District News – 6 March 2018

This Week’s News

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Gill was sorry to have to cancel the coffee morning at Zoobies last Thursday, but the weather was definitely against getting into Sheffield that day. Hopefully other events have been able to go ahead – we look forward to hearing about them!

Office closed

The office will be closed on Friday and again next Tuesday. Next week’s mailing will go out on Wednesday. It would be good to hear what churches are planning for Holy Week!

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Holy Week 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 pending further notice. Should a return become feasible before the end of April, staff will circulate news as appropriate.


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. Bookings need to in by 25 March if possible!

United Christian Voices

21 April – 7pm – Carterknowle Methodist Church

Carterknowle Methodist Church welcomes the United Christian Voices Choir on Saturday 21st April at 7.00pm. The choir will be presenting a praise and worship evening, through singing pieces of music, presenting the word in readings and sketches, congregational hymns and prayer. Tickets are £5 (children free) from Elaine Holberry (0114 258 2641), the Oasis Cafe (in Carterknowle Church) or on the door

Training and Learning Opportunities


CODEC is the UK’s only theological research centre looking into the digital impact of contemporary culture on the life of the Church. They have recently launched a MA in Digital Theology – a unique program designed to aid the Church to both think through and engage with the changes brought about by the digital revolution.

In order to provide a “taster”, you are invited to attend a symposium exploring sacraments and liturgy in digital spaces on Thursday/Friday 18/20 April in Durham.

In addition, CODEC is holding its ninth MediaLit training course in June. This is a week long event aimed at church practitioners who would enjoy the opportunity to up-skill and think through some of the challenges and opportunities brought about by digital communication and culture.

For more information, visit their website: www.dur.ac.uk/codec/

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

Evangelism Exploration Day

6/7 April

This will be a 24hour conference to explore what it might look like to work with the Church Army as an Evangelist.  They would love for people to come to this conference to be enthused and energised for mission and evangelism and to meet the senior leaders of Church Army. During this time the delegates will get to know about the exciting work they are doing and how potentially they can be part of it. They are looking for people who have an evangelistic heart and could move and work at a new Centre of Mission partnership. Please think about inviting people that you know who could gain much from this conference.

Church Army will pay for this conference, accommodation, food and reasonable travel expenses.

Please follow this link for more information and to express interest in attending this event: www.churcharmy.org/explorationday

Golddigger Trust Girls Day

Saturday 14 April 10:30am – 4:15pm

The Golddigger Trust Girls Day is an annual all day event for girls across Sheffield in Year 7 upwards.

Youth leaders who came to the last girls day told what a valuable opportunity it was to spend time with their young people in such a creative environment and the young people had a great time. You can see footage from the last event here on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GolddiggerTrust/videos/1131897983512245/

To book places, you or your young people’s guardians can book them in via the website www.golddiggertrust.co.uk, or, for groups of 5 of more, please contact them to make a group booking. Booking closes on Thursday 12th April, but we would appreciate it if you are able to book in asap for planning purposes. Tickets cost £5 which includes all activities and lunch.

Regional Retreats

These are for all Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees (of the Methodist Church) in the Yorkshire plus region (Sheffield; Yorkshire North & East; Yorkshire West Districts). Those eligible can have one retreat subsided by the District and Region.

22-24 May 2018 – Wydale Hall
Meditating on the Miracles with John Bell

John Bell is a preacher, hymnwriter, composer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community. The miracles are a blessing to some and embarrassment to others. The former are keen to regard them as evidence of the power of God; the latter suspect that one day they will all be explained away.

The sad reality is that, with the exception of two in John’s Gospel, we can read them in less than a minute, and so tend to skim over their purpose, diversity and uniqueness. In this retreat we will not look at every miracle, but will take time to regard them as gifts of God intended to reveal to us things about faith and humanity which words by themselves could not offer. This will not be an occasion for comparing what it says in the commentaries, but in discovering how the texts address us, our lives and our ministries.

A booking form can be downloaded here:2018-05 Regional Retreat Booking Form

Save the Date – the next regional retreat will be 20-22 November at Cliff College, led by Mary Fleeson from the Lindisfarne Scriptorium

More details will be published later in the year.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

World Book Day

World Book Day leaflets are available at the CLC bookshop. Just come along and get some to give out at church. There are twelve great titles for children and eight for adults for the crazy price of just £1 each, while stocks last!!

These bargain books are available from the bookshop and from clcbookshops.com

Billy Graham

The world has heard Billy Graham’s evangelistic messages. Now hear the heart of one of the most highly-respected and well-loved Christians of modern times. This intimate work – a compilation of articles that spans Graham’s ministry from 1955 to today – invites you to hear in his own words the things that made his heart beat faster: the biblical convictions he abided by; the reasons and regrets behind some of his decisions; and the wisdom he gained in his 99 years on this earth. Hear My Heart also contains stirring tributes about the evangelist and his legacy from those who knew him best – including members of his family, his friends and his co-labourers in ministry – and features a special afterword by Rick Warren about Graham’s lasting influence in his life. These are Billy Graham’s final words to us all, as if we were sitting with him on the front porch of his mountain cabin having a cup of coffee. This is his legacy – the personal exhortations he left our generation and the next as the most-needed reminders for our time. Special offer until 18th March: SAVE £2 at CLC branches and clcbookshops.com. You pay just £7.99, or even less in store if you are one of our partners or a student. Purchases count towards loyalty stamps for ‘regular’ customers. See you soon!!

Methodist News


Copyright can be a complex area for churches and expensive to get wrong. You can find out more about what requires copyright here. Details of the copyrighted content of Singing the Faith, along with information on appropriate licences, can be found here.

Slow Journeys in the Same Direction

A beautifully-designed adult colouring book for relaxation or daily devotions is now available from Methodist Publishing. The book, Slow Journeys in the Same Direction, is by the Revd Geoffrey Baines, a Methodist Minister and an associate chaplain at the University of Edinburgh.