District News – 19 September 2018

This Week’s News

Yorkshire Plus Line Management Support Group

I’m a line manager of a lay employee
– but what help is out there for me?

The Learning Network Yorkshire Plus and Rob Cooper (District Lay Employment Advisor) are putting together a support group for line managers of lay employees to:

  • Encourage more positive and empowering working relationships
  • Provide a network of support and encouragement
  • Provide updates on employment law relating to line management and best practice in people development

The first gathering of the Line Management Support Group:

Monday 28 January 2019 – 10.00am for 10.30am – until 3.00pm

Leeds Church Institute (https://leedsconferencing.co.uk/)

If you are a line manager – or soon to become a line manager – you are warmly invited to attend.

Please contact Sian Henderson: yorkshirenemethodist@icloud.com by 21 January 2019 to secure your place.

Yorkshire Plus Line Management Support Group Flyer

Grants available

Looking for funding towards providing Christian books in your community?

Speaking Volumes gives grants out to local Churches and organisations for providing Christian books in their local community. The latest application round is currently open; more information at https://www.speakingvolumes.org.uk/.

Clewer Initiative

The Diocese of Sheffield has signed up to be part of the Clewer Initiative, a three year project to enable Church of England dioceses and wider Church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.

We will learn together about the global and local picture of modern slavery and also learn something of the great work already going on in Sheffield. There will be space to network with other delegates present, as we seek to generate interest and energy and think clearly and creatively about how we can work together on this issue.

Registration for the event is free and refreshments will be provided.

For more details or to register contact the team at clewersheffield@anglican.org

Save the Date

‘How to Bring the Arts into Worship’
10.00-3.30, 26 January 2019

Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield

Join the Learning Network for an exciting day exploring the use of the arts in worship through a series of hands-on exploratory workshops.  Try out creative ways to worship using singing; drama; painting; needlecraft; or writing psalms, to name a few.

‘Understanding Modern Slavery’
16 March, 10.00-4.00

Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market Street, Leeds

Join the Learning Network, the Salvation Army, All We Can and JPIT for a day exploring modern slavery: what it is; recognising slavery, its perpetrators and its victims; understanding what drives slavery; supporting survivors; and what we can do to stop it.

Watch this space for more details!

York Courses

Our two latest courses for discussion groups are available now in digital format as downloads (as well as in printed format) at www.yorkcourses.co.uk

LIFE TO THE FULL? has 4 sessions, making it ideal for the 4 weeks of Advent. It’s written by best-selling author and broadcaster Revd Matt Woodcock, who also features on the course audio in relaxed conversation with Simon Stanley.

DARING TO SEE GOD NOW is a 5-session course, which many groups will follow at Lent although (as with all of our courses ) it’s not tied to a specific season, so can be used at any time of year.

Full details here: Lent & Advent – A5 leaflet – LOW Res


Songs for Chilypep

Saturday 6 October at 7:30pm at The Hubs, Paternoster Row, Sheffield

Join us for an evening of song performed by Carita Harmony and supported by Sheffield Socialist Choir.

Performances includes classics and popular well-loved tunes@

The proceeds fro the event will be donated to Chilypep, the Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project.

Full details on the poster here: songsforchilypepPoster

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Take time to centre yourself this autumn at Adjusting the Balance

It can be easier to love our neighbours than ourselves – but if we don’t find a way to build self-care into busy lives, we may struggle.

A morning workshop on October 8 will make space for people who care for and support others. Among other things, attendees will have chance to try simple ‘body-mindfulness’ practices that can be used as a form of prayer; a gentle way to start with self-care.

£10. Book here.

Abigail Retreat

26-28 October – Cliff College

Tucked away in the Old Testament is the little-known story of Abigail, a woman described as both beautiful and wise who finds herself in a difficult situation. Responding to the crisis she reaches into her well-stocked storehouse and prepares a meal as a peace-offering. She is ready. Her offering is received. Peace is resumed.

Join us as we discover the richness of this simple tale, consider how we can restock our own spiritual storehouses, and invite God to develop our character as we do so.

We know that it isn’t always easy to give ourselves permission to stop and refresh ourselves. But we think it’s important. GBM is passionate about this and so we’re offering this refreshing retreat weekend for women of all ages.

It’s an opportunity to get together and support one another, spend time with God, and be refreshed. We hope to see you there!

Full information on the booking form here: 2018-GBm-011 abigail_retreat

20/20 Vision Gala Dinner & Comedy Night

Saturday 10 November – Greenhill Methodist Church


Phase 2 is our brand new entrance, with atrium and coffee area, with anew entrance into church which will harmonise our suite of buildings and give easy access for all, with improved parking and a safe pathway to the new entrance. Our aim is for it to be built in 2020.

We have a significant fundraising event on 10th November.  We have a Gala Dinner (dress to impress) and the nationally known Christian Comedian, Andy Kind.  The meal will be top notch and will include lovely soft drinks.  You will be waited on and then entertained into the evening. All this for a suggested donation of £25 per head for this adult evening.  What an amazing deal for an excellent night!  So much so, you can suggest more if you like!

Tickets are now available to secure your place.  If you are a tax payer, you can gift aid your donation as well.   Why not invite some friends and have a table for your guests?

Let’s make this an evening to remember and let us have fun raising money for this significant building project which will enable Greenhill Methodist Church to fulfil its aspirations in serving the community it has served for well over 200 years.

More details on the poster here: Comedy Night

Training and Learning Opportunities

Growing through Conflict

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.

Full details including how to book on the poster here: Conflict Trainingposter

Lay orientation

A day for those new to lay employment over the last year to think about their role, connect with other lay employees, meet the Learning Network team and get to know about the resources and support available across the region.
Where: Leeds Church Institute
When: 22 October, 10 am
Bookings: District Office
Lunch provided

Line manager training

The District requires that those who line manage lay employees undertake this one-day training. Feedback from the day has shown that those who attend gain significant understanding of, and confidence in, their role.
Where: Leeds Church Institute
When: 15 October, 10 am
Bookings: District Office

Full details here: Electronic Copy Line Management 2018 2019

Growing Christian Leaders

Saturday 13 October – Knaresborough

You are invited to a Bible Day, exploring models for today’s church from Scripture and eary Methodism.

It will be lead by the Revd Leslie Newton, Chair of Yorkshire North & East District.

Coffee from 10-00 am and the day concludes at 3-30pm
For further information contact: knmethodist@btconnect.com

Called to Ordained Ministry?

Saturday 19 January 2019

  • Is God Calling you to ordained ministry in the Methodist Church?
  • Would you like to explore what that might mean, prayerfully and in the company of others?
  • Would you like to learn what is distinctive about being a presbyter or a deacon?
  • Would you like to know more about how to become an ordained minister?

Then come to a day of worship, prayer, reflection and discussion facilitated by Revd Graham Jones and Revd Sean Adair.

Full details on the poster here: Vocations Day 2019 Flyer

Exploring Discipleship and Holy Habits within a Messy Church context

Saturday 4 February 2018 – Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield

We will be exploring discipleship within a Messy Church context, through exploring how the Holy Habits materials, written by Andrew Roberts, could be incorporated into a Messy Church context. The training will be delivered jointly by Lucy Moore and Andrew Roberts.

Booking information

To book, contact Jonathan Buckley, Sheffield Methodist Circuit Youth and Children’s Coordinator, on 07450 778678, jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk
or via The Furnival, 199 Verdon Street, Sheffield S3 9QQ

Booking deadline: 26 January 2019

Full details on the poster here: POSTER_MC_HH events

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

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 Thursday 22 November 2018
Interviews will be held on Monday 3rd December 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.

Firth Park Methodist Church Soft Play worker JOB advert Sept 2018

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Do you want to shape hearts and change lives?

The new HeartShaper Children’s Curriculum is designed to do just that! By helping children in your Sunday school and activity club discover God through His Word. Each session will take your group through the Bible and its key themes encouraging a life-long love of Scripture and helping children to see how God can shape their lives.
This Primary age edition, aimed at ages 5 to 11 has fifty-two sessions with guided leader’s notes and reproducible activity pages. Each session’s leader’s guide comes with four clear steps through each session – Focus In, Explore His Word, Make It Real and Live It Out. These are complemented with reproducible activity pages, including special needs friendly resources to ensure every child is included and made to feel welcome.

Do you think it’s time to Rethink Church? – If all you had as a reference was the Bible, what would Church look like?

God’s Church started as a radical, spiritually intimate gathering of believers that ultimately changed history. Yet millions today are content to be mere observers at church. Many more have left, brokenhearted and cynical. But God is waking up His people—people who will risk anything and sacrifice everything to be the dynamic, world-changing Church of Scripture.

In Letters to the Church, Francis Chan invites readers to wrestle with the fact that many churches have drifted from God’s desire for them. He challenges Christians to ask, “What does God want for His Church? When Jesus returns, will He find us caring for His Bride—even more than for our own lives?”

Speaking out of deep love for the Church, Chan guides Christ followers to live out God’s magnificent and beautiful vision for His Church — a vision we may have lost but God has never forgotten.

Claim your free ticket to The Christian Resources Exhibition!

We’re pleased to inform you that we will be providing the official bookshop at the Christian Resources Exhibition 2018 at Sandown Park next month on the 16th to 18th of October.

Come and visit us to see our great range of books, Bibles, music, DVDs and church resources at exclusive show prices! – Don’t forget to pick up your free book at our stand.

To claim your free ticket for CRE 2018, click here


September 2018

 Praise for:

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting TASTE staff as they travel to many remote areas to carry out projects
  • The Rainy Season which is coming to an end meaning that projects in communities can restart so that they can have access to life changing water.
  • Nuhu being invited to participate in a 3 day workshop (10-12 Sept) run by WaterAid Nigeria which is looking for local NGOs partners to help deliver EU funded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in Plateau State

Pray that:                            

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • Doris Samuel (Sanitation Officer) and the rest of her family will know God’s presence as they mourn her dad who died at the beginning of this week (w/c Mon 3 Sept)
  • 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 EU funded Water and Sanitation Projects in Plateau State
  • The ongoing attacks by Fulani Herdsmen across many communities, especially in Barkin Ladi in Plateau State which are causing so much deaths, and destruction of crops and properties and putting TASTE staff especially the field team at risk would stop.