District News – 13 March 2018

This Week’s News

An exciting opportunity for South Yorkshire community organisations!

SYCF is working with BBC Radio Sheffield to help them find out what people want from their upcoming local community programmes and who would like to be a part of the shows!

“We work with and support hundreds of community groups and charities across South Yorkshire every year and we know each one has an amazing story to tell. So, if you want to be involved, to tell your story or have an idea for a programme then get in touch by emailing katrina.bunker@bbc.co.uk.”


Taize Trip

23 June – 2 July 2018

Do you know any 18-26 year olds who would be interested in a trip to Taizé on 23 June – 2 July 2018?

ONE Encounter and Cliff College are partnering on this trip to offer young adults the opportunity to experience a week as part of the Taizé community.

Closing date extended to Monday 19 March.

For more information click here


Billy Graham Sermons

Barrow Hill Methodist Church is showing a series of sermons by Billy Graham. The event will take place on one Tuesday every month at 7pm. Refreshments available and there is free admission. Included in the event will be an old hymn solo and we believe the content of these addresses will take us back to the true basics of being a Christian. Subjects included but in no particular order are

The 3 things you cannot do without, Choices,  Power of The Cross, Reap What You Sow, The Holy Spirit, Who Is Jesus, How to live a Christian Life and a few more. Everyone will be made welcome into our newly refurbished hall. Modern, Warm and hopefully welcoming. Please come along and join us.

The address  is Cavendish Place Barrow Hill S43 2NB

Sheffield District MWiB

Annual General Meeting.

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

Retreat Day with Kirstin Markay and Helen Reah

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 Reah

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

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Planned Holy Week and April events have been cancelled at Whirlow Spirituality Centre because works on site will take longer than expected.

This decision has been made in order to prioritise the comfort and safety of visitors. It is disappointing for the staff and community of Whirlow – who look forward to welcoming people back to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit when it is renewed and improved.

Whirlow should become fully accessible again during April: events scheduled for that month have been cancelled or relocated. Should an earlier return become feasible, staff will circulate news as appropriate.

Chaplain Joy Adams says: “It is hard to miss Holy Week at Whirlow and to spend extended time away from the chapel – it is making for an interesting Lent.

“This period has shown how gracious are our friends in the face of change and given us opportunity to enjoy hospitality from neighbours at All Saints and St Gabriel’s churches. We look forward to seeing the newly refurbished and improved Chapel and facilities.”

Building work is going well but taking time. New cupboards in the foyer have been installed and look good. Weather has affected some aspects, including deliveries. Electrical work for new lighting and AV equipment in the chapel has proved more complex than expected and demolition work around the kitchen and toilets area required more time and effort.

Here is a full list of the changes as confirmed.

  • Tuesday Reflective Communion services will be at All Saints church until April 30 EXCEPT for on March 27th when it will be cancelled. 0945 – 1030
  • Sunday Space To Be will be at St Gabriel’s church until April 29 EXCEPT for on Mar 11 and April 1 when it will be cancelled. 0830 – 0915
  • Sunday Reflective Communion and Reflective Worship services have been cancelled until May
  • Praying Without Words will be at All Saints church on Mar 15 and April 19. 1930 – 2100
  • All Impossible Tales will be in All Saints church halls (Room 1). March 9, 16, 23 & 30. 1230 – 1330
  • We Who Sing, Pray Twice will be at St Gabriel’s church on Mar 14. 1930 – 2130
  • the Enneagram workshop on Mar 17 has been postponed to Jun 9
  • Simple Quiet Days on Mar 20 and April 17 have been cancelled.

Impossible Tales For Lent 4 – 16 Mar

Friday, March 16, 2018

12:30 PM  1:30 PM

The Last Trial

Hear, reflect and discuss the fourth of our 6 stories from Pete Rollins’ The Orthodox Heretic.

Please note this event will now be held in Room 1 of the halls at All Saints church, Ecclesall.

Impossible Tales For Lent 5 – 23 Mar

Friday, March 23, 2018

12:30 PM  1:30 PM

The Mission of Judas

Hear, reflect and discuss the fifth of our 6 stories from Pete Rollins’ The Orthodox Heretic.

Please note this event will now be held in Room 1 of the halls at All Saints church, Ecclesall.

Impossible Tales For Lent 6 – 30 Mar

Friday, March 30, 2018

12:30 PM  1:30 PM

The Last Supper

Please note this event will now be held in Room 1 of the halls at All Saints church, Ecclesall.

Hear, reflect and discuss the last of our 6 stories from Pete Rollins’ The Orthodox Heretic.

Praying Without Words – 19 Apr

Thursday, April 19, 2018

7:30 PM  9:00 PM

Please note this event will now be held at All Saints church, Ecclesall.

An opportunity to practise, share and explore with this group…..

Praying Without Words – 10 May

Thursday, May 10, 2018

7:30 PM  9:00 PM

An opportunity to practise, share and explore with this group


Training & Learning Opportunities

Mental Health Training for parents and carers

Wesley Hall, Crookes

  • Learn to understand mental health and mental illness better
  • Spot the early signs of mental health issues
  • Help prevent a mental health issue getting worse
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health
  • Meet other parents and carers

After a great response from parents and schools to our basic mental health training for teenagers, we would now like to offer a basic mental health training for parents. The training is delivered by our Youth Worker and mental health nurse. The materials are developed in house and are rooted in up to date knowledge based on national statistics.

  • 17th April; What is mental health and what is mental illness?
  • 24th April; Depression and anxiety.
  • 1st May; Self harm and eating disorders.
  • 8th May; Suicide and psychosis.

This is not exclusive to parents and carers but open to all although some of the material will focus slightly towards young people. If you know someone who might benefit from this please do not hesitate to share this with them or publish it at any of your churches. mental health training

Connecting Disciples

After a fabulous few days at Connecting Disciples in Hoddesden our minds are turning to the upcoming event at Cliff College from 1-3 June this year.  It is not too late to book and join in with others to discover more about Faith:Life:Work

You can get involved here: http://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/learning/connecting-disciples/

Candidates’ Support Group 2018/19

Are you considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church?

Would you like to work through this process with others sharing the same journey?

Would you appreciate information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way?

If so, the Candidates’ Support Group is for you and you would be most welcome.

Full details on the flyer here: Candidates Support Group Flyer 2018

Job Vacancies

Families & Community Co-ordinator

Wesley Hall & Walkley Ebenezer, Sheffield

Wesley Ebenezer is a dynamic welcoming community-focused multi-site Methodist Church. We are looking for someone with the passion and expertise to work with us in developing our already active partnership with and outreach to local families in Crookes and Walkley.

As our families & community co-ordinator you will be:

  • Committed to building community, working in partnership with groups and individuals, including beyond the church congregation
  • An enabler of the ministry of others
  • Confident in when and how to share our Christian faith
  • Enthusiastic and expert in the organisation and leading of activities for children and families
  • A builder of pastoral relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds

25 hours per week
Salary up to £14,105 plus contributory pension
Applications by: Fri 23 March
Interviews: Tues 27 March (subject to candidate availability)

For information and applications contact Neil Harland 07967 271986 or neilharland1978@gmail.com

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder be a practising Christian

We would consider joint applications for a job share arrangement

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



Be the host with the toast!

Last year there were 1,500 Big Brekkies across the country, raising a huge £180,000 for Christian Aid’s work.

Whether you’ve held one before, or are considering taking part for the first time, our Big Brekkie film with Premier Christian Radio will inspire you to be the host with the toast this Christian Aid Week.

Order your free fundraising pack today. Wherever you choose to hold it – at home, work, or at your church – your Big Brekkie can have a real impact.  Order your pack ►

Sheffield’s sponsored walks for Christian Aid Week 2018

The Sheffield May Day Trek (Monday 7 May) and the Sheffield Night Hike (Saturday 30th June) are annual sponsored circular walks in the Peak District, raising money for us. Whether you’re solo or in a group, these are fantastic events to get involved in – and there are short and long walking routes available.  Find out more ►

Gareth Davies Jones concert at Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 17th May

There are some exciting events at Sheffield Cathedral during CAW 2018, including a wonderful photographic exhibition throughout the week. The highlight is a Gareth Davies-Jones concert on Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale for £5 per person, to raise money for Christian Aid Week.  Find out more ►

Join our Greenbelt volunteer team!

Our partnership with Greenbelt Festival, and its unique blend of arts, faith and justice, goes back a long way.

As spring approaches, we’re looking forward to returning to the green fields of Boughton Estate in Kettering for the festival’s 45th year.

From serving coffees, to sharing our amazing work and bringing our venue to life, there’s sure to be a role for you on our friendly volunteer team. Apply to be a volunteer ►

CLC Bookshops

Superbook DVDs Are Now Available!

For those of you who are not familiar with Superbook – The DVD Series teaches children timeless moral truths and life lessons through the captivating, Bible-based adventures of two time-travelling children and their robot friend.

The familiar and the futuristic interact with ancient people, places and events to create a sense of wonder, anticipation, empowerment, and personal breakthrough as the children witness God’s interaction with man.

Superbook is always an exciting journey, full of discovery – with a transformational outcome

Methodist News

Consultation on the Mission Partner programme

The Methodist Church is running an online survey that will help inform the future shape of the Church’s Mission Partner programme. The deadline is 23 March.

To be a pilgrim

This conference is open to all and takes place from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 April. Through worship, presentations, workshops, discussion and opportunities for pilgrimage in the area around Cliff College, the event will explore what pilgrimage has to offer to us both as individuals and Christian communities today.

Spectrum Conference

Email now for your ticket to the conference at Willersley Castle, Derbyshire, Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 May. The theme is Beyond Belief (Sorting Out Our Faith). Speakers include the Revd Prof Michael Taylor (former Director of Christian Aid and Emeritus Professor of Social Theology, Birmingham University) and Gill Dascombe (former Vice-President of the Methodist Church and finalist of The Times Preacher of the Year). To book, please email.

Reach Out books

Ever wondered how you and your church could improve your communications with your members and the local community? Whether it’s your website or your social media, your window display or noticeboard, this set of four booklets, can help you uncover your church’s potential for better communication. Available from Methodist Publishing here.

Moral and spiritual dilemmas in challenging times

This is a new study guide that encourages discussion groups to delve into challenging issues such as nationalism, populism and extremism from a faith perspective. Guest contributors include Dr Rowan Williams and Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism.