District News – 30 August 2018

This Week’s News


The calling letter for the September Synod has been sent out. The full agenda will be following soon. Please remember to send in apologies if you are unable to attend – it does help with logistics.

L(W)P Secretaries were asked to also extend an invitation to their local preachers and leaders of worship, to hear Bob Bartindale speak on Passionate Worship. If you are planning to come, again please let the office know so that we can make sure there are enough chairs!

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

Own Arrangement Service

Christine Sheasby continues to write and share services suitable for churches having to make their own arrangements. This year she will be looking at the four themes of Our Calling, starting in the autumn with Worship.

The full service is available here: OA Service for Sep-Nov 2018 Worship

Support for Refugees

Message from the Methodist Church:

“We are requesting for churches to respond with stories of their support for refugees. The stories will feature in a new magazine that will be published this autumn. Please email your stories to Lukeg@methodistchurch.org.uk

Chaplain to Young Farmers

Emily Brailsford, reader at St Giles Matlock has been appointed Chaplain to Young Farmers, joining the wider work of the Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy; supporting farmers and their families across Derbyshire. Emily is employed by Rural Action Derbyshire working 14 hours a week from 1st August 2018 and can be contacted on 07594 088858 or e.brailsford@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk


Sounds of the Spirit

Monday 17 September, 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church S11 8YL.

Presentations of beautiful chanting and recitation from different faith traditions, organised by the Shirley House Interfaith Centre as part of the Nether Edge Festival.

This year’s event will include introductions to Islamic nasheeds (spiritual songs), Christian chants from the Taizé Community and Zoroastrian religious practice.

For more information, contact Revd Gareth Jones at garethjones11@gmail.com or on 0114 250 8251.

2018 Farmers’ Harvest Festival

Sunday 28 October – 2:30pm – Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell

All are welcome to this special service where the guest speaker will be the Revd Gill Newton. Bel Canto Choir and poet Philip Holland will also be there, helping us worship and celebrate farming together.

A poster with full details can be downloaded here: Harvest Festival 2018

Guided Tour of Grimsthorpe Castle

Thursday 27 Sept

Explore the history of a great Tudor woman and her house.
A fascinating “Day Out” at a Stately Home by coach, with guided tours

Pick up Worksop (0900), Retford (0920), Tuxford

  • Guided tour of Grimsthorpe Castle – a beautiful Tudor mansion
  •  See all the State rooms in their splendour
  •  Learn about Catherine, Duchess of Suffolk and her exciting life as a religious rebel
  • Explore the wonderful gardens
  • Enjoy a stop at Corby Glen’s Grade 1 church – and meet the Devil
  • PRICE INCLUDES morning coffee and biscuits, lunch, and admissions to house/gardens

BOOKING INFORMATION: The all-inclusive price is £37. Book by email (mail@pilgrimsandprophets.co.uk), by phone to Maggy on 07724 848958, or to P & P c/o The Well, Hospital Road, Retford including a cheque to Pilgrims & Prophets Christian Heritage Tours and your contact details

Download the poster for your church notice board: 270918 Trip Poster-1

Training and Learning Opportunities

Firm Roots Conference

Saturday 13 October from 10am – 4pm at Kirkheaton Parish Church

Firm Roots Cancer Support started in Bristol in 2012 as a Christian organisation offering prayer and spiritual support, as well as practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer and their families. The motto of Firm Roots is ‘Strength for Today; Hope for Tomorrow’ and the aim of the organisation is to walk alongside people and support them with God’s love, as they go through cancer.

Could your church think about offering a Firm Roots ministry to reach out to so many people affected by cancer? Maybe you have been personally affected by cancer and known God’s presence on your journey. Could God be calling you to give something back and help to support others going through the same? Maybe you have cared for a family member or friend – could you too support other carers and family members after your own experience? Could you think about starting a Cancer Prayer Support Group at your church or in your local area? You can make a difference and bring God’s love to others!

We would like to invite you to come along and find out more at our first Firm Roots National Conference on Saturday 13th October, 10am – 4pm, at Kirkheaton Parish Church, Church Lane, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield HD5 0BH. The day will be an opportunity to find out more about the work of Firm Roots and to learn how you could potentially set up and run a Firm Roots Cancer Prayer Support Group in your church/area. There will be talks, worship, workshops on prayer and another by Macmillan Cancer Support on running support groups for people affected by cancer. The conference will also be an opportunity for current Firm Roots Prayer Group leaders to meet each other, offer support and answer any questions. The cost is £10, to include lunch and refreshments (payable at the time of booking). To book a place at the conference, please contact Helen Jones at Helen.Jones@firmroots.co.uk or phone Claire Coates at Kirkheaton Parish Church on 01484 531449. Everyone is very welcome to join us and there is no obligation to start a prayer group – just come along and find out more.

A poster for noticeboards can be downloaded here: Firm Roots National Conference Poster

Belonging Conference Thursday 13th September 9.30am – 3.30pm

A live-streamed conference hosted by the Methodist Church

Belonging supports churches to have a welcoming and accessible ministry with children and young people who have additional needs. Join Belonging for

  • practical advice
  • an opportunity for theological reflection
  • keynote speakers
  • short ‘lightning’ talks
  • stories from the ground
  • group discussion
  • online interaction.

You can watch Belonging in your own home or gather with others across the Region.

Cliff College will be providing a gathering space for the Belonging Conference on Thursday 13th September 2018.


The conference streaming begins at 9:30am – 2:30pm. We are hosting a space for as many people as are able to attend from the local area so that we can benefit together from the reflection times.  We will have the opportunity to gather in small groups and discuss our thoughts. As well as enjoying refreshments and lunch together in the break times.

It would be helpful if people could RSVP to t.donoghue@cliffcollege.ac.uk so that they are able to arrange refreshments on the day.

Other venues are:

Shirley House St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL
Contact Jonathan Buckley jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk

Emmanuel Methodist Church, Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, S75 1DT
Contact Carla Quenet quenetc@methodistchurch.org.uk

Job Vacancies

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the wider Sheffield area to support and strengthen the Methodist Church’s response to and practice in relation to safeguarding.

We are looking for an experienced safeguarding professional to join our committed and high performing team as our

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)

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.

Application pack is available on the Sheffield District web site:  www.sheffieldmethodist.org

Alternatively please email the District Administrators on admin@sheffieldmethodist.org  or call 0114 270 9990

Closing date:  12 noon on Friday 5th October 2018

The Crossing are looking for a new Centre Manager.

This is a permanent position

Please apply in writing enclosing your cv and a covering letter detailing your suitability for the role to Anne Taylor at the above address, or by e-mail to anne.taylor@thecrossing.co.uk .

Closing date is 28th September 2018,

Aiming for a starting date of 1st December 2018.

Anne will be available for an informal chat with any prospective applicant, please contact at the above e-mail address or telephone 01909 473375 to make an appointment.

More details are also available here: The Crossing SEC – Centre Manager – 2018

Lay Pastor (2 posts)

Leeds South & West circuit

Full Time, Fixed term, 2 years from Oct 2018.
Salary £18,200 – 22,000 – Part-time/Job Share considered.
Qualifications in Pastoral work and/or theology desirable but not essential
A training post could be considered for a suitable candidate

  • Working collaboratively with ordained colleagues in selected churches to nurture and support the congregations
  • Resourcing and equipping church people in their journeys of faith.
  • Providing leadership for pastoral work in those churches liaising with any existing volunteer pastoral visitors

Closing date: 24 September 2018. For an application pack, please contact:
Administrator, Circuit Office, Wesley Road Chapel, Wesley Road, Armley LEEDS LS12 1UL
e-mail: admin@lswmethodists.org.uk
It is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a Christian