District News – 16 October 2018

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On 30 September,  the Stocksbridge Christian Centre (Cedar Road, Stocksbridge S36 1AS) started a new venture called ‘Exalt !’  This is a contemporary-style service of praise and reflection on God’s Word which will be held on the last Sunday of every month at 4 in the afternoon.   Providing a regular opportunity for praise, it is hoped to act as a bridge between the church and people who are on the fringe of Christian faith, or who are seeking to find out about the meaning of faith in Christ.  Of the 28 people attending the first ‘Exalt !’  there was a mixture of children, youth, members of the church, members of other churches, and people who had no church affiliation.

The next ‘Exalt !’ will be Sunday 28 October.  Everyone is warmly welcome !

Advent Offering 2018

The Advent Offering service is a Connexion-wide event that raises prayer and money for the Mission in Britain Fund to support many amazing projects across Britain.

This year our theme is ‘Overflowing Love: supporting Mission in Britain to give a warm welcome to those in need’.

Together, we’ll take inspiration from Jesus and the Open Doors project in Hull to explore how we can all give a warm welcome to strangers on our doorsteps, who come to our communities for refuge.

Open Doors, Hull is one of many outstanding projects supported by the Methodist Church’s Mission in Britain Fund.

Order your printed Advent Offering 2018 resources:

Collection envelope

A3-sized poster

All other resources can be downloaded from the Methodist Church website as PDFs

Springs Dance Company – Lent/Easter 2019

Springs Dance Company is delighted to be returning with its much sought after and highly praised production Bread of Life, for churches, cathedrals, festivals and schools. A reflection on the last supper, Bread of Life celebrates the meal of bread and wine with Jesus, the ever present King. This Lent and Easter rediscover the living, breathing Bread of Life, through this stirring depiction of how God is building a community of love with Jesus himself at the centre.

Springs would love to hear from anyone interested in hosting a performance of Bread of Life. Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website;  by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or calling 07876 752 910.

Full details can be found here: Bread_of_Life_2019


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

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

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Regular worship

  • 1st Sunday, 4 Nov, Reflective Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • 3rd Sunday, 21 Oct &18 Nov, Reflective Communion, 7 – 8pm
  • every Sunday. Space to Be (silent meditation), 8:30 – 9:15am
  • every Tuesday. Reflective Communion, 9:45 – 10:30am.

Special events in October & November

Speaking Truth to Power
24 October, 10am – 4pm, £18.
Authentic spirituality motivates us to pursue deep transformation in society. This workshop will explore how. With Aglaia Barraclough and Jenny Tibbles. Bookings and details here.

…Enter the Small Silence… An exhibition of reflections in abstract art inspired by Thomas Merton, by Robert Wright
2 – 15 November. All pieces available for sale.
Launch and drinks reception with the artist, November 2, 6.30pm. All welcome.
Reserve your place at one or two workshops with the artist, £10 each:

November 2, 4pm – 6.30pm. Looking, Seeing, Contemplating;
November 5th, 10.30am – 1pm. Painting and Attentiveness.

All exhibition details here.

Spiritual Migration book group
6 November, 7.30 – 9pm, £5
Discuss ideas from Brian McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration. This is the 3rd of 4 sessions. Details here.

Muskoka Wind Quintet
10 November, 7.30pm. £15.
Enjoy a varied and accessible programme of quintet pieces and flute solos with piano accompaniment. Designed to suit every musical palate! Brought to you by Music for the Spirit. Details and tickets here.

Deep Talk events
Two evenings on 21 and 28 November, 7.30 – 9.30pm. £15 for the pair. One day on 29 November, 10.15am – 3.30pm. £18
Deep Talk opens up the exploration of identity and life-purpose using pricinples from Godly Play, life-coaching, peer-to-peer group work and storying. With Jeremy Clines. Details and bookings here.

Interfaith Event

Tuesday 20 November – St Andrews Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield

To mark the Interfaith week 2018, Islamic Society of Britain will be holding a special evening, where different faiths come  together to answer the questions still left unanswered.

Topics of discussion on the evening include

  • Where do different cultures fit into the Christian Family?
  • Where do Muslims fit into Islamic Family?
  • Where do catholics fit into the Catholic Family?

Islamic Society of Britain interfaith forum would like to invite you to their annual get together, an opportunity for different faiths to get to further understand one another faith.

Please confirm your attendance for catering purposes
07930 313 773

Download the poster here: Interfaith event 2018 new

Training and Learning Opportunities

Creating Safer Space

Advance Module Training

Please see below the CSS Advanced Module training courses that have been organized in the Sheffield District.

  • 12th November 2018 – Storrs Road Methodist Church, Chesterfield Circuit
  • 13th November 2018 – Alder Grove Methodist Church, Doncaster Circuit
  • 15th November 2018  – Hoyland Methodist Church, Barnsley Circuit
  • 8th May 2019 – Tinsley Methodist Church, Sheffield Circuit
  • 9th May 2019 – Firth Park Methodist Church, Sheffield Circuit

The courses run from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and lunch will be provided.

Please email val@sheffieldmethodist.org to book a place.

Foundation & Refresher Training

Both CSS Foundation and Refresher Training courses are taking place on Sat. 3rd November at Central MC, Chesterfield.  Participants are welcome from elsewhere, subject to numbers.  Please can they book in with Enid Pont, Central ‘s Secretary on 01246 277390.

Waverley Abbey College

  • How can you and your church be better equipped to help respond to the growing crisis in mental health?
  • How can we develop the body of Christ to reach out more effectively to hurting people
  • and where and how can we develop professionally trained counsellors in your area?

Please join me at a breakfast hosted by Dave Barlow from the Church on the Way, Bradford on Saturday 24 November 2018, 9.00 am as we explore these questions!

I would welcome the opportunity to share with you the work of Waverley Abbey College, and our expertise in ‘helping hurting people’ including the training of people to be professional counsellors within a Christian framework. This continues to build on and develop the work of Selwyn Hughes who founded CWR in 1965. Waverley Abbey College is the education arm of CWR, and seeks to enable people to apply God’s Word to everyday life and relationships. Since its beginning, CWR has grown into an international publishing and training charity.

If you would like to join me for breakfast on Saturday 24 November, 9 am, then please do confirm your attendance to Janette Godfrey, College Secretary via email: jgodfrey@waverleyabbeycollege.ac.uk.

Bob Stradling – College Director

Download for display or to share:IBCC North -breakfast meeting invite Bob

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.

There are still some spaces, so email the district office (admin@sheffieldmethodist.org) for more details.

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

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

Job Vacancies and Volunteer Opportunities

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