District News – 19 December 2018

This Week’s News

Office News

A reminder that the office will close from Monday 23 December until Wednesday 2 January.

We take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas!

Sad News

We have been informed of the recent death of Kathleen Booth, widow of the Revd Sidney Booth who was Chair of the District from 1978 – 1990. We hold her son, Paul, and the family in our prayers at this time.

New District Safeguarding Officer

We are delighted to announce that Howard Smedley has been appointed to be the Sheffield District Safeguarding Officer. He will start in post on Monday 7 January. His email address will be safeguarding@sheffieldmethodist.org. Further contact details will be published as soon as they are finalised.

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News from TCMP

Updates to Data Protection Documents

Updated resources are now available from the data protection page on TMCP’s website. TMCP is reviewing the data protection guidance and documents to ensure that they are up-to-date.

Read more

New Data Protection Clauses – Updates to the Standard Licence and Booking Form

The Standard Licence and Template Booking Form have been updated to include a new data protection clause alerting licensees and hirers to the privacy information in the Managing Trustees’ Privacy Notice.

Read more

Pilgrimage to India

Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal is leading a Pilgrimage to India  from 29 March to 11 April. The journey is as follows: London – Delhi – Agra – Ludhiana – Rampur – Amritsar – Dalhousie – Delhi – London

Full details can be found in the brochure here: India Pilgrimage 2019 Itinerary and Booking

Urban Theology Union

2019 marks the Urban Theology Union’s (UTU’s) 50th anniversary, a significant milestone – 8 & 9 July 2019.   All are welcome to join their celebrations.  During 2019 (and to be used as part of the Jubilee gathering in July), UTU would like to publish 50 guest blog posts of around 300 words, each with an insight in to how UTU has shaped your discipleship and/or ministry.

Please send your contributions to christine.dutton@methodist.org.uk by end January 2018. If possible, please attach a photo of yourself and/or your context.  Alternatively, please post contributions to the UTU office.

On Monday, 8 July 2019, there will be a chance to meet friends old and new with conversation, food, reminiscing and creating between us a visual history of UTU, using the recollections of those present.  After lunch, there will be a session of visioning for the future.  The Jubilee celebration on Monday 8th will flow into the Summer School on the evening of the 8th and through the day of Tuesday 9th, when current Practice Interpretation work will be shared and further developments discussed.  For further details, email John Vincent at office@ututsheffield.org.uk.


Burngreave Ashram

Monday 2 January

Our next interfaith session is on Mon 2 January 2019 starting with bring and share lunch at 12:30 pm. The seminar at 1:30 pm will be facilitated by John Barabas on “New Year: what do you think?”

We look forward to having you with us.

Chris Bullock – 0114 272 7144 

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Day of Retreat – 5 January, 9.30am – 4.30pm. £20.

A simple day of silence to start the year, facilitated by Spiritual Accompaniers. Details and bookings here.

Soulful Wellbeing: A retreat day for those who work in schools

For education professionals of all faiths and none, an opportunity at the start of a New Year to step back and build up inner resources, away from the demands of front-line education.

Ben Harper of Space to Breathe will draw wisdom from positive psychology, social anthropology and spirituality, encouraging better connection for ourselves, others and the Other.

January 26th, 10am – 4.30pm, £25. Book here.

Regular worship

  • 1st Sunday, 6 Jan, Reflective Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • 3rd Sunday, 16 Dec & 20 Jan, Reflective Communion, 7 – 8pm
  • every Sunday. Space to Be (silent meditation), 8:30 – 9:15am
  • every Tuesday. Reflective Communion, 9:45 – 10:30am.

Yorkshire Plus Line Management Support Group

I’m a line manager of a lay employee
– but what help is out there for me?

The Learning Network Yorkshire Plus and Rob Cooper (District Lay Employment Advisor) are putting together a support group for line managers of lay employees 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 of the Line Management Support Group:

Monday 28 January 2019 – 10.00am for 10.30am – until 3.00pm – Leeds Church Institute (https://leedsconferencing.co.uk/)

If you are a line manager – or soon to become a line manager – you are warmly invited to attend.

Please contact: Sian Henderson 07809 431 871 admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org

by 21 January 2019 to secure your place

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 11 January 2019 to be considered at the next L&D meeting on Friday 25 January 2019

Cliff College

Cliff College Taster Open Days have just been announced for those exploring one of our undergraduate degrees, either a BA in Theology or BA in Ministry & Mission.
The dates are: Tuesday 12th February 2019, Tuesday 5th March 2019 and Tuesday 26th March 2019. For more information and to book a place please contact reception@cliffcollege.ac.uk

The Cliff Certificate in Pastoral Care has just been announced.
This is a new course in our portfolio of week-long courses aimed at those in lay ministry roles and will run from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019. This course is designed for those who are interested in caring for people compassionately or just looking for ways to develop and reflect on current practice and learn from others. For more information and to book a place please contact Pete at shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk

“Word in Time”

How do we make the Bible central to our lives as Christians?

Study afternoon with Rev’d Dr. Jonathon Hustler – Assistant Secretary of Methodist Conference

Saturday 12th January – 2pm – 5pm – Central Methodist Church- Lodge Lane, Aston S26 2BN

ALL WELCOME – Refreshments provided!

Exploring Ordained Ministry

Exploration days for those interested in exploring a call to ordained ministry are being organised by the connexion. The details are as follows:

  • Exploring Ordained Ministry – Cliff College – 2 March 2019 – click here to book.
  • Exploring Ordained Ministry – Methodist Church House – 4 May 2019 – click here to book

The day will be hosted by the Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team and will take place at Methodist Church House and Cliff College in Spring 2019 – further dates will follow for late 2019 and early 2020 in other venues

Could you please pass this information on to those who might be interested? It would also be good to forward this to Ministers asking them if they know of anyone who might or should be considering this.

Understanding Early Childhood Experiences on Children and Young People

Saturday 27 April 2019

Children and young people attending Sunday school and youth groups in church often come with the affects of adverse childhood experiences. They may have faced neglect, abuse, domestic violence, poverty and other factors.

This training will help attendees understand a range of things that affect children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.

The training will include theory, real life examples and case studies; group work, videos and more

The training will be run by Fiona Sheikh, who was previously a foster carer for Sheffield City Council, supported children and young people in school and therapeutically as well as having been a church youth leader and children’s worker.

Full details on the website here: Understanding the whole child

Job Vacancies & Volunteer Opportunities

Church on the Margins community facilitator, Sheffield

Our Church on the Margins work seeks to promote the idea of a ‘Church of the Poor’: a church of justice, inclusivity and welcome. We are working to build a ‘Community of Praxis’ in Sheffield which will function as a network for people who are involved in church activism, estate ministry, people from church congregations, inclusive church, alternative church and those who want to make church a more welcoming place for all.

We are looking for someone who has: experience of facilitating groups; good administrative and IT skills; excellent communication skills; and experience of church work. If you also have knowledge of churches and networks working in deprived areas of Sheffield, or experience of leading theological reflection, that will be even better.

Applications need to be sent in by 5pm on 4 January 2019. Interviews will be held in Sheffield in January (date to be confirmed).

Click here for more information and to apply.

Student Christian Movement – Chief Executive Officer

Do you want to help students find inclusive communities and churches where they will be supported to grow in faith and discipleship? Do you share our vision of a vibrant and growing student-led movement committed to deepening faith, seeking justice, celebrating diversity and working for Christian unity?

SCM is looking to appoint a leader who is:

  • A great networker who can raise SCM’s profile nationally
  • A fantastic ambassador for the organisation and its values
  • Excellent at leading and developing a dedicated staff team
  • A strategic thinker who can work collaboratively with our trustees and other stakeholders to realise SCM’s vision
  • An experienced fundraiser
  • Highly organised and self-motivated

The Chief Executive Officer will work with the Trustees to develop and lead on the direction and strategy of the charity, ensuring that SCM’s vision is realised in line with our values.

Working closely with the Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for overseeing the management of SCM and taking responsibility for implementing the agreed strategies and plans as well as the effective and efficient management of SCM’s resources.

  • Salary: £30,000 – £35,000, dependent on experience
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Contract: Permanent, on completion of a six month probationary period
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Benefits: 35 days of annual leave (including public holidays), enhanced family leave pay, sick pay, paid leave for dependents.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 7th January 2019
Initial interviews to be held: Week beginning Monday 21st January 2019

Methodist Internship Programme

The Methodist Church is seeking young adults who want a unique opportunity to develop their careers and their faith.  The exciting opportunity for 21-26 year olds offers a year exploring faith and personal development alongside a paid employment with a range of professional organisations across a variety of business and charity sectors.

The new The Methodist Internship Programme scheme combines training and mentoring to support professional, personal and spiritual development. With a programme to develop both the intern’s faith and their career potential, participation will be a considerable addition to CVs as well as a significant step up into the intern’s career of choice.

The Methodist Internship Programme runs from mid-September 2019 – August 30th 2020.

Each intern will be paid a living wage by the Methodist Church, along with other travel expenses associated with the placement. (excluding accommodation). They will undertake mid-week residential training events and have a dedicated mentor to examine the complexity and opportunities of expressing your faith through your career.

Roles with the following organisations/sectors are currently available: (More roles will be advertised in early 2019).

  • Charity – Action for Children
  • Finance – Central Finance Board
  • Politics and Advocacy – House of Lords & Joint Public Issues Team (Methodist Church)
  • Politics & Advocacy – House of Commons & JPIT & Methodist Conference Office
  • International Development & Communications – All We Can
  • Research & Events – St Georges House Windsor

More information here: Methodist Internship Programme 2019 Advert

Project Archivist – Methodist Missionary Society Archive

0.6FTE fixed term initially of 24 months (21 hours per week)
£30,000 pro rata

The Methodist Church is seeking a part-time, experienced archivist to appraise an archive of largely, but not exclusively, twentieth-century missionary records and other items. This Project Archivist will need to appraise the records and remove material inappropriate for deposit, and prepare for relocation those records and other items appropriate for permanent preservation and suitable for research purposes. The archive will mostly be deposited with the SOAS Library, University of London (or occasionally another Methodist archive or museum collection).

The Project Archivist will help to recruit and supervise a small group of volunteers to allow this work to progress in a timely manner. We hope there will be occasional opportunities to promote the collection of historic Methodist missionary manuscripts, images and printed books held at the SOAS Library using interesting items from this work on the archive.

Applicants should be graduates with a postgraduate archive qualification. You will have relevant collection management, conservation and cataloguing experience, preferably in the context of religious archives with excellent communication and team-working skills. Knowledge of missionary and or Methodist history would be an advantage.

The number of hours per day and on which weekdays they are worked by the Project Archivist is negotiable, but it would be preferable if the Project Archivists worked at least 3 hours per week at the same time on the same day to ensure continuity. This work will be based in the Methodist Church offices in London, but there may be occasional need to visit the records stored offsite and out of London, for which expenses will be paid. The Methodist Church is committed to making its archives accessible, as part of mission and outreach, and you will need to be sympathetic to the ethos of the Methodist Church

Closing Date: 28th January 2019
Interview Date: 7th February 2019
Further details and application form from:
HR and Development, Methodist Church House,
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
E-mail: recruitment@methodistchurch.org.uk

Other News

Student Christian Movement

If you would like to receive SCM’s monthly e-news you can sign up at www.movement.org.uk. You can also follow us on twitter, facebook and instagram.

  • SCM is recruiting for a new Chief Executive Officer to take the charity forward in the next stage of its development. Full details available at www.movement.org.uk/vacancies.
  • Join with us in praying for students on Student Sunday, 17 February 2019. The toolkit is now available to download from www.movement.org.uk/resources/student-sunday.
  • Help us celebrate 130 years of SCM’s life changing work with students by signing up to our 130 Challenge and commiting to raise £130. More details here.

 Taste: Life-changing water

We would like to wish all our friends a Blessed Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Thank you for your support in 2018. We pray that you will continue to support us in 2019.

Praise for:                                                      

  • God’s faithfulness in bringing us all to the end of another fruitful year and for protecting all our staff especially those who have had to travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • The successful completion this year of six boreholes and latrines projects in needy Communities across Plateau State, Nigeria.
  • The Water Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) Project completed this month in Miango, Plateau State funded by SIM USA
  • The successful Fairtrade Coffee Morning this month which raised £20p for Good TASTE Shop, Sheffield and £209.47p for TASTE.

Pray that:                            

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • The communities in the troubled Plateau State which we have helped this year will reflect on God’s goodness to them, not just in giving them water, but in sending his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the source of the real life changing water.
  • There will be Peace over the Christmas festive period when Christians are particularly targeted by Islamist Militants
  • Pray for increased funding for projects in 2019 so that TASTE can continue to help needy communities, and be able to pay staff salaries and replace aged equipment

Thank you for praying for us. Feel free to call Ben on – 07737413772 – if you’d like further information about any of these issues.

Paul Blomfield MP – Christmas Appeal

I have launched my 2018 Christmas Appeal, in partnership with Save the Children, to help the children of Yemen who are on the front line of the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, which you can donate to here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/paulblomfieldmp

The appalling conflict there has left the country facing disaster. A deadly triple threat – of bombs, disease and hunger – is threatening an entire generation of children.

In very difficult conditions, Save the Children are on the ground in Yemen providing practical help to those most directly affected. I hope you’ll help me to help them by donating generously, in the spirit of Sheffield’s great tradition of international solidarity. I’ve launched the appeal on the My Donate platform, so that every penny raised will go directly to the charity.

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Sheffield people in previous years and know that this year will be no different.