District News – 25 April

This Week’s News

Community Memorial Service

14 May – Stocksbridge Christian Centre,  Cedar Road, Stocksbridge

14 May (Sunday) at 3 PM, the church will host the Annual Community Memorial Service.

Everyone is welcome to this liturgical service of reflection,  quiet, and thanksgiving for the lives of relatives and friends who are no longer with us. Candles will be lit in their memory, and names read out if desired.

A period of personal reflection follows the service.
Refreshments will be served.

Holy Trinity Church LEP, Thorpe Hesley (S61 2QJ)

The Trinity Community Centre is now available for hire

Monday to Friday daytime

For your Meetings, Training events, Conferences, Lunch Club and celebrations

We have great facilities and are only 1 mile from the M1 Jct 35  why not come and have a look.

Ring our Centre Manager Amy on 0114 245 9665

You may need to leave a message but we will get back to you asap.

3Generate 2017 – booking opens

3Generate 2017 is set to be a bigger event in a new venue.

This year, for the first time, Children’s and Youth Leaders are being asked to attend the event with their group and care for them throughout the weekend.

There will be sessions that the children and young people attend with their leaders and also times when they meet separately.

A new, simpler, booking system is being trialled for the event.

3Generate 2017 will run from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November 2017 at Pontins in Southport.

Click here to read more about the changes this year.

You can find information about ‘How to Book’ here.


Burngreave Ashram

Monday 1 May

Meditation/Prayer, Lunch & Seminar

This is held every first Monday with the following timetable:

11 am                Book/Poetry/Art Sharing
12 Noon            Meditation/Prayer
12:30 pm           Lunch – Bring and Share (Vegetarian)
1: 15 pm            Seminar

Download the flyer for future dates and themes here: Ch-58.Lib.Seminars.Notice.Apr to Aug.17

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Reflective Worship

Join us for services of Reflective Worship, on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month and every Tuesday, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit

  • Sunday, May 7th – Reflective Service 7 – 8pm
  • Sunday May 21st – Reflective Communion  7-8pm
  • Every Tuesday – Reflective Communion 9.45 – 10.30am
  • Every Sunday morning – Space to Be 8.30 -9.15am Silent, self directed meditation – arrive and leave as you wish

Praying With … Story

  • Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
  • 8:00pm to 9:30pm (Refreshments from 7.30pm)
  • Cost: £5 Book here

Led by Revd Sheila Walters, a member of the Whirlow Spirituality Team, Pray the story of Jonah, letting imagination roam free to enjoy the drama.

Nine Ways of Being: An Introduction to the Enneagram

This introductory workshop will be led by Mark Pickin, a Riso-Hudson Certified teacher (with honours) and an Enneagram Institute Authorised Teacher.

  • Saturday May 13th
  • 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Cost £50 Book direct with Mark Pickin by emailing mark.pickin@doctors.org.uk or phone: 0114 236 2374 or write Mark Pickin, 6 Hastings Mount, Sheffield, S7 2GX.

Simple Quiet Day

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • 9:45am  3:45pm     Cost: £12 Book here

Simple Quiet Days are intended to provide you with the space to ‘be’ before God; to relax, reflect and pray. Beginning with the weekly Reflective Communion (open to all)

We Who Sing Pray Twice

  • Thursday May 18th
  • 7.30 – 9.30pm No need to book, no fee

Singing simple sacred rounds and chants in four-part harmony: songs of joy, gladness, sadness and peace, from a variety of sources. The silence that follows the singing offers the opportunity to be still, or to pray or meditate.

Music for the Spirit
-a new venture for Whirlow and the first of 5 concerts

  • Friday May 19th  Hallam Sinfonia String Quartet
  • 7.30pm Tickets between £6 and £12    Book the whole series and save £5
  • Book here

Changing Landscapes

6 different landscapes will be used as metaphors for the landscape of our inner lives.

  • A reflective workshop led by Janice Speddings, a member of Whirlow Spirituality Team and a Director of Whirlow Grange Ltd
  • Saturday May 20th
  • 9.30am – 4pm  Cost £18 Book here

Ascension Quiet Day

Begin the 10 Days of Prayer – Ascension Day and Pentecost – by attending this Quiet Day led by Rev Chris Ellis, a member of Whirlow Spirituality Team and Director of Whirlow Grange Ltd.

  • Thursday May 25th
  • 10am – 3.30pm  Cost £18 book here

Looking ahead

Listening Road Show

11 May  – 2:30 to :40

The Islamic Society of Britain extend an invitation to a seminar at Markaz Al-Uloom Al-Islamia, 33-35 Ridge Road, Rotherham S65 1NS aimed at dispelling misconceptions about Islam.

More information in the letter here: IAW 2017

Training & Learning Opportunities

Godly Play

Come Dance With Me

Childhood Spirituality Conference 12/13 May

Friday Evening 12th May 2017   6 pm
Drinks reception and  John Bell: The Tangibility of Jesus

Saturday 13th May 2017 9.30 am
Peter Privett: Come Dance with Me – Dance as a prophetic alternative; what helps and hinders the Godly Play Dance?

Workshops: Childhood spirituality; The tangibility of Jesus; Using Godly Play with Elders; experience Godly Play; a Side-by-side story; Come dance with me – a movement workshop

Also: The Bowthorpe Workshop will be there with materials: the Godly Play Fleamarket will be selling all sorts of extras; Labyrinth

Getting to know each other: a chance to meet other Godly Players in regional groups

Tickets: Friday Evening only £25; Saturday only (including lunch) £40
Friday evening and Saturday £50

To book visit: godlyplay.coffeecup.com/forms/UKConfBooking/

Deep Talk training in the Diocese

Deep Talk is an adaptation of Godly Play to help adult groups in secular and religious settings develop in creative ways. It uses the principles of Christian spiritual accompaniment and sacred and wisdom stories to allow participants to ask deep questions from a new vantage point. There are opportunities in Sheffield to learn more about this practice.

Introductory Day on Friday 12th May,
Deep Talk Training on Monday 26th June and
Deep Talk Advanced Training on Wednesday 28th June.

Also Network meetings throughout the year (next one on Tuesday, 27th June). For more information visit: godlyplaymutualblessings.wordpress.com


Mental Health Matters

2-4 June – Cliff College

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS provides training, support and advice for people in the church wanting to learn about mental health issues and support those affected. Through keynotes speeches and workshops, you will gain essential tools to help make the church a welcoming, inclusive, understanding and caring environment.

Keynote speakers include Kate Middleton, Director of Mind & Soul, and the Revd Dr Frances Young, theologian and Methodist minister and will be examining topics such as ‘Spirituality and Mental Health’ and ‘Resilience, Faith & Health’.

Workshops will address issues such as mental health first aid, supporting those with depression, medication, being a carer and addressing mental health issues among young people. www.methodist.org.uk/mentalhealthmatters

BOOK TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-matters-2017-sharing-the-journey-tickets-32185840716

  • Early Bird ticket sales will close on April 30th 2017.
  • Ticket sales for residential places will close at 6pm on Friday 19th May 2017.
  • Day passes will be available to book up until 1st June 2017

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS is open for all who want to learn how the church can promote mental health and reach out to those affected by mental illness. It will be particularly helpful for church leaders, youth workers, lay employees and anyone involved in pastoral care or outreach in their community, church or workplace.

Job Vacancies

Part time Development Worker, Sheffield.

May 2017 to March 2020.

‘Who Is Your Neighbour?’ works with people to explore difficult issues about race, culture, identity and migration, helping communities become more resilient in dealing with difference.

We are part of a partnership (with three other charities and a secondary school) in Sheffield that has been awarded funding for a new project to improve community cohesion. The RUBIC project, which stands for Respect and Understanding – Building Inclusive Communities, will work with asylum seekers, refugees and other new arrivals as well as more settled communities in their own neighbourhoods. By engaging with people who have been in Sheffield all their lives as well as more recent arrivals, the project partners hope to increase understanding and create more resilient communities.

A tenacious and resourceful person is needed to develop our work as part of the RUBIC project.

  • 2 days (14 hours) per week.
  • £27 898 pa full time equivalent, £11 159 actual.

For an application pack, contact Michele Davison:  michele@whoisyourneighbour.org.uk or call: 0114 241 2767

Deadline for applications: Friday 28 April 2017

Interviews: Thursday 18 May 2017


The Upper Thames Circuit and Highworth Methodist Church are seeking an enthusiastic and committed:


To commence duties in September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a new full time position. The successful candidate will be a member of the leadership team of the church working with the minister and stewards to:

  • Develop discipleship and evangelism in the church and community
  • Identify and share outreach opportunities
  • Take the initiative in discipleship and mission with young people, working with and growing the existing team of volunteers
  • Work in partnership to explore and facilitate fresh expressions of what it means to be church.

The appointee will, by experience and action:

  • Demonstrate a personal faith in Jesus, a heart for evangelism and commitment to the values and ethos of the Christian life.
  • Be an enthusiastic, dynamic and caring person who can lead, work well as a member of a team and share your faith practically and through your encounters with others.
  • Identify the needs and assets of the church and local communities and seek to meet and deploy these.
  • Be a motivator, empowering, encouraging and enabling others and building relationships.
  • Be willing to work with other churches, church workers and organisations.

To obtain an application pack with further information please contact Carolyn Harmer, email: upperthamescircuit@gmail.com

Closing date for applications:  Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Youth and Children’s Project Co-Ordinator

Sheffield Methodist Circuit

Could God be calling you to work with us in Sheffield to

  • Develop sustainable models of Youth and Children’s Work in the local Church?
  • Train and equip local volunteers and paid workers to carry out and deliver those models?
  • Inspire and lead a team to deliver Circuit wide Youth and Children’s events?

We are thankful for the ways that God has been working across our Circuit, and has been bringing us together for such a time as this. There is much to celebrate across the Circuit, and much more to do to extend God’s Kingdom amongst Children and Young People across Sheffield.

As such, we feel that the time is right to establish a Youth and Children’s Project across the Circuit, and we are looking for a Co-Ordinator to establish and lead this exciting piece of work. Although we are a diverse grouping of Churches across a large geographical area, there is a real spirit of openness to work in ways in which we can enable the flourishing of Children and Young People amongst the Circuit and the local Communities in which we serve.

This is a full time post, initially for five years, with a salary range of £24,243-26,398 (Point 14-17 on the JNC Scale) per annum depending upon experience. There is the possibility of accommodation or a Housing Allowance alongside this. Funding has been secured for the role for an initial period of 5 years after which the situation will be reviewed.

For an application pack contact The Sheffield Circuit Office at admin@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 19th May 2017 and interviews will be held on 12th June 2017.

This appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Youth Ministry Leader

  • Do you have a passion for helping young people to connect with God?
  • Are you excited about working in a large, busy Church and leading Youth Ministry?

All Saints, Ecclesall are looking for a passionate, creative and confident person to work within a vibrant team of people: sustaining and growing our Youth ministry. The person will join us during this exciting stage of our development, and will lead projects such as our annual Houseparty, our weekly youth provision and new ventures.

The post also comes with the possibility of paid for study as part of the Independent Leadership Track at St. Hild College.

For details and an application form ,or to have an informal discussion contact Rachel McLafferty, on 0114 268 7574 or email rachel.mclafferty@allsaintsecclesall.org.uk

If you would like to visit All Saints, Ecclesall before you submit an application, you would be most welcome. Please call to make arrangements.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday 21st May 2017