District News – 8 January 2018

This Week’s News

Sad News

Our thoughts and prayers are with Revd Barbara Savage, a supernumerary minister in the Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit, following the death of her husband Brian. The funeral will be at 1:30pm at Ardsley Crematorium, followed by a thanksgiving service at St John’s Methodist Church at 2:15pm.

Cancelled event

Due to insufficient expressions of interest in the Vocations day on 13 January, this has had to be cancelled. If anyone was planning on attending this day, they should contact Revd Sean Adair or Revd Graham Jones.

Springs Dance Company

Bread of Life – A deeply moving and captivating performance for your church for Lent and Easter 2018.

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.

  • “Wonderful performance so moving – reminded me what the relationship with Jesus is meant to be like.”
  • “A powerful and moving performance.”
  • “Amazing, heart-felt, inspirational.”

Audience Feedback from Bread of Life

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

A Study Day for Preachers and Leaders of Worship

Saturday 27 January – Whittington Moor Methodist Church, Chesterfield

Led by The Rev Dr Kate Bruce, Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research Fellow in Preaching, Cranmer College, Durham.

Full details can be found on the flyer here: LP study day flyer 04.01.18

Bible Month Training

Saturday 27 January 2018 – Oxford Place, Leeds

This year for Bible Month we are focusing on the book of Jonah.  The training day is on Saturday 27th January 2018 at Oxford Place Methodist Church, Leeds, promises to be helpful to all those who will be leading worship and small groups during Bible month.

It will be led by Revd Paul Ashby, a retired minister and Old Testament Scholar. With workshops in the afternoon that will explore:

  • Leading worship and preaching
  • Leading creative all-age worship
  • Leading small groups

You can down load a flyer here: Bible Month (Yorkshire plus) 2018

A booking form can be downloaded here: 20180127 – Bible month training day and returned to Katrin in the District Office by Monday 15 January

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

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/