District News – 14 June 2017

This Week’s News

Office News

The office will be closed from Friday 16 June to Thursday 22 June due to staff holidays. It will also be closed from Tuesday 27-Thursday 29 June as I will be at Conference. The next newsletter will go out on Friday 23 June, and there will be no mailing the following week.

Sundays in the Peak District.

After a wonderful day in the Peak District why not round it off with worship in a village church.  At Litton Methodist Church we normally worship at 6.00 pm during the summer, but this Sunday (18 June) is the star of the Litton & Tideswell Well dressing week so there will be a Well Blessing service at 3pm. See the poster for full details: Litton well dressing 2017.

There will be a united service at 11am on Sunday 16 July at Christchurch in Litton, and the Peak Circuit are holding a Circuit Service at Cliff College on Sunday 23 July at 3pm.


In 2017 3Generate is set to be even bigger than before and will take place at a new venue, Pontins in Southport, from 24 – 26 November. 

It has been agreed that the District will help with providing transport to 3Generate, so if you wish to take up this offer, please let the District Office know. (It would be helpful in any case to know who is planning to be there!)

Short of chairs?

Cantley Methodist Church, Doncaster has recently replaced its seating in the main church. We now have 100+ plastic stacking chairs surplus to requirements.

If your Church, or any organisation you know, would like 10, 20, 50, etc, please contact: Lionel Derry on 01302 536233 or Alan Mendum on 01302 530248

Peveril Centre

Looking for a venue in the beautiful Peak District for a church day away, retreat, meeting etc.? The Peveril Centre, home of Castleton Methodist Church, is an excellent choice, with differing sizes of rooms, kitchen facilities, a warm welcome and a wonderful view.

To find out more, email us at enquiries@peverilcentre.com or visit our website: www.peverilcentre.com

Pastoral Prayer letter

The six Presidents of Churches Together in England have send out a Pastoral Letter in the light of the increased level of terrorist activity at the moment, as a follow-up to Thy Kingdom Come.   They said:

Part of our vocation as Christians is to stand together with our friends and neighbours of all faiths and none to seek the flourishing of all, and refuse to let violence and hatred deflect us from living compassionately and kindly together… In this season of Pentecost we invite all … to pray for the gifts of the Spirit so that they may be activists for the love of God, building healing, reconciling and forgiving communities where … all [are]… valued as children of God.

Prayer for the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5 22-23) “…  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”  is also important.

Full text available from:  http://www.cte.org.uk/Articles/499430/Home/News/Latest_news_articles/A_pastoral_message.aspx

Inter-Faith Relations

Are you interested in exploring inter-faith relations?

The District Inter-Faith Adviser is Revd Gareth Jones. Gareth is always glad to hear of examples of inter-faith engagement from around the District, and would also be happy to help if you would like

  • to have a conversation about any aspect of inter-faith relations
  • to arrange a visit to a place of worship of another faith
  • someone from another faith tradition to come and speak at a meeting
  • to attend meetings, or be added to the mailing list, of any of the inter-faith bodies around the District

Gareth can be contacted at garethjones11@gmail.com or on 0114 250 8251.

Methodist for World Mission

Anne Dyer, our One Mission representative attended the recent World Mission Conference at Swanwick. The theme of the conference was Moving People: Moving stories – all on migration issues in the world and how to meet some of the migrants’ needs.

You can read her full report here: Methodists for World Mission Conference.

If you would like her to share more information on World and Local Mission and challenges to mission in your services please contact her via email: adyerdon@gmail.com

Greenhill Get’s Hitched – A weekend celebrating weddings through the decades

As part of their fundraising activities “Greenhill Get’s Hitched” is an opportunity for people to relive marriage memories, experience the fashions on weddings of the decades past and share stories of their own marriage experience at Greenhill Methodist Church.

How can you help?

In order to make this event real we want people to bring bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, men’s suits, wedding accessories, videos, quirky stories, photographs, wedding memorabilia so we can create a display of weddings through the decades at Greenhill Methodist Church.

If you are able to lend any of this to them, please contact Suzanne Morton (outreachgmc@gmail.com) or  Tel: 0114 2378363 / 07973256909.

Please also pass this information on to anyone you know who got married at Greenhill who may also be willing to share their memories.

Full details can be downloaded here: Greenhill Get’s Hitched

Global Poverty – A Theological Guide.  Book signing with £10 off!

Saturday 24th June, 11am – 2pm at CLC Bookshops, 103 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EQ.

Justin Thacker is a lecturer in practical & public theology at Cliff College.

His latest book (just £15 at CLC) provides deeply theological answers to questions around the effect of capitalism on global poverty & whether aid is a sustainable long-term solution.

The book will challenge theologians, church leaders & congregations to consider much more seriously the huge implications of faith & theology on our attitude to the world’s poor.



Christians of every hue celebrating together at Calver Village Hall, S32 3XR – Saturday 7pm. Poster can be downloaded here: 1706 A4 poster

Last month Wayne Leigh spoke on evangelism and gave a delivery that had everyone totally engaged in his series of real life stories.  It was real demonstration that evangelism should not be boring for the evangelist or listener. Wayne will be coming again. 

17th June – Brian Streeter from the Filling Station National Leadership Team. Based in the Lake District. Brian leads a group of churches as a pastor/teacher who encourages people to experience and to be responsive to God. Worship to be led by Adrian Perry.

15th July – speaker to be confirmed

19th August – Dorothy Bates, The People’s Church, Nottingham; challenges and encourages “if it matters to you, it matters to God”.

Prayer meetings –13/6 & 11/7, 7.30 (venue TBC)

Training and Learning Opportunities

Regional Retreats

Information is now available for the Yorkshire plus Regional Retreats 2017/18. These are for all Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees in the Yorkshire plus region (Sheffield; Yorkshire North & East; Yorkshire West Districts). Those eligible can have one retreat subsided by the District and Region.

21-23 November 2017 – Cliff College
Some Small Heaven with Ian Adams

Preparing for the gift and challenge of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

Ian Adams is a poet, writer and photographer working with themes of spirituality, culture and human-being within the natural world. Ian’s first complete collection of poems Unfurling is out now. He is also the author of Running Over Rocks and Cave Refectory Road, the creator of the daily Morning Bell, co-director of the StillPoint project and Spirituality Adviser for CMS.

Ian hopes that this retreat would be both a personal source of restoration, learning and encouragement for each attendee, and a resource for their ministry in the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany period coming up…

22-24 May 2018 – Wydale Hall
Meditating on the Miracles with John Bell

John Bell is a preacher, hymnwriter, composer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community. The miracles are a blessing to some and embarrassment to others. The former are keen to regard them as evidence of the power of God; the latter suspect that one day they will all be explained away.

The sad reality is that, with the exception of two in John’s Gospel, we can read them in less than a minute, and so tend to skim over their purpose, diversity and uniqueness. In this retreat we will not look at every miracle, but will take time to regard them as gifts of God intended to reveal to us things about faith and humanity which words by themselves could not offer. This will not be an occasion for comparing what it says in the commentaries, but in discovering how the texts address us, our lives and our ministries.

Full details on how to book can be found in the flyer here: Regional Retreats 2017 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

New programme:  3-12 Month Overseas Mission opportunities!


Encounter Worldwide is the short-term overseas mission programme that places self-funding volunteers to work in partnership with Methodist churches, communities and organizations around the world for a period of 3 – 12 months.  The aim is for volunteers to explore faith, share skills and enrich mission for both the overseas and volunteer’s church communities.

Unlike the Mission Partner programme for 3 years or more, Encounter worldwide is an opportunity for shorter term mission. Volunteers experience the Methodist faith through the lens of another culture, challenging their personal faith and opening their eyes to God’s mission in a new light.

Volunteers will take a journey – deciding if this is the right call for them; applying; being matched to a host; fundraising; preparing and training.  They will undertake the placement, be supported in their return home and take the experience they have had to continue mission within the Methodist Church locally, regionally and nationally.

A series of resources are being developed to support the programme.  Further information can be accessed through the website at www.methodist.org.uk/encounterworldwide or by contacting Rachel Gooden on goodenr@methodistchurch.org.uk

We would be very grateful if you are able to share this information with your congregation and community within your district as you feel appropriate and promote short term mission with anyone that might be interested.