District News – 6 February 2018

This Week’s  News

Mission Development Support Worker

Last week we were pleased to announce the appointment of  Neil Harland as the new MDSW. If you want to get in touch with him you can email: mission@sheffieldmethodist.org or call 07483 308 008.

Local (Own) Arrangment service

Once again our thanks to Christine Sheasby for providing an “Own Arrangement” service. It is on the theme of Fear to Hope, and is primarily for the post-Easter period of April and May.

In the reflection on page 4, reference is made to the need for flexibility as the circuit looks at different ways of filling the plan/providing worship opportunities.  If this is happily not a problem in your circuit, please refer to another challenge you are facing as a church which requires a flexible approach!.

You can download the service here: OA Service for Mar-May 2018, From Fear to Hope

Other services can be found under the Resources section of the District website: Own Arrangement Services

Keep it simple this Lent

Keep It Simple is a 40 day resource of reflections, activities and prayers from All We Can. This booklet is ideal for use by individuals or weekly in groups, inspiring you to discover the pleasure of living simply while joining in solidarity with our global neighbours. We have also produced service materials (including talk, prayers, film), and children and youth resources, which you can use within your congregation. Order your resources at www.allwecan.org.uk/lent

Sponsorship Appeal

Over the past 4 years, Teresa and Jonathan Buckly have had the privilege of taking victims of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery to Safe Houses up and down the country through volunteering with the Salvation Army Modern Slavery Team. Often rescued by police, social services or local charities, these amazing individuals are extremely vulnerable and yet amazingly trustworthy to let a couple of strangers take them to somewhere safe.

Jonathan writes: “We’ve had couples, single people, children, men and women in our car; we’ve had people with literally the clothes on their back and nothing else, whilst also having our boot as full as it can go. No two journey’s, and no two people, are the same.

The Snowdrop Project (www.snowdropproject.co.uk) is one of the safe houses here in Sheffield who we’ve taken individuals to before. They’re a great local Charity, doing some fantastic work with some of the most vulnerable people in society. Over the May bank holiday weekend, myself, a friend and a dozen or so others are biking coast-to-coast – Whitehaven to Sunderland – to raise money for their vital work. 135 miles in 2 days…including biking across the Lake District, which is hilly! We’ve got a target of £1000 to raise…and it’d be great to be able to smash it!

If you’d like to sponsor Will (my friend) and I, you can do so at https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/willandjb, where you can gift aid your donation as well. “


Temenos Exhibition

5 – 16 February – 35 Chapel Walk

The TEMENOS series of paintings and poems explores the idea of threshold space – the place where a new thing can come into being.

A temenos is a sacred space, both safe and adventurous, a sanctuary where we are able to open ourselves up to new possibilities, new ways of engaging with and being in the world, new ways of understanding ourselves, new ways of relating to others and, new ways of relating to and understanding the source of all being, wisdom and love.

Each painting overlays image, colour and gesture and the poems weave words that open up spaces and invite each viewer to bring our personal stories and experiences as we interact with the painting.

Temenos is a collaboration between Sheffield-based artist Ric Stott and Plymouth-based poet Ian Adams. Ric will also lead a talk and guided meditation on Monday 12 February at 7pm

Training and Learning

Mind Your Language

24 February – Oxford Place, Leeds

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 via Sian Henderson (admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org) is essential to facilitate catering.  Lunch will be provided free.

There will also be a bookstall run by CLC Bookshops, with payment by card, cheque or cash.

More information can be downloaded on the flyer here: Mind your language

Connecting Disciples

Bookings now open for Connecting Disciples!

  • 5 – 7 March, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire
  • 1 – 3 June, Cliff College, Derbyshire

Connecting Disciples is the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network conference for Methodist lay employees and children and youth workers. The theme this year is Living Faith. It offers the opportunity to explore ideas and approaches for workers to use in their own context. Connecting Disciples is also a place where workers get a chance to consider how to rejuvenate and refresh their own discipleship along the way.

More details and booking links can be found on the Methodist website

The Five-Day Community for Spiritual Formation

A five day retreat at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, from 13-18 May on the theme “Community in a fragmented world”. Led by Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School, North Carolina and Rev. Dr Roger Walton, former President of Methodist Conference.

More information is available here.

Summer School

The Worship:Leading & Preaching course combines individual study (the “Prepare” and “Apply & Reflect” material) with group work.  The “Explore” sessions in each module-section provide resources, but not all circuits and districts find it easy to provide such opportunities for their Worship Leaders and Local Preachers in training. That’s where Summer School can help. It provides an opportunity for students to do Explore sessions with others from all over the Connexion in the lovely surroundings of Cliff College. This year, the dates are 6-10th August.

Students choose one of three streams, focussing on Modules 1&2, 3&4 or 5&6. Note that attending Summer School does not replace the need for local tutorial support for students. And it’s essential that students complete their “Prepare” material before attending Summer School: it’s not a way to fast-track the course or avoid the need for personal study. This year, a fourth stream, open to anyone, will be led by Andrew Roberts based on his “Holy Habits” book, but of special interest to Worship Leaders and Local Preachers.

Summer School costs £395 including all food and accommodation. Churches, circuits and districts are urged to support and affirm their worship leaders and local preachers in training by contributing to this cost. In cases where difficult financial circumstances would prevent someone attending, please contact the Local Preachers’ office for details of charities offering possible grant support.

Many of those who attended last year were greatly encouraged in their call to preach and lead worship, and found fresh enthusiasm to press on with their study. To book your place, contact Cliff College here:

Job Vacancies

Lay Pastor

The Doncaster Methodist Circuit requires a part time (20 hours per week) lay pastor to serve in up to four of its churches.

The appointment is for 18 months commencing 1st March 2018 until 31st August 2019 enabling a presbyter to be appointed through the stationing process.  The salary will be dependent on qualifications and relevant experience and is expected to be £9893. pa (with pension provision) if housing required, or £11748 with housing allowance included.

The main focus of the appointment will be:

  1. To provide Preaching and Pastoral oversight as part of the Circuit Ministry Team
  2. To work with up to 4 village churches in the circuit but elsewhere as opportunity arises
  3. To preach two Sundays per month on the Circuit plan in accordance with the discipline of the Methodist Church or other accredited church body.
  4. To work alongside the Ministry Team and membership of the church to help to deliver pastoral care to the membership and to those on the community roll.
  5. To provide a regular pastoral presence to build on any contacts made with the community

The successful candidate will need to be subject to the discipline of the Methodist Church. The appointment is subject to satisfactory references and a satisfactory DBS disclosure.

Full details from :- Circuit Steward @ 19 Bolton Hill Road, Bessacarr, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN4 6QD.   Tel. No. 01302 536233 e-mail lionelderry@gmail.com

Closing date for completed applications:-  14th February 2018

Interview date:-  22 February 2018

Safeguarding Committee Chair – voluntary role

The Methodist Council is seeking nominations for a new Chair of the Safeguarding Committee. The Committee gives directions and offers guidance in situations relating to safeguarding concerns and procedures and risk assessments.  Alongside these responsibilities, the Committee is adopting a clearer focus on advocacy and strategic thinking.

The Chair needs to have in-depth knowledge of relevant areas, and professionalism and confidence in dealing with people within the Church.  The Chair also needs to have experience and knowledge of a range of church processes, as well as an ability to inspire confidence and to communicate well on behalf of the Committee.  The Chair will need to be able to work flexibly and commit to an average of 4/5 days per month.

This role is an appointment of the Methodist Council, and it is hoped that a name can be brought to the April 2018 meeting of the Council.  The appointment will start from 1 September 2018 for a term of four years.

Closing date:      20 February 2018

Interviews:         9 March 2018 at Methodist Church House

Further details and Expression of Interest form from:
Development & Personnel Office, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR

You can also download this advert here: Safeguarding Committee chair advert

Methodist News

Local Preachers’ Sunday

A brand new Order of Service for Local Preachers’ Sunday is now available on the Methodist Church website here. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the ministry of Local Preachers, as well as to encourage others to consider whether they are being called to be a preacher. It has been developed in collaboration with three district local preachers’ secretaries (thank you to the Revd Jen Mullis, Bill Offler and Ian Warburton!). You are welcome to use the order of service in its entirety or you may wish to simply dip into it. There is no longer a set date for Local Preachers’ Sunday – it can be any Sunday. Why not use this Service to raise the profile of Local Preachers in your circuit?

Bible Month

Bible Month is an invitation to spend 30 days as a church or circuit focusing on a single book of the Bible. During Bible Month, Preachers work together to lead a series of four sermons on the book, while small group leaders help people within the church explore ways to read Scripture more deeply.

Churches and circuits that ran Bible Month last year found it a successful event, with one participant commenting; ‘Bible Month was a very positive initiative, well received in various churches throughout our Circuit. The material provided was excellent. Please do it again!’

Bible Month 2018 focuses on the book of Jonah, the story of a reluctant prophet sent by God on a surprising mission.

The resource book includes Bible notes, sermon outlines and ideas for children and young people.

For information about Bible Month – including resources and training days – click here.