District News – 21 December 2017

This Week’s News

Office News

A reminder that the District Office will be closed until Wednesday 3 January 2018. Phone messages can be left on the office answerphone and will be dealt with when we reopen.

Sad News

It is with sadness that we learnt of the death on Wednesday 13 December of Revd Gordon Spittlehouse, a supernumerary living in the Doncaster Circuit. There will be a funeral service on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 12.45pm at Thorne Methodist Church, King Street, Thorne, Doncaster.

Youth Workers networking events

We’ve got 2 networking and training evenings in January – Tuesday 16th January at Woodseats Methodist Church and Thursday 25th January at Creaswick Greave in Parson Cross, both from 7-9pm. We’ll be focusing in on Social Media, the pro’s and con’s and how we can enable our Children and Young People to navigate it safely. The content on both evenings will be the same, so feel free to pick whichever evening suits you better.

Please do let others involved in Youth and Children’s Work in your Circuits and Churches know about the events.

MWiB Sheffield District Forum Meeting

Wednesday 17th January, Victoria Hall Methodist Church, 11am -1pm

The Forum meeting is for Circuit Reps and anyone interested in encouraging women in the District to engage with the District programme for 2018.

The agenda for this meeting will include recommendations for one free District Bursary worth £160 for the MWiB Swanwick Conference in April, and two burseries of £100 for women who have never been to Swanwick.

We look forward to sharing feedback on events in 2017 and any names of women who would be willing to serve on the District Committee.

This meeting will also be an opportunity  to learn more about this year’s partnership, ‘Toilet Twinning’

Coffee is available from the cafe at Victoria Hall prior to the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Pam Flavell MWiB District Secretary.

Accommodation wanted

A student from the Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry (MCYM) is looking for accommodation. Her placement is at St Thomas Church, Sheffield, but she does have a car so travel isn’t a problem. She is currently in the first year of a three year degree and would like accommodation for a long as possible. She will be able to pay rent.

If you know of anyone who could help, please contact MCYM for more details at g.benson@stjohns-nottm.ac.uk, or Cherry Mair (youth worker at Bents Green church) cherry_ade86@hotmail.co.uk

Learning & Development Grants

Learning and developing ourselves, our churches, circuits and district are vital and intrinsic aspects of being active people of God. However, the Sheffield District Learning and Development group recognises that sometimes the cost of developing or attending such opportunities may be a deterrent or barrier.

We are therefore pleased to announce the District Learning and Development Fund, set up to support learning and development activities of Methodists in the Sheffield District.

Priority will be given to people who have no other learning and development grant entitlement, especially first time applicants, but applications from staff, including presbyters, will also be considered.

Learning and development funding can cover such things as resources for house groups or study groups; expenses for speakers from other parts of the country; costs of joining a workshop, course or activity or contributions to extended periods of study.

Grant application forms can be downloaded from the website here: Grants for Learning and Development Opportunities.

The deadline for each round of applications is 2 weeks before the Learning & Development Group meet and are as follows: 5 January (for 19 January); 9 March (for 23 March) and 11 May (for 25 May).


Whirlow Spirituality Centre, Church of the Holy Spirit

Building work is expected to start here on January 8th, 2018 to be completed in preparation for our 60th Anniversary celebrations in September. There will be some changes to our programme as advertised for the January to April period.

Please read more about the plans here and keep an eye on the events page for any alterations.

January at Whirlow

The month ahead at Whirlow Spirituality Centre.

Regular worship

  • 1st Sunday, January 7th. Reflective  Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • 3rd Sunday, January 21st. Reflective Communion, 7- 8pm
  • every Sunday. Space to Be (silent meditation), 830 – 915am
  • every Tuesday. Reflective Communion, 945 – 1030am

* Tuesday Reflective Communion services will be held at an alternative venue in January and February. Details will be on the website as soon as possible. Sunday services will be unaffected. *

Introduction to Christian Meditation – January 6

Learn about meditation in our tradition, tracing back to the beginnings of the faith. Engage in silent prayer using techniques taught by Benedictine Monk and World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) founder, John Main OSB. Workshop led by Sue Purkis and Sue Giuntoni of WCCM.

10am – 2.30pm, £15. Full details and booking information on the website.

We Who Sing, Pray Twice –

January 18th 7.30pm – 9.30pm,

Learn simple, sacred rounds and chants in four-part harmony. No need to book – all welcome! See website for more details.

Praying Without Words

January 25th7.30 – 9pm.

A group exploring the benefits and challenges of silent prayer

For anybody drawn to silent prayer, meditation or contemplation, this group will provide chance to practise, learn and explore questions such as: am I doing this right? Nothing is happening, why bother? How can I stop my thoughts?

No charge, donations welcome. More details here.

Training and Learning opportunities

Brave New World? Faithful living in a time of change

In a time of political turbulence, social upheaval and climate change, the 2018 Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) conference will be looking at how Christians can live prophetically and faithfully.

Brave New World? Faithful living in a time of change takes place in Manchester on Saturday, 17 March 2018.    

The one-day conference is a unique opportunity to explore in detail a faith-based perspective on some of the most pressing political issues of our times. There will be workshops covering topics as varied as the changing face of poverty, tackling hate crime and counteracting climate change.

In the spirit of learning how to work for justice and peace across political divides the highlight of the conference will be a debate between Stella Creasy, MP for Labour and Co-operative, and Peter Oborne, columnist at the Daily Mail.

They will discuss and debate the challenges, fears and hopes facing communities, nations and the world. This is an exciting opportunity to hear two individuals with very different perspectives attempting to build a vision for the future.

The day will conclude with Revd Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Team at Christian Aid Scotland, sending attendees out with a vision for a new heaven and new earth.

The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), which is running the conference, was established in 2007 as a venture of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland to help the four denominations work together on issues of justice and inequality.

Team Leader for the Joint Public Issues Team, Rachel Lampard, commented: “We are living in a rapidly changing, complex and sometimes frightening world, but as Christians we are given a vision of a new heaven and a new earth.

“What does a brave new world look like for our communities, society and world?  And how can we as Christians participate in shaping in the coming new world?

“The Joint Public Issues Team conference is an opportunity to inform, resource, inspire and challenge Christians on the issues of peace and justice which we face. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet face to face with others and share visions for a new heaven and new earth.”

Full details are available on the JPIT website www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/about/2018conf/

Seasonal Encounters with the Iona Community 2018

28th March – 2nd April

Kissed-Pierced-Hidden-Revealed: Seeing God’s Passion from Gethsemane to Glory, led by Dr Debbie Lewer

22nd – 27th October

Following the Celtic Way led by Professor Ian Bradley

27th October – 1st November

Enthusiasm, Entropy and Ecology:A New look at the Psalms led by Rev. John Bell

1st – 6th November

Adventures with God: An Introduction to the Gifts and Wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola led by Rev. Alison Marshall

Venue: St Columba Hotel, Isle of Iona

Price: From £649 per person, per course; includes full board and programme charge.

Booking online or by phone: www.stcolumba-hotel.co.uk t: 44 (0) 1681 700 304

A flyer with more details about the first event can be found here: Easter on Iona Brochure final

Regional Retreats

These are for all Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees in the Yorkshire plus region (Sheffield; Yorkshire North & East; Yorkshire West Districts). Those eligible can have one retreat subsided by the District and Region.

22-24 May 2018 – Wydale Hall
Meditating on the Miracles with John Bell

John Bell is a preacher, hymnwriter, composer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community. The miracles are a blessing to some and embarrassment to others. The former are keen to regard them as evidence of the power of God; the latter suspect that one day they will all be explained away.

The sad reality is that, with the exception of two in John’s Gospel, we can read them in less than a minute, and so tend to skim over their purpose, diversity and uniqueness. In this retreat we will not look at every miracle, but will take time to regard them as gifts of God intended to reveal to us things about faith and humanity which words by themselves could not offer. This will not be an occasion for comparing what it says in the commentaries, but in discovering how the texts address us, our lives and our ministries.

A booking form can be downloaded here:2018-05 Regional Retreat Booking Form

Godly Play

Going Deeper and Getting Equipped

Fridays 2nd Feb and 16th Mar 2018

These days are for those who are already practicing Godly Play, are perhaps setting up their own spaces and gathering resources. They will provide time and space to go deeper in our understanding about Godly Play, as well as to become more equipped with story materials and resources.
The morning will consist of a full Godly Play session with time to explore one specific area in more depth – either ‘wondering’ (2nd Feb) or ‘response’ (16th March).
There will then be an opportunity in the afternoon to make and take away a selection of stories and materials (at a small additional cost).

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

Dates: Friday 2nd February 2018 (Going deeper into ‘wondering’)
Friday 16th March 2018 (Going deeper into ‘response’)

Times: 10.00 am – 3.30 pm (arrivals from 9.30)

Cost: £30.00 (plus additional costs for materials taken away).
Free of charge to all Godly Players in the Sheffield Diocese who have completed the 3 day accredited Godly Play training, (plus additional costs for materials taken away).
Refreshments will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

To book onto one or both of these days, follow the link 2nd Feb/16th Mar 2018
For more details go to godlyplaymutualblessings.wordpress.com

Contact: Kate Cornwell kategodlyplay@thevinesheffield.org.uk for any enquiries.

Sheffield: 3 Day Accredited Training Course

Venue: The Vine, St Stephen’s Church, Fawcett Street, Netherthorpe, S3 7PL
Dates: 13th, 20th, 27th January 2018
Trainers: Kate Cornwell and Kathryn Lord
Times: 8.30 am – 6.30 pm (except on final day of course which ends at 5 pm)
Cost: £295
See godlyplay.uk to book.

Job Vacancies

UTU are looking for an Administrative Assistant to join our team.

Perhaps someone in your church or community is looking for an opportunity to get into or back into work or needs a few extra hours. Please share this opportunity in your pew sheet, on your church website and on your social media.

Urban Theology Union (Sheffield)
Part-time Administrative Assistant
Hourly rate: £8.75 per hour for six hours per week initially (may be increased to nine hours per week)

UTU is a member-led education charity supporting Christian ministry particularly in urban contexts. More information about UTU can be obtained on the web site at  http://utusheffield.org.uk/.

A permanent, part-time vacancy exists for an Administrative Assistant to work six hours per week (two 3 hour sessions worked over two mornings), may be increased to nine hours per week, based at our office in the centre of Sheffield. This is a pensionable post though you can opt-out if you wish to.

The job comprises core administrative tasks: word processing, record keeping, electronic and paper filing, dealing with telephone queries, providing administrative assistance to the Office Manager relating to teaching and the study schedules etc. It also requires updating the social media presence of UTU.

The applicant must have a friendly interpersonal style and accurate literacy and numeracy ability, as well as administrative and word processing skills, and a proficient working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite. Previous office based administrative experience either as an employee or a volunteer essential.
An Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification can be obtained from Urban Theology Union, Lower Ground Floor, Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB, via email on office@utusheffield.org.uk, or downloaded from our website utusheffield.org.uk.
Closing date : 22/1/2018.

Exciting volunteer opportunity!

Applications are invited for the role of

MWiB President 2019—2021

Would you like to help take Methodist Women in Britain forward as
a member of the Executive and Forum?

The role of MWiB President is a four-year commitment beginning in
June 2018, when the person appointed will become Vice-President
for one year, followed by two years as President and a further year
as Vice-President.

Selection will take place at MWiB Forum on Saturday 17th February 2018, at Hinsley Hall, Leeds.
Closing date for applications: Friday 5th January 2018

Full role description and application form can be downloaded from the website: www.mwib.org.uk
or obtained by email: admin@mwib.org.uk
or by telephone: 0300 030 9873