District News – 5 March 2019

This Week’s News

Office News

The office will be closed until Friday 15 March, but emails will be responded to if urgent.

A reminder that Val Higgins, who deals with Safeguarding administration, works 4 hours a week, usually on a Monday. The best way to contact her is via email: val@sheffieldmethodist.org

Marriage and Relationship conversations

Over the next few weeks we will be letting you know when these will be taking place across the District. Each Circuit will be arranging their own sessions, but you are welcome to travel to another venue if you would find that more helpful.

35 Chapel Walk

Some of you may not have heard, but Art of Print is now a part of 35 Chapel Walk Art!

35 Chapel Walk Art is a not-for-profit service offering:

  • Digital archival fine art printmaking (giclee)
  • Photography (general and specialist artwork reproduction)
  • Bespoke picture framing
  • Vinyl signage

All of 35 Chapel Walk Art’s profits contribute to the sustainability of the 35 Chapel Walk Gallery.



Traditional Icons and Contemporary Painting


35 Chapel Walk Gallery

6th – 15th March 2019

An exhibition of work by Pamela Briggs who makes icons using traditional Byzantine and Russian Orthodox techniques alongside contemporary paintings.

The combination of work in the traditional style alongside contemporary abstract painting creates a sacred space that is beautiful, peaceful and evocative. A perfect place to find a quiet sanctuary in the midst of the busy city centre.

Download the poster here: Windows into Heaven

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/

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Mary: Call and Incarnation

March 25th. 9.30am – 3.30pm

Revered by countless Christians, yet ignored by others, Mary’s story offers inspiration for our own response to God’s call as well as a rich treasury of reflections for prayer and Christian living.

This quiet day on the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will provide prompts and reflections from scripture and art, as well as space and time to be quiet, reflect and pray.

Led by Baptist minister and Whirlow director, Rev Dr Chris Ellis.

Full details and information here.

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

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

The next Regional Retreat for Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees will be held from 12-14 November 2019 at Wydale Hall, near Scarborough. More details will follow shortly

Cymanfa Ganu

Yorkshire & the North-East of England Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival

This May the Yorkshire and the North-East of England Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival is coming to YORK.  Please will you help us to reach a wider audience for our double service of prayer and praise by putting the following information on websites, in publications and on notice boards:

Saturday 11th May 2019 Services 2.00 – 3.30 and 4.45 – 6.30

St. Edward the Confessor Church, Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York, YO24 1QG

Leader:  Yvonne Robert

Tea and coffee between and after services, but bring your own food

Come and sing with us in Welsh.  Prayers, readings and introductions and some hymns bilingual.

Contact E. Walker 01535 665829/07931 466810 jimwalker@mistral.co.uk

Full details on the poster here: POSTER 2019 A4 dail derwen

Training and Learning Opportunities

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

Spirituality in Photography

A day of exploration, reflection and activity

Saturday 16 March 2019
Holymoorside Village Hall, Holymoor Road, Chesterfield S42 7DX.

Hosted by the Chesterfield Methodist Preachers and Worship Leaders, the day will be led by Rev Dr Philip Richter, who was a Ministry Development Officer in the Connexional team. He now undertakes specific projects for the Church.

Millions of photos are taken every day. Some are just snapshots others are crafted so that they deepen our sense of what life is about. This study day will explore how both photography and spirituality can  each inspire the other in us. There will be some opportunity for practical activity, so if you have a camera on your phone or even the latest digital gadget, then bring it along. No prior experience or photographic skill is needed to participate.  The aim will be to express ourselves spiritually and to open our eyes, including through the camera, to God’s presence in the ordinary as well as in special places and events.

The day will run from 9.30am until 4pm. Light refreshments will be available, although a packed lunch is advised. A voluntary contribution (up to £5) would be welcome on the day but it is not essential as we want to be inclusive.

For additional information or to register for a place on this day please contact:

admin@chesterfield methodists.org.uk     or telephone 01246 453651

This is the Circuit Office open on Mondays and Thursdays. Please advise us if you are attending by Monday 11 March.

You can also download a poster here: SPIRITUALITY in Photography flyer

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.

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

Exploring Ordained Ministry

Exploration days for those interested in exploring a call to ordained ministry are being organised by the connexion. The details are as follows:

  • Exploring Ordained Ministry – Cliff College – 2 March 2019 – click here to book.
  • Exploring Ordained Ministry – Methodist Church House – 4 May 2019 – click here to book

The day will be hosted by the Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team and will take place at Methodist Church House and Cliff College in Spring 2019 – further dates will follow for late 2019 and early 2020 in other venues

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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Job Vacancies

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

Regional Learning & Development Officers

If you are 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 one full-time home-based Learning & Development Officer in teh Sourther & Islans region of the Learning Network (working across The Channel Islands, Southampton and South East Districts of the Methodist Church – initially aligned to the South East District.

More details are available at Learning & Development officer