District News – 19 February 2019

This Week’s News

Office News

It was wonderfully affirming to be able to attend the Cliff College Short Course last week (Certificate in Administrative Ministry). This was one of an ever-growing programme of training courses designed to respond to the mission and ministry needs of individuals and churches. You can find out more about this from the flyer here: Short-Course-Overview; or by visiting their website: Cliff College Short Course.

The office will be closed again from Wednesday 6 March to Friday 16 March for staff holidays.

35 Chapel Walk Art

  • Need any pictures professionally framed?
  • Looking for vinyl text or artwork for your church window?
  • Want to create high quality fine art prints or canvases of your own photographs, paintings or needlework?
  • Searching for a professional photography service?

Contact Liz and Ewan on 07305 733 004 / contact@35chapelwalkart.co.uk or visit 35chapelwalkart.co.uk for details. 20% discount on all orders placed before 31 March quoting discount code METH25.

All proceeds support 35 Chapel Walk, a Methodist pioneer project in the heart of Sheffield breaking down barriers between our church and the creative arts community. Want to find out more about what we do and why? Pop in to one of our regular exhibitions or join us at our next friends and supporters celebration from 6:30pm on 29 April.

Good News from Stocksbridge Christian Centre

On Thursday 7 February,  the Stocksbridge Christian Centre on Cedar Road opened a social café called The Cornerstone Drop-in Café.  The name reflects both Jesus as the cornerstone of our Christian faith, and also the fact that the Christian Centre as an LEP is a member of the Cornerstone Mission Partnership with the Anglican churches in Stocksbridge.

The café will be open week to provide an opportunity for local people to meet up for a ‘cuppa’ and a chat, and to share in some joint games and activities.  The manager, Mrs. Rachael Horner, remarked that ‘The church is committed to being at the heart of the local community, and we felt that a social café would be an excellent way to provide a social venue for young and old in our community’.

The social café project is hosted by the Christian Centre as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of outreach work on the Whitwell Estate which led to the creation of the church.

Regional Lay Employees Community of Practice

March 6th, 10am-2pm, Boston Spa Methodist Church, LS23 6AA.

Many lay employees are the only one working in their area in their church, circuit or even district, something which can get lonely. This day offers the opportunity to get together and share our joys and frustration with others in similar roles, alongside receiving some input from Fiona Fidgin from the Learning Network and others from across the region. Hopefully you’ll be able to meet others doing something similar for the first time!

Lunch is provided and there is parking available at the church

Please contact Siân Henderson by Monday March 4th to book your place on 01904 786275 or admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org. Please make sure you let her know your area of work and any dietary requirements.

This day is being organised and by Victoria Ethrington, Laura Tunnacliffe and Jonathan Buckley who are local Church, Circuit and District based Lay Workers themselves within the Region. If you would be interested in helping to shape similar days in the future, please do speak to them on the day or let Siân know and she’ll pass the information on.

Help at hand with those who manage graded buildings

Your questions answered on how to manage our graded buildings

Join us to find out more

  • 21st March 2019  from 10am – 12.30noon
  • Venue – Victoria Hall Sheffield
  • Joanne Balmforth our Connexional Conservation Officer will answer all your questions
    • 10 am refreshments
    • An introduction from  covering what a listed building is, the do’s and don’ts, the process and your role within the Methodist Circuit
    • Questions and answers

For those of you who would like to attend, please inform Ruth at the Sheffield Circuit office by either email of phone:

E: Ruth.Ballantyne@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk

T:  0114 2726561

There Are No Ordinary People

An evening with Jeff Lucas & Searchlight Theatre Company

A unique blend of Comedy, Story Telling, Theatre and Music that promises to leave you entertained, inspired and encouraged.

Churches Together in Retford invite you on Wednesday 27th March  7.15pm at The Well, Hospital Road, RETFORD, DN22 7BD

Tickets £8 available through local churches or The Well Reception

Or online and on the night £10.50

Special offer – book before 28th February 2 tickets for £10.50 

http://searchlighttheatre.org/jeff-lucas-tour Online code: BOGOF

Full details can be found here: There Are No Ordinary People info


Burngreave Ashram

Monday 4 March

Our next interfaith session is on Mon 4 March starting with bring and share lunch at 12:30 pm. The seminar at 1:15 pm will be facilitated by Patsy Cunningham  on ‘May Be About Women’.

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 

Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre

Regular worship

  • 1st Sunday, 3 Mar, Reflective Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • 3rd Sunday, 17 Mar, Reflective Communion, 7 – 8pm
  • every Sunday. Space to Be (silent meditation), 8:30 – 9:15am
  • every Tuesday. Reflective Communion, 9:45 – 10:30am

Special events in February & March

Leading Contemplative Worship
26 February, 7:30 – 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 .

Temenos by Ric Stott and Ian Adams
Lent Exhibition, 5 March to 20 April.
Launch with Ric and Ian, 5 March, 7:30pm. £15.
Contemplating Temenos with Ric, 31 Mar, 7pm. £10.

Temenos is ten paintings by local artist Ric Stott that explore the idea of threshold space. Poet Ian Adams has written arresting pieces that accompany the works. At the launch, both artists will invite participants to absorb and be transformed by words and visuals. On 31 March, Ric will use the exhibition to point people towards something deeper. Details and information here.
To view the work at other, specific times keep an eye on the website or contact us to arrange.

Lent Reflections
20 & 27 March, 3 & 10 April, 7 – 8pm.
Pause with us for an hour (or four!) during Lent. With friends from All Saints, Ecclesall. No charge.

Annunciation Quiet Day – Mary: Call and Incarnation
25 March, 9:30am – 3:30pm. £18.
Revered by countelss Christians; ignored by others. Mary’s story will be the focus of this quiet day, providing prompts and reflections from scripture and art as well as space for quiet. With Baptist minister and Whirlow board member Chris Ellis. Details and tickets available here

Yorkshire Plus Regional Retreats

7-9 May 2019 – Cliff College – In a Good Place?

The Spring Regional Retreat for Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees will be from Tuesday 7 May – Thursday 9 May. It will be led by Jill Baker, Vice-President of the 2017-18 Methodist Conference, 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.

This is an excellent opportunity to recharge your batteries!

More details on the flyer here: Jill Baker Retreat 2019 flyer

Training and Learning Opportunities

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.

You can view the full programme here: Heritage Conference 2019 programme

Introductory Evening in Godly Play and Stories for the Soul

Monday 1st April in Sheffield

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 inter-generational worship, schools, chaplaincy, children’s work on Sundays, youth groups, and adult small groups.

The cost to attend the introductory evening is £15 and more details can be found in the link here: Introductory evening in Godly Play

 www.godlyplay.uk/  www.storiesforthesoul.org

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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Has Science made God Unnecessary?

Join us in Baslow Village Hall at 7.30 pm on April 5th to hear a talk on this challenging subject by International Speaker, Author and ‘Resource’ worker Rev Dr Alison Morgan (‘The Wild Gospel’; ‘The Word on the Wind’)

Followed by a Question & Answer Session/Debate.

No charge (retiring collection only)

You will need to apply for a ticket as seating numbers are limited; call Sheila Travis on 01246 582208, Sue Campbell 01246582512 or collect from Baslow SPAR Shop.

Alison Morgan was born in London, studied languages at Cambridge, there awarded a PhD for her work on Dante. After lecturing for several years Alison was ordained into the Anglican Church in 1996. She now works for The Mathetes Trust directing the ‘Rooted in Jesus’ discipleship programme for Africa; co-author of a healing course and Lent Course ‘Season of Renewal’ amongst others.


Candidates’ Support Group

For anyone considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church, this is an opportunity to work through this process with others sharing the same journey.

They offer of information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way.

Full details on the flyer here: Candidates’ Support Group Flier 2019-2020

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Did you know that CRE is visiting Manchester next month?

We are providing the official bookshop at the Christian Resources Exhibition 2019 at Event City, Manchester on the 13th to 14th of March.

Why not come and visit us in person to see our great range of books, Bibles, music, DVDs and church resources at exclusive show prices!

To claim your complimentary ticket for CRE North 2019, Click here

Come and meet author Annie Try on Saturday 2nd March at CLC Sheffield!

Annie Try, author of Trying to Fly and Out of Silence is a retired Consultant Clinical Psychologist who uses her knowledge of people with psychological problems to put fictional characters in the context of interesting adventures, where they overcome the odds against them. Her two most recent books are from the series A Dr Mike Lewis Story, which are based around the life and clients of a clinical psychologist. A third in the series is due to be published in October.

Annie’s non-writing name is Angela Hobday. She is Chair of the Association of Christian Writers and is on the leadership team of her Church.

Come along on 2nd March between 11am and 2pm to chat with her about these books and how God has led her on her writing journey, and take home some great reads for yourself and others!

Methodist News

JPIT – Living Lent

Lent begins on 6 March this year and JPIT, the Joint Public Issues Team, is inviting us to take up one of six personal challenges to tackle climate change. Visit Living Lent to find out more, sign up to a challenge, receive daily emails through Lent and join a community of people making a commitment.

Brexit and Beyond

The Methodist Council has considered the challenges presented by Brexit. This discussion paper offers background and some questions for thought and conversation. You may also be interested in Conversation Welcome, a resource to help churches hold discussions.

All We Can – Lent resources

All We Can invite us to travel lightly this Lent and to join in solidarity with our global neighbours. A range of individual, group, church and young people resources are available.

Cyber Security

Following a number of ‘phishing attacks’ across the Connexion, you are advised to take extra care when clicking on links and downloading attachments in emails. Even if these emails come from an address you recognise and appear legitimate, please exercise caution to prevent the theft of data and the spread of computer viruses.