District News – 14 August 2018

This Week’s News

Welcome Service for Rev Kristin Markay

The District has received an invitation from Lambeth Circuit to their service to welcome Kristin Markay into their circuit. It is on Tuesday 28 August at 7:00pm and will be held at Brixton Hill Methodist Church with refreshment before and after the service.

They extend this invitation to anyone from the Sheffield District, but especially those who know Kristin (and Dave). Please let their circuit administrator know if you plan to attend: Shirley De Los Reyes lambethmethodistcircuitadmin@btconnect.com

Samuel Chadwick Centre, Cliff College

The Samuel Chadwick Centre draws particular inspiration from the strong link that evangelist Samuel Chadwick made between the Spirit and mission. In fact, our strapline is: ‘Discerning the Holy Spirit in the Mission of the Church.’ We want to gather people – both academics and non-academics – who are interested in both the Wesleyan and the Pentecostal/Charismatic traditions and what we can discern of the work of the Spirit within those traditions. Events will range from academic conferences to short courses on renewal. Somewhere in between is the upcoming annual Samuel Chadwick Lecture, which this year will be given by Revd Canon Dr Howard Mellor.

The Centre is directed by Dr Ben Pugh, a Pentecostal layman, and Rev Dr George Bailey, a Methodist minister, both lecturers at Cliff College. We hope that anyone who longs to see the Spirit move again within Methodism will meet like-minded people at Chadwick Centre events, and find much to inspire and encourage.’

Download the poster for more information on the Samuel Chadwick Lecture on Tuesday 16 OctoberSamuel Chadwick Lecture

Vic Hall – Will you say YES

We are looking for people who are able to commit to three months to help develop something new in our city centre on a Sunday evening.

If you have a heart for the city that you live in, a longing to see the city transformed, have a calling to make a difference and would like to develop as a leader and grow in your calling then this may be for you.

For more information please contact Donna on 07814849347 or go to the website www.victoriahallmethodostchurch.org

“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

Packs will also be available at the September Synod.

Lay Employment cover update

From 28th August to 26 November 2018, Rob Cooper (and his wife) will be living in Cape Town, South Africa, partly on holiday and partly working on charity projects that they have been involved with for a number of years

If there are any lay employment matters that you need help with during that time he will still be available!

The best way to contact him will be via email but if you need to talk something through, he will also be available via Skype / Face Time or WhatsApp. Please find below his contact details.

Email: rob.cooper@2bpeople.com
Face Time: +44 7947533598
Skype: robcooper2b
WhatsApp: +44 7947533598


Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Music for the Spirit presents….a Summer Series 

August 31 – Woodfield String Quartet

The final performance is brought to us by the Woodfield String Quartet.

Come and enjoy some light music, accessible to all ages and levels of experience listening to classical performances. Bring your children, a packed lunch and expect to interact with the musicians. The programme will have a summer holiday feel!

 * £10 or free for children. 12.45 – 1.30pm.

Full details including how to book here.

September eventt

The Great Spiritual Migration book group
4 September, 730pm – 9pm, £5 (or £15 for 4).
In his book, Brian McLaren argues that the Christian faith is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. Four discussion evenings will take a close look at his ideas and how they can serve us on our journey. Bookings and details here.

Deep Talk Day
6 September, 10.15am – 3.30pm. £18 / free for those in full-time education.
Described as ‘inspiring’ and ‘therapeutic’, Deep Talk is an adaptation of Godly Play that can open up an exploration of identity and purpose. With Jeremy Clines. Bookings and details here.

Heritage Open Days
13-17 September, various. All events free.
As Whirlow Spirituality Centre again joins in with the city’s HoD programme, come and discover the extraordinary women of its heritage. Drop-in sessions and accessible events will introduce those who have shaped our building and our spirituality. Bookings and details here.

The Enneagram Instincts (sub-types) workshop
29 September, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £50.

The Enneagram is a tool that can be used to develop awareness and compassion for ourselves and others. This workshop will introduce and explore the three instincts: self-preservation, sexual (attraction) and social (adaptation) and how they combine with our Enneagram type. With Dr Mark Pickin. Bookings and details here.

Cargo – Fight for Freedom past and present

Monday 17th September & Tuesday 18th September

Cargo is a challenging production about the abolition of the slave trade in the 19th century, and the fact that slavery is still a stain on our world in which we are all concerned through the goods and services that we use.

The production is a moving account of the work of the early abolitionists, including specifically people in Sheffield.

It is an amalgam of acting, presentation, visual images, music and song.

Christ Church has often produced musicals and pantomimes, and is hoping that this production will attract people from all over the city.

Tickets are £5.

Download the poster to help with publicity: Cargo Poster

Training and Learning Opportunities

Derbyshire Day

Saturday 6 October – 10am to 3pm

The third “Derbyshire Day” – organised by the ecumenical officers of Derbyshire – will be on Saturday 6 October at Matlock LEP from 10-3.

Keynote Speaker is Pastor Geoff Pickup of New Life Derby and Belper and the theme is ‘Working Together is Worth it.  Bring you r own lunch, but drinks available all day.  In the afternoon there will be special groups for members of local Churches Together groups and for LEPs, plus a chance to talk with Michel Simms on Pioneer Ministry.

More info from Paul King (01246 2709360) one of the county’s denominational ecumenical officers.

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)

Stories for the Soul and Godly Play

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. www.godlyplay.uk/

An introductory day is being offered on Saturday 30 October in Sheffield.

Introductory Day in Sheffield

Grants available in the Sheffield District

£150 towards the 3 day Core training in Godly Play

£200 towards Godly Play resources (for churches where at least one person has completed the training)

Please contact Kathryn Lord at Mutual Blessings if you wish to apply for a grant. Contact form for grants

MA Dementia Studies


Full-time – NURT65

The MA Dementia Studies programme has been developed collaboratively by staff in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Departments of Sociological Studies and Human Communication Sciences. The MA Dementia Studies programme team is comprised of academics and practitioners active in dementia education, research, and clinical practice. We aim to support students to become critically aware of current debates, research, policy and therapeutic interventions in dementia. At the heart of the programme is a genuine commitment to learn from the expertise of persons with dementia, their family caregivers or supporters and dementia care practitioners. We encourage and support persons with dementia and their supporters to contribute to your MA Dementia Studies education.

There are approximately 750,000 people in the UK living with dementia. It has been estimated that dementia costs the economy £23 billion a year. Diagnosis rates for dementia, while improving, are variable by geographical location and compare unfavourably with other life-limiting conditions. The annual unpaid work of carers and supporters of people with dementia has been valued at £8 billion. There is an ongoing and increasing need for practitioners, decision-makers and researchers who are equipped with credible and critical dementia education to participate in what is undeniably a major social as well as personal challenge.

The 8 modules included in the programme reflect what we believe are essential components of Masters level dementia education. By drawing together our respective disciplinary perspectives in the MA Dementia Studies programme, we offer education that supports the development of practitioners, decision-makers and researchers who are fully equipped to engage strategically as well as inter-personally in society’s response to dementia.

Job Vacancies

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.

Safeguarding Supervising Case Worker

Part time (14 or 17.5 hours available)
Starting salary circa £33,750 – £43,875 (depending on experience)

The Methodist Church is committed to ensuring its churches are safe spaces for all. We work hard to ensure we comply with legal requirements, develop good practice, provide effective training and give excellent advice on individual cases.

There is now an exciting opportunity to join our new team serving Methodist districts across England, Wales, Scotland and the islands in taking this work forward and undertaking case work supervison to our district safeguarding officers and managing risk assessments.

If you are an experienced safeguarding professional with a relevant professional qualification, or relevant experience and expertise in child and/or adult protection, and in sympathy with the aims of the Methodist Church we would like to hear from you.  The post will serve the south east area and will be home based with travel within the area.  There will be meetings with the whole team in London.

For an informal discussion please contact the Safeguarding Adviser Tim Carter: Email:  cartert@methodistchurch.org.uk  Tel: 020 7467 3766

Closing date:  12 noon on 31 August 2018

Interviews will take place on: 15 October, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR

For more information about us visit:  http://www.methodist.org.uk/safeguarding

For further details and application pack please visit:

Director of Learning for Ministry

This is a key post within the Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team which exists to foster and support vocations to accredited ministries to enable the Church to fulfil Our Calling. The team oversees the processes of selection and training for lay and ordained and the strategic work of encouraging Christians to discern God’s call on their lives.

Within the team, the Methodist Church’s Director of Learning for Ministry will be responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with learning institutions to deliver the formation that will equip and sustain those in ordained and lay ministry.

This is a role based at Methodist Church House but which will require considerable travel around the Connexion. For a lay employee, a salary (including London weighting) of £38,400 to £48,000 is offered. For presbyters and deacons, the standard terms of service apply.

The application pack can be downloaded from: www.methodistchurch.org.uk

If you do not have access to the internet for the application packs please contact the Methodist Church Helpdesk on 020 7486 5502.

Closing date for completed applications is noon on Wednesday 31 August 2018

Interviews will take place on Friday 14 September 2018

Connexional Vocations Advisor

This is a key post within the Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team which exists to foster and support vocations to accredited ministries to enable the Church to fulfil Our Calling. The team oversees the processes of selection and training for lay and ordained and the strategic work of encouraging Christians to discern God’s call on their lives.

Within the team, the Methodist Church’s Vocations’ Advisor will be the lead person developing and implementing a Vocations Strategy for the Methodist Church working closely with colleagues in the Conference Office, the Learning Network and the Ministries Committee. S/he will have responsibility for the design and implementation of programmes and materials to encourage Methodist men and women seriously and prayerfully to consider their and will act as an advocate for vocational thinking throughout the Connexion.

This is a role based at Methodist Church House but which will require considerable travel around the Connexion. For a lay employee, a salary (including London weighting) of £29,800 to £37,250 per annum is offered. For ministers in Full Connexion the standard terms of service apply.

The application pack can be downloaded from: www.methodistchurch.org.uk

If you do not have access to the internet for the application packs please contact the Methodist Church Helpdesk on 020 7486 5502.

Closing date for completed applications is noon on Wednesday 12 September 2018

Interviews will take place on Friday 28 September 2018

Secretary of the Methodist Forces Board

Do you have a commitment to the fulfillment of the Armed Forces Covenant and an understanding of the vital place of chaplaincy in the life of the Armed Forces?
The Connexional Team of the Methodist Church are looking for a Methodist Presbyter to serve as the Secretary of the Forces Board. The job entails the oversight of the provision of Methodist Chaplaincies in all three Armed Services and the continuation and development of the Forces Board Projects
The right person will be an excellent communicator who can work under pressure at the highest level, using wisdom, tact and spiritual maturity to skilfully steer and guide complex situations. A good imagination, a sense of humour and an ability to deliver work within set deadlines are also highly desirable characteristics. He/She will also have an understanding of,
and an empathy for, military life and will be able to represent the challenges of the chaplaincy to the Methodist and wider Church, as well as portraying the ethos of the Methodism within a military context. For this reason, strong proven experience of chaplaincy together with a deep commitment for the place of chaplaincy within the Armed Forces is essential.

Closing Date: 17 September 2018
Interview Date: 28 September 2018
For further details and application pack please visit:

Methodist News

50th anniversary of global Methodist partnership

A series of services, workshops and discussions took place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partnership between the Methodist Church in Great Britain and The United Methodist Church (UMC).

From Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August, senior representatives, members and officers from The UMC met in London with their counterparts from the Methodist Church in Great Britain to celebrate the formal link between these two Churches, known as the Concordat.

The meeting was themed ‘Dreaming New Dreams: Expressing the Concordat for this generation’ and will look to the future with conversations about closer partnerships, deeper engagement and collaborative work.

Doug Swanney, Connexional Secretary of the Methodist Church in Britain and the Revd Dr Jean Hawxhurst, Ecumenical Staff Officer for Leadership Development for The Council of Bishops of The UMC, has been overseeing the planning of the anniversary.

Mr Swanney said: “Marking this 50th anniversary is not only about celebrating what has been but is also taking time to imagine how our ongoing partnership could best serve the Gospel in the decades to come.

“Relationships between our two denominations are important in an ever-changing and more demanding world. The Concordat was written in the context of a time five decades ago and we want to reimagine what it could mean for our own and future generations.”

“Methodism remains a growing global movement and we both want to continue to play our part in that.”

The United Methodist Church is a global denomination with 12 million members. The UMC was founded in 1968 by the union of The Methodist Church (USA) and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Church leaders ask Home Secretary for end to hostile environment

Twenty Church leaders have called for an end to the hostile environment in an open letter to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP.

The hostile environment is the web of government policies designed to make life so difficult for people who cannot prove they have the right to live in the UK that they will choose to leave.

The leaders, including representatives from the Anglican, Catholic, Church of Scotland and Methodist Churches, argue that the destitution deliberately inflicted by the government is ‘inhumane’ and that it leads to racial discrimination. They ask Javid “to seize this opportunity and to adopt an approach to immigration that treats every individual, whatever their status, with humanity, dignity, respect and fairness.”

Is it any wonder that Churches are speaking out about immigration policy? In Glasgow up to 300 asylum seekers who have had their right to remain turned down are under threat of being evicted from their homes. Once evicted they will lose the right to housing and will be faced with homelessness and destitution. Housing charity Shelter Scotland has filed papers at Glasgow Sheriff Court to prevent two tenants being issued with so-called lock-change orders.

The issue will also be raised in the Court of Session in Edinburgh after a case was lodged by Govan Law Centre, which is also trying to prevent the evictions by Serco.

Rev Dr Richard Frazer, convener of the Church and Society Council, said: “The Church of Scotland is deeply, deeply concerned at plans to evict up to 300 asylum seekers from their homes in Glasgow… many of those facing eviction have already needed to flee their homes in the past from appalling violence, terror and war. It is unacceptable that this should be happening.”

Clothes Aid

Action for Children has partnered with Clothes Aid, a textile collection service, raising money for vital services supporting the well-being of children and families. Your church can get involved by becoming a drop-off point for donated bags of clothes and by asking members of your congregation to donate unwanted items. To do this, please call Clothes Aid on 0207 288 8545.

Twelve Baskets

The Vine is a monthly resource of full scripted local arrangement services. Each includes an order of service, prayers, a children’s talk, reflections on the lectionary Bible readings and a selection of hymns. To order your copy, please email wayne@twelvebaskets.co.uk

Church building works

Churches currently have to pay 20% VAT on any extensions or refurbishments they make to their buildings. This can have a detrimental effect on churches in deprived areas that are trying to serve their communities and need to have work done. A petition has been launched to have this VAT requirement removed; please sign it here.

1000 Letters

Write a letter to the young people attending 3Generate and encourage them to be courageous in their faith by sharing your own faith story. The letters will help children and young people feel connected to, and part of, the wider body of the Methodist Church.