District News – 7 August 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. Many thanks to those who have already managed to successfully do this!

As you can probably imagine, this is 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 (electronically by email is fine) as requested, so I don’t have to do any chasing up!

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.

Office Closure

A reminder that the District Office will be closed from Monday 20 August through to Tuesday 28 August. There will be no weekly mailing that week, so if you have any events, activities or any other news coming up in the next few weeks that you would like to share across the district, please send it before next Tuesday!

District Mission News

The August edition of District Mission News is now online, highlighting the sustained work of The Junction, which has served the community of Hexthorpe in Doncaster from a former pub and butcher’s shop since 1994.

Anyone can sign up to receive District email communications by clicking on this link. Tick which publications you wish to receive from Mission News (monthly, celebrating and sharing mission), Mission Development Support (monthly, practical hints and tips on grants and other practical matters underpinning our mission), Weekly News (round up of news, events and job opportunities).

Neil Harland (District Mission Development Support Worker) is always on the look out for stories to share, and to provide support and advice. Is there something exciting happening at your church that others could learn from?

Training and Learning Opportunities

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.

Yorkshire Plus Regional Retreats

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.

7-9 May 2019 – Cliff College

The Regional Retreat in Spring 2019 will be from Tuesday 7 May – Thursday 9 May and will be led by Jill Baker at Cliff College. More details will be available soon.

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)

Urban Theology Union – Autumn Colloquia 2018

What makes a good city?

Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

This Autumn we are holding a series of three lunchtime colloquia at UTU with the theme: ‘What makes a good city?’ Most of us live in an urban environment but may give too little consideration to the elements that make that a good or bad environment in which to live. Many factors affect the environment, including  architecture,  transport, access to green spaces, cohesion, culture, quality of services like health and education and so on. For this series, we have chosen three factors that are arguably among the most important: economic prosperity, fairness and safety and security. Each of these themes will be introduced by a distinguished local speaker with relevant experience and responsibility. There will then be general discussion.

The colloquia will run from 12 noon to 1:30 pm in UTU’s library area in the basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield  (entrance in Chapel Walk).  Bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available.

The three sessions will be as follows:

Wednesday 10 OctoberRevd Dr Alan Billings on Safety and Security. Alan Billings has been a Vicar in Sheffield, Deputy Leader of the City Council, an academic and author of many books. He is currently South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Wednesday, 7 November. Professor Alan Walker on Fairness. Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology at the University of Sheffield. He has written widely on ageing and on other issues of social policy. He chaired Sheffield Fairness Commission which reported in 2013.

Wednesday 5 December. John Mothersole on Economic Prosperity.  John Mothersole is Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, having formerly been the Council’s Executive Director of Development, Environment and Leisure. He is heavily involved in the development of Sheffield and the wider City Region. He has previously worked in local government in  Camden and Newcastle Under Lyme.

These colloquia are open to all. Enquiries should be addressed to UTU. 0114 270 9907

Download the information here to print and share: colloquiaautumn2018

Worship: Leading & Preaching Spring School

An opportunity to share together with other Worship Leaders and Local Preachers in training. We will be offering the “Explore” sessions from Modules 3 & 4, 5 & 6 and 7 & 8, subject to demand.  The venue is Cliff College, the date 25– 29 March. More information is available on the Cliff College website here.

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.

Other News

Sheffield CAP (Church Action on Poverty)

Sheffield Church Action on Poverty annual pilgrimage will be on Saturday 20 October starting at Stafford Road Methodist Church at 9.30. Please indicate your interest in attending by contacting our secretary Briony Broome on briony.broome@hotmail.co.uk

End Hunger Week 13-20 October

End Hunger UK is built on a vision of a society where everyone has access to good food, and no one has to go to bed hungry. We call on Government to fix Universal Credit to prevent more people going hungry.

We all rely on the welfare safety net being there for us in times of financial stress or hardship. But Universal Credit is currently failing in that task.

In areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out, foodbanks and other food aid providers report a surge in the numbers of people pushed into greater debt, destitution and hunger as a result of delays, errors, a lack of flexibility, and inadequate support. Universal Credit is due to begin rolling out in Sheffield in November

Please support the petition that will be sent to the PM GO TO http://endhungeruk.org/universalcredit/

CLC Bookshop

Colouring Book Day Sale!

Rediscover your love for colouring with one of our colouring books! What better way to relax and unwind this summer than by colouring in these beautiful colouring books? Thursday 2 August was colouring book day so we have put curated a collection of colouring books together all at great prices! Full Range can be found here

Take Note Promotion

Take Note consists of newly released titles curated for you all at discounted prices! All of the titles are great choices for your summer holiday reading collection! Click through to find more titles we recommend for you! Full Range here

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:20180806 August Prayer Letter

We give praise for:

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting TASTE staff as they travel to many remote areas to carry out projects
  • The confirmation, by TASTE Nigeria Trustees at their recent meeting in July of the appointment of Mr. Nuhu Yakubu Chayi as TASTE Nigeria Country Director following a review of his performance over his six month probationary period
  • The grant of £4,000 from the Harry Inman Charitable Trust

and pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • The funding application to the States of Guernsey by TASTE UK will be successful
  • TASTE Nigeria will be successful in its application for funding to the Australia High Commission in Nigeria
  • TASTE Nigeria would be one of the local NGOs chosen to carry out WaterAid’s Water and Sanitation Projects in Plateau State
  • TASTE UK will find a suitably experienced Bid Writer to work with our CEO to significantly increase our income from funding applications. We are receiving an ever increasing numbers of requests for help from needy communities.

Thank you for praying for us. Feel free to call Ben on – 07737413772 – if you’d like further information about any of these issues.

Methodist News

Local Preachers’ and Worship Leaders’ News

The Vine – a new resource for Local Arrangements

An increasing number of services on circuit plans are shown as “Local Arrangements”. Recognising the need for new, relevant resources, the Connexional Team commissioned Twelve Baskets (the “Worship Cloud”) to run a three-month pilot of new material. This proved highly successful, and Twelve Baskets have now launched The Vine.  There is a fully scripted act of worship for each week which includes an order of service, prayers, a children’s talk, reflections on the Bible readings and a selection of hymns, all in one easy to use document.

The Vine is available as a circuit-based subscription of £28.50 per church in the circuit* for 12 months. For circuits that subscribe before 31st October 2018 this will be reduced to £20 per church in the first year. As an extra bonus for circuits that subscribe before 1st September 2018, the August 2018 material is FREE. After your circuit has paid for the subscription the Vine will email each church contact and every Worship Leader 1 month in advance, all the resources for the following month.

Around the Connexion, we see churches who have transformed Local Arrangements from being a planning headache into an opportunity for spiritual growth and a time of fellowship. Email Wayne Grewcock with your circuit number and he will email an invoice to your circuit treasurer and start things rolling. For a free sample click here

Safeguarding (Creating Safer Space)

The new Advanced Module for Safeguarding is now being introduced. This replaces the previous Leadership Module that some of you have done previously. Conference has agreed which office holders, including local preachers and worship leaders, are required to do this course. Due to the numbers involved, it is planned to undertake this over the next two and a half years rather than expect all Local Preachers and Worship Leaders to attend immediately.

The course is designed to make sure that all those who serve in key positions in the church are fully aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding (vulnerable adults and children) as well as ensuring that we are equipping those in positions of responsibility and leadership to be properly equipped for the demands this may make of them in their role.

News from Conference…

You may be aware that Conference this year adopted a resolution amending the Standing Orders relating to the Duties and Rights of Local Preachers and requiring Local Preachers to engage with a process of peer review every three years.

At this stage you do not need to do anything. We are in the process of developing guidelines for the review – these will be considered by the Ministries Committee in September. Hopefully, these should be available in time for your December Local Preachers’ Meeting. The liturgical sub-committee of Faith and Order are working on an Order of service for the Annual rededication service which will be available for September 2019.

These changes should provide a great opportunity to support and encourage each other as Preachers. Those who are already engaging in peer review around the connexion have found it to be a great source of mutual support and positive feedback, and we will be drawing from best practice in drafting the guidelines. Our aim is to help Local Preachers’ Meetings to be great places of warm fellowship where insights can be expressed, gifts nurtured and all can be empowered and equipped for mission and service.