District News – 2 October 2018

This Week’s News

Church Leader’s Network

A new initiative at Cliff College providing space for those in church leadership, both lay and ordained, to come together to be fed, to share and to reflect together.

Tuesday 9 October – 11am to 2pm

Hosted by Revd Ashley Cooper, Cliff College Principal
Led by Roy Crowne, Hope Together Executive Director

Roy will be sharing some of his insights from his experience  with Hope Together, starting with the HOPE 08 missions, and in particular their upcoming initiatives for engaging with local communities.

This is a gift from Cliff College and therefore there will be no charge.
There will be lots of resources available for you to use in your local context.

Future dates for your diary:
Tuesday 11 December 2018 / Tuesday 12 February 2019 / Tuesday 9 April 2019

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 130 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


Church Action on Poverty Annual Pilgrimage

Meet at 9.30am on October 20th at Victoria Methodist Church , Stafford Road and our walk will end around 2pm at St Aidan’s Church on Manor Lane.

The walk has been designed to include opportunities to hear about communities in the area, local initiatives and to pray.

We will visit the Wybourn area, Skye Edge, the Manor and Manor Fields.

We will stop at:

  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven and St Oswald’s
  • St Swithun’s Church and the S2 Foodbank
  • St Aidan’s Church where we hope that Paul Blomfield MP for Sheffield Central will join us.

Please let me know if you would like to join us or if you need further information.

Briony Broome, Secretary, Sheffield Church Action on Poverty.
mobile: 07801 532 954
tel: 0114- 2683018

Whirlow Spirituality Centre
Speaking Truth To Power


Authentic spirituality motivates us to work for deep transformation in both local and global society. As the early Quaker leader William Penn said, “True godliness does not turn people out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavours to mend it.”

Biblically, truth is not just about accuracy but also the quality of our character and cause. What values are needed to shape valid Christian activism?

The day will include themes such as Justice (putting everything right), Faith (making happen what God wants to happen), Wisdom (creative strategies for change) and Meekness (strength under perfect control).

£18. Book here.

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

Gleadless Valley Methodist Church Open Weekend

Friday 2 November : 7pm-9pm
Saturday 3 November : 1am – 5pm

Tea/Coffee; Open Space to meditate; Children’s play rooms; Spiritual cleansing; Inner spiritual healing; Peace Treatment; Dream interpretation; Physical Healing; Spiritual Healing led by Revd Henry C Ohakah

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.

How to …. Celebrate Local Arrangements

Saturday 10th November 9.30am – 4.00pm
Methley Methodist Church, Leeds, LS26 9JE

Come and join us for an action-packed, interactive and fun-filled day when we will celebrate together local arrangements services. During this training day you will have opportunity to hear from worship leaders, explore resources and be given a brief introduction on presentation skills.

Featuring the Yorkshire Plus Learning Network Team, All We Can, Twelve Baskets and lots more!

Booking: Sian Henderson: admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org; 07809 431 871

For more information contact Revd Carla Quenet; quenetc@methodistchurch.org.uk; 07772979670

Our How to … series continues in 2019 with:

January  26th   How to Use the arts in worship, Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield

July 6th How to Be even more welcoming! Yorkshire West

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

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

Church Worker (Lay or Ordained Pastor) for Chinese Ministry – Huddersfield
Circuit, Yorkshire West District

Salary: £12,646 per annum
Hours of Work: 20 hours per week (part time)
Period: One year, with the possibility of securing funding for a further 4 years
Working area: Huddersfield and surrounding areas
Closing Date: 15th October 2018
Date of Interview: week beginning 22nd October
Anticipated starting date for the employment: 1st January 2019

An exciting opportunity is now available to participate in developing the Chinese Fellowship ministry in Huddersfield.

We are looking for a mature Christian with a calling to the Chinese ministry. They should have a good education and a working knowledge of the Bible, and be sympathetic to  Methodism. An ability to communicate fluently in Chinese and English is required. Some experience in Chinese ministry in the UK is preferred. An ability to preach is a pre-requisite and a desire to learn will be an advantage.

They should also have a good understanding of safeguarding practice and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the successful candidate will be a practising Christian.

For a full job description and information/application pack please email Rev Sally Spencer:

Could you help to lead City of Sanctuary Sheffield?

Sheffield is the birthplace of the City of Sanctuary movement, which is building a culture of welcome for refugees and asylum-seekers in the UK.

We are looking for new trustees to help lead City of Sanctuary Sheffield in exciting times – developing our new city-centre social space, building our volunteer team and extending our outreach work in local schools and communities. This is a vital and rewarding voluntary role, working alongside people of many different cultures, faiths and backgrounds from all over the world.

If you are committed to welcoming people in need of safety, and have skills and experience in organisation governance, media and PR, fundraising, human resources or financial management, we would love to hear from you. We would like to recruit people with diverse life experiences and from different communities. Those with experience of the asylum system are especially welcome to apply.

For more information about the role, please contact:  vacancies@sheffield.cityofsanctuary.org

Other News

Taste – Urgent prayer request

Pray for Jos, Plateau State

Last night a whole family was attacked by Fulanis 14 people and were given a mass burial this morning. Returning from the burial, youths started to protesting and it led to the burning down of a military Hilux pickup van. Hundreds of gun shots by the military and some protesters were killed as a result.

Please pray that:

  • The violence will not escalate and that the situation will quickly be brought under control by the military without excessive use of force
  • Those Fulanis who carried out the attack would be brought to justice
  • God will comfort the relatives and friends of the bereaved

Methodist News

Bible Month 2019

Bible Month is an opportunity for churches and individuals to spend four weeks engaging with one book of the Bible. For 2019, the renowned theologian and British New Testament scholar James D G Dunn will be writing notes on the book of Colossians.

The aim of Bible Month is to improve biblical literacy and engagement within churches. The first Bible Month in 2017 focused on the letter of James, and the second, this year, on Jonah.

Engagement with Bible Month over the last two years has spurred on the expansion of the initiative in 2018. While many churches run Bible Month in June, each church or group can choose any four weeks of the year that suits them best.

The Bible Month magazine is a resource which brings a book of the Bible to life within churches and smaller Christian groups. Each annual magazine includes Bible notes, preaching ideas, small group material and ideas for children and young people.

This year’s publication, which will be available available online, will bring its readers a deeper understanding of scripture and encourage group Bible study.

Alongside the magazine and online resources, Bible Month training days will be rolled out across UK regions. Training days give participants a deeper insight into the biblical book being studied and opportunities to delve further into preaching and small groups.

Amelia Gosal, Chief Executive of LWPT, said: “It’s truly wonderful to have entered into a partnership with the Methodist Church to produce Bible Month magazine, which many churches will agree is a valuable and useful resource. The magazine is a welcome addition to our growing resources supporting preaching and Christians across all denominations.”

Jude Levermore, Head of Discipleship and Evangelism for the Methodist Church, said: “Reading the Bible is a basic part of being a Christian. To share and discuss a book from the Bible in depth like this is a great opportunity for fellowship and to deepen our understanding. We’re excited to work with LWPT in developing and promoting Bible Month as a key resource for churches wishing to engage more deeply with Scripture.”

For more information on the Bible Month initiative, visit: www.preachweb.org/biblemonth

MHA Thanksgiving Service

MHA, formerly Methodist Homes for the Aged, is celebrating 75 years of caring for older people with a Thanksgiving Service at Derby Cathedral on Saturday 13 October, at 3.00pm. Book your free ticket here

Tickets for CRE 2018

The next Christian Resources Exhibition takes place from 16-18 October at Sandown Park, Surrey. Click here and enter the code METH18 to save £5 on the day-of-admission ticket price

Prisons Week

Prisons Week (14-20 October) aims to encourage prayer and awareness of the needs of prisoners and their families, victims of offenders and prison staff. Order resources and find out what is happening in your area here.

Chaplaincy News

Are you running a Chaplaincy Everywhere Course?

We have a number of people around the country interested in joining a group working through Chaplaincy Everywhere. We want to keep a simple voluntary register of where the course is running so that we can put others in touch with you. It would also be helpful to hear how you have used the course, and how we can improve it.

To register your group please email us using this link.

Prisons Week

A really important opportunity to remember a community that is in great need of God’s love, and to pray for the work of the prison chaplains that serve them.

Resources, and more information about the theme ‘Boldly go’, can be found on the Prisons Week website.

View the Prisons Week 2018 video here.

Germinate Conference

Saturday 13 October 2018 : 9.30am-4pm

The Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2HG

Through key note speakers, case studies and workshops, the 2018 Germinate Conference will explore what it means for rural Christians to do more than belong to their churches and communities.

Speaker: The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester

More details from the Germinate website

Inter Faith Week : 11 – 18 November 2018

Chaplaincies play a valuable role in bringing people of different faiths and beliefs together, fostering cohesion, understanding and mutual respect. Each year, a number of Inter Faith Week activities have been hosted and facilitated by chaplaincies to bring people together, to enjoy each other’s company and to learn from one another. These include chaplaincies at higher and further education institutions, in the armed forces, schools, hospitals, emergency services and more.

To find out more, or to download resources, visit the Inter Faith Network website

Children & Youth Work


People who are passionate about making a difference to children and young people are invited to take part, as a valued member of our volunteer team, at 3Generate 2018. The event takes place at Pontins, Southport from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November


At 3Generate 2017, the children and young people of the Methodist Church asked us all to “recognise how important it is for all Christians to speak of our faith, to talk of God and to share stories as a means of deepening our faith and sharing it with others.”  

One response to this is the 1000 Letters campaign – a request for older members of the Methodist Church to write a letter of encouragement to the younger generation, to be displayed at 3Generate 2018 and distributed to those attending.

This is the last call for letters to be sent so that we have time to organise them ahead of the 3Generate weekend in November. So please do write on one side of A4 something of your faith story that you would like to share with a young person and get it to 1000 Letters, 6th Floor, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR as soon as possible.

Click here to find out more.

Encounter ten days of mission, life and culture in India

Applications are now open for the next joint Encounter Together and ONE Encounter group visit for young people 18-26 to visit south India next summer.  It follows on from last year’s very successful trip to Haiti. More information and the application form are available from the website.