District News – 3 January 2018

This Week’s News

Office News

Welcome to 2018! The office is changing to a new computer system, including emails, so there may be some slight disruption in the usual service. If you find out that you have been missing out on information, please get in touch.

ACE Magazine Awards 2018

The Association for Church Editors is launching its next Awards to celebrate and recognise the work of church magazine editors and their editorial teams.

The Awards for 2018 are aimed at A4 magazines/newsletters. The guidelines for entry are as follows:

  • A4 layout (Magazines larger than A5, but smaller than A4 are acceptable)
  • Produced using colour printing or black & white.
  • Not less than four issues per year
  • A print run of not less than 50 copies

For full details on how to submit an entry, download the launch document here: Launch document 2018

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

The Tuesday morning Reflective Communion services will be relocated to All Saints, Ecclessall due to building work. The January and February Simple Quiet Days have been cancelled and other events may have been postponed.

For more details of what the works entail, please visit our news page. We expect the centre to be improved and fully-functional again by Holy Week (March 25). Thank you for your prayers and patience!

Events and Learning Opportunites

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 voation 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

Regional Resourcing Day

Monday 15 January – Oxford Place, Leeds

An opportunity to find out about the work of the DMLN team and to explore some of the many resources available. The day will start at 10:30 with coffee and end at 2:30pm. Lunch is also provided.

Although this is primarily aimed at anyone new to the district, it is also open to anyone who would find this day useful.

To book a place (for catering purposes) please contact Siân Henderson (admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org).

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.

Methodist for World Mission
World Mission Conference 2018

1 – 3 June 2018 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

A world mission conference exploring African theology and associated social and economic issues through stories, art, music and worship. The speakers are Archbishop Josiah Idowu Fearon from Nigeria, General Secretay of the Anglican Communion Office, and Matilda Johnson from the Gambia, Vice President of the World Federation of Methodist and United Church Women.

A booking form can be downloaded here: 2018 MWM Booking Form

You can also download the World Mission Prayer and Care newsletter here: MWM Prayer and Care Newsletter No 20 Winter 2017

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Why not kick off 2018 with a Daily Reading Book? There is a wide range to choose from in store or via their website (clcbookshops.com).

Used Christian academic books published after 2000 are always in demand. At the moment we urgently need the following used study books for a student bookstall at a theological college on 9th January…

  • books on the Trinity;
  • academic commentaries on the Gospel of Mark by authors such as Hooker, Marcus, Boring, Collins and other recent works;
  • books about or by Barth and/or Bonhoeffer;
  • books on leadership (especially by Neil Cole);
  • academic commentaries on Isaiah by Goldingay, Motyer, Stromberg, Barton and other recent works;
  • books by John Swinton, John Webster, David Clough, Stanley Hauerwas and Miroslav Volf…

What they can’t use now can be kept for a later bookstall elsewhere

Methodist News

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on 18 January. The week is sometimes referred to as the “Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity”, with its eight days running from the feast of St Peter to that of St Paul (25 January).

Resources for the week have been prepared by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). This year, their starting point is the Christian aspiration: That All May Be Free, and the materials raise some of the contemporary issues addressed by the churches of the Caribbean.

“Abuses of human rights are found across the region and we are challenged to consider our manner of welcoming of the stranger into our midst. Human trafficking and modern-day slavery continue to be huge issues. Addiction to pornography and drugs continue to be serious challenges to all societies. The debt crisis has a negative impact upon the nations and upon individuals – the economies of the nations and people have become precarious. Family life continues to be challenged by the economic restrictions which lead to migration, domestic abuse and violence.”

Using the work of the Caribbean Churches as a model, the reflections (over eight days), together with a worship liturgy, focus on the idea of healing the wounds in the body of Christ. “Reconciliation demands repentance, reparation and the healing of memories,” the authors write. “The whole Church is called to be both a sign and an active agent of this reconciliation.”

Presidential Christmas message

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have released their 2017 Christmas message on the subject of visitation.

“Visiting is at the heart of Christmas … Gabriel visits Mary, Mary visits Elizabeth, the angels visit the shepherds, the shepherds visit the Holy Family, the magi come from distant lands, following a star to visit the new-born king …

“This Christmas our prayer is that you might visit the manger once more and know in your hearts the coming of the Christ child, to worship and to hear again this fantastic story of incarnation, of joy and of wonder and give thanks for this marvellous gift and that we might all, through the visits we make and receive, change the world.”

Read and watch their full message here.

What’s the sequel to your nativity play?

Passion plays can be a powerful witness, but require careful planning and skilled acting. The Passion Trust provides helpful resources and examples.

A simpler option is on offer from Riding Lights Theatre Company, who provide a script, music and instructions for the People’s Passion, This is a performance based on audience or congregational participation, with only the leaders needing any rehearsal. It is an easy fit for larger churches with projector etc, and an excuse for smaller ones to take over a community hall and invite people to share in telling the greatest story.