District News – 4 October 2017

This Week’s News

Sad News

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Revd Phil Sharpe and his family following the death of his daughter, Hannah, aged 36. We are asked to pray especially for her two young sons, George and Jack, at this difficult time.

We have also learnt of the death of Miss Irene Jefferson, a Local Preacher in the Sheffield Circuit. Irene was a missionary in PNG and the Gambia for four years, returning to the UK in 1984, and considered the Methodist Church to be her family. There will be a service of thanksgiving for her life on Friday 20 October at 2pm, in the Beacon at Stephen Hill Methodist Church.

One Sound Get Vocal Workshops

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.

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 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.

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

Register your interest at: onesound.eventbrite.com

3Generate Volunteers Needed!

More than 1,200 children, young people and leaders from across the country are booked into 3Generate, the annual Methodist children’s and young people’s assembly, which will take place at Southport in November. The planning team are busy developing an exciting programme of workshops, worship and activities, that will see children and young people exploring life issues, experiencing different ways of worshipping God and discussing and seeking truths in response to difficult and challenging world issues. But to make this all happen 3Generate needs a team of dedicated volunteers from the Church to be stewards, to help in sessions, to do admin, to be part of the overnight team, to support the 19-23 year old age stream.

Find out more about volunteering here

Aviva Community Fund

This has re-opened for applications.  Projects can apply for grants ranging from up to £1,000 to up to £25,000 and must fall within one of the following categories: Health and Wellbeing; Skills for Life; Community support; and Inclusivity. Closing dates for applications: 12 October 2017.


Church Action on Poverty Annual Pilgrimage

Saturday 21 October 2017
Starting at 9.30 am at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street
Ending at 1.45 pm (approx.) at the Archer project.

The walk has been planned to include stops to hear about some inspirational projects we have visited before, opportunity to rest and use toilet facilities. There are no severe gradients.

  • We visit and hear about some new community initiatives at Victoria Hall.
  • We revisit the Salvation Army on Duke Street
  • We revisit Emmaus near the canal basin
  • We revisit the Archer Project

Come and be open and be challenged by what you hear and see.

Full details on the information sheet here: pilgrimage 2017 information sheet

Celebrate the Harvest !!

8 October at 10:30 AM.

Stocksbridge Christian Centre (Cedar Road, Stocksbridge S36 1AS) is celebrating Harvest with a service led by the Saints Alive !  puppet troupe based at Woodseats Methodist Church.  Using puppet skits, songs and readings, the service will focus on giving and our responsibilities for people and the world.  All ages from 1 to 99 (and over!) are invited.  Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Taizé weekend

13-15 October

The yearly Taizé weekend in Sheffield is happening soon. The weekend programme is for thoee between 18 & 25, but the prayer times are open for all. These will be held as follows:

Friday 13 October – 9pm – Wesley Hall, Crookes

Saturday 14 October – 9:15am – Wesley Hall; 1:30pm – St Marie’s Catherdal, City Centre; 7:30pm – Sheffield Cathedal

Sunday 15 October – 10:30am – Wesley Hall

For more information contact taizeweekendsheffield@gmail.com

Proms to Poppies

Friday 10 November – 7:45pm – Greenhill Methodist Church

You are invited you to a special concert with the Dronfield Genquip Band.  It is Proms to Poppies on Friday 10th November at 7:45pm

Tickets are £6.  Half the proceeds will go to the band.  The other half will come to our 2020 Vision fund.   Refreshments will be on sale and all profits will go the 2020 vision fund.  This is an excellent event to invite friends.  Tickets will be limited and we are expecting this will sell out, so please book early.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Christianity, Consumption and Climate

Wednesday 18 October – 7:30pm – Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley

On Wednesday 18th October  7.30pm at Emmanuel Methodist Church, Huddersfield Road, BARNSLEY S75 1DT.  Professor Tim Cooper (Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University) will be giving an Illustrated Lecture/Talk.  The theme is: Christianity, consumption and climate .

Tim Cooper is Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University, where he is Co-Director of the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products. He is a Trustee of Green Christian, which he was helped to establish in 1981, and author of its report Faith and Power: the case for a low consumption, non-nuclear, energy strategy. His first book was Green Christianity (Hodder, 1990).  After graduating he was a construction industry economist prior to posts at the New Economics Foundation and Sheffield Hallam University. His research focuses on product lifetimes, particularly in the clothing and electronic goods. His most recent book is Longer Lasting Products (Routledge, 2010).

This will be an interesting evening for all – do tell students, colleagues and other friends about it. This Lecture is sponsored by Christian Aid and is free.

Understanding Islam

Study Day with Dr Chris Hewer

Chris Hewer will be repeating his introductory day on Islam in 2 different venues in October –

St Joseph’s  R.C. Church, 1 Swinston Road, Dinnington S25 2RX on Friday 20th October,

Loundsley Green Church, Pennine Way, Loundsley Green, Chesterfield S40 4NF on Sat 21st October

These days run from 10.00 am  – 3.30 pm. There is no charge, although donations will be welcome on the day. Please bring a packed lunch. For further details and to book a place please contact Rev Liz Wills, e-mail: johnwills@callnetuk.com

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.  He is an excellent communicator.

To learn more about Chris, his experience and work in the field of Understanding Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, go to  www.chrishewer.org

If you have previously attended one of these days and would like to learn more you are welcome to come to an afternoon session on ‘Islam and Other Faiths’, led by Chris, to be held at St Peter’s Church LEP, Ellesmere, Lyons Street, Sheffield  S4 7EP (at the junction of Ellesmere Road and Lyons Street/Lyons Road/Lyons Close), on Thursday October 19th from 2.00 – 5.00 pm.

For more information, contact taizeweekendsheffield@gmail.com

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:

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.

 Introductory Day (Sheffield)

Do you know someone who is wondering about doing the three day training or who would like to get a taste of what Godly Play is all about?

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.

Venue: The Vine, St Stephen’s Church, Fawcett St, Netherthorpe, Sheffield S3 7PL

Date: Friday 10th November 2017

Times: Arrivals from 9.30am for a prompt 10am start. Finish time 3.30pm.

Cost: £30 to include refreshments and lunch.

With Godly Play Trainer Kate Cornwell

Contact kategodlyplay@thevinesheffield.org.uk

To book go to:

3 Day Accredited Training Course

Venue: The Vine, St Stephens Church, Finley Street, Netherthorpe, S3 7PL

Dates: 13th, 20th, 27th January 2018 (3 Saturdays)

Times: 8.30 am – 6.30 pm (except on final day of course which ends at 5 pm)

Trainers: Kate Cornwell and Kathryn Lord

Cost: £295

To book, go to:

Contact: kategodlyplay@thevinesheffield.org.uk

Other News

Christian Aid 

Big Shift Bank Visits

Since November 2016, thousands of people have got involved in our Big Shift campaign and emailed the biggest high street banks to ask them to stop funding climate change with the investments and loans they make with our money. Some banks have started to respond and they all agree that climate change is a huge threat to our world. But we haven’t seen the action required to back up their words. So we’re doubling our efforts to persuade them to help us build a better, safer world. Every day in October, campaigners will visit a high street branch of one of the biggest UK banks to take this message to them. If you would like to be part of these bank visits and hold one in your area, please do get in touch! You can find out more by visiting: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/clean-our-cash-five-steps-bank or by contacting us here in the East Midlands office.

Christian Aid Event in Derby Cathedral Café

Christian Aid are hosting an event for Christian Aid group and church organisers from across Derby on 10 October in the Cathedral Cafe. It will be an opportunity to meet other volunteer organisers, share successful fundraising ideas ahead of Christian Aid Week 2018, discuss fundraising challenges, hear more about Christian Aid’s current activities as well as meet Tom Wyke (Christian Aid’s new Regional Coordinator for Derbyshire). Please RSVP by 6 October by emailing: TWyke@christian-aid.org

Rohingya Crisis Appeal

Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August 2017 has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, including many Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, fearing for their lives. More than 400,000 people had crossed the border into Bangladesh and unknown numbers remain displaced in Myanmar. As villages in Myanmar continue to be destroyed, figures are expected to rise, with up to 15,000 people crossing the border each day. Please help vulnerable Rohingya people who desperately need food, water and shelter by donating to our appeal or holding a collection in your Church. Find out more by visiting: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/rohingya-crisis-appeal

CLC Bookshops

500th Anniversary of The Reformation 
31st October 2017

500 years ago in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg Gate door, kick-starting what has become known as the Reformation.

Over the next few weeks leading up to the anniversary we will be featuring a growing selection of books and resources, for all ages, looking at the major events and prominent characters form this period of church history.

A selection of titles included in our current Reformation promotion are shown below…
Click here to see the whole range

Also waiting for you at the bookshop are selected:
Diaries; Desk planners; 12, 18 or 24 month planners; Advent calendars; 2018 calendars; Advent candles; Christmas cards; Nativities; Lectionaries

Ask at the counter if you can’t find what you need….
some things are still in the stock room.