District News – 19 September 2017

This Week’s News

Temenos series

The TEMENOS series of 10 paintings and poems explores the idea of threshold space and is the latest collaboration between Sheffield-based artist Ric Stott and Plymouth-based poet Ian Adams.

A temenos is a place that is both safe and precarious, where a new thing can emerge. It is a sanctuary where we are able to open ourselves up to new possibilities and new ways of being.

Each painting overlays image, colour and gesture and the poems weave words that open up spaces and invite each viewer to bring their own personal stories and experiences as they interact with the work.

The full set of paintings and poems are available to exhibit from September 2017. We are now taking bookings from those interested in showing the work in a public venue and simply ask that transport costs are covered. In addition an artist’s talk, poetry evening and/or led meditations that engage with the work can also be arranged.

For more information contact Ric Stott: rjstott@hotmail.co.uk, Tel: 07795694611

You can also buy A3 prints of these via the District Website shop : Temenos

Thank You

Revd Henry C Ohaka has an idea to help finance the school kids of his homeland.

The African Day on Saturday  9 September realised a fabulous £486.00.  It was a great success and a great big thank you to all who made it a brilliant event.

The folk who provided the food, the folk who provided the entertainment and the folk who attended made it a great day of fun and fellowship for everyone.

On behalf of the recipients many, many thanks.

Just keep an eye open for more events in the coming months to support this vision.

Mr Danny Baker – johndanbaker1@gmail.com – 01142378528

Youth and Children’s Project Launched

Sheffield Methodist Circuit have launched a brand new Youth and Children’s Project this week, with Jonathan Buckley co-ordinating the project. The project is looking to work with local Churches across the Circuit to enable them to empower local Children and Young People, both within the local Church and the local Community, to fulfil their God-given potential. Among other things, the project is looking to develop monthly prayer breakfasts for those involved in youth and children’s work, bi-monthly training events in mid-week and at weekends, residentials and circuit-wide events for young people, alongside helping and supporting Churches on a local level.

Jonathan joins the Circuit from YMCA White Rose, where he was undertaking Youth and Children’s Work in Parson Cross in partnership with the local Methodist Church. He is also a tutor on the Aurora Youth Ministry Course, which is accredited by Cliff College, and is part of the planning group for the Joined Up Conference. He enjoys watching a variety of sports, including non-league football – he’s becoming a bit of a local ground-hopper – and watching Sheffield Steelers; he also enjoys walking in the Peak District and taking part in his local Parkrun.

Jonathan would love to connect with as many people as possible to explore how the project can support local Churches empower local young people to reach their God-given potential; he’s also very keen to show off photos of Alfie James Buckley, his and his wife’s (Teresa) first child, who was born on September 8th at 2.17am. You may get him to talk about Youth or Children’s work after he’s shown you the latest photos! You can contact him via email jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk or phone 07450 778678.

Sad News

Our thoughts and prayers are with Revd Chris Gardner and his family following the death of both his wife and mother last week. This happened while Chris was with their son in Malaysia. Lyn’s funeral will be at 11am on 3 October at Dronfield St Paul’s Church.

25 Years of Serving

At Carterknowle Church we had a vision to open a cafe to serve the community. On Sunday 17 September we celebrated 25 years of continuous service in the Oasis Cafe.

The cafe is open Monday to Thursday during term time. It is staffed by volunteers from the church. We thank God for their faithful commitment and service for so many years.

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


Harvest Festival

Sunday 24 Septembthepeverilcentre.comer – Litton Methodist Church

There will be a traditional Harvest Festival Celebration Service at Litton Methodist Church in the Peak Circuit at 6pm on Sunday 24 September. Refreshments will be available after the service. The Harvest Produce will be auctioned off on Monday 25 September at 7pm

Methodist Women in Britain

This year we are supporting the work of the Salvation Army, by raising money for a newly opened Safe House in Sheffield, which gives Home, support and comfort to trafficked and abused women, some of whom are victims of modern day slavery.

The Ladies of the District have as usual worked hard and so far have raised over £3000, we are thankful for the support given in local Churches As well as working in support of a different partnership each year, we have a varied programme including a trip to the cinema to see a film of our  choice,

2 consecutive retreat days each year, one in the south and the other in the north of the District, a coach trip out, this year to Epworth, next year to Englesea Brook, Also a district day led by our National President.

We start our year with a service at Victoria Halls on October 13th. at 2pm, our preacher will be Rev. Nel Shallow, this will be followed by tea.

You would be very welcome to join us,our new programme for 2018 will be available then you will see what we have planned for next year.

Any Lady is very welcome to join us, we are here for you.

If you want to know more please contact me, Revd. Ann Baldock, District President – Baldock719@btinternet.com

Burngreave Ashram

Monday 2 October

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:

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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

Does business serve God or mammon?

Saturday 4th November 2017

9.30 for 10am – 4pm, Bradford Cathedral

What’s the impact of our business on other people, the planet and ourselves? Whom exactly are we serving at work: customers, management or God?

Jesus said that we can’t serve both God and mammon. What did he mean, and which values, behaviours and outcomes will result in us receiving the accolade in Matthew 25, “Well done, good and faithful servant”?

We will hear from four godly thought-leaders, with time to question, reflect and discuss, to enable you to create your response to this central question for Christians in business.

More details and booking at www.thinkfaith.net/business17

Iona Community

The Iona Community is delighted to announce a short programme for Autumn 2017 to be run in conjunction with the St Columba Hotel on Iona whilst our own centres are closed for refurbishment and maintenance work. There are 3 weeks on offer:

  • Walking into Winter – a gentle week of conversation, readings, and writing with Wild Goose authors and poets Jan Sutch Picard, Joy Mead, and Ruth Burgess (21st-28th October)
  • Stillness, Silence and Song – an unhurried  week of meditation and song with Alison Adam (formerly of Wild Goose resource Group) and Cara Riley (28th October- 4th November)
  • Cycles of Grace: Exploring the Ten Beatitudes – a week reflecting on how to live well, with activist and author Alastair McIntosh (4th  – 11th November)

Full details can be found on the Iona Community website:


Prices start at £755 (for 7 nights) and include accommodation, all meals, and the programme charge.  Rooms can be booked directly via the  hotel’s own website http://www.stcolumba-hotel.co.uk/index.php?id=9

Any queries can be directed to pat@iona.org.uk or Marketing@iona.org.uk

Advance Notification: A Study Day for Preachers and Leaders of Worship

Led by The Rev Dr Kate Bruce, Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research Fellow in Preaching, Cranmer College, Durham. For further information, download the flyer:LP study day or contact admin@chesterfieldmethodists.org.uk

Job Vacancies

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.

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Job description & Person Specification: Social Media Website Worker