District News – 19 March 2019

This Week’s News

Sad News

It is with sadness that we heard the news of the death of the Revd George Graham, a supernumeray minister who lived in the Peak Circuit. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Elaine, and the family.

The funeral service will take place at Bradwell Methodist Church on Wednesday 27 March at 2pm.

Representative Synod

The Spring Synod will be taking place on Saturday 6 April at Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Crookes, Sheffield. The theme is Passionate Worship, and there will be a number of workshops exploring this. Calling papers will be going out later this week to Synod members, but we would also extend the invitation to anyone interested in exploring this theme more, especially Local Preachers and Leaders of Worship.

One of the workshops will be exploring Taizé prayer. If you would like to be part of the singing group that will help facilitate this, please contact Tim Jansen tim.exaudie@gmail.com who will send more details.

Playlist for Life Help Points

Do you run a dementia café or lunch club at your church? Are you looking for a fresh and innovative way to support people living with dementia?

Why not think about becoming a Playlist for Life Help Point… How You Can Help

Making a personalised playlist for someone with dementia can offer them a lifeline.

To find out more go to www.playlistforlife.org

For info on Help Points https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/set-up-a-help-point

Own Arrangement Service

The third in the “Our Calling ” series, looking at the theme of Service. We thank Christine Sheasby for her generosity in sharing this with us.

OA Service for Mar 2019 – May 2019

Assets of community value – what are your options when a property has been nominated?

You may have received a notification from the Local Authority that your Church/Church Hall has been nominated by a local community group to be placed on the List of Assets of Community Value. It is important to know that Managing Trustees can make representations to the Local Authority that the Local Authority should consider when deciding whether or not to place the property on the List.

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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

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

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

Spring Concert with BeVox Community Choir

Saturday 30 March – 7:30pm – Greenhill Methodist Church

As part of their fundraising for the 2020 building fund, Greenhill have invited the BeVox Contemporary Community Choir to  hold a spring concert. Tickets are just £6 for a great evening !

Spark – youth event

Saturday 30 March – 6-9pm – Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

With a range of activities for 11-18 year olds, this will be an exciting event to take a youth group to. Tickets are free via Eventbrite.

Full details on the poster here: Spark Event-compressed

Moody & Sankey Evening

Sunday 31 March – 6pm – Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield

The Chesterfield circuit are having a Moody & Sankey evening at 6pm 31 March at Central Methodist Church. Come along and enjoy the rousing music!

Moody and Sankey Evening

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Lent, Holy Week & Easter @ Whirlow

Lent Reflections:
March 20th – A Spirit-Led Journey;
March 27th – A Simple Journey;
April 3rd – A Sorrowful Journey;
April 10th – A Sacrificial Journey.

7pm – 8pm, with refreshments from 6.30pm. All welcome, no charge.

Holy Week:

April 15th – Day of Retreat.
April 16th – Simple Quiet Day & evening Reflection
April 17th – evening Reflection
April 18th – Maundy Thursday evening Reflection with Holy Communion (no Praying Without Words in Holy Week)
April 19th – Good Friday evening Reflection.
Details and bookings for the Day of Retreat and Simple Quiet Day here. Evening reflections 7pm – 8pm with refreshments from 6.30pm. All welcome, no charge.
There will be no Praying Without Words in Holy Week – the evening reflections will be led in a spirit of silence and prayer.

Easter Day:
April 21st – Sunrise Service followed by breakfast.
Sunrise service 5.45am. If you wish to come / stay for breakfast, please book your free place here. Space to Be will follow at the usual time of 8.30am.

There will be no Reflective Communion on the evening of April 21

Esther: Live
26 Apr, 7:30pm. £10.

Sexism; decadence; retribution. Esther is a celebrated character of scripture ….. but what does her story actually communicate about women? About power? About violence? Following on from Song of Songs: Live in 2018, this will be a light-hearted but thought-provoking look at the scriptural story of Esther, featuring live art from Siggy Parratt-Halbert, reflections on relevant themes arising in the text and opportunity to talk about them. Includes refreshments.

Training and Learning Opportunities

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.


Certificate in Faith & Change in Conflict

Tue 30 April – Thur 2 May & Tue 11-Thur 13 June 2019 (Please note: attendance is required at both blocks of teaching).

Maximum of 16 participants, so book early! The cost of £425.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, all board and 4 nights accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

Full details on the website here: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/cliff-certificates/certificate-in-faith-in-change-and-conflict/

Grants may be available from the Sheffield District Learning & Development Group.

Regional Safeguarding Conference

Watching Over One Another in Love

Saturday 8th June 2019 – Boston Spa Methodist Church

10am coffee and registration, 3.30pm finish

Please book by 20th May on Eventbrite – search for ‘Yorkshire Plus Region Safeguarding Conference’ or email admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org for a link to follow for the event.

Keynote Speaker: Revd. Helen Cameron


  • ‘Watching over the vulnerable’ – Revd. Keith Albans
  • ‘Watching over our mental wellbeing’ – Penny Johnson
  • ‘Watching over our boundaries’ – Grahame Snelling
  • ‘Watching over each other in a social media world’ – Katy Spencer-Madden

Full details here: Regional Safeguarding Conference

Job Vacancies

Sheffield District Communications Officer

The appointment is for 16 hours per week on average throughout the year, recognising that there will be times of concentrated activity,
with a probationary period of 6 months.

Salary will be £8,500 per annum plus opportunity to join a pension scheme.

The Communications Officer will be responsible for supporting, and where appropriate providing, pro-active communication between the District, its circuits and churches, and between them and the wider community.

Working in partnership with other District Officers, the main tasks will be to:

  • to enable people to be equipped to exercise their particularly ministry and fulfil their calling
  • to increase the awareness of learning opportunities
  • to enable officers and other across the District to see new ways of doing things
  • to raise the profile and awareness of the work of the District internally and externally
  • to enable a flow of relevant information between churches, circuits and individuals
  • to better inform churches and circuits leading to new activities

Applicants should be sympathetic to the aims, objectives and ethos of the Methodist Church.

District Communications Officer – role outline

Communications Officer Person Specification

Communications Officer application Form

Equalityand Diversity Monitoring Form

Closing date:  12 noon on Wednesday 10 April 

Interviews in Sheffield on Wednesday 1 May 2019

Highfield Trinity Methodist Church

Family Drop-in Worker

Highfield Trinity Methodist Church is seeking to appoint a Family Drop-in Worker for 3 hours per week. The role will be based at the Church.

Do you have ……..

  1. experience of organising and running events with families and children
  2. an ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  3. good interpersonal skills
  4. experience of working with volunteers

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Pay: £12 / hour

Details are available from: Revd Gareth Jones, tel. 0114 250 8251, email garethjones11@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: 29th March 2019

Interviews will be held on: Friday 12th April

Development Officer – Leeds City Centre Mission

We are looking to appoint a full-time Development Officer to join us during the current phase of innovation and opportunity in Methodist City Centre Mission.

This is an exciting new post working alongside a Methodist Deacon and the Leeds Mission Development Group to support and enable the vision for the renewed development of Methodist mission and ministry in the city centre of Leeds.

If you are experienced in developing strategies and implementing them, have the ability to think strategically, and have a heart for city-centre Christian work, please ask for details.

Please note the appointment will be for a fixed term until 31st August 2021 in the first instance. Salary £28,000 annually

For an application pack please contact the Yorkshire West District Office:
19 Wentworth Court, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 3XD

Email: admin@ywmethodist.org.uk Phone: 01484 719993
Letter of application and completed Application Form to be submitted by:
12 noon on 3rd April 2019.
Applications to be emailed to admin@ywmethodist.org.uk or sent to the Yorkshire West District Office.
Interviews are expected to be held in Leeds in April 2019.

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Other News

Taste – Prayer Points

Praise for:                                                      

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting TASTE staff as they travel to many remote areas to carry out projects and to share his love with needy communities
  • The presidential election last month and the governorship elections last Saturday (9 March) which was relatively peaceful
  • The States of Guernsey funded projects in these 5 communities in Plateau State which start this week (w/c 11 March)
  • Ben Udejiofo’s presentation last Thursday (7 March) to a trust sub-committee which was successful; TASTE’s bid now goes with five others to a vote at the trust’s AGM in late May – just four charities will receive £25,000 each

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • Nuhu Chayi (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and the drilling team would be given wisdom on how to resolve the problems with ours compressors which have been down now for several months
  • Ben Udejiofo and Nuhu Chayi will know God’s wisdom as they put together funding bids to UK Aid Direct and Vermeer Foundation (USA) and put together supporting documents for the vote at the trust’s AGM in May

Thank you for praying for us.
Feel free to call Ben on – 07737413772 – if you’d like further information about any of these issues.
Our website address is www.taste.org.uk

CLC Bookshops

Lent & Easter resources are all available from CLC Bookshops, on the Cathedral square. Whether you need Lent studies, palm crosses, Easter greetings cards, bookmarks, studies, books, gifts, paschal candles, transfers, palm crosses or any quantity of Easter Eggs, thank you for buying local. Need a delivery? Just ask. Additional benefits for CLC partnership members. Enquiries welcome.
CLC Bookshops, 2 Church Street, Sheffield S1 2GN  T: 0114 2724663 E: sheffield@clcbookshops.com

Methodist News

Eco Circuit and Eco District

Two new schemes have been launched to continue the ongoing commitment of the Methodist Church in reducing its impact on God’s creation. The new Eco Circuit and Eco District awards have been developed to support the successful Eco Church scheme.

Brexit prayers

Brexit has led to many MPs and their staff receiving abuse, in person, through letters, emails and on social media. The Joint Public Issues Team, JPIT, are calling upon us to send a kind and positive message and to hold them in prayer. Find out more about how you can write to your MP using this template

World Church News

Standing with those who suffer for their faith

Carolyn Lawrence represented the World Church Office at the launch of the World Watch List for 2019 in the Houses of Parliament. She writes about the work of the charity Open Doors and the support from MPs of all parties.

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People flee for their lives as volcano erupts

Our partners in the Methodist Church in Guatemala explain how money from the World Church Fund has been used to help.

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A call for an end to violence against women

A Global Consultation on gender equality was recently held in Kingston, Jamaica. This report is from Jemima Amanor, West Africa Area President for the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women (WFMUCW).

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Volunteer mission in Argentina

Tiana Dinard-Samuel continues to adapt to life in Buenos Aires.

“I’ve been in Buenos Aires for about two months. It feels simultaneously like I’ve just got here and like I’ve been here for ages.”

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