District News – 11 April

This Week’s News

40 Voices

During Lent 2017 Fiona Fidgin from the DMLN Team has been inviting 40 people from the Yorkshire Plus Region to share something of their prayer life and so to help us to pray. What does it mean to pray and how do you pray? Where do you pray? When do you pray? What helps you to pray?

Fiona says, “Many people struggle to pray. We might manage OK in Church on a Sunday but individually during the week, prayer often gets pushed to the side as we are too busy, too stressed or indeed find it difficult to quieten our minds or even find a place of stillness. All of us long to find a deep connection with God but often the struggles of life just get in the way. Adults also have an incredible hang up about what is the ‘right’ way to pray!”

If you haven’t discovered it yet, the voices can be found on the blog site https://40voices.wordpress.com/

Cliff College Open Day

Tuesday 25 April

This is an Open Day for anyone interested in studying here at Cliff. We will profile our undergraduate courses. You will sit in on a real lecture, you will speak with the teaching staff and find out all about the College and the course itself.

The outline of the day is as follows:

10.45     Arrive; coffee and cake in Chadwicks (the dining hall)
11.15     Welcome
Outline of how the courses work
11.45     Tour of the site
12.30     Gather for lunch with students
1.45       Lecture
3.15       Refreshments
Opportunity for questions and answers regarding admissions, finance etc
4.00       End

If you would be interested in attending this Open Day, please let Cathi Thacker (BAMM@cliffcollege.ac.uk) know as soon as possible so that she can book you in for lunch – you are welcome to bring others with you.

Good News

Odette Sefuko is a member of St Mary’s Church Bramall Lane. The church community have supported her in a protracted  10 year+ struggle for asylum and reunion with her children.

Odette was a Women’s Rights Campaigner in Democratic Republic of Congo until she had to flee for her life, having already witnessed shocking violence to her family and enduring terrible suffering herself. She arrived in UK 1-6-2005.

Now finally with her Right to Remain and her ‘children’ (now almost grown) with her, we are celebrating with a Thanksgiving Service that will include the baptism of her children on Sunday 23 April at St Mary’s, Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

Various friends and Church Members across Sheffield will be familiar with her story and it would be wonderful to welcome supporters at the service and shared lunch after. Please encourage folk to read the invitation so they know to RSVP to Odette, bring drinks and deserts to share and make donations to the family


Peak Filling Station

In March

  • Adrian Perry lead worship and with modern hymns and offered us an opportunity for individual expressions of personal concern to which many were pleased to respond.
  • Steve Holmes shared his Christian journey, the sensible and foolish, the good and bad, and how God had enabled him to use his business abilities to impact his community.

Adrian and Steve were refreshingly different.

Johnathan Dunning, 22nd April – Meadowhead Christian Fellowship, based in a shop unit on the south side of Sheffield. MCF is a community of people respectable and comfortably well off, very similar to the those in the Peak District, and is responsible for range of local and international of international programmes to serve others. MCF presents an example of engaging with our surrounding community and is challenge to us.

Dorothy Bates, 20th May

Prayer meetings –Tues 21/3 and 18/4, 7.30 Calver Methodist Church

Simple Quiet Day at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Tuesday April 18th 2017
9.45am – 3.45pm

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.

For more details and to book a place, visit their website here:simple-quiet-day

Country Fayre  at Epworth Old Rectory

Sunday 7 May – 10am to 4pm – attractions include:

Children’s Art Competition

  • Do you love animals?
  • Do you have a favourite pet?
  • Do you love drawing or painting?
  • Are you aged between 3 – 11?

If you tick these boxes, we’d love you to enter our Art Competition.

Categories: 3-6 years & 7 – 11 years

Prizes to be awarded by our guest judge Terry Chipp, an award winning professional artist and teacher from Doncaster.

We would like you to paint us a picture or make a model of an animal of your choice.  If you bring it along to our Country Fayre on Sunday 7 May, the picture’s painter will get free admission to the event.  Alternatively, pictures can be delivered to the Rectory on Friday and Saturday.

Please put your name, title of your picture, age and contact details on the back of the picture as we would hate someone to win & we’re not able to tell you. We are happy for a grown-up to help you with this.

Thank you

Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield AGM

will take place on

Monday May 8 2017 – 7.00-9.00 pm

Quaker Meeting House, St James St, Sheffield S1 2EW  (Coffee/tea available from 6.30pm)

We are delighted to invite all our friends and supporters to hear our speaker and discuss our activities and plans for 2017-18 .

Our keynote talk on ‘Radical Christianity and Politics’ will be given by  the Revd Chris Howson. Chris was a social worker before he was ordained  to the Anglican Church. After ordination, he spent 10 years in Bradford, mostly as the City Centre Priest, working on fresh expressions of church inspired by Liberation Theology. He now lives and works in Sunderland , where  he  is Chaplain to the University and works heavily with refugees and asylum seekers. In 2011, he produced a book: A Just Church: 21st Century Liberation Theology in Action. 

For further information ,please contact the CAP secretary ,Briony Broome via email: Briony.broome@hotmail.co.uk

Download the poster to help publicise this: Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield 2017 AGM invitation

Training and Learning Opportunities

Candidates’ Support Group

Are you considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church?

Would you like to work through this process with others sharing the same journey?

Would you appreciate information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way?

If so, the Candidates’ Support Group is for you and you would be most welcome.

Dates of meetings:

Saturday 29 April 2017                 10.00am – 3.30pm
Saturday 10 June 2017                10.00am – 3.30pm
Saturday 2 September 2017        10.00am – 3.30pm
Saturday 2 December 2017         10.00am – 3.30pm  (Venue to be confirmed)
Saturday 3 February 2018           10.00am – 3.30pm

at Oxford Place Methodist Church, Lees LS1 3AX.

For a conversation or to book a place, please contact:

Revd Graham Jones (Ministry Development Officer) at: jonesg@methodistchurch.org.uk or 07799 902574
Revd Sean Adair (Superintendent, Bolsover & Staveley) at: revsean@btinternet.com or 01246 823180

Download a flyer to pass this information on to others: Candidates’ Support Group Flier 2017-18

Dementia Friendly Church (In Partnership with MHA)

Saturday 13th May 2017 – Luther King House, Brighton Grove, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5JP

A day conference exploring ways in which churches can offer welcome and hospitality to people living with dementia and their carers.

Main Speaker: Revd Gaynor Hammond, plus workshops.

Click here for further details, full programme & how to book

Mental Health Matters

5 – 7 June – Cliff College, Calver

The Methodist Church is delighted to introduce its first ever Mental Health Matters Conference. Taking place over a weekend (from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime), Mental Health Matters is designed to provide training, support and advice to children and youth workers, ministers, lay employees and anyone else who wishes to learn more about mental health issues affecting members of their congregation.

Download a flyer here for more details: Mental Health Matters 2017

Job Vacancies and Volunteer opportunities

Covenant Champions – Volunteer Positions 

Are you a lay or ordained person in the Church of England or the Methodist Church who longs for both churches to move towards fuller unity in mission, worship, and holiness?

Do you have the enthusiasm, understanding, and commitment to raise the profile of the Covenant and to champion the work currently being done to enable both churches to fulfil their commitments to God and each other?

We are seeking up to six people from the two churches to be Covenant Champions in each of nine regions for a term of up to four years.

You could be one of these in your region and make a significant difference to how both churches live the Covenant.   Your commitment would be about ten hours a month.

Expressions of interest are invited from lay and ordained persons in good standing in either the Church of England or the Methodist Church.

Closing date:  12 noon on Friday 2 June 2017
Interviews:  Monday 18 or Tuesday 19 July 2017 in London

Further details and application pack, for both Anglican and Methodist applicants, from: Development & Personnel Office, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
E-mail: recruitment@methodistchurch.org.uk

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Last call for your Easter resources….
Whether it’s candles, holding crosses, books for all ages, tracts, notice board posters, greetings cards, music, stickers, DVDs, the Why Easter booklet or any of these Easter-themed items, contact CLC Bookshops, 103 West Street SHEFFIELD S1 4EQ

T: 0114 2724663   E: sheffield@clcbookshops.com
Use your loyalty card or Partnership Scheme discount to good effect, but note that the shop is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday

Christian Aid

Christian Aid at Greenbelt

Once again, Christian Aid will be at Greenbelt Festival with a wide programme of workshops and talks, tasty food and drinks in our café and exciting campaign activities. To make all of this happen needs a team of 60 volunteers. Volunteers will work one shift a day and in return will receive; free entry to the festival, meal vouchers for use on site, a dedicated volunteer’s camping area and access to free showers all weekend. For more information, and to apply, visit: https://jobs.christianaid.org.uk/vacancy/find/results/

New Volunteering Website!

We have a brand new volunteering website, making it easier to find opportunities and apply for roles that suit you! We have one volunteering role for our Loughborough office up already and more will be winging their way soon so do keep checking!

To see our new website or to apply for our Supporter Care Volunteer role, please visit: https://jobs.christianaid.org.uk/

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. 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:



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Methodist News

Churches condemn Government’s new two-child limit as “deliberately ignoring” needs of some of the UK’s poorest children

From Thursday 6th April the Government’s flagship benefit, Universal Credit, will not offer help to the third or subsequent children in a family. This fundamentally changes the benefit system so that it “deliberately ignores” the needs of some of the UK’s more vulnerable children say Church leaders.

  • Over the next three years around 640,000 families containing at least two million children will see substantially lower Universal Credit payments
  • From November 2018 the two-child limit will also be applied retrospectively. The needs of the third child born long before the two-child limit was thought of will also be ignored.

Rachel Lampard, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, said: “The two-child rule takes a knife to the social security safety net and hundreds of thousands of the UK’s most vulnerable children will fall through the gap created. These cuts are the driving force behind the expected increases in child poverty over the next decade. The consequences for these children will last for a life-time.”

The Revd Dr Richard Frazer, Convener of the Church & Society Council, commented: “From Thursday payments under Universal Credit will deliberately ignore the needs of some of the UK’s poorest children. The Government’s flagship benefit will not offer help to the third or further children in a family.

“How can a decent society look at an impoverished child – and then ignore their needs?”

Both the Government’s impact assessment and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) research make it clear that the two child limit is not expected to achieve its aim of reducing the number of children born to poorer families needing the support of the benefit system.

“We should be appalled that children’s needs are being deliberately ignored, no matter what the justification. It is extraordinary that the Government has pressed ahead with this cut despite the fact that its own research says that it is not likely to achieve its aim of encouraging families to have fewer children,” said Grace Pengelly, Secretary for Church and Society, United Reformed Church.

YouGov polling in October 2015 indicated that the majority (61%) of UK adults believe benefits should be high enough to cover families’ basic costs.

Speaking on the statistics, the Revd Stephen Keyworth, of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, added: “This policy flies in the face of one of our benefit system’s founding principles – that families should have enough to meet their basic needs. Our churches believe this principle is important and polling indicates that the public believe this principle to be important too.

“The two-child limit recognises that larger families have additional needs, but chooses to ignore them. We urge the Government, even at this late stage, to hold to the founding principles of the benefit system and not deliberately ignore the needs of the most vulnerable children in society.”