District News – 22 January 2019

This Week’s News

District Forum on Mission & Ministry

Saturday 26 January : 10am to 4pm

An opportunity to meet with others from across the Sheffield Methodist District and with the Connexional Treasurer, Revd Tim Swindell, to talk about how we work together and share resources to most effectively fulfil God’s mission here.

Lunch is provided!

It is not too late to book in : https://missionforum.eventbrite.co.uk

Lay employment

The District Office is required to maintain a list of all lay employees on behalf of the Lay Employment committee. We therefore need to be kept informed and updated on any changes etc. We send out requests for updates, but frequently have to follow this up due to non-responses. It would be extremely helpful if you could make sure any request for information is responded to as soon as possible. Equally, please let the office know when an appointment has been made. Thank you!

Christian Heritage Conference

8 March 2019 – Retford

Following the success of previous events attended by those involved in Christian heritage from across the UK, we are holding our fourth free conference on 8th March 2019 in Retford. This year we plan to have a mixed programme covering themes and issues from our work, and we hope to have some overseas guests as well. A detailed programme will follow.

Call for topics and presentations:

It would be great if you could let us know if you can speak on a specific topic or development that would be of interest to other group members, for example holding public lectures, events for children/families, marketing, lottery and grant applications etc. Please also let me know if you know of others who might be interested in attending. Please also feel free to suggest topics for wider discussion or that you would like help with.

Adrian Gray –  adriangray@pilgrimsandprophets.co.uk

Religious Tolerance Forum

9 March 2019 – Retford

On the following morning, a Saturday, we will hold the fourth event marking the contribution of Christians to the development of religious tolerance worldwide. Speakers already booked include Prof Larry Kreitzer talking about the early Baptists and their contribution to religious freedom and
Masoud Abadi, an Iranian refugee and campaigner. We are also in discussion with the US Embassy about a speaker from Washington which would be very exciting.

As before, there is NO CHARGE for either of these events but you are asked to pay for lunch on the Friday. Retford has good rail and road links, and we are also arranging low price B & B at Mattersey Bible College.
If you think you can come, please let Adrian and Maggy Watkins know: mm.watkins@btinternet.com

If you want to stay at Mattersey, please let us know soon as space is limited. Advise Maggy on what accommodation you would like and for which nights. Please also indicate if you will be using your own transport or not. Costs to stay at Mattersey are approximately:
Cooked Breakfast £3.00
Bed & Breakfast single room £20.00 per night
Bed & Breakfast double en-suite room £40.00 for 2 people. £30.00 for 1 person (only 3 rooms
Bed & Breakfast twin en-suite room £40.00 for 2 people. £30.00 for 1 person (only 1 room available)

This information can be downloaded here: Christian Heritage Conference 2019 intro

Modern Slavery Symposium

16 March – 10am to 3pm – Leeds Church Institute

Modern slavery is a huge problem, here in Britain, in our cities, towns and in rural areas too.  

Join us to learn from organisations that fight to stop it and work to support survivors. 

Hear from speakers who will explain what modern slavery looks like; inform us on the social issues that drive it; and show us how we can be involved and help prevent it.

Listen to the experiences of organisations working with survivors, and visit the marketplace.  

Participants include: Salvation Amy; All We Can; Ashiana; City Hearts; Hope for Justice; Palm Cove Society; and Snowdrop.

This event is free, but lunch is included so please book:

Sian Henderson, admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org, 01904 786275.

Download the poster for display on noticeboards: ModernSlaverySymposium


Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

25 February to 10 March
It would be good to hear what your circuits/churches are planning to do to mark this year’s FairTrade Fortnight.

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year we are focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much.

£1.82* is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on less than 73p** a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty, despite some chocolate companies making massive profits.

For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but they are likely to see even less money for their work.

This is why we at Fairtrade are campaigning for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa. If we can work together with governments, chocolate companies and retailers to make the commitments and policies necessary, then we can make it happen.

For more ideas – visit the Fairtrade Fortnight website : Get Involved

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: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

DYFerence @ Cliff Festival

24-28 May – Cliff College

For the 3rd year running, we will be having our own dedicated campsite for the District Youth Forum (DYFerence) to come together as part of Cliff College Festival – and also for our own discussions, food, and games!

A letter giving further information has been circulated, and can be downloaded here: Further Information for Group Leaders

The flyer with initial booking form can be downloaded here: DYFerence 2019 brochure

Do pass this information on!

Holiday Camp

Sheffield Circuit are running a Falcon Christian Holiday Camp at Hagg Farm from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August for up to 20 young people aged 11-16 and 10 leaders. We’re looking for an extra 2-3 leaders to come and help us run the camp; if you’d like to apply, you can contact Jonathan Buckley for more information (jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk, 07450 778678) or complete a initial application form at https://www.ventureleaders.org.uk/apply/welcome/index.php?event=3156

Training and Learning Opportunities

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

Urban Theology Union


What makes a good city? Series 2.

Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

Our Autumn Colloquia were all well attended and much appreciated, so, as we enter 2019, we are continuing to address the theme: ‘What makes a good city?’ Some felt that the term ‘colloquium’ was too obscure, so we have changed the name to ‘Forum’ but we will retain essentially the same format – a short lunchtime talk by a carefully selected and well informed speaker, followed by questioning of the speaker and reflective discussion. We are adding one extra feature: a ‘respondent’ who will give a short commentary (up to five minutes) on the main talk before the subject is thrown open to the whole group. The themes which we have chosen – immigration, church policy and responding to climate change – are all very important in different ways.

The Forum will meet from 12 noon to 130 pm in UTU’s library area in the basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield (entrance in Chapel Walk). All are welcome.  Bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available.

The three sessions will be as follows:

Wednesday 13 February: David Price on ‘The impact of immigration in Sheffield’ with Joe Forde as respondent and Ibtisam Al-Farah as Chair. David will draw on his recently published book Welcome to Sheffield –A Migration History and will argue that Sheffield has now become an ethnically diverse and cosmopolitan city and needs to come to terms with this. Copies of David’s book will be available for purchase.

Wednesday 13 March: Rev Dr John Vincent on ‘Church Policy in Sheffield’, with the Revd Nick Jowett as respondent and the Revd Philip Borkett as Chair. As recounted in their book Inner City Testament (2017), John and Grace Vincent began their mission in inner city Sheffield nearly 50 years ago in the early 1970s. Since then, there have been huge changes both in the city and in its churches. John will reflect on the changes in church policy over this period.

Wednesday 10 April: Jenny Carpenter on ‘How well is our city responding to climate change?’ with the Revd Michael Bayley as respondent and Jo Chamberlain as Chair. Sir David Attenborough has described climate change as the greatest threat to humanity in thousands of years. Jenny and Michael are both involved in Sheffield Climate Alliance and will review the extent to which decision makers in the city and ordinary citizens are facing up to this massive challenge.

Enquiries to Jill, UTU administrator, 0114 2709907 / office@utusheffield.org.uk

Job Vacancies

Academic Director

Cliff College is seeking an Academic Director to join its senior leadership team at this exciting and challenging time in the life of the College. We are looking for an inspirational leader 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 leadership and management in an HE setting
  • is an experienced teacher of theology or related subject
  • has a heart for mission and evangelism
  • is willing to play a key role in the life of the Cliff College community

If this is you then please contact the Academic Registrar for more information or download the details from our website.

Salary:                £42,000

Closing date:     Monday 28 January 2019 at 12 noon

Interviews:        week beginning 11 February 2019

For more information see the Employment Opportunities section on the College’s website or contact Allison at registrar@cliffcollege.ac.uk

Methodist News

Easter Offering

This year’s Easter Offering service ‘Longer tables, lower fences’ features stories of shared hospitality across the world. It encourages us to consider how we might build such longer tables, rather than higher fences.

One Encounter Programme

The One Encounter programme is offering young people a chance to explore ways of opening their minds. The programme has two opportunities available for this year, in Ibiza,16-28 June, application deadline 25 February, and South India, 17-27 October, application deadline 31 January