District News – 18 August 2017

This Week’s News

Office News

A reminder that the office will be closed next week (I’m off to Greenbelt – might bump into some of you there!). The next mailing will be on Wednesday 30 August.

Synod papers have been emailed and posted out. If you know of someone who should have received them, but hasn’t, they can also be downloaded from the website: September Synod

The Draft District Directory was also emailed out. Please let me know of any errors, omissions or corrections by Friday 1 September. The final version will be printed out and can be collected from Synod, or contact the office to request a copy.

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.  You would be made most welcome.

Christians Against Poverty

Christians Against Poverty is a charity that gives free help to everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background.

Starting 20 years ago, it first offered debt counselling and now offers a range of help to tens of thousands of people in hardship across the UK every year.

CAP Life Skills offers the chance for individuals to learn valuable money handling skills and expertise in an eight week course, offered by Victoria Hall Methodist Church.

CAP Life Skills teaches people practical money saving techniques, such as cooking on a budget, to help money go further. This is a free course which is open to all.  Places are limited and booking is essential. The eight week course begins on Thursday 7th September 2:00pm-4:00pm.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from the course, please pass on the details which are on the flyer here: Life Skills


Barlborough Methodist Church are holding a presentation by Wirksworth Rotary club on


Friday September 15 at 7.00 pm

Aquabox contain over 70 items from Water filters to Shelter Building kits for disaster areas. Come along to find out more and how you can help support this work.

  • Free admission but donation to AQUABOX would be appreciated
  • Light refreshments will be available
  • Raffle-all proceeds to Aquabox

Greenhill Methodist Church Presents

‘100 Years of Wedding Gowns 1917 – 2017’

Saturday 16th September.

Display of gowns & memorabilia 1917 – 2017,
10am – 4pm. Celebration buffet reception & entertainment, 6.30pm. Entry by ticket only £8 / person.

Sunday 17th September

Renewal of vows ceremony (open invitation)10.30am. For further details or to purchase buffet tickets contact Suzanne Morton 07973256909 / 0114 2378363 or email outreachgmc@gmail.com

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

September at Whirlow

The month ahead at Whirlow Spirituality Centre @ the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

Regular worship

  • Sunday, September 3rd. Reflective  Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • Sunday, September 17th. Reflective Communion, 7- 8pm
  • every Sunday. Space to Be (silent meditation), 830 – 915am
  • every Tuesday. Reflective Communion, 945 – 1030am

Special events

Deep Talk Day
Creation: integrating activity and rest

September 4

Deep Talk uses principles of life-coaching, peer-to-peer group work and story-ing to explore questions of identity and life-purpose. It is an adaptation of Godly Play for adults of all ages and stages.

  • 1015am – 330pm
  • £18 including refreshments. Bring your own lunch. Book here

Led by Jeremy Clines, Anglican Chaplain to the University of Sheffield.

How the Enneagram can Help us Relate

September 16 

The Enneagram can shed light on why those we’re in close relationship with sometimes seem to be speaking another language! This workshop will give practical advice on relating better in the moment to prevent problems occurring.

Learn from interactive exercises, guided meditations, music, and other techniques.

  • 930am – 430pm
  • £50 including refreshments. Bring your own lunch. Booking details here 

Led by Dr Mark Pickin, a Riso-Hudson Certified teacher (with honours) and an Enneagram Institute Authorised Teacher.

Simple Quiet Day

September 19

  • 945am – 345pm
  • £12 including refreshments. Bring your own lunch. Book here

Space to ‘be’ before God. Relax, reflect and pray. The day starts with our weekly Reflective Communion (open to all.)

Music for the Spirit: The Muskoka Wind Quintet

September 23

Fourth in our new concert series.

  • 7.30pm
  • £12. Concessions available. Book here

Flute solos and ensemble pieces presented in accessible and enjoyable ways. Programme to include: Poulenc Novelette in C; Hadyn Divertimento; Paul Patterson Pieces from Westery Winds; Norman Hallam Dance; Gershwin I got Rhythm.

Ticket price includes interval drink.

We Who Sing Pray Twice

September 28

Learn simple sacred rounds and chants in four-part harmony: songs of joy, gladness, sadness and peace, from a variety of sources. The silence that follows the singing offers the opportunity to be still, or to pray or meditate.

  • 7:30 – 9:30pm
  • All welcome
  • Details here 

Quiet Day led by Mirfield brothers

September 30

Make time for God in a hurting world that needs to be loved and cherished. We shall reflect together on how we may listen and respond justly to the needs we see around us.

Includes input from Brs Marc and Jacob from the Community of the Resurrection.

  • 945am – 330pm
  • £18 including refreshments. Bring your own lunch. Book here

Looking ahead

October will feature another Deep Talk day as well as a workshop on the Life and Spirituality of Henri Nouwen led by Dr Michael Ford. Please keep an eye on our What’s On page for details.

Training & Learning Opportunities

Candidates’ Support Group

Are you considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church?

Would you like to work through this process with others sharing the same journey?

Would you appreciate information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way?

If so, the Candidates’ Support Group is for you and you would be most welcome.

Dates of meetings:

Saturday 2 September 2017        10.00am – 3.30pm
Saturday 2 December 2017         10.00am – 3.30pm  (Venue to be confirmed)
Saturday 3 February 2018           10.00am – 3.30pm

at Oxford Place Methodist Church, Lees LS1 3AX.

For a conversation or to book a place, please contact:

Revd Graham Jones (Ministry Development Officer) at: jonesg@methodistchurch.org.uk or 07799 902574
Revd Sean Adair (Superintendent, Bolsover & Staveley) at: revsean@btinternet.com or 01246 823180

Navigating Change

The 3rd Navigating Change conference is taking place this year. Due to the success of the previous 2 years where places were sold out, we are holding it in 2 venues this year – in Stoke and in Plymouth (Oct and Nov 2017).

This is a conference for Methodist church leaders and lay staff designed to equip ministry in the local church and help navigate change. Through seminars, practical workshops, discussion and keynote speeches we seek to support and encourage the local church in its growth and mission.

Full details on the programme here: Nav Change Programme 2017

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/

Download a flyer to pass this information on to others: Candidates’ Support Group Flier 2017-18

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…..