District News – 21 February

This Week’s News

Woodlands Chapel, Peak Circuit

In 1868 the little chapel on Snake Pass was build by local farmers with stone and land given by the Duke of Devonshire. They are using this 150th anniversary to draw together memories and stories recording the history Woodlands, and of the Alport Love Feast, which has been celebrated at Alport for over 200 years!

Worship still continues in this unique location 6 times a year, and you would be most welcome to join them. There is a Spring Service on Sunday 4 March at 2:30pm and on Sunday 13 May they are holding their Anniversary Service, also at 2:30. Looking further ahead, the Love Feast will be at 1:30pm on Sunday 1 July.

Stocksbridge Christian Centre

The ARK at Stocksbridge Christian Centre

A special children’s area was dedicated in the sanctuary of the Christian Centre on Sunday 18 February.  The service was themed around the Biblical ark as a place of comfort, and safety from where good things could happen. In the middle of the service the whole congregation gathered around this special space and the minister James H. Grayson, addressing the children present, dedicated the ARK as their special space for play, study and worship.  The children responded with a word of thanks for the space and the welcome of the church to them. A blessing was then offered over the ARK. There were 30 people in attendance including 4 boys who came from the Boys’ Brigade.

The space occupies a large portion of the rear of the church and is framed on two sides by chairs from the sanctuary.  It is placed diagonally opposite the pulpit and screen so that parents sitting in the ARK can see and hear what is going on.  There are two sizes of table for older or younger children.  The children also can see the ‘main’ body of the church and the screen and participate if they wish.  Every Sunday someone will be in the ARK to welcome children and to be with them the whole time.  There will be planned activities and work already laid out which will be on the same there as the ‘main’ service. The first project by the children was an art work which hangs on the wall behind the ARK.  The walls of the ARK will have a changing series of posters.

The Christian Centre felt it was important to have a welcoming space which children could feel was their own, but which also was part of the church and not separate from it.  By the summer, we hope to build up a small core of 6 to 8 primary school children.

Heroes of the Bible Brick Event

22 Feb 10am-3pm Bamford Methodist Church, Peak Circuit

Join us for our latest Brick Event at Bamford Methodist Church. With the theme of ‘Heroes of the Bible’ there will be LEGO building and a model exhibition, crafts and activities, a superhero  selfie ‘photobooth’, films and animations, competitions and refreshments. And it’s all free! Please see attached flyer for further information or contact Karen: Karen@peakmethodist.co.uk  or 01629 812 195.

Save the Date 1

Pentecost Party – Sunday 20 May

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

The hope is that:

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or as a family;
  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

The Yorkshire West District is hosting a special event to mark this on Sunday 20 May between 1:30 and 5:30pm. More details will follow soon, but we are pleased to announce that Stuart Townend will be leading the music.

Please download the poster to help publicise this: Pentecost Party

Save the Date 2

Ordinands Testimony Service

Sunday 10 June – Broom Methodist Church

A chance to celebrate with our Probationers Jill Pullan and Christine Sutherby as they share with us their journey towards ordination.


Whirlow Spirituality Centre

February 18th and March 4th & 18th
Reflective Worship and Communion Services Cancelled

It is with some disappointment that we have made the decision to cancel services in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on February 18th and March 4th & 18th.

The building work is making progress, but has resulted in Whirlow being temporarily inaccessible to the public – Lent can be a time of stripping away, we did not expect such an extreme example of it at Whirlow!

Space To Be this Sunday (18th Feb) is also cancelled but plans are in place to relocate this on future Sundays.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and our website for other changes to our programme. – another email will come out next week when these changes have been  confirmed.

In the meantime join us at All Saints Ecclesall:

  • each Tuesday 9.45 – 10.30am for our midweek Reflective Communion.
  • this Thursday Feb 22nd 8.00 – 9.00pm Praying Without Words (refreshments from 7.30pm)

We look forward to welcoming you back to the refurbished Whirlow Spirituality Centre at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit during Holy Week.

Sheffield District MWiB

Film ‘Hidden Figures’ based on a true story.

Wednesday 7th March 2018  The Showroom Cinema Sheffield, Paternoster Row  10.30am – 12.30pm

‘Meet the Women you don’t know behind the mission you do.’ The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Cost £5. Tickets  from pdflavell@aol.com

Annual General Meeting.

Wednesday 21st March 2018 Unitarian Church Norfolk Street, S1 2JD 11am -1pm

Retreat Day with Kirstin Markay and Helen Leah

Wednesday 11th April 2018 The Peveril Centre Castleton, S33 8WP, 10.30am – 4pm

£19 to include coffee, lunch and tea. Contact: georgeandelaine@gilcrux.eclipse.co.uk

Retreat Day with Kirstin Markay and Helen Leah

Thursday 12th April 2018 Sprotbrough Methodist Church, DN5 7LN, 10.30am – 4pm

£19 to include coffee, lunch and tea.Contact: mecrompton@f2s.com

District Day with Connexional President Sandra Goodwin

Tuesday June 26th 2018 Mosborough Methodist Church S20 5BT 11am – 3pm

Light lunch provided.

Coach Trip from the Interchange Pond Street

Tuesday 10th July 2018  Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum of Primitive Methodism. CW2 5QW

Beautiful Georgian Chapel and Primitive Methodist Museum which tells the story of this working class 19th century movement which transformed peoples’ lives with its message of ‘Freedom, Equality and Fraternity.’

Coach Trip Cost £18 with cream tea. Contact: georgeandelaine@gilcrux.eclipse.co.uk

Yorkshire & the North-East of England Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival

This May the Yorkshire and the North-East of England Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival is coming to Huddersfield.  Please will you help us to reach a wider audience for our service of prayer and praise by putting the following information on websites, in publications and on notice boards.

Saturday 12th May 2018 Services 2.00 – 3.30 and 4.45 – 6.30

Lindley Methodist Church, East Street, Lindley, Huddersfield, West Yorks., HD3 3ND

Leader:  Rev. Philip Barnett   Organist:  Trystan Lewis

Tea and coffee between and after services, but bring your own food

Come and sing with us in Welsh.  Prayers, readings and introductions and some hymns bilingual.

Learning and Development

Learning & Development Grants

Learning and developing ourselves, our churches, circuits and district are vital and intrinsic aspects of being active people of God. However, the Sheffield District Learning and Development group recognises that sometimes the cost of developing or attending such opportunities may be a deterrent or barrier.

We are therefore pleased to announce the District Learning and Development Fund, set up to support learning and development activities of Methodists in the Sheffield District.

Priority will be given to people who have no other learning and development grant entitlement, especially first time applicants, but applications from staff, including presbyters, will also be considered.

Learning and development funding can cover such things as resources for house groups or study groups; expenses for speakers from other parts of the country; costs of joining a workshop, course or activity or contributions to extended periods of study.

Grant application forms can be downloaded from the website here: Grants for Learning and Development Opportunities.

The deadline for each round of applications is 2 weeks before the Learning & Development Group meet and are as follows: 9 March (for 23 March) and 11 May (for 25 May).

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

Godly Play

Two days on Godly Play with elders

An introduction on 6th March to using Godly Play with elders (for those with little experience of Godly Play)
Please let people you know who might be interested in finding out about using Godly Play with older people in care settings about this Introductory Day

A training day on 13th March for those who have completed the accredited core training and who wish to use it in the context of care settings (including working with people living with dementia)

A Making Day

The morning will consist of a full Godly Play session with time to explore ‘response’ in more depth.
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).
Friday 16th March 2018
£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).
Going deeper and getting equipped

Joined up conference

Rebecca Nye will be speaking on ‘Children’s Spirituality: What it is and Why it Matters’
A day’s event on Saturday, 10th March in Sheffield: Training and resourcing in children’s, youth, families and schools ministry.
Booking is available on the conference website http://joinedupconference.com/ 
along with a full list of the workshops and venue information. Tickets only £10!!!

Bridge Builders

We offer a varied programme of training ranging from one day open workshops to five day residential courses.
Click on the quick links below to go straight to event pages on our website, or scroll down in the newsletter to see a list of what’s on offer.


We are offering a special rate of £60 per person for concessions and groups of four or more. Price includes lunch and training materials.  
Facilitating Difficult Meetings
22 March 2018
Virtual Church Conflict
26 April 2018

Residential Courses

Transforming Church Conflict: A Foundation Course for Senior Church Leaders
11-16 March 2018
Launde Abbey, Leics
A small number of places are still available.
The next Senior Leaders’ course takes place 28 April – 3 May 2019 at Launde Abbey. Booking opens soon.
Training of Trainers: Leading a Bridge Builders Workshop
15-17 May 2018
Felden Lodge, Herts
Transforming Church Conflict: A Foundation Course for Church Leaders
17-22 June 2018
Felden Lodge, Herts
Leading in Anxious Times: A Systems Approach to Leadership
15-16 October – November 27-28 2018 (4 days)
Felden Lodge, Herts

Volunteer Opportunites

Shiloh – Rotherham

We’re recruiting new volunteer Trustees.

Do you want to use your skills and experience to make a difference to the lives of adults in need?

Shiloh Rotherham is a Christian charity that provides a building-based support service to adults in Rotherham who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or living in poverty. We offer warmth, practical support and pathways to independence for adults in need, regardless of their beliefs.

We are a volunteer-led charity that has recently benefitted from a Big Lottery grant which has enabled us to appoint four paid members of staff, including a Project Manager. There is a requirement now for the charity to deliver against key lottery targets in line with the vision for Shiloh outlined in the business plan. We are looking to strengthen our Board further through the recruitment of several key voluntary Trustee positions.

We are particularly looking to recruit members who have any of the following:

  • Experience working in the voluntary sector
  • Strong links with the local community
  • Expertise in a specific field such as Strategy, Fundraising or Marketing and Media
  • Legal expertise
  • Experience of Contracts and Tendering

Trustees are unpaid, though reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

We value diversity on the Board, and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are looking for someone with integrity, credibility and drive to succeed. The ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as demonstrating clear leadership skills is essential, as is a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee.

A time commitment to attend monthly Board meetings (usually held in an evening at 6.30-8.30pm) and to review board papers prior to the meeting is required. There is also an expectation of other duties to occasionally represent the Charity at various meetings and events. Some evening/weekend work may be required.

Closing date for applications is 5 pm on Friday 16th March.
For the full role description, person specification and application form please go to www.shilohrotherham.org.uk/join or for more information call
01709 559504 and ask to speak with Steve Wylie.

Pensions Trustee (Volunteer role)

Methodist Ministers’ Pension Scheme (MMPS) & Pension and Assurance Scheme for Lay Employees of the Methodist Church (PASLEMC)

The Methodist Ministers’ Pension Scheme (MMPS) is a defined benefit occupational pension scheme with a membership of 4,300 ministers and assets of over £470m. The Pension and Assurance Scheme for Lay Employees of the Methodist Church (PASLEMC) has assets of over £73 million and a membership base of around 750.

The Methodist Church is seeking to recruit a new pension scheme board member with public, private or not-for-profit experience and a passion that mirrors the mission of the Church and its values. Initial training will be provided, and all trustees are expected to attend an annual training day so knowledge of current pensions law is not a requirement.

Qualities and skills applicants should have:

  • experience in actuarial, pensions, investments or finance
  • the ability to act impartially, fairly and without conflict
  • the skills to analyse proposals and make recommendations
  • good diplomacy

The role requires attendance at Board meetings that are normally held in London, 4 times a year (estimated commitment of 3-4 hours a month). The successful applicant may be invited to join other sub-committees of the Trust where attendance is also 4 times a year (estimated commitment of 2-3 hours a month).

If you are willing to serve the Church in this way, please visit our website for more information and an Expression of Interest form: www.methodist.org.uk/jobopportunities
Closing date: Monday 5 March 2018 by 12 noon
Interviews will be held week commencing 12 March 2018

Other News

Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week resources are here!

Our Christian Aid Week 2018 resources are now available to order and download! Resources include a new and improved Big Brekkie pack, an 11 day devotional to tie in with Thy Kingdom Come, editable posters, a no-reply envelope as well as bringing back our larger A2 poster! These are just a few of the exciting resources we have available this year. To see all of the resources available and either order or download them, please visit our CAW website: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week

Lent and Easter resources

We have a range of wonderful resources to support you this Lent and Easter, including our Count Your Blessings calendars and Lent Lunch posters and placemats. Order or download your Count Your Blessings Lent calendar and other Lent resources here: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/lent-easter/lent-calendar

CLC Bookshops

World Book Day – 1st March 2018

To celebrate World Book Day next week you have a great selection of books to choose from – and for just £1 each!!

Why not buy in bulk for your church? These £1 books will make great prizes and gifts for children. And check out the £1 titles for adults too. Yes. just £1!! Click here to see the full range.

All titles are available online, click&collect and at all CLC branches while stocks last.

CLC Bookshops Sheffield also have lovely Easter posters available to buy or order: A3 £7.00, A2 £4.50. Other sizes and prices available. View the catalogue in store or click here.

Other Easter resources are in plentiful supply for buying on the spot or to order for collection or delivery. Don’t forget the Partnership Scheme discounts. Church accounts welcome. Thank you for preferring to buy from CLC Bookshops, 103 West Street, SHEFFIELD S1 4EQ    T:  0114 2724663   E: sheffield@clcbookshops.com

Methodist News

Methodist Anglican Covenant

Following debate at the General Synod, the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission will now undertake further refinement and clarification on proposals that would see the Church of England and the Methodist Church enter into a relationship of communion and enable an interchange of their presbyteral ministries. Click here to read more about the proposals.

Death of Billy Graham

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have offered their condolences to the family of US evangelist the Revd Billy Graham, who has died aged 99.

Graham, best known for preaching to audiences in large arenas, died at his home in North Carolina on February 21. He became a Christian aged 16 after listening to an itinerant evangelist and was ordained as a minister four years later.

The President said: “We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Billy Graham, without doubt one of the greatest evangelists of the last century. He shared the love of Jesus Christ to millions around the world.”