District News – 17 July 2018

This Week’s News

Good News

We are delighted to learn that Naomi Gordan-McKibbin, the manager of 35 Chapel Walk Art Gallery, has had a baby girl. Iris was born last Tuesday. We send all the family our very best wishes.

“Let your light shine”
All We Can’s Harvest Appeal 2018

This harvest, invite congregations to celebrate how God’s gift of light has the power to transform lives. You can lead vibrant harvest services using a range of resources produced by All We Can, including – prayers, all-age talk, sermon, interactive activities, short film, children and youth resources, schools resources and more. Explore these materials here and order your pack: www.allwecan.org.uk/harvest

Meeting Space available

  • Are you a  member of an organisation that holds conferences or needs meeting space for between 200 and 500 people?
  • Are you interested in using a Sheffield city-centre venue that offers speaker and delegate space, a café and break-out rooms?

Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Sheffield is taking bookings for events, meetings, concerts, AGMs and conferences.  We can provide a fully supported event service.

For more details about booking an event or for an appointment to visit Victoria Hall ring Rachel O’Leary on 0114 2721749 email vichallmethodist@btconnect.com.

Staff Changes at UTU

Keith Hebden is stepping down as Director of UTU from 31 August and continuing in a freelance capacity in relation to the current MA cohort and our ongoing PhD supervision.

At the same time, Helen Coates is stepping down as Manager in the Autumn to facilitate the appointment of a single new post of Administrator. More information about the new way of being a ‘member-led’ charity will be announced soon.

Remembrance 100 – 100 years,
100 days and two minutes of silence

Many churches and individuals will be promoting prayer together for peace, hope and reconciliation, during the 100 days that will run up to November 11th from August 4th. This replicates a call for prayer from King George V that preceded the Armistice in 1918.

HOPE, the charity which co-published The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, is coordinating this season of prayers for peace. Church leaders, Christian ministries, charities and members of the Armed Forces from Britain and the Commonwealth have provided prayers and suggestions for peace-making activities. These 100 Days of Peace and Hope have been collated online at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days. They are available free to be used by individuals, churches and schools in villages, towns and cities across the UK to reflect on the losses of war, and to work and pray for peace.


Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Regular worship

  • 1st Sunday, 5 Aug, Reflective Worship, 7 – 8 pm
  • 3rd Sunday, 19 Aug, Reflective Communion, 7- 8 pm
  • every Sunday. Space to Be (silent meditation), 8:30 – 9:15 am
  • every Tuesday. Reflective Communion, 9:45 – 10:30 am.

Special events in August

Day of Retreat
2 August, 9:30am – 4:30pm, £18.

A simple day of silence, facilitated by recognised Spiritual Accompaniers. Bookings and details here.

Music for the Spirit Summer Series – 3 lunchtime concerts

3, 17 & 31 August, 12.45pm – 1.30pm. £10 / free for children.

Enjoy the freedom and spaciousness of summer, whatever the weather, at these all-age recitals. Bring a packed lunch, your family and expect to hear lovely music presented in an engaging, light-hearted way.
* August 3: Sheffield Flute Choir * August 17: Transpennine Trombones * August 31: Woodfield String Quartet *
Bookings and details here.

Pete McKee Presents
This Class Works: An exploration and celebration of the working class

14 – 29 JULY 2018, 92 Burton Road, Sheffield

Pete is pleased to announce details of his latest exhibition. This Class Works offers a personal perspective on the work and life of the working class. Pete draws on his own background which forms the subject of this new collection, offering an insight into the artist’s history and experience of the world he grew up in.

Alongside new work from Pete this collaborative exhibition will feature the work of several other artists, film makers, writers and photographers who offer their own perspectives and experiences of growing up in a working class environment.

The exhibition will run for 16 days only and visitors will need to book an allotted time slot to visit the exhibition: https://www.seetickets.com/tour/this-class-works

Training & Learning Opportunities

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/

Word 2018  “Looking at the Cross through and Old Testament Lens”

How did the first disciples make sense of the Cross of Christ when they only had the Old Testament to draw on?’

WORD 2018 is a one day meeting with three sessions aimed at building up everyone in our faith and encouraging action. It will be at The King’s Cross Church Hexthorpe, Doncaster on Saturday 22 September starting at 9:30 am with welcome drinks and finishing at 3 pm.

The speaker is the Revd Paul Smith. Paul is justly well known for his outstanding and gripping Bible teaching. He makes a very welcome return to this event. A former Chair of HEADWAY / MET he has been a prominent evangelical leader for many years and a leading light at the Methodist Conference.

You can bring your own food or order meals on the booking form available from richard.iball@btinternet.com. The day jointly organised by The King’s Cross Church and Methodist Evangelicals Together.’

Download the flyer for more information and to book a place: Word 2018

Job Vacancies and Volunteer Opportunities

Sheffield 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 – £19,656 per annum depending on 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.

Person Specification

DSO Application

Closing date:  12 noon on Friday 3rd August 2018

Interviews in Sheffield on Thursday 30th August 2018

District Trustee for The Foundry, Sheffield

  • Interested in finance? Any good at fundraising?
  • Know anything about VAT, Business Rates or Listed Buildings?
  • Got contacts with property expertise?  Know anything about conservation?

If you can answer “yes!” to any of the above then you may be just the kind of person that The Foundry, Sheffield is looking for to join their team of Trustees.

If you’re happy to be part of a team but also take your own initiative, would be enthusiastic about seeing a historic building in the centre of Sheffield thrive

If you could commit to a 1 ½ hour long meeting every 6-8 weeks, then this may be just the place for you.

The Foundry, Sheffield is a charitable organisation which manages Victoria Hall effectively, safely and in the interests of all those who rent, use or visit the building.  The trustees are all volunteers with a range of specialist knowledge, who are seeking to make improvements to the building and the facilities it offers.

If you are interested, and think this could be just the role for you, please contact the District Office (admin@sheffieldmethodist.org) for more information.

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:         25th July 2018.

Date of Interview: 2nd August 2018.

Youth Work Enabler

Goole and Selby Methodist Circuit

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time, enthusiastic and dedicated Christian to work in this rural part of Yorkshire, to the south of York. The Goole and Selby Methodist Circuit is looking to appoint a Youth Work Enabler to continue and develop its work both within and beyond the walls of the churches within the Circuit.

The person appointed will be a ‘self-starter’ with a passion to develop the existing work and will have the opportunity to pioneer and develop new areas of work among pupils of secondary school age (11-18 years). Use of a car is essential.

Salary will be £20,685, with discretionary points for qualifications and experience.

Closing date for applications is 17th August 2018. It is anticipated that interviews will be held towards the end of August, with the appointment preferably to start on 17th September.

For further information and application pack, contact Brian Hopper (Circuit Administrator):

Telephone:    07580 203891

Email:             selby-methodist@btconnect.com

Post:               Circuit Office, Portholme Church, Portholme Road, Selby, YO8 4QH.

Pioneering and Church Planting Officer

Location: MCH and Cliff College
Salary: £36,000-£39,000

Do you have a passion for starting and strengthening new expressions of church that connect with unaffiliated people? Do you love building missional culture and strategy to support pioneering and church planting through a diversity of approaches?

The Connexional Team of the Methodist Church are looking for a practitioner and strategist to serve as the Pioneering and Church Planting Officer. The job entails working collaboratively to develop and implement a Church-wide strategy for “new places for new people” and to oversee the continued development of Methodist Pioneering Pathways, including VentureFX.

The right person will be an adventurer and innovator with proven experience in starting and growing a fresh expression of church. S/he will have training in and/or experience of current processes and models of pioneering and church planting and a proven ability to develop leaders and systems that promote experimentation, multiplication, and growth. A self -starter with experience leading teams, working both cooperatively and independently, s/he will be able to cast vision, build commitment among diverse stakeholders, and organise strategically with attention to core priorities, details, and deadlines. A clear vocation for reaching and including new people; proven effectiveness in working with people of diverse cultural, theological, generational, and racial/ethnic backgrounds; and leading and managing change are highly desirable characteristics.

Deadline for applications: Noon on Monday 30 July 2018

Interview date: Friday 31 August 2018

Mission and Community Engagement Officer

Location: Methodist Church House (London)
Salary: £36,000-£39,000

Do you have a passion for mission, community engagement, and culturally relevant evangelism? Do you have experience helping existing churches move towards health and growth by focusing on the most important things, taking risks, and building relationships with unaffiliated people?

The Connexional Team of the Methodist Church are looking for an experienced leader and practitioner to serve as the Mission and Community Engagement Officer. The job entails partnering with mission and evangelism enablers and other leaders across the country to support congregations and regions of the church that want to change and grow through outreach to their communities.

The right person will be an adventurer and encourager who can inspire, come alongside, lead, coach, and build spiritual energy with others who are committed to the joyous hard work of church and community transformation. S/he will have strong proven ability and success in equipping congregations and leaders for vibrancy and renewal; vision casting and ministry growth; leading mission and managing change; leadership recruitment and development; and event planning. An incisive understanding of current cultural and ecclesial realities, a genuine interest in and openness to diverse people, excellent teaching and communication skills, and a capacity to analyse complex situations and build detailed, practical programme for varied contexts are highly desirable characteristics.

Deadline for applications: Noon on Tuesday 31 July 2018

Interview date: Thursday 30 August 2018

Contemporary Apologetics Officer

Location: Methodist Church House (London)
Salary: £36,000-£39,000

Do you have expertise in describing and communicating the particularity of the Christian faith in compelling ways that capture the attention of contemporary people? Do you have a passion for imaginative teaching, intelligent writing, and creative resource development at the intersections of faith and culture? Can you help people both reflect deeply and act boldly?

The Connexional Team of the Methodist Church are looking for an experienced thought-leader and discipleship developer to serve as the Contemporary Apologetics Officer. The job entails helping people understand and personally integrate the foundations of Christianity so that they can confidently speak of God and share faith with others.

The right person will be an excellent communicator who works creatively and constructively across a range of contexts and media, using wisdom, scholarship, spiritual joy, and robust cultural competence to bring lucidity and nuance to the mystery of God. S/he will have proven experience in evangelism, moving people from learning and ideation into positive action and practical experimentation.

S/he will treasure the multifaceted ways that faithful people think and speak of God, and will delight in skilfully equipping and encouraging them to act from where they actually are. Critical thinking and writing, an ability to develop training modules and plan conferences, a love of stories and a gift for story-telling, and experience in communications and/or social media strategy are highly desirable characteristics.

Deadline for applications: Noon on Tuesday 31 July 2018

Interview date: Wednesday 29 August 2018

More details about the above roles are available at http://www.methodist.org.uk/jobopportunities/