District News – 27 February 2019

This Week’s News

Office News

A reminder that the office will be closed from Wednesday 6 March until Friday 15 March. There will therefore be no mailing on the week beginning Monday 11 March, so if you have anything to publicise, please send it in by Monday 4 March.

Lay Leadership Day

Monday 11 March – Leeds Church Institute

A day exploring lay leadership for lay people working in youth, children, family or community work, class leaders, Circuit Stewards, lay missioners or local pastors.

Exploring themes of:

  • Leadership styles
  • Leadership skills
  • Leading meetings
  • Managing volunteers
  • Encouraging participation
  • Team and group dynamics
  • Conflict styles

Booking via Sian Henderson – yorkshirenemethodist@icloud.com or call 07809 431871

A poster can be downloaded here to share: Electronic Lay leadership Day 2019

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 early bird booking deadline has now passed, but there are still plenty of spaces left. More information about coming for the day will be sent out shortly.

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

Do please pass this information on!

Breath – a Contemporary Youth Retreat

Breathe is an ecumenical youth retreat in the Peak District, (organised by Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry in partnership with others, and endorsed by the Retreat Association) with a slightly different approach to the mix of festivals & residentials available each summer – it is more soul reviver than soul survivor!

Breathe is for secondary school and sixth form students. The week consists of workshops, outdoor activities, prayer exercises, seminars and laughter (lots of laughter).

This summer Breathe is taking place from Saturday, 20th July to Friday, 26th July at The Peak Centre, Edale in the Peak District (which is only a few mins walk from Edale Railway Station).

The cost for the week is a minimum donation of £299 (but we do have some bursary funding available to help with costs – just ask!).

Please do check out our website www.breatheyouthretreat.co.uk  which has lots more information.

If you know any young people, youth workers or clergy who may be interested in spreading the word about Breathe 2019 – please do forward this email to them.

Martin Stand, Project Director, Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry/Breathe Youth Retreat – 07717 336183


Prayer Space

Every Wednesday from 1:00pm to 2:30pm at Victoria Hall, Room 46 will be opening up as a prayer space for people to come and just be.

A space of peace and tranquility in the middle of busy day. A dedicated space where you can grow, an opportunity to draw aside, take time out and meet with God.

To access Room 46, please use the entrance on Chapel walk and take the stairs to the first floor and follow the signs.

You can download and print the poster for your notice boards here: prayer space

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

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 & Learning Opportunities

Religious Tolerance Forum

Is Free Speech at risk? – Find out here

9 March 2019 – Retford

George Washington, First President of the United States, said “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter”
The first Retford Religious Tolerance Forum was held in 2016 to commemorate the death, in 1616, of Thomas Helwys, the first Baptist martyr and original advocate of religious tolerance between Christians, Jews, Muslims, and those with no faith.

This year’s forum includes the following speakers :
Dr Larry Kreitzer; Dr Marin Parson; Dr Calum Miller and Ben Huxtable of Release  International.

Full details can be found on the poster here: religious tolerance forum poster 200219

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

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

Wednesday 13 March,12–1.30pm

The Revd Dr John Vincent on ‘Church Policy in Sheffield’  
with the Revd Nick Jowett as respondent and the Revd Phil 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.

A free, short lunchtime talk by a carefully selected and well informed speaker, followed by 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 for questioning and reflective discussion.

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

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.

To book a place click here: District Safeguarding Conference
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

Freedom Conference

Saturday 13 July – Hall Road Methodist Church S43 1GH

Freedom Community Project are holding their first (to become) annual conference on the 13th July 2019. Our keynote speaker is Ian White from Cliff College & Micah68 (an organisation offering support to the people of the Middle East) on Hospitality.

There will be seminars on Universal Credit; Issues around Debt; and Future Vison for Freedom

To book your free place call 0300 302 0334 or email info@fcgroup.org.uk

Full details can be found on the flyer here: flyer-conference

Other News

CLC Bookshops

World Book Day – 20 titles just £1 each while stocks last!!

Yes!! Books for just £1 each!! At CLC Christian Bookshops, 2 Church Street, S1 2GN (next to the Cathedral)  you will find 12 really good children’s titles AND 8 amazing titles for adults as we celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY.
The bookshop accepts the £1 vouchers from schools, by the way, but you cannot use the vouchers on clcbookshops.com
This is an ideal opportunity to get very affordable and relevant resources into homes, hands and hearts…
Thanks for your support.

Book signng at CLC Christian Bookshops, Saturday 2nd March

Annie Try, author of Trying to Fly and Out of Silence uses her professional background in psychology to put fictional characters in the context of interesting adventures, where they overcome the odds against them. Her two most recent books are based around the life and clients of a clinical psychologist.
Annis is  Chair of the Association of Christian Writers and a member of the leadership team in her church.
Come along to CLC at 2 Church Street (next to the Cathedral) on 2nd March between 11am and 2pm to chat with Annie about her books, how God has led her on her writing journey, and take home some great reads for yourself and others!

Methodist News

TMCP updates

Accepting offers – Who decides and on what basis?

The Managing Trustees receive an offer to buy a property – what do they do next? By the time the Managing Trustees receive an offer, the Qualified Surveyor’s Report (“QSR”) will have been approved by TMCP and the Managing Trustees will have marketed the property in line with the advice of the surveyor as set out in the QSR.

Read more

Bittersweet? Experiencing Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Ever since we developed a dedicated page for the day on StF+, back in 2012, it has proved one of our most used resources. It emphasises “Hymns that heal” and links to a special page: For those who experience loss: alternative hymns for Mothering Sunday.

We are glad these two pages have proved so helpful over the years. If you have any suggestions or feedback about them – including other hymns and resources you’ve found helpful – please let us know.

Ash Wednesday

It’s easy to let Ash Wednesday pass us by. After all, it takes place mid-week. . . though not in every tradition. Read Beginning Lent – some thoughts about Ash Wednesday and learn about “Clean Monday”.

How will you mark Ash Wednesday? Does it have any great importance to you other than ensuring you’ve used up all the fat in your larder? How do you feel about walking the streets with a black cross smudged on your forehead?

At StF+, we’d be interested to hear your experiences of Ash Wednesday, and Lent in general, to help us develop future resources.