lay workers and children and youth workers

Places are still available at the Connecting Disciples June conference, to be held on Friday 9 – Sunday 11 June 2017 at Cliff College, Calver, Derbyshire.

Bookings can be made here.

Easter Resource – Hope 2018

Please find below information on the Easter resource which we are thrilled to be working with CV and Life Explored to offer churches a book, a 4-minute film and an explorers’ course to use as we make Jesus known. The Talking Jesus research (talkingjesus.org) shows that four in ten people in the UK don’t know if Jesus was a real person. Use Who Do You Say I Am? and make your Easter services great guest services this year, helping people to discover who Jesus is, why he died and what his resurrection means for us today.

The new website www.easterhope.org.uk offers the gift book and a free 4-minute film, which explore the question Jesus Christ asked 2,000 years ago: Who Do You Say I Am? Plus there’s a short course to help people find what makes us truly happy.

A gift to give

Who Do You Say I Am? looks at evidence and Christian experience to help people find out about Jesus. This beautifully produced, large format paperback, takes readers on a journey of discovery with interviews, testimonies and quotes from the eye-witness accounts in the Gospels. A pack of 10 costs £11.50 (plus p&p). Order copies to give away at your Easter services this year and start a conversation about Jesus.

A film to show

The book Who do you say I am? is accompanied by a 4-minute film that asks the same question Jesus asked his disciples: ‘Who do you say I am?’ Interviews with an astrophysicist, a theologian and an art historian are included alongside footage shot in the Middle East in the places Jesus lived. Download the film to show at your Easter services.

A course to explore

Life Explored is a 7-part series featuring a combination of short films, shot around the world. The course asks the question ‘What makes you happy?’ and points to Jesus as the one person who can satisfy our deepest desires for happiness.

You can download a free demo of the course, with three episodes from the 7-part series. There is also a free handbook and leaders’ handbook that you can use to help guide you.

Roy Crowne
Executive Director
HOPE |  8A Market Place  | Rugby | Warwickshire | CV21 3DU | 01788 542782

York Courses

To celebrate 20 years York Courses has produced a booklet of Daily Devotional Readings from Easter to Pentecost.

A 48-page booklet with a thoughtful reading for every day from Easter to Pentecost (‘Whit Sunday’)

£2.99 each, with free UK post and packing

  • Multipack of  3 booklets £ 8.25                  (£2.75 each)
  • Multipack of  5 booklets  £13.00         (£2.60 each)
  • Multipack of 10 booklets £24.80         (£2.48 each)

Job Vacancies

Principal, Cliff College

Cliff College is seeking to appoint an outstanding spiritual and inspirational leader who is missional in focus, entrepreneurial in approach and pastoral at heart to serve as our next Principal.

As Principal, you will help us to develop the story and reputation of the College as a place of life changing, transformed discipleship and ministry focused in mission and evangelism.

The College’s motto ‘Christ for all – all for Christ’ summarises the heart of College life, that is, a community that trains people from all walks of life and backgrounds to be better equipped for evangelism and mission, and the ministry to which God has called them.

More information about the role and an application pack is available at www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/jobs/ or by contacting registrar@cliffcollege.ac.uk .

For a confidential conversation about the role please contact Stephen
Skuce at s.skuce@cliffcollege.ac.uk .

Closing date for applications: Friday 28 April 2017 by 12 noon.

Interviews will take place over 24 hours on Monday 22 – Tuesday 23 May 2017

A salary of £45,000 per annum is offered with the usual terms and conditions applying to presbyters and deacons in the Methodist Church

Other News

Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week 2017 is 14-20 May

East Africa Crisis Appeal

People are dying daily from hunger and malnutrition across East Africa. This is the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where 100,000 people face starvation and nearly 5 million people urgently need food. The situation is also grave in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia where 14 million people are going hungry every day, caught up in the region’s worst drought in 50 years. The situation is deteriorating rapidly. A major catastrophe is unfolding. We need to reach people quickly. We must act now.

Please donate to our East Africa Crisis Appeal: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/east-africa-crisis-appeal

Theodor: The refugee who never forgot

Have you seen our Christian Aid Week video yet? Our video this year is an animation based on the real-life story of Theodor Davidovic, a World War II refugee who made Scotland his home and dedicated much of his life to helping others in need.

To watch this moving and inspiring video please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HmU-OIL5h4

Christian Aid Week School Resources

Are you looking for school resources this Christian Aid Week? Look no further as we now have a range of great resources available for use in schools, from assemblies, to teaching ideas linked with different subjects and even a Christian Aid Week Ludo game! To download our Christian Aid Week schools resources, please visit:


Methodist News

Conversation Welcome

Exploring the future of the UK after the EU referendum

In readiness for the impending trigger of Article 50, four of the UK’s largest Christian Churches, representing three quarters of a million members, are inviting their congregations to take part in discussions across the UK to explore what kind of society we should be seeking to create.

At a time when the UK is moving towards exiting the EU, there is naturally uncertainty about what our future as a country will look like, whichever way people voted in the referendum. Churches are being invited to take part in constructive conversations about the sort of society we would wish to live in, and hope to leave to future generations. Talking about things where people disagree can be difficult, so a pack – “Conversation Welcome” – has been provided to help.

The conversations will be held by local Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Church of Scotland Churches. They are being promoted by the Joint Public Issues Team, through which the four Churches work together on issues of justice and inequality.

The resource pack is available here

Baptist Minister, Revd Phil Jump, who is coordinating the initiative and an adviser to the Joint Public Issues Team, commented: “Conversations are important at any time but the extraordinary recent political events have made the need more pressing. The EU Referendum campaign has left some mourning the loss of an important identity, while others are delighted by the opportunities that lie ahead.

“The process of leaving the European Union means making many important decisions that will shape the UK for years to come. By taking part in these conversations, people will discuss a vital underlying question – What kind of society should we be seeking to create?”

The Conversation Welcome discussion will suggest four questions to explore:

  • What sort of society do we want to leave for future generations?
  • How should we treat others?
  • How should we use our resources?
  • How should we make decisions?

The conversations can be held in any group size and the resources include prayers, reflections and videos.

The Conference is coming!

Bookings for tickets to special events at the Methodist Conference 2017 open on the website this Monday, 27 March. You’ll be able to book tickets for:

  • The opening of the Conference and the induction of the President and Vice-President (Saturday 24 June)
  • The reception into full Connexion and Sunday worship (Sunday 25 June)
  • The ordination services (Sunday 25 June)

Tickets are free, but limited, so don’t delay!