District News – 8 November 2017

This Week’s News


St John’s Methodist Church, Swinton entered the Methodist Insurance  Community awards with our Freedom Project. This project includes feeding people and workshops including; Alpha, bible study, healthy living, tech cafe, easy sewing and friendship group. The workshops change every time to meet the needs of the community.

We were delighted to hear that we were one of the 6 prize winners with an invitation to the awards ceremony held last Thursday at Westminster Central Hall. Ten people from St John’s and Rev Gill Newton attended this event. We were amazed at the different projects that churches have, to meet the needs of their community. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and was privileged to hear other people’s stories.  We have come back fired up to do whatever God asks us to do for our community.

Sad News

It is with regret and great sadness that we heard on 3 November of the death of Bob Jolly following a severe stroke.  As you may know Bob made a tremendous and outstanding contribution to the Sheffield District Methodist Ministers Housing Association over 19 years on the committee and 11 years as Secretary and Property Manager.

The funeral service has been arranged for Friday 17th November 2017 at 2pm at Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield.

One World Week

Chesterfield had a very full One World Week, almost by accident, in that several separate arrangements filled the week.  Liz Wills and Julie Minns collaborated in bring to us Dr Chris Hewer, an expert on Islam, and 35 people are now much wiser as a result of 5 hours at Loundsley Green United Church.  The new Interfaith forum had its own meeting on the Tuesday, with a substantial introduction to Buddhism by local man  Hosshin Ananda.  Wednesday saw the arrival of Cora Tabing-Reyes, Retiring Executive Secretary of the Fellowship of the Least Coin (who spoke on Saturday at Central), and on Thursday, as part of a whistlestop tour of England, Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh of Bethlehem University gave addresses at the Friends Meeting House and –  unusually – at the Mormon Chapel.  His natural history interests were met by  visits to Renishaw, the Inspire Community garden and Ashgate Allotments! But he was forthright and convincing about Israel/Palestine, as we knew he would be.

Paul King(secretary of Christians Together for Chesterfield and member of Chesterfield Interfaith Forum).

Living Wage raised

The Living Wage was updated this week. The new rate is £8.75 an hour, or £10.20 in London.

This is a good time to remind everyone that the Minimum Wage premium introduced by the Government in 2016 is not a Living Wage, despite being labelled as a ‘National Living Wage’. Churches are still committed to pay the real Living Wage, which is considerably higher and has been calculated to allow people to afford a minimum acceptable standard of living.

We hope the briefing will be helpful as you continue to ensure that employees of your own church receive Fair Pay!

Click here to download the updated briefing now.

Ecumenism in Derbyshire

The Sheffield District may rejoice that ecumenism is not dead in Derbyshire: a small but beautiful event at Matlock United Church followed a visit a year ago from the Dr David Cornick of CTE.  This time the programme was home-grown, with splendid input from Phil Morton of Derby City Mission, our own Lorraine Brown from the Peak Park, Jonathan Brook of Valley CIDS and Methodist  Moira Biggins of Workplace Chaplaincy Derbyshire.

Paul King (DEO for Methodism in North Derbyshire)

One Mission Forum report – part 3

Ciemal in Latin America

Our relationship with this area of the world comes through our Spanish speaking liaison Sandra Lopez. She was with us on the Saturday ready to fly off to Panama, where the CIEMAL -El Consejo de Iglesias Evangélias Metodistas de América Latina y el Caribe.[1] Sandra writes in the email today: ‘The Council of Latin American and Caribbean Evangelical Methodist Churches is hosting its Assembly in Panama. Evangelism, mission and discipleship has been at the forefront of its work over the last few years and I am here to represent the Methodist Church in Britain as well as hear about the fruit of this work and what impact it has had on the lives of our partner churches.’ They appointed a new president for the whole of Latin America. In hearing their stories she considers there is a lot for us to learn from and indeed, we are requesting that they send evangelists here to adapt their ideas and action to our culture[s].[2]

She also related the news of the devastation across the Caribbean due to the hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Barbuda is out of communication, flattened.  Antigua… right across Puerto Rico, across Haiti and Cuba… devastation. I think she said 25 church buildings in Cuba were damaged and permission to rebuild churches is very hard to come by in that regime despite their churches working well with the government for the benefit of the nation. Methodism has been growing well thanks to the confidence of the peoples’ faith, not just the ministerial staff’s faith. In fact confidence in one’s faith among our congregations was one of the main issues we raised.  Meanwhile pray for these areas, that the churches might see a resurrection amidst their suffering and still find the means to share their faith while caring for others. There is more information and a means of sending monetary gifts through the Methodist website. http://methodist.org.uk/mission/world-church/world-church-news/caribbean-hurricane

[1] https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.ciemal.com/&prev=search [accessed 11/10/2017]

[2] http://methodist.org.uk/mission/world-church/caribbean-the-americas

Bread of Life

Springs Dance Company is delighted to be returning with its much sought after and highly praised production Bread of Life, for churches, cathedrals, festivals and schools. A reflection on the last supper, Bread of Life celebrates the meal of bread and wine with Jesus, the ever present King. This Lent and Easter rediscover the living, breathing Bread of Life, through this stirring depiction of how God is building a community of love with Jesus himself at the centre.

Springs would love to hear from anyone interested in hosting a performance of Bread of Life.

Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or call 07876 752 910


BURNGREAVE ASHRAM, 86 Spital Hill Sheffield S4 7LG


MONTHLY on First (occasionally second) MONDAYS


12 Noon – Informal Sharing

12:30 PM – Lunch BRING&SHARE

1:15 PM – Seminar


4th December – Nirmal Fernando

8th January – Sandra Dutson

5th February – Ruth Bird

5th March – Adnan Khalid

9th April – Dr Vithal Patel

7th May – Chris Bullock

4th June – Rev Dr John Vincent

All are welcome, free of charge.  Donations welcome as able!

Download a poster for your noticeboards: CH&LIB. FLYER. DEC 20717to APR 2018.1

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

Although the official deadline for booking has passed, there are still a few places left for the Advent retreat at Cliff College

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…

To book a place, please fill and return the booking form here: Regional Retreat Booking Form

Free First Aid offer – British Red Cross

We work with organisations and community groups in Yorkshire who support people that are facing higher risks of needing first aid in particular crises, including:

  • People who are homeless or rough sleepers and at risk of injury or sudden illness
  • Adults over 65 who are at more risk of slips, trips and falls.

Our sessions have had all of the technical/clinical language removed to ensure that it is easy to learn and therefore easy to remember in an emergency situation. Each session is designed to meet learners’ needs and is tailored to the environment the learner will be in. We are happy to work with service users, their family/friends/carers and also volunteers and staff in your organisation.

What can you expect from our first aid session?

  • Effective, easy to learn first aid education in a relaxed, fun and informal style.
  • Provide relevant first aid skills tailored to the needs of the group.
  • Break down the barriers to helping others.
  • Build the confidence and willingness to help in a first aid emergency.
  • Typically last 2 hours, but flexible depending on number of skills taught.
  • Suitable for groups of up to 15 people.
  • Participants will receive a pack that covers the skills learned and will be awarded a certificate of learning upon completion.
  • Delivered by experienced Red Cross trained educators.
  • Delivered at your venue.
  • One or more sessions will be provided, as is necessary.
  • Fully funded – there is no cost to you

If this is something you would be interested in, please use the booking form here to find out more: 2016-2017 Adult Enquiry Form

Holy Land Experience

5-19 February 2018

In conjunction with the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network an opportunity has been arranged for British Methodists to visit the Holy Land and see the work of the Methodist Liaison Office.

This is very different to a traditional pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will visit some of the holy sites, but the emphasis is a lot more upon meeting the people and hearing of their lives. This will include doing some voluntary work. The focus is upon the Christian Community of the Holy Land – though in order to understand more of their situation we will also be meeting Muslims and Jews.

Full details can be found in the brochure here: Brochure Holy Land experience 2018

‘To be a Pilgrim’

6 – 8 April 2018

Organized by Jill Baker, Vice-President, Methodist Conference 2017-18

This weekend conference at Cliff College offers an opportunity to explore different aspects of pilgrimage – through worship, through images and words, through various activities and, for those who want to, through getting outside into the grounds of the college and the beautiful surrounding countryside. No experience of pilgrimage is needed, just a “Come and see” pilgrim spirit – you will be most welcome. Save the date! For more information click here.

Conference for Lay Preachers’ and Worship Leaders’

19-20 April 2018

Luther King House in Manchester run a popular conference each year – Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders. The 2018 Conference is entitled ‘All are Welcome’ and is on 19 – 20 April. The conference will include practical workshops and sessions based around inclusivity, bible studies and more. The conference will also include an evening workshop on dementia-friendly worship. For more information click here

Job Vacancy

Sheffield District Communications Officer (part-time)

The appointment is for 8* 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 £4,250 per annum plus contributory pension scheme.

The Communications Officer will be responsible for supporting, and where appropriate providing, pro-active communication between the District, its circuits and churches, and between them and the wider community.

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

  • to enable people to be equipped to exercise their particularly ministry and fulfil their calling
  • to increase the awareness of learning opportunities
  • to enable officers and other across the District to see new ways of doing things
  • to raise the profile and awareness of the work of the District internally and externally
  • to enable a flow of relevant information between churches, circuits and individuals
  • to better inform churches and circuits leading to new activities

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

District Communications Officer – role outline
Communications Officer Person Specification

Communications Officer application Form
Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Alternatively please email the District Administrators on admin@sheffieldmethodist.org  or call 0114 270 9990

Closing date:  12 noon on Friday 17 November 2017

Interviews in Sheffield on Friday 8 December 2017

*correction from last week’s advert – the average hours should have been 8, not 16, with a corresponding change in annual salary

Christian Aid

Join the East Midlands team – volunteer administrator needed

Do you have office experience, with excellent administration skills and a customer focus?  Do you know your way around a spreadsheet? Would you like to put your skills to good use, and help us in our supporter-facing work, enabling our supporters to Give, Act and Pray to help tackle the root causes of poverty? Here in the Loughborough office, we are looking for a volunteer administrator for four (or more) hours a week. For more information, and to apply, visit: https://jobs.christianaid.org.uk/vacancy/supporter-care-volunteer–1207/1225/description/

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Why not take time out this Advent to prepare for the busy Christmas season with a book of daily readings to help you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus?

With the beginning of Advent only around 3 weeks away, we have selected some of the best new Advent reading resources for you – all at special offer prices

Advent for Everyone
Join Tom Wright on a journey with the apostles as he explores the New Testament themes of thankfulness, patience, humility and joy..
RRP £8.99      Save 33% Offer Price £5.99 

Adam Hamilton helps us align our story with Joseph’s, particularly in the area of humbly obeying God when we don’t understand our circumstances.
RRP £16.50      Save 20% Offer Price £12.99 

Come, Let Us Adore Him
Paul Tripp seeks to recapture our attention and reawaken our awe during Christmastime. Each day is structured like his best-selling devotional, New Morning Mercies.
RRP £14.99    Save 26% Offer Price £10.99 

Christmas through the Keyhole
Derek Tidball leads us through the reverent and worshipful songs recorded in Luke’s gospel, revealing the gracious purposes of God that they celebrate in the birth of Jesus Christ.              RRP £6.99

Christian Aid

Christmas Appeal 2018

Our Christmas Appeal this year is being supported by UK Aid, meaning that every pound you give, the UK Government will give a pound more! Donations made to the Christmas Appeal between 6 November 2017 and 5 February 2018 will be matched up to £2.7 million. That’s double the support for people living in poverty! To find out more about our Christmas appeal this year or to order or download your free Christmas resources, please visit: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas-appeal

Give A Day Away

As part of our Christmas appeal this year, the East Midlands team are launching our Give A Day Away campaign. This is where we donate one day’s pay to our Christmas appeal, which can then be match funded by UK Aid! We are giving a day away because there is enough for everyone this Christmas. Donations made after 6 November will be eligible for match funding. If you would like to join us and Give A Day Away, please visit our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christianaideastmidlands.

Will Aid

There’s still time…have you signed up to make a will with Will Aid this November? Participating solicitors will waive their fee for writing a basic Will. Instead, they invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid, through which Christian Aid and eight other charities share the proceeds. To find out more about this fantastic scheme or see where your nearest participating solicitor is, please visit: https://www.willaid.org.uk/