District News – 7 March

This Week’s News

Holiness & Justice Art Exhibition

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

This vibrant and thought provoking exhibition of seven paintings by Sheffield artist and pioneer minister, Ric Stott, is the result of the commission given to him by the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference on the theme of “Holiness and Justice”.  The paintings will be on display throughout Lent and full dates and times can be found here.

On Saturday 11 March 2017 at 7.00pm Ric Stott will be at Whirlow to launch the exhibition and introduce his work.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn a little more about it and perhaps gain a better insight into the ideas which the artist is trying to convey.  Refreshments will be served and there is no need to book for this evening launch event.


The Presbyteral Synod will take place next Tuesday 14 March at Kexborough Methodist Church. All papers have been sent out, so please contact the office if you have not received yours.

The Representative Synod will take place on Saturday 1 April at Hinde House School, Sheffield. The initial papers are being sent out this week by email. Again, please let the office know if you (or someone you know) do not receive them.

DYFerence at Cliff Festival

This year we’re really excited to be doing something slightly different for our DYFerence weekend, we’re attending Cliff College Festival, from 26-30 May!

This will be an opportunity for the young people to come together as a District, and give them a chance to have their voice heard, but also to join in with all the exciting activities offered by Cliff College that weekend.

Booking forms and additional information will be available soon.

We need to have somewhere to store our food for the weekend. If any one (or church) has a camping fridge that we could borrow, please let the District Office know.

President & Vice-President visiting UTU

On Thursday 16 March the Urban Theology Union are delighted to be spending a day with the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference.

At the end of their  visit we are hosting an open meeting which you are warmly invited.

This will be an opportunity to meet Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard MBE.  Come and hear them thinking out loud with UTU Director, Revd Dr Keith Hebden on Holiness, Justice and Urban ministry.

Free event and no booking required.

Urban Theology Union at the Victoria Hall Methodist Church, entrance on Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB 5pm to 6pm

Enquiries: office@utusheffield.rog.uk 0114 2709907

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!

Download the poster to help publicise this event Springsteen poster 


Crosslight – Lent Passion Play

Friday March 17, 7.30pm

Churches Together in Retford are hosting the Riding Lights Theatre Company who will perform their Lent Passion Play “CROSSLIGHT”

It will be at The Well (Baptist Church) Hospital Road, Retford DN22 7BD

Tickets are £8 adults and £6 for under 16s.

The Box office is through The Well  01777 702344

Full details in the flyer here: Crosslight RL Publicity, March 2017

Concerts at The Crossing, Worksop

Saturday 18 Feb – 7:30pm – Iain Farrington

Iain Farrington has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. He has made numerous recordings, and has broadcast on BBC Television, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. Through his multi-faceted work as a musician, he aims to bring live music to as wide an audience as possible. Iain’s concert programmes often mix popular and jazz elements into the traditional Classical repertoire. The programme will include Iain’s own compositions and arrangements plus works by Bach, Grainger, Vaughan Williams, Widor etc

All Adult tickets £10, under 16s £4.

Iain Farrington Poster (18 Feb 2017)

Saturday 25 March – 7:30 pm – Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra

An evening of “Captivating Classics” with Julian Clef (Piano) and Jack Crime (Conductor). The programme includes Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture; Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Brahms’ Symphony No 2.

Tickest £8 in advance, £10 on the door. Accompanied under 16s free.

CSO (25 March 2017)

Training and Learning Opportunities

World Mission Conference

The Methodists for World Mission Conference is 2nd-4th June 2017 at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, this year under the title ‘Moving People: Moving Stories’.

Refugees, economic migrants and people seeking new lives in new places mean more people are on the move across the globe than ever before.  Follow the churches’ journey alongside some of these people and explore how we can become a church of all nations.

Download a poster to help publicise this event: MWM2017-Advert and visit the website for more information: http://mwm.org.uk/conferences/

Cliff College Summer School

For the second year running, we’re running the “Explore” sessions of Worship: Leading and Preaching as part of the Cliff College Summer School, which runs from 31st July – 4th August 2017.

Most Local Preachers and Worship Leaders in training will do the “Explore” sessions of the course with their Tutors in local groups. Summer School offers the alternative of doing these sessions with a group of students from all over the Connexion, at Cliff College in the heart of the Peak District. This may just be what you are looking for, and we’d really appreciate if you could pass the information around anyone who might be interested. Although intended primarily for those in training, Summer School is open to all, including Preachers, Worship Leaders, Mentors and Tutors who wish to refresh their skills.

Further information on Summer School including booking details are available on the Cliff College website

Festival of Preaching, 10-12 September 2017, Oxford

The Festival of Preaching aims to inspire, nurture and celebrate all who are called to proclaim the Gospel today.
Featuring outstanding speakers, the festival offers a stimulating and varied programme of worship, lectures and workshops in the beautiful surroundings of Christ Church Oxford. Topics include:

  •  Nurturing the preacher’s soul
  •  The craft of preaching
  •  The worst the lectionary can throw at you
  •  Preaching at baptisms, weddings and funerals
  •  The art of the five-minute homily

For more details go to the Festival of Preaching website.

Job Vacancies

Children & Families Worker (Maternity cover)

Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield

Wesley Hall is a dynamic welcoming community-focused Methodist Church. We are looking for someone with the passion and expertise to work with us in developing our growing mission and ministry to children aged 0-11 and their families.

As our children & families worker you will:

  • Walk alongside and build pastoral relationships with families and children journeying from attendance at church-run events into discipleship
  • Bring expertise to the church leadership and volunteer team as we continue to develop our children and families programme
  • Lead and organise an engaging and stimulating programme of activities: building community; sharing & nurturing faith and worshipping
  • Work in partnership with the pre-teen and youth development worker, building manager, minister and congregations

29 hours per week
Salary up to £16,101 plus contributory pension

Applications by: Tues 14 March

Interviews: Thurs 23 March (subject to candidate availability)

For information and applications contact Neil Harland 07967 271986 or recruitment@wesleyhall.org.uk

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder be a practising Christian

Wesley Hall is a part of Wesley Ebenezer Methodist Church

Assistant to the Health Manager

The Terminus Initiative

This is to support delivery of the Community Wellbeing Programme across Lowedges, Batemoor & Jordanthorpe in the south of Sheffield.  This is delivered under contract from Sheffield City Council and involves collaborative working with a range of partners to address inequalities in health and wellbeing.  The role of the Health Assistant is to support the Health Improvement Manager in promoting, delivering and monitoring health initiatives across the community.

Hours:           18 hours per week (based on FTE 37.5 hours)

Salary:          £18,000 p.a. pro rata (=£8,640 actual)

Term:            Fixed term appointment till 31st March 2018

For further information, or to request an application pack, contact Greg Unwin: tel. 0114 237 8540, email managertti@btconnect.com or by post: 240 Lowedges Road, Sheffield, S8 7JB.

Application forms should be returned by Thursday 16th March, and interviews will be held on Thursday 23rd March.  Starting date of appointment from mid-April, by agreement.

Other News

Christian Aid

Poverty and Pastries

25th March  at URC Central, Sheffield from 10am-11:30am. Come and hear about this year’s Christian Aid Week stories and campaigns, enjoy a free pastry and coffee and meet others in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire passionate about social justice. To book your pastry email pfurbey@christian-aid.org — at Central URC Church.

Sheffield May Day Trek – 1st May,

Registration is now open for the Christian Aid and CAFOD May Day Trek, 2 routes of 6 and 11 miles starting at St Luke’s Lodge Moor, Sheffield. Come and help our global neighbours around the world step by step. To register go to www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk

CLC Bookshops

World Book Day means kids can get a great book with Christian content for just £1 !!
…and this year so can grown-ups too!!

Use World Book Day tokens for the £1 children’s titles or towards the cost of any children’s book. Tokens are valid from 2nd to 31st March.
Take a look and spread the word:  CLC news

Methodist News

Support the East Africa Famine Appeal

South Sudan is the first nation in six years to declare a famine, but the UN have issued a stark warning that other countries face extreme food-shortages across East Africa.

All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain are calling for support for an urgent appeal to respond to immediate needs in South Sudan and to help avert famine in other countries on the verge of disaster.

Droughts and unpredictable rainfall, protracted civil conflicts and entrenched economic crises, have led to widespread food insecurity across East Africa and people are already dying.

All We Can’s Humanitarian Aid Manager Jason Snuggs said: “This situation is incredibly serious, it is not one we can ignore. We need supporters to give generously and without delay, so we can respond to the need in South Sudan and help towards averting famine in other countries in the region on the verge of disaster.”

To support the East Africa Famine Appeal go to www.allwecan.org.uk/famine.

You can also donate to the East Africa Famine Appeal by texting EFAM17 followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070 (eg EFAM17 £10). All the money you donate goes to All We Can. (You may be charged for your text message. Please refer to your network operator’s standard rates. Over 18s only.)

Bible Month: 30 days with James

In June 2017, the Methodist Church is encouraging churches and circuits across the Connexion to run a Bible Month, 30 days focused on the letter of James.

James encourages Christians to live out their faith as well as to confess it. It is a reminder that faith without works is dead, and so encourages us to love God and neighbour in deed as well as in word.

The month will involve two key elements:

  • Preachers preparing and preaching a series of sermons on James over the four Sundays of June.
  • Small group leaders running a Bible Month group that focuses on James, but which also helps those attending engage the Bible in fresh and innovative ways.

By focusing on a single book, the aim of the Bible Month is to help all in church engage more deeply with Scripture. A pilot project showed that the Bible Month model can be effective in raising biblical literacy, and the majority of those who took part were keen to hold another Bible Month in the future!

For more information and resources, click here.

Churches challenge ‘Dubs’ suspension

A joint letter has been sent to the Home Secretary from the leaders of five Churches, including the Methodist Church, on changes to the policy on child refugees. The letter expresses concern at the government’s recent announcement that it intends to suspend the safe resettlement of unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United Kingdom.

The Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference, commented: “It is not a question of the management of resources, but rather a matter of political will. The way that we treat the most vulnerable is a sign of what we aspire to be as a society.”
You can read the letter here.

Connecting Disciples:
9-11 June 2017, Cliff College

Booking for new 9-11 June 2017 conference at Cliff College is now open. This is in addition to the conference taking place from March 6-9.

Connecting Disciples is the annual Methodist conference for all lay employees and children and youth workers whatever their role. It offers a chance for training, development, fellowship and community through workshops, worship, Bibles studies, prayer groups and networking. The theme for the event is ‘Be the change – Holiness and Justice’.

Take a look at this video, which gives an idea of what happened at the 2016 Connecting Disciple conference.

Find out more information (including booking) here.

Cliff College and BRF partnership

Cliff College has announced a new partnership with the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF). The two organisations hope to develop important training resources for the Church and lay leaders, with a particular focus on sharing the Christian message.

The Revd Dr Stephen Skuce, Acting Principal of Cliff College and Director of Scholarship Research and Innovation for the Methodist Church, said: “In recent years, the BRF has helped us to develop excellent materials and programmes, such as those for Messy Church, Who Let the Dads Out? and The Gift of Years. These tools have been key in contemporary evangelism in the Church and solidifying our link together will help us to develop further resources and opportunities for mission.”

Read more here.

A place to call home?

The Joint Public Issues Team, in collaboration with Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action, has launched a series of six Bible studies on the British housing crisis. The sessions are designed for use in small discussion groups who wish to explore issues around housing prayerfully and in depth.
You can download the resource here

A Gift of Easter

This 2017 edition of the popular pocket-sized booklet invites readers to journey through Lent, Holy Week and Easter Sunday using Scripture, prayer, song and pictures. It gives a sense of Jesus fulfilling a mission to and beyond the cross.

A Gift of Easter is ideal as a giveaway for visitors at services, to share with people on pastoral visits, with family, neighbours or friends.

Available from mid-March and in plenty of time for Easter, these booklets come in packs of 25 and are available from Methodist Publishing.

Stepping Out – 2017 writing competition

The Methodist Women in Britain have launched a new writing competition, inspired by the life and works of the Revd Julie Hulme.

They are looking for a 500-word reflection or poem on the theme of Stepping Out. The closing date is midnight on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Rules and Guidelines for entrants are available here.

World Church News

A Week in Jamaica

At the beginning of February, representatives of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council met in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, for a week of work. Read more

SALT of the earth

Some exciting news has just come in from two former Scholarship and Leadership Training (SALT) students.Read more

Bolivia: “Evangelism is Hard”

“The work of evangelism is hard, but with the help of God we are advancing.” So says Justino Quispe, an evangelist from the Methodist Church in Bolivia. Read more


Play4All is a children’s project started by the United Church in Kamatipa, Zambia, in 2012. It aims to give unschooled and under-schooled children an opportunity to improve their social skills, through structured play.Read more

Women Matter

In many parts of Latin America, women are often overlooked – both in church ministry and in leadership generally. The Methodist Church in Guatemala has identified this as an issue that is hindering its work, and has decided to face it head-on. Read more