District News – 21 November 2017

This Week’s News

Office News

The office will be closed next week and most of the week after for family reasons. Emails will be read and may be responded to if urgent. Val Higgins will be in on Monday mornings. There will therefore be no mailing for the next two weeks.

District Safeguarding Officer

We are delighted to welcome Vicki Bennetts as the new District Safeguarding Officer. Vicki will be working part-time partly from the office and from home. You can contact her via email on safeguarding@sheffieldmethodist.org, or by phone on 0114 4330 0258 / 07552 131 455.


Giant Table Top Sale

Saturday 25 November – Barrow Hill

There are 3 reasons for running the event:

  • One is to create money which will help us continue to run our Village Social (funded privately at moment). At the “social” we are able to relax and talk to our visitors including residents and I have always believed that “talking changes lives”.
  • Second, we have little storage so I need to clear the majority of our stock.
  • Third, the event encourages people to step through our door and that is a big objective here at Barrow Hill.

So come along and see what is on offer! BarrowHillTableTop-25thNov

Concert for Guitar and Flute

Saturday 2 December – 7:30pm – Carterknowle Methodist Church

Nick Fletcher (Guitar) and John Hackett (Flute) will be performing at Carterknowle Methodist Church, Sheffield S7 2BR. The programme will include Bach’s Sonata in C; Handel’s Sonata in C major plus music by Elgar, Debussy and Piazolla
Tickets – £10 (£5 concession), Children under 12 free with a paying adult.

guitar & flute Concert 2017 December

Activity Nativity !

 Sunday 3 December from 3pm at Stocksbridge Christian Centre, Cedar Road S36 1AS

An afternoon of craft work, song and readings focused on the Nativity of Christ.  The craft work is used to decorate the Church’s Christmas Tree.  This is an afternoon of fun and reflection on the birth of Christ to which everyone regardless of age is welcome.  Refreshments are served.

Sheffield Carols Evening

Thursday 14 December – 6:30pm – St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church

Come and have a great family evening singing Sheffield Carols – with Homemade soup and cakes and Christmas gift stalls Thursday 14th December 6.30 – 9.00 pm Entrance free

Sheffield Carols poster 2017

Training and Learning Opportunities

Exploring Vocation

Saturday 13 January – Oxford Place, Leeds

Is God calling you to a form of lay or ordained ministry with the Methodist Church? Are you wrestling with your covation and wanting to learn more about what ministry might entail?

It can help to explore these questions in the company of others, so why not come to a day of worship , prayer, reflection and discussion at Oxford Place Methodist Church, Leeds LS1 3AX on Saturday 13 January.

Full details in the flyer here: Vocations Flier 2018

All We Can Conference 2018

January 20 2018

You are invited to an engaging day of inspiration, challenge and action. Join special guests Rev Dr Calvin Samuel, the President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference, and inspirational worship leader Geraldine Latty, to celebrate how change happens when we all work together.

Find out more and book your free place at allwecan.org.uk/conference

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

Bible Month Training

Saturday 27 January 2018 – Oxford Place, Leeds

This year for Bible Month we are focusing on the book of Jonah.  The training day is on Saturday 27th January 2018 at Oxford Place Methodist Church, Leeds, promises to be helpful to all those who will be leading worship and small groups during Bible month.

It will be led by Revd Paul Ashby, a retired minister and Old Testament Scholar. With workshops in the afternoon that will explore:

  • Leading worship and preaching
  • Leading creative all-age worship
  • Leading small groups

You can down load a flyer here: Bible Month (Yorkshire plus) 2018

A booking form can be downloaded here: 20180127 – Bible month training day and returned to Katrin in the District Office.

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

Crossing the Threshold

Launched nationally in November 2017, the fully-revised and expanded Crossing the Threshold toolkit offers a step-by-step guide to managing a church building project.

First created by the Diocese of Hereford in 2009, and subsequently updated in 2013, this newly updated resource is packed with 268 pages of advice, hints and tips for any group taking a community development approach towards adapting a church building for wider community use, while balancing the needs of existing worshippers.

Thanks to the financial support from the Allchurches Trust and the expertise of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, this all-new toolkit is a free resource available to anyone to download here. It breaks down projects into three key stages:

  • Preparing the Ground,
  • Looking at Your Options,
  • Delivering Your Project.

With numerous case studies, top tips and end-of-chapter checklists, as well as advice from experts in their fields, and with input and expertise from a range of national church organisations, this practical document draws upon the lessons learned from recent church projects of all denominations across the UK.

You can download the whole toolkit here: Whole Toolkit Link

Pioneer Ministry course at Cliff College

We have had reason to re-evaluate the way we deliver the certificate courses in Pioneer Ministry.  We have reached the conclusion that it is most beneficial to combine the two courses and to run the combined course annually. This will take effect from March 2018, so if people are thinking of signing up for the course on 19 -23 March 2018, it will be a combination of the content of the two courses which were previously separate.  The details of the course and an overview of subjects covered can be found here:


If people are registered with Methodist Pioneering Pathways, their course fees will be covered, but they still need to seek approval from their regional DMLN lead person, using the forms downloadable from the MPP pages of the Methodist website, as well as applying to Cliff.  .  Other applicants  will need to secure their own funding, perhaps with local assistance.