District News – 27 November 2018

This Week’s News

Deacon David Clark has written another book!

The gift of a renewed diaconate and the contribution of British Methodism

As the church strives to engage with a world radically different from that which shaped Christendom, creating new forms of church leadership is a necessity. In this endeavour, the office of deacon has come to the fore. The papers in this book address key issues faced by British Methodism, but of immediate relevance to all churches, as it addresses the potential of a renewed diaconate to enhance its life and mission.

David Clark is a member of the Methodist Diaconal Order. He has played a leading role in many initiatives to further a new way of being church. He has written prophetically about his vision of the church to come, ‘the diaconal church’, and of the nature and potential of a renewed diaconate.

£6.95 from www.Amazon.co.uk or www.Amazon.com

More information can be found here: Flier A5 – Boyce and Emison


Be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child this Christmas

For most of us, the festive season is a time of joy and family celebrations. But unfortunately, there are thousands of children in the UK right now who are facing a Christmas without food, warmth or love. Action for Children is working to change this – and they need your help.

This Christmas, Action for Children is asking you to be a Secret Santa by donating to help them make a vulnerable child’s Christmas safe, warm and bright. Their Santas don’t have reindeers or wear big red suits. But, they’re doing something very special indeed.

See how becoming a Secret Santa will make a difference to children like Lily this Christmas in this lovely animated film: https://youtu.be/Em41wDI1cFA.

Please sign up to become a Secret Santa and donate by texting Santa1 to 70607 or visiting iamsanta.org.uk/northeast

Make Christmas even more extraordinary, with All We Can

Every year, hundreds of All We Can supporters like you choose to mark Christmas in a meaningful way with our Extraordinary Gifts catalogue.

First: select from our carefully chosen range. Anything from wiggly worms in India to clean water in Zimbabwe.

Next: we’ll make sure your gift is put to use in a part of the world where it’ll make a huge impact.

Together, we can make a life-changing difference to someone else on Christmas Day.
Get your gifts and church resources at: http://gifts.allwecan.org.uk/

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Resources for Worship Leaders and Preachers

These resources, which have been developed by Jenny Carpenter and Jenny Bywater, are the ideal way to incorporate the theme of Justice and Fairness into worship. They can be used by ministers, local preachers or worship leaders and are appropriate at any time but were developed especially for use during Fairtrade Fortnight which, in 2019, runs from 25th February until 10th March. Further ideas and information can also be found on the Fairtrade Foundation website.

Save the date…

District Safeguarding Conference – Saturday 16 March 2019 – The Crossing Church & Centre, Worksop

…more details to follow


Dare to Wait Without Hope

visit the Advent exhibition at Whirlow. December 1st – 20th

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing.”
T.S.Eliot, East Coker, Four Quartets

During Advent, visitors to Whirlow Spirituality Centre will have opportunity to engage with challenging installations on the theme of waiting without hope.

Christian Aid, Grace Foodbank, City of Sanctuary and Nightstop will contribute to the exhibition that invites a ‘facing up’ to intractable issues in our society. We aim to sit with God in the midst of these, rather than suggest the Divine exists only in their resolutions.

Details of when to visit can be found on their website

Messy Nativity

Saturday 8 December : 1pm to 5pm : Greenhill Methodist Church

On the day there is a whole variety of craft & interactive play activities for children of all ages which run throughout the whole day.
The interactive nativity walk takes groups of people a walk through the village looking for the stable. These happen every 20 minutes from 1pm – 5pm. Once at the stable the group meet Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus (all real people) and  are told the Christmas nativity story. A couple of carols are then sang acapella by some choristers and then the families are encouraged to go and stoke, pet and feed our onsite farm animals (donkey, sheep, lambs, and goats).
Both before and after the walk there is time to also grab a hot turkey / pork cob, look around our Christmas charity selling stalls or relax with a cake in the coffee area.

The event is completely free to come to we just ask that people make whatever donation they can towards the day. Food and cakes have a minimal cost.

Full details on the poster here: MessyNativity

Are any other churches doing something similar? Why not share your event here?

Christmas Concert – Dronfield Genquip Band

Saturday 15 December : 7:30pm : Greenhill Methodist Church, S8 7RL

All church proceeds from this event will be in support of the Greenhill Methodist Church 20/20 Vision Build fund.

Download the poster here: Christmas Poster Greenhill

Worksop  Model Transport Exhibition 2019

Saturday 19 January : 10am to 4pm

Trains / Trams / Buses / Trolleybusses plus Trade stalls and refreshements.

Entry: Adults £3; Children £1 MBF members £1.

The Crossing Church, Newcastle Street, Worksop.

Download a poster here: Transport Ex Jan 2019

Training and Learning Opportunities

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

How to … use the Arts in Worship

Saturday 26 January :; 10am  to 3:15pm : Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield

Join us for an exciting day exploring worship through the arts.  Listen to our Keynote Rik Stott on ‘Celebrating Uncertainty: How art leads us deeper into knowing God, ourselves and each other’.

Explore six different ways of worshipping God through our workshops:

  • ‘Journalling With Stitches’ using free stitching as an approach to prayerfully reflect on moments and events in our lives with Ruth Sprague
  • ‘The Word(s)’ poetry in worship with Rev James Morley
  • ‘A Picture Paints a Thousand Praises’ worship through picture-making’ with Siggy Parratt-Halbert
  • ‘What a performance!’ Making the most of drama, storytelling, or reading in worship’ with Rev Merry Evans
  • ‘Praying on a Visual Culture‘ visuals have been used for centuries, from early wall paintings, to medieval stained glass and icons.  In our current visual and digital culture, how might visuals help us to pray and worship?’ with Fidge Fidgin
  • ‘Singing Ourselves Open’ learn to sing a range of short songs in a variety of styles, to open you up, loosen your bodies and enable you to express what’s inside – perfect for both personal and group worship’  with Alison Adam of the Iona Community

The event is free, but please do book, as lunch is included.

Full details on the flyer here: How to use the arts


Discover, in 5 minutes, a compassionate space with Taketime meditations. Spirituality inspired by the stories of Jesus.

TakeTime meditations use your imagination to provide a calm, comfortable space in which to meet God. Anyone can use these meditations, regardless of background or religion, and you can meditate anywhere you like. The introductory meditation takes 5 minutes to experience, why not give it a try?

Meditation does not always have to be a solitary exercise, and for some the experience of Taketime has developed into a desire to explore the questions they have with others.To meet this need, Taketime has developed Taketime sessions called Taketime Together.  These sessions consist of three parts.

  • a 30-minute Taketime Meditation,
  • Tea and Coffee and a chance to chat with others informally
  • a Time of Sharing

There is an opportunity to leave after each section, so you can leave after the meditation if you wish, or after the meditation and the refreshments, or you can stay for all three sections.

This Time of Sharing is for anyone who would like to talk about their spiritual journey and look at the Bible passage on which the meditation was based.

It uses open questions inspired by the Godly Play “wondering” questions.  These questions enable people to share their experiences of the meditation if they wish.  The session then looks at the Bible text and allows people to share their reactions.  This is achieved using a simplified version of the very accessible practice of Lectio Divina, which requires no background knowledge and values all contributions equally.

An entire Taketime Together session time will last 1 hour 30 minutes, broken down into a 30-minute meditation (with relaxation exercise); 20 minutes’ coffee and chat time; and 40 minutes’ spiritual sharing.

We are currently training leaders to run Taketime Together sessions across the country.  If you are interested in finding a group to join, please Contact Us.

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


Job Title: Pre-school Children / Families Worker

Contracted hours: 10 hrs per week

Hourly Rate:  £10

Contract Period: fixed term 1st January to 31st December 2019 

A fantastic one year (initially) opportunity for someone to join our Community Team to:

  • Make a contribution to our local community.
  • Co-ordinate and lead Emmanuel’s pre-school groups including Toddlers groups and Baby Chat
  • Encourage, engage and inspire the active support of volunteers to take on responsibilities
  • Be enthusiastic about promoting Emmanuel’s events and working as part of the Emmanuel staff team

Interested?  Email Recruitment: jan.eldred@icloud.com  for an application pack.

Closing date for applications:         29/11/2018

Download a version to share : advert children’s worker

Director of Global Relationships

Location: MCH

Reports to the Head of Mission and Advocacy

Grade 5

We are looking for a strategic thinker with a passion for collaborative mission across the world combined with the proven ability to manage relationships, lead staff and deliver change.

The Global Relationships or World Church team within the Methodist Church of Britain is responsible for our partnership with some 60 Methodist Churches around the world, and other related organisations.  We sustain multiple programmes of work including the making of grants to support and resource our partners, training and capacity development, and several streams of People-to-People (P2P) programmes for the exchange of mission personnel and other visits.

The Director will oversee and develop the Methodist Church’s vision and strategy for global relationships, share in God’s mission by managing our international programmes and lead the work of the World Church Relationships team as it continues to evolve.

The right candidate will have a qualification in a relevant field of study, such as mission studies, and substantial experience of work overseas, possibly as a mission partner.  You will be an outstanding communicator and relationship builder, with a proven track record in leading staff, implementing change and thinking strategically.

This position has a Genuine Occupational Requirement that you should also be a member of a Methodist Church (defined as one that is a member of the World Methodist Council)

Closing date for applications: Thursday 17th January 2019 at 12 noon

Interview Date: Tuesday 29th January 2019

Download the Job Description here: JD_Director_of_Global_Relationships_Nov 18

Methodist News

3Generate 2018 – Methodist young people gather in Southport

The 3Generate annual gathering of Methodist young people took place over the weekend 23-25 November 2018. This was the biggest 3Generate yet, the event having tripled in size over the last four years with 1,750 young people and volunteers from across the UK coming together at Pontins in Southport.

The theme for this year’s 3Generate is courageous. The young people, aged 8 to 23, had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of workshops, including ‘Do God and Gaming Go Together?’ and ‘The Reality of Gang Violence’; a powerful session led by young people from the Methodist Church of Mexico. Other highlights include the comedian Rob Thomas, the ‘Life Exhibition – a multi-media experience that helps children explore the life of Jesus and his relevance today – and ‘1000 Letters’, a project to share faith stories across generations.