District News – 11 October 2017

This Week’s News

President and Vice-President of Conference visiting the District

Revd Loraine Mellor and Mrs Jill Baker have been invited to our district from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 October. They will be visiting a variety of places across the district, looking at and encouraging some of the exciting projects that take place.

On Wednesday 25 October, Jill Baker has been invited to lead an evening of quiet reflective resourcing for local preachers and leaders of worship. This will take place in Central Methodist Church, Lodge Lane, Aston, S26 2BP from 7:30pm. Advance notice of this had been sent out to the Local Preachers Meeting secretaries, and we will be emailing more information very soon.

Also on Wednesday, Revd Loraine Mellor has been invited to meet with all who work with Children and Young people, to hear about the work they do and to offer prayers and encouragement. This will take place at Carterknowle Methodist Church, Edgedale Road, Sheffield S7 2BQ  from 6:30pm. Advance information has been sent out to those who we know about, asking that this also be shared with others who may be interested, and again more details will follow shortly.

Please do pass these dates on to others in your churches and encourage them to respond – so we know our information is getting to the right people.

Alternative Harvest Collection

We had a wonderful cafe-style harvest service on 1st October at Storrs Road Methodist Church in Brampton, Chesterfield.  Instead of collecting the usual produce we decided to support Tools with a Mission.

Many donations of old tools, as well as haberdashery items, were brought in alongside generous donations amounting to £300.  Local TWAM representatives from Chesterfield joined us.

We were inspired by the story of Morris in Uganda and how his life had been transformed from receiving training and tools.  Morris then went on to improve the lives of others in his community.  I talked about giving people a hand-up rather than simply a handout.

Perhaps this charity is one that other Churches may consider supporting at Harvest in future years, or of course at any time of the year.  An example of upcycling at its best!
Revd Tracey Harris, Chesterfield Circuit

Barrow Hill Methodist Community Church

Talking to people is our trusted way of building relationships and discovering how we can help  individuals both practically and spiritually. Every Thursday morning, in the Barrow Hill Methodist  refurbished community hall we are introducing our new ” village social” with free admission, free drinks and free refreshments.  Activities for all, music on screen, a mini table top and instruction for people wishing to learn to paint. We welcome all ages and as we say from all backgrounds. We hope it provides care, comfort and help in the way Jesus himself helped others and asked us to do the same.  Please come along and enjoy a morning with us.  Tel 07976 556614 for details or download the brochure here: Barrowhill

3Generate Night Stewards

Organisers of 3Generate are looking for night stewards to support young people in Southport over the weekend of 24-26 November. With more than a thousand children and young people signed up, along with 250+ leaders, the team would like to hear from those willing to help anyone distressed or unable to sleep at night. For more information, please email the Youth President, Michael Pryke.


Welcome Service for the Principal at Cliff College

Tuesday 17 October at 7pm

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

Eco Church Conference

Saturday 21st October, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church

The inaugural Eco Church conference. Hosted by A Rocha UK in partnership with Shrinking the Footprint, the conference is an opportunity for representatives from churches of all denominations to come together to share and learn about protecting nature and caring for God’s earth through the Eco Church award scheme. You’ll have the opportunity to put your questions about the practicalities of becoming an Eco Church to our experts in a series of surgeries focused on the five areas covered by the online Eco Church survey. Book now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eco-church-conference-north-tickets-36276079731 to join us for this special day; admission is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided (donations welcome on the day).

Valuation Of Items and Grand Re Opening Day with TV star Charles Hanson

Saturday 28th October – 10am

Following refurbishment of the Church community hall, we have invited Mr Charles Hanson, TV star of Antiques Road Show and Bargain Hunt to officially open our hall at 10am on Saturday 28th October.  This will be followed by valuation of our guests potential antiques.  For a guaranteed spot on the table and a guaranteed valuation the charge will be £3 for two items.  Those prepared to queue but no guarantee of being seen will still be welcome as will those who wish to just come along.  Drinks and meals will be served in our recently refurbishes tea room. Getting people to see our beautiful church and re furbished hall, to enjoy the day is our prime objective. Please come and support us.
Tel  Tony on 07976 556614 for details, or download the poster here: STAR OF TV

Training and Learning Opportunities

Germinate 2017

The next Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre Rural Ministry Course is Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 November 2017. Based at the King’s Park Centre in Northampton, the three day residential programme, employs a variety of approaches including practical sessions, group work and workshops led by practitioners.  It is designed for lay and ordained ministers across the denominations who may be entering a rural appointment for the first time, or who may already be in rural ministry but feel the need for a ‘refresher’. Sessions cover:

  • Rural contexts
  • Mission and growth
  • Leadership
  • Working with children and young people in the countryside

Cost £255. For more information and to book go to http://germinate.net/training/ruralministrycourse/

Download a flyer to pass this information on to others: Candidates’ Support Group Flier 2017-18

How to Share your Cloak

Saturday 11 November – Heslington Church, York YO10 5EE

This is an opportunity for chaplains to meet, network and celebrate the legacy of St Martin; and for individuals and churches interested in chaplaincy to explore a variety of models with a view to taking it further.

There will be a panel of diverse practitioners (confirmed at time of print)Rev Hannah Bucke ministering to seasonal workers and homeless in Southend; Rev Naomi Kaiga, Chaplain at Wakefield Prison; Rev David Markay whose church has embarked on a chaplaincy for local factory workers in Dronfield; Rev Caroline Andrews, Chaplain to Saltaire Heritage Site.

plus a series of practical ‘How to…’ workshops.  Please book, spaces are limited:

  • Chaplaincy in Community: Rev Peter and Rev Suva Catford
  • Chaplaincy and Gambling: Rev Jenny Spouge and Rev Peter Clark
  • Chaplaincy in Sports: Warren Evans
  • Chaplaincy for Seasonal Workers and Homeless: Rev Hannah Bucke
  • Chaplaincy Behind and Beyond the Prison Gate: Rev Kirsty Clark
  • Chaplaincy in Acute Care and Retirement Living: Chris Swift

This event is free, lunch is provided; therefore, booking is essential.

More details on the flyer here: How to Share your Cloak 1

A Study Day for Preachers and Leaders of Worship

Saturday 27 January – Whittington Moor Methodist Church, Chesterfield

Led by The Rev Dr Kate Bruce, Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research Fellow in Preaching, Cranmer College, Durham.

Details of the day remain to be agreed with Dr Bruce, but the invitation was inspired a review of her recent book, Igniting the Heart: Preaching and Imagination:
“It has been said that the day of the sermon is over. Kate Bruce argues that the day of the poorly conceived, ill prepared, dull, disconnected, boring, irrelevant, authoritarian, yawn-inducing, patronizing, pontificating, pointless and badly delivered sermon, is indeed over. Imagination can help to engage the hearer in a sermon which seeks to evoke rather than to inform.”

For further information, download the flyer:LP study day or contact admin@chesterfieldmethodists.org.uk

Job Vacancies

Church Centre Co-Ordinator

Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church

An exciting and well-funded opportunity to work in a developing church and community environment. This is a full-time permanent post, starting in January 2018. The salary will be £19,500 per annum.

Trinity is a busy church in the middle of a lively urban environment.  It already has youth and community activities well established; toddlers, community café, uniformed organisations.  With newly re-developed rooms and a brand new annex which opened early this year. With such an active building and community we are looking for a Church Centre Co-Ordinator.

The post-holder will facilitate the running of the building, dealing with the day-to-day needs of the building and work alongside to support the groups and activities of the church, particularly the Hillsborough Trinity Lunch Club. They will be dealing with members of the public, supporting volunteers and their training and development within their group, lead on communications, have skills in grant applications and be part of the team of Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church.

For a pack about the post, please apply to Sheila Mappin, sheila001@blueyonder.co.uk

To discuss the post, please contact Revd Katie Leonowicz, on 0114 229 4707 or Katie.leonowicz@methodist.org.uk

Closing date for applications will be 23rd October 2017
We plan to interview in the week commencing 6th November 2017.
We plan to appoint for a start in January 2018 to be agreed.


Children & Young People’s Lay Employee

Christchurch, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

We are looking for an enthusiastic and gifted person to lead and develop our outreach and ministry among children, young people and families, and to help us build on our opportunities for growth.

Christchurch is an outward looking and welcoming Methodist / URC church with many varied activities throughout the week. Ilkley is an attractive town, with easy access to Leeds and the Yorkshire Dales.

This permanent role offers a competitive salary, contributory pension,
a friendly and supportive working environment and an opportunity
for development in your ministry.

For an application pack or further info please contact Roland Henney on rphenney@gmail.com or 07504 200151
or download from our church website: www.christchurchilkley.org.uk