District News – 25 July 2017

This Week’s News

Thank You

I would like to thank all those in the District who either came to my leaving do or otherwise sent their good wishes and for the generosity of the leaving gift. I plan to buy something that will always remind me of four great years in Sheffield. As ever there are many people to thank for their help and support but I have particularly appreciated the support of the circuit safeguarding coordinators, the DMLN team and the district office team. Without you nothing we achieved in Sheffield in terms of promoting best safeguarding practice would have been possible. Gill’s support, and previously Vernon’s has also been invaluable. I shall miss you all very much.

Grahame Snelling

A Message from the Children and Young People of the Methodist Church

3Generate is the children’s and youth assembly of the Methodist Church and aims to hear the voices of children and young people from across Methodism (http://methodist.org.uk/3generate). Each year, a number of 3Generate manifestos are written following the assembly.

In the 8-11s manifesto, the children and young people want the Methodist Church to be a ‘Wonderful Church’;

  • We want the Church to support charities and to enable us, along with the whole church, to be involved in helping others.
  • We want to worship and discover more about God and prayer.
  • We want the church to enable us to do this in ways that engage and challenge us and help us to understand.
  • We can, and want to be, involved in and contribute to the worshipping life of the church.

The 18-23s manifesto called for churches to;

  • Provide more opportunities to talk about issues (not just young people’s issues) in churches.

As you consider these manifesto declarations – and how they might shape preaching and worship leading – you might find the following resources helpful;

If you have any questions about the manifestos, or thoughts on your own response to them as a local preacher or worship leader, please contact Meg Prowting at prowtingm@methodistchurch.org.uk.


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.

Preview on 3 August – 6-9pm – featuring poetry by: Bo Meson / Ricard C Bower / Greg J Muscroft / Andrew Mark Bedell / Sheena Sen / Stacey Pattiso / Gareth Petrucci

Training and Learning Opportunities

Cliff College

Certificate in Missional Entrepreneurship

This is a collaborative exercise between Cliff College, Methodist Pioneering Pathways (Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network), and Church Mission Society. The Certificate will be within the Cliff College Short Course Programme for the 2017-18 academic year.  The ‘Make Good’ course, leading to a Cliff College Certificate in Missional Entrepreneurship course, is to be delivered by Martin Lawson and Steve Baker, and is a course developed by three partner organisations (Church Mission Society, Pickwell Foundation and Matryoshka Haus). We are delighted to be able to be joining forces deliver this very successful course at Cliff College. The week long course is planned for 13-18 May  2018, and more details, including how to register,  can be found via this link:


Please feel free to pass on this news to those who could be interested in this new course which is ideal for pioneers and budding entrepreneurs.  To register an interest please contact shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk

‘This is a course which brilliantly engages with people and their ideas, and moves them from ‘thinking’ to ‘doing’.  Encouraging participants to build from what they’re passionate about, equipping them with a set of tools for the journey, and helping them find resources and partners as they answer the question “What does good look like in my context?” It’s always a real privilege to be able to journey alongside participants as they process how they can creatively and entrepreneurially innovate in ways that offer hope and impact to their communities and situations’. Martin Lawson, Course Leader; Make Good 

‘This is an excellent course, that has already proved itself across the country, and we are grateful to be able to offer it here at Cliff College. It will allow pioneers and other creative entrepreneurs in the church the opportunity to explore strategic ways forward for expanding their ‘Big Idea’, and making significant impact into their community’. Ian White, Programme Leader, Short Courses, Cliff College

Certificate courses in Pioneer Ministry

There is also the existing Certificate courses in Pioneer Ministry which will take place at Cliff in the 2017/18 academic year.  Pioneer Ministry Certificate 1 (Vocation & Mission) will be Mon 13th – Fri 17th November 2017. And Pioneer Ministry 2 (Church and Practice) will be Mon 19th – Fri 23rd March 2018.

Breakout Gathering for Pioneers

The next Breakout Gathering is Wed 13th Sept to Fri 15th Sept 2017

Theme :  Radical and Rooted –Where we will discover that we need to go deeper into Gods love to enable us to go further for his kingdom with the help of 3 great speakers  Carolyn Skinner, Calvin Samuel and Paul Unsworth

We do this through:

  1. Engaged minds. By helping people to think deeply about mission and pioneering
  2. Practical resources.  Providing a forum for resources, help and ideas from those attending & speakers
  3. Personal renewal. By interrupting our journeys to meet with God
  4. Community. Meeting up & hanging out with like minded pioneers.

This year will again have a stream for ‘new pioneers’ as part of our programme and As usual there will be plenty of time for meeting old and new friends, having fun, and learning & worshipping together.

We will have an opportunity to share resources that have helped you in ministry – please bring your ideas with you .

Back by popular demand – Bollywood night with Kinder Surprise – the pioneers social evening.

Bookings are being managed using the Eventbrite software.


We have an exclusive offer this year for bringing new guests. Bring someone new to Breakout and you’ll each get £10 off your ticket. To take advantage of this offer, please email breakout-pioneer@outlook.com and we’ll send you a discount code first 20 only…..

Job Vacancies

One Programme Participant Job Vacancy

18-23? Want a gap year? Interested in Marketing, IT or Hospitality? Want to experience Christian Community?

As part of Cliff College in Derbyshire you will:

  • work in either Marketing, IT or Hospitality
  • live in a community of students and others at the College
  • accommodation & meals provided
  • take an active role on the Cliff Festival team
  • undertake some learning and reflection

For further information on the role please visit www.methodist.org.uk/jobs or
email Paul Taylor (taylorp@methodistchurch.org.uk)
Email recruitment@methodistchurch.org.uk for an application pack.
Closing date for applications: 9am 3rd August 2017
Interview date: 24th August 2017 – at Cliff College

Download the poster to publicise here: Cliff OPP – Ad with Acc.

You can download the job specification here: Cliff OPP – JD&PS with Acc.