District News – 17 April 2018

This Week’s News

Mission development news and support

Planning, fundraising and researching new projects can often be lonely, frustrating and intimidating. Often we labour alone, each repeating the discoveries and mistakes that others have already made. I am setting up two newsletters as a tool to help us share ideas and support:

Mission development support will include relevant funding opportunities and other practical matters

Mission development news will feature innovative and established ministries from within our District and beyond to spark ideas about what you may be able to do in your context

Please let me know if you would like to receive either or both of these mailings, or have something you would like to share. I expect to circulate them a couple of times each month.

Neil Harland, Mission Development Support Worker
07483 308 008
Twitter: @mdswsheffmeth
Facebook: Neil Harland MDSW

City of Sanctuary – Sheffield

Could you spare a moment to help our friends at City of Sanctuary Sheffield raise money to develop services for refugees at The Sanctuary, next door to us in Chapel Walk?  The Sanctuary is one of five projects in the Calendar South region competing for up to £50k from the Big Lottery.  All you have to do is click here, to watch the film and vote, or pick up a postal vote from Victoria Hall or The Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is in Calendar South, but you can also vote for projects in other regions, such as Heeley City Farm in Calendar North.  Thank you so much

Resources Swap Shop…’

  • Does your Church run a Toddler Group, and you’d like to buy some new toys but can’t afford to?
  • Do you run a Messy Church, and are starting to struggle to think of new craft materials?
  • Or do you have a whole bunch of craft materials which you can’t use, but also don’t want to throw away?

We’re exploring having some sort of ‘Swap Shop morning’, where churches can bring resources which they no longer need to a central location, and ‘swap’ them with another set of resources from another Church.

Would this be something that you’d be interested in making use of and coming to? If so, please let Jon Buckley (jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk)know, and we’ll try and arrange something later on in the Autumn based upon responses.


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.

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

Resources are available here: for Prayer and Worship here and the Waiting in Wonder book of reflections here.

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.


3Generate is an action-packed and inspiring weekend for hearing the voice of children and young people across the Methodist Church, focussing on fun, faith and friends. To see what happened visit our YouTube channel – 3GenerateTV.

3Generate 2018 is taking place from 23rd to 25th November at Pontins, Southport – the new, larger venue we used in 2017. Tickets will go on sale at 12noon on Tuesday, 24th April! Basic details about the booking process are available online at http://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-britain/3generate/how-to-book/

The Sheffield District will again cover the cost of travel – but we do need to know who is going etc. so we can organise this effectively.

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

We return to Whirlow in May, following site works!

Regular worship

  • 1st Sunday, 6 May, Taize Reflective Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • 3rd Sunday, 20 May, Reflective Communion, 7- 8pm
  • every Sunday,Space to Be (silent meditation), 830 – 915am

every Tuesday, Reflective Communion, 945 – 1030am (please keep an eye on our website for location on 1 May)

Special events in May

Deep Talk.
Two evenings on 2 May and 9 May. 730 – 9.30pm, £15 for both or £10 for one (recommended as a pair).
All day on 10 May. 10.15am – 3.30pm, £20.

These events use principles of life-coaching, poor-to-peer group work and storying to explore questions of identity and life purpose. Led by Jeremy Clines, Anglican chaplain at the University of Sheffield.

Christian Aid Week – Big Brekkie
15 May. 8-9.30am, free (donations will go to Christian Aid.)
Christian Aid is a charity striving to end poverty. During Christian Aid Week this year, enjoy breakfast at Whirlow Spirituality Centre, hear about communities at risk from disasters and donate if you can!

Song of Songs Live
18 May, 7.30pm. £15
On the eve of another Royal Wedding, we are delighted to welcome Tom Shepherd and Zainab Adeyemi, Jonny Ingall and Lucy Phillips, who will give a dramatic and musical presentation of Song of Songs. Enjoy this rarely heard scripture and celebrate love – human and divine. Refreshments included.

The Night Sea Journey – poetry launch.
24 May, 7.30 -9.30pm. £5.
The Night Sea journey is poet and friend of Whirlow Adrian Scott’s third collection. It records and reflects on a journey of physical and mental breakdown and recovery. Hear a selection and buy a book if you wish.

Training & Learning Opportunities

School Chaplaincy Course

Thursday 3, 17 May & 7, 21 June at 9.30am – 1pm

Fiona Walton (Christians & Sheffield Schools & a teacher) Rachel McCallam (Methodist Church, Yorkshire Plus Region) plus invited school chaplains will lead this course.

The 4 sessions on school chaplaincy will explore the role, the qualities required and its challenges – we will be looking at a range of topics from understanding school culture, making a difference in the school building, understanding Generation Z and occupational standards plus much more. We will point participants towards practical resources for the job and offer school chaplains future opportunities to support and meet with each other and we will run further relevant training events.

The course will be suitable for those thinking of becoming school chaplains, those doing the role without the actual title and those interested in getting the conversation started around chaplaincy in schools. Existing school chaplains will come to take parts of each session and be available for Q & A etc.

The first session will be held at Bents Green Methodist Church and the following three sessions at Creswick Greave Methodist Church.

If you would like to attend, please apply for an application form and further details from CaSS at fiona.walton@cass-su.org.uk before 30 April 2018

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

Volunteers wanted

Help Stop Modern Slavery

  • Fivefold increase in the number of victims supported by The Salvation Army in as many years
  • 27 percent rise in cases of Modern Slavery seen by The Salvation Army in a year
  • 2,013 victims received support from The Salvation Army in Year 5 of the contract

How can you help?

  • Do you drive? Do you have a car? If you answer yes, then  we need your help. The Salvation Army needs drivers to transport victims of trafficking to safe location
  • No car, no problem, we need chaperones too. People just like you, who have a deep empathy for trafficked victims and understand the role the Salvation army plays in their care
  • Become a prayer warrior support this important area of mission for the Salvation Army

For further information, please contact Daniel Weaver (National Transport Coordinator) 08442640035/03003038151 Daniel.Weaver@salvationarmy.org.uk

10 Volunteers Needed

for the Connexional Grants Committee and Streams
from September 2018

We are seeking volunteers (lay or ordained) to contribute to this important piece of mission resource work for 3-6 years.

Do you have the time, interest and skill to help assess grant applications and ensure that funding is used for missional purposes? Much of the work is done online and by telephone conferencing with 2-3 meetings in London per year.

New Members are needed as follows:

  • Connexional Grants Committee – 1
  • Mission and Ministry Stream – up to 3
  • MELD (British grants) – 1
  • World Church Approvals Group – 3

We particularly welcome Black and Ethnic minority applicants, young people and women who are under-represented within the constituent groups of the Connexional Grants Committee.

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday, 9 July 2018

Interview & Information day: Monday 23 July 2018 (all day) in London. Expenses will be paid. Another day may be arranged if necessary.

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

Methodist News

Taking it to the streets

Grahame Snelling, Safeguarding Officer for the London District of the Methodist Church, has written a blog post on the recent spike in serious youth violence that has resulted in a number of fatal stabbings. The blog also features a radio interview with the Revd Nigel Cowgill on the Government’s new plans to reduce violent crime. You can read the blog and listen to the interview here

Worship photos needed

We are looking for photos of acts of worship from your local church or community for our window at Methodist Church House. Help us show those who walk and drive past our offices what worship looks like. Please send your photos to strachans@methodistchurch.org.uk and remember to ask permission from those included in anything you send in.

Resourcing Mission Forum

The annual Forum will take place from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 May at King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton. We would like to invite you and your key Circuit and District Officers (Grants, Property and Treasurers) to join us for this event. Book your place here, the password is rmf2018

Statement and prayer about Syria from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

We lament the continuing violence in Syria and remember the Syrian people whose lives have been devastated by years of war.

Over five million Syrians have been forced to flee the conflict to date and even more have been displaced within Syria. More than 10,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the United Kingdom where they have been welcomed and supported by many, including our own Methodist churches and other faith communities.

Syrian people have always been our neighbours, but now they are part of our Churches, our communities and our nation. As a result we are more aware than ever of the devastating impact that war has on families and individuals.

We continue to remember those killed or injured in Douma and their families in our prayers. The use of chemical weapons is deplorable, and it is essential that those responsible are identified and held accountable for their crimes. There is a role for the whole international community to play in bringing justice to this situation.

However, air strikes on Syria risk further destabilising the situation in the country and escalating the conflict.

We pray that in this situation national leaders will demonstrate qualities of understanding, perception, creativity and commitment. We ask that any immediate response recognises that ultimately the conflict can only be brought to an end through negotiation with all parties.

The Revd Loraine N Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference, and Jill Baker, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

A prayer for Syria

Compassionate God,
Who cares for every created being, having even numbered the hairs on our heads,
We pray now for each person in Syria.

In these dark days, may decisions be made that honour the sanctity of life created by you;
May wise and far-sighted counsel prevail that seeks the well-being of all humanity.

Prince of Peace,
We open our hearts to you and confess our willingness to seek easy responses that require others to pay a hard price;
We open our reason to you and pledge our commitment to hear your words of compassion and peace.

Lover of Concord,
let your love shine through those who bring aid and solace in the land of Syria,
Those who choose between violence and peace,
Those who influence opinions in words and tweets.

Creator God,
Hear our cry and help us work together to seek peace and pursue it.