District News – 4 April 2018

This Week’s News

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

Representative Synod

The calling papers for the Spring Synod went out last week. The Agenda can be downloaded here: Representative Synod Agenda – Spring 2018 – timed

Members are reminded that they need to sign up for 2 workshops as soon as possible, otherwise they will be allocated on the day.

CLC Bookshops are on the move!

VERY exciting news!! CLC Bookshops is moving to 2 Church Street  SHEFFIELD  S1 2GN, effective 1st May. 

It’s the blue corner building just to the left of the Cathedral as you look from the tramlines. This is a very strategic move for your bookshop and a huge answer to prayer!!

For the time being, CLC is open as usual at 103 West Street. We really need and appreciate your prayers for we have a lot to do in quite a short time… Thank you for supporting and joining us on this journey – and for telling your friends! Updates will be in the CLC email newsletter. To sign up, drop a line to sheffield@clcbookshops.com

Room wanted

We have been approached by a young Italian student, currently studying in Germany, who will be coming to study Erasmus at Sheffield University from September to January. She is looking for a room to rent for this period. She is allergic to cats, and also has specific dietary requirements, so would want to be able to cater for herself. Her minister in Bologna is able to provide a reference. If anyone is able to offer accommodation, could they contact the District Office, who will forward it on to her.

Waterways Chaplaincy

New Hub Starting in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Southwell and Nottinghamshire region

Waterways Chaplaincy is a growing ecumenical national ministry aiming to supplement the work of local churches by reaching out pastorally to people involved in any way with life on our canals and rivers.  We are currently expanding our volunteer chaplains’ network in Doncaster, Sheffield, Lincoln and Nottingham area and associated rivers and canals.  After Easter, we will be starting a brand new Hub that will have its base on the Chesterfield canal, but extending out into the surrounding areas. Chaplains are both ordained and lay and no experience of boating is required as training will be given.  If you are interested in becoming a waterways chaplain, or would like someone to talk to a church group about our work please contact:

Deputy National Waterways Chaplain: Deborah Nouwen.  deborah.nouwen@workplacematters.org.uk


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

Sheffield District MWiB

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

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

Church Administrators Training Day

Wednesday 2 May – King’s House Conference Centre, Manchester

Since 2009, UCAN has led the effort to support church administrators across the UK and to promote the Spiritual Gift of administration within the church.

Area Training Days offer quality training input for Church Administrators to improve our effectiveness as church workers and develop our own skills and enthusiasm for our areas of responsibility.  They provide opportunities for networking with others in similar specialised church roles within a limited geographical area for encouragement and future contact.

The training will explore the fundamental principles for the place that administration should play in church life and then offer seven principles of biblical, creative administration to take the subject away from the dull image that many people have of it.  In the afternoon there will be a chance to share some of the common frustrations of our roles as Administrators and how to overcome them.

For full details of the programme please click on the pdf below:
Manchester 2018 – Programme #final.pdf

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

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.

Methodist News

The President and Vice-President’s Easter message

In their Easter message, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference focus on the Resurrection.

The Revd Lorraine N Mellor reflects on the song I can only imagine, which reminds her of the first Easter morning when the women went to the tomb and discovered what had happened.

She says: “No resurrection erases the tragedy of the Cross. Nothing erases the violence and the horror of Good Friday … But, it is now time to rejoice and to smile and for our faces to display hope, for the tragedy of the Cross could not shut holy love out of the world.”

Lorraine invites to consider what our reaction will be to the Resurrection when we wake up on Easter morning.

Living in Glasgow, the Vice-President Jill Baker has spent a lot of the year travelling. She uses that image to think about Jesus’ journey to the cross and beyond, along with the journey of his disciples and friends, including the women who accompanied him.

She asks: “What are you waiting for at this point in your journey of life or of faith? What are we waiting for, or hoping for in our congregations, circuits, districts, in the Connexion? “

And then offers the response: “After … waiting and watching, we will be ready for the sun to rise in splendour, ready for a dawn of unimaginable glory to break.”

You can read Lorraine and Jill’s message in full here.