District News – 18 July 2017

This Week’s News

City of Sanctuary – Sheffield

City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of welcome and hospitality for refugees and asylum-seekers. In 2007, with the support of the City Council, Sheffield became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers and refugees—a city that takes pride in the welcome it offers to people in need of safety.

City of Sanctuary Sheffield is leading an exciting new initiative to create a Welcome Centre for asylum seekers and refugees.  They have started moving into the premises on Chapel Walk in July 2017, so do drop by and say hello, ‘pay as you feel’ for a cup of tea or coffee. They hope to move in gradually, and now are looking for a name.  If you have any suggestions for a building that will be a place of safety offering welcome, warmth, homeliness, information, and more.. please email admin@sheffield.cityofsanctuary.org.

For more information on this exciting phase, visit their website: welcome-centre/

Sad News

We were sad to learn of the death earlier in the week of Mrs Mary Hoof, widow of the Revd Arthur Hoof (who did in 2008) in the Chesterfield Circuit. Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughter and family.

Amnesty International

Sheffield Amnesty International Group ( www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/sheffield ), is one of 280 in the UK. Some Amnesty groups are based in faith communities because equality and the dignity of the individual are an essential part of their teaching and practice.

Amnesty International works by:

  • Sending greetings cards and letters of support to prisoners of conscience;
  • Pointing out to those in authority that they have violated human rights;
  • Requesting that violations of human rights should be remedied;
  • Educating people on the importance of human rights.

If your church is interested in hearing about Amnesty’s work and the part your congregation could play, we can provide a speaker. Contact Robin Story, Faith Links co-ordinator  0114 236 2251  story.robin@yahoo.co.uk.

Goodbyes and hellos

Yesterday we said a formal Farewell to Grahame Snelling, the District Executive Officer for Safeguarding. He has taken up a similar role in London and although we are very sad to see him go, we wish him every success for the future.

This is also the time of year when ministers start to move to new appointments and circuits hold their own farewell services. We wish every blessing in the future to the Revds Alistair Sharp, Stephen Pratt, Claudia Lupi, Keith Albans, Louise Grosberg and Deacon Merry Evans.

We look forward to welcoming the Revds Claire Rawlingson, Diane Grice  and Jon Bellfield to our District in September.


Musical Youth Service

Sunday 6 August – Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield

An American choir, Starfire Singers, will be performing at a musical youth service at Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield on Sunday 6 August, followed by lunch (pizza!).

This is open to all, but it would help with catering if you could let Tim (youth@wesleyhall.org.uk) know if you are planning on coming – especially if you would like to be bring your youth group! This is an ideal opportunity to meet up and share ideas.

Download the poster for more details and to help publicise this event: Starfire

Burngreave Ashram

Monday 7 August

Meditation/Prayer, Lunch & Seminar

This is held every first Monday with the following timetable:

11 am                Book/Poetry/Art Sharing
12 Noon           Open Forum
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

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

Word 2017

WORD 2017 is a one day meeting with three sessions aimed at building up everyone in our faith and encouraging action. It will be at The King’s Cross Church Hexthorpe, Doncaster on Saturday 23rd September starting at 9 . 30 am with welcome drinks and finishing at 3 pm. Mark Reasbeck, the pastor of two newly planted churches in Barnsley will speak from 1 Peter about ‘A Gospel Centred Church’. Mark’s heart is for evangelism, church planting and discipleship. You can bring your own food or order meals on the booking form available from richard.iball@btinternet.com. The day jointly organised by The King’s Cross Church and Methodist Evangelicals Together.’

Download the flyer for more information and to book a place: Word 2017

Beyond Re-imagine

Following on from the Yorkshire Plus Region Re-imagine Conference, the DMLN team have planned some Practitioner Days to give you the practical tools to walk the Re-imagine talk.

How to … Share your cloak

Saturday 11 November – Heslington Church, York YO10 5EE

An opportunity to celebrate and explore diverse models of chaplaincy through worship, stories and workshops.

How to … Mind your language

Saturday 24 February – Oxford Place Methodist Church, Leeds LS1 3AX

Leaving Church jargon behind; how do we effectively communicate our stories of faith in different contexts?

How to  … Bring the outdoors into worship

Sunday 24 June – Woodlands Methodist Church, Harrogate HG2 7SG

Join in an all-age nature-based worship. take away some practical ideas for your own worshipping community.

Full details on this can be found in the flyer here: REIMAGINE flier

Movement Day UK 2017

Movement Day UK is a historic 2 day gathering of church leaders as well as leaders and practitioners (emerging and established) from many areas of society who share a heart for the transformation of our towns and cities. The passion is to see our places transformed in every area of culture with such transformation being characterised by spiritual, cultural and social change and a joined-up approach.

Movement Day UK will be held at Westminster Central Hall, London on the 6th and 7th October 2017.  Over the two days, there will be a mixture of main room sessions, seminars and longer tracks which will give attendees the opportunity to explore the areas of life and society which impact our places in a more in-depth way.

Further details of Movement Day UK can be obtained from Rev. Ian Rutherford (City Centre Minster at Methodist Central Hall, Manchester) on ianr7@hotmail.co.uk and on the Movement Day website www.movementday.uk

Germinate 2017

The next Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre Rural Ministry Course is Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 November 2017. Based at the King’s Park Centre in Northampton, the three day residential programme, employs a variety of approaches including practical sessions, group work and workshops led by practitioners.  It is designed for lay and ordained ministers across the denominations who may be entering a rural appointment for the first time, or who may already be in rural ministry but feel the need for a ‘refresher’. Sessions cover:

  • Rural contexts
  • Mission and growth
  • Leadership
  • Working with children and young people in the countryside

Cost £255. For more information and to book go to http://germinate.net/training/ruralministrycourse/

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Family Worker

Sprotbrough Methodist Church, Sprotbrough, Doncaster

Here is an exciting mission opportunity to work alongside a church that has a passion for serving children, young people and their families. The role will be to work with existing groups and their activities as well as seeking to develop new ways of engaging with the under 40’s age group.

The church has its own website which will give some indication of the work it already does. www.sprotmethchurch.co.uk/

The work will be for 20 hours per week mainly in term time over 45 weeks of the year. The salary is £13,500 plus automatic enrolment in a pension scheme.

Please send for an information and application pack to:-
David Banks (email davidlbanks@blueyonder.co.uk)

Closing date for application: July 31st
Interviews: August 4th
PLEASE NOTE that there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for this role to be a practising Christian

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee

The EDI Committee is seeking a new member, the vacancy is for someone with knowledge and experience of promoting EDI around disability and impairment, please see the attached role description for further details.

If you are interested in this position, the next step would be to let Jennifer Crook, the Connexional EDI Adviser, know and to write an expression of interest outlining: why you would like to be a member of the EDI Committee and how you meet the attributes outlined in the role description.

The deadline to receive this expression of interest is 9am on Tuesday 1st August 2017.
Following this the Chair of the EDI Committee the Revd Stephen Poxon will then have a conversation with you discussing your understanding of EDI, your interest in and understanding of the role. Final decisions are made by the Methodist Council.

For more details please contact Jennifer Crook at crookj@methodistchurch.org.uk

Download the role description here: EDI Committee Member Role Description