District News – 31 August 2017

This Week’s News


The Synod mailing went out just before the office closed to allow me to volunteer at Greenbelt (many thanks!!).  Included was the draft directory for next year and I would like to thank the eagle-eyed among you who have spotted the various misspellings etc. I would like to remind all Synod reps that it would be very helpful to have all requests for creche facilities, requests for papers to be printed, Conference nominations returned (with photo) and apologies by Friday 1 Sept.

Learning & Development Grants

Learning and developing ourselves, our churches, circuits and district are vital and intrinsic aspects of being active people of God. However, the Sheffield District Learning and Development group recognises that sometimes the cost of developing or attending such opportunities may be a deterrent or barrier.

We are therefore pleased to announce the District Learning and Development Fund, set up to support learning and development activities of Methodists in the Sheffield District.

Priority will be given to people who have no other learning and development grant entitlement, especially first time applicants, but applications from staff, including presbyters, will also be considered.

Learning and development funding can cover such things as resources for house groups or study groups; expenses for speakers from other parts of the country; costs of joining a workshop, course or activity or contributions to extended periods of study.

Grant application forms can be downloaded from the website here: Grants for Learning and Development Opportunities.

The deadline for each round of applications is 2 weeks before the Learning & Development Group meet. The dates can be found in the District Calendar and are as follows: 21 September; 9 November; 19 January; 23 March; 25 May.


An African Afternoon

Saturday 9 September – 2pm-4:30pm

Henry & Anita Ohakah invite all to come and enjoy an African afternoon of food and fun, with offerings to support African Children Education Fund, fighting illiteracy & poverty among the less privileged.

Full details can be downloaded here: African afternoon

Heart of Worship

Greenhill Methodist Church
Invite you to an evening of Praise and Prayer

Saturday 9th September 2017. 7:30pm

Worship Led by Katie Dutton and band.
Hosted by Rev Jonathan Haigh
Testimony from Andy Gordon-McKibben
Guest Preacher : Mr John Ford “Break out of a failure mind-set and see God do the Miraculous”
Prayer Ministry for Healing will be offered.

More information: E-mail: j.haigh100@btinternet.com Call: 0114 2376579 or visit their website: www.greenhillmethodistchurch.com

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.

Full details on the poster here: heritage wedding weekend poster

Sounds of the Spirit

Monday 18 September, 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church S11 8YL.

An evening of beautiful chanting and recitation from four faith traditions, organised by the Shirley House Interfaith Centre as part of the Nether Edge Festival.

Following last year’s well-received event, this year there will be presentations from the Bahá’í, Hindu, Jewish and Sikh faiths. Please bring a head covering and be prepared to remove shoes.

For more information, contact Revd Gareth Jones at garethjones11@gmail.com or on 0114 250 8251.

Training & Learning Opportunities

Mental Health Awareness Days

The Diocese of Sheffield have been organising these events since 2011. They are aimed at reducing the isolation, stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues, and increasing the understanding of what mental distress is and how we can improve our own mental health wellbeing.

Date of next event:-

Saturday, 16th September, 2017 – All Saints Church Ecclesall, Sheffield
Leaders for the day are Emily Wood PhD M Med Sci RNMH, qualified Mental Health Nurse and currently research worker with Sheffield University, and
Sarah Tipper, Occupational Therapist with Sheffield Mental Health Trust (Sheffield Health and Social Care)

You can download the flyer for more information: September 2017 Awareness Day Leaflet

Safeguarding Training – Leadership Modules

For all lay employees working in pastoral situations, ministers in active work, circuit safeguarding coordinators , district safeguarding officers, members of the District Policy Committee, Chairs of Covenant of Care groups and local preachers 

Training will be from 10am-4pm and will include lunch

Sheffield District

  • Date: Thursday 28th September 2017
  • Venue: Shirley House, Psalter Lane, Sheffield
  • Date: Monday 26th February 2018,
  • Venue: tbc

To book a place please contact: Val Higgins 0114 270 9990 / 430 0256 or email: val@sheffieldmethodist.org

Yorkshire West District

  • Date: Thursday 5th October 2017
  • Venue: Huddersfield Mission, Yorkshire West
  • Date:  Saturday 24th March 2018,
  • Venue: Oxford Place, Leeds

To book a place please contact:  Mrs Wendy Bentley 01484 719993 or email: admin@ywmethodist.org.uk

Yorkshire North & East District

  • Date: Saturday 18th November 2017
  • Venue: Portholme Church, Selby
  • Date: Tuesday 8th May 2018,
  • Venue: Norton

To book a place please contact:  Ms. Sian Henderson  01904 786275 or email: admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org

You can also download a flyer here: Regional Safeguarding flyer Sept 2017 – 18

All Together Now: bringing generations together

Tuesday 10 October – 10am-3pm

What: A FREE one day, live streamed conference exploring what it means to be intergenerational church community.  What is it? What does it look like? How could it happen in my setting? What difference could it make to my congregation? Is it all-age worship repackaged? This event will help you to think intentionally about a being a church of different generations.  Reflecting on both theory and practice – see intergenerational ministry in action!

Where: We will be hosting an event at Oxford Place Methodist Church, Leeds and all are welcome to join us! You will need to book your place with Fidge fidginf@methodistchurch.org.uk as we need numbers for lunch. It would be great to gather as many folk together so that we can explore and enjoy the talks and themes together.  The event is free!

Who: It’s for anyone engaging with different generations in church services and events.

Find out more at www.methodist.org.uk/alltogethernow

Regional Retreats

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

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

Job Vacancies

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust  Chaplaincy Services are seeking a

Lead Chaplain

This is an exciting and rare opportunity for an experienced Christian Lead Chaplain to shape both the team and the delivery of Chaplaincy services within the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.  We are looking for an individual who can motivate, inspire and build a multi-faith team to develop spiritual and pastoral care throughout our trust in a variety of ways, such as via clinical practice, developing Chaplaincy volunteers, staff training and support.

You will be able to demonstrate leadership skills and have evidence of appropriate up to date experience as a Healthcare Chaplain within an ecumenical and multi-faith setting, helping people at times of illness and grief find comfort and meaning whether they are patients, relatives or staff, from any particular faith or none.

You will lead and develop the team of chaplains and volunteers and will actively coordinate and participate in the ecumenical on-call rota and therefore need to be willing to work a flexible working pattern through the week. You will also promote the wider role of Chaplaincy within the Trust and, as part of the Therapies and Dietetics management team, will be actively involved in policy, management, training and quality initiatives.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken within this role, there is an occupational requirement for the post holder to be an Ordained Anglican minister and eligible to hold Bishop of Sheffield’s licence to officiate OR a Minister of a member church of the Free Churches Group – Churches Together in England authorised by the minister’s church authority OR a Catholic priest, in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and suitable for nomination and mandating by the Bishop of Hallam. Therefore, please only apply for this role if you meet this requirement, which is permitted under schedule 9, para. 1 of the Equality Act (2010).

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (part-time considered)

Salary: £ 31696-£ 41787 plus local RRP of £2750p.a and on call payment

To apply for this vacancy, go to: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk

Closing Date:               Tuesday 12th September

Ministerial Coordinator for oversight of Ordained Ministries

  • Are you passionate about Methodist ecclesiology and theology of ordained ministers?
  • Can you make a significant contribution to the development of appropriate policies for candidating, oversight of student ministers and probationers, the transferring of ministers and the authorisation of ordained ministers?
  • Have you the proven aptitude and ability to work to a consistently high standard as part of various teams of people, and do this in a healthy, patient and gracious way?

If so, then we are keen to hear from you.

The Ministerial Co-ordinator for Oversight of Ordained Ministries will be responsible for the effective implementation of the Church’s processes in respect of the oversight of candidates, student ministers, probationers and those seeking to serve on the stations of the Methodist Church in accordance with the Standing Orders.

You will advise and assist oversight tutors and committees, the Warden of the Diaconal Order, District Candidates’ and Probationers’ secretaries and Chairs of District in their respective responsibilities to ensure consistency, due process and appropriate application of policy in respect of students, probationers and those authorised to serve on the stations.

The post holder will be an ordained minister in Full Connexion with the Conference.

Closing date for applications is at noon on 29th September 2017
Interviews will be held in London on 20th October 2017.

For more details and an application pack please visit:
www.methodist.org.uk/jobs or contact: Development & Personnel Office, MCH 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR.
E-mail: recruitment@methodistchurch.org.uk