District News – 12 September 2017

This Week’s News

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 and are as follows: 26 October (for 9 November meeting); 5 January (for 19 January); 9 March (for 23 March) ad 11 May (f0r 25 May).

Induction Day

Each year we arrange a District Induction Day for everyone who has taken up a new role within the life of the church, circuit or District. This year it will be on Thursday 21 September, meeting in room 46 of Victoria Hall Methodist Church from 9:45 and finishing with a light lunch. Although invitations have gone out to all those new to District that I am aware of, it is possible that we may have missed someone, so please pass this message on and let the office know if there is someone in your church/circuit who may benefit from coming along.

Saltmine Theatre Company presents

‘Legacy: The Story of Martin Luther’

On the 500th anniversary year of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, Saltmine Theatre Company is delighted to announce a new 40-minute dramatic presentation; re-telling the celebrated life and work of a true faith pioneer.   

“The heart of this show is about the choice to follow the truth of God’s Word.” – Marcel White, Co-writer

Working alongside a senior historian at London School of Theology, the creative team have produced a show based on academic research and study, to ensure it truly captures the devout faith of this remarkable man.

This bespoke production is Available to book October to early November 2017.

Suggested minimum donation: £550 + travel donation.

Full press pack, including trailers available here: Here
For enquiries and booking please contact: creative@saltmine.org
For more information and photographs please contact: hannahd@saltmine.org


Simple Quiet Day at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Tuesday September 19th 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.

Outline for the day:
9.45—Holy Communion with reflection and resources offered for use during the day
12.00—Midday prayer
3.30—Gathering together and prayer

The programme for the day is kept very simple to provide maximum space for you—our hope is that you will use what is offered in so far as it is helpful to you.

As these days are very popular, your booking can only be guaranteed on receipt of the fee. Please note we do not have the facility to take payments over the phone.

Maximum number of 15 participants
Cost: £12,  Please bring your own lunch, Drinks will be provided

Farmers Harvest Festival – Bakewell Market

Sunday 1 October – 2:30pm – Agricultural Business Centre

The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane, The Bishop of Repton, is the guest speaker.
Poetry by Phillip Holland & The Bel Canto Choir from Baslow will be helping us worship and celebrate together.

We are also taking non-perishable food donations which will support the Jigsaw Food Bank in Matlock, tickets for free parking will be issued on arrival, and we welcome any homemade cakes for after the service with donations for refreshments supporting the work of the Farming Community Network. The list below is a guide if it helps, although all donations are welcome.

Tea, Hot chocolate, UHT milk, Tinned meat, Tinned fish, Tinned veg, Jam/marmalade, Curry/pasta sauce, Tinned tomatoes, Tinned soup, Tinned Fruit

Download the poster here: Harvest Festival 2017

Exciting news from our friends One Sound

OneSound Get Vocal

OneSound Get Vocal is an exciting FREE Nationwide singing workshop, covering four major venues for young adults aged 16-26 from 30th September – 14th October 2017.

NEWCASTLE: 30th September 2017 | Heaton Methodist Church, Newcastle, NE6 5JX | 5.30pm

MANCHESTER: 2nd October 2017 | Holy Trinity Church, Platt Lane, Manchester, M14 5NF | 7pm

NOTTINGHAM: 10th October 2017 | Trent Vineyard, Nottingham, NG7 2PX | 7.30pm

LONDON: 14th October 2017 | Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH | 3pm

The full OneSound ensemble includes a band (drums, guitars, piano, percussion etc) plus a pops horn section, and other instruments.
Whilst it won’t be possible to accommodate instruments at Get Vocal, please do get in touch as there are lots of other opportunities for instrumentalists.

Come and join us to learn some of OneSound’s contemporary arrangements of worship songs in a broad range of styles.
Over the 2-hour Get Vocal session, those attending will experience what OneSound is, how we work, have a bite to eat, and discover why our members love OneSound and our community.
If you like what you see and hear, then the invitation is to join us and become a OneSounder

Full details in the leaflet here: A5 Leaflets Set 10-8-2017

Training and Learning

Whirlow Spirituality Centre:
How the Enneagram Can Help Us to Relate

Saturday September 16th 2017
9.30am – 4.30pm

This workshop will aim to give practical advice to help us as we seek to relate better in the moment and thus could help us in preventing problems occurring.  This is done with the use of interactive exercises, guided meditations, music, and other techniques.

The workshop will be led by Dr Mark Pickin, an Enneagram Institute Authorised Teacher.

The cost of the day will be £50, including refreshments, but please bring your own lunch.

N.B.  This course can only be booked directly with Dr Mark Pickin and not through the Whirlow Spirituality Booking site.  Details of the booking procedure can be accessed here.

Puppet Ministry Training Day

Saturday 14th October 2017
St. John’s Newland Church, Clough Road, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU6 7PA

One Way UK are hosting a training day at St. John’s Newland Church, Hull, East Yorkshire on Saturday 14th October 2017.

A practical hands on day suitable for both adults and children, where there will be plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and be inspired with new ideas!

This exciting training day is designed to give you hands on experience of puppetry within the following areas: basic and advanced puppet manipulation skills, solo and theatre style puppetry, how to start a puppet ministry (including finances, equipment, recruiting etc), props and scenery, choreography, putting a song together and much more!

The day is for adults and young people, schools workers, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, youth/children’s workers, those already involved in puppet ministry and wanting to improve their skills or even if you are just curious as to how puppetry can enhance your outreach!

There will also be a large range of resources available for you to try out and purchase, including the latest puppets from the One Way UK Creative Productions workshop! Please contact us if there is anything specific you would like us to bring.

There will be performances and demonstrations throughout the day to give you plenty of starting ideas. Click here for full details on this training day!

Introducing the Methodist Church

27-29 November – Cliff College

‘Introducing the Methodist Church’ is a new course designed for ministers of other denominations who are serving in Single Congregation LEPs in which the Methodist Church is a partner.

The sessions will be led by a number of Methodists, both lay and ordained: they will outline and enable discussions about our history, theology, polity, worship, and mission; a ‘view from the pew’ will be offered; and the participants will share in worship together.

The course will take place at Cliff College from 16.00 on Monday, 27 November to after lunch on Wednesday, 29 November; the fee is £150 and payment will be requested when a place is confirmed.

The Cliff College website  provides lots of information, including a map and directions. Those travelling by train usually use Chesterfield station and then take a bus or taxi to the college.

I shall be very grateful if you would pass on this information to those you think will be interested in this course. They can click here to book a place.  Places are limited so will be allocated on a first come basis and we will make a waiting list available.

Job Vacancy

District Safeguarding Officer (part-time)

Sheffield District is seeking to recruit a

District Safeguarding Officer (part-time)

The appointment is for 18 – 21 hours per week to be worked flexibly including evenings and occasional weekends, with a probationary period of 3 months.

Salary will be between £17 & £21 per hour
(£15,912 – £22,932 per annum depending on agreed hours and experience).

The District Safeguarding Officer will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the safeguarding work for the Methodist Church in the Sheffield District.

Working in partnership with the District Safeguarding Group, the main tasks will be to:

  • Oversee church, circuit and district compliance with the Methodist Church’s Safeguarding procedures
  • Provide policy advice and other guidance to churches and Circuits
  • Take a lead on working with individual cases in the District including representing the Church in meetings with external organisations
  • Ensure that both his/her own work, and other safeguarding work in the District, is supported through full case recording
  • Promote good communication and effective information sharing
  • Undertake safeguarding risk assessments for the Connexional Safeguarding Advisory Panel
  • Be committed to personal continuing professional development and to the provision of opportunities for safeguarding learning within the District.

Applicants should be sympathetic to the aims, objectives and ethos of the Methodist Church with expertise and experience in child and/or adult protection.

District Safeguarding Officer – Job Description

Person Specification


Closing date:  12 noon on Friday 29 September 2017

Interviews in Sheffield on Friday 13 October 2017

You can download an application form here: DSO Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Alternatively please email the District Administrators on admin@sheffieldmethodist.org or call 0114 270 9990

Social Media & Website Worker

Contracted hours: 5 hours per week

Hourly Rate:  £8.45

Contract Period: fixed term end of October 2017 to October 2018

A fantastic one year (initially) opportunity for someone to join our Staff Team to work closely with Circuit Staff and Circuit Stewards to create engaging content for the Circuit website and Facebook Page. Including keeping social media channels updated and Christ focused, and seeking out new social media avenues and ways of connecting with congregations and communities.

Interested?  Email Recruitment: joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com     for an application pack.

Closing date for applications:  28 September 2017

Date of Interview: 6th October 2017.

10-advert social media worker
Job description & Person Specification: Social Media Website Worker

Other News

Christian Aid

This Harvest, will you give peas a chance?

As we celebrate and praise God for providing all we need to eat in this season of Harvest, we also stand with our sisters and brothers in Malawi whose harvests are uncertain. We stand with Frank who is being helped by our partner, the Evangelical Association of Malawi, to successfully grow a special variety of pigeon peas. This remarkable crop is high in protein and its deep roots are ideal for southern Malawi’s dry soil, as it can resist the destructive flash flooding which is on the rise in the country. Your support this Harvest could help Frank to feed his family and even send his four children to school. To find out more about our Harvest appeal this year and to order your resources, please visit: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/harvest-appeal. We also have some fantastic school resources which you can find here: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/schools/harvest-school-resources 

Salt Business Network launching in the East Midlands!

Christian Aid has launched the ‘Salt Business Network’, a new and innovative business network which aims to unite faith and business to help tackle poverty. On Saturday 4th November, the East Midlands Hub will launch in Derbyshire and we are inviting business leaders to come along to find out more. Explore how businesses can make a positive impact on the world’s poorest communities and how you could be part of this growing movement. Speakers will include Dr Rowan Williams (Chair of Christian Aid and former Archbishop of Canterbury) and Helen Howe (Salt Network Manager, Christian Aid).

Find out more and register your attendance for the launch by visiting our Eventbrite webpage: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-salt-east-midlands-tickets-37032458079 or by emailing Tom Wyke on twyke@christian-aid.org 

Conversation for the World – with Christian Aid

Next Monday (11th) will see the start of our ‘Conversation for the World’ group in Leicester. These monthly gatherings will be an opportunity to discuss and pray as well as grow in understand to develop your lifestyle, church and the kingdom of God. This first meeting will look at Climate Change in particular. For more details and to sign-up go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-for-the-world-with-christian-aid-tickets-37288063602 

South Asia Floods Update

More than 40 million people across South Asia have been affected by relentless flooding. An estimated 1,200 lives have been lost, while survivors’ homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. We are working with our partners in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, focusing on clean water, shelter and prevention of disease. Our Emergencies Manager for South Asia, Ram Kishan, has recorded an audio update on the devastating impact of the floods and how Christian Aid are responding. You can listen this update here: https://soundcloud.com/christian-aid-global/south-asia-floods-ram-kishan