District News – 16 May 2018

This Week’s News

Office News

A reminder that next week the office will be closed from Tuesday until the following Tuesday, 29 May.

Vicki Bennetts, the Sheffield District Safeguarding Officer will be leaving us at the end of the month due to personal circumstances. We are very sad to say farewell as she has been a valued member of staff and will be missed.

The District is in the process of recruiting a replacement Safeguarding Officer, but naturally this process will take some time, so in the meantime, please be aware that for the immediate future, cover will be provided by Mrs Laura Gallery, District Safeguarding Officer for the Yorkshire North & East District.

Laura may be contacted on 07572 285234 or safeguarding@yorkshirenemethodist.org.  However, in the first instance we suggest that you contact Mrs Hilary Murden, our District Safeguarding Group Chair on 01943 876 930 or hmurden@hotmail.com so that she can discern what enquiries need to be fed through to Laura.

GDPR updates

More guidance from TMCP on GDPR:

It’s not all about Consent – New Lawful Bases Guidance

The Lawful Bases Guidance Note is now available to download from TMCP’s website. Members, ministers, volunteers and employees’ who handle (process) personal information must ensure that they do so lawfully. The Guidance Note will help those handling personal information (data) to understand what the lawful bases are, why they are needed…

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Data Protection Responsibilities in a Nutshell

The Data Responsibilities in a Nutshell leaflet is now available to download from TMCP’s website. This plain language guidance note is to accompany the suite of policies, guidelines, schedules, templates, detailed guidance and training (the Data Protection Toolkit) being provided by the Data Protection Working Party (Working Party).

Read more

Don’t Miss Out! – Face to Face GDPR Training

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) training sessions take place on 22nd May in Manchester and 12th June 2018 in London. Places are still available at Manchester next Tuesday (22nd May) with a few remaining in London three weeks later.

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Own Arrangement Services

We are grateful to Christine Sheasby for sharing another “Own Arrangement” service with us. Please remember to credit her authorship if you do use it.

The theme for this service is “Fed by the Bread of Life”.  It was suggested by the many news reports about poverty and hunger not only in far off places in our world, but also on our own doorsteps and by reflection on the work that many Christians are engaged in as volunteers with and supporters of food banks.

It can be downloaded here: OA Service for Jun-Aug 2018, Bread of Life


Save the Date

Who Is Your Neighbour? – An event to share learning about difficult conversations

28th June, 10am-4.30pm, Sheffield.

The Who Is Your Neighbour project holds open and frank conversations about migration, race, cultural differences and people who are “not like us”.

How can those conversations help us get on with each other better and live better with our differences?

On 28thJune in Sheffield we’ll be sharing learning from our eight years doing this work and inviting others doing related work to share what they’re learning.

We’ll be sending out an invitation soon but we’re letting you know about this now so you can save the date.

Sheffield District MWiB

 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


23-25 November 2018

Over 1000 tickets have already been sold, so if you haven’t booked yet, you need to do so soon!

The Sheffield District will help with transport costs, but we do need to know how you intend to travel. A coach is being booked from Sheffield, with at least 2 pick-up points.

Please contact the District Office as soon as possible to confirm arrangements.

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Regular worship

  • 1st Sunday, 3 Jun, Reflective Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • 3rd Sunday, 17 Jun, Reflective Communion, 7- 8pm
  • every Sunday. Space to Be (silent meditation), 8:30 – 9:15am
  • every Tuesday. Reflective Communion, 9:45 – 10:30am.

Introduction to the Enneagram
9 June, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £50.

The Enneagram is a tool that can be used to develop awareness and compassion for ourselves and others.
This workshop, suitable for those new to the subject as well as people who have encountered it before, will introduce the nine interconnected personality types of the Enneagram model.
Led by Dr Mark Pickin.
Booking essential – through Mark at mark.pickin@doctors.org.uk or 0114 236 2374.

Praying Without Words – 14 June

A group exploring the benefits and challenges of silent prayer

For anybody drawn to silent prayer, meditation or contemplation, this group will provide chance to practise, learn and explore questions such as: am I doing this right? Nothing is happening, why bother? How can I stop my thoughts?

7.30 – 9pm. No charge, donations welcome. More details here.

Day of Retreat
30 June, 9.30am – 4.30pm. £18.

A simple day of silence, facilitated by recognised Spiritual Accompaniers. Book here.

Training & Learning Opportunities

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

Stories for the Soul and Godly Play – for many contexts

Godly Play is an established yet innovative approach to Christian nurture. Although first developed for use with children, it also supports the spiritual well-being of adults, including older people in care settings – where it is more usefully named ‘Stories for the Soul’. This empowering method can be used in contexts such as intergenerational worship, schools, chaplaincy, children’s work on sundays, youth groups, and adult small groups.

An introductory day is being offered on Saturday 23 June in Sheffield.

To book: https://www.godlyplay.uk/2016/02/25/sheffield-one-day-introduction/

For more information contact Godly Play UK trainer, Kathryn Lord: kathrynlord22@gmail.com

‘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

Understanding Islam: the First Steps

Monday 9 July – Wrenthorpe Methodist Church, Wakefield SF2 0RJ

This day is led by Dr Chris Hewer, a Christian who has worked in the field of Christian-Muslim relations for many years and is the author of several books, including ‘Understanding Islam: the First Ten Steps’. It enables us to understand more of Islam, as Muslims understand their faith, and allows plenty of time for questions.

There is no cost for the day, but donations will be welcome on the day. Teas, coffees etc will be provided, but you are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Full details on the flyer here: Islam study day

Germinate Leadership 2018

Helping lay and ordained leaders from all denominations to develop creative, entrepreneurial skills for rural church leadership

Every part of the Germinate Leadership programme is rooted in the opportunities and challenges of ministry in rural contexts and fosters a collaborative, ecumenical approach and a culture of continuing personal and professional development. It is expected that all participants, both lay and ordained, will leave as creative, entrepreneurial and strategic leaders, better equipped to engage effectively with local communities and encourage churches to be an effective Christian presence.

The programme combines leadership theory, theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry, the development of co-consultancy groups and practical leadership issues including conflict resolution, team building and group dynamics, and the importance of deepening emotional intelligence.

The 18-month programme includes two residentials, programme days, a leadership style review, mentoring and work shadowing. A variety of learning styles are used and teaching incorporates wisdom and experience drawn from secular and church leadership spheres. The programme builds on lay and ordained ministry experience from across the denominations.

The fees for the programme are £1250 – but there are substantial bursaries available specifically for Methodists, plus general bursaries, and of course District funds could be tapped into. The Methodist bursary alone could account for nearly half the fees.

Full details can be found in the brochure here:Germinate-Leadership-Brochure-2018

or visit the website: http://germinate.net/training/germinate-leadership/

Job Vacancies

District Safeguarding Officer

Sheffield District is seeking to recruit a District Safeguarding Officer (part-time)

The appointment is for 18 hours per week to be worked flexibly including evenings and occasional weekends, with a probationary period of 3 months.

Salary will be between £17 & £21 per hour
(£15,912 – £22,932 per annum depending on agreed hours and experience).

The District Safeguarding Officer will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the safeguarding work for the Methodist Church in the Sheffield District.

Working in partnership with the District Safeguarding Group, the main tasks will be to:

  • Oversee church, circuit and district compliance with the Methodist Church’s Safeguarding procedures
  • Provide policy advice and other guidance to churches and Circuits
  • Take a lead on working with individual cases in the District including representing the Church in meetings with external organisations
  • Ensure that both his/her own work, and other safeguarding work in the District, is supported through full case recording
  • Promote good communication and effective information sharing
  • Undertake safeguarding risk assessments for the Connexional Safeguarding Advisory Panel
  • Be committed to personal continuing professional development and to the provision of opportunities for safeguarding learning within the District.

Applicants should be sympathetic to the aims, objectives and ethos of the Methodist Church with expertise and experience in child and/or adult protection.

Application pack is available on the Sheffield District web site:  www.sheffieldmethodist.org/vacancies

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

Safeguarding Job Description – May 2018
Person Specification – May 2018

DSO Application
Equalityand Diversity Monitoring Form

Closing date:  12 noon on Friday 15th June 2018
Interviews in Sheffield on Monday 9th July 2018

Methodist News


The ONE Programme Participant strand is about engaging young people in the life of the Church and their local communities focusing on discipleship, vocation and leadership. Being a ONE Programme Participant is a great opportunity for people aged 16-23 to input into a local church project in a year-long, paid, training-provided, part-time job.

ONE Programme Participants (OPPs) are employed for one year, on a part-time basis, with a local project to help develop the mission and ministry of the Church at a local, regional and national level. OPPs are paid a living wage to work an average of 15 hours a week – most of which is spent in their local project but with some Connexional (national) responsibilities.

The ONE Programme is more than just a job for the young person. The training and personal development in the programme is excellent and gives participants the skills for starting off, or carrying on, in employment as well as developing leadership skills.

Find out more here or visit the Methodist job pages to apply


We have now sold over 1000 tickets to this year’s 3Generate children and youth assembly! If you have anyone aged 8 to 23 who would like to be at this exciting event, then find out how to book.

The event takes place at Pontins, Southport between 23-25 November 2018. During the weekend children and young people can engage with, speak out about and respond to issues that concern them. The Methodist Church can hear and respond to what delegates are saying.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering for 3Generate, please visit the volunteers page of our website. We are looking for people to help in several roles, including working in the different venues, taking part on our detached/roving care and engagement teams and providing support to the operational teams (admin, stewarding and set-up/take-down).

We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has experience of working with children and young people with additional needs and who would be willing to be part of the team working to make sure the event is as accessible and inclusive as possible.

Creating a culture of invitation

A day of training for ministers and stewards and those interested in growing their church, is to be held in preparation for National Weekend of Invitation (Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June). The weekend encourages Christians to invite friends, neighbours and work colleagues to church and is also an opportunity for churches to develop a culture of invitation. The training day is on Saturday 12 May at Methodist Central Hall Westminster, London.

Ascension Day statement on overcoming religious intolerance

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Jill Baker, have released the following statement to mark Ascension Day, when Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven.

The month of May includes a number of important dates in the Christian calendar: Ascension Day, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday all fall within the same month this year.

May 2018 also brings special days for those of other faiths including Shavuot for Jews, Wesak for Buddhists and Ramadan for Muslims.

We welcome these seasons and celebrations and send greetings of peace to our neighbours of all faiths in Britain, praying that this will be a time of deepening understanding of each other’s traditions.

We commend the ongoing work of the Big Iftar and of organisations including the Council of Christians and Jews and the Christian Muslim Forum who seek to build bridges in our communities.

Strong relationships, understanding and tolerance have never been more needed, in a world where intolerance and violence against other faith groups have become all too frequent.

We grieve for the victims of recent violence targeted at Christians in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, of the terrorist attack on a church in Bangui, Central African Republic, and of the bombing of a mosque in Khost, Afghanistan.

Sadly, these are only a few among many acts of violence targeted against believers including attacks and abuse directed at minority groups in our own country.

We stand at this time in solidarity with all people of faith who are subject to hatred, abuse and violence because of their beliefs.

All people are made in God’s image and, as we celebrate the ascension of our Lord, we pray that the day will come when no one will be persecuted for their faith.

Loving God, from earliest times you have heard the cry of your children for justice and for peace.

In these days of tension, of difficult remembrances, of competing voices and desperate cries, help us to hear the whisper of your Spirit, calling us to love, to service, to prayer and to compassion.

Open our ears to the voices of those with whom we disagree and our eyes to see how things look to them.

Give us confidence to stretch out our hands across difference and division.

Help us all, Gracious God, to be channels of your grace and your peace, wherever we may be.