District News – 8 January 2019

This Week’s News

New District Safeguarding Officer

We are delighted to announce that Howard Smedley has been appointed to be the Sheffield District Safeguarding Officer. He started in post on Monday 7 January. The email address remains  safeguarding@sheffieldmethodist.org (as before). You can contact him by phone on either 01636 815319 or 07758 239286.

350 Anniversary of Susanna Wesley’s Birth

On 20 January (Susanna’s birth day), Jill Baker will be preaching at Wesley’s Chapel in the morning. After a “bring your own sandwich” lunch she will lead a pilgrimage from Susanna’s birthplace to her grave in Bunhill Fields.  Later in  the day there will be a Prayer Vigil at Epworth Old Rectory, beginning at 5.45pm. There will be prayer stations based on the 5 clauses of the prayer each in an appropriate room of the Rectory. We will end by coming together in Susanna’s kitchen for fruit cake, cheese and mulled apple juice.

At each Prayer Station there will be an excerpt from Susanna’s writings/life, a Bible Reading and a Charles Wesley Prayer together with some suggested action.

We hope it will be possible to offer the Prayer Vigil in Epworth Old Rectory at other points in 2019. It could also be used in local churches, though less atmospherically!

Prayer to mark 350th Anniversary of Susanna Wesley’s Birth 

Living, loving God, Trinity in Unity,

We praise and thank you for the life of Susanna Wesley, Mother of Methodism.

Inspired by her regime of private prayer and meditation, may we grow in our devotion to you.

Following our conscience as she did, may we think for ourselves and dare to act on Kingdom values.

Aware of her programme of teaching her children, girls and boys alike, may we value and nurture all in our care, sensitive to individual needs.

Encouraged by her determination to build up the faith of her family and the parish of Epworth, may we lead others to follow Christ more closely.

Discerning the Holy Spirit moving powerfully in the life of the nation as she did, may we be open to new challenges and expect great things from you.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Spirit. AMEN.

Jenny Carpenter

“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


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 Adviser) 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 431871 or email admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org by 21 January 2019 to secure your place

Concert at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Thursday 14 February 7:30pm

All are warmly welcome at Whirlow’s first concert of 2019 – a romantic evening with returning duo Lucy Phillips (violin) and Jonny Ingall (‘cello).  Readings and reflections on the theme of love will also feature – plus refreshments.

You are invited to contribute! Submit suggestions of love-themed poetry, visuals etc for the event – anonymously if you wish. Email events@whirlowspiritualitycentre.org if celebrating a relationship of any kind (marriage, romantic connection, child / parent, friend, etc) – or if you simply want to make a suggestion! (No obligation!)

Tickets : £15 – Book here

Pilgrimage to India

29 March – 11 April

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, or contact Inderjit direct.

Springs Dance Company – Bread of Life Tour

Thursday 18 April – Wesley Hall, Crookes

A reflection on the last supper, Bread of Life celebrates the meal of bread and wine with Jesus, the ever present King. This Lent and Easter rediscover the living, breathing Bread of Life, through this stirring depiction of how God is building a community of love with Jesus himself at the centre.

Springs would love to hear from anyone else interested in hosting a performance of Bread of Life. Further information can be found here: Bread_of_Life_2019

Urban Theology Union 50th Anniversary

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.

Training & Learning Opportunities

Godly Play and Stories for the Soul

Godly Play is an established yet innovative approach to Christian nurture. Although first developed for use with children, it also supports the spiritual well-being of adults, including older people in care settings – where it is more usefully named ‘Stories for the Soul’. This empowering method can be used in contexts such as intergenerational worship, schools, chaplaincy, children’s work on sundays, youth groups, and adult small groups. www.godlyplay.uk/  www.storiesforthesoul.org

An introductory evening is being offered on Monday 28th January in Sheffield.
Introductory evening

Grants available

£150 towards the 3 day accredited training in Godly Play

£200 towards Godly Play resources (for churches where at least one person has completed the training)

Please contact Kathryn Lord for more information

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I highly recommend this training , having recently completed a three day Godly Play course with Kathryn at Cliff College . 

The hands on training event was interesting, informative and deeply spiritual. Godly Play training has opened my eyes to a new way of untangling the human and holy story and I can’t wait to use my new story telling skills in    opening the Word to those I encounter. 

Kathryn and Susie led the course with a friendly professionalism, and were always on hand to answer questions, offer support and advice . 

I was also thankful to be supported financially to access the training with the help of Mutual Blessings. 

Christine Sutherby, Doncaster Circuit Methodist Minister

Growing through Conflict

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

A workshop exploring conflict and its transformation, offered to church leaders and leadership teams

  • understanding conflict better
  • transforming conflict
  • growing through conflict.
  • ‘conflict styles’ – what we need to know!
  • ‘tools’ to help

Lunch will be provided, so to help with catering, please book by Friday 1st February:

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

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

You can download the poster to share here: Conflict Training (20190205)

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

Community Outreach Worker


Priory Place Methodist Church, in the heart of the Doncaster Town Centre, is looking for a full time Christian Lay Employee to develop its work in the community particularly with young people and families and to develop fresh expressions of worship to meet the needs of this group.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, organized and motivated person for this exciting new role.

The successful applicant will have theological qualifications and be a member of a Church belonging to Churches Together in Britain. They will have experience of initiating and developing innovative outreach and evangelism projects. They will have experience of leading a volunteer team with evidence of planning and leading worship in a contemporary style; therefore, musical abilities would be desirable. They will be able to think missionally in an urban setting and to drive the work by motivating others and an ability to set goals without direct supervision.

The salary £24,107 plus contributory pension.

Contact Rev. Tom Read at thomas-read@sky.com or 01302 323077 for an information pack and application form.
Applications by 14th January 2019
Interviews Friday 18th January 2019 subject to candidate availability.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder be a practicing Christian.

Pre-school Children / Families Worker

A fantastic one year (initially) opportunity for someone to join our Community Team at EMMANUEL METHODIST CHURCH, BARNSLEY to:

  • Make a contribution to our local community.
  • Co-ordinate and lead Emmanuel’s pre-school groups including Toddlers groups and Baby Chat
  • Encourage, engage and inspire the active support of volunteers to take on responsibilities
  • Be enthusiastic about promoting Emmanuel’s events and working as part of the Emmanuel staff team

Contracted hours: 10 hrs per week
Hourly Rate:  £10
Contract Period: fixed term 31st January to 31st December 2019 (start date flexible)

Interested?  Email Recruitment: thestirks@tiscali.co.uk  for an application pack.

Closing date for applications:         18/01/2019
Date of Interview:   24/01/2019

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

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