District News – 16 January

This Week’s News

Office News

We have recently updated the office computers to a networked server. There  have been some minor issues which may mean that not all emails are sent or received. Please bear with us and let us know if you think you have missed out on communications.

The office will be closed from Thursday 25 Jan to Wednesday 31 Jan.

Barnado’s National Fostering and Adoption Event

Each year Barnardo’s holds a National Fostering & Adoption Event. This year it will place from Monday 22nd January until Sunday 28th January.

In the East Midlands, and nationally, year on year the number of vulnerable children and young people that are referred to our service continues to go. We urgently need your help to find Foster Carers and Adopters.

In the UK there are currently 69000 children that need a foster family. You can help them, whatever they’re going through.  And Barnardo’s will help you.

Fostering can make a profound difference to a child’s life. But it can also bring profound changes to yours. That’s why, when you take a child into your family, Barnardo’s will take you into theirs. Helping you with ongoing support and advice – not just through the application process, but throughout the time you foster. Help a child today. Visit our website to find out more. Change a life at www.barnardos.org.uk/fostering or call our team on: 0800 027 7280.

The Sheffield Box

The Sheffield Box – a warm welcome to our city – is a city wide, community based project which simply is an act of kindness.

The project which is new to the city, will be ran by Victoria Hall Methodist Church, in partnership with other agencies and faith groups.

The Sheffield box is for people who are new to the city, asylum seekers, refugees, those moving to the city for employment from other nations, as well as any others from other nations.

The purpose of the project is to reach out and make people welcome in their new communities through friendship and care.

The official launch date is January 31st at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, anyone is welcome to attend.

More information is on the facebook page The Sheffield Box

If you would like anymore information please email donna.cox10@gmail.com.

ONE Programme Participants

The ONE Programme Participant strand is about engaging young people in the life of the Church and their local communities, focusing on discipleship, vocation and leadership.

Being a ONE Programme Participant is a great opportunity for people aged 16-23 to input into a local church project in a year-long, paid, training-provided, internship.

ONE Programme Participants (OPPs) are employed for one year, on a part-time basis, with a local project to help develop the mission and ministry of the Church at a local, regional and national level. OPPs are paid a living wage to work an average of 15 hours a week – most of which is spent in their local project but with some Connexional (national) responsibilities, including working at 3Generate Children’s and Youth Assembly and attending four training weekends.

The ONE Programme is more than just a job for the young person. The training and personal development in the programme is excellent and gives participants the skills for starting off, or carrying on, in employment as well as developing leadership skills.

So, interested in hosting an OPP?

By applying to be a host project, you are offering a placement for a young person to be employed on a part-time basis for a year.  The salary for this employment will be paid by the Methodist Connexion. As part of your commitment you will be expected to provide a Project Supervisor, who will be responsible for the day to day supervision of the young person.

For 2018/19 we are looking for projects with a particular emphasis on evangelism and vocation, which will contributed to the development of a young person’s calling, so bear this in mind when considering your project.

The deadline for host projects is currently 6 March 2018 at 9am. Details of how to apply can be found here. You are also encouraged to speak to your regional Learning Network team to help you think through your application.


Knitted Bible Exhibition

Tuesday 23 Jan – Thursday 1 Feb at Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley

The Knitted Bible consists of 33 scenes from the Bible peopled by knitted people and animals. created by St. George’s United Reformed Church, Hartlepool. Full details of the opening times can be found here: The Knitted Bible Poster

Bob Hartman – Storyteller Extraordinaire!

To launch the exhibition, you are invited to an evening with Bob Hartman on Tuesday 23 January at 7pm.

Bob’s storytelling programme combines traditional folk-tales from around the world, retold in his own inimitable style, with his own inventive stories. He is the author of the Lion Storyteller series, a number of picture story books including Noah’s Big BoatDinner in the Lions’ DenThe Wolf who Cried Boy and The Three Billy Goats’ Stuff as well as Mr Aesop’s Story Shop and a series of books for adults: Telling the Bible and Telling the Gospel in which he offers his thoughts on storytelling and tips on how to tell stories in fresh and intriguing ways.

Admission is free, and is suitable for all ages. Full details on the poster here: Knitted Bible Launch Event Bob Hartman Storyteller Extraordinaire

Wednesday 24th January 7:30pm

As part of the knitted bible exhibition Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley are hosting “An evening with Claire Gelder” (raising funds for MIND). Claire is a local business woman who founded The Wool Couture Co. and has also recently been on Dragons Den and secured backing from 2 of the dragons. Claire has offered to come along and share with us about her company (knitting, crocheting & macramé like you’ve never seen it before) and how it is developing and growing into a worldwide business. Representatives from MIND – Barnsley & Rotherham group will also be there and will speak about the work that they are involved in. It should be a fun & interesting night.  Tickets £3 to include coffee & cake (all proceeds to MIND). Bring your friends along too.

February at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Building work started on January 8, to be completed in preparation for our 60th Anniversary celebrations in September. There will be some changes to our programme as advertised until April. Please read more about the plans here and keep an eye on the events page for any alterations.

Regular worship

  • 1st Sunday, February 4th. Reflective  Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • 3rd Sunday, February 18th. 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 All Saints, Ecclesall this month, due to building works. Sunday services will be unaffected.

Impossible Tales for Lent # 1 ‘Turning the Other Cheek’ – February 16th

The first of six. This lunch group will hear, reflect and discuss tales from Pete Rollins’ Orthodox Heretic, which uses Christian parables and familiar stories to unsettle and deepen beliefs that are often left unexamined.

12.30 – 1.30pm, £5 per session or £25 for all six. Full details and booking information on the website.

Praying Without Words – February 22nd
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?

7.30 – 9pm. No charge, donations welcome. Prayer starts at 8pm. More details here.

MWiB Sheffield District

Tuesday 6 February – 2pm

Angels Unawares – a healing service led by the Revd Ann Baldock at The Beacon Methodist Church, Broomhill,  Sheffield,  S10 3BD.

This will be a Devotional Service when we can take time to recognize God’s love and care for us

Download a poster to help publicise across the District: AngelsUnawares

Training and Learning

Bible Month training day

Saturday 27 January – Oxford Place, Leeds

We are very much looking forward to our Bible Month training day on Saturday 27th January 2018.  We are delighted that the Revd Paul Ashby, an Old Testament Scholar and a retired Methodist Presbyter is coming to deliver our teaching on Jonah.  Following lunch we will each then share in two out of three workshops options; leading worship and preaching, leading creative all-age worship and leading small groups.

We hope that you are able to join us as we begin to prepare for Bible Month 2018.

There is a small cost for the day (£15) which includes lunch.  Booking is essential.  For catering to be arranged bookings need to be made by Monday 22nd January.

Download the booking form here: Bible month booking form

A Study Day for Preachers and Leaders of Worship led by Revd Dr Kate Bruce

Saturday 27 January – Whittington Moor Methodist Church, Chesterfield

The invitation to Kate Bruce 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.”

Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks will be provided.
To book: phone 01246 453651 or email admin@chesterfieldmethodists.org.uk

Full details on the poster here: LP study day flyer 04.01.18

Re-Imagine Circuits – planning for life

Four one-day conferences around the UK to explore new ways of invigorating circuits to bring new life into their mission.

VENUES (Times each day 9.45am-4.30pm, refreshments provided)

  • Wednesday 28 February 2018
    Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7BJ
  • Thursday 1 March 2018
    Manchester Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ
  • Saturday 3 March 2018
    Methodist Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH
  • Monday 5 March 2018
    Badminton Road Methodist Church, Badminton Rd, Downend, Bristol BS16 6NU

With examples of new and encouraging ways of working from around the UK to reflect on what we can learn and apply in our local context.
BOOK NOW and further information at www.methodist.org.uk/reimagine-circuits

More information on the flyer here: 2963 Re-Imagine conference flyer 2018

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

Connecting Disciples

Bookings now open for Connecting Disciples!

  • 5 – 7 March, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire
  • 1 – 3 June, Cliff College, Derbyshire

Connecting Disciples is the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network conference for Methodist lay employees and children and youth workers. The theme this year is Living Faith. It offers the opportunity to explore ideas and approaches for workers to use in their own context. Connecting Disciples is also a place where workers get a chance to consider how to rejuvenate and refresh their own discipleship along the way.

More details and booking links can be found on the Methodist website

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

Save the Date – the next regional retreat will be 20-22 November

Job Vacancies

UTU are looking for an Administrative Assistant

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.

Church Army – Community Facilitator

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the team engaged in growing the Church Army Mission Community. The successful applicant will join the team comprising of Local Mission Community Leaders, the Assistant Dean, the Dean of Community and the Community Leader (CEO). Eventually the hope is that every community member will see themselves as being part of the team; a learning community where the DARE strategy is integral to its life.

Full details can be found in the job pack here: CF Job Pack

Closing date: Friday 2 February

ONE Opportunity  Co-ordinator

The Yorkshire West District of the Methodist Church require a youth and community worker to be part of a small team responsible for running the ONE Opportunity programme that will employ and train young people within the Methodist District.

The appointment is offered as a 3-year fixed term.  Interviews for the post are planned to be held in week commencing 26th February 2018, with the role commencing from 1st April 2018.

More details can be downloaded here; OOP Coordinator (YW) Job Advert

ONE Opportunity Administrator

The Yorkshire West District of the Methodist Church require an administrator to support a new team responsible for running the ONE Opportunity programme that will employ and train young people within the Methodist District.

The successful candidate will need to work well alongside this disparate team, but also must be relied upon to work individually.  Primarily home based, responsibilities include but are not limited to, minute taking, documentation and recruitment processes, as well as assisting with the training weekends, communications with the young people and promotion of the scheme.

More details here: OOP Administrator (YW) Job Advert

Closing date for for both applications:  Friday 9th February 2018.

For further information or an application pack, please contact the Yorkshire West District Office on admin@ywmethodist.org.uk or 01484 719993.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

There are LOADS of great bargains to be had in the CLC SALE!!
Many items half price or less, including calendars, diaries and books.
Many other items are drastically reduced.
Even used books are included: those under £10 are half price!

If you are looking for great reads for yourself or for those you are discipling, now is the time to buy!

Christian Aid

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to 2018. We are up and running again in the East Midlands office so please do get in touch if we can be of any support in the year ahead. 

Change to the East Midlands Update

We have decided to change the format of the East Midlands update slightly by grouping together Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland in the events section. This is because a number of the events being held in early 2018 in these areas are open to those across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. It also means that each section of the East Midlands Update now matches the regional coordinator who looks after that area:

Derbyshire: Tom Wyke (twyke@christian-aid.org)

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland: Martin Gage (mgage@christian-aid.org)

Lincolnshire: Judi Perry (jperry@christian-aid.org)

Nottinghamshire: Nick Thorley (nthorley@christian-aid.org)

Please do get in touch with your local regional coordinator if you would like support. 

Christmas Appeal Donations

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Christmas appeal. Christmas may be over but donations made to our Christmas Appeal until 5 February 2018 are still eligible for match funding up to £2.7 million! If you have donations from your Christmas events or haven’t been able to give to our Christmas appeal yet, do not fear. There is still time to send your money to us and get it match funded pound for pound by the UK Government! Please do send your donations to us in the East Midlands office or you can donate online on our Christmas webpage: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas-appeal

Pre-Christian Aid Week Events

As we start a New Year, our thoughts turn to Christian Aid Week 2018. We are starting to plan our annual pre-Christian Aid Week events, where we share the stories for this year’s appeal, create space to share and come up with fundraising ideas together and look at the latest resources. If you would like a pre-Christian Aid Week event in your area please do get in touch with us in the office or your local regional coordinator. 

Salt East Midlands Hub Inaugural Workshop

Following the successful launch of Salt East Midlands in November, we are warmly inviting business leaders to our first Salt Workshop on 30th January at the Kingdom Bank in Nottingham. Taking place from 3-6pm, the workshop will be on the theme of ‘Developing a Values Based Business’. Attendees will be inspired and supported to think about how they can put values to work by leading change in their own business, provoking a community of change across faith and business networks and resourcing change by supporting entrepreneurs in the global south. Email salt@christian-aid.org to find out more or visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/developing-a-values-based-business-salt-east-midlands-workshop-tickets-39609880218 to register your free place.