District News – 28 February 2018

This Week’s News

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

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.

Presbyteral Synod

The calling papers for the Presbyteral Synod on Tuesday 20 March have been sent out. We are aware that sometimes emails fail to arrive, so please check and let the office know if you don’t receive them.

Music for Worship

Not all churches are blessed with musicians to accompany the singing in worship (or others). If you have access to a CD player or computer, you may find the following useful:

Mission Praise (UK, 2005) – not exhaustive, but you can download the files individually

Hymn Accompaniment CDs and MP3 downloads – Worship Song Albums – These albums are packed with between 35 and 56 accompaniments for popular worship song played on piano (see below for full list of tracks). Some of the most popular tunes from Songs of Fellowship and Mission Praise, ideal to complete a service when you have no music group or keyboard player available. There are no voices on these recordings, just a playover and the accompaniment. 

For the ultimate information site look here: Music

And finally, there is the Singing the Faith CD set: Piano Accompaniment

Could you be a Waterways Chaplain?

Waterways Chaplaincy is about serving Christ on the waterways. It is an ecumenical activity of Workplace Matters providing a listening and supporting ministry to those who benefit from and use the inland waterways.

The role focuses on being a visible presence along specific stretches of the river and canal network in England and Wales, by providing friendship, support and a listening ear to ALL those who have contact with the inland waterways.

More information can be found in the leaflet here: Could you be a WWC chaplain

Meeting Space available

  • Are you a  member of an organisation that holds conferences or needs meeting space for between 200 and 500 people?
  • Are you interested in using a Sheffield city-centre venue that offers speaker and delegate space, a café and break-out rooms?

Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Sheffield is taking bookings for events, meetings, concerts, AGMs and conferences.  We can provide a fully supported event service.

For more details about booking an event or for an appointment to visit Victoria Hall ring Rachel O’Leary on 0114 2721749 email vichallmethodist@btconnect.com.

Inter Faith Relations

The Methodist Church in Britain is setting up a new (occasional) Inter Faith Relations newsletter as a way of staying in touch with Methodists interested in this area of work. If you would like to receive this email newsletter, please sign up here and click on “inter faith relations”. You will not be sent the newsletter unless you do this.

The Methodist Inter Faith Relations newsletter will contain news and updates about inter faith dialogue taking place around the Connexion. In the first issue, scheduled to go out in April, will be information about the new CTBI online resource, Acting in God’s Love, Inter Faith Week and good news stories from around the Connexion. If you have any stories, book suggestions or photos for future issues please feel free to send them in to us.

It is hoped to create a community of dialogue among Methodist inter faith practitioners and others; to resource, help develop and strengthen this particular interest group.

Deakin & Withers Fund

This time of year always brings with it extra worries, whether it’s the extra cost of keeping your home warm or managing your health when cold and flu bugs come around. 

With that in mind, we wanted to remind you of our Deakin & Withers Fund which is here to help women who find themselves struggling financially at any time of year. If you or someone you know could benefit from this funding then please get in touch. If you work for an organisation or attend a centre whose community could benefit then please help spread the word.

The fund supports:

  • Single women over 40, who are living in hardship, anywhere in the UK and;
  • Applicants must be active members of a church – 1000’s of churches are eligible: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptistic, Pentecostal, Reformed, Lutheran, Salvation Army, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, African-instituted – are just some of those who are eligible.
    Please go to the Churches Together website for the full list.

Each year the Deakin & Withers fund supports women across the UK and we know that it can help even more, but to achieve that we need your help. Apply yourself or help someone else:

  • If you think you or someone you know could apply then please go to our website to find out more;
  • and to find the application form and guidance.
  • If you have any questions about eligibility or you need help filling in your application form then please get in touch. We are happy to help! Tel: 0114 242 4294 or email grants@sycf.org.uk

Fundraising Opportunity

You might be interested in joining the AmazonSmile programme which has launched on the 30th of January. It’s a programme that amazon.co.uk created so that your supporters can support your charity when they shop on smile.amazon.co.uk.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity of the buyer’s choice. AmazonSmile has just launched in the UK but has been running in the US and Germany for over 4 years.

If you would like to learn more about the programme please go to http://org.amazon.co.uk


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.

Good Friday Vigil

Friday 30 March – 12 noon – 3pm

A service of music and meditation, with readings, poems and reflections and music by Bach, Piazzolla, Vivaldi and Kerll played by the Black Velvet Clarinet Quartet. 12.00 noon – 3.00 pm on Friday 30th March, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, 31 Psalter Lane S11 8YL

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.

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 by 5 March

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

Training and Learning Opportunities

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

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

Wednesday 7 March| Professor Tariq Modood
7.00pm | Temple Hall, York St John University

Professor Tariq Modood (MBE) considers how intellectuals can contribute to improving cross-cultural understanding and creating an inclusive public culture. He will also reflect on his engagement with some of the challenges which the presence of Muslims as British citizens creates for British public culture and the national citizenship.
The founding Director of the Bristol University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, a Fellow of the British Academy, Professor Modood is a prolific author and served on the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.

Bring the Outdoors In

Saturday 24 June, 2- 4:30pm – Woodlands Methodist Church, Harrogate

  • Want to know how to do outdoor worship?
  • Could you do with some ideas for Own Arrangements?

Bring a picnic and join the DMLN team for a free Family Friendly introduction to outdoor worship.

For more details including how to book, download the flyer here: Bring the Outdoors In

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, with the role commencing from 1st April 2018.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 9 March

More details can be downloaded here; OOP Coordinator (YW) Job Advert 

Methodist News

Free Our Calling poster

Use this FREE poster to tell everyone about our mission. Available in A1 and A2, with free UK postage and packing, you can order your poster here.

Lent reflections

This year’s superb Easter Offering has again been created by Methodist Women in Britain. This week’s reflection is Seek Peace and Pursue It. The reflections are designed for personal or group use and can be downloaded here.

The Hope Journey

This exciting scheme is an interactive and engaging way of partnering local churches and schools in the delivery of the religious education syllabus. Each Journey is written specifically for those in primary education, from early years in reception right through to year six.

Brave New World? New JPIT conference on faithful living in a time of change

The hopes, fears and challenges for the future of our communities, countries and the world will be the theme of a new Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) Conference taking place in Manchester on 17 March.

Brave New World? Faithful living in a time of change takes place at the Methodist Central Hall on Oldham Street. It will explore what it means to be a Christian in the midst of a changing world.

JPIT is a joint venture between the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. The team works together on issues of justice and inequality by influencing those in power and energising local congregations.

The conference will bring together politicians, journalists, activists and people of faith to discuss the challenges facing our ever-changing communities, nations and the world.

The programme includes worship, workshops and plenary sessions. The day will begin with Labour and Cooperative Party MP Stella Creasy, and Peter Oborne, columnist at the Daily Mail and former chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph. As these two public figures with their differing political views converse about our changing world, they will invite delegates to engage with their vision for the challenges ahead.

Sally Foster-Fulton, head of Christian Aid Scotland, will present the Christian and biblical approach to the question of a brave new world.

Delegates will have the opportunity to explore specific issues in depth in a range of workshops addressing topics including intergenerational justice, responding to hate crime and the changing face of poverty.

The conference will be drawn to a close by poet-in-residence the Revd Lucy Berry, who will write and perform poetry reflecting on the day.

Rachel Lampard, JPIT Team Leader and Policy Adviser says: “The aim of the conference is to consider how we might respond to the challenges and make the most of the opportunities presented by our changing times. Above all, we want to deepen our understanding of what it might mean to live faithfully in the world. How can we ‘do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God’ (Micah 6:8)?”

• ‘Brave New World?’ takes place in Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, on Saturday 17 March 2018 from 10am – 4pm. For further information and for details on how to book your free ticket, go to www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/2018conf