District News – 4 April 2017

This Week’s News


The Representative Synod met on Saturday with the theme “Extravagant Generosity”. Thank you to all who have already completed the emailed feedback forms, there are already some very helpful comments which will be taken on board for future planning.


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.

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.

Safeguarding Event

Tim Carter, National Safeguarding Adviser for the Methodist Church, was the guest speaker at the Sheffield District Safeguarding Event on March 15th. 50 local church Safeguarding Officers and ministers from around the District attended the event at Handsworth MC.  Tim spoke about the history of safeguarding in the church and described future plans and priorities . Above all he exhorted us to be ‘joyful’ in our safeguarding work.

There was opportunity to reflect on what Tim had spoken about and how it might apply locally, and the occasion was used to launch a draft role profile for church safeguarding officers.

Revd. Gill Newton led an act of re-dedication and commitment which was a really helpful way of underpinning and affirming the vital importance of safeguarding in the life of our churches.

Attendees were also able to take away a good deal of free resource material that had been provided by the District, Sheffield City Council, Restored and the Stop it Now campaign.

Grahame Snelling DSO

Methodist Homes (MHA)

Methodist Homes (MHA) is a charity providing care, accommodation and support services to more than 17,000 older people across the UK. We have more than 70 years’ experience in providing personalised care and developing high standards and quality across all we do.

We want to tackle loneliness and isolation among older people by connecting them in communities that care.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for older people, inspired by Christian concern

Our approach

Nurturing each person’s body, mind and spirit to promote a fulfilled life

Making an impact

Helping older people across the country to get more out of life

For more information, news and details of MHA Homes, Housing and Live at Home Community Schemes please visit our website at www.mha.org.uk

Best Sunday for Ages (previously known as Methodist Homes Sunday)

MHA’s annual campaign includes an Order of Service which can be used for Local Arrangement services, prayers, hymns, stories and links to video clips of MHA’s work. The theme of worship this year is Befriending Age and looks at ways in which we can help one another to support older members of our church and society as well as learn from them how best to plan our own ageing journey. Here is the link to worship resources, www.bestforages.co.uk/best-sunday


Holy Week, Day of Retreat

Monday April 10th 2017
9.30am – 5.00pm

Enter Holy Week with a Day of Retreat led by our Chaplain, Revd Joy Adams.

This day is 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.

The day will begin at 9.30am with a brief introduction to the day and resources available.  The day is then yours to spend as you wish and you are free to leave at a time best for you.
Please bring your own lunch, drinks are provided. The cost of the day is £15 payable in advance using the booking form which can be downloaded here or online here.

Outline for the day:
9.30—Brief introduction to the day and resources available
12.00—Midday prayer (optional)
16.45—Closing prayer (optional)

The programme for the day is kept very simple to provide maximum space for you—our hope is that you will use what is offered in so far as it is helpful to you.

As these days are very popular, your booking can only be guaranteed on receipt of the fee. Please note we do not have the facility to take payments over the phone

Maximum number of 10 participants
Cost: £15

Walk the Labyrinth

Saturday 29th April 2017, Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace LS10 2HR

Led by Fiona Fidgen (Yorkshire plus DMLN), a time to discover how to use the Labyrinth in prayer and meditation. Suitable for all ages and abilities

10.30pm – 3.30pm

£10 including Lunch

Please book for catering purposes by contacting:

Erica or Cathy 0113 2794816   email admin@lswmethodists.org

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.


Training & Learning Opportunities

Wesley House Easter School for Preachers

10-12 April

A superb opportunity for those who preach or lead worship to join leading academics in Cambridge and to spend time reflecting, learning and developing their gifts. Taking place 10 – 12 April, click here for more details and for booking information.

Workshop to prepare for HOPE2018

effective local joint community engagement and evangelism across Christian traditions

Weds 3rd May 2017, Spires Centre, Rotherham Minster
Refreshments 6.30pm, workshop 7.00-9.00pm

For: Leaders of cross-denominational local groups of all kinds – clergy meetings,  informal or formal churches together groups, and those interested in setting something up for HOPE2018

Purpose: ideas on how to develop local mission activity – i.e. practical service, proclamation and prophetic action for justice – and also prayer groups to pray for their local areas. Issues covered include:

  • how to develop despite busy clergy and lack of others with time
  • praying to  renew vision and heart for local activity
  • ensuring you meet local need

Includes: guidance following the 2016/17 Survey of local cross denominational groups in S Yorkshire

Book:  ctsy.meeting@yahoo.co.uk

YMCA Learning Hub

Tuesday 16 May

YMCA White Rose are hosting their next Learning Hubs on Tues May 16th for all those who work with Children or Young People. Pippa Ankers from Care for the Family is leading the session, which will explore the changing state of families, and explore how our parenting styles affects how we work with Children and Young People.

For more information, and to book a free place, visit www.billetto.co.uk/MayLearningHub.

Contact Jonathan Buckley on 07450 778678 or jonathan.buckley@ymcawhiterose.org.uk for more information.

Puppet Training Day – One Way UK

Saturday 10 June, Sowerby Methodist Church, Thirsk

A practical hands on day suitable for both adults and children, where there will be plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and be inspired with new ideas!

This exciting training day is designed to give you hands on experience of puppetry within the following areas: basic and advanced puppet manipulation skills, solo and theatre style puppetry, how to start a puppet ministry (including finances, equipment, recruiting etc), props and scenery, choreography, putting a song together and much more!

The day is for adults and young people, schools workers, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, youth/children’s workers, those already involved in puppet ministry and wanting to improve their skills or even if you are just curious as to how puppetry can enhance your outreach!

There will also be a large range of resources available for you to try out and purchase, including the latest puppets from the One Way UK Creative Productions workshop! Please contact us if there is anything specific you would like us to bring.

There will be performances and demonstrations throughout the day to give you plenty of starting ideas. Click here for full details on this training day!

Pastoral Care in Bereavement

Saturday 17th June 2017 – Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace LS10 4SU
10am to 12.30pm followed by lunch

Speaker: Rev Keith Albans, the Methodist Housing Association (MHA) Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality.

Come along and find out how we can be part of the process of change in pastoral care of the bereaved. How can we as individuals and as a faith community feel more comfortable and talk honestly and openly about death. We will also address issues around dying and death.

Cost: £8

Please book for catering purposes by contacting:

Erica or Cathy 0113 2794816   email admin@lswmethodists.org

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

Advance Notification: A Study Day for Preachers and Leaders of Worship

Saturday 27 January 2018

Led by The Rev Dr Kate Bruce, Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research Fellow in Preaching, Cranmer College, Durham. For further information, download the flyer:LP study day or contact admin@chesterfieldmethodists.org.uk

Job Vacancies


Trinity Community Centre, Thorpe Hesley  S61 2QJ

An opportunity has arisen to appoint a cleaner/caretaker for 15 hours per week (flexibility is required)

The role involves daily cleaning of the TCC and additional caretaker duties

To apply and for a full job description please either phone 0114 2457564 or email thorpehesleychurch@hotmail.co.uk

with your CV and the reasons why you feel you are suitable for the role

CLOSING DATE – Friday 21st April 2018

Property Manager – The Beacon, Sheffield

We seek someone to manage the three properties of our busy multi-site church in western Sheffield.  The job involves seeking and co-ordinating lettings; basic maintenance and organising specialists for more advanced maintenance; and administrative duties necessary for the safe and efficient running of our properties. 20 hours per week, mostly midweek but with flexibility for some evening and weekend work. Salary: £15,000 per annum.

For more information please contact: Rev Will Fletcher on 0114 230 5676 or at will.fletcher@methodist.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 21st April 2017.

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

Methodist News

Easter Offering

The Easter Offering service, organised by Methodist Women in Britain, follows the theme ‘Shine like Stars’, a title taken from Philippians 2:15. This year the services feature stories from people working in Brazil, Ghana and Pakistan, whom the World Mission Fund supports. You can find out more about the theme and download leader’s notes, order of service, stories, posters, prayer cards, children’s activities and a PowerPoint presentation here.

A Gift of Easter

It’s not too late to order this popular booklet celebrating the Easter story. The 2017 edition is a great way to share the hope of Easter with friends, neighbours, visitors to your church or to give to those who don’t yet attend. You can order it from Methodist Publishing at £2.99 for 25 booklets (plus postage & packing).

Easter Hope: Who Do You Say I Am?

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. Click here to order a pack of 10 costs £11.50 (plus p&p).

Local election resource

In preparation for local elections this May, the Joint Public Issues Team has released a new resource to help churches explore some of the relevant issues within their communities. You can find out more here.