District News – 31 January 2018

This Week’s News

Sad News|

The funeral of the Revd Anthony Pepper will take place at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Tuesday 6 February at 9:45am.

District Mission Development Support Worker (MDSW)

We are pleased to welcome Neil Harland as our new Mission Development Support Worker, to work alongside churches, circuits and projects considering change or working to turn visions into reality. Neil is a member in the Sheffield Circuit. When not ferrying his children to myriad sporting activities, he is a resigned Reading FC supporter, bad guitar player and sweet-toothed baker.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

26 February – 11 March

The District Fairtrade Committee is delighted that Gill Newton will again be hosting a Fairtrade coffee morning for Faith Leaders at Zooby’s in the Winter Gardens, on Thursday 1 March.

It is hoped that many churches in the District will also mark this fortnight with events and worship. Resources to help plan this can be found here: FAIR TRADE FORTNIGHT 2018

Falcon Camps

Sheffield Methodist Circuit are partnering with CPAS to run a Falcon Holiday Camp (https://www.ventures.org.uk/falcon-camps) for young people aged 11-14. It’s taking place at Hagg Farm near Ladybower from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July 2018. Falcon Camps are aimed at young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, whether that be financially disadvantaged, or in Foster Care or a Young Career, or who have simply had a really bad year for whatever reason and would appreciate a short break. If you’re aware of anyone who would benefit from coming on the camp, either in your local Church or through any of the groups or activities that you run, please put them in touch with Jonathan Buckley (07450 778678, jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk). We have spaces for 15 young people this year, although we are hoping to increase this for 2019.

Volunteer leaders

We are looking for 2-3 more volunteer leaders to come with us on the camp. If you’d like to find out more about what would be involved, please contact Jonathan. If you would like to apply to be a leader, CPAS have set up a online application form at http://www.ventureleaders.org.uk/apply/welcome/index.php?event=2976.


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

Golden Ticket Holiday Club

Clifton Methodist Church, Rotherham are holding their annual Half Term holiday club this February on the 14-16 February from 10 till 12. This is aimed at children and young people  4+. To register phone or text 07590982559 or visit our website www.cliftonmethodist.co.uk for more information.

Training and Learning Opportunities

A Walk through the bible

Saturday 17 March – Thorpe Hesley

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Old Testament?

We will be hosting a ‘Walk through the Bible’ event on 17th March (10-4.30pm) which will give you an overview of the Old Testament through fun and memorable teaching, with take away materials. The cost is £14 per adult. Children 11-16 years are welcome with a paying adult.

Seeing the big picture of the Bible will encourage you to read with fresh understanding. We will give you a helpful structure which fills in any gaps you might have.

For those who are new to the Bible this can be a revelation!

Imagine the impact on your church if everyone felt a fresh inspiration with their Bible reading.

Bring a packed lunch, drinks provided

If you need more information please contact Katherine on 0114 2812816 or email katherinefrancis@blueyonder.co.uk

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/

One Way Creative Ministries Puppet Ministry Training Day

Saturday 28 April – Standish WN6 0JT

Our Puppet Ministry Training Days feature a full day of hands on training and is suitable for both adults and young people, schools ministry, youth/children’s workers, those already involved in puppet ministry and wanting to improve their skills or even if you are just curious as to how puppetry can be a part of your outreach.

Full details on the event in your area can be found on our website here –

Ebor Lectures

The Ebor Lecture series aims to promote a conversation between theology and public issues. The Yorkshire North & East District is one of five ecumenical partners involved in this venture and in adopting the theme of ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ the 12th series marks the centenary of the ending of World War 1. A highlight this year is a family event with Michael Morpurgo. The lectures are free to attend and you are warmly invited.

Full details including how to book tickets are can be found in the leaflet here: Ebor Lectures 2018

Job Vacancies

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.

Other News

South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation

SYCF has a range of funding opportunities for community groups and charities to apply for and right now there is two for Barnsley we are keen to get applications for.

Park Spring Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund

For grants up to £500 – £10,000
This fund aims to support groups working in a number of areas including creating a lasting difference to there community and/or working in conservation and energy conservation. More >

Blackstone Edge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund

For grants up to £5,000.
This fund aims to support groups working in a number of areas including advancing education, culture or science, encouraging volunteering and community involvement. More >

CLC Bookshops

At CLC Bookshops Sheffield you will also find MANY  attractive offers in our SALE!!
Books, Bibles, CDs, DVDs, gift items….there’s something for everyone.
Many items are half price or less and everything is priced to go.
All items displayed in the shop window are available for purchase too.

If you are looking for great reads for yourself or for those you are discipling, used books under £10 are half price!! The used books are in the room to the right of the counter, by the way.

Palm Crosses – Pack of 50

The African Palms are handmade thus the size tends to vary between 15 to 25cm in length.

The African Palms entity gives people living in a very poor part of Tanzania the possibility of earning some extra money. The people’s daily work is the planting of maize, millet and ground nuts to feed themselves and their families. The important thing about the Palm Cross project is that it does not interfere with their work of producing the food they need to live.

We look forward to welcoming you very soon here at the bookshop!!

Christian Aid

Dog Jog!

The Dog Jog is coming to Colwick Country Park on Sunday 22 July at 2pm! The Dog Jog series are unique 5k jogging events for you and your dog to get fit and have fun. Each event offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere with no times and no pressure. Christian Aid are one of the affiliated charities of the Dog Jog so now you and your dog can take part whilst raising money for Christian Aid!

Find out more or book your charity place by visiting: https://www.dogjog.co.uk/nottingham/ 

Global Neighbours accreditation scheme

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new Global Neighbours accreditation scheme for all primary schools in England! We are working in partnership with The Church of England Education Office to offer the opportunity for schools to apply for a bronze, silver or gold award in recognition of their work in developing courageous advocacy and global citizenship. We’re looking for volunteers to help support schools participating in the scheme. As a volunteer Christian Aid Teacher you will offer guidance and ideas to class teachers, and provide workshops and assemblies. You can learn more about the role here: https://jobs.christianaid.org.uk/vacancy/christian-aid-teacher-volunteer-1335/1353/description/ and more about the scheme here: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/schools/global-neighbours-accreditation-scheme

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. 

Enough for Everyone Appeal

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Enough for Everyone Christmas appeal. Christmas may be over but donations made to our 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 Enough for Everyone 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 Enough for Everyone webpage: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas-appeal

Methodist Church News

Faith in Politics: new monthly podcast launched

Faith in Politics, an exciting new podcast series that features guests discussing topics from current affairs that link in with faith, has been launched by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).

JPIT is a joint venture of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. The team works on issues of justice and inequality by influencing those in power and energising local congregations.The podcast was created by Helen Byrne and Rachel Allison who are working for the church as Parliamentary interns.

Each monthly episode will be presented by Helen and Rachel – both avid podcast listeners – and will feature lively discussions from the world of politics from a faith viewpoint, interviews and a ‘musing slot’, inspired by Thought for the Day.

Topics such as poverty, inequality, peace-making and the environment plan to be covered.

Those taking part are people who are living out a faith of some kind in public and political life. Some of the guests who will feature include the Co-Leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, Labour politicians, the Rt Hon Stephen Timms and Alan Milburn, and the Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

Each 30-minute podcast will be released on the last Thursday of every month and can be downloaded from http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/podcast. You can also subscribe to it from Google Play for Android devices and iTunes or Podcast for Apple devices.

Faith in Politics is aimed at JPIT’s existing supporters and activists but will also appeal to a younger audience thanks to increased engagement with current affairs and politics, and the accessibility of social media and podcasts.

Helen Bryne explains: “Christians have a civic duty to engage with the world around them, because our Lord is a God of justice and whether we like it or not, faith in its many manifestations shape our political landscape.”


New Focus Note – Residential Tenancy (VPR)

Managing Trustees may have thought about using a vacant Manse to help house refugees and/or heard about the Methodist Council’s policy on tenancies under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme (VPR) specifically? The Residential Tenancy (Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme (VPR) Focus Note is now available on TMCP’s website to provide detailed guidance on these…

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