District News – 4 December 2018

This Week’s News

Church Leader’s Network

A new initiative at Cliff College providing space for those in church leadership, both lay and ordained, to come together to be fed, to share and to reflect.

The next session will be on Tuesday 11 December and will be lead by Revd Loraine Mellor, Chair of the Nottingham and Derby District (and former President of The Methodist Conference).

Full details can be found of the flyer here: CC;Leadership_Network_Flyer_Loraine Mellor

Own Arrangement Service for the New Year

In Millennium Year, 2000, the Methodist Church produced the statement ‘Our Calling’ in which they listed the four main callings of the Christian. They are: Worship; Learning and Caring; Service; and Evangelism.  We have been asked to look again at how, as a Church, we might best respond to ‘Our Calling’ today. This service focuses on our calling to be a learning and caring people.

Many thanks to Christine Sheasby for writing and sharing this with us. OA Service for Dec 2018 – Feb 2019 Learning & Caring

Childhood Spirituality Conference

Saturday 11 May 2019 – Sheffield Cathedral

Godly Play UK are delighted to be hosing the next Childhood Spirituality Conference next May. The main speaker at the conference is Professor Elizabeth Wood, Head of the School of Education in the University of Sheffield, who researches early childhood and primary education, with specific interests in play and pedagogy.

Her title is Free to Play: How do we understand children’s play? What is the implication for our practice? 

The afternoon will offer a series of workshops exploring a wide variety of subjects related to the spirituality of childhood.

Find all the details at


Full price @ £47 – Early Bird (before 01/01/2019) – £44


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.

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Check out our programme for January to April 2019!
Plus … spend some time with our Advent exhibition

Download the new What’s On guide now – or pick one up at Whirlow. It gives brief details of all our events for the first term of 2019, as well as a booking form. More information is listed on the What’s On page of the website.

Christian Aid, Grace Foodbank, City of Sanctuary and Nightstop have contributed to our Advent exhibition that invites a ‘facing up’ to intractable issues. Its aroma will percolate through our worship and events in coming weeks. Donations of items for the foodbank and Nightstop will be welcome – details of what’s needed available as part of the exhibition.

Details of when we are open for viewing available on the website

Training and Learning Opportunities

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

Book your place here:   https://biblemonth19.eventbrite.co.uk
or contact: Katrin Hackett
Tel: 0114 270 9990 / Email admin@sheffieldmethodist.org

Exploring Discipleship and Holy Habits within a Messy Church context

Saturday 4 February 2018 – Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield

We will be exploring discipleship within a Messy Church context, through exploring how the Holy Habits materials, written by Andrew Roberts, could be incorporated into a Messy Church context. The training will be delivered jointly by Lucy Moore and Andrew Roberts.

Booking information

To book, contact Jonathan Buckley, Sheffield Methodist Circuit Youth and Children’s Coordinator, on 07450 778678, jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk
or via The Furnival, 199 Verdon Street, Sheffield S3 9QQ

Booking deadline: 26 January 2019

Full details on the poster here: POSTER_MC_HH events

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

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 Vacancies

Regional Learning and Development Officer – East Central Region

If you are keen and enthusiastic about helping to further the mission of our churches, circuits and districts, then we would like to hear from you. As an experienced professional with a proven track record in learning and development, you will be part of a learning network within the Discipleship and Evangelism Cluster of The Methodist Church.

We are seeking to recruit a home based part time post (17.5 Hours/week equivalent worked in a pattern of annualised hours) in the East Central region of the Learning Network (working across the Northampton, Nottingham & Derby and Lincolnshire Districts of the Methodist Church with substantial work in the south of the Region geographically placed between Northampton & the M25/M4 corridor).

The team covers a wide range of learning and development areas within the life of the church aimed at supporting and encouraging the church in living out Our Calling ‘The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission’ and can be called upon to deliver support across the Connexion.

The role includes:

  • preparing and delivering a range of learning and development activities, events and initiatives
  • meeting with colleagues to plan, develop and review programmes of learning and development
  • building good relationships with aligned Districts and regions, individuals and communities across the church and beyond
  • sharing individual gifts and experiences across a number of teams and other groups
  • significant travel, weekend and evening work

Please request additional information for specific details of the role we are recruiting
Successful candidates will join a 43 strong, GB-wide network of learning and development professionals – the Learning Network.

For a lay employee, a salary (including London weighting) of £26,600-32,250 per annum is offered pro rata. For ministers in Full Connexion the standard terms of service apply.
More details about the roles are available at http://www.methodist.org.uk/jobopportunities/

Closing Date: Monday 14 January 2019
Interviews: will be held in Nottingham on 4 February 2019

Other News

Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy

The team at Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy, would like to keep you updated with the work we are doing with a bi annual newsletter.  We want to celebrate the contribution of farming in Derbyshire, provide some helpful insights from the farming community, keep you informed of the ongoing challenges for prayer, and any key farming events throughout Derbyshire.

Download the letter here: Letter 2018

Church Action on Poverty

You can download their Poverty Update newsletter here with details of the annual pilgrimage and the impact of Universal Credit has had on the people of Sheffield: Sheffield Poverty Update winter 2018

Methodist News

Next Methodist Youth President announced

Thelma Commey has been announced as the next Methodist Youth President. She was elected at this year’s 3Generate event, the annual Methodist Children and Youth Assembly, held in Southport over the weekend 23-25 November. Thelma will serve from September 2019 to September 2020.

Thelma, from Milton Keynes, is 18 years old and attends Queensway Methodist Church in Bletchley.

She decided to stand for Youth President to help spread the Good News and encourage other young people to become involved in the life of the Church.

Thelma commented: “I decided to stand for Youth President because I am passionate about the work of God and would love to encourage young people to get involved. My campaign, entitled ‘Jesus Loves All’, focused on presenting Jesus Christ as a saviour, through the talents of young people.

“I would like to thank the young people of the Methodist Church for voting for me and tell them that God loves them so much, as do I. I honestly feel so blessed and I am very grateful for this opportunity. I pray that God will guide me throughout the year to be the best I can be at this role.”

The current Youth President, Jasmine Yeboah, congratulated Thelma on her election, commenting: “I have really enjoyed my year in office so far. Being Youth President is hard work but offers lots of opportunities. I pray for Thelma to have every success in her preparations.”

Thelma will commence her role after an induction service to be held in September 2019.