District News – 23 June 2017

This Week’s News

Office News

This mailing is later than usual due to staff holidays. Next week the office will be closed from mid-day Monday until Friday as I will be at the Methodist Conference in Birmingham.

“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!


One Opportunity Programme

The connexional team has recognised the brilliance of the uYPS scheme and is adopting it nationally. To be consistent with other Methodist national youth schemes micro YPS is being rebranded to ONE Opportunity from September 2017. The York and Hull Methodist District Micro Youth Participation Scheme has been running for 5 years; although it is being rebranded, the
essence and programme remains unchanged for 2017-18.

The ONE Opportunity scheme will run from 1st September 2017 – 31st August 2018 and applications are welcome from any young person in our district who is aged 16-23. Successful applicants will be offered a salaried position of 3 hours a week on a project that will enhance the life and mission of a church and enable the participant to work out their discipleship in new ways.

They will be expected to attend four district training events through the year: an induction day and three residential weekends. These enable them to be part of a community of young people learning and reflecting together.

The cost of participation is £223, we expect this to be divided between the local church and circuit, in whatever ratio they feel is appropriate. The district will contribute the salary for 3 hours a week at living wage rate.

More details can be found here: Oneoppapp

Pioneer Mission Conference

I’m very pleased to let you know about an event Methodist Pioneering Pathways is organising, in partnership with Church Mission Society, that is bringing together those doing pioneering mission on estates and new housing developments.

Having become aware that this is a dynamic and rapidly expanding area of mission, we are holding a day conference at our offices in Watlington Road, Cowley, Oxford on Tuesday 18th July from 10am to 4pm that will explore 4 themes entitled Estate Culture, Estate Power, Estate Stories and Estate Networks. For each session 4 practitioners will contribute their knowledge and experience in just 7 minutes! We will then facilitate a discussion in small groups inspired by these different topics and contributions.

Contributors now confirmed are coming from all over England and Wales and include Ali Boulton, Bart Woodhouse, Al Barrett, Helen Shannon, Penny Stradling, John and Cathy Wheatley (Streetspace), Chris Baker from the William Temple’s Foundation Faith and Flourishing Neighbourhoods Network and Lynne Cullens of the National Estate Housing Network, as well as a number of CMS’s own pioneer students.

We primarily want the event to be for those working on the ground. We believe that the expertise will be in the room and we’re keen to give as many people as possible an opportunity to share their stories, both the successes and perceived failures. We also want to create as much space as possible for pioneers working in these contexts to network with others across the different denominations and church streams.

Tickets cost £15, which includes refreshments and lunch, and can be purchased by clicking on the following link https://pioneerestatesconf.eventbrite.co.uk.

Church Leaders send sincere condolences

Statement in response to the Finsbury Park attack, 19 June 2017

We were shocked to learn of the brutal attack on worshippers leaving the Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of this morning. We unreservedly condemn all acts of violence which seek to undermine our society and foster hatred and intolerance.

Jesus came among us as the Prince of Peace, and in his name and for his sake, we stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends.

We remember in our prayers those who have been injured.

We pray for the leaders of our communities and nation, and for those who work in our emergency services.

We pray too for those who perpetrate such acts that God may touch their hearts and minds with his love, forgiveness and compassion.

Several Mosques in Sheffield have delivered large chocolate cakes to churches with a greetings card, as a goodwill gesture during Ramadan.

In the light of this and the Finsbury attack early on Monday 19th, it has been suggested that local churches are encouraged to take a basket of fruits, large box of sweets or ‘fancy’ biscuits to their local mosque(s) as a present for Eid which begins on Sunday 25th or Monday 26th June depending upon their tradition (but they won’t be too bothered hopefully if we get the date wrong) with a card wishing them Eid Mubarak (a blessed Eid).

Advance notice of an ecumenical event

Churches Together for Derbyshire are again running a day of sharing in Matlock on Saturday 7 October.

Last year we awoke from a period of quiet dozing with a day led by Dr David Cornick of Churches Together in England.  This time, it will be a day in which we showcase a number of ecumenical collaborations in the county.  Details to follow, but probably 10-4 at the Matlock meth/URC church, with a BYO lunch.

Paul King (Denominational Ecumenical officer for the Derbyshire portion of the Sheffield District).

New Riding Lights Tour – 26 Sept to 9 Dec

GOSPEL STREET – retelling the news

People are out on the street.

Another generation is looking for answers – a rich young career girl, an angry gang leader, a charming church-goer, misfits, activists, crooked bankers, a surprising refugee and the bloke who bought himself seriously expensive jewellery.  People who stood face to face with Jesus.  There are anecdotes, bust-ups, blogs and posts.  It’s a wild ride through issues of life, death and miraculous street food.

Despite their differences and social divisions, 140 characters want to meet one extraordinary person.  Jesus has arrived on their street and he’s on the lookout for trouble – looking to do something about it.

Four young people – two women, two men – like the first evangelists, tell the startling story of what happened, just now, on that street. The result is a powerful mix of theatre, music, comedy and spoken word.

GOSPEL STREET is a collaboration between award-winning writers, including rapper and hip-hop artist Testament. 

‘Riding Lights is doing what it does best: bringing everyone together to hear some of the good news with wisdom, laughter, energy and insight.’

Pricing details and practicalities of hosting a performance can be found here: Gospel Street – 2 page info sheet

To book a performance, please contact Beth on 01904 655317.


35 Chapel Walk

Take a look at what exhibitions we have lined up for summer 2017… 

16th-30th June
King Edwards VII 6th Form A-level show

A finely curated exhibition showcasing Sheffield’s young talent.

1st-8th July
JMR Smedley: Dear You
Painter Jessica Smedley presents an exhibition of paintings dealing with her intense and often tongue in cheek internal dialogues.

 9th July- 10th August 
Jean Parker: Good Grief

An exhibition of sculpture by the late artist Jean Parker which examines personal loss and the grief process.

 21st August- 4th September
Adrian Ventura
After a quick refurbishment we’ll be back with an exhibition of work from artist Adrian Ventura.

More information about what goes on at 35 Chapel walk can be found here: 35 Chapel Walk Newsletter 

Apperknowle Chapel Well Dressing

This will be the second ever well dressing in support of Meningitis Now. The blessing of the well will be on 2 July at 12.15pm followed by tea and cakes and the well dressing will stay up until July 9th.

If you would like to try your hand at well dressing, come to the chapel from 26th June -30th June. There will be daily sessions as follows: 10am to 12noon, 2pm- 4pm and 5pm to 7pm. We would welcome your support!

Music for the Spirit Concert Series at Whirlow Spirituality Centre presents

“Baroque to Broadway”

Friday 30th June 2017 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Please join us for an evening of music which will include solo and ensemble pieces spanning three centuries.  The concert will reflect a varied repertoire to include vocal and instrumental music by Handel, Mozart, Finzi, Ireland, Quilter, Bernstein, Kern and Porter.  It will be performed by:

  • Matthew Redfearn (Trumpet and Flugelhorn) – Matthew plays regularly in the trumpet sections of Sheffield Chamber Orchestra and the Hallam Sinfonia.  He has also deputised in Sheffield Symphony, Sheffield Philharmonic and Endcliffe orchestras and played in the instrumental ensemble of the Escafeld Chorale.
  • Stephanie Pitts (Piano) – Stephanie is Head of Music at The University of Sheffield and particularly enjoys piano accompaniment, having given recitals with friends in Sheffield and Wakefield Cathedrals in the last couple of years.
  • Chloe Saywell (Soprano) – Chloe was born in Lincoln and read music at Sheffield University.  She went on to complete a Masters specialising in solo performance at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Previous roles have included Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Marguerite (Faust).  Chloe is a passionate recitalist and has performed in venues across the UK and Europe, including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and the Duomo in Florence.

Tickets (including drinks) are:
Adults (under 65 years) – £12
Students – £6
Concessions (over 65 and disabled) – £10
Children (under 10 years) – free

For full details and to book online please click here.  Or alternatively you may download a booking form here and return it with your payment.

Please note:  These concerts are likely to be very popular.  Therefore, to avoid disappointment, early booking is highly recommended.

Burngreave Ashram

Monday 3 July

Meditation/Prayer, Lunch & Seminar

This is held every first Monday with the following timetable:

11 am                Book/Poetry/Art Sharing
12 Noon            Meditation/Prayer led by Gareth Jones
12:30 pm           Lunch – Bring and Share (Vegetarian)
1: 15 pm            Seminar on Hands in Healing led by Ruth Bird and Pradeel Sakar

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

July & Summer Events

at Whirlow Spirituality Centre at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit

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

  • 1st Sunday Reflective Service 7 – 8pm
  • 3rd Sunday 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

We Who Sing Pray Twice

  • Thursday July 6th
  • 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.

Days of Retreat – Saturday July 8th and Saturday August 12th

Each 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 day will begin at 9.30am with a brief introduction to  the day and resources available. You may then spend the day as you wish and leave at a time best for you.
Booking fee: £15. Book online: July 8th and/or August 12th

Praying With … Asylum Seekers

  • Thursday, July 13th, 2017
  • 8:00pm to 9:30pm (Refreshments from 7.30pm)
  • Cost: £5 Book here

Led by Rodrigo Edema, Project Co-ordinator of City of Sanctuary Sheffield. He and other volunteers will share the story of being asylum seekers and share how prayer has been so important for them

Simple Quiet Days Tuesdays July 18th and August 15th

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) at 9.45am, finishing at 3.45pm with closing prayer.
Booking fee: £12. Book online July 18th and/or August 15th

Filling The Well – 2 day course
July 24th & 31st. Cost £40

The second half of life presents us with an opportunity to either become who we really are and flourish, or close ourselves down in the face of the challenges ahead. This experiential course will invite participants to look at some of those challenges e.g.:- facing loss and change, and   how it might be to engage with our mortality and death. Alongside this we will look at how we resource ourselves to live more fully in this most fruitful and potentially creative part of our lives. More details and book online here

We pray you have a spiritually refreshing summer and we hope to see you at Whirlow soon.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Mission Shaped Ministry

Equipping you for a lifetime of good practice and learning in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church.

A Taster Session is available on Tuesday 27th June 2017 at Wickersley Methodist Church. To book your place or for more information contact Lucy Nunn at the Parish Support team: Lucy.Nunn@Sheffield.anglican.org  or 01709 309135

Download the flyer to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested! T05 – Rotherham 2017

Understanding Islam

What are we to make of the many stories we hear through the media about Islam and what its followers do and don’t believe?  At a time when a tiny minority of Muslims often hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons and many of our Muslim neighbours feel particularly vulnerable, it seems especially important to learn more about Islam.

Dr Chris Hewer comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and inter-faith studies and has worked in the field of Muslims in Great Britain and Christian-Muslim relations since 1986, first at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Selly Oak in Birmingham and as the Advisor on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham. His current work is to teach study days and residential courses, to develop written and electronic resources and to be available for consultation.  He is an excellent communicator.

Chris is back in Sheffield early in July and will be leading his introductory day on Islam in 3 different venues across the District –

  •  St Peter’s Methodist Church, Green Lane, Dronfield on Saturday July 1st
  • Stephen Hill Methodist Church,  Manchester Rd, S10 on Friday July 7th
  • Hoyland Methodist Church, Market Street, Hoyland, S74 9QR on Saturday July 8th.

All these days run from 10.00 am  – 3.30 pm. There is no charge, although donations will be welcome on the day. Please bring a packed lunch. For further details and to book a place please contact Rev Liz Wills on 0114 2610732, e-mail: johnwills@callnetuk.com

(If Tuesday July 4th is a better day for you, Chris will be in Dinnington on this day, running a course hosted by the Roman Catholic Church. Contact Liz about this.)

To learn more about Chris, his experience and work in the field of Understanding Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, go to  www.chrishewer.org

Job Vacancies

Lay Pastor (Full time, 40 hours per week)
Sheffield Methodist Circuit

The Sheffield Methodist Circuit is at an exciting moment in its development and is seeking to express its celebration of lay ministry by the appointment of a Circuit Lay Pastor.

The person appointed will bring clear leadership to the three congregations of Gleadless, Frecheville and Hollinsend.

The salary will be dependent on qualifications and relevant experience and is expected to be in the region of £22,000 pa (with pension provision) plus use of a manse, or £25,500 with a housing allowance included.

For an application pack please contact:

Sheffield Circuit Office, The Furnival, 199 Verdon Street, Sheffield S3 9QQ
Telephone: 0114 272 6561
Email: admin@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk

For further information contact:

Rev Tim Crome
Telephone: 0114 438 9012
Email: tim47crome@msn.com 

Closing date: Friday 7th July 2017 at 12.00 noon

Interviews are expected to be held on Monday 17th July 2017

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS is required for this post.
We are an equal opportunities employer but there is an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010: part 1, schedule 9.

Methodist News

New Principal of Cliff College

Cliff College is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Ashley Cooper as the next Principal of Cliff College. For more information and background on what Ashley hopes to bring to the role, click here.

The Conference online

As with previous years, even if you’re not at the Conference itself, you can still join in from home using the live streaming page and share in the conversations on social media using #MethodistConf