District News – 11 July 2018


This Week’s News

The Methodist Conference

Last week was the annual Methodist Conference, held in Nottingham. A variety of reports were discussed, adopted, accepted, rejected or amended. You can watch what went via the link on the Methodist Church website here: Watch again. There have been several press releases on some of the important issues which can be read further down this mailing. The Conference has also produced a brief digest which can be downloaded here: methodist-conference-business-digest-2018.

District Celebration Service

It was good to see so many supporting Jill and Christine at the District Celebration Service in Broom Methodist Church. £342 was raised for the District Learning Fund.

Sad News

Some of you may have already heard the sad news that David Battye, a local preacher in the Sheffield Circuit has died. David was also the District Policy Committee Secretary from 2006 to 2011.

There will be a service of thanksgiving will be on Friday 20th July at 11:30am at Wisewood Methodist Church (Ben Lane, S6 4SB) following a service of committal at Grenoside Crematorium at 10:30am. His family have asked that everyone wears bright colours.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (which enshrines GDPR into UK law), are now in force. You may be coming to the end of all those emails telling you how much everybody cares about your data but the real question is, what has really changed and what do you need to do (or continue doing) now?

What has changed?

In short GDPR is now the law and you need to continue working on compliance with the current law rather than preparing for a future date. As a Connexional Church we are making sure we carry on working together to do what we can to protect privacy and keep information safe. Non-compliance can be serious, not only is it a breach of the law, but it puts at risk the privacy of members, ministers, adherents and all those whose personal data the Church holds. However, in practice, as emphasised by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) the 25th May 2018 was not a watershed moment and the ICO are not suddenly imposing fines for minor infringements. As stated by Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, in an interview with the BBC on 18th April 2018, the ICO are not looking for perfection but for commitment. The Methodist Church is demonstrating its commitment through the toolkit of guidance, policies, templates, forms and training (Toolkit) produced by the data protection working party (Working Party). For Managing Trustees the main change as of 25th May 2018 is that the Church now has an overarching Data Protection Policy and associated policies and guidelines as well as template record keeping resources and guidance to help Managing Trustees protect personal information. There is also a Privacy Notice setting out how the Church uses personal information. Use the resources that have been specifically prepared for Managing Trustees.

What do we do now?

If as a volunteer or employee in the Methodist Church you use or have access to personal information, you are responsible for ensuring that such information is handled in accordance with data protection legislation. Now is a good opportunity to take stock of where your Local Church, Circuit and District is on the road to GDPR compliance. Whether your Local Church, Circuit or District is well down the road to compliance or at the beginning of the journey, refer back to the updated 9 Steps for Managing Trustees to Take to Comply with GDPR and use the resources in the Toolkit to help you to continue (or begin) to work towards compliance and keep data safe.

Freedom Community Enterprise

  • Struggling to maintain church accounts?
  • Need help and advice?

We offer Bookkeeping, Administration, Payroll, Mission Consultancy, Account Support and General Help.

All costs cover full support, printing and production costs, regular meetings, banking and accountancy support from experience trained staff and a named personal contact.

Freedom Community Enterprise originated as an income generating arm of the Freedom Community Project, a missional project of the Bolsover Methodist Church that has since grown in size and reach, working presently in three Circuits, two on the Sheffield District and one in the Notts & Derby District.
While now an independent charitable organisation in its own right, it continues to serve alongside not only Bolsover Methodist Church, where it is currently based, but a number of others also.

For more information visit their website www.fcgroup.org.uk

You can also download a flyer here: Church flyer


Songs of Praise

15 July at 3 PM – Stocksbridge Christian Centre

The Stocksbridge Christian Centre  will host the 2018 ‘Songs of Praise’ on 15 July at 3PM.   This is the fourth year the church has hosted this service which focuses on a particular social issue, and raises funds for a relevant charity.  In previous years, the event has supported charities working with Nepal disaster relief, refugees, and homeless youth.

Readings, hymns and songs this year  will be focused on the question of ‘Who is my neighbour ?’.   Funds are being raised to support Snowdrop, the Sheffield charity working with people who have suffered human trafficking . A representative from Snowdrop will talk about the work of the charity.

Refreshments afterwards.  The church’s postcode is S36 1AS and is located on Cedar Road at the junction with Pot House Lane.  Everyone is welcome.

Burngreave Ashram

The next session at our Burngreave Ashram Multifaith Chapel & Library  is on Monday 6 August starting at 12.30pm cooked lunch provided. So, please do not bring your own food  to share.

Please see the flyer for details of this and future dates. FLYER. Aug 2018.1

All are most welcome and please publicise if possible.


Whirlow Spirituality Centre

This summer: experience a Simple Quiet Day at Whirlow

As the academic year draws to a close, consider making time and space for reflection and prayer.
Every third Tuesday in the month, including 17 July and 21 August. £15.  More details / bookings here

Training and Learning Opportunities

Deep Solidarity – beyond charity and advocacy

Saturday 11 August: 12 noon to 4:30pm – UTU, Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield

Joerg Rieger is a Methodist theologian working in the USA. For more than two decades he has worked to bring together theology and the struggles for justice and liberation that mark our age. His work addresses the relationship of theology to public life, reflecting on the misuse of power in religion, politics, and economics. His main interest is in developments and movements that bring about change and in the positive contributions of religion and theology.

Full details on the poster here: Joerg Rieger 

Chaplaincy Training

Wednesday 5 September – 10am to 4pm

South Yorkshire Chaplaincy & Listening Services currently provide chaplains for 9 sports clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Snooker Academy; Rotherham Hospice and Greystones Medical Centre; 7 of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue stations; and 4 businesses, including Sheffield Forgemasters. There are outstanding requests from 4 organisations  for Chaplains, plus a request for  additional Fire Stations to be covered, and they are in active discussions with 4 additional businesses for either Chaplaincy or Listening services.

The next delivery of theirChaplaincy Training course is scheduled for Wednesday 5th September, 10am – 4pm (arrive from 9.30am for registration and coffee).  The course is for prospective and new chaplains.

If  there are people at your church that you think may be suitable for, and interested in, chaplaincy please feel free to pass on details of the training: Chaplaincy Course Outline.

There is no guarantee that attending means that you will be invited onto the chaplaincy team as there is a recruitment process in place of which the training forms  only one part.

Learning Hubs

Sheffield Circuit with CaSS (Christians and Sheffield Schools) are running 4 learning hubs between September and May next year.

The sessions are aimed at anyone with involvement or interest in young people – youth workers and volunteers, parents, grandparents, ministers, next door neighbours, teachers etc.

Please book via Fiona Walton or Jonathan Buckley, details on the flyer here: Learning Hubs

  • 26 September 2018  Risky Relationships led by Beth Stout, Golddigger Trust Salvation Army, Psalter Lane, S11 8YN
  • 14 November 2018  Exploring Self-Worth led by Dr. Claire Rush, Girls’ Brigade Montgomery Centre, S1 2LG
  • 13 February 2019  Mental Health led by Tim Jansen, Pontes Training Wesley Hall Methodist Church, S10 1UD
  • 21 May 2019  Online Bullying & Social Media led by Jody Wigfull, Founder of ‘Unique’ course Hillsborough Trinity, S6 4HE

Yorkshire Plus Regional Retreat

20-22 November – Cliff College

The next Regional Retreat for Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees within the Yorkshire Plus region is at Cliff College from 20-22 November. It will be led by Mary Fleeson on creating the freehand Celtic knot and using it in prayer.

Mary Fleeson is a Christian who is also a visual artist. Her shop, the Lindisfarne Scriptorium, is in the village on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Mary’s creative expressions show the influence of early  manuscripts and ancient calligraphy; her exuberant, bright colours, strong lines and use of Scripture capture the energy and relevance of Celtic Christian faith for our time.

A flyer with full details can be downloaded here: mary fleeson 2018 and a booking form can be downloaded here: 2018-11 Cliff College Regional Retreat Booking Form

There has been lot of interest in this retreat, so early booking is recommended.

Conflict Training

Wednesday 17 October – 10:30am to 3:30pm

Rotherham & Dearne Valley Circuit are providing training to learn strategies for coping with conflict in church and team situations. Venue is Broom Methodist Church.

To book a place, contact Jo Archer-Siddall (joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com)

Job Vacancies

Are you between 18 to 23 and a Member of the Methodist Church?*Apply to become our


One Year Fixed Term Contract from 1 August 2019 – 31 August 2020
A full time role offering a salary of: Circa £18,800 – £22,000 per annum.

We are looking for our next Youth President to work with the Connexional Team to:

  • Enable, encourage and enthuse young people both inside and outside the Church.
  • Represent the Children’s and Youth Assembly
  • Be spokesperson and a primary link between youth voices and lead staff decision-making.

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to travel and work around the Connexion and overseas, supporting young people and leading worship.  You will gain experience of operating in a complex organisation and influencing the decision making processes within the governance structures of the Church.

For more information about the role visit: http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/connect/jobs-volunteering/jobs-with-the-connexional-team/and www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXF8AZE18Y4

You can also contact childrenandyouth@methodistchurch.org.uk

Candidates will be invited to attend a day at Methodist Church House, London, on Thursday 27th September 2018 to explore and discuss the role more fully.

Candidates must be available to attend 3Generate, the Annual Assembly of Children and Youth in the Methodist Church held from 23 – 25 November 2018.  It is here that the Assembly will vote in elections for the next Youth President. 

Closing Date for applications: Friday 24th August 2018 at noon 

For an application pack please go to www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/connect/jobs-volunteering/jobs-with-the-connexional-team/ or E-mail recruitment@methodistchurch.org.uk

*There is a genuine occupational requirement for you to be aged between 18 and 23 and a member of the Methodist Church by the 1 August 2019.  Only completed application forms will be considered. CVs will not be accepted.

Community Worker – Firth Park Methodist Church

Full time (37 hrs/week) Fixed Term for three years subject to funding.

Firth Park Methodist Church is at an exciting moment in its development and is seeking to employ an enthusiastic person to join the team to operate its Soft Play facility. The purpose of the facility will be to provide an essential service to the local community and develop Fresh Expressions of church.

The salary will be dependent on qualifications and relevant experience and is expected to be in the region of £18,000 – £22,000 pa (with pension provision)

For applications packs please contact:
Firth Park Methodist Church, 8 Stubbin Lane, Sheffield, S5 6QL, tel. 0114 2490674, email firthparkmethodistchurch@gmail.com

For further information contact: Rev Mark Goodhand 0114 2420076, email markgoodhand@hotmail.co.uk

Closing date Friday 24th August 2018
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 5th September 2018

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS is required for this post. We are an equal opportunities employer but there is a genuine occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010: part 1, schedule 9.

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

Children & Families Missioner

£21,568 to £24,039 per annum depending on experience

37 hours per week including some evening and weekend work

Do you have a passion to share Christ’s love with children and their families? Are you able to create a vibrant welcoming community where all are welcome?

Our two Methodist Churches in Kenilworth and Leamington Spa are looking for a self-motivated individual who can lead volunteers to create new opportunities for mission and to develop existing Ministry with toddlers and young families. We currently run a family bread church and a project to combat holiday hunger.

If you’re up for a challenge, want to work with a variety of people and are looking for the opportunity to develop yourself in a role that will keep you interested day after day, then Kenilworth and Dale Street can provide all of that.

The Children and Families Missioner will co-ordinate children and families’ ministry in both churches. They will develop family friendly opportunities for families to share worship, to learn together and to become friends with Jesus.

We are open to proposals from part time workers willing to share this exciting role.

Closing date for applications: 16 July
Interviews will take place on: 8 August 2018
Please email jobs@midwarkscircuit.org.uk for further information or to request an application form.
If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact: Ian Weir on 07725 346280

Lay Church Leader/Pastor

Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit

Contracted hours: 40 hours per week

Hourly Rate:  £8.75 plus points as appropriate – (£21500 – £23150).

Contract Period: Permanent

 A fantastic opportunity for someone to join our Staff Team to:

To provide the pastoral care of two Methodist Churches in the Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit. This will include leading baptism, funeral and wedding services. To preach the gospel and lead worship regularly across these churches and within the Circuit. Lead/Chair church council meetings and other church meetings as required.

To encourage a sense of community and belonging between those using the churches and their local communities.

To fulfil these responsibilities in partnership with others from the Circuit. To lead them strategically towards tangible growth and sustainability.

To develop Godly Play across Broom and Clifton including taking assemblies in local schools.

To be evangelistic and to encourage each church to explore strategy for church growth. To be the first point of call for all church matters.

Interested?  Email Recruitment: joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com  for an application pack.

Closing date for applications:         25 July 2018.

Date of Interview: 2 August 2018.

Manager for The Terminus Initiative at Lowedges Sheffield

The post will be initially for three days per week (22.5 hours) at pro rata to £28,000 pa. The Initiative is seeking further funding in order to establish it as a full-time position.

The person appointed will be responsible for managing a well-established Christian Charity with a café and shop attached. It is situated in an area with great mission opportunities

The Terminus Initiative seeks to advance Christian faith and witness for the benefit of the community of Lowedges by developing services and activities which will help to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all sections of the community and working in partnership with local residents, voluntary and community agencies and statutory service providers to help meet the needs of the community.

The Terminus initiative will look to offer and fund appropriate training for the post holder, with the possibility that a suitable appointee could be authorised as a lay pioneer working within Lowedges. Alongside this formal training, informal supervision and mentoring is given by local church leaders in mission and outreach.

For further details and the recruitment pack please visit the website at https://www.terminusinitiative.org

The closing date for applications will be July 21st and interviews will be held on August 6 2018

Pastoral Worker

Aire & Calder Methodist Circuit are seeking a Pastoral Worker.

This will be a part-time appointment (16 hours each week @ the rate of £9.75 per hour), intended to start 1st September 2018. The main focus of the job is to support a part-time presbyter with the pastoral oversight of 4 churches across this large circuit which currently has 31 churches and approx. 1400 members.

The successful applicant will encourage a sense of community and belonging between those using the churches and their local communities.
For an application pack, or more information, please contact Judith Kershaw – 07976 908940 or jhk@blueyonder.co.uk

Closing date 12 noon, Monday 30th July 2018

Methodist Conference News

Presidential address

The address of the new President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Michaela A Youngson, reflected on ‘Radical Grace’. Mr Bala Ghanapragasm, the new Vice-President of the Methodist Conference reflected on ‘Transforming hope’.

Election of the designates

The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Dr Barbara Glassson to serve as President and Professor Clive Marsh to serve as Vice-President, starting their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference meets in Birmingham next year.

Mission and Ministry in Covenant

The Methodist Conference has welcomed the Mission and Ministry in Covenant joint report by the Methodist Church and the Church of England. The report outlines proposals for bringing the Methodist Church and the Church of England into closer communion with each other.

Marriage and Relationships

The Marriage and Relationships Task Group has delivered an interim report to the Methodist Conference who has agreed a change to the way in which the Task Group will complete its work.


The Methodist Youth President, Michael Pryke, told the Methodist Conference about the continued growth of the Church’s annual gathering for young people.