District News – 4 July 2017

This Week’s News

Fairtrade News

At Conference this week there was a Notice of Motion entitled Major Supermarkets and the ‘Fairtrade’ Mark. This was expressing concern that Sainsbury’s intend to drop the Fairtrade mark and replace it with the phrase “fairly-traded”. Such a course of action could be followed by other major organisations, and could seriously undermine the Fairtrade scheme.

The Sheffield District is proud to be a Fairtrade district and I know that a number of churches and circuits support Fairtrade. If you are concerned about this development, you may like to consider signing a petition against this proposal:

Sign this Change.org petition and tell Sainsbury’s: don’t ditch Fairtrade.

Sainsbury’s asked the Fairtrade Foundation to work with them on their scheme, but they have some major concerns about it. You can read their statement here.

The Girls’ Brigade Goes from Strength to Strength

Wow!  From a start in April, 2015,  the Stocksbridge Company of the Girls’ Brigade has grown to a membership of  22 girls!  Currently,  the Company only has girls in the primary-school years,  but is looking to expand into work with girls in secondary school.   The Company meets every Monday in school-term time at the Stocksbridge Christian Centre (Methodist-Anglican LEP) from 5:45 PM (youngest group) and from 7 PM (older group).  Aside from an evening’s  activities which includes a brief talk about a moral or topical issue related to the evening’s theme, there are camping opportunities and sports get-togethers with other companies in the Sheffield GB District and beyond.  The Girls’ Brigade provides a great opportunity for young children to learn and develop skills while having a great deal of fun with new friends within a Christian context.   The Stocksbridge Company is looking to grow and expand.  We would like to hear from anyone who would like to be a volunteer – building more opportunities for girls. Please contact Revd. Grayson on 07780 70-1116 or at j.h.grayson@sheffield.ac.uk

Musical Youth Service

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!

Greenhill Get’s Hitched – A weekend celebrating weddings through the decades

Saturday 16 September

As part of their fundraising activities “Greenhill Get’s Hitched” is an opportunity for people to relive marriage memories, experience the fashions on weddings of the decades past and share stories of their own marriage experience at Greenhill Methodist Church.

How can you help?

In order to make this event real we want people to bring bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, men’s suits, wedding accessories, videos, quirky stories, photographs, wedding memorabilia so we can create a display of weddings through the decades at Greenhill Methodist Church.

If you are able to lend any of this to them, please contact Suzanne Morton (outreachgmc@gmail.com) or  Tel: 0114 2378363 / 07973256909.

Please also pass this information on to anyone you know who got married at Greenhill who may also be willing to share their memories.

Full details can be downloaded here: Greenhill Get’s Hitched

Free Training to do Drug Prevention Work

Would you like to help children and young people in Sheffield avoid drug and alcohol-related harm so that they can achieve their potential? Hope UK can help you, through providing free training for volunteers from churches in Sheffield to train, later this year, to become drug educators. A national charity, Hope UK trains Christian volunteers to become Drug Educators with youth and parents’ groups. Our training takes approximately 120 hours to complete and is accredited with the Open College Network.  Expenses incurred by volunteers will be reimbursed. If you would like to find out more, please contact Ian Michell on 07889496684.


Whirlow Spirituality Centre – Praying with Asylum Seekers

Thursday 13th July 2017 – 8.00pm – 9.30pm

This evening session provides the opportunity to enrich our own prayer lives as we consider how we are able to support others through our prayers.

The evening will be led by Rodrigo Edema, Project Co-ordinator and members of the City of Sanctuary Sheffield. Both staff and volunteers will share the importance of prayer for many people who have been forced to leave their homeland and seek refuge in the UK.
They will also tell us about the work of City of Sanctuary Sheffield, helping to inform us how best we can help to ensure that our city and communities continue to offer refuge to those in need.

The cost of the session is £5, preferably payable in advance either by downloading a booking form here and returning with your cheque or by applying online here.

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

Peak Filling Station

“Are You Listening” was the theme of Brian Streeter’s talk to us last month. Brian is a part of the Filling Station’s National Team and has always been a close and valued support to us, hence we took what he said with particular care and attention.

The Peak Filling Station has been running for four years, and on occasions has attracted and blessed more than 100 people.  But recently attendance has been dropping and the challenge for us is to understand if the drop it is due to our characteristic Peak District lethargy, or if God is calling a pause or new direction.

Please let us know your thoughts.

17th July – Brian Reece, is a no-nonsense business man who will speak to us; sharing some of the lessons he has learnt while building an international business and being obedient to God.

Aaron Himsworth, The Lifeworks Hub, Matlock will lead worship.

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

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

Training and Learning Opportunities

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!

Cliff College Certificates

Cliff College is happy to announce the launch of another Cliff College Certificate within the Short Course Programme for the 2017-18 academic year. The ‘Make Good’ course, leading to a Cliff College Certificate in Missional Entrepreneurship, is to be delivered by Martin Lawson and Steve Baker, and is a course developed by three partner organisations: the Church Mission Society, the Pickwell Foundation and Matryoshka Haus. The week long course, which is ideal for pioneers and budding entrepreneurs is planned for mid May 2018, and more details will follow.

In recent months Cliff College has introduced Certificates in Contemporary Wesleyan Perspectives, Bible Engagement, Men’s Ministry and Administrative Ministry to the Short Course Programme for the academic year 2017-18 which adds to the existing programme, and also the expanding Aurora Children’s and Youth Ministry training. More information about the wider programme can be found here.

Job Vacancies

Research Assistant – Church Army

Are you:

  • Passionate about research and the difference it can make?
  • Looking for an opportunity to develop your research skills?
  • An excellent communicator and team player?
  • Wanting to work for a team with a pioneering voice?

Our Research Unit is a credible voice within Church Army and the Church of England, influencing the way that we do mission. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience, and an interest in research to join our team. You will play an active role in the work and life of the team and be able to practise alongside experienced, passionate and gifted researchers.
Sheffield – £21,934 per annum pro rata – 18.75 hours
Closing Date: 31st July 2017

If you would like to find out more please take a look at churcharmy.org

The Upper Thames Circuit and Highworth Methodist Church are seeking an enthusiastic and committed:


To commence duties from October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a new full-time position. The successful candidate will be a member of the leadership team of the church working with the minister and stewards to:

  • Develop discipleship and evangelism in the church and community
  • Identify and share outreach opportunities
  • Take the initiative in discipleship and mission with young people, working with and growing the existing team of volunteers
  • Work in partnership to explore and facilitate fresh expressions of what it means to be church.

The appointee will, by experience and action:

  • Demonstrate a personal faith in Jesus, a heart for evangelism and commitment to the values and ethos of the Christian life.
  • Be an enthusiastic, dynamic and caring person who can lead, work well as a member of a team and share your faith practically and through your encounters with others.
  • Identify the needs and assets of the church and local communities and seek to meet and deploy these.
  • Be a motivator, empowering, encouraging and enabling others and building relationships.
  • Be willing to work with other churches, church workers and organisations.

To obtain an application pack with further information please contact:

Carolyn Harmer: Circuit Administrator, Upper Thames Circuit, Highworth Methodist Church, Vicarage Lane, Highworth, Swindon, Wilts SN6 7AD

Email: circuitadmin@upperthamescircuit.org.uk
Tel: (01793) 764544 (Monday and Wednesday mornings)

Salary:    £21,000 – 25,000 per annum
Full time 37.5 hours per week

Closing date for applications:  Friday 11th August

Methodist News


Bookings for this year’s 3Generate in Southport have now topped 700 children and young people!

In 2017 our children and young people will be accompanied by their group leaders, who will look after them during the weekend. In addition to this though, we are looking to recruit a team of volunteers to act as stewards/night stewards, help deliver sessions and support young people during sessions, support delegates with additional needs, help with admin and help with the set-up and take-down of the site.

Please encourage potential volunteers to check out the 3Generate website, where they will find role descriptions and the application form. We have improved this year’s volunteer process so that we can let people know more promptly that their application has been successful.


Each year at 3Generate the new Youth President for the following year is elected. The Youth President role is a full time paid role for one year, offering a living wage.

To apply applicants must be aged between 18-23 on 1 August 2018, when induction for the post begins, and be available to attend the 3Generate on 24-26 November 2017 – where the elections will take place.

Further information about the role and how to apply can be found here.

Please pass this information along to anyone you feel might be able to get this into the hands of young people that might be interested. Thanks!

Other News

Christian Aid

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/

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/

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/


The monthly TASTE prayer letter can be downloaded here: 20170624 June Prayer Letter