District News – 11 July 2017

This Week’s News

Prayer Handbook

A gentle reminder that we are still looking for contributions for the District Prayer Handbook 2017/18. There is a form that you can download to complete and return by the end of the week (if possible), where you can suggest bible verses, or other reading (such as a verse from a hymn or other poem); items that we can give thanks for (such as new patterns of working), areas you would appreciate prayer (such as building projects or lay work in your church/circuit), plus space for a more general prayer either to start the day, or to end it.

This is another way in which we can share information across our district, so please can I encourage you to send in contributions as soon as possible.

PRAYER FORM – (word document).

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 there are a few changes in July.

There will be a united service at 11am on Sunday 16 July at Christchurch in Litton; the Peak Circuit are holding a Circuit Service at Cliff College on Sunday 23 July at 3pm and there will be a combined service at 10:30am on 30 July with Fountain Square, which is closed for renovation. From 6 August the 6pm services will resume.


Family Twist with Paul Cookson

Friday 21 July at 4pm – Carterknowle Methodist Church

What better way to celebrate the start of the school summer holiday than with an afternoon of mirth and merriment.

Family Twist is the perfect family show where you (parents and children) become the show. Come along and do a poem, song, dance or sketch… play a tune or juggle with toilet rolls – compered by the incomparable Paul Cookson.

Paul Cookson has been a poet for over 25 years. During that time he has visited thousands of schools and festivals, performed all over the world, sold over a million books and learnt four chords on the ukulele. He is the official poet in residence at the National Football Museum, poet laureate for Slade and has received a National Reading Hero award.

His poem “Let no-one steal your dreams” has been adopted by numerous schools as their mission statement, school motto etc. and become a Year six leaver’s poem

Tickets: £1 adult / 50p child available from the Oasis Cafe, Carterknowle Methodist Church, Edgedale Road, Sheffield S7 2BQ, or email Katrin (jphackett@blueyonder.co.uk) to reserve tickets

A flyer with more details can be downloaded here: Family Twist

Palm Court Trio

Saturday July 22nd at 7.30pm – Barrow Hill Methodist Church

Robin Johnson and Palm Court Trio with a new cellist (Charlie Hardwick), Hugh Finnigan on piano, a guest singer Alexandra Robinson ( soprano) and of course Robin Johnson on violin.

The music is light classical but a lot of the music will be music you know and love. It has become over the years an annual event that has proven extremely popular

A short interval with tea and light refreshments.  Cost is £7.50 per person inclusive.

It is advisable to book tickets early but you can pay at the door

Tickets available NOW from Hazel Wainwright

01246 270550 / 07976 556614   or Hazeljoy1@hotmail.co.uk. Everyone welcome

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Simple Quiet Day – Tuesday July 18th 2017
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.

‘Filling the Well’ – A Two Day Course
Mondays, July 24th and 31st, 2017

This course, run over two separate Mondays, will focus on some of the issues which may form part of our experiences in the second half of life.  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.  The course will allow us to look at some of those challenges, such as loss and change, and also help us to live more fully in this most fruitful and potentially creative part of our lives.

This course will be ably led by Teresa Dickens, a retired nurse and health visitor, who has worked as both a psychotherapist and counsellor. Should you require further details of what the course entails, please contact Teresa directly – teresa.dickens@hotmail.com who will be only too happy to provide more insight.

The cost for the course is £40 for both days, payable in advance.   You may pay online here. Alternatively you may wish to download a booking form here and return it with your cheque.

Good Grief

3 – 30 August – 35 Chapel Walk

An exhibition of sculpture depicting the stages of grief and loss.

Born out of Jean Parker’s own experience of cancer, good Grief present a powerful and unique visual exploration of the grief process relating not only to loss of health, but also to significant loss of any kind.

The exhibition aims to stimulate discussion about the powerful emotions experienced after loss, which can feel overwhelming. Visualised as a process of transitional stages, Good Grief hope to provide reassurance through highlighting a common human experience whilst offering glimpses of hope when all seems lost.

In the Arena

Thursday 9 November – 7:30pm – Sheffield United Football Club

In the Arena is a men’s event where Care for the Family will share with you helpful strategies to strengthen and empower you. Discover the importance of preparation and training that enables you to survive the tough times that can affect your most important relationships, work and inner or spiritual life. Our speakers, Philip Jinadu and Gerrit Bantjes will talk about critical areas of everyday life such as friendships, finance, character and career.


Early Bird Tickets – £4 until 19th September and £6 thereafter. Discounted group rates available. Book online or call 02920 810800

Job Vacancies

Barnardo’s Project Worker Posts

South Yorkshire Child Sexual Exploitation and Harmful Sexual Behaviours Services

We will consider applications for secondment – minimum period 12 months (subject to review) and dependent on current employer agreement

Salary £23 427 to £30 448 (37hrs – negotiable)

These vacancies are exciting opportunities for applicants with a wide range of skills and experience who are able to meet the needs of children currently referred to our services. We are also looking for applicants with vision, drive and a commitment to work with us to ensure that we are able to continue supporting children with multiple vulnerabilities and associated poor outcomes across South Yorkshire well into the future.

Details available along with application form on Barnardo’s Website  (Closing date 23rd July /Interviews W/C 31st July with a stage two Young People’s Panel on Saturday 5th August)

For informal enquiries please contact Karen Goddard, Children’s Services Manager, or Marie Harris, Deputy Children’s Services Manager on 01709 377157

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.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Messy Church Resources are overflowing with creative ideas to draw the community together for fun, food, fellowship and worship… If you’ve not tried it at your church yet, roll up your sleeves and get messy!

Messy Church Does Science (NEW)
100 sizzling science-based ideas for Messy Churches
edited by David Gregory

In popular culture there is a perceived conflict between science and faith, yet in many ways scientific understanding can enhance faith. Messy Church Does Science offers Messy Churches the tools to use science to explore aspects of the Christian faith, demonstrate that science and faith are complementary, and enable children and adults alike to appreciate the wonder of creation.
£9.99 | 9780857465795
Click here to see a sample

Messy Parables (NEW)
25 retellings for all ages
Martyn Payne

Jesus’ parables intrigued, inspired, engaged and challenged the crowds, combining everyday imagery with surprising twists that prompted all ages to wonder and discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven for themselves. Through 25 tried-and-tested retellings, together with sections on the importance of story, the power of parable, the challenge of all-age storytelling and becoming a Messy storyteller, this resource communicates the immediacy and relevance of Jesus’ message for Messy congregations today.
£8.99 | 9780857465504
Click here to see a sample

Christian Aid

How your support at Christmas has changed lives

Your fantastic support during our 2014 Christmas appeal, when all eligible donations were doubled by the UK Department for International Development, means that mothers like Avery are now able to give birth safely in medical facilities. Last year, the Karonga District in Malawi went six months without any recorded maternal deaths. Thank you for delivering hope! To read more about how your support has changed lives in Malawi, please visit: https://news.christianaid.org.uk/five-ways-our-maternal-health-work-is-a-life-saver-for-malawis-mums-and-babies-4270fe8f3ec9

Baked Alaska for Schools

The fantastic Riding Lights Theatre Company have taken materials from the Baked Alaska touring play and developed them in to a free film and resource pack for schools! They have split the play into seven short excerpts, each approaching this complex issue from a different angle, from big business to biblical parables, from international stories to home truths here in the UK. To access these fantastic free resources, please visit: https://ridinglights.org/baked-alaska/baked-alaska-for-schools/

Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for Christian Aid Teachers to support Church of England Primary Schools in various parts of the East Midlands. Christian Aid teachers are volunteers who help schools explore issues of global justice from a Christian perspective and show young people how they can change the world. Is this you or do you know someone who might be interested? We are looking for new volunteers to help deliver our exciting new accreditation scheme in Church of England schools across the East Midlands. Please share this advert and apply here: https://jobs.christianaid.org.uk/vacancy/christian-aid-teacher-volunteer-1237/1255/description/ 

Join us at Greenbelt!

Once again, Christian Aid will be at Greenbelt Festival with a wide programme of workshops and talks, tasty food and drinks in our café and exciting campaign activities! To make all of this happen needs a team of 60 volunteers. Volunteers will work one shift a day and in return will receive; free entry to the festival, meal vouchers for use on site, a dedicated volunteer’s camping area and access to free showers all weekend. For more information, and to apply, visit https://jobs.christianaid.org.uk/

Methodist Church News

Conference Business Digest

This year’s Conference Business Digest is now available on the Methodist Church website. 

Produced in black and white for easy printing, the Conference Business Digest features highlights and summaries from the Methodist Conference, which met 22-29 June in Birmingham.


Click here to download the PDF and print your copy.