District News – 19 November 2018

This Week’s News

Office News

The Office will be closed from Tuesday to Thursday as Katrin will be at the Regional Retreat. Val will be in on Tuesday morning.

Advance notice: The Office will be closed over Christmas – from Monday 23 December to Tuesday 2 January.

Church Action on Poverty

With the squeeze on incomes and the huge social security changes in Universal Credit,Citizens Advice Sheffield plays a crucial role in helping local people to get their correct welfare entitlements and in steering them through many complexities.

We are  delighted that Liz Cook, the new Chief Executive  of Citizens Advice Sheffield, is coming to talk to our group and answer questions .

The meeting will take place at 7pm on Tuesday December 4th  at the Jesus Centre, 93 Broomspring Lane, Broomhall.

District Forum on Mission & Ministry

Saturday 26 January : 10am to 4pm

An opportunity to meet with others from across the Sheffield Methodist District and with the Connexional Treasurer, Revd Tim Swindell, to talk about how we work together and share resources to most effectively fulfil God’s mission here.

Please use the link below to book your place:



Lighthouse Carol Service

Saturday 15 December – from 3pm – Talbot Lane Methodist Church

On behalf of Lighthouse Homes, I would like to invite you to our CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE 2018.


The service will be from 4pm, but there will be refreshments and craft stalls from 3pm.

As always our Carol Service is very unique as a number of our residents will be sharing their testimony and how this Christmas is different from all of others they have had. Our amazing choir from The Lighthouse for Women will be leading the worship and singing. Pastor Danny Miller from Hope Church Rotherham, will be preaching.

We look forward to having you with us , supporting the work of Lighthouse Homes in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

The Meeting Place

The Meeting Place” at Greenhill Methodist Church is a multi-activity group open to all those who are post-retired. They meet every Friday from 2pm – 4pm at the church. Every session includes afternoon tea and costs £2 to cover costs.

We also run a self taught art group (Young @ Art) at the same time that is always open to new members.

View their full program here: The Meeting Place programme nov – jan 19

Experience Deep Talk

November 29th at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Described as ‘inspiring’ and ‘therapeutic’, Deep Talk uses principles of life-coaching, peer-to-peer group work and storying to explore identity and life-purpose. It is an adaptation of Godly Play for adults of all faiths and none that uses sacred stories from Judaeo-Christian scripture to initiate conversation.

The day runs from 10.15am to 3.30pm, costs £18 and is led by University of Sheffield Anglican chaplain Jeremy Clines. Details and bookings here

Training and Learning Opportunities

Learning & Development Grants

Learning and developing ourselves, our churches, circuits and district are vital and intrinsic aspects of being active people of God. However, the Sheffield District Learning and Development group recognises that sometimes the cost of developing or attending such opportunities may be a deterrent or barrier.

We are therefore pleased to announce the District Learning and Development Fund, set up to support learning and development activities of Methodists in the Sheffield District.

Priority will be given to people who have no other learning and development grant entitlement, especially first time applicants, but applications from staff, including presbyters, will also be considered.

Learning and development funding can cover such things as resources for house groups or study groups; expenses for speakers from other parts of the country; costs of joining a workshop, course or activity or contributions to extended periods of study.

Grant application forms can be downloaded from the website here: Grants for Learning and Development Opportunities. Please send applications in by Friday 19 November to be considered at the next L&D meeting on Monday 26 November.

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

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.

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

Methodist News

Prepare Ye The Way 2018

This Advent, JPIT invite you to explore what it means to step into a transformational encounter with the divine. Each week, they reflect on the transformational encounters experienced by those at Jesus’ birth, in the context of some of the issues we currently face as a society.

I am Santa

For most of us, the upcoming festive season is a time of joy. But there are some children who face a Christmas without food, warmth or love. This Christmas, Action for Children is asking people to become a special Secret Santa by donating £10 to make a vulnerable child’s Christmas safe, warm and bright.

Trustees’ report

How has the Holy Spirit been at work in your church during the connexional year 2017/2018? Send your stories to us, 100-120 words, along with a photograph, for consideration to be included in the Methodist Church’s trustees’ report. Successful items will receive a £25 voucher for Methodist Publishing.

World Church News

Is God calling you to serve as a mission partner?

Could you be:

  • a theological educator in South Africa or Zimbabwe?
  • a presbyter in Italy or South Africa?
  • a teacher in Samoa or Ukraine?

These are just a few of the many roles our overseas partners need people for. Some can be filled in a one-year voluntary capacity. We welcome inquiries from all who are exploring whether God is calling them to serve overseas with the Methodist Church. We look forward to hearing from you. Email us at WCR.Admin@ methodistchurch.org.uk

Read the full World Church News here: wcn-bulletin-november-2018