District News – 16 January 2019

This Week’s News

Lent Resource – All We Can

Travel Lightly is a 6 week (40 day) resource of reflections, activities and prayers. Inspiring you, with others, to travel lightly as you reflect on the wilderness experience, which for many people in our world is a daily reality.

The Travel Lightly booklet can be followed daily by individuals or used weekly in small groups. There are also engaging materials for a church service and children, youth and school resources.

Order and download Lent resources: allwecan.org.uk/lent 

Homelessness Sunday

27 January 2019

The Methodist Church’s Fund for Human Need (FHN) are keen to provide for ministers and local preachers’ information from their perspective on the work which they do on Methodism’s behalf.

To this end, they have prepared material which could be shared in church services, or meetings on, or around the Homelessness Sunday date.

You can download a powerpoint presentation here: homeless sunday 2019

And you can read some of the stories about those they have helped or are helping here: Homeless in the UK

FHN’s film, funded by Methodist Action on Poverty and Justice (MAPJ), is available to view on FHN’s website and on: https://vimeo.com/282308832.

Growing Through Conflict

Growing through Conflict is a one-day workshop exploring conflict and its transformation, offered to lay and ordained church leaders. The Methodist Church has worked in partnership with Place for Hope to produce these materials in the hope that they can help release, equip and empower all to be peacemakers, bringing reconciliation not only to our churches but also to our communities. Participants will grow in their understanding of conflict and how conflict escalates, and will develop simple tools to transform conflict.’

Tuesday 5th February: 10am (for 10.30) start – 3.30pm at Tinsley Methodist Church.

You can book by emailing Katrin Hackett: admin@sheffieldmethodist.org.uk

or via the EventBrite website: https://growingthroughconfilct.eventbrite.co.uk


Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Soulful Wellbeing: a retreat day for those who work in schools
26 January, 10am – 4.30pm. £25.

A day for education professionals of all faiths and none. An opportunity to step back and build up inner resources away from the everyday pressures of front-line education. Led by Ben Harper of Space to Breathe. Details and tickets available here .

We Who Sing, Pray Twice – 31 January

Learn simple, sacred rounds and chants in four-part harmony.

Evenings begin with learning the music and, after a break, a period of singing together leads into silence. No experience necessary.

7.30 – 9.30pm. No charge, donations welcome. More details here

Cold Calling – 2 February, 9.30 – 11am. £10.

A discussion opportunity for anybody bruised or perplexed by their experience of the ‘discernment’ process for ordination. Share your story and listen to others’ over breakfast. Details and bookings here.

Music (and more) for Valentines – 14 February, 7.30pm. £15.

Enjoy a beautiful performance by duo Lucy Phillips (violin) and Jonny Ingall (cello) interspersed with themed readings and refreshments.
To suggest a piece of poetry, music etc or to write an (anonymous) thank you letter to somebody you love – not necessarily in a romantic capacity! – for possible use during the evening, please email events@whirlowspiritualitycentre.org to find out more.
Details and tickets available here!

Simple Quiet Day – 19 February

Every third Tuesday, Whirlow hosts a day intended to provide you with the space to “be” before God; to relax, reflect and pray and so renew your spiritual resources. The space available will be as quiet as possible and honouring of your quiet.

9.45am – 3.45pm. £15. More details here.

Praying Without Words – 1 21 February

A group exploring the benefits and challenges of silent prayer

For anybody drawn to silent prayer, meditation or contemplation, practise, learn and explore: am I doing this right? Nothing happens, why bother? I cannot stop my thoughts.

7.30 – 9pm. No charge, donations welcome. More details here.

Leading Contemplative Worship
26 February, 730 – 9pm. £10.

An evening with Whirlow chaplain Joy Adams for people keen to lead in this way – or who are interested in ‘contemplative worship’. Bookings and information here .

Burngreave Ashram

Monday 4 February

Our next interfaith session is on Mon 4 February2019 starting with bring and share lunch at 12:30 pm. The seminar at 1:30 pm will be facilitated by Chris Holmes  on ‘Secular Buddhism’.

We look forward to having you with us.

Please download the flyer indicating particulars of sessions up to June 2019 to help publicise: CH&LIB. FLYER. 2018.2019.1

Chris Bullock – 0114 272 7144 

Training and Learning Opportunities

Creating Safer Space (CSS)

Foundation Training

Trinity Circuit are doing a Foundation Course at the Crossing on Tuesday 22nd January 1.30 – 4pm. They have a few spare places if anyone in the District would like to join them.

Anyone interested should contact The Crossing Church on 01909 473375

Foundation and Refresher Module Training the Trainers Event

The session will begin at 5.30 pm with a sandwich tea.

Training will begin at 6.00 pm finishing at 9.00 pm.

Venue: Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2JB

Date: Monday February 4th 2019

To book a place please contact: Val Higgins – 0114 270 9990 / email – val@sheffieldmethodist.org  by Friday 25th January.

You can download the information here to pass on to those who may be interested in attending: Train the Trainers event – 4th February 2019

Advance Module Training

Please see below the CSS Advanced Module training courses that have been organized in the Sheffield District.

The Advanced Module is for active ministers, local preachers and worship leaders, lay pastors, safeguarding officers (circuit and church), members of DPC and workers (paid or volunteer) with children, young people, families and those working with vulnerable adults.

  • 8th May 2019 – Tinsley Methodist Church, Sheffield Circuit
  • 9th May 2019 – Firth Park Methodist Church, Sheffield Circuit

The courses run from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and lunch will be provided.

Full details about who needs to attend, and other dates across the Yorkshire Region can be found on the flyer here: safeguarding flier

Please email val@sheffieldmethodist.org to book a place on the Sheffield District venues.

How to use the arts in Worship

Saturday 26th January – 10.00am – 3.30pm at Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield S10 1UD

Come and join us for the second of our How to…days

Ric Stott will be giving the keynote on how the arts leads us into a deeper relationship with ourselves and with God.


  1. Journalling with stitches: using free stitching as an approach to prayerfully reflect on moments and events in our lives – with Ruth Sprague
  2. The words: poetry in worship – James Morley
  3. A pictures paints a thousand praises: worship through picture making – Siggy Parratt- Halbert
  4. What a performance! Making the most of drama, storytelling or reading in worship – Merry Evans
  5. Praying in a visual culture – From Icons to Images, how do visuals help us to pray? – Fiona Fidgin
  6. Singing ourselves open – singing a range of songs in different styles to open you up, loosen your bodies and enable you to express what’s inside. – Alison Adam of the Iona Community

The day is free and lunch is provided.

Book with Sian Henderson 01904 786 275 or admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org.

More info here

Candidates Support Group

Saturday 2nd February – 10am – 3pm at Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market St, Leeds, LS1 6DG

If you are considering candidating for Presbyteral or Diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church then this support group may be just what you need!

Contact: Rev Graham Jones jonesg@methodistchurch.org.uk 07799 902 574

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,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

Job Vacancies

Regional Learning and Development Officer – East of England 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 full time post (worked in a pattern of annualised hours) in the East of England region of the Learning Network (working across Methodism in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire).

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 the cluster and other groups
  • significant travel, weekend and evening work

In addition to the above, core areas of the work will be to:

  • support trainee worship leaders and preachers, including the moderation of learning material
  • encourage and develop vocation – both lay and ordained
  • work closely with colleagues in the Ministries Team of the Conference
  • help resource pioneers and lay pastors in effective ministry

Successful candidates will join a 43-strong network of learning and development professionals across Britain – the Learning Network.

Salary: £26,600 – £32,250 per annum, depending on skills and experience

Closing Date: 30th January 2019 at 12pm noon

Interview Date: 18th February 2019

Regional Learning and Development Officer – East of England Region

18 month Fixed Term Contract, Part-Time

We are seeking to recruit a home based part time posts (17.5 hours per week equivalent worked in a pattern of annualised hours) in the East of England region of the Learning Network

A core area of the work over the 18 months will be to:

  • recruit and train volunteers for delivering Advanced Module Safeguarding training
  • establish and embed, in conjunction with District staff, systems and processes for the planning and delivery of future safeguarding training events.

Closing Date: 30th January 2019 at 12pm noon

Interview Date: 22nd February 2019

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

We are looking for an Administration and Operations Co-ordinator to join our small (but delightful!) team Could you or someone you know be right for the role?

Details here. – Closing date: 8 February

Other News

Taste: Life-changing water

We would like to wish all our dear friends a Blessed and Peaceful New Year

Praise for:                                                      

  • God’s faithfulness in bringing us all not just to the start of another year but to our 20th Year of sharing His love with needy communities in Nigeria.
  • Ken and Kathryn Walze who stepped down at the end of last year after almost 20 years of faithful service as Trustees of TASTE
  • TASTE being shortlisted by The States of Guernsey for their 2019 Grants Aid Awards worth about £40,000 – subject to the satisfactory completion of a detailed questionnaire

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • The questionnaire completed for The States of Guernsey’s 2019 Grants Aid Awards will meet their requirements and that our grant application will be approved.
  • Ben Udejiofo TASTE CEO will have a safe and fruitful trip to Nigeria – he travels on Monday 21 January for a couple of weeks
  • God would strengthen and comfort Julie Faruk’s husband, parents and the wider family, and also all TASTE staff. Julie Faruk our former Geologist died last month, an hour after undergoing a Caesarean Section to deliver her baby. Julie leaves behind, the newborn baby, a husband and 3 other children the oldest of whom is only 6
  • The presidential elections in February would be God honouring, free and fair, with no violence or intimidation.

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

Central Heating Servicing

Safegas install, maintain, service and repair central heating systems from the smallest domestic boilers to commercial rated heating systems. We are competent with a variety of sources, such as, gas, oil, LPG and renewables; even though our business name might suggest otherwise.

Over the past few years, we have gathered a great deal of experience with churches, schools and similar listed buildings having completed a number of projects with Priesthorpe School, Moortown Methodist Church and many more.

Since we have acquired such experience, it only makes sense to approach yourself and others you work with. Therefore should any of your churches or those involved within the church community require any of the services highlighted, we would appreciate if you/they would consider Safegas.

Feel free to send on our details to your network. Again, thank you for your time and should you have any questions then feel free to ask or visit: https://safegas.co.uk/

Methodist News

Methodist Church launches new evangelism and growth team

The Methodist Church has announced a new team that will encourage growth and confidence within the Church

The team will focus on supporting the Methodist Church’s network of 4,650 churches through promoting everyday evangelism, helping churches reach out into their local communities, and starting new churches.

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. This new team is part of the Methodist Church’s response to God and to the cultural and demographic shifts within society. Facing a declining membership along with other denominations, the Methodist Church wants to connect with people who are currently unaffiliated to faith or exploring spirituality in different ways.

New roles have been created to work alongside leaders across the Methodist Church and with its ecumenical partners. The emerging strategy promises innovation, experimentation and adventure with its intention to develop hundreds of ‘new places for new people’ and to help existing churches come alive and grow.
Leading the team is Trey Hall, the new Director of Evangelism and Growth at the Methodist Church, who began creating the team after he started work in the late summer of 2018. Trey commented: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome these gifted folks to the team.

These three new members of staff are due to start work in the months ahead.

Emma Nash, Mission and Community Engagement Officer, will help existing churches move towards health and growth by equipping congregations to build deep relationships in their communities. Emma is a Baptist evangelist and minister who has worked ecumenically in different church and mission settings, always asking ‘who is God calling us to reach and how might we best do that?’

Matt Finch, Pioneering and Church Planting Officer, will work collaboratively to develop and implement a Church-wide strategy for ‘new places for new people’, developing leaders and pathways that promote experimentation, multiplication and growth. His current appointment as a Methodist minister in the St Neots and Huntingdon Circuit has seen Matt establish a café church, a contemplative community and new patterns of children and families ministry.

Steve Hollinghurst, Contemporary Apologetics Officer, will help the Church to communicate the foundations of Christianity and encourage congregations to confidently speak of God and to share faith with others. Steve has 28 years of experience in mission, evangelism and communicating Christian faith in contemporary culture. An Anglican priest, he is the author of several books and has spoken on national radio about how Christians should respond to the increasing number of people who are spiritual but not part of traditional religions.

The new team will be travelling across the nation over the coming months, meeting with church leaders and congregations, and working collaboratively to equip the Church for new life.