District News – 28 March 2018

This Week’s News

Office News

The office will be closed for the Easter break, from Friday to Monday.

As you are no doubt aware, we have had issues with our web server which resulted in emails being delayed or not received. We hope this has now been resolved, so if you have sent an email and not had a response, please re-send it!

Representative Synod

The Spring Representative Synod will take place on Saturday 14 April. Calling papers and agendas are being sent out this week, and as usual will also be available on the website. There will be a Market-Place with a CLC bookstall, and stands on Godly Play, DLMN etc. If you know of an organisation that would like to publicise their activities, please ask them to get in touch.

Prayers at the Cross

This has become an annual event organised by the City Centre Churches providing an opportunity for the people of Sheffield to engage in the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is a great opportunity to collect prayers at the cross outside the Town Hall on Holy Week. The point of this activity is to collect peoples prayer and not overtly evangelize.- We have a great relationship with the council who fully support us.  If an opportunity arises though their question we can share about our faith . We have Gospels we can hand out too.

Here is the link  https://doodle.com/poll/b24zt2s5zdi7ztvk  to sign up. They would particularly like support on Saturday!

BibleDay 2018

The Methodist Church Gracious Street, Knaresborough and the Nidd Valley Circuit, in association with Methodist Evangelicals Together present

“GROWING CHRISTIAN LEADERS”                      + models for today’s church from Scripture and early Methodism

A Bible Teaching Day with Rev Leslie M Newton [Chair of the Yorkshire North and East District]

On Saturday October 13th 2018

Coffee from 10-00am the day concludes at 3-30pm no charge – donations towards expenses further information from knmethodist@btconnect.com

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.


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. We are still taking bookings, even though the initial deadline has passed. They just need to in as soon as possible.

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.

Billy Graham Sermons

Tuesday 24 April – 7pm

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

If you want more information, call Tony Wainwright on 07976 556614

An Evening with Rick Wakeman

Thursday & Friday 26 & 27 April

Boston Spa Methodist Church are hosting an intimate evening with Rick Wakeman. Tickets are selling fast, as this is a very popular event.

Visit an-evening-with-rick-wakeman/ for more information or to book a seat!

Thy Kingdom Come

Sunday 20 May

Thy Kingdom Come is a simple invitation to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for friends and family to come to faith. Now in its third year, participation has grown every year.

In 2016 – 100,000 Christians pledged to pray. By 2017 – more than half a million had pledged to pray from more than 85 countries including Ghana, Netherlands, Malaysia, Cuba, South Africa, Australia, Korea, Japan and the Philippines to name a few.

In the UK, in 2017 many cathedrals took part, hosting ‘beacon’ events designed to focus prayers in towns and cities nationwide.

The campaign’s broad ecumenical appeal led to more than 50 denominations and traditions being involved last year; including the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

The positive impact of Thy Kingdom Come 2017 continues to unfold as numerous stories of personal and communal transformation pour in from churches, families and whole communities alike.

This year’s Thy Kingdom Come is from 10th -20th May, and we, as the Yorkshire West Methodist District, have been asked to host a ‘beacon’ event.

We were already planning a special Pentecost weekend, with Jill Baker our Vice President working and walking with us on a pilgrimage theme.

So that’s where the Party for Pentecost comes in!   On Sunday 20th May we are taking over the John Charles Arena (aka South Leeds Stadium), and intend to fill it with 2,500 praying, partying, praising pilgrims and their friends.

The plan is to gather by 1.30pm, enjoy a couple of hours of activity and entertainment, before a time of worship at 3.30pm, with National Vice President Jill Baker as speaker and Stuart Townend as worship leader. The event will be ending by 6.00pm. There is more information on the Thy Kingdom Come website on: www.thykingdomcome.global

Tickets for the event are free and can be booked at: https://pentecost-party.eventbrite.co.uk

More information can also be found on the poster here: TKC Poster

Training and Learning Opportunities

Transforming your City: Impacting Culture through Growing Unity

Saturday 14 April

City Vision in partnership with Dallas-based Global Advance, UK based ministry is hosting a one day conference in Sheffield on Saturday 14th April (lunch included).

You will learn how Christian leaders from the marketplace, local government and the church, in this country and abroad, are finding new ways of working together to impact their cities.

The conference will stimulate your thinking about city transformation and marketplace ministry. You will hear about cities being transformed by Kingdom principles, city twinning and transformational processes.  With teaching, workshops and prophetic input, the conference will tackle the question “What will my city look like when the Kingdom comes in fullness?

Lloyd Cooke (CEO of Saltbox) who spoke to the SLIP leaders in March 2017 is one of the key speakers, along with Debra Green (Founder of Redeeming our Communities); Eric Swanson (Author of ‘To Transform a City’) will also be participating by video call.

The conference is for Church Leaders, Marketplace Christians and Civic Leaders. Please see the link below for more information and booking details.


Youth & Children’s Nework

Wednesday 16 May: 7pm: Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield

The next Children and Youth Workers event will be focusing on Mental Health. All who are involved with the young people of our church are welcome to come along. Contact Jonathan Buckley (jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk) for more details.

Making your services accessible

Thursday 14 June: 10am – 3pm: Oxford Place, Leeds

Our church services emphasise the visual: reading printed prayers and hymns; and powerpoints. But what if people can’t see?

The day is about encouraging worship leaders, preachers and anyone involved with running services to think about how they can make their services more accessible.

How would you know if anyone in your congregation had impaired sight?  So you need to consider this in every service you do.  But how might you do that?  This day will give you an understanding of different kinds of sight loss, with a practical workshop to help you plan a service.

Full details including how to book are on the poster here: Making your services accessible

‘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 or church services?  Join Yorkshire Plus DMLN for a family friendly introduction to outdoor worship.   Find out how much fun it  can be, find out how scary it isn’t!  And take home with you a free booklet of ideas, activities and services for you to use in your own setting.

Bring a picnic, and don’t let the weather put you off – we’re not scared, we’re Northern!

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

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

Colin Craig
The Challenge of Learning New Habits so we can live well together

Wednesday 11 April 2018 | 7.00pm | York Minster

Colin Craig has recently stepped down as Executive Director at Corrymeela, an organisation working alongside fractured communities and groups in Northern Ireland. Having been involved with the organisation since the 1970s, Colin continues to support their work. Through this lecture, Colin will explore the challenges faced in Northern Ireland, living with a compromise where, in the end, no-one claims to have won, but so many actually carry a sense that somehow they lost. How do we achieve a collective commitment to a future that is by its nature uncertain and, at the same time, learn to let go of the certainty that our historical sectarian narratives continue to trap us in?

Marina Cantacuzino
“Where Love and Justice Finally Meet”. The Place of Forgiveness in Mending Broken Relationships

Wednesday 9 May 2018 | 7.00pm | Temple Hall, York St John University

Amid a global rush towards hate, division and insularity, Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project, will examine how forgiveness and humanising narratives can help break cycles of violence, transform relationships and restore hope. Marina is a journalist who founded the forgiveness project in 2004. The project was set up to tell the real stories of people whose response to being harmed was not a call for revenge but rather a quest for restoration and healing.

Michael Morpurgo
The Mozart Question

Tuesday 5 June 2018 | 7.30pm | York Minster

Michael Morpurgo returns to York Festival of Ideas to give a moving performance of his book, The Mozart Question, set against the background of the Holocaust. Joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storytellers Ensemble, together they will interweave words and music to tell this haunting tale of survival against the odds. Tickets will be available from April 2018 at yorkfestivalofideas.com Michael Morpurgo, OBE, is an English book author, poet, playwright, and librettist. He became the third British Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005

Mental Health Awareness Days

The Diocese of Sheffield’s Mental Health Working Group (MHWG) is again holding two Mental Health Awareness Days during 2018.  The first, on Saturday, 28th April will be held at St. Francis Church in West Bessacarr, Doncaster and the second on Saturday, 22nd September at The Church of St. Mark, Broomhill, Sheffield – details, including how to book a place on either course, can be downloaded here: 28 April 2018 Awareness Day Leaflet and here: 22 September 2018 Awareness Day Leaflet

A quote from the Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield

“More and more individuals are facing challenges in relation to their mental health, which means that more and more friends and family are supporting them, sometimes in very well informed and skilful ways, but sometimes not.  This course offers interested individuals and church communities the opportunity to increase their awareness and confidence in this area and to provide more effective support.  I commend it to you wholeheartedly.”

Job Vacancies

Sheffield District Communications Officer (part-time)

The appointment is for 8 hours per week on average throughout the year, recognising that there will be times of concentrated activity,
with a probationary period of 3 months.

Salary will be £4,250 per annum plus contributory pension scheme.

The Communications Officer will be responsible for supporting, and where appropriate providing, pro-active communication between the District, its circuits and churches, and between them and the wider community.

Working in partnership with other District Officers, the main tasks will be to:

  • to enable people to be equipped to exercise their particularly ministry and fulfil their calling
  • to increase the awareness of learning opportunities
  • to enable officers and other across the District to see new ways of doing things
  • to raise the profile and awareness of the work of the District internally and externally
  • to enable a flow of relevant information between churches, circuits and individuals
  • to better inform churches and circuits leading to new activities

Applicants should be sympathetic to the aims, objectives and ethos of the Methodist Church.

District Communications Officer – role outline
Communications Officer Person Specification

Communications Officer application Form
Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Alternatively please email the District Administrators on admin@sheffieldmethodist.org  or call 0114 270 9990

Closing date:  12 noon on Friday 11 May 2018

Interviews in Sheffield on Wednesday 20 June 2018

Student Christian Movement

SCM currently has two vacancies for our staff team, one based in Birmingham and one based in the North East/Yorkshire:

SCM is seeking to employ a Regional Development Worker for the North East and Yorkshire, who will also be the lead Project Worker for our Faith in Action Project. This is a full time post, with a salary of £20-22,000 depending on experience. SCM is looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing person for this exciting new post which will resource student work across the North East of England and Yorkshire. As part of a team of Regional Development Workers working to establish regional student work hubs around the country, the post holder will be working in the region to support student communities, facilitate workshops, host events and training for students, church leaders, chaplains and student workers, and reach out to 16-18 year olds. The role will also include taking a lead on developing SCM’s Faith in Action project run in collaboration with Project Bonhoeffer, encouraging students to reflect theologically on their life and study.

We also have a vacancy for an Administration Assistant to start as soon as possible, based in Birmingham. The post is part time (14 hours per week), with a salary of £15-17,000 pro rata depending on experience. The role includes providing administrative support across the organisation, including dealing with correspondence, recording events bookings, sending out welcome packs and assisting with keeping the website up to date.

The closing date for applications for both posts is 12 noon on Monday 16th April. Interviews will take place the week beginning 23rd April. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be found at www.movement.org.uk/jobs

Methodist News

Tell us your favourite Wesley hymn

The end of this month (29 March) marks 230 years since the death of Charles Wesley. Singing the Faith includes 79 of his hymns, together with three of his brother John’s. Between them, their hymns make up 11 per cent of those in the book.

Let us know your favourite Charles Wesley hymn in Singing the Faith and we’ll compile your “top ten”. Email us and share your thoughts on Twitter #charleswesley

Listen to the Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler speaking about Charles Wesley’s genius as a hymn writer in Methodist Church podcasts.

Hope in God’s Future

At the instigation of the Joint Public Issues Team, we have been working on a new section of the website: Climate & Creation.

Our resources are designed to help worship planners and music leaders create worship that both inspires and challenges congregations to think about these topics in faith terms. They build on the statement and report of Methodist Conference, Hope in God’s Future, which offers a theological basis for encouraging discipleship in the context of climate change.

Follow the drop down Climate & Creation menu from any website page to explore:

Our worship resources include an overview of the hymn book section “The Glory of God in Creation and Providence” (StF 99-118), asking the question Why do we sing about creation?

Social activism

Designed for those interested in making the world a better place, Cliff College has launched a Certificate in Social Activism. The week-long course takes place from 12 to 16 November and explores what social activism is and how to do it. Click here to find out more.

Action for Children

Action for Children want you to Clear Your Clutter. Taking place on 13 and 14 April, Clear Your Clutter Day will encourage homes, churches and communities to raise some cash by holding Swap ‘n’ Shop events. Click here to read more.

Prayers for Kemerovo

The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor, and the Vice-President, Jill Baker, have called for all Methodists to pray for those affected by the fire that engulfed a shopping and entertainment complex in the Siberian coal-mining city of Kemerovo, killing at least 64 people, the majority of whom were children.

Kemerovo, a coal-producing area, is 2,200 miles east of Moscow. The 23,000 sq m shopping centre opened in 2013 and contained a cinema, trampoline park and a petting zoo.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured, and to all affected in whatever way by this horrific and preventable fire,” the Revd Mellor said.

The President shared the following prayers:

Sisters and brothers in Christ, at this time of death and parting, we are confident that God knows us and is with us. As we seek the strength and comfort of God, let us bring our confusion and sorrow, our anger and pain, and lay them before God.

God of infinite compassion, look in love on those who mourn. Be their support and strength that they may trust in you. And be delivered out of their distress; through Jesus Christ our Lord.