District News – 25 September 2018

This Week’s News

Grow – Inspiring Hope, Unlocking Potential

Grow exists to inspirt hope and unlock potential in 16-24 year olds. They do this through delivering an eight-week employment programme that integrates coaching with work experience.

The first programme starts on 1 October with more details on the poster here: 1Grow_A4_Poster_FINAL-screen

Christians Against Poverty

On Friday 5 October, at 9pm, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and some of their 600 partner churches are the subject of the BBC2 documentary The Debt Saviours. The programme profiles the work of the UK Church caring the poor and rescuing people from debt across the UK.

On Sunday 30 September, will your church stand with themin prayer for this opportunity?

Click here to download a prayer letter that we would love for you to use at your Sunday service

Fund for Human Need

FHN’s new film, funded by Methodist Action on Poverty and Justice (MAPJ), is now available for your church to view. The 4 minute video can be seen on: https://vimeo.com/282308832 or on FHN’s website.

FHN hopes that all circuits and churches will give consideration to supporting the work of FHN when they meet for their Autumn Church Council Meetings.

More information can

be found in the letter here: Sheffield FHN Letter 

New Lay Employee Orientation Day

Monday 22nd October – Leeds Church Institute, Leeds LS1 6DG – 10.30am – 4.00pm

Do you work with a new lay employee? Are you a new lay employee? New to the Methodist Church or new to our Region? Then this day is for you!

This day offers a framework for newly appointed lay employees who are working in a church context. the frame work is designed to enable them to understand better the role of a church worker in general as well as their own setting. The day aims to develop good practice through sharing together and through the learning opportunities which the different topics of the day provide. Topics include: introduction to the Methodist Church, Induction and appraisal, Policies, Pastoral Care, Vocation and Well Being.

Bookings: Sian Henderson admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org  07809 431 871


Creativity and Creation – an Art Exhibition in 7 Days

8th to 14th October 2018 – Highfield Trinity Methodist Church, London Road S2 4US

An Exhibition of Creativity in Art, Music and Verse:

Day 1: Light and darkness

Day 2: Separating sea and sky

Day 3: Land and plants

Day 4: Sun, moon and stars

Day 5: Birds and fish

Day 6: Human beings

Day 7: Rest

Join us in mounting and experiencing this Exhibition, which looks at the 7 days of creation and their relevance to ourselves and our God-given creative expression.

If you have any work, or want to create work, about any of the 7 days or about creativity in general contact Peter on 07830 279657

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Saturday 13 October  7:30pm

Music for the Spirit presents beautiful string music for an autumn evening: the first in our series of 3 concerts this season

Sarentino Strings are Jonny Ingall, Lucy Phillips, Natalie Roper and Hannah Thomspon-Smith. Their intimate performance will savour the cycles of life and death so evident in October, featuring Haydn’s String Quartet in D minor, Puccini’s Crisantemi and Borodin’s String Quartet no. 2 in D major.

£15 including drink (or free to children and those in full-time education). Book here.
* Muskoka Wind Quintet will perform on November 10th *

One Sound – Youth  Music in Christ

Saturday 27 October – 7:30pm

The Aire and Calder Circuit of the Methodist Church are hosting a concert featuring ‘One Sound’ at the Castleford Civic Hall, Ferrybridge Road, Castleford, WF10 4JH, on Saturday 27 October 2018 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 for Adults; £6 for 16 & under and £25 for family tickets (two adults and two children) and are available from Colin Ride (see poster for contact details).

‘OneSound’ is one of the UK’s leading Christian music ensembles for young adults 16 to 26 years. Founded in 1974 under the umbrella of the Methodist Association and, in 2007, ‘OneSound’ became an independent ecumenical group open to all young adults who have a love for music.

‘OneSound’ provides a great range of music from classical to popular hits and contemporary worship to traditional hymns – whatever floats your boat, they do it!  They perform at up to eight public gigs a year which gives them a unique opportunity to realise dreams and aspirations whilst working with leading Musical Directors and Conductors.

Download the poster here: One Sound Poster

Training and Learning

Waterways Chaplaincy Open Day

Monday 8 October – 10am-3:30pm – Retford & Worksop Boat Club

Waterways Chaplaincy is about serving Christ on the waterways. We are Christian volunteers from local churches coming from a diversity of Christian traditions including both lay people and ordained ministers. No experience of boating is required as training will be given. The role focuses on being a visible presence along specific stretches of the river and canal network in England and Wales, by providing friendship, support and a listening ear to ALL those who have contact with the inland waterways.

We will be holding a full day’s training on the 8th October, so if you would like to know more about our work, then you would be very welcome to come along.  For further details please contact: 

Debbie Nouwen: Deputy National Waterways Chaplain – North of England & Midlands
Tel: 07909 149664

Faith in Political Action Today

Saturday 27 October – St George’s Centre, Leeds

A conference featuring Dr Jennifer McBride; Dave Paterson and much more as part of Project Bonhoeffer.

See the poster for more details: PB Day 2018

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 – In a Good Place?

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.

During this retreat we will think about the importance of place in our own lives:

  • How has place impacted upon our spirituality?
  • Where have been our “sacred spaces”?
  • Is there a “theology of place”?
  • How do we reconcile rootedness and journeying?
  • Where does pilgrimage fit in?
  • How important is place in the bible narrative?

Above all, the retreat will provide space (in a beautiful place) to reflect and pray and seek to discover a renewed “good place” in God.

More details on the flyer here: Jill Baker Retreat 2019 flyer

Environmental Justice:
Why loving your neighbour means loving the planet

Tuesday 27th November 7.30 pm – Storrs Road Methodist Church

Justin Thacker, author of Global Poverty: A Theological Guide, discusses the human impact of climate change and shows why the biblical command to love our neighbour should be at the root of Christian environmental thinking.

To assist with planning please email the circuit office if you are hoping to attend: admin@chesterfieldmethodists.org.uk

Download the poster to help publicise this event:Environmental Justice Seminar


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

Other News

Methodist News

Singing the Faith Plus

Resources for all seasons

Following a slow summer (literally, in the case of the website itself), the new church year has seen Singing the Faith Plus springing back into action.

Lectionary hymn suggestions are now in place for October and November. This period will include a number of days and weeks of note (see below), including Remembrance Day, on which we will mark 100 years since the end of World War 1.

Our Remembrance Sunday page offers the ideal place to start exploring hymns, reflections and additional resources to support meaningful worship on a day that combines memory with commitment, horror with hope.

Praise for the music

The task of posting 30 second audio clips of every hymn in Singing the Faith is now complete, meaning that you can now hear what every hymn sounds like. You’ll be surprised how many hymn verses come in under the 30 second limit.

At the same time, we’ve added a facility to scroll back and forth through the hymns, just like flipping the pages of your own hymn book. Start at All people on earth that do dwell (StF 1) and keep going. (Or go backwards through Liturgical Settings!)

Remind yourself of the old and get to know the new.