District News – 26 March 2019

This Week’s News

Representative Synod

The Spring Synod will take place on Saturday 6 April at Wesley Hall, Crookes. Calling papers were sent out last week, so if you have not received the email, please let the office know as we are aware that sometimes emails go astray.

The theme we will be exploring is Passionate Worship. Our key note speaker will be Revd. Kathy Galloway from the Iona Community who we have invited to help us explore this theme via a key note speech and also through leading a workshop. Other workshops will feature Taizé worship, drumming, Forest Church and Time For God.

If you are not a member of Synod but would like to attend, especially if you are a Local Preacher or Leader of Worship, please let the District Office know by booking in via Eventbrite using the link here: https://2019springsynod.eventbrite.co.uk.
Please be aware that some of the workshops have limited numbers. It would be very helpful if you could therefore book in as soon as possible.

Workshop places will then be allocated to all who are expected at Synod who have not expressed a preference beforehand.

Funding for Bibles

The Lord Wharton Bibles Charity provides funding for Churches to buy bibles for Children and Young People up to aged 18. They have to be for individuals rather than for generic Church / Youth Group use.

If you’re able to share it on your respective mailings, the website with more info and application forms on is http://www.lordwhartonbibles.org.uk/request-bibles/

The latest Speaking Volumes Grant Round is also open until mid-April; they provide funding for Churches etc to provide Christian libraries in community spaces. Their website with application form on is https://www.speakingvolumes.org.uk/

Events

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.

Cliff College Festival, 24-27 May 2019

The theme for Festival this year is ‘Into all the world’ and we will be exploring how we can share our faith story with other people. Speakers include Andy Hawthorne, Grace Wheeler, John Kirkby and Paul Smith, with after-hours entertainment from Play it be ear, Worship Central, Andy Kind and the EAGA gospel choir. As always, we will provide specific venues and programmes for those aged 3-11, 11-14, 15-18 and 18-30. A weekend ticket costs £36 and a day ticket costs £14 (concessions are available); 17s and under are free. We hope you will be joining us! For more information, see the website: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/festival/

DYFerence @ Festival

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 to all Children & Youth Workers. Please contact the District Office to be included in this.

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

Do please pass this information on!

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Download our new What’s On guide for May to August

We’d love to see you this summer!

We are excited to welcome back Deep Talk; to host conversations abut Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance; to practice self-care; to learn about ourselves and others at a Myers Briggs workshop – and more. Whether you want to attend an event or service, hire us as a venue or simply pop in to contemplate an icon, grab a cuppa, just ‘be’ … consider yourself invited.

All of our events programmes can be found as downloads on the website – here. Do contact us with any questions!

Breath – a Contemporary Youth Retreat

20 – 26 July – Peak Centre, Edale

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 send this flyer to them: Breath retreat

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

Training and Learning Opportunities

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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Urban Theology Union

SPRING FORUM SERIES 2019 – What makes a good city? Series 2.

Jenny Carpenter on ‘How well is our city responding to climate change?’
with the Revd Michael Bayley as respondent and Jo Chamberlain as Chair

Wednesday 10 April: 12 – 1.30pm

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.

‘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 

All welcome. Free. Bring your own packed lunch.
Tea and coffee will be available.

UTU’s library area in the basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield.  Entrance in Chapel Walk.

Enquiries: 0114 270 9907/office@utusheffield.org.uk

The Inaugural Lecture for the Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre

Monday 28 May – Cliff College

The BGC is a new and exciting research centre, bringing biblical and gender studies together with issues faced by men and women in the contemporary church. The centre is a joint initiative between Cliff College and The University of Manchester. The inaugural lecture for the centre will be delivered by Revd Dr Susan Shooter and is entitled ‘Yet In My Flesh Shall I See God: Researching Faith With Survivors of Abuse’. This will be followed by responses from Dr Holly Morse and Dr Kirsi Cobb, as well as a reception for all participants.

The event will be held at Cliff College (Hope Valley, Derbyshire) on Monday 27 May. The start of the event will be at 1.45pm with coffee, followed by the lecture from 2.00pm until 3.00pm. The reception with some drinks and nibbles will take place from 3.00pm until 4.00pm.

All the tickets for the event are free. You can book either for the lecture and the reception, or just for the lecture itself. To register, please go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘The BGC Inaugural Lecture’. For more information, contact Dr Kirsi Cobb on k.cobb@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call 01246 584200.

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

Candidates’ Support Group

Are you considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church?

Would you like to work through this process with others sharing the same journey?

Would you appreciate information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way?

If so, the Candidates’ Support Group is for you and you would be most welcome.

Where: Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market Street, Leeds LS1 6DG
When: Saturdays:  6 July 2019 9.30am – 4.30pm;
7 September; 7 December; 8 February 2020 from 10am – 3.00pm
Further information : Candidates’ Support Group Flier 2019-2020

Job Vacancies

JPIT Campaigns and Church Engagement Officer

Location: Methodist Church House

Grade 3 – Salary from £27-33,000 depending on experience

  • Are you passionate about speaking and acting for justice?
  • Do you have the skills to help churches communicate complex policy issues and to campaign for change?

As the Campaign and Church Engagement Officer, you will work as part of the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), an ecumenical partnership between the Methodist Church, Baptist Union, United Reformed Church and Church of Scotland working for justice and peace.

Your role will be to motivate and inspire church members to bring about change. You will develop campaign material, enable activism, and build relationships. You will co-ordinate the Team’s social media and web presence. You will help the Team to organise events, communicate complex issues effectively and respond quickly to new opportunities.
You will be a highly motivated and personable team player, with outstanding communication skills and an eye for detail. Your Christian commitment will fire your passion for justice.

If you are committed to help Churches work for transformation and justice, we would love to hear from you.

Saskia Wicks [wickss@methodistchurch.org.uk]

Closing date for applications: 30th April 2019

CCEO Additional Information

Job Description and Person Specification

Methodist News

World Church Relationships

Partnership visit to Kenya

I visited Kenya Methodist University (Meru) to meet with Dr Peter Ensor- another MCB mission partner lecturing at the Theology Department. Together we visited KeMU library to see few of the books donated by Wesley College library, Bristol. All the books have been sorted, and uploaded into the KeMU library data base for use.

With more than 38,000 Theological books sent to KeMU in 2016, many more books require shelving, they were temporary stored in boxes until display shelves are provided. I visited few of KeMU leaders on campus to help seek solutions to end this project soon. Prof Kinoti, an ex-student of Peter promised to follow this request up. The temporary staff employed by KeMU to sort, label and display the theology books also finish by end of March 2019. Peter Ensor also plans to end his mission service in 2019.

With more than 38,000 Theological books sent to KeMU in 2016, many more books require shelving, they were temporary stored in boxes until display shelves are provided. I visited few of KeMU leaders on campus to help seek solutions to end this project soon. Prof Kinoti, an ex-student of Peter promised to follow this request up. The temporary staff employed by KeMU to sort, label and display the theology books also finish by end of March 2019. Peter Ensor also plans to end his mission service in 2019.

With more than 38,000 Theological books sent to KeMU in 2016, many more books require shelving, they were temporary stored in boxes until display shelves are provided. I visited few of KeMU leaders on campus to help seek solutions to end this project soon. Prof Kinoti, an ex-student of Peter promised to follow this request up. The temporary staff employed by KeMU to sort, label and display the theology books also finish by end of March 2019. Peter Ensor also plans to end his mission service in 2019.

Bunmi Olayisade – Africa Partnership Coordinator

Peter was a former Mission rep for the District while at Cliff College. If people have spare GOOD and up to date academic books, perhaps they can recycle them by sending them to the Methodist University Kenya!