District News – 31 May 2018

This Week’s News

District Safeguarding Officer

As you are hopefully now aware, Vicki Bennetts, the Sheffield District Safeguarding Officer has had to leave us 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.

District Celebration Service

Sunday 10 June – 4pm

This annual service is a chance to celebrate what is happening in our District, and to hear the testimonies of our two Ordinands – Jill Pullan (Sheffield Circuit) and Christine Sutherby (Doncaster Circuit) – prior to their ordination in July. Revd Sean Adair (Bolsover & Staveley Circuit Superintendent) will be the preacher.

We are hoping to have photos illustrating the work that is going on across the District as part of the intercessions in the service. These make a powerpoint display and will not appear anywhere else. If you are able to provide something from your church or circuit (with permission to share), please email it in as soon as possible – by Monday 4 June.

DYFerence at Cliff Festival

It was again a pleasure to be part of the group taking young people from across the District to Cliff College Festival. In addition to taking part in the youth programmes, we also found time to elect representative to the District Synod – congratulations Bethan, Shannon & Joshua.

Thy Kingdom Come

What an amazing 11 days it was! Thank you for being part of it!

Here is video showing some of what has happened in this year’s Thy Kingdom Come… we hope you are inspired and encouraged as you see a glimpse of what has been taking place all over the world! Please share on social media if you can, to encourage others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhRorUNyMCI&feature=youtu.be

Springs Dance Company

Journey of the Magi – A festive, witty and thoroughly Christmassy event for your church

Share the joy and wonder of Christmas with your church and local community through this exhilarating, critically acclaimed performance. With sparkle and songs to keep the children engrossed and bags of good humour for the grown-ups, Journey of the Magi delights audiences of all ages. The show offers a bridge between contemporary life and Jesus’s birth, portraying the journey that the wise men took 2000 years ago, whilst drawing hilarious and poignant parallels with our own preparations for Christmas day.

“Fantastic production, full of life, colour and emotion. A really powerful piece of modern theatre with so many layers to touch and challenge our souls. Thank you.”

Rev Cameron Stirk, Emmanuel Methodist Barnsley

Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, which will be available nationally from 24th November to 23rd December 2018.

Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website page https://springsdancecompany.org.uk/productions/journey-of-the-magi/, by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or by calling 07876 752 910


Burngreave Ashram

Informal sharing, lunch & seminar

Monthly on First (occasionally second) Mondays


12 Noon – Informal Sharing
12:30 PM – Lunch Bring & Share
1:15 PM – Seminar

Theme: My difficulties with Faiths and Cultures

  • 4th June – Rev Dr John Vincent
  • 2nd July – Patsy Cunningham

All are welcome, free of charge.  Donations welcome as able!

Download a poster for your noticeboards: CH&LIB. FLYER. May.July,2018.1

Billy Graham Sermons

Barrow Hill Methodist Church is showing a series of sermons by Billy Graham. The event will take place on one Tuesday every month at 7pm. Refreshments available and there is free admission. Included in the event will be an old hymn solo.

Our final event will on Tuesday 5th June at 7 pm

Getting back to the basics of our Christian faith is proving popular so we hope you can join us. Any enquiries to 07976 556614 and the address is Cavendish Place, Barrow Hill, S43 2NB

Riding Lights Roughshod

Friday 8 June – 7:30pm – St Francis Church, West Bessacarr

Five young people in search of their futures reveal some surprising stories of hope in their new faith-filled show for 2018.

A passenger on a train gets help from an unexpected stranger, a community is transformed by a shattering lesson, a small time crook gets an offer he can’t refuse…

Mixing comedy, dramatic storytelling, spoken word and the personal experience of the actors themselves, Riding Lights Roughshod deliver a show that asks: what happens when God intervenes in ordinary lives?

Tickets are just £7 and under 16s are free.  (Tickets also available on the door).


Saturday 16 June – 10:30 to 3:30 – Imperial Rooms, Matlock

ESSENCE is day long conference, offering a welcoming and safe place for women to engage with the Father Heart of God. This second annual event will include times of informal gathering, worship, testimony, word, reflection and response.

Hosted by Derebyshire Village Mission at Imperial Rooms, Matlock in the Derbyshire Dales. You are welcome to come alone or with friends, you will be sure of a warm welcome.

The guest speaker this year, is Danielle Gault from Ireland, who will share her amazing testimony, from rebellious teenager angry at God after the sudden death of her dad, to being completely crippled, lying on the prayer room floor, crying ‘God, please, what am I going to do with my life?’ She eventually started a Christian card company called Manna Cards, after a life changing encounter with God.

Tickets £15, from Eventbrite – Father Heart of God

Refreshments provided.  Please bring a packed lunch or buy lunch from the variety of food outlets in the town, minutes from the Imperial Rooms.

Church Action on Poverty AGM

Tuesday 19th June at 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House

Austerity – how the Church responds :an evening of discussion,reflection and information

Justin Welby , Archbishop of Canterbury, has described austerity as ‘a word that almost invariably conceals the crushing of the weak, the unlucky, the ill and a million others. Austerity is a  theory for the rich and a reality of suffering for the poor’.

At the AGM, we would like you to join us as we try to understand more about what is happening in Sheffield and elsewhere because of changes to the benefit system and the introduction of Universal Credit.

We will be joined by speakers from National CAP and hope to cover a range of issues .We will then consider what Sheffield CAP’s priorities should be for the year ahead.

For further information, please contact the secretary, Briony Broome briony.broome@hotmail.co.uk / mobile:07801532954

Training and Learning Opportunities

Understanding Islam: the First Steps

A study day to be held at various locations in and around Sheffield, 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.

Venues are as follows:

Saturday 30th June, 10.00a.m. – 3.30p.m; St Stephen’s Church, Fawcett St, Sheffield, S3 7PL;

Monday July 2nd, 10.00a.m. – 3.30p.m; Central Methodist Church, 38 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1UH;

Friday July 6th, 10.00a.m. – 3.30p.m; St Andrew’s URC, Upper Hanover Street,Sheffield  S3 7RQ ;

Wednesday July 11th in Tinsley; venue and times to be confirmed.

If you are interested in attending any of these days please contact Rev Liz Wills, 0114 2610732, or   e-mail: johnandlizwills@gmail.com for further details.

Line Management Training

Monday 18 June – 10:30 – 3:30

Lay employment is something more and more churches are becoming involved in. Having an appropriate supervisory structure and the tools in place for reviewing the work done are vital both to the success of the role but also to the confidence and application of the individual carrying out the role.

Rotherham & Deranve Valley Circuit are holding a Lay Employee Line Management training day at Talbot Lane Methodist Church, Rotherham on Monday 18 June. If you being asked to line manage an employee, and have not had any experience of this before, you will be more than welcome on this course.

For more details or to book a place, contact Revd Jo Archer-Siddall joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com

Godly Play

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

Creative responses to Dementia – 25 June

Livability are working in partnership with Mutual Blessings, Sheffield, to offer this important event for people and churches who want to reach and support people living with dementia and their carers. The day will explore creative ways of supporting people living with dementia and their carers, and to share the joys and challenges involved.


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

Chaplain based at Fairthorn, Dore

Available Hours: Permanent – Part Time – 10 hours per week.

Would you like to make a positive contribution to benefit older people?

Spiritual well-being – rather than religious affiliation or belief – as a universal need is a cornerstone of MHA’s positive approach to ageing and we aim to provide the highest quality care and support for older people of all faiths and none.

We are looking for a person who is in good standing with their faith community to take the role of chaplain (a lay person or an ordained minister). They will build good working relationships with local faith communities and take on pastoral care, spiritual and worship aspects of life.

An empathetic understanding of spiritual aspects of ageing and dementia, demonstrated through experience of providing pastoral care and, ideally, leading services, is essential.

For more information about the role please review the Job Description www.mha.org.uk

Please note that interviews may take place prior to the advert closing as and when suitable applications are received. If a suitable candidate is appointed the role may close early, therefore please do not hesitate to submit your application.

We aim to provide quality accommodation, while relieving you of the concerns that can arise from the task of maintaining a property.

Every apartment is designed to support your independence and includes your own bathroom and kitchen. Level access showers and lifts, and a range of security options, are among the many features designed to minimise day-to-day worry.

With MHA you can become part of a community and feel ‘at home’ without ever feeling alone.

  • Location: Dore
  • Salary: £21,205 per annum pro rata
  • Job reference: REQ004406
  • Application closing date: 17/06/2018
  • Package: Pension, Holidays 28 days holiday (inc. bank holidays), Childcare Vouchers, Life Assurance, Discount Scheme and DBS provided

One Programme Participant (OPP) Roles

11 Jobs available for 16-23s across the country

We have 11 ONE Programme Participant (OPP) roles available across the country for ages 16-23 to input into a local church or project in a year-long, paid, training-provided, part-time job. See www.methodist.org.uk/OPPJobs

The closing dates from Mid-June