District News – 19 April

This Week’s News


Looking for a Full-size Pool Table

The Stocksbridge Christian Centre (Methodist/Anglican LEP) has tried to source a full-size pool table for use by its youth club ‘The Hanger’. What we are looking for is a leg-less table that can be placed on top of a trestle table. We have tried to find a new table of this type, but there does not seem to be anything like that now available. Does anyone have any idea where we could look for a used table?

Please contact our Community Outreach Worker Phil Hall at philtheowl@hotmail.

Projector equipment

Ebenezer Methodist Church, Ogbodiukwu-Umuahia, Nigeria (where Revd Henry C Ohakah was born) has asked if there’s a local church here in Sheffield that has a projector equipment that they are not using to donate to them, or even an individual or family that may be able to give them.

Contact Revd Henry C Ohakah (henry.ohakah@methodist.org.uk)if you are able to help with this.


As we heard at Synod, this year we’re really excited to be doing something slightly different for our DYFerence weekend – 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. Please try and encourage your young people (ages 11+) to consider attending.

The deadline for booking the camp site is next Monday (24 April) – this is to help us decide if we can go ahead with this event.

You can download the individual booking form, plus other information here: DYFerence brochure

Information for group leaders and the group booking form can be downloaded here:

As was also mentioned, we could really do with some additional help in catering for this event. If you would like to be involved, please let Katrin in the District Office know.

Fairthorn MHA Open Day

We would like to invite you to an Open House event at Fairthorn from 10.00am-3.00pm on Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Come and view the show apartment, the facilities and meet the Fairthorn Team. We would be delighted if you can join us!

RSVP:  Paulette on 0114 236 8646 or scheme.dore@mha.org.uk
117 Townhead Road, Dore, Sheffield S17 3AJ

Light refreshments available.

Music for the Spirit

Whirlow Spirituality Centre has been home to the highly successful ‘We who sing pray twice’ events for many years, but other musical activity has largely consisted of recordings and occasional hymns and songs in the monthly reflective worship and weekly Eucharist services.

This programme will introduce chamber-style classical music events recognising the spiritual dimension of music, to use it to celebrate the unique atmosphere and ideal setting of the Chapel. The series is intended to offer musical performances resonating with the reflective, meditative and affirmative style of this special place.

Schedule of Concerts:

Friday 19 May 7.30pm –  Hallam Sinfonia String Quartet
Programme to include: Brahms Hungarian Dances, Fauré Pavane and ‘The Joke’ Quartet by Haydn.

Saturday 3 June 7.30pm: Lucy Phillips (Violin) and David Hammond (Piano)

Friday 30th June 7.30pm: Chloe Saywell (Soprano), Stephanie Pitts (Piano) and Matthew Redfearn (Trumpet and Flugelhorn)

Saturday 23 September 7.30pm: Muskoka Wind Quintet  https://muskokawindquintet.wordpress.com/about/

Saturday 28 October 7.30pm: Simeon Wood (Flute and other wind instruments including NHS walking stick).  http://www.simeonwood.com/

Include: for the spiritual care and support of people with learning disabilities

INCLUDE support group meetings are offered to anyone interested or involved in the spiritual care and support of people with learning disabilities. You could be a parent; other family member carer; volunteer; support worker; advocate; health care professional; church worker; or minister. From whatever faith background, or none, we meet to offer support and encouragement to each other.

We have been meeting since 2012 and meet on a regular basis bi-monthly. Attendance is free and the format is very informal.

If you would like to register an interest please contact Revd David Middleton, (david.middleton@shsc.nhs.uk) to find out the date and venue of the next meeting.

You can download a flyer to pass this information on to others: Include A5 Flyer


Methodist  City Centre Network

Regional Gathering

Thursday 27th April 10.30am to 3pm
Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield S1 2JB

MCCN is a gathering for all those involved in city or large town centre ministry.  To hear stories of developing worship and mission, to share ideas, grapple theology and pray together.

Arrive at 10am for tea/coffee and the main part of the morning will be to hear from the local team about the development of The Foundry as a management company for the premises, and examples of the ongoing ministry of Victoria Hall.

Lunch is provided and in the afternoon we will be exploring the use of  creative arts as a Fresh Expression of Church with members of the team from “35 Chapel Walk” and contributions from Rev Christine Dutton from the Urban Theology Unit.

A contribution of £5 towards lunch and refreshments is appreciated.

The Church is 10 minutes’ walk from Sheffield train and coach stations

To register call: 0114 237 6579 or email j.haigh@btinterent.com

Spring Concert

Saturday 6 May – 7pm

Dronfield Genquip band will be performing at Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield to help raise funds for themselves and the church’s 2020Vision project.

Tickets are £6 on the door, or in advance from j.haigh100@btinternet.com or tickets@dronfieldband.co.uk

Legacy Day

Thursday 1 June from 11am to 1pm

Action for Children invites you to an inspirational Legacy Day at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Bring a guest and join us at this striking venue

  • Enjoy a free event at a unique location and learn how leaving a gift in your Will could help improve disadvantaged children’s lives.
  • Hear from a young person about their experience and how your support is invaluable in helping children reach their full potential.
  • Enjoy an informal lunch, followed by the opportunity to explore the Botanical Gardens.

Our Legacy Day provides a great opportunity to explore the Gardens whilst learning more about the vital work of Action for Children

How to register:

You can contact us by telephone on 0300 123 2112 or email us at legacies@actionforchildren.org.uk to reserve your place. Alternatively, register online. Places are reserved on a first come first served basis.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Drug Prevention work

Saturday 29 April – 1oam

Would you like to help children and young people in Sheffield avoid drug and alcohol-related harm so that they can achieve their potential?

Hope UK,  a national registered charity based in London, trains Christian volunteers to become Drug Educators in schools and with youth and parents’ groups. They are keen to recruit and train a team in Sheffield. Training is free, takes approximately 120 hours to complete and is accredited with the Open College Network.

If you would like to find out more, please come to: Living Waters Christian Fellowship, 81 Main Road, Darnall, S9 5HL on Saturday 29 April at 1oam, or contact Ian Michell on 07889 496684

Mental Health Awareness Days

The Diocese of Sheffield have been organising these events since 2011. They are aimed at reducing the isolation, stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues, and increasing the understanding of what mental distress is and how we can improve our own mental health wellbeing.

Two events arranged for this year, so anyone interested in attending but unable to attend in May are welcome to attend in September, and details are as follows:-

Saturday, 6th May, 2017 – The Minster Church of All Saints, Rotherham
Leaders for the day are Emily Wood PhD M Med Sci RNMH, qualified Mental Health Nurse and currently research worker with Sheffield University, and
Meredith Evans, Methodist Deacon in Sheffield and former chaplain with the Prison & Mental Health Services and supporting carers

Saturday, 16th September, 2017 – All Saints Church Ecclesall, Sheffield
Leaders for the day are Emily Wood PhD M Med Sci RNMH, qualified Mental Health Nurse and currently research worker with Sheffield University, and
Sarah Tipper, Occupational Therapist with Sheffield Mental Health Trust (Sheffield Health and Social Care)

You can download the flyer for more information: May 2017 Awareness Day Leaflet

Job Vacancies

Chapel Allerton Youth Project

Thinking of taking a gap year? Do you want to work in your local church & community to deliver real working projects whilst developing your  skills, experience & CV?

Take a year on with the ONE Programme

This is a one year fixed term project from 1 September 2017 – 31 August 2018
Salary: £6561.00 per annum to be uprated in line with the cost of living increase
Hours of work: on average 15 hrs per week (65 hrs per calendar month)

As part of Chapel Allerton Youth Project in north Leeds you will:

  • Work alongside children, young people and families in our Messy Church and youth groups
  • Have the opportunity to work in schools to support young people

The ONE Programme has been set up specifically for young people and includes:

  • 4 training weekends to support you in your role
  • developing leadership skills and the chance to earn a Cliff College ‘Certificate in Leadership’
  • an opportunity to be involved in the Methodist Church’s Children and Youth Assembly
  • meeting other young people on the ONE Programme

For more info on the ONE Programme see, ONE Programme Participants section: www.methodist.org.uk/ONEProgrammeParticipants

Interested? For further information email Hannah Dey at (hannah.dey@chapela.org.uk)
Email recruitment@methodistchurch.org.uk for an application pack.
Closing date for applications: Monday 24th April (9am)
Interview date: Monday 15th May

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

An invitation to express an interest in Membership of The Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes (TMCP)

Board of Trustees

We are seeking new members of the Board as we have three current vacancies. Members are appointed by the Methodist Conference on nomination by the Board.

The Board of Trustees normally consists of 16 members, with equal numbers of ministers and lay members of the Methodist Church. We aim to draw members from a broad range of society to maintain a balance of skills and life experience in discharging trustee duties. We would welcome expressions of interest from women and those of an ethnic minority background, as such groups are currently underrepresented on our Board.

The Board meets three times a year, at Central Buildings, Manchester, delegating much of the day to day decision making to an Executive Committee of four members, an Audit Committee of three members and an Investment Committee of a similar size.

Membership of the TMCP Board represents an opportunity to make an impact on the direction and development of this organisation.

Our mission is to support and strengthen the Methodist Church, both by providing practical support to Managing Trustees and by working closely and effectively with our colleagues in the Methodist
Connexional Team.

For more information about the work of the Board within the Methodist Church, and for a Registration of Interest form, please write to Anne Goodman, Chief Executive, TMCP, Central Buildings, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ, or email tmcp@tmcp.methodist.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 28th April. 
Selection meetings will be held in Manchester during the week commencing 8th May.

St Christopher’s Church LEP (Methodist / C of E) are seeking a

Pioneer Mission Enabler

Could it be you?

  • Are you excited about developing mission and discipleship among families & young people?
  • Could you develop a team from within our congregation  to live as authentic disciples beyond the church?
  • Can you nurture life enhancing relationships with the unchurched?

Then it could be you we are looking for.

The role comes with accommodation and a salary of £21,840 for a 35 hour week

This is initially a 3-year appointment and is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

For more details and an application pack go to http://www.cofesuffolk.org/vacancies/role/pioneer-mission-enabler

or email: cheryl.cheesman24@gmail.com

Closing date: 12th May & Interviews Saturday 27th May

Research Director

We are seeking an experienced and gifted leader with a passion for research to lead Church Army’s Research Unit.

This is an incredible opportunity to build on the transformative work of Dr George Lings and join this pioneering and unique team which is effecting real change both in Church Army and the wider Church. As the leader of the unit, you will be responsible for leading the team as a centre of excellence in research; and inspiring the Church in mission through the Unit’s findings.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be educated to Master’s degree or equivalent
  • Have a developed understanding of evangelism and fresh expressions of church
  • Be an excellent communicator
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills

To apply, visit www.churcharmy.org.uk/jobs

Methodist News

East Africa Famine Appeal: Hope in the midst of despair

More than £340,000 has been given in response to the East Africa Famine Appeal, launched at the end of February by All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain.

The call to donate to the urgent appeal to help avert famine in countries on the verge of disaster has been met with a generous wave of giving from Methodist Churches and individuals across the world.

All We Can Chief Executive, Maurice Adams said, “The response so far to the East Africa Famine Appeal has been remarkable and humbling. Such an extraordinary response is required because of the extraordinary calamity we are witnessing. The need is vast, and the resources required to tackle this ongoing emergency continues to be immense.

“All We Can is working tirelessly to distribute this funding to those most at risk. We are very thankful for the generosity of churches and individuals knowing that many communities have come together to raise money to help their neighbours in East Africa and Yemen. Collectively, we have already done so much but I encourage those who can, to continue to give, to continue to respond, to continue to do all they can for those living under the terrible shadow of famine.”

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

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

Presidential Easter Message

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard MBE, speak about confidence, suffering and hope in this year’s Easter Message. You can read, watch, listen and download it here

ONE Intern launched

The Methodist Church is seeking young people to take part in a new scheme to help develop their careers and faith. This exciting new opportunity for 21-26 year-olds offers a year of exploring faith through a paid placement with a range of professional organisations across a variety of business sectors. Click here to read more.

Egypt Suicide Bombings

The Joint Public Issues Team has published a statement from Bishop Angaelos on the attacks on Coptic Orthodox Christian churches that took place on Palm Sunday, killing 45 people. You can read the statement here.

Methodist News

A number of e-newsletters have been sent out this week, including Property Matters, The Well Snapshots and the latest edition of World Church News. To find out what other newsletters the Connexional Team produce, click here.