District News – 9 October 2018

This Week’s News

Indonesia appeal

All We Can and The Methodist Church in Britain have launched an urgent appeal for the people of Indonesia, following the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi.

Sheffield CAP Pilgrimage

Saturday 20 October 2018

  • Hear about local issues and responses to them
  • Walk and pray together

The walk starts from Victoria Methodist Church, Stafford Road at 9:30am, and finishes at around 2pm at St Aidan’s Church.

Pilgrims are advised to wear suitable shoes and to bring raingear, drinking water and their own first aid equipment. You will need to bring your own food (e.g sandwiches) for the lunch break.

For more information, contact briony.broome@hotmail.co.uk or 07801 532 954

Download a poster here: Sheffield Pilgrimage 2018 flyer

Methodist Church Advent Offering

This year’s Advent Offering theme is ‘Overflowing Love’. Resources are now available to download,  featuring ‘Welcoming Love’ stories from the Open Doors project in Hull which supports asylum seekers and refugees.


Introduction to Dreamworld

October 20 – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

On October 20th, Adrian Scott will lead an Introduction to Dreamworld, with an optional ‘going deeper’ workshop on November 10th.

Participants will learn about the world of the unconscious and look for meaning in dreams. £18 for the first day or £30 for both – details and bookings here

Burngreave Ashram

Monday 5 November

Our next interfaith session is on Mon 5th November 2018 starting with bring and share lunch at 12:30 pm. The seminar at 1:30 pm will be facilitated by Nirmal Fernando, on the ‘Wisdom of Pataljali’.

Patanlali’s yoga aphorisms dated to around the Third century CE, are perhaps the best extant example of the benign influence of practices advocated by the Buddha on ‘spirituality’ in India.

We look forward to having you with us.

Chris Bullock – 0114 272 7144 

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

Godly Play

Stories for the Soul and Godly Play

Godly Play is an established yet innovative approach to Christian nurture. Although first developed for use with children, it also supports the spiritual well-being of adults, including older people in care settings – where it is more usefully named ‘Stories for the Soul’. This empowering method can be used in contexts such as intergenerational worship, schools, chaplaincy, children’s work on sundays, youth groups, and adult small groups. www.godlyplay.uk/  www.storiesforthesoul.org

An introductory day is being offered on Saturday 20th October in Sheffield.

Introductory Day in Sheffield

Grants available in the Sheffield District

£150 towards the 3 day Core training in Godly Play

£200 towards Godly Play resources (for churches where at least one person has completed the training)

Please contact Kathryn Lord at Mutual Blessings if you wish to apply for a grant.

Contact form

NEW!  Stories for the Soul – Ministry with older adults Website Resource

Check out this new website resource for ministry with older adults, including for those living with dementia.

Ideas and training for creative approaches including storytelling,  reminiscence, music and art.  www.storiesforthesoul.org

Emergency First at Work Course

Sheffield Circuit have organised a 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work Course on Monday 12th November, 10am-4.30pm, at Bents Green Methodist Church. We have 3-4 spare places if anyone else would like to join us; £45 / person including lunch. Contact Jonathan Buckley for more information & to book a place – jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk 07450 778678

Job Vacancies

Royal Wootton Bassett & Purton (Wiltshire), Upper Thames Circuit, has a vacancy for a



Are you excited by seeing young people coming to know Christ and growing in their faith?

Do you have a heart for young people and their parents?

We are looking for a person with a maturing faith, who is enthusiastic and a good communicator to take on the role of Christian Youth Worker in a shared placement based at Royal Wootton Bassett [Methodist] and Purton [Anglican – Methodist LEP ].

We wish to appoint a suitably gifted individual who will lead the provision and development of our Youth Work to focus on schools year 4 and upwards. Building on the current work in these two communities and with a committed team of volunteers, our objective is to see young people come to a living faith in Jesus.

For Application Pack Contact: Upper Thames Circuit Office:  circuitadmin@upperthamescircuit.org.uk, Tel. 01793 764544

CLOSING DATE  Monday November 5th 2018

Connexional Vocations Advisor

This is a key post within the Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team which exists to foster and support vocations to accredited ministries to enable the Church to fulfil Our Calling. The team oversees the processes of selection and training for lay and ordained and the strategic work of encouraging Christians to discern God’s call on their lives.

Within the team, the Methodist Church’s Vocations’ Advisor will be the lead person developing and implementing a Vocations Strategy for the Methodist Church working closely with colleagues in the Conference Office, the Learning Network and the Ministries Committee. S/he will have responsibility for the design and implementation of programmes and materials to encourage Methodist men and women seriously and prayerfully to consider their and will act as an advocate for vocational thinking throughout the Connexion.

This is a role based at Methodist Church House but which will require considerable travel around the Connexion. For a lay employee, a salary (including London weighting) of £35,000 to £39,950 per annum is offered. For ministers in Full Connexion the standard terms of service apply.

The application pack can be downloaded from: www.methodistchurch.org.uk

If you do not have access to the internet for the application packs please contact the Methodist Church Helpdesk on 020 7486 5502.

Closing date for completed applications is noon on Monday 5th November 2018 

Interviews will take place on Monday 10th December September 2018

Return to: recruitment@methodistchurch.org.uk

Methodist Church House, 25, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR

Other News

TASTE (Transfer of Appropriate Sustainable Technology & Expertise)

Thank you again  for your faithfulness in praying for us.  We pray that you will continue to remember us in your prayers.

Praise for:

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting TASTE staff as they travel to many remote areas to carry out projects
  • The five students from Venture Matrix who have agreed to help us develop our Social Media platforms. Venture Matrix is a team within Sheffield Hallam University which provides students with the opportunities to help local organisations.
  • The cheque for £7,000 from Good Taste – The Sheffield Fairtrade Shop. The money is the profit from its 3rd year of trading. Our Patron Dan Walker popped in to pick up the cheque from Jenny the shop owner. All of the £7,000 will go towards a solar-powered borehole in Jos, Nigeria. Thanks Jenny, Rob and your army of volunteers and shoppers

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and 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 would end. The attacks in the last week of September resulted in the death of over 100 Christians, not to mention the destruction of crops and properties.
  • The Reeth Ramble which has been organised by our friends in Reeth for Saturday 27 October will be well supported and raise much needed money for our projects in Nigeria – call Ben on 07737413772 for more details.

Feel free to call Ben on – 07737413772 – if you’d like further information about any of these issues. Our website address is www.taste.org.uk

CLC Bookshops

Did you know we are now at 2 Church Street! After 11 years on Devonshire Street and about 47 years on West Street, we are now located on Church Street (just topside of the Cathedral). Here at CLC Bookshops Sheffield, you will find all you need for this coming season, including:


  • Calendars
  • Candles


  • Scripture-verse charity cards
  • Gift ideas


  • Candles
  • Drip shields


  • Diaries
  • Planners
  • Calendars

Church Resources:

  • Lectionaries
  • Churchwarden’s Yearbook
  • Methodist Prayer Handbook

Methodist News

Looking for Consents Enablers!

We are looking to set up a network of Consents Enablers. This will consist of several people in each region or District who are experts at using the Property Consents system, with the aim of providing basic support to local users of the system. These enablers will be provided with training so that they can help other trustees find their way around the system. This will be in addition to the continuing support provided by the team in London and the local District Property Secretaries.

The first training session was held on 14 August 2018. Further training to be announced.

MORE INFORMATION: If you or somebody you know is interested in becoming a Consents Enabler, please email consents@methodistchurch.org.uk.

Strengthening of the mission of the global Church

World Church and All We Can deepens partnership to strengthen mission for global Church.

Integral to the Calling of the Methodist Church is to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.

The World Church Relationships (WCR) team of the Methodist Church plays its role in fulfilling Our Calling by offering relational support to its Partner Churches around the world.

Likewise, from its formation, All We Can, the official Methodist relief and development agency, represents the Methodist Church and aligns with its mission by providing support to locally based organisations and churches around the world. It seeks to respond to the communities it serves by engaging with local people to end the suffering caused by inequality and injustice.

In 2019, these complementary elements of World Church Relationships and All We Can will come together to provide Methodist Global Partner Churches with a more comprehensive and cohesive range of support and resources to enable them to become ever more independent and self-sufficient.

To achieve this, the work of World Church Relationships will be augmented by All We Can’s dedicated support to churches, Church CAN, (Church Community Action for Neighbours), offering organisational assessments, strategic planning and capacity development programmes specifically designed for churches.

The expectation is to create an integrated approach to support that will further encourage and equip Methodist Global Partner Churches to be successful and sustainable in achieving their mission: to be a confident church, sharing God’s love so that people and communities continue to be transformed.

Martin Ashford, Head of Mission and Advocacy for the Methodist Church, said: “The initiatives already undertaken by World Church Relationships and All We Can have helped strengthen the future joint programme of support offered to our Methodist Global Partner Churches. This integrated and comprehensive expertise will enable the Methodist Church to offer a full range of services that Partner Churches may wish to draw upon.”

All We Can has assigned a dedicated member of its team to work with World Church Relationships and the Mission and Advocacy cluster of the Methodist Church.

From January 2019, Maurice Adams, the outgoing CEO of All We Can, will assume the role of Principal Advisor, working specifically on Church CAN initiatives.

Maurice has led All We Can through a dynamic evolution over the past six years and has always worked towards establishing a leadership succession for the charity.

Maurice said: “This is an ideal opportunity to have a new leader for All We Can while I can focus on developing its advisory function, specifically working on the professional support services it offers to others in the sector, with an emphasis on faith-based organisations and churches.

“The Church should be an agent of change and transformation and this inspiring new initiative will strengthen Methodist Global Partner Churches for our mission together.”

Graeme Hodge, Chief Executive Designate at All We Can, sees this move as “a great step forward to help build the capacity, leadership, and long-term stability of Partner Churches globally. Over the past few years, in addition to its successful work with non-governmental organisations, All We Can’s Church CAN initiative has demonstrated the positive changes this type of intervention can create.”