District News – 11 April 2018

This Week’s News

Book Launch

Penny Borkett (wife of Revd Phill Borkett in the Sheffield Circuit) will be introducing her book “Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education” on Thursday 26 April at Highfield Trinity Church, London Road, S2 4UR. It challenges all those interested in education and care to examine their own views of inclusion and diversity.

Full details are on the flyer which can be downloaded here: Book launch flier

Regional Retreat

The John Bell Retreat in May is now fully booked.

The next Regional Retreat for Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees will be at Cliff College from 20-22 November. It will be led by Mary Fleeson on creating the freehand Celtic knot and using it in prayer.

A flyer with full details can be downloaded here: mary fleeson 2018 and a booking form can be downloaded here: 2018-11 Cliff College Regional Retreat Booking Form


May Day at Thorpe Hesley

Monday 7th May

Come and join us at Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre, Thorpe Hesley (S61 2QJ) for our annual SPRING FESTIVAL. This year including a ‘Journey through the Bible’ exhibition in Church. This is a real fun event with Hot food and a variety of stalls, Licenced Bar with real ales and Prosecco Bar, displays and demonstrations and Children’s games. Entrance is £1 and the event starts at 11am. For more information ring Steve Wilson on 07442 000765

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

New What’s On guide – details and bookings for May to August

Please download your copy here or see the full list of events on our website. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Training and Learning Opportunities

‘Building Resilience’ Conference: a sustainable future for your place of worship

I am pleased to tell you that booking is currently open for the National Churches Trust’s ‘Building Resilience’ Conference on 27 June 2018. Taking place at the Emmanuel Centre in central London, this is a major event for anyone who loves, looks after or supports church buildings.

We are especially delighted to announce that the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP will be giving a keynote address, joining writer and broadcaster, Bill Bryson, as one of our special guest speakers.

To find out more and to book your place, please visit the Eventbrite page.

There is also still time to take advantage of our special Early Bird offer. Book your place before the 30 April and you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five signed copies of Bill Bryson’s latest book “The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island.”

Job Vacancies

Children and Families Worker/Youth Worker for the Rivers Team

We are looking to fill two part-time posts in the Rivers Team as part of the Centenary Project in the Diocese of Sheffield

  1. Children and Families Worker
  2. Youth Worker  

Each post is for 15 hours per week but we would be happy to receive applications for a combined post.

Salary £9,360 per annum for 15 hours per week.

This is an opportunity to join the Diocese of Sheffield’s exciting initiative, the Centenary Project, as a Youth Worker or as a Children and Families Worker

The posts cover the communities of St Andrew’s Brinsworth, St Helen’s Treeton, St Lawrence’s Tinsley and St Mary’s Catcliffe as well as Waverley.

We are looking for a committed Christian, with experience in work with children and/or young people, who will develop the work with children and families &/or young people in the church and community.

Full details can be found here: http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/other-vacancies

Children and Youth Worker

required for the Methodist Churches in Bingham and East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire and St Peter’s East Bridgford and St Mary and All Saints’, Bingham, Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

An exciting post to help continue and develop our outreach and ministry to children and young people in our churches and schools

  • 25 hours a week (average over a quarter)
  • £11 per hour
  • 3 year appointment from 1st September 2018
  • closing date for applications 30th April 2018
  • interviews 14th May 2018

Full job description and further details from and letters of application and CVs to:

Circuit Administrator, Bingham Methodist Centre, Union Street, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8AD
E-mail:  gvob.circuit@gmail.com

Methodist News

Connecting Disciples

There is still time to sign up for the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network conference for Methodist lay employees and children and youth workers. This year’s theme is Faith:Life:Work and takes place at Cliff College, Derbyshire from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 June. Book your place here.

Statement about the recent violence on the Gaza-Israel border

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have released the following statement following the recent violence on the Gaza-Israel border.

We are horrified by the violence that has taken place on the eastern border of Gaza in the past days, and deeply troubled by what appears to be a steady escalation in the situation. We appeal to all sides to step back urgently from actions that can only lead to more suffering, and to seek peaceful solutions.

The deaths of a reported 18 Palestinians as a result of shooting by the Israeli Defence Forces have shocked the world. While Israel has invoked its right to protect its border, reports suggest that live rounds were used against many unarmed protesters and hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators were hit and injured.

The killing of unarmed protesters is unacceptable in any circumstance and a crime against humanity. The Government of Israel is bound by the same standards of international law as any other nation. Live rounds must never be used except in the most critical circumstances to protect life.

The situation in Gaza was already desperate. The cut in funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) means families just do not have enough food to live on. Clinics and hospitals were already reporting a huge rise in child malnutrition and have said that 80 commonly-used medicines are simply not available.

Electricity is on for four hours a day and water in many areas of Gaza is undrinkable. Reports of Hamas fighters being armed for further conflict have been greeted with dismay by the civilian population itself.

We pray for a resolution of the conflict in the region, for the end to occupation and a just resolution for Palestinian refugees.

We call on the Government of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and all regional and international powers to do everything possible to prevent a further slide into conflict and bloodshed, to provide humanitarian aid, and to revive the stalled reconstruction of Gaza.

Statement from the London District Chairs on the recent murders in London

Recent spate of murders in London affecting largely young people and inflicted through stabbings and gun crime.

We are deeply saddened by the recent spike in murders within the Greater London area. As we write this, the news is breaking that two men in East London have been murdered, one of whom is said to be only eighteen years old. This brings those murdered to over 50 in London this year. In this holy period of Easter our hearts go out to all the families affected and we offer support and prayers at this difficult time.

We wish to call on the Mayor of London, government, civic bodies, churches and the Metropolitan Police to unite in condemning these acts of violence and to work together with us on finding ways to tackle this murderous scourge that is threatening the peace and economic stability of our great city.

Now is the time for us to work together to enable our London community to curb this unnecessary rise in murders, which reflect a general increase in violent crime. We believe that the cutting of youth services and of police numbers across London Boroughs contributes to a breakdown of social cohesion and results in lack of places for young people to turn when they need support.

One death is one too many! To reach a total of over fifty leaves us weeping alongside those who have lost love ones. We must act together to preserve human life and dignity.

O Lord of health and life,
come now in your grace and cover us with your love and protection;
Speak calmness into our fears and heal us from the scourge of pain and death.
Visit your kindness upon all affected by the murders in London and comfort them in their time of need; this we pray and ask,
in the healing name of our risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; amen.

Chairs of District for the Methodist Church in London
Revd Nigel Cowgill, Revd Michaela Youngson, Revd Dr Jongi Zihle