District News – 29 January 2019

This Week’s News


The Joint Public Issues team for Yorkshire is trying to establish contact with churches who are working closely with foodbanks to try to assess the impact of Universal Credit and other benefit changes on local communities.

If you know of any churches that:

  1. Act as distribution points for foodbanks
  2. Have volunteers / projects working directly with foodbanks
  3. Offer a home to foodbanks

please let the District Office know – ideally with the name of a local contact.

Pews for Sale

Barlborough Methodist Church are replacing pews with chairs. If you would be interested in buying any of the pews, contact Norma Graham on 01246 813023

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 

“Thy Kingdom Come” 2019

Are you planning to host a ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ event in 2019?  Would some extra finance help your church or circuit in its venture?  If so, then this message is for you!  As a region we have been given access to a small pot of money from which we can make grants for Thy Kingdom Come initiatives happening within our region.  If you would like to apply for a grant of up to £500 then please complete the form below and return it to Carla Quenet by Thursday 31st January 2019.
Grant application form for download: Thy Kingdom Come Grant Form

Spirituality in Photography

A day of exploration, reflection and activity

Saturday 16 March 2019
Holymoorside Village Hall, Holymoor Road, Chesterfield S42 7DX.

Hosted by the Chesterfield Methodist Preachers and Worship Leaders, the day will be led by Rev Dr Philip Richter, who was a Ministry Development Officer in the Connexional team. He now undertakes specific projects for the Church.

Millions of photos are taken every day. Some are just snapshots others are crafted so that they deepen our sense of what life is about. This study day will explore how both photography and spirituality can  each inspire the other in us. There will be some opportunity for practical activity, so if you have a camera on your phone or even the latest digital gadget, then bring it along. No prior experience or photographic skill is needed to participate.  The aim will be to express ourselves spiritually and to open our eyes, including through the camera, to God’s presence in the ordinary as well as in special places and events.

The day will run from 9.30am until 4pm. Light refreshments will be available, although a packed lunch is advised. A voluntary contribution (up to £5) would be welcome on the day but it is not essential as we want to be inclusive.

For additional information or to register for a place on this day please contact:

admin@chesterfield methodists.org.uk     or telephone 01246 453651

This is the Circuit Office open on Mondays and Thursdays. Please advise us if you are attending by Monday 11 March.

You can also download a poster here: SPIRITUALITY in Photography flyer

Spring Harvest – Harrogate

If you aren’t already aware, we wanted to tell you that Spring Harvest is taking place in Harrogate this year from Saturday 13th April – Wednesday 17th April and we would love you to come along!

With worship, fellowship and teaching on the theme of “Unlimited: when you pray” we are looking forward to an inspiring and practical time of deepening our relationship with God together.

We would like to invite all our friends from the Methodist community to come and join us to be encouraged and inspired.

The event takes place at the Harrogate International Convention Centre and further details are available on our website www.springharvest.org/harrogate 

Tickets for the full event are just £120 for adults and £99 for youth. Accommodation is not included. Day tickets are also available for only £35 for adults and if a you would like to form a group we may be able to help with transport to and from the venue from your area. Please just email me to talk this through.

Finally, click here for details of two discount offers including free indoor camping for groups of 10 youths or more!

Rory Curran – rory.curran@springharvest.org

Christian Resources Exhibition

For the first time since 2014, CRE returns to the easily-accessible Event City Manchester, for a two-day exhibition on 13-14 March 2019.

Situated next door to the Trafford Centre, the UK’s second largest shopping destination, Event City offers a purpose-built venue, excellent transport links, easy vehicle access and thousands of free parking spaces.

CRE will build on the experience of the past yet present fresh ideas, products and suppliers to ordained clergy, lay leaders and anyone who cares about the future of their local church.

Book your tickets for CRE 2019 by clicking the button below:

 Book Here



Yorkshire & the North-East of England Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival

This May the Yorkshire and the North-East of England Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival is coming to YORK.  Please will you help us to reach a wider audience for our double service of prayer and praise by putting the following information on websites, in publications and on notice boards:

Saturday 11th May 2019 Services 2.00 – 3.30 and 4.45 – 6.30

St. Edward the Confessor Church, Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York, YO24 1QG

Leader:  Yvonne Robert

Tea and coffee between and after services, but bring your own food

Come and sing with us in Welsh.  Prayers, readings and introductions and some hymns bilingual.

Contact E. Walker 01535 665829/07931 466810 jimwalker@mistral.co.uk

Full details on the poster here: POSTER 2019 A4 dail derwen

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 .

Training and Learning Opportunities

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

Sheffield District Safeguarding Conference

Saturday 16th March 2019 : 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

The Sheffield District Safeguarding Conference is to take place on Saturday 16th March 2019 at The Crossing Church and Centre, Newcastle Street, Worksop, S80 2AT.  Registration and coffee will be from 9.30 am.  A buffet lunch will be provided.  The topics to be discussed are:

Morning:       ‘How do we support people with Mental Health problems?’

Keynote Speaker:  Andy Parnham, Wellbeing Advisor, Coach and Trainer  –  Livability 

“Raising awareness of Mental Health in faith communities”

Workshops led by:

Andy Parnham:                               Mental health from a theological perspective.

Tim Jansen:                                      Mental health and young people.

Sally Ross and Siobhan Hayes:  How can we help churches in supporting people with mental health issues?

Participants can sign up for two of the above workshops on arrival.

Afternoon:  ‘Developing our understanding of domestic abuse’

Led by Howard Smedley, District Safeguarding Officer

With the use of role play and case studies, a practical workshop in raising awareness of how to recognise and respond to those experiencing domestic abuse and consider its impact on all concerned. To include:

  • identifying the impact of children in the household by way of a real case study
  • how we change mind sets to be sensitive to all those affected, especially victims
  • identifying what our churches need to respond effectively in situations of domestic abuse.

To book a place please contact Val Higgins val@sheffieldmethodist.org    Tel. 0114 2709990 by Thursday 28th February 2019.

Please also indicate if you have any special dietary requirements or any other special requests.

A programme will be available on arrival.

More information can be found here: Sheffield District Safeguarding Conference

Job Vacancies

Pastoral Worker – Aire & Calder Circuit

This will be a part-time appointment (16 hours each week @ the rate of £9.75 per hour), intended to start 1st March 2019. The main focus of the job is to support a part-time presbyter with the pastoral oversight of 4 churches across this large circuit which currently has 31 churches and approx. 1400 members.

The successful applicant will encourage a sense of community and belonging between those using the churches and their local communities.

For an application pack, or more information, please contact Judith Kershaw – 07976 908940 or jhk@blueyonder.co.uk

Closing date         12 noon, Friday 15th February 2019

Regional Learning and Development Officer

If you’re passionate 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 in the North East region of the Learning Network (working across the Darlington and Newcastle upon Tyne Districts of the Methodist Church – initially aligned to the Darlington District).

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 the aligned District and region, individuals and communities across the church and beyond
  • sharing individual gifts and experiences across a number of teams and other groups
  • requires 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. 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 4 February 2019
Interviews: will be held in Darlington – 26 February 2019

Job Description here: LDO JD 0418 v1 – NE

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?

The role is part time, for 15 hours a week, to be worked over 3 or 4 days including Mondays and is paid at £14 per hour

Details here. – Closing date: 8 February