District News – 9 August 2017

This Week’s News

Office News

The District Office will be closed for staff holidays from Tuesday 22 August to Wednesday 30 August. There will be no weekly mailing that week, so if you have any events etc please send details in as soon as possible (before next Tuesday!).


An early reminder that the next Representative Synod will be on Saturday 9 September at Cliff College in the Peak Circuit. The calling letter will be going out sometime next week. Most people should receive this via email, but we are aware that sometime this can fail to arrive for a variety of reasons. Please let the office know if you fail to get the papers.

DLT Secretary

Michael Sanderson, who has been the District Leadership Team Secretary since 2012, has decided it is time to step down from this role from September.

We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from anyone who feels that this might be the role for them. The Role Description can be downloaded here: DLT Secretary

Please pass this information on to anyone you feel might fit this role, and encourage them to contact the Chair of the District, Revd Gill Newton, if they wish to explore this further.

Inter-Faith Relations

Are you interested in exploring inter-faith relations?

The District Inter-Faith Adviser is Revd Gareth Jones. Gareth is always glad to hear of examples of inter-faith engagement from around the District, and would also be happy to help if you would like

  • to have a conversation about any aspect of inter-faith relations
  • to arrange a visit to a place of worship of another faith
  • someone from another faith tradition to come and speak at a meeting
  • to attend meetings, or be added to the mailing list, of any of the inter-faith bodies around the District

Gareth can be contacted at garethjones11@gmail.com or on 0114 250 8251.

Peveril Centre

Looking for a venue in the beautiful Peak District for a church day away, retreat, meeting etc.? The Peveril Centre, home of Castleton Methodist Church, is an excellent choice, with differing sizes of rooms, kitchen facilities, a warm welcome and a wonderful view.

To find out more, email us at enquiries@peverilcentre.com or visit our website: www.peverilcentre.com

The Peak Filling Station

In June we were challenged to consider where we were going, both individually and as a Filling Station, as an expression of Christianity in and to our community: the challenge “coincided” with the question we were asking ourselves.

The Peak Filling Station has been running for 4 years and had reached hundred across the Peak District and beyond.  But during the past few weeks several of the leadership team have asked to step down and several new folk have expressed an interest in becoming a part of a new leadership team, all of which is entirely healthy.

Therefore, I have agreed we should have a pause in our monthly meetings while the leadership team reforms and plans a new programme.  If you have programme suggestions to offer please let me know

I anticipate we will meet again commencing March 2018 with new ideas and a reinvigorated team, we should never fear pausing and asking God what he wants of us; for which I believe God will bless us. Thank you for your past involvement, we look forward to the future.

Contact Richard Williams-Menlove for more information
T: 0771 204 9255, email ThePeakFS@our-house.me


Simple Quiet Day – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Tuesday August 15th 2017
9.45am – 3.45pm

These days are intended to provide you with the space to “be” before God; to relax, reflect and pray and so to renew your spiritual resources.
The space available will be quiet and honouring of your quiet.

The day will begin at 9.45am (beginning with a Reflective Communion) and close at approx 3.45pm. Please bring your own lunch, drinks are provided. The cost of the day is £12 payable in advance using the booking form which can be downloaded here or online here.

Burngreave Ashram

Monday 4 September

Meditation/Prayer, Lunch & Seminar

This is held every first Monday of the month 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

Download the flyer for future dates and themes here:

Ch-59.Lib.Seminars.Notice.Sep to Nov.17

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

Word 2017

Saturday 23 September – The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe

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

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

Job Opportunities

Children & Family Worker: Bramhall

Bramhall Methodist Church are recruiting a part time temporary Children and Family Worker

Hours: 12 per week. Salary range: £5,272-6589 Closing date: 14th August

For further information contact Philip Berry on Tel: 0161 440 8007 or email: philip@bramhallmethodists.org.uk

Circuit Administrator: Bramhall & Wythenshawe

Hours: 20 per week. Salary range: £9,239-10,130 p.a. Closing Sate: Noon 25th August.

For more detail discuss with Rev Philip Peacock Tel: 0161 485 2851.

For general info and application pack please email Dave James: dhjames51@yahoo.co.uk

See www.bramhallwythenshawemethodists.org.uk

Other News


Last year, during the worst drought to hit southern Africa in 35 years, Orine was only able to feed her family once a day. Her entire community, Moompo Village in Zambia, rely on a hand-dug well – when it dries up there isn’t enough water to drink, let alone to grow food for their families.

Will your church collect change to help make sure Orine and her children don’t face another dry season without food?

Water sources are becoming increasingly unreliable because of climate change. Installing sustainable technologies like deep boreholes ensure communities like Orine’s can have clean water even during a drought.

Order your free harvest resource pack today for everything your church needs to join the fight against hunger.

Order your pack here 

Sheffield CAP

Last year, your support  ensured that we could continue our efforts to work together against poverty. This year we hope to accomplish even more. Please  consider joining us  for another year by renewing your membership.

Our annual subscription fees are as follows:

  •  individual £5
  • individual unwaged free, or optional £1
  • small organisation or church     £10
  • large organisation or church     £25

Please send your membership payment and enquiries to our treasurer :

Father Shaun Smith; Sacred Heart Presbytery, 479 Langsett Road, Sheffield S6 2LN or email: sacredheart479@gmail.com

Methodist News

A day of prayer and fasting

The 2017 Methodist Conference called upon local churches to start the new Methodist year with a day of prayer and fasting to recognise the challenges facing communities and the urgent call to share God’s love in word and action. For more information please click here

MHA seeks new CEO

MHA is one of the UK’s largest charities, providing care, accommodation and support services for older people throughout Britain. The charity is seeking a new CEO for more information, click here.

Rural leadership bursaries

A number of bursaries are available for those looking to take part in the Germinate Leadership Course for rural ministry. The course equips participants, both lay and ordained, to be creative, entrepreneurial and strategic leaders, and to engage effectively with rural communities. For more information, please click here