District News – 17 October

This Week’s News


St John’s Methodist Church in Swinton in the Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit has been announced as one of the finalists in the Methodist Insurance Church Community Award and so is guaranteed a £1000 prize.  The prize giving ceremony is to be held at Central Hall, Westminster, London on November 2nd at which the winner of the £5000 prize will be announced.  Revd Gill Newton will be present at that ceremony together with representatives of the church. We wish them all the best!!

President & Vice President’s visit

Revd Loraine Mellor (President) and Jill Baker (Vice President) will start their visit on Monday afternoon visiting a food-bank hub in Barnsley, followed by attending the launch of the Circuit’s year long initiative “Come and See”. On Tuesday morning they will be shown around the Freedom Community Project in Bolsover, then Lorraine will go on to see the work in Inkersall before having a late lunch with the Sheffield Co-superintendents at the Steeple Corner Cafe (a Real Junk Food project in Victoria  Hall, Stafford Road); while Jill will be shown around The Junction in Doncaster. That evening they will both attend the bi-annual gathering of Circuit Stewards in Chesterfield.

Wednesday will see Jill visiting the Peak Park, seeing the work that Deacon Lorraine Brown is doing within this rural community, whilst Loraine will be visiting the Urban Theology Unit in Victoria Hall Methodist Church before joining with the community at Broom Methodist Church in Rotherham for lunch and a time of worship and socialising. In the evening Jill is leading a quiet reflective session for Local Preachers and Leaders of Worship on the theme “Laughter and Lament – in speech and silence“, while Lorraine will be meeting with children and youth workers to find out more about what work is going on across the District.

On their final day, Jill will join an informal gathering of ministers who are not native to the British Isles for lunch. Loraine will spend the morning with pioneer ministers for an open house in Sheffield, and in the afternoon will visit Hasland to see the newly refurbished church and hear their vision for the future.

Some of you will have received invitations to these events. Thank you to those who have responded to these as it does help with catering etc. However, can I please ask that you especially encourage your children & youth workers to come along to the event on Wednesday 25 October from 6:30pm at Carterknowle Methodist Church. There will be food, so please let me know by 20 October. Many thanks.

One Mission Forum 2017

The Day:

Around fifty people from across Britain, gathered at Methodist Church House in London for a day to work on future developments on how to motivate One Mission for Methodists. Devotions commenced in Zimbabwean languages – Sindebele and Shona songs with a devotion on Beautiful Feet (Isaiah 52) to share the Good News and prayer led by Rev. Cleophas Sibanda. He gave testimony to having become a Christian as a boy through a British Methodist partner.

From the start we were involved in the ‘Glocal’ world; the whole world – Caribbean, Panama, and several locations in Britain. Discussions focussed us. Jill Barber is now chairing the Forum and has such great enthusiasm.

In fact, we are no longer District Representatives but ‘Mission Enthusiasts’. We will be building teams in the district and looking for fellow enthusiasts for mission. However, to my mind, it means we need to define ‘mission’. Bishop Stephen Neill in 1961 said, “If all things are mission, then nothing is.” So, we have to be deliberately intentional in how we share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We are used to hearing St Francis’ apparent saying -By all means do good and if necessary use words- to share the Gospel, but we actually said it IS necessary to use words. Jill Barber is an advocate of what I would call ‘integral mission’. Everything we do should expand the Kingdom of God.

So we were to learn together of what each other is doing, good news stories of the Good News transforming lives. Jill stressed how we can go beyond representing mission to the districts or districts to the Connexion; communication is not so much by reports but by enthusing one church after the other of God’s great mission. How are we sharing His transforming Grace and Love? How are we putting Jesus at the centre of our lives beyond church activities? Jill said- “God is inviting us to get caught up in what he is doing.”

We had with us some representing the Connexional team, the DLMN, and All we can (the relief arm of UK’s Methodists – our- mission globally). It is ‘integral’ mission; as Wesley stayed –“The Scripture way of Salvation”. We serve to help grassroots groups find their solutions through partnerships, not impositions, but thinking for the long term. It is mutually empowering -by the graces of the Holy Spirit.

Anne E Dyer, ‘Mission Enthusiast’ for Sheffield District, South Yorkshire.

MYA Grants

Methodist Youth Activities [MYA] is a grant-making trust that was set up with the aim of nurturing and educating young people and, by grant aid, helping them take advantage of opportunities that will help the formation of their lives.

They fund work with 11-25 year olds, and both individuals and Churches and organisations can apply.

More information can be found on their website: www.myaltd.org.uk.

Statistics for Mission

The 2017 data collection is now in full swing. Thank you to those who have already made a start. Those who have not yet begun do not need to worry; as always, you have until 31 January to complete the online data entry. However, can I remind you that it isn’t just the statistics that need updating every year. Can you also make check that the information church office holders etc is also up to date. For circuits – this also includes details for Local Preachers. I used this list to invite our local preachers to the evening led by the Vice President, and it was surprising the number of emails that have bounced back as no longer in use.


November at Whirlow Spirituality Centre @ the Chapel of the Holy

Regular worship

  • Sunday, November 5th. Reflective  Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • Sunday, November 19th. Reflective Communion, 7- 8pm
  • every Sunday. Space to Be (silent meditation), 830 – 915am
  • every Tuesday. Reflective Communion, 945 – 1030am

Special events

November 4. Day of Retreat
Facilitated by recognised spiritual accompaniers Chris Ellis and Joy Adams, this day will be unstructured to provide maximum space for the quiet renewal of your spiritual resources.

  • 0930 – 1700 (leave whenever you are ready)
  • £15
  • details and booking info here.

November 21. Simple Quiet Day
Space to ‘be’ before God. Relax, reflect and pray. The day starts with our weekly Reflective Communion (open to all.)

  • 0945 – 1545
  • £12
  • details and booking info here

November 23. We Who Sing, Pray Twice
Learn simple sacred rounds and chants in four-part harmony: songs of joy, gladness, sadness and peace from a variety of sources. The silence that follows the singing offers the opportunity to be still, or to pray or meditate.

  • 1930 – 2130
  • all welcome – details here 

Plans are being made for our 2018 programme!

We hope to put more detail on our What’s On pages very soon. In addition to our worship, Simple Quiet Days and Days of Retreat, there will be:

  • events and groups working with Christian meditation and silent prayer techniques
  • two Enneagram workshops
  • an exhibition of abstract art about Thomas Merton, with related events
  • more Community Bible studies and Contemplative Fire events
  • music – some Taize, more We Who Sing, Pray Twice, a concert on Shrove Tuesday and possibly some lunchtime recitals
  • a series of celebratory events, incorporating Heritage Open Days and our 60th Anniversary, in mid-September
  • Holy Week reflections and sunrise service
  • a book group.

We will be hosting the Art of Spiritual Accompaniment course. The focus for Lent will be setting things aside and sitting with change and, after Easter, global and social justice.

Building works are planned for next year so some details are as yet uncertain: we will add more and pin down details as soon as we can.

In the meantime, to register interest in any of these events or topics, make suggestions for our programme or hire us for your own event, please let us know.


A celebration to mark the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous nailing of his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation

Multi-media – videos, music, historical background, study of key texts, reflection on its significance

Tuesday 31st October 2017  at 7.30 to 9pm at The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe DN4 0EP

Youth Christmas Event

Friday 22 December

Sheffield Methodist Circuit Youth & Children’s Project, in partnership with 35 Chapel Walk, are planning a Christmas-themed evening for young people aged 11-16 in the Art Gallery at 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, on Friday 22nd December. The evening will start at 6pm with games and food, followed by an exploration of the Nativity themed Art Exhibition which will be up in the Gallery. They’ll be the opportunity to watch a Christmas film and various creative activities in response to the Exhibition, the film and Christmas in general. The evening will finish at 11pm.

Full details can be found on the flyer here: 35 chapel walk flyer

You can also download a booking form here: Christmas youth event letter and consent form

Training and Learning Opportunities

Regional Retreats

There are still some place left – contact the District Office (admin@sheffieldmethodist.org) for more details

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…

See the flyer for more information: retreats 2017 2018

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 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

Yorkshire West District

  • 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

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

Joined Up Conference

Saturday 10 March : 9:30am – 3:45pm

Training and resourcing through workshop and keynote presentations in children’s, youth, families and schools ministry.

£10  including lunch – full details online: joinedupconference.com

Download a poster to help publicise this event: JU flyer

Job Vacancies

Sheffield District is seeking to recruit a

Mission Development Support Worker (Part Time)

The appointment is for 16 hours per week on average throughout the year, recognising that there will be times of concentrated activity, with a probationary period of 3 months.

Salary will be £8,500 per annum plus contributory pension scheme.

The Mission Development Support Worker will be responsible for supporting mission initiatives across the Methodist Church in the Sheffield District including where appropriate delivering, developing and implementing.

Working in partnership with other District Officers, the main tasks will be to:

  • Provide guidance, expertise and support on practical, financial and project management issues which would otherwise prevent or delay implementation of valuable mission projects across the District
  • Increase confidence and expertise of churches and circuits in implementing risk-taking mission
  • Provide expertise not available at local level to facilitate and accelerate change
  • Promote and encourage networking amongst those responsible for financing and managing projects

Funding is available for an initial 3 year appointment; continuation is reliant on the role becoming self-sustaining through generation of applicable income for the District

Applicants should be sympathetic to the aims, objectives and ethos of the Methodist Church.

Mission Development Officer Role Description
Mission Development Support Worker Person Specification

Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 10 November 2017

Interviews in Sheffield on Thursday 23 November 2017

You can download an application form here:
MDSW Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Alternatively please email the District Administrators on admin@sheffieldmethodist.org

or call 0114 270 9990

Young People’s Development Worker

Bakewell Methodist Church & All Saints Parish Church, Bakewell

Do you have the passion and enthusiasm…

  • To build relationships with young people and the families of young people who attend church activities in Bakewell
  • To establish mutually beneficial links with existing organisations working with young people in the town
  • To play a leading role in the encouragement of good practice and development of creative approaches in young people’s work

Bakewell Methodist Church and All Saints Parish Church are seeking to appoint a Young People’s Development Worker, initially for 1 year, to work in the community at Bakewell

Salary: £10 per hour for 20 hours a week

This appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

An application pack is available from the Circuit Administrator:Contact: Catherine Sims, Peak Methodist Circuit, Bakewell Methodist Church, Haddon Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1EP
Or email: admin@peakmethodist.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31st October 2017
Interviews will be held the week commencing Monday 20th November 2017

Other News

CLC Bookshops

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Methodist News

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Appeal

All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain are calling for support for this urgent appeal for refugees displaced by the recent violence in Myanmar.

Over the past few weeks, more than half a million people have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The majority of those fleeing are Rohingya women and children.

All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain are calling for generous support for this urgent appeal to assist those seeking refuge in Bangladesh. People are in desperate need of water, food, shelter and access to medical care.

Since violence flared up in Myanmar in late August, an estimated 519,000 Rohingya people have sought shelter and safety in Bangladesh. Many are currently living in temporary, unsanitary structures constructed out of plastic sheeting and bamboo in informal camps and settlements. Refugees are arriving in Bangladesh exhausted and traumatised and camps and local host communities are struggling to respond to the scale of this disaster.

Food insecurity is one of the primary areas of concern, while providing health care, access to safe water and mitigating the threat of disease is critical. Heavy rains in recent days have made an already precarious situation worse for refugees trying to seek shelter in sub-standard housing and makeshift camps. All We Can’s partner is responding to this emergency and is calling for urgent funds to help reach people suffering because of this crisis.

Humanitarian Aid Manager Jason Snuggs said: “Earlier this week, the United Nations spoke about the pressure Rohingya refugees are facing. People are arriving in Bangladesh fearful, exhausted and hungry, and in desperate need of immediate help.

“Many bring with them accounts of brutality and report having seen and suffered atrocities that have left them traumatised. Meeting the urgent needs of these refugees who have already suffered so much is critical. That is why we have launched this urgent appeal.”

To donate, visit www.allwecan.org/rohingya

President of the Methodist Conference welcomed at URC Church House

Church House, the London offices of the United Reformed Church (URC), welcomed a special guest on 11 October for a tour of the newly-refurbished building and an informal chat about sustaining current ecumenical relationships and building new ones.


The Revd Loraine N Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference, met with staff who were delighted to have the opportunity to question her about her presidential year.


Loraine then met with the Revd Philip Brooks, the URC’s Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and stressed the value of building and sustaining good and practical ecumenical relationships.


“The biggest risk for our Churches is the failure to make disciples,” Loraine said.


Philip added: “Loraine and I have shared roots in Bolton, specifically relating to the church where I was last a minister, at Christ Church Methodist/URC Local Ecumenical Project (LEP) in Little Lever. It was lovely meeting with her and discovering our shared values of building good ecumenical relationships.”