District News – 27 June 2018

This Week’s News

Office News

There will be no weekly mailing next week as I will be at the Methodist Conference. The office will therefore not be open from Monday to Thursday next week. I will have access to emails and phone messages and will respond to any urgent enquirers during this time.


The TMCP website continues to add more information, policies and templates, so do take time to check in on it regularly: https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/data-protection

Privacy Policy

The Methodist policy is now available and should be adopted by all churches and circuits. A link to the online version could be added to websites and reference should be made in church/circuit publications to how the policy can be accessed. It might be an idea to have a hard copy version available on indoor church noticeboards. The policy can be found here.

Using data without needing consent

There are many circumstances where you don’t need consent to hold and manage people’s data (although you still need to advise them of what you are doing via a privacy notice). Further information can be found here: It’s not all about consent

A brief guide to handling data

Methodist guidance can be found here: Data protection in a nutshell

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, I may not have all the answers, but will find them out for you!

Dates for your Diaries

The theme for next year’s District Synods is “Passionate Worship”. As such, we will be extending an invitation to all Local Preachers and Leaders of Worship as they may find the keynote speakers and workshops of use. The Autumn Synod will be on Saturday 8 September at Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield, from 9:30 to 1:30pm (approx). The Spring Synod will be on Saturday 6 April 2019 from 9:30 to 3:30 (approx). Full details will be sent out nearer the time.

The President Designate, Micky Youngson, will be leading a resourcing day for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders on Saturday 18 November at Staveley Methodist Church. Again, more details will follow.

The third “Derbyshire Day” – organised by the ecumenical officers of Derbyshire – will be on Saturday 6 October at Matlock LEP from 10-3. The keynote speaker is Pastor Geoff Pickup on the theme “Working Together is Worth It”.

Action for Children Sunday

Sunday 8 July has been designated as Action for Children Sunday. Worship materials can be found online here: Sunday Worship booklet.

Further materials can be obtained from Catherine Schroeter, the Yorkshire Fundraiser on 07525 731909.


Alport Love Feast – join a 200 year tradition

Sunday 1 July

Woodlands Methodist Church in the Peak celebrated its 150th anniversary earlier this year. At 1:30pm on Sunday 1 July the chapel will host the annual Alport Love Feast, a uniquely Methodist tradition, which has been held each year for over 200 years and was written fondly of by Hannah Mitchell, one of the first six women to form the suffragettes. Visitors are invited to join this historic service in a beautiful location https://woodlandschapel.wordpress.com/about/

The address is Woodlands Methodist Church, Snake Road, Bamford, S33 0BJ,

Deep Talk day – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Monday 9 July – 10:15 – 3:30

Deep Talk uses principles of life-coaching, peer-to-peer group work and story-ing to explore questions of identity and life-purpose. Days are suitable for adults at any age and any stage of life.

Rooted in Christian traditions, Deep Talk is useful to and inclusive of people of all beliefs. It is an adaptation of Godly Play (Jerome Berryman’s combination of Montesorri educational principle), Christian spiritual accompaniment and stories from the Jewish-Christian scriptures.

It uses sacred stories and contemporary tales to allow questioning from a new vantage point.

Please bring your own lunch, drinks are provided.

Led by Jeremy Clines, Anglican Chaplain to the University of Sheffield.


The cost of the day is £20, payable in advance. Or free to those in fulltime education.

Job Vacancies

Family Outreach Worker at Bents Green Methodist Church

20 hours per week from September 2018

Bents Green Methodist Church is seeking to employ a Family Outreach Worker who will engage with families and young adults connected with the church or on the fringe of the church, and support them on their journey of faith into a closer relationship with Christ and His Kingdom.  We would welcome someone with initiative who can develop good relationships with families and young adults in our existing activities, and will also have the imagination and skills to create new opportunities for friendships.  The church serves the community of Bents Green on the South-Western edge of Sheffield, close to the Peak District National Park.  We have about 100 members, with worship services in a variety of styles, and activities for all age groups.  We have about 50 families involved in our activities, with over 60 adults DBS-checked and fully trained in safeguarding to support this work.  We have a range of house, prayer and fellowship groups.  Pastoral care is a priority.

The successful candidate will be employed by Sheffield Methodist Circuit, but be exclusively based and managed at Bents Green.  The closing date for applications is Wednesday 4th July.

For an application pack please contact the Sheffield Circuit Office:  admin@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk, 0114 299 7130 or 0114 272 6561, or The Furnival, 199 Verdon Street, Sheffield, S3 9QQ.

Mission and Outreach Enabler

Chesterfield Circuit

3 years, from Sept 2018 to Aug 2021

The Chesterfield Methodist Circuit is seeking to appoint a committed Christian with the passion, vision, expertise and good communication and leadership skills to:

  • explore, encourage and help to establish new ways of outreach into the varied communities across the Chesterfield Methodist Circuit;
  • facilitate, equip and support ordained and lay people in identifying and undertaking better ways of engaging with local communities;
  • support and encourage those involved in existing initiatives and to look for ways to develop them further.

As our Mission and Outreach Enabler, you will work with others to:

  • identify areas of local life in which churches can better provide a Christian presence;
  • enable ministers and volunteers in the Circuit’s churches to appraise and review initiatives and existing activities;
  • identify where the direction of mission work in churches might be better focussed to enable and encourage Christian witness;
  • explore with staff and volunteers relevant ways to engage young adults and younger families and individuals;
  • seek to develop and strengthen links with primary schools and children’s organisations meeting on church premises.

This work will be for 20 hours per week (worked flexibly to accommodate events and meetings).

The salary is in the range of £8,788 to £11,204 per annum for a 20 hour week subject to qualifications and experience plus automatic enrolment in a pension scheme.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 15 July 2018. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed by end of Monday 16 July.

Interviews have been arranged for Friday 20 July at the Circuit Office, Whittington Moor Methodist Church, Chesterfield, S41 8NA.

For further information and an application pack, please contact:

  • Rev Tracey Harris via email: tracey.harris@methodist.org.uk or phone 01246 274481

Circuit Youth Worker

Chesterfield Circuit

3 years, from Sep 2018 to Aug 2021 (possible funding-dependent extension to Aug 2023)

The Chesterfield Methodist Circuit is seeking to appoint a committed Christian with a passion for working with young people, good leadership, communication and IT skills and an ability to work as part of a team to:

  • encourage young people to learn about Christian faith;
  • influence young people to become responsible members of the community;
  • facilitate and extend the current programme of youth activities across the Circuit;
  • stimulate the talents latent in all young people regardless of their characteristics or background;
  • develop “youth mission shaped” project ideas and schemes.

As our Circuit Youth Worker, you will work with others to:

  • oversee and facilitate work with young people 11 – 18 years within and beyond the local church community;
  • provide a fresh focus for youth ministry;
  • nurture and equip youth work volunteers;
  • develop opportunities for young people in local communities to grow spiritually;
  • contribute to worship across the Circuit’s churches;
  • work with ecumenical partners, schools and other youth service providers as needed;
  • contribute to the overall work of the Circuit through the Circuit Leadership Team.

This is a full time post for 40 hours per week, including evening and weekend working.

The salary is in the range of £22,409 to £23,005 per annum subject to qualifications and experience plus automatic enrolment in a pension scheme.

Closing date for applications is Friday 20 July 2018 and candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed by end of Monday 23rd July.

For further information and an application pack, please contact:

  • Pat Sabin via email: patrickjsabin@hotmail.com or phone 07816 480014
  • Rev Margaret Mwailu via email: rkm2681@aol.com or phone 01246 55633

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Amazing Agents Of God Series from Andy Robb

The Bible is full of amazing people who undertake awesome assignments from God – just like special agents. Andy Robb uses his unique story-telling style to portray Bible characters such as Abraham, Daniel, Ruth, Paul and Priscilla as agents on a mission from God.

In reading the agents’ reports, the imaginations of young readers can be transported to the middle of thrilling life-changing episodes. These men and women from the Bible come to life as inspiring and exciting role models. Andy Robb taps into the desire for many young people to hear about courageous people who made a difference.

This series hopes to reignite the curiosity within young minds to learn more about Old and New Testament characters, why they accepted their missions, how it led to amazing adventures and a deeper faith in their boss (God).

Perfect for children between ages 7-11 years!

Methodist News

Hostile environment

Today, the Methodist Church joined with other Churches to call for an end to the ‘hostile environment’. This is a web of policies designed to make life so difficult for people who do not have a legal right to be in the UK that they will leave voluntarily. The new report demonstrates that this causes destitution, discrimination and distrust.

Rise and Shine

A leadership event bringing 16-23 years olds together at Cliff College, Derbyshire, from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July. Participants will have the chance to pray, take workshops and gain a deeper understanding of leadership through worship. Book tickets for young people with leadership potential here.

Connexional Grants Committee

Join the Grants Committee and help Methodism decide where to allocate £5 million worth of funds. The closing date for applications is 9 July. For more information, contact Julian Bond.

Methodist Church announces new Director of Evangelism and Growth

The Revd Trey Hall has been announced as the Methodist Church’s Director of Evangelism and Growth, a new position aimed at supporting the development of these vital areas in Church life.

The role is part of the Church’s ongoing work to reaffirm its nature of mission, known as Our Calling, in response to the Statistics for Mission Report presented at the 2017 Methodist Conference .
Trey Hall is a Methodist pioneer, church planting strategist, and evangelist. Since 2000 he has established and led churches in the United Kingdom and the United States, served as Mission Advisor for the Birmingham District of the Methodist Church in Britain, and coached scores of practitioners renewing inherited forms of church or launching fresh expressions of church.

Mr Hall teaches and presents regularly on both sides of the Atlantic specialising in the innovative mission and ministry required to respond to the seismic cultural shifts of the 21st century. He is passionate about helping diverse Christian leaders discover and engage in authentic evangelism that reaches new people in new places, brings spiritual joy to those who practise it, and centres us all in God’s love and power.
Trey commented: “I am humbled and excited to join a diverse team of leaders across the Connexion who are taking the bold step of reclaiming evangelism as a core dimension of our mission and identity.

“Whether we’re renewing existing congregations or pioneering and planting new Christian communities, we’re in it together as we learn to speak of God’s goodness to new people in honest, personal, and culturally relevant ways.”

Jude Levermore, Head of Discipleship and Ministries with the Connexional Team, commented: “I am delighted that Trey will be joining us. His enthusiasm and gifts will be a great asset to the Church and to the Connexion as we reshape ourselves and refocus our work on Our Calling to mission and growth.”