District News – 8 November 2018

This Week’s News

Living Wage Update

Since 2010 all Methodist churches, districts, circuits and projects have been required to pay the Living Wage, except in exceptional circumstances.

The Living Wage rates for the UK and London are £9.00 and £10.55 per hour respectively, as announced by the Living Wage Foundation in November 2018.

Click here to download the updated Living Wage briefing for churches!

President of Conference visit

Resourcing workshop for Local Preachers and Leaders of Worship – 17 November 2018 – 09:30 for 10:00hrs – 13:00hrs

Revd Michaela Youngson will be leading a resourcing workshop with a focus on the use of creativity in worship during Advent and/or Ephphany.

  • The workshop will include plenary sessions and an opportunity to develop materials for use in worship – a range of craft materials; and inspirational images (to support creative writing) will be provided (and we are planning to have facilitators to provide specific crafting advice).
  • A compendium of ideas will be available for attendees who need encouragement to express themselves creatively.
  • We have asked the President to share her own approach to creativity in worship – including her experience of encouraging others to offer their creativity (in preparation for, and during, worship) – eg
    • Where does the President find her inspiration?
    • How does she refine her ideas? Judge their practicality?

Venue: Staveley Methodist Church, Chesterfield Road, Staveley, S43 3XD

Booking is not essential, but it would help to have numbers for catering purposes (we will be offering a light, vegetarian brunch to keep people going and creative!).
You can book online here: lwp_resourcing.eventbrite.co.uk or by contacting the District Office (admin@sheffieldmethodist.org / 0114 270 9990

Save the date…

Regional Safeguarding Conference (Sheffield, Yorkshire North and East, Yorkshire West) – Saturday 8th June 2019

…more details to follow


Threads through Revelation

16 October – 30 November – Southwell Minster

The last book in the Bible, Revelation, was written nearly two thousand years ago. It’s inspired and puzzled people ever since. The author, John, described a series of extraordinary visions, including scary subjects such as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, as well as breathtaking images of a new heaven and a new earth in the very last chapter, one of the most extraordinarily inspiring passages of the whole Bible.

Textile artist Jacqui Parkinson has created this extraordinary dramatic display consisting of fourteen huge panels which carry the viewer through her interpretation of the images in Revelation.

Jacqui has used very unusual techniques, starting with old bedsheets, covering them with dyes and silks and intricate stitching. She worked on it for nearly four years. The result: an astounding, dramatic sequence, and a textile work that is thought to be the largest ever by a single artist.

Full details on the poster here: Threads thru Revelation

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

Special Events in November & December at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Deep Talk events
Two evenings on 21 and 28 November, 7.30 – 9.30pm. £15 for the pair. One day on 29 November, 10.15am – 3.30pm. £18
Deep Talk opens up the exploration of identity and life-purpose using pricinples from Godly Play, life-coaching, peer-to-peer group work and storying. With Jeremy Clines. Details and bookings here.

Wait Without Hope Advent exhibition
1 – 20 December, free to view whenever the Centre is open. Call 0114 2 353704 to arrange this or attend a service or event during this period.
Challenging installations inviting viewers to sit with intractable issues, from Christian Aid, Grace Foodbank, City of Sanctuary and Nightstop.

Advent Quiet Days
1 and 5 December, 9.30am – 3.30pm. £15 each
Identical days led by Whirlow chaplain Joy Adams. An opportunity to watch and wait for the coming Christ. Details and bookings here.

Spiritual Migration book group
4 December, 7.30 – 9pm, £5
Discuss ideas from Brian McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration. This is the last of 4 sessions. Details here.

Carols and Contemplation
8 December, 7.45pm. £15.
Familiar and less familiar carols played by brass quartet, interspersed with readings and moments of contemplation. Mulled wine and mince pie included! Brought to you by Music for the Spirit. Details and tickets here.

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 & Learning Opportunities

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

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

Puppet  Ministry – Volunteer Training Workshop

Saturday 23 March : 10am to 12 noon : Woodseats Methodist Church

Saints Alive Puppet Team are running a volunteer training workshop. Why not come and try your hand at puppet ministry, and see if you could get involved.

Full details in the poster here: Sheffield circuit puppet ministry

Job 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.

Publications Officer – Church Army

Sheffield – £25,292 – 37.5 hours

We are looking for someone who is:

  • a collaborative team player
  • highly motivated and able to inspire others
  • able to relate to people from all walks of life
  • professional and experienced in communications

The successful candidate will work across the team contributing to our publications, PR and media communications – all designed to build relationships and profile with supporters and other external audiences, turning this into prayerful and financial support. We are looking to appoint someone who will be an active participant in the prayer life and work of the team; whose desire to see people changed by the Gospel inspires them within their role.

Church Army’s Marketing Team has a strong Christian Ethos and therefore the nature of the work requires that this post holder an active faith in Jesus under the Equality Act 2010, Part 1, Schedule 9.

Closing Date: 12pm on 26 November 2018

See advert for full details: Publications Officer Advert 2018

Finance Manager – Cliff College

Cliff College is seeking a Finance Manager to join its staff team at this exciting and challenging time in the life of the College. We are looking for someone who is willing and able to play a key role in the team that will shape and mould the College as it lives out its history, identity and purpose to equip and serve the local church in mission and evangelism.

We are looking for someone who:

  • has experience of accountancy and financial control in a variety of contexts
  • has experience in the charity and/or HE sector
  • has the ability to enable the College to make the most of its resources
  • has a heart for mission and evangelism
  • is willing to play a key role in the life of the Cliff College community

Salary:                 £31,000
Closing date:      12 noon on Monday 26 November 2018
Interviews:         Week beginning 10 December 2018

Communications & Recruitment Officer – Cliff College

Cliff College is seeking a Communications and Recruitment Officer to join its staff team at this exciting and challenging time in the life of the College. This is a new role and we are looking for someone who is willing and able to work with us to develop this key role in the team that will shape and mould the College as it lives out its history, identity and purpose.

We are looking for someone who:

  • is a confident and effective communicator
  • has experience of working in communications
  • has experience of working in recruitment
  • has a heart for mission and evangelism 
  • is willing to play a key role in the life of the Cliff College community.

Salary:               £23,0000 – £26,000
Closing date:    12 noon on Monday 3 December 2018
Interviews:       Week beginning 17 December 2018

For more information or to arrange an informal conversation about either of these posts please contact Cathi Thacker c.thacker@cliffcollege.ac.ukor 01246 584221.

Circuit Mission Enabler – Leeds North & East Circuit

Do you have the passion and enthusiasm …

  • to build relationships with local communities in Chapel Allerton and Alwoodley.
  • to support the Minister and church members in developing the churches’ mission.
  • to enable people from the communities to grow in faith and be part of the church families.

Leeds North and East Circuit are seeking to appoint a Circuit Mission Enabler to work at Chapel Allerton Methodist Church and Alwoodley Park Methodist Church (20 hours per week). This is a replacement post, initially for 2 years.

Salary: £10,000 – £12,000 per annum (20hrs per week) plus 6% pension.

An application pack is available from the Circuit Administrator:

Mrs Naomi Hannan circuitoffice@leedsnandemethodist.org.uk 07305170979

Closing date for applications: Monday 19th November 2018

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.

We can’t do what we do without 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 reported back very helpful findings and made useful recommendations on our Social Media platforms
  • The successful Reeth Ramble on Saturday 27 October which has raised £375 so far
  • The successfully training of WASH Championsand WASH Committees, and completion of borehole at
    • Khipiya community (funded by Harry Inman Charitable Trust)
    • and a rural school at Manguna (funded by The Pat Newman Memorial Trust)
  • both projects are located in Plateau State

Pray that:                            

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • We will be able to replace our aged terrameter – used to pin point the location and depth to ground water in communities.
  • The current relative calm across Plateau State would continue even when campaigning for the Presidential Election in February 2019 intensifies
  • Although TASTE is not one of the two chosen lead organisations (we came 3rd) for the Plateau State WaterAid Projects, the Lord will grant wisdom to our Nigeria Director Nuhu who has been asked to help draw up a strategy for them and to build the capacity of the staff of the lead organisations. Pray also that his involvement will lead to projects from WaterAid

You can download the prayer letter here: 20181105 November Prayer Letter

Methodist News

We need your prayers

Would you like to contribute a prayer to the Methodist Prayer Handbook? 

The theme for the next Methodist Prayer Handbook is inspired by Our Calling. It will explore how we are called to respond to the gospel by demonstrating God’s love, grace and generosity.

Our response should involve action as well as prayer and we are strengthened when we work in partnership with followers of Christ locally, nationally and internationally. The ‘gospel’ is understood in its broadest sense and includes the whole arc of the biblical narrative and beyond.

The Editor would also welcome prayers for the general pages at the front of the Handbook on the following themes:

  • the integrity of creation
  • the comforting presence of God
  • justice
  • adoration and thanksgiving
  • confession
  • times of life
  • times of day

Prayers should not exceed 120 words and should be emailed to prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk by 11 January 2019.

Please do send any photos (your own copyright) to help bring your prayer to life or that capture the work of the Methodist Church, either in this country or around the world. Photos should be emailed to the above address and should be sent in their original size.

For full details please visit: Methodist Prayer Handbook submission guidelines.

New hymn for Remembrance Sunday

As we approach the hundredth anniversary of the 1918 armistice, we are glad to publish a new hymn, by the Revd Andrew Murphy with music by writing partner Matt Allen. We shall not forget is a thoughtful text that extends our thinking well beyond the limits of war. This is by no means a “looking back” hymn; rather, it explores the presence of divisions and the necessary will to forgive that we live with as much now as one hundred years ago:

“We shall not forget the walls we build to separate;
We shall not forget the steps that lead to war;
We shall not forget the woundedness of all of us;
We shall not forget what only love can restore.”

Remember that our Remembrance Sunday page offers an ideal place to explore other hymns, reflections and additional resources to support meaningful worship on a day that combines memory with commitment, horror with hope.

Chords update

For some time now, with the support of our colleagues at Coventry Methodist Central Hall, StF+ has been adding chord sheets for guitar players and others to our hymn posts.

New additions have been on hold for a while, but our list of chords has now been updated – 169 hymns catered for so far, often with alternative versions.

This list will be updated as more sheets are added. As we work to increase the number of sheets on the site, it would be helpful to know which ones would be most useful to you. Let us know at stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk.

The work of producing these sheets is done voluntarily, so it may take a little while for your request to be processed. Please bear with us!

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