District News – 6 June 2017

This Week’s News

Call to Pray

Over the last three months we have seen our nation attacked three times by mindless people, with the loss of so many innocent lives, many of them young people. We live in the 4th largest city in our nation, any of these attacks could of happened here. This Thursday we are asking as many people possible to come and pray for our city and our nation. It’s great to see people coming together in unity and showing their respect and not allowing these dreadful events effect the way they live, but that’s not going to change things. The one thing that will change things is PRAYER, it’s all we have, and we all know in such dark times. Call to pray

New CFB Scholarship

The Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church has announced a new academic scholarship in honour of Bill Seddon, the CFB’s former Chief Executive. The scholarship is for those aged under 23 within Methodism (including all young people attending a Methodist school) who is, or will be, studying for their first economics, finance or business-related degree. The scholarship will pay £2,000 per annum for up to 3 years. Full details can be found here.


Swallownest United Churches’ Choir

Saturday 10 June – 7pm

Barlborough Methodist Church (on New Road, Barlborough, S43 4HZ) invite you to a concert by Swallownest United Churches’ Choir at 7pm on Saturday 10th June 2017.  Chair Revd Sean Adair; Guest Organist Ian Bromley; Refreshments to follow; No Charge; Collection for Church Funds.  Further information: Tony Loach T: 01246 811152.

Book Signing
“Global Poverty – A Theological Guide” by Justin Thacker

Saturday 24 June – 11am -2pm

Justin Thacker is a lecturer in practical & public theology at Cliff College. His latest book – at just £15 from 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 1.2 billion poor.
CLC Bookshops, 103 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EQ

Prayer evening

Wednesday 5 July – 7-9pm

Ministers of all Christian traditions in Sheffield borough area are invited by Sheffield Leaders in Prayer (SLIP) to pray for God’s guiding on what should we be doing together to serve Sheffield and the people in it.

Venue: Prayer Room in St Philip’s: The Printhouse, 21-23 North Church St, Sheffield S1 2DH

The prayers will be guided, including times for individual listening to God, on the topics of:

  • the vision for blessing and working with each other to benefit the city and all who live here
  • what particular things is God asking us to do together to serve and transform the city and its people?
  • what links do we need across the traditions and ministries in the city ?

Phone: 07905 047350 to book a place or via email on: sheffieldprayerbreakfast@gmail.com

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


PLACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE for all three age streams at this year’s 3Generate Children’s and Youth Assembly.

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.

Other changes are afoot as well – including the fact that, for the first time, youth leaders and children’s workers are invited to attend with their young people. Click here to find out more about how 3Generate is growing and evolving!

You can also visit the website for information about this year’s exciting volunteer opportunities at the event.

Finally, don’t forget that children and young people are invited to help shape the event, through their groups, using the ‘Big Session’ and ‘Big SleepOver’ resources to talk about the issues that are important to them. For more information and resources, click here.

Training & 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: the First Steps – Study Day

Led by Dr Chris Hewer

Tuesday 4 July 2017 – From 10 am to 3.30 pm
St Joseph’s Dinnington – 1 Swinston Road, Dinnington S25 2RX

There is no charge, but donations would be welcome on the day. Please bring your own packed lunch

Contact Liam Harron for further information
Tel: 01909 566719  Mobile: 07766952887
Email: lgha@btinternet.com

This is a day to help us begin to explore what Muslims believe. We will cover the following areas:

  • Islam before the time of Muhammad
  • Standing before God
  • Building a Just Society
  • ‘Open House’ – when Chris will respond to your questions

Dr Chris Hewer is a Christian who comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and inter-faith studies. Chris has worked in the field of Muslims in 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 from 1999 to 2005, as the Adviser on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham. Chris’s current work is to teach study days and residential courses, and to develop written and electronic resources.  He has recently completed a forty-six part series of half-hour TV talks, broadcast on an international Muslim satellite channel to give a general introduction to Understanding Islam, which can be seen, together with accompanying articles and other written and video resources, on his website: www.chrishewer.org

Rise and Shine

Last year saw the pilot of an event called Rise and Shine, which was aimed at young people demonstrating leadership potential. Due to the success of the event we will be running the event again this summer from 7-9th July (Friday evening – Sunday lunchtime) at Cliff College in Derbyshire.

The event will be looking at biblical leadership and how it can be applied in the context of the 21st century. It is open to any young person between the ages of 16 and 23 who have been identified by their churches, circuits or districts as having leadership potential. It will be an informal event to allow for in depth conversation and learning. There will be worship, workshops on effective leadership, open spaces for prayer and discernment, as well as times for fun social activities and games.

There are a limited number of spaces for this event, and as we want young people to be able to attend from across the connexion, we are asking circuits to send no more than two young people. The weekend is open to those who attended last year as well as to those new to the event. We want churches, circuits and districts to be intentional in whom they recommend for the event. We are specifically looking to work with young people who show leadership potential, or are eager to apply for leadership positions whether inside or outside of the Church. Due to the specific target audience, this event will not be widely advertised, and so we trust that ministers will highlight this opportunity to their young people.

Food, accommodation and travel between Chesterfield railway station and Cliff College are all covered within the discounted price of £75. Trains to/from Chesterfield, or other transport costs, will need to be covered separately by the delegate.

Young People can be registered onto Rise and Shine at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rise-shine-2017-tickets-32499684431

If you have any questions about the event please contact Meg Prowting prowtingm@methodistchurch.org.uk

Media and Promotion Training for Grants

Tuesday 11 July 2017 10:00  – 15:30
Methodist Church House, London

Applying for and receiving a grant from the Methodist Church is, for some, the start of a journey with the potential to change lives and communities.  This one-day course aims to equip those attending in how to engage with the media and social media to help their project achieve awareness and success. 

This is a free, one-day workshop being held in London.

Travel and accommodation costs are not covered but lunch will be provided.

It could be that you need volunteers, clients or further donations. Maybe your project is about engaging with a community or challenging them?

The media and social media are a great way to get your project talked about.  This practical course will provide you with a kit of skills which, combined, will help your project reach its full potential.

Course content includes:

  • How to grow your engagement through social media
  • Communicating with reporters
  • Press release writing
  • Photography
  • Media interview skills
  • Crisis communications
  • Grants and story telling

About the trainers:

The media aspect of the course is delivered by our in-house media team with 30 years’ experience of working with the media and, more recently, online.

The grants aspect is delivered by our in-house grants team leader, with over ten years’ experience in the faith and charity sector, and very involved in social media.
Also taking part will be the head of the Fundraising team advising on additional funding.

If you would like to attend, please respond by noon on Friday, 23rd  June, to Michael Ivatt (ivattm@methodistchurch.org.uk)

One way Puppet Training

Saturday 15  July – St Timothy’s Church, Slinn Street, Sheffield

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!

Faith in Politics

A one-day conference in Leeds for young people aged 16-23 to launch the Ecumenical Youth Forum: young people working through Christ for peace and justice.

1:00 – 16:00 on July 15 @ Leeds Oxford Place

Workshops, seminars and keynote speakers on social justice, faith and politics, with opportunities to explore issues such as Brexit, a Christian response to the refugee crisis, and making real change in your community.

Tickets are available from Thursday 1 June.

Registration is free and lunch is provided!

Organised by the Joint Public Issues Team

Please contact zwolinskal@methodistchurch.org.uk for more information

More info and registration here: bit.ly/2pGbOgu …spaces are limited so register soon!

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

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

Job Vacancies

Urban Theology Union – Office Manager

The Urban Theology Union is a member-led learning organisation of Christians in UK urban contexts.

We are looking to employ a well-organised people-person as Office Manager. If you enjoy maintaining and creating office, communications and finance systems; managing a small paid and volunteer admin team (which underpins our varied meetings, training and study days); and helping staff and students deliver their best, please apply by  9.00am on 12th June  2017.  Interviews on 19th June 2017

Salary of £22,500 – 25,000 a year, full-time equivalent, pro rata for 12 hours per week in three four-hour sessions with some flexibility, including occasional evening work to attend meetings.

For further information or Job Application pack Contact Kate Thompson on 0114 2709907 or email kate@utusheffield.org.uk

Circuit Youth Work Facilitator

(for 12 months, from Sept 2017-Aug 2018)

The Chesterfield Circuit is seeking to appoint someone with the passion and expertise to consolidate, facilitate and evaluate the youth work across our Circuit. They will be co-ordinating an emerging team which is delivering specific elements of youth work that has been developed over the last six years.

As our youth work facilitator, you will work with others to:

  • facilitate the youth activities within our Circuit’s Churches, promoting youth participation at every level
  • evaluate the status of our youth work provision
  • formulate proposals for future youth work engagement within the overall review of our Circuit’s mission priorities and activities.

This work will be for 40 hours per week (worked flexibly to accommodate events and meetings).

The salary is in the region of £23,000 per annum subject to qualifications and experience plus automatic enrolment in a pension scheme.

Closing date for applications is 14th June 2017.

Interviews are being planned in June/July (subject to negotiation and candidate availability).

For further information and an application pack, please contact Agnes Tranter on 01246 452 303 or the Circuit Treasurer via email (patrickjsabin@hotmail.com).

Part-time Lay Minister

Huddersfield Methodist Circuit

is seeking to appoint a part-time lay minister to work with and lead the local Churches in Kirkheaton and Lepton.

We are looking for an outgoing, proactive, creative Christian with experience of leadership in church settings.

Hours/week: 30           Rate of pay: £18,495 per annum plus pension provision

(There is a genuine Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a Christian.)

To obtain an application pack or ask for more information, please email david.bidnell@gmail.com

The closing date for applications is noon on 21st June 2017.
Interviews will be held on 29th June 2017.

Chaplain required

for three MHA homes for older people in Rotherham

We are looking for a person who is in good standing with their faith community to take the role of chaplain (a lay person or an ordained minister).

Application closing date: 25/06/2017

Location: Wath-upon-Dearne
Salary:£10.22 per hour

Package: Pension, Life Assurance, Childcare Vouchers, High Street Discount Scheme, Career Development, Free DBS.

Available Hours: Permanent – Part Time – 25 hours per week.

Commutable from Hemsworth, Doncaster, Rotherham & Barnsley

*This role involves working across 3 MHA locations: The Beeches, Sandygate (Wath-upon-Dearne), and Swallow wood (Mexborough).

Job description and the application form can be found on the website below. www.mha.org.uk/careers/

For more details contact: Caroline.Dobinson@mha.org.uk

Other News

Christian Aid

THANK YOU! As this year’s Christian Aid Week comes to an end, we want to say a huge thank you for everything you have done as part of this special week. There has been an incredible and inspiring variety of events taking place across the East Midlands and we are truly humbled by your generosity and commitment. Your support will transform people’s lives all across the world. We hope you all enjoy a very well earned rest! Thank you so much for all your incredible hard work and support – you are amazing ?

Thank You Events with our Director, David Pain

We are so grateful to you all across the East Midlands for your incredible dedication and service and we want to express our thanks! Whether Christian Aid Week 2017 was your first or 60th, join us as we celebrate together at two special thank you events. Our special guest at both is David Pain, Director of Christian Aid’s Supporter and Community Partnerships Department.

  • Our first event will be a thank you evening on Tuesday 20 June at 7.30pm at Sherwood Methodist Church with drinks and nibbles, a light hearted quiz and special prizes up for grabs! David Pain will be our speaker and will be eager to hear your questions and reflections.
  • The second event is a day of reflection on Wednesday 21 June from 10am-3pm at Woodhouse Eaves Evangelical Baptist Church. This day of reflection will be led by Rev Gert Glasius, minister of Loughborough Baptist Church, and will include an introductory reflection from Christian Aid Director David Pain. The day will give individuals time and space to reflect on our role in the world. Please bring your own lunch, drinks will be provided.

To let us know if you are intending to come to either event, or for more information, please contact Nick Thorley on nthorley@christian-aid.org or phone 01509 265013.

Church Leaders’ General Election Statement

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have called for Christians to be guided by their faith in discerning what sort of society they wish the new government to create and have issued the following statement. 

As we prepare for the General Election, we recognise that Christians across our nations will prayerfully vote for a variety of parties and candidates in good conscience. We celebrate the fact that Christian people are inspired by their faith to debate passionately – and to disagree well – on how the United Kingdom should be governed at this present moment.

While much of the debate around the election is rightly focused on individual policies, it is also our duty to ask what sort of society we would wish our government to build. As Christians we have to embrace the reality that our vision will never be achieved by humankind alone, and to look beyond our human time-frames to the coming of the Kingdom of God. It is this future hope that gives meaning and direction to present struggles.

Jesus offers us abundant life, life in all its fullness, and we are called to reflect this eternal promise on earth as it is in heaven. If we believe that all people are made in the image of God, we must surely pray, work and vote for a society in which all people are enabled to flourish and live life in all its fullness in the here and now too.

This is a society in which everyone has enough food, resources, shelter and opportunity to succeed, and where people are not left behind or damaged by poverty and inequality.

This is a society where our common humanity is valued and respected, where people can find refuge, and where everyone can contribute towards the common good.

This is a society that acts to protect God’s creation, and seeks to be a peaceful influence in the world, promoting human rights, religious freedom and economic justice for all.

So we invite you to pray for everyone standing for office and for all voters. We pray that Christians across our nations entering the polling booth on 8 June do so as followers of Jesus Christ, seeking to take part in creating a society which reflects God’s kingdom of goodness and of justice. A society that encourages life in all its fullness.


  • Revd Lynn Green, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain
  • Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
  • Revd Dr Roger L Walton, President of the Methodist Conference
  • Ms Rachel Lampard MBE, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
  • Revd Kevin Watson, General Assembly Moderator of the United Reformed Church