District News – 26 September 2017

This Week’s News

Office News

A big Thank You to all who pulled the stops out to make sure we were able to respond to the request for data from Church House for the HMRC audit. We know that there are gaps in the records we keep of our lay employees, but we now have a very good starting point to make sure we do comply with employment law and good practice.

The office will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week, but emails will be checked and responded to if urgent.

Welcome Service for the Principal at Cliff College

Cliff College invites you to celebrate with them as they welcome the new Principal – Revd Ashley Cooper on Tuesday 17 October at 7pm in Cliff Hall. The Preacher will be Revd Loraine Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference, and the service will be followed with coffee/tea and cake!

Print out a poster to help publicise this! New Principal Invite

Sheffield to host new Eco Church Conference

Sheffield will host a one-stop shop for churches and the environment. One of the UK’s first ever Eco Church Conferences takes place on 21st October at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church .

This presentation of high-level know-how for grassroots application is being offered in two centres north and south of the country – with St Andrew’s being the northern venue. This church is already a proud winner of the Silver Award in the Eco Church scheme.

Conference admission is free. Book online for Sheffield at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eco-church-conference-north-tickets-36276079731

Missional Stories

If you have any examples of Missional projects, stories and assessments for us to learn from in any of the Sheffield District Churches – both local and global [glocal] please do email us- adyerdon@gmail.com and the admin@sheffieldmethodist.org email addresses so I can report then on the London One Mission Forum day in early October and we can put them on the District website for encouraging each other too.  The Africa Day was a case in point and Carterknowle’s Oasis Café anniversary project another.
Many thanks
Anne Dyer – One Mission Representative

More sad news

An outstanding cardiothorasic  surgeon, Mr Pradip Sarkar has passed away. His wife Manju Ray has asked me to circulate to all on the Burngreave Ashram Multifaith Chapel and Library mailing list,  the funeral arrangements. They were both deeply involved and contributed in our interfaith work , and were associates of the Ashram Community.

The funeral was on Monday 25th  Sept 9.10 am and there will be a memorial service on Saturday 30th Sept 10.30 am in the Upper Chapel, Norfolk St,  Sheffield S1 2JD, followed by a Buffet – Please confirm attendance for catering purposes by Tuesday 26th September.

No Flowers, No Cards Please; as Mr. Pradip  Kumar Sarkar wished. Donations if able to the box at Upper Chapel for his Charity work at India.

Organ at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Staveley, Diocese of Hallam

We have been contacted by The Roman Catholic Church in Staveley, which is sadly due to close at the end of November 2017. Having expressed our concern to the congregation and having assured them of our prayers, at what is a difficult time, we bring their request to the District about a Pipe organ, which they would like to give to another Church.

The Pipe Organ was built in 1908 for the former Zion Methodist Church in Staveley. It was given to St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and rebuilt by Jubb of Gainsborough. A major overhaul was carried out in 2010 by Andrew Carter of Wakefield, who have continued to service the instrument.

Technical details can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register website.

Overall dimensions (floor footprint): w (manuel side) 120ins/305cm: d 134ins/340cm: h (to top dado rail at side) 144.5ins/367cm.

Enquiries please to Mr Paul Walker, Sacristan St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church: email: pauld.walker@icloud.com


Luther 500 – the Musical Legacy

Saturday 14 October – St Saviour’s Parish Church, Retford

A Saturday workshop exploring the musical heritage of Martin Luther and the Reformation, to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and its Musical Legacy using hymns from the time and through the subsequent ages.

Hymns will include: A safe stronghold our God is still Melody: Ein Feste Burg; And can it be?; Who would true valour see; Come all ye mourning pilgrims and Glory to thee, my God, this night

Led by Andy Watts of The Carnival Band

Entry is free and reservations can be made here: luther-500-the-musical-legacy-tickets

Download a poster for more details:Luther 500 Choir & Service

This will be followed by a service at 7:00pm. The preacher will be the Revd Paulina Hlawiczka, pastor at Nottingham Lutheran church.

Luther 500 Service

Training and Learning Opportunities

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

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

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

Sheffield District

  • 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

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

Safeguarding – Train the Trainer

Saturday 21 October – Victoria Hall, Sheffield

Laura Gallery (Safeguarding Officer in the Yorkshire North and East District) and Revd Carla Quenet are delighted to be offering a Safeguarding ‘Train the Trainer’ session.  This will enable individuals to deliver the Safeguarding training that all Churches and Circuits need to engage in.

The training will take place on Saturday 21st October at Victoria Hall, Sheffield in room 46 (entrance via Chapel Walk)

The training timings are as follows:

  • 9.30am            Refreshments
  • 10am               Session 1
  • 12 noon          Lunch provided
  • 12.45               Session 2
  • 2pm                 Finish

Attendance to the event needs to be confirmed by Friday 13th October 2017.  We would also need to know of any additional requirements of the participants by this date.

For bookings or further information please contact the Revd Carla Quenet (DMLN, Yorkshire Plus) on 07772979670 /quenetc@methodistchurch.org.uk.

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…

Understanding Islam – Engaging Young People in Christian/Muslim Conversation

Wednesday 18 October – Oxford Place, Leeds

What are we to make of the many stories we hear through the media about Islam and what its followers do and don’t believe?  At a time when a tiny minority of Muslims often hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons and many of our Muslim neighbours feel particularly vulnerable, it seems especially important to learn more about Islam.

Dr Chris Hewer comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and inter-faith studies and has worked in the field of Muslims in Great Britain and Christian-Muslim relations since 1986, first at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Selly Oak in Birmingham and as the Advisor on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham. His current work is to teach study days and residential courses, to develop written and electronic resources and to be available for consultation.

Full details on the poster here: Understanding Islam

Wrapped up: Children and Spirituality and the natural world

Saturday 14th October, Broomhill Infant School Garden, Sheffield

This interactive day is for all those who are concerned to facilitate opportunities for children to experience quietness, especially in the natural world and to articulate their relationships with otherness. Rev Dr. Chris Walton will be sharing his work with children over 17 years at an outdoor eco-activity centre. See a flavour of his work here: Quiet Garden website

Cost £50 (Lunch is included). Places are limited.

For more information and to book: Mutual Blessings

One Way UK Puppet & Creative Arts Festival

27/28 October 2017 – Rugby College

Our European Puppet and Creative Arts Festival is for everyone, adults and children, who want to learn how to share the Gospel of Christ using their creative skills. With a wide range of exciting workshops to choose from, two and a half hours of spectacular main stage performances, six competitions, an enormous range of creative arts resources on display and so much more, it’s going to be an incredible two days…

Our workshops this year will be led by Maegan Bruce, Jared Hall, Bob Hartman and Shane Rootes from the USA as well as a wide range of special UK guests including Bob Goody (Scripture Union), Tony Vino, Steve & Kay Morgan-Gurr, Dave Hellyer, Lynn McCann (Reachout ASC), Lesley Gray, Jason Westmoreland, our Regional Trainers and more! There will be lots of practical, hands-on workshops on puppetry, Gospel illusions, storytelling, children’s/youth ministry, all-age services, comedy, ventriloquism, working with children and adults with learning difficulties and SEN, science object lessons, Messy Church, worship, drama, creative communication, Gospel ballooning and more. All for both the absolute beginner and plenty of classes for those who are more experienced and keen to develop their skills further.

Full details on the event can be found on our website here – http://www.onewayuk.com/event.php?id=33736

Tackling Domestic Abuse In Faith Communities:

23 November 2017, 10am to 3pm – Birmingham

With the theme “Foundations For The Future”, this educational conference will equip, educate, and empower delegates to effectively tackle all forms of Domestic Violence & Abuse in faith communities. Our special guest speaker is The Bishop Of Durham, The Rt Rev Paul Butler. He will be joined by other multi-faith leaders who will facilitate a plenary discussion focused on mapping the best approaches for tackling DVA in faith communities.

Full details here: https://kahrmelwellness.com/tackling-dva-in-faith-communities/ // Contact: 07594217744 // Cost £58/pp

Godly Play

Sheffield Godly Play Network Meeting…

Wednesday 11th October – St Mark’s, Broomfield Rd, Broomhill, S10 2SE

7pm for light refreshments; 7.30pm story. 9.30pm finish.

St Mark’s will be sharing their “home-grown” Godly Play version of the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Come and share what you’ve been up to in your context, ask questions and listen to what others have been doing.

Be great to see you there.

If you know you can come, please do let us know but feel free to just turn up on the night.


Godly Play Taster Evening

Date: Friday 13th October, 2017

Time: 7pm till 9pm (6.30pm for refreshments)

Venue: The Vine at St Stephens Church, Fawcett St, Sheffield S3 7PL

Trainer: Kathryn Lord

Cost: £10.00. To book go to godlyplay.uk

Experience a Godly Play session in a fully equipped room, and consider how Godly Play might nurture spirituality. Please note that this taster session has been organised on this evening because on Saturday 14th October there is a day in Sheffield on Children, Spirituality and the Natural World  (see godlyplaymutualblessings.wordpress.com) so it allows people travelling from outside Sheffield to attend two separate events on children’s spirituality.

Introduction to Godly Play

Friday 10th November 2017

10.00am-3.30pm (arrivals from 9.30am)

At The Vine at St Stephens Church, Fawcett St, Sheffield, S3 7PL.

For those with little or no experience of Godly Play who want a comprehensive introduction to this creative approach to Christian nurture. Experience a full Godly Play session, hear different types of stories and reflect upon how Godly Play can help nurture children’s, adults’ and your own spirituality.

Cost £30.00. Lunch provided.

To book go to godlyplay.uk

Contact kategodlyplay@thevinesheffield.org.uk