District News – 14 November 2018

This Week’s News

Urban Theology Union AGM

24 November : 2:15-4:30

Come and find out what has been happening and our plans to take UTU forward.
It’s our 50th Anniversary in 2019 – time to be thankful and celebrate!

The AGM will start at 2.15pm but will be preceded by a time to meet and chat, with a bring your own packed lunch informal gathering from 1pm.

We are very excited to welcome the Rt. Revd. Dr. Pete Wilcox, the Bishop of Sheffield as speaker as part of our AGM.  Please come and listen to what promises to be a thought-provoking talk, followed by an opportunity for questions.
Although only members can vote on any business matters, we offer more than your average AGM so worth making the effort to come!

South India Trip for young adults (18-26)

23 August – 2 September 2019.

ONE Programme: Encounter & Encounter Together are partnering on this trip to offer young adults the opportunity to travel to south India and find out about God’s mission across the region.

Closing date 10 December 2018.

For more information see: www.methodist.org.uk/encountertogether or contact g.dixon-gough@CliffCollege.ac.uk

The Deakin and Withers Fund

Established in 1852, the Deakin & Withers Fund was founded thanks to the legacy of Thomas Deakin, a Sheffield businessman. Now, the fund is administered by SYCF and we are dedicated to ensuring that legacy can continue to help people.

Who Can Apply?

  • Single, divorced, or widowed women over 40, who are in need, hardship or distress.


  • People applying must be members of a church which is a member of ‘Churches Together in England’ or ‘Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’.

How to apply?

For more information, please read the information sheet
The Deakin & Withers Fund Guidelines

If you want to make an application to the fund then download the: Deakin and Withers Application Form and return it to Karen Alsop at SYCF.


Light and Hope Service

Sunday 2 December – 6pm – Greenhill Methodist Church

A time and space to remember and reflect on the memories of loved ones and to light a candle in their memory.
Refreshments will be served after the service.
For further details or to register your loved ones name for the memorial, please contact Suzanne Morton on 01142378363/07505475940 or email outreachgmc@gmail.com

You can download a poster here: Light and Hope 2018

Burngreave Ashram

Monday 3 December

Our next interfaith session is on Mon 6th November 2018 starting with bring and share lunch at 12:30 pm. The seminar at 1:30 pm will be facilitated by John Vincent on Practical Spirituality.

We look forward to having you with us.

Chris Bullock – 0114 272 7144 

Line Management Support Group

A support group is being introduced 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 will take place –
Where: Leeds Church Institute, Leeds, LS1 6DG
When: 28 January, 10 – 3
Booking: Yorkshire North &  East District Office

Training and Learning Opportunities

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

Bible Month – Colossians

Saturday 9 February 2019 – 10am to 3:30pm

Bible Month invites churches and circuits to engage deeply with Scripture through focusing on a single biblical book over a calendar month. The Bible Month has run across the Methodist Connexion since 2017, and in 2019 will focus on Colossians, a letter that presents a powerful vision of Jesus and his significance. The Bible Month magazine, available early next year, will explain how to run a Bible Month and provide ideas and resources on Colossians for preachers, small group leaders, and children and youth workers.

Come and join the 2019 regional training day at Wakefield West Methodist Church, WF2 8UR

An introduction to Colossians by the Revd Dr Calvin Samuel,  Principal of the London School of Theology.

You will have opportunity to choose two of the following workshops:

Exploring Colossians:

  • in all-age worship
  • in small groups
  • through creative prayer

Cost:               £10, lunch provided

Booking:        Katrin Hackett
Tel: 0114 270 9990 / Email admin@sheffieldmethodist.org

Worship: Leading & Preaching Residential Schools

“I have been inspired, enthused and encouraged by the whole experience”, “Huge inspiration”, “My calling has been re-affirmed and I have been supported every step of the way”.

These were some of the comments received from delegates at this year’s Summer School at Cliff College.  In 2019 we shall be offering two residential schools at Cliff College:

Spring School takes place 25 to 29 March and will offer the “Explore” sessions from Modules 3 & 4, 5 & 6 and 7 & 8.

Summer School will be 5 to 9 August and will cover Modules 1 & 2, 3 & 4 and 5 & 6.

Both offer an opportunity to share together with other Worship Leaders and Local Preachers in training.  For bookings, and more information, see the Cliff College website here.

Waverley Abbey College

Saturday 24 November – 9am

  • 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

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

Weekend Porter (Days) – Church Army

Do you:

  • Have porter experience in a hospitality setting?
  • Enjoy delivering to a high standard?
  • Demonstrate a polite, friendly and professional approach?

Our Porters play a key role in the safety, upkeep and high customer service standards of the Wilson Carlile Centre. You will work as part of a large dynamic team and therefore be someone with strong team skills; a positive attitude and committed to delivering excellent hospitality skills as you will be responsible for the security of the building, contents and guests.

Core hours: Saturday & Sunday 7am to 7pm
A willingness to cover additional or alternative shifts is required
To start January 2019
Sheffield – £8.75 per hour – 24 hours
Closing Date: 5th December 2018

Full details in the advert here: Weekend Porter Advert Dec.2018

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Are you looking for great children’s resources or gifts in the run up for this Christmas season?

Our latest Kids’ Corner Promotion includes an eclectic selection of books, Bibles, CDs, DVDs, and resources for all age ranges – and of course all at great prices! Do you want to help children grow in faith? Or just bless a child with a gift this coming season? This promotion is one not to miss out! Check out the full range.

Methodist News

One Programme Participant

Applications are now open for churches or projects to host a ONE Programme Participant (OPP) in 2019/20.

Closing date 5 March 2019

See website for more details on becoming a host project

Hosting an OPP is an excellent opportunity for districts, circuits, churches and church projects to have input from, and into, a young person aged 16-23 based in their project for a year-long, paid, training-provided, internship.

We are always keen to find a wide variety of different projects that can offer an exciting and supported year to an OPP.

Click here to watch a video about the programme

Sermon of the Year

Sermon of the Year, run jointly by Preach magazine and London School of Theology, aims to encourage and celebrate the art of preaching: “We believe in the power of God’s Word and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that bring encounters with God when people preach and others hear them”.  The event is open to everyone, entries are welcomed from those with passion, potential and natural gifting in communicating the Word of God.  For more information, click here. Entries close on 17 February 2019.

The York Lent Course featuring contributions by Rachel Lampard

The York Courses produce a course every year for Lent and its 2019 course includes contributions from Rachel Lampard, a Past Vice-President of the Methodist Conference.

York Courses are specially designed for groups of Christians to learn and share their experiences and understanding of the Christian faith together.

To find out more and to get your copy for 2019 click here or download the flier here.