District News – 9 May

This Week’s News

Sad news

Here is an update on the arrangements for Mary’s service.

There will be a service of thanksgiving for the life of Dr Mary Jefferson at 11.00am on Friday 26th May at Victoria Methodist Church, Stafford Road, Sheffield  S2 2SE. The family hope that friends will be able to stay for refreshments afterwards and have suggested that those wishing to remember Mary should gather at Victoria for the thanksgiving. This  follows the short committal at City Road – that service  will essentially be a moment for family and closest friends.

For those unfamiliar with Sheffield, please note the address of the church which is not to be confused with Victoria Hall in the city centre.

Harvest Appeal

Chirp for Joy’ this Harvest!

Inspire your church to ‘chirp for joy’ at God’s creation and make a practical difference through All We Can’s Harvest Appeal.

Share stories from Zimbabwe and the Bible of how it is possible to overcome challenges.

Download or order All We Can’s free inspiring resources, which include worship materials, a talk and a sermon, interactive activities, an unforgettable film and more!

Church Action on Poverty (CAP)

On Thursday 4 May, Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield, the Urban Theology Union and the Liberating Theologies group met for a conversation about their experiences of food poverty.

Here’s a link to a report from the meeting from the UTU website: http://utusheffield.org.uk/?p=1975

17:21 – That the World may believe

From March to October 2017, evangelicals of all backgrounds and traditions will be affirming their commitment to unity for mission at events, festivals and conferences.

Each participating event will read the same bible reading, prayer of commitment, a declaration of a shared life in Christ and play the same worship song. There will also be an artistic symbol of unity that will be transported to each event.

17.21 is based on the Bible verse John 17:21 ‘May they all be one that the world might believe’. With such a variety and range of well-known Christian festivals and conferences taking part in this significant show of unity, this offers a stunning visual representation of the bible verse in action.

Visit their website to find out more: 17:21 –  that the world may believe


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.

Music for the Spirit

Friday 19 May 7.30pm –  Hallam Sinfonia String Quartet

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.

Programme to include: Brahms Hungarian Dances, Fauré Pavane and ‘The Joke’ Quartet by Haydn.

For full details of dates and prices, including concessions, and to book online please click here.

12 Hours of Prayer

Friday 26 May – 8am-8pm

12 hours of prayer at Victoria Hall Methodist Church.  Please feel free to come and join us throughout the day.
For more information please contact Donna on 07814849347 or email donna.cox10@gmail.com

Simple Quiet Day – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Tuesday 16 May – 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.

The day will begin at 9.45am (beginning with a Reflective Communion) and close at approx 3.45pm. Please bring your own lunch, drinks are provided. The cost of the day is £12 payable in advance using the booking form which can be downloaded here or online here. As these days are very popular, your booking can only be guaranteed on receipt of the fee.

Changing Landscapes – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Saturday 20 May – 10am-4pm

During this workshop, which is to be led by Janice Speddings, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit will be transformed into 6 different areas, each one representing a different ‘landscape’ of our inner lives.  During the course of our lives we will experience both the ups and downs that make up the pattern of our daily living.  This represents the inner landscape of our lives and these will be unique for each of us and intensely personal.  This workshop will help us to recognise our own personal landscape, helping us to navigate the difficulties within it whilst still appreciating the beauty that comes from being a child of God.

As we go on a journey we often take with us the things we may need to help us on our way such as a map, compass, packed lunch etc.   Please could you bring any one item of your choosing which you would normally take on a journey?  Most of the day will be reflective but we will use the items to help us in our reflections.

Please bring your own lunch, drinks are provided. The cost of the day is £18 payable in advance using the booking form which can be downloaded here or online here.
Your booking can only be guaranteed on receipt of the fee.

One Sheffield, Many Cultures

Saturday 20 May – 11am-3pm – Barkers Pool, Sheffield

Bands, singers and dancers from 10 local schools will battle it out in a competition at the One Sheffield Many Cultures (OSMC) festival to be named the best live act. Other performers include the Roamno Jilo dancers, a Yemeni dance group, the Chinese Language School and the Capoeira School.

The festival will be opened by the Lord Mayor and addressed by speakers from local community organisations and campaigns.

The free festival is an opportunity for Sheffield’s young people to showcase our multicultural city with their music and dance talent. It will be a great day out for all the family!

Peak Filling Station

In April Jonathan Dunning of Meadowhead Christian Fellowship spoke, presenting us with probably the greatest challenge facing the waning “church”:  asking if we have slipped into the Great Omission rather than become absorbed with the Great Commission.

Jonathan powerfully and with illustrations expounded Matt 28:18-20 saying when Jesus said “It Is Finished” He referred to his work, not ours.

In Commissioning us Jesus uses the word “All” 4 times –

  • All Authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me, therefore go and make disciples,
  • All Nations (types of people),
  • All things Jesus taught,
  • I am with you Always.

There is no doubt this was the most important message that has been preached to our churches for a long time.  We need re-commissioning and this was a message for us all.

I will ask Jonathan to come again in the autumn and will ask you for a full turnout.

20th May, Dorothy Bates of The People’s Church, Nottingham will speak to us and her team will lead the worship.  Dorothy is always popular invariably hits the spot with simple truth that both challenges and encourages.  Memorably, Dorothy once taught us that “if it matters to you, it matters to God”, and so it does.  Our understanding of this simple fact can transform our thoughts and prayer life. 

17th June, Brian Streeter of the Filling Station National Leadership Team is based in the Lake District where he leads a church as a pastor/teacher, and encourages people to be responsive to God.

Prayer meetings – 16/5 & 13/6, 7.30 Calver Methodist Church

Download a poster for your church notice board: : 1705 A4 poster or flyers to circulate among your friends: 1705 A6 flyer (4 to a page)

Heart of Worship

Saturday 20 May at 7:30pm – Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield

An evening of Praise and Prayer with hosted by Revd Jonathan Haigh and Mr John Ford, worship led by Katie Dutton and Guest Preacher the Revd Henry C Ohakah.

Full details on the poster here: Heart of worship 20th May 2017

Cliff College Festival

Festival will take place over the May bank holiday (Friday 26 May to Monday 29 May 2017) at Cliff College. This year’s theme is ‘Grace – free, full and for all’. As always there will be activities for all ages. Preachers include Martyn Atkins, Terry Virgo, Lindsay Bruce and Arianna Walker, as well as Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference, on Monday morning. Fringe acts include comedian Mark Palmer and Gospel choir EAGA, who got through to the final of Gareth Malone’s ‘Choir: best in Britain’ last autumn. Come along for the weekend or for a day. More information (including prices) can be found on our website www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/festival

DYFerence at Cliff Festival

The District Youth Forum are exited to be part of Festival this year with their own camp site. Camping places are now fully booked, but you can still join us for a day (or more). Full details on the DYFerence site: DYFerence 2017

Pentecost Street Party

Sunday 4 June

From 15.00-17.30 Sheffield Cathedral forecourt will come alive with the sounds of local choirs and bands, with circus performers and activities for children and families, find out more about the line-up which includes The Plan, Jenny Pegg, Clifford Infants School Choir, and Vassie. The Cathedral will be open, come in, explore the place, and visit the Lost and Found Prayer Installations.

Then from 17.30-19.00 the Cathedral will be hosting one of the Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Events. Churches from across Sheffield and beyond are gathering together at Sheffield Cathedral to worship and pray.

We’re really excited that Liz Adekunle is coming to preach. Based in Hackney, where she is the archdeacon, she has been working with Archbishop Justin to encourage the church to engage in witness and evangelism, hear them talk about it here. Canon Keith Farrow will be talking about his experiences of sharing his faith. The wonderful Pete James is making a return visit to Sheffield to lead worship, along with Beth Keith, pioneer curate at the Cathedral and Harry Steele, priest at St Mary’s Doncaster and St Paul’s Wheatley Park.

Sheffield Beacon Event is one of ten happening in cathedrals across the UK between 25 May and 4 June and is part of the wider Thy Kingdom Come global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. We hope that you will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family for the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the witness of the Church, and the outworking of God’s kingdom of justice and peace.

Ticketing info

For entry into the Cathedral for the Beacon event at 17.30 you will need to register for a ticket, available here. The service is also being relayed onto the forecourt for those who don’t get indoor tickets.

Visit Thy Kingdom Come for more information about the global wave of prayer and Sheffield Diocese for information about some of the other local events which are happening.

Stronger Together

Wednesday 7 June – 11am-3pm – Oxford Place, Leeds

You are invited to join All We Can for a day called ‘Stronger Together’ at Oxford Place Methodist Church, Leeds on Weds 7th June 2017.

Starting at 11:00 and finishing by 15:00, this will be an opportunity to hear about some of All We Can’s work in some of the world’s poorest communities, particularly in Zimbabwe, which will be the focus of this year’s harvest appeal.  You will also have the chance to meet some of our staff who are working around the world to tackle poverty and to find out what each of us can do to make a difference in own churches.  The event is free, lunch will be included and you can find out more here: http://www.allwecan.org.uk/events/events/profile/strongertogether-leeds

Consecration of New Bishop

Thursday 22 June – 11am – York Minster

Her Majesty the Queen has nominated the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox as the eighth Bishop of Sheffield.  Dr Wilcox will be consecrated on 22 June 2017 at 11am in York Minster.

If you want to attend to represent your denomination at this service then you need to book in. Those wishing to attend the service should notify the Diocesan Secretary, Mrs Heidi Adcock, by Friday 2 June at consecration@sheffield.anglican.org or telephone 01709 309117.

Mission & Heritage Day

Sunday 16 July – Retford, Trinity Circuit

11.00am –  a United Anglican–Methodist Service
at St. Swithun’s Parish Church, Chapelgate, Retford, DN22 6PL. The service will be led by Rev Mark Cantrill and the Preacher will be Dr Jill Barber,
past Vice-President of the Methodist Conference & Project Director of Engelsea Brook Chapel & Museum of Primitive Methodism

1–4pm – “Church Heritage as Mission Opportunity”
Jill Barber will lead a Seminar on using the Heritage of Churches for Christian Mission at Grove Street Methodist Church, Union Street, DN22 6LB
Starting with buffet lunch (booked attendees only)
To book please email di.welchman@trinitycircuit.net

Full details on the poster here: Mission & Heritage 16th July 2017

Luther 500 – The Musical Legacy

Saturday 14 October – 9:30am – 5:30pm

A Saturday workshop exploring the musical heritage of Martin Luther and the Reformation.

Andy Watts will provide music including some of the arrangements used by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band in their recordings ‘Sing Lustily and With Good Courage’ and ‘Paradise Found’.  He will coach singers and instrumentalists in a selection of hymns and sacred music from the 16th to the 19th century. The music will then be used in the service that evening. Previous workshops have proved a huge hit with participants and congregation alike, as new life is breathed into these wonderful tunes.

For singers and instrumentalists (number of places limited to 50) at St. Saviour’s Parish Church, Retford

The workshop lead into a Luther 500 Anniversary Celebration Service at 7.00pm to which everyone is invited.

Download a booking form here: Luther 500 Booking leaflet

Training and Learning Opportunities

Aurora Youth & Children’s Ministry Courses

Recruitment for the Aurora Youth and Children’s Ministry Courses are now open! The Aurora Courses are aimed at volunteer Youth and Children’s Workers in local  Churches, are accredited by Cliff College and run in partnership between Cliff College, YMCA White Rose and the Sheffield Diocese. They run from September to May each year, consist of monthly training sessions on Wednesday evenings and three Saturday training days throughout the year.

For more information, and to request a application pack, please visit www.auroratraining.org.uk.

Further details about the youth course can be found here: A5 Youth 2017 and for the children’s course here: A5 Children 2017

ACAT (Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers)  Training Workshop 7

Tuesday 27 June – 10am-4pm at The Thornbury Centre, 79 Leeds Old Road, Bradford BD3 8JX

This Workshop day looks in detail at legal issues which may be encountered by the treasurer in their role. Sessions themes are:

  • Treasurer as a Trustee:Duties and responsibilities of charity trustees with practical advice.
  • Employment:Appointing and engaging with employees.
  • Legal Issues from Trading Ventures:  How to structure your trading activities.

The cost is £45 & includes all course material, refreshments and a buffet lunch.  Please book by 20thJune. Non-members of ACAT welcome.

For further information & to book a place visit  https://acat.uk.com/bradford270617.html or email admin@acat.uk.com.

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

Eco-Church Conference

Saturday 21 October – St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield

  • Does your church wish it could be more eco-friendly?
  • Do you worry about how we can take better care of God’s creation?
  • Have you heard of – or maybe you’ve signed up for – the Eco-Church Award?
  • Would you like to meet up with others with the same eco concerns, and get advice from experts?

Then – save the date of Saturday, 21st October. With senior staff from A Rocha UK (who run the Eco-Church Award) and other experts, St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church (S11 8YL) are planning a regional eco-church conference on that date.

Fuller details in coming months.
Local contact: Chris Lowry, kclsheff@yahoo.co.uk.

If you want to know more about A Rocha and Eco-Church: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk.

Job Vacancies

Cleaner wanted

Walkley Ebenezer Methodist Church (Greenhow Street, S6 3TP) require a self employed person with public liability insurance (proof to be provided) to clean the entrance, main Church hall, Fellowship room, kitchen, Disabled, Ladies and Gentleman’s toilets. Hours of work: 4 hours a week to be undertaken at a mutually convenient day and time (preferably split over a Monday and Friday/Saturday). Pay: £10/hour.

Within the stated rooms; floors, any food preparation areas, sinks and toilets are to be cleaned. Window sills, radiator shelves and any permanently located tables and shelves are to be dusted. Paper towels, soap and toilet rolls are to be replenished as required. Locations of these items will be demonstrated to the post holder.

Cleaning equipment will be provided with prior agreement.

An invoice of work is to be submitted to Walkley Ebenezer Methodist Church F.A.O Alan Glossop (Treasurer) on a weekly or monthly basis (to be agreed). Payment will be made via cheque within 7 days of receipt of invoice.

A two week notice period will be given by either party wishing to amend or terminate this arrangement.

If you would like any further information or to be considered for this post please contact Victoria Simpson 07773976030 victoria636@btinternet.com by the 19th of May. Proof of self employment status and public liability insurance will need to be provided.

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.