District News – 14 February

This Week’s News

Office News

We have been informed that our web host is moving to a new server in the next few weeks. Hopefully this will be trouble free!

Sad News

We have recently heard of the death of Pat Perowne, wife of the Revd Peter Perowne last Saturday.  Peter and Pat served in both The Peak and Ecclesall circuits in the 1970s.  Pat, who served for many years before her marriage as a deaconess, had been ill for some years.  The funeral is at Canvey Island Methodist Church on March 1st. We hold Peter and the family in our prayers.

Good News

Talbat Lane Methodist Church is delighted to announce that Safe Haven has been successful in obtaining the ‘Duke of York’s Community Award’.

Safe Haven@Talbot Lane was conceived in early October 2015, as a place where vulnerable youngsters, particularly but not exclusively females, could find a safe place if they felt threatened or just needed a place to stay whilst waiting for a lift, or even to  arrange a lift home.

Barrie Thomas, a member of Talbot Lane, tells the story:

It all came about from an exercise towards the end of my Chaplaincy Course, (which I passed) when I was asked to look critically at my home Church with eyes focused on Outreach or Mission.  Talbot Lane Methodist  Church is a Grade II Listed Building situated in the heart of ROTHERHAM, immediately across the road from Rotherham Town Hall. It stands within a Conservation Area just on the edge  of what can best be  described as the Entertainments and Night Club Quarter.

At this time, Child Sexual Exploitation was a major worry and some of my thoughts were to give help wherever it was possible to those in need. I spoke to the Street Pastors and they were overjoyed because, although they wished to do something similar, they were restricted as their building was rented and the landlord would not allow it. I made a promise to them that I would open the Talbot Lane Church to help by the end of October 2015, and we did so. The Circuit gave me a start-up grant of £250, with which we purchased two heaters, paper cups, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. We recruited volunteers and gained permission from the Church Hospitality Team to borrow large vacuum flasks, and from the Church Council to use the Church foyer. We needed that space because it had a marble floor. With donations of several plastic garden chairs, our project  SafeHaven@TalbotLane opened at 10pm on Friday 30 October 2015. Within one month of conceiving the idea we were up and running!

These days things are different. We open at 10.30pm, and by then have held at 10.00pm a briefing session with the Police, Street Pastors and Night Club Security Staff to catch up with any town-centre circumstances that are noteworthy.

We have people who walk into our welcoming atmosphere for hot drinks, food, clothing and warmth, to pray and to spend some friendly time with us. We have people brought in to us by the Security Staff, the Police and the Street Pastors. Some are under the influence of drink or drugs, or both, and these we minister to as best we can. Many times we have an Emergency Department Nurse (who is also a trained Chaplain) with us, which makes care much easier .

Sometimes our clients are predominately homeless or are rough sleepers; at other times we welcome mostly club-goers. Whatever their circumstances, all who come to us are made welcome. We have only one rule, which is that all are welcome. We refuse no one. All are polite and appreciative of our help.

Over the almost two and a half years we have been operating, we have only failed to open on two occasions, staff shortages being the cause. Nowadays we are able to plan ahead as most if not all of our volunteers have been with us for over twelve months.

One of our regular clients has graduated to becoming one of our volunteers. Whilst with us as a client, in his words he found Jesus. He recently celebrated his 24th Birthday with us by attending Thursday Service, where our Minister carried out, at his request, an adult baptism on his doubly special day.

I am glad that God called all of us to this Ministry, because it is a blessing and it always spurs us on to do more. It would be good if we could open also on Saturday nights, but that is for the future, as is Roving Ministry in Rotherham Town Centre on the nights that the Street Pastors are not available.

Christians in Construction

Tim Keen has set up a networking group for  Christians working within the construction industry, to provide links and build relationships that may be of benefit in day to day work. They are also a resource for ministers or church property teams who want to build a network of Christian trades people to work within their buildings and advise them on any projects they may wish to undertake.

Download the advert for more details: Advert

Help find WW2 veterans

The Royal British Legion wants to take all surviving veterans of the Second World War on a free Remembrance tour to where they served during their time in the Armed Forces.

Tours will take place throughout 2018 and will give WW2 veterans the chance to meet up with fellow veterans and pay their respects at battlefield sites, cemeteries and memorials.  The Treasury is enabling these free tours to be funded by Libor fines, and will enable the veterans to return with a family member and carer.

No database exists of WW2 veterans who are still alive today, so the Legion is asking the public to help us make sure every surviving veteran can take part.  If you’re a grandchild, neighbour or carer and know someone who fought in WW2, please tell them about this opportunity and encourage them to sign up! 

For more information, please visit the Legion’s website using the following link:  https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/community/news/remembrance/help-us-find-ww2-veterans-for-free-remembrance-tours/


How fair is Fairtrade?

10th March 2018, St.Andrew’s Psalter Lane, Sheffield, 9.30am – 1pm

Sainsbury’s have recently introduced their own fairly-traded brand of tea and there have been recent challenges about the efficacy of ethical consumerism to actually reach the world’s poorest people.  This event, organised by the Sheffield Circuit Mission Action Group, will take a look at the challenges posed in a book, ‘Doing Good Better’, by William MaCaskill and we will hear from two speakers about their experiences of Fairtrade.  This promises to be an interesting morning with opportunities for questions and discussion, as well as refreshments and home-made cake!  Please come along and join us.

DYFerence at Cliff Festival

This year we’re again really excited to be attending Cliff College Festival, from 25-29 May!

This will be an opportunity for the young people to come together as a District, and give them a chance to have their voice heard, but also to join in with all the exciting activities offered by Cliff College that weekend.

This year we are offering both weekend and day passes. Full details on the flyer here: DYFerence brochure. Bookings need to in by 25 March.

United Christian Voices

21 April – 7pm – Carterknowle Methodist Church

Carterknowle Methodist Church welcomes the United Christian Voices Choir on Saturday 21st April at 7.00pm. The choir will be presenting a praise and worship evening, through singing pieces of music, presenting the word in readings and sketches, congregational hymns and prayer. Tickets are £5 (children free) from Elaine Holberry (0114 258 2641), the Oasis Cafe (in Carterknowle Church) or on the door

Taize Trip

23 June – 2 July 2018

Cliff College and ‘The one program’ will be organizing a trip to the Taize community in France. there are some places for those who would like to join us. If you are between 18 and 26 years old and would like to join us please contact George on g.dixon-gough@cliffcollege.ac.uk

Download the flyer to help with publicity on this: PDF – CC;Taize Flyer_aw

Learning opportunities

Impossible Tales for Lent – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

This series is taken from The Orthodox Heretic by Christian philosopher Pete Rollins, which contains 33 tales.

The ‘parables’ and sketches aim to deepen faith, challenging Christians to engage in the world. They seek to transform hearts rather than minds. The first in our series of 6, Turning the Other Cheek, will be read on Friday.

The book is divided into three sections: Beyond Belief, from which our first 3 tales are taken; God is N.O.W.H.E.R.E., tales 4 & 5; Transfigurations, tale 6.

Each will be read slowly, followed by silent reflection and then discussion over lunch. The session will run from 12.30-1.30pm. Book one for £5 or all six for £25. Or, free for those in full-time education. Details here.

Future sessions:

Salvation for the Devil – 2 Mar
Finding Faith – 9 Mar
The Last Trial – 16 Mar
The Mission of Judas – 23 Mar
The Last Supper – 30 Mar

Mind your Language

Saturday 24 Feb – Oxford Place, Leeds

The ‘How to mind your language’ day is very nearly here!  It is on Saturday 24th February 2018, Oxford Place, Leeds.  The day begins at 10am with registration and refreshments, ending at 3.30pm.

At ‘How to mind your language’, the Revd Ian Bell will encourage participants to finds ways in which they might describe their own faith, and in turn, tell others about it.  During the afternoon the seminars will focus on four different areas of ministry in which people are seeking appropriate ways to communicate faith in different contexts.

We are looking forward to welcoming people to this free event, though booking is essential. Bookings are via Sian Henderson: admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org; 01904 786275

Lunch will be provided free.

Full details on the flyer here: Mind your language publicity

Retford Religious Tolerance Forum

Saturday 10 March – 10am to 1pm

On Saturday March 10th 2018, between 10.00am and 1.00pm, the 2018 Retford Religious Tolerance Forum will take place at The Well, Hospital Road, Retford, DN22 7BD. There will be a refreshments break at 11.25am.

This is a free event

This year our speakers include:

  • Dr David Appleby: Lecturer in Early Modern British History, University of Nottingham, and adviser to the National Civil War Museum, on freedom and persecution in the post civil war era
  • Masoud Ahmadi: International Liberty Association, talking about his escape from persecution
  • Phil Lyons: CEO of the National Holocaust Centre, who will describe the work done at the Centre and discuss the use of survivor testimony and recent innovations, including the Forever project


  • Ben Huxtable of Release International and Andrew Smith of Open Doors
  • A video of an interview with Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and former Archbishop of Canterbury

For more information contact  Adrian Gray at adriangray@pilgrimsandprophets.co.uk

You can dowload a poster here: Religious Tolerance Forum poster v2 10th March 2018

To Be a Pilgrim

As part of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential theme for 2017/18, a conference with the title ‘To Be a Pilgrim’ will take place at Cliff College from Friday evening 6th April through to Sunday lunch 8th April.

The programme offers a choice of variety of different topics and activities, with Rev Michaela Youngson, President-designate, as the keynote speaker.

Bookings can be done through the website at http://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/learning/discipleship/journeying-with-others/pilgrimage/pilgrimage-events/to-be-a-pilgrim-conference/. The conference fee includes high quality accommodation at reasonable prices.

Spring Harvest at Harrowgate

In 2018 we’re heading to Harrogate for the first time. We’re excited to be going somewhere new and more easily accessible if you’re in the North of England, Scotland or Ireland. You can expect the same high quality teaching, inspirational moments of worship, wide and varied sessions, first-class children’s and youth programmes and sense of Christian community.

Booking for Harrogate is different to booking for Minehead and Skegness. You will book an event ticket that includes access to the full programme, but no accommodation is included. You can then arrange your own accommodation separately to suit your needs and budget.

For full details, visit the website: www.springharvest.org/harrogate


Volunteer Chaplains

HMP Lindholme Chaplaincy are currently recruiting for volunteers to help with their work with prisoners. Within the chaplaincy volunteers are needed for help with pastoral work, support with services and faith based classes.  Separately there are also opportunities for volunteers to be become Official prison visitors. This role is not based in chaplaincy but is a national scheme that aids to supports prisoners who would not ordinarily have visits from their family or friends. If you are interested in any of these roles then please contact Reverend Sarah Walsh, Managing Chaplain at HMP Lindholme on 01302 524700 and ask for the chaplaincy or on email: Sarah.Walsh@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Our Easter Kids’ Corner promotion is now live!

We have a fantastic selection of resources – all at reduced prices – that will help children of all ages grow in faith. You can click here to see the full range.
Kids’ Corner items are available in store, online or via click&collect.
Those bought in store qualify for loyalty stamps and customer discounts as per our Ts&Cs.

Christian Aid

Come and have a bark in the park for Christian Aid! 

Get fit & have fun with your four-legged friend in 2018. Dog Jog is a fun, relaxed 5k run, suitable for all abilities, and dogs – why not sign up for a free place by raising money for Christian Aid?  Dates include*:

  • Leeds (Roundhay Park) 21st July
  • Nottingham (Colwick Country Park) 22nd July
  • Gateshead (Saltwell Park) 20th October

Katy McCabe, Christian Aid Leeds Office Coordinator had a great time at the event last year with her whippet, Pippin. She said ‘I really enjoyed the Dog Jog. Training was fun as we did it together, and on the day I was so thrilled to complete it. The event was really well organised and I’m looking forward to doing it again this year’ Both had well earned treats afterwards and raised £267. Sign up online at www.dogjog.co.uk (* you can Dog Jog for Christian Aid at more than 16 locations this summer – for full list of dates, visit www.dogjog.co.uk)

Chucking the chocolate? Banishing box-set binges?

Whatever you choose to give up for Lent, get your friends and family to sponsor you, and help people living in poverty around the world! Challenge yourself to go without something for 40 days, raise money for Christian Aid and help fight poverty. You can find out more by visiting our website: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/fundraising/give-up-for-lent.

Also our wonderful Count Your Blessings Lent resources are now available to order and download: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/lent-easter/lent-calendar

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/

Find out more about the scheme here: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/schools/global-neighbours-accreditation-scheme