District News – 25 July 2018

This Week’s News


I am slowly checking that the data we currently hold on the District Database is accurate and up-to-date, and that where necessary we have the correct permissions to hold this data. Some of you will have already received the form showing this and asking for it to be returned with any necessary changes.

As you can probably imagine, this is going to be quite a big job, and I’d rather not have to spend any more time on it than necessary. It would be a great help if you could return the form (electonically by email is fine) as requested, so I don’t have to do any chasing up.

Many thanks to those who have already managed to successfully do this!

If you have any questions about GDPR, can I suggest you contact me first, rather than TMCP. It is likely that I have already got the answer.

It is hoped that every church and circuit are able to appoint a person as their own “data champion”. I would be grateful if you could let me know who this is. You can also add them to the Connexional Database (via the Methodist Church online suite (aka stats for mission)).

Letting people know that you have a privacy policy

Not only do you need to have a privacy policy, you need to make efforts to ensure that everyone knows about it and can access it. One way is to have staff, such as circuit or church administrators, add a statement to their email signature. Suggested wording, and other advice, can be found here

Advance notice of absence

Rob Cooper, the District Lay Employment Secretary, will be based in Cape Town from 28 August to 26 November. He will still be able to offer support via email during this time, and also through Skype  Face Time / WhatsApp.  Full details on how to do this will be made available nearer his departure.

Recommended Solicitors

TMCP and the Connexional Team have set up the first panel of solicitors for the Methodist Church. There are five firms on the panel who are all experienced in working with charities and other Christian denominations in a wide variety of transactions ranging from manse sales and purchases to major redevelopments; disputes on matters such as boundary walls or personal injury; employment issues; and governance related transactions, such as the setting up of a trading subsidiary. The list can be found here


Telling Our Story – 10 years of Methodist Heritage

This year it is the 10th birthday of Methodist Heritage; the beginnings of the formation of the Heritage Committee and the launch of the first formal strategy. We have come a long way since then, although our journey and our story continue to grow and change! To celebrate this, and to share and reflect on what we have learned, we are holding a special event in Oxford on Saturday 18 August this year.

A booking form can be downloaded here: TellingOurStory 

The full programme is here: Telling Our Story programme & form

Bookings need to be in by 3 August

Training and Learning Opportunities

Growing through Conflict

17 October from 10 to 3:30 at Broom Methodist Church

This is a workshop exploring conflict and its transformation, offered to church leaders and leadership teams. It will help you:

  • understanding conflict better
  • transforming conflict
  • growing through conflict.
  • ‘conflict styles’ – what we need to know!
  • give you ‘tools’ to help

There is an ‘inventory’ to complete beforehand for all course participants, so pleae RSVP to Joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com – 01709 372863

Cliff College Summer School

2 weeks to choose from, each with 4 streams of teaching:

30 July – 3 August: Theology, spirituality, chaplainy, film-making

6 – 10 August: Worship: Leading and Preaching

More details can be found here: Cliff College Summer School 2018 leaflet

Plus a more detailed outline on the Spiritualty course can be found here: Cliff College Summer School Aug 2018 – Spirituality

Job Vacancies

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

Part-time Administrator

UTU is looking to appoint a new administrator for 12 hours/week. One working session a week will be worked in our office at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, other hours could be worked remotely, by negotiation. We’re keen to hear from people who have great admin and organisational skills, and could work flexibly to help our organisation to develop.

Deadline: 9am on Monday 6th August

Interviews: Monday 20th August

Start date: In September, to be negotiated

Go to utusheffield.org.uk to download an application pack, or contact Helen on helen@utusheffield.org.uk or 0114 270 9907 for further information

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.

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

Other News

Taste – Life Changing Water

We’re passionate about getting clean water to rural Nigerian communities.  If you can help, we’d be delighted!

One way you can help is through prayer. You can download our monthly prayer letter here: 20180723 July Prayer Letter

CLC Bookshops

New Superbook DVDs – Now Available!

For those of you who are not familiar with Superbook – The DVD Series teaches children timeless moral truths and life lessons through the captivating, Bible-based adventures of two time-travelling children and their robot friend.

The familiar and the futuristic interact with ancient people, places and events to create a sense of wonder, anticipation, empowerment, and personal breakthrough as the children witness God’s interaction with man.

Superbook is always an exciting journey, full of discovery – with a transformational outcome.

A chance to save with our Kids’ Corner Promotion!

In our latest Kids’ Corner Promotion we have a fantastic selection of books, CDs, DVDs, and resources for all ages – all at reduced prices – to help children grow in faith! Don’t Miss out!

Methodist News

Remembrance 100

Remembrance 100 launches on 4 August 2018 with 100 Days of Peace and Hope, leading up to the centenary of Armistice Day. 100 Days of Peace and Hope features contributions from members of the Methodist family and others, alongside Bible readings and prayers. The resource is available to download for free here.

Called to ministry

There is still time for people to offer themselves for ordained ministry this year. The deadline to begin the process is Friday 31 August. Click here for more information.

News release

For over 60 years, the Methodist Church has supported the ending of the death penalty. Judicial systems are inherently a human construction with frailties.  The death penalty does not allow for miscarriages of justice nor the possibility of repentance.

The UK Government is both right and morally courageous when opposing the death penalty in all places and all circumstances. For many years the UK has worked with other governments to establish moratoria on the use of the death penalty.  This has helped make significant progress towards the long-term goal of the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are believed to have been involved in the murder of Islamic State captives.  These murders are abhorrent and those behind them show no respect for human dignity.

Yet even in the most difficult of cases, our nation’s commitment to human rights and dignity – including opposition to the death penalty – should remain steadfast.  Terrorists who have shown no respect for the law should nevertheless be treated with equal rights under the law.  We cannot assist prosecutions that might end with an order for execution.

Governments need to act together to counter terrorism.  Those responsible for terrorist offences must be brought to justice, but we must not allow their evil actions and warped ideology to undermine the value our nation places on human rights for all.