District News – 2 April 2019

This Week’s News

Cliff College Community Easter Bash

Wednesday 10 April

Cliff College are organising a range of free events for the Community. Details are in the link below, and include a Film Night where Iron Man is being shown with the opportunity to talk about the theological themes which the film raises , as well as free hot dogs, nacho’s etc ( a film for children will also be shown at the same time).

If you can make this event widely known that will be great.

Community Easter Bash 1.1

Whirlow Spirituality Library

The library will re-open on April 1!
Find out more at 2 introductory sessions.

Our library of books is 1,200 + strong and will soon be available again via a new management system.

Post-graduate intern Precious Udensai and wonderful volunteers Keith, Malcolm & Mary have worked incredibly hard putting titles on the Libib system in recent months. Thank you to all borrowers for your patience.

Library users will need to register by completing a simple form, available from April 1. Then, borrow books at any time using the laptop in the library. (The full database will in due course be accessible from our website and via the Libib app.)

We do not anticipate any hiccups – but do bear with us as we introduce this new lending process.

Deepen Your Roots – Volunteer Speaker Session

Want to enthuse others in the life-changing work of All We Can?

Then join Graeme Hodge, the new CEO of All We Can, to be inspired by his passion for the future, with Tim Baker and Matthew Forsyth – Churches and Volunteers Officers – to discover how you can use All We Can’s exciting 2019 harvest materials to inspire your congregation.

Wednesday 15 May – 12:30 to 16:30

Grove Street Methodist Church, Retford, DN22 6LA

The day is free and lunch will be provided, but please book, including any dietary requirements to t.baker@allwecan.org.uk

You can download the invite to pass on to others here: VolunteerDayAdvert-Retford


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!

Please book via the Sheffield District Office by Monday 8 April. If there are insufficient numbers, the retreat may have to be cancelled.

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

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

Celebrating 60 Years !

On 14 July,  the Stocksbridge Christian Centre will celebrate 60 years since the beginning of outreach work on the Whitwell Estate !  A Sunday School was started in the Stocksbridge Junior Building on 11 October, 1959  which led eventually to the foundation of an ecumenical church on 16 July, 1978.  On the 14th July, there will a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service at 3 PM (no morning service) giving thanks and praise for everything which has happened over six decades.   Everyone is warmly invited to join us for this grand celebration.

Following the service,  we will dedicate a meditation garden at the back of the church.   This will be a space for the community to use for rest, meditation and reflection.

We also plan to host an exhibition of photographs and objects which will trace the history of the church from its beginnings to the present day.  We intend that this exhibit will be open until mid-August.  If anyone in the District or Sheffield Circuit has photographs of the church or people involved with the life of the Church,  please contact the Revd. James H. Grayson at j.h.grayson@sheffield.ac.uk.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Bereavement Training

Leeds Church Institute : Wednesday 10th April : 10am coffee 10.30am – 4.00pm

The day is free and being run by Suzanne Morton from Greenhill Church with support from the Learning Network.

This training day has been formatted to explore all that is good, bad and ugly around the subject of dying and death.

Whilst people can suffer many forms of loss and bereavement such a loss of role, retirement, financial loss, marital loss, loss of identity this training day will specifically focusing on physical death, bereavement and grief and how a death can affect a) the church community and b) the wider community context of the deceased.

Focus will be given to how all members of a ministry team, be that ordained or lay, can act as a key support in these situations.

The training will be split into four distinctive areas:

  1. A theology of death
  2. An overview of a variety of bereavement theories
  3. Exploring the effect death can have on a community
  4. Keys to helping the community form a mutually supportive, authentic and honest community in which dying and death are not a taboo subject.

Spaces are limited so please book in advance with Fiona Fidgin fidginf@methodistchurch.org.uk; 07799 900 456

Download the poster to help publicise: Breavement Training

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

Being a Host with the Most

How to extend invitations and be a warm, welcoming church

You are warmly invited to join us for a day exploring how to excel at inviting others and welcoming them to your church home.

Learn from one another; hear new ideas; consider different approaches; review your current practice.

When: 6 July 2019, 10am-3pm
Where: Chapel Allerton Methodist Church,
Town Street, Leeds LS7 4NB

Lunch is included so please RSVP by end June

To book: Sian Henderson, admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org
01904 786275

Download the poster to help publicise: Hostwiththemost

Northern Retreat 19th -21st November 2019

Wydale Hall, Scarborough

The Cross, Pastoral and Prophetic Reflections

The Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal

The Retreat will engage with six meditations/reflections on the cross, as the central symbol associated with Jesus Christ and his followers. The meditations will offer reflection on some key contemporary issues, such as deaths of refugees seeking safety; women on the frontlines of suffering and struggle; models of leadership; the cross in a multi faith world; Love, Grief and Life; and Silence and the Word of God.

Inderjit Bhogal is married to Kathy and they live in Sheffield. Inderjit is a Methodist Minister (retired in 2018 after 42). He is a former President of the British Methodist Conference. He has held positions of Director of Urban Theology Unit (Sheffield); Leader and CEO, Corrymeela Community (Northern Ireland); CEO, Yorkshire & Humber Faiths Forum. He is Founder and President of the City of Sanctuary movement and President of the Methodist Peace Fellowship.

Cost: £220

Contact Rev Sandie Exley-Watts – sandie@exleywatts.me.uk;  01924 840219

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

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 17th April 2019.
Applications to be emailed to admin@ywmethodist.org.uk or sent to the Yorkshire West District Office.
LCCM Advert Final

Ignite Barnsley Project Sessional Worker

A fantastic one year (initially) opportunity for someone to join our Ignite Barnsley team to:

  • Help to deliver workshops in local schools and the community to promote well-being and good mental health
  • Help to develop links between schools and other community projects

Interested? Email ignitebarnsley@outlook.com for an applicaiton pack

Closing date for applications – Saturday 27 April 2019

Other News

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Urgent appeal for cyclone-battered Beira, Mozambique

News has now gone round the world about the absolute devastation Cyclone Idai has caused in central Mozambique.

Thousands of people have been affected in a way that we cannot even imagine, including people we know personally because of their involvement in the work of CLC Beira. The house of our manager, Sacramento, has been badly damaged – the roof has blown off and the beams have collapsed.

The leader of AIM, Claudia Middendorf, is a great supporter of CLC in Beira. Her apartment is also badly damaged but she is housing 20 people who have nowhere to go. This is a common situation across the city. People are trying to take care of each other as best they can. Relief organisations have been supplying accommodation centres with food, water purifiers, blankets, clothes and medication, but these items are still not available to all who need them.

CLC Maputo (Mozambique) has sent some first aid to Sacramento, Claudia and those they take care of.

If you would like to send a gift for Mozambique, and particularly for Sacramento’s housing, or for the distribution of free Bibles to flood victims who have lost theirs, it can be sent via CLC International Office:

Account No. 00007590
Account name – CLC International Office
Sort Code – 40-52-40
IBAN – GB33CAFB40524000007590
Reference ‘cyclone relief Mozambique’

100% of all gifts will be sent to Beira. Please Gift Aid your donation to maximise its impact. For Gift Aid forms and for further donation information, please contact: office@clcinternational.org

The CLC Mozambique team have a saying – “Estamos juntos – e juntos estamos melhores!” We are together, and together we are better.