District Mailing – 16 June 2020

This Week’s News

COVID19 – updates

The Government has now published its guidance for the re-opening of places of worship for private prayer. You can read the guidance here.

The Methodist Church’s advice remains that churches stay closed, but we recognise that different parts of the British Isles might be at different stages and we appreciate that there may be those who feel their mission depends on their church being open for individual prayer. If Managing Trustees feel they are at a point where they want to open their buildings for individual prayer, this guidance must be followed.

More information can be found here:  http://www.sheffieldmethodist.org/coronavirus/

Furlough Grants Changes – Q&A session for Methodist employers

Important details about changes to government furlough grants have been published in the last few days and will take effect from 1 July. These create opportunities for furloughed staff to undertake some duties, and other increased flexibility. There are also new duties for church employers and reducing levels of government support.

Our lay employment advisor, Rob Cooper, will also host a seminar and Q&A session about changes to furlough arrangements and other topical issues for Methodist (and Methodist affiliated) employers at 10:30am on Tuesday 23 June. This is will be held via Zoom video conferencing software https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88975271481 Meeting ID: 889 7527 1481. To join by telephone dial 0203 481 5240 (you will hear conversation and be able to speak, but not see other participants. Standard call charges apply)

Our website will also be updated with new guidance and procedures in the next few days sheffieldmethodist.org/coronavirus-lay-employment-support

Refugee Week

15-21 June

We know that Covid-19 has impacted lives around the world. Unfortunately, refugees are at a high risk due to the conditions they currently find themselves in. This week, during Refugee Week, we encourage you to make use of and share All We Can’s Refugee Week worship resource. You will find all you need to run a service that reflects biblically how we are to love our neighbour: allwecan.org.uk/refugee2020

Bubbles, Belonging and Being a Bit Scared

A reflection from Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Society is tentatively emerging from lockdown which, for some of us, is as stressful as being instructed to stay at home!

Social bubbles and private prayer in chapels like ours are the next step forward. This whets our appetite for being back together. But the bubbles remind us of the need for caution and distance, as we long for solidarity and belonging.

It is a little bit scary. We aim to lean on God and one another, trusting in an abundant love at the heart of all things. With gratitude to all who are able to carry us when we feel overwhelmed and hope for strength to carry others.

Christian Aid appeal

BuskAid Sheffield – Sheffield performers busk in relay every year to raise money for Christian Aid in the City Centre. This is Lockdown Busk Aid!

People can search for 2020 Lockdown BuskAid or  BuskAid Sheffield and then donate using the link under each clip. it is the most eclectic set of performances they will ever see…..



How to be missional as we are exiting lockdown in the time of Covid-19?

Why not join a zoom webinar on Thursday 2nd July at 11.00 a.m. to explore this question in a conversation between Revd Leslie Newton, Chair of Yorkshire North and East District, Revd Gill Newton, Chair of Sheffield District and Michael Harvey, Director and Chief Executive of the National Weekend of Invitation, hosted by Revd Carla Quenet, Learning Network, Yorkshire Plus Region 

We are dispersed into our neighbourhoods and unable to physically gather in our buildings, but at the same time engaged in prayer and service in our communities. In this webinar we will consider a simple way for Christians to be in mission to touch lives and grow as followers of Jesus in the process, as well as developing relationships for the time when we are able to gather again. 

To book your place and to obtain joining instructions, follow this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any further questions or problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch

Lay Employees Community of Practice

July 3, 2020 from 10:00

A chance to meet and share good practice with others in similar roles.

This meeting will also be looking at issues surrounding Black Lives Matter, the Unconscious Bias, and EDI material.

To book your place and to obtain joining instructions, follow this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any further questions or problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch .

A Weekend of Prayer and Celebration

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July

An opportunity to join with others across the District in Prayer, Worship, Sharing Stories and Celebration.

More details will follow soon.

Cliff College Festival 2021 (28th-31st May)

After the success of our first online Festival at Home, we’re excited to welcome you all back to Cliff College in May 2021 for Cliff Festival: Around the Campfire. This will be an opportunity to gather as church around the things that unite us, and to celebrate God’s goodness and grace together. Booking for Festival 2021 is open now: visit https://events.solidrock.io/cliff-college/cliff-college-festival-2021 for tickets, camping, accommodation (available from July 1st) and volunteer applications. We can’t wait to see you there!

Did you know…

… that Cliff College is holds morning prayers live at 8:45am on Facebook every weekday morning? We regularly have more than 60 people joining us in prayer from around the country. You can tune in at www.facebook.com/cliffcollege.

Joined Up Conference: A message from the Conference organisers…

Greetings Joined Up attendees!

I do hope you are doing well and have found a way through the lockdown so far.  Looking back to the Joined Up Conference, we were amazed how close it was to the lockdown in the middle of March, and count ourselves very fortunate to have been able to meet together on the 7th March for what was a really wonderful day of blessing and encouragement.

The website now holds a number of workshop videos from the day that you might like to visit… especially the workshops you were not able to get to but liked the sound of… www.joinedupconference.com

We’d also like your thoughts on our conference for 2021 which we are starting to plan!

Click here to answer a few questions about Joined Up 2021.  (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7L8K7SJ)

There’s just one question with a number of different options to choose from.  It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to do.  Thank you so much!

Training and Learning Opportunities

Pastoral Care in a Time of Covid-19

Wednesday 24 June

The current pandemic has raised huge challenges for churches in relation to pastoral care. Key concerns have been responding to physical illness, death and grieving under lockdown conditions, but also responding to heightened levels of anxiety, fear and stress. Medical and care staff have been under great pressure and there will be enduring legacies of trauma for many of them. This Zoominar will be reflecting theologically on these issues and concerns and also on broader cultural impacts of the crisis on current and future well-being in our societies.

  • How has the language and reality of distancing affected our ability to connect with and care for one another?
  • What have we learned about the capacities and limits of online care?
  • What has this time revealed about how we value seniors, essential low paid workers and BAME members of our society?
  • How will the loss of opportunities and freedoms shape the development of our children and young people?
  • How does pastoral care find context and expression in our political and liturgical theology and practice?

 Register here for a zoom link to watch and interact live. pastoral-care-in-a-time-of-covid-19-tickets

POSITIVELY RURAL: Being church in the light of COVID19

1:00 – 2.30pm on Friday 17th July

The first in a series of online gatherings focusing on rural mission. We will share good practice, learn from our experience of COVID19 and consider how we move forward positively.

To book your place and obtain joining instructions, follow this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any further questions or problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch

Cliff College Online courses and open days

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be releasing two online short courses later this summer. Led by our Principal Ashley Cooper and Rev Paul Smith, these will be titled ‘Introduction to Evangelism’ and ‘Wesleyan Holiness’. These courses will be suitable for Christians of all ages, and will be accessible completely online. If you’re interested in hearing more about these courses, get in touch at enquiries@cliffcollege.ac.uk.

For anyone considering our degree programmes (BA or MA) or our gap year, we are also hosting two virtual open days at the start of July – you can book for these here.

Aurora Youth & Children’s Ministry Courses

The Aurora Youth & Children’s Ministry Courses, run in partnership between Sheffield Methodist Circuit, Sheffield Diocese and St Peter’s College are going online from September! The courses will be entering their 8th year, with over 200 Youth and Children’s Volunteers and Workers from across South Yorkshire (and the country) having completed the Courses over the past few years.

With monthly ish Wednesday evening training sessions via Zoom, potentially a physical social event or two (Government and Church advice permitting) and a fantastic opportunity to meet other volunteers and workers doing similar work, it’ll be a great opportunity to sharpen and develop your youth or children’s work skills.

For more information, and to receive a application pack, visit www.auroratraining.org.uk.

Job Vacancies


The Barnsley Methodist Circuit is looking for a part-time worker to support the work with older people in the North West Church.

The work will be primarily to support elderly people in the community through social groups and activities, being creative in overcoming the barriers for their participation in such things.

Salary – £13,650 per annum

Hours – 25 hours per week.

Additional hours may be agreed from time to time to deliver particular projects

Some evening and weekend work will be required.

The appointment is for 1 year.

Based in the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council North Area, this role supports the whole North West Church. The multi-site church was established in 2016 and involves working across six chapels under a single Church Council. This role will involves working in four of those chapels in the Northern section of the NW Church.

For further information or an application pack please email: circuitoffice@btconnect.com

Or call our Circuit Administrator, Jayne Wragg, on 01226 321 522 and leave your contact details.

Closing date for applications: 6 July 2020

Interview date: 13 July 2020

Other News

CLC Bookshops

No news yet as to when the CLC bookshop will re-open, so we continue serving orders, answering questions, chatting, hearing testimonies and receiving prayer requests here at home.

Bible Sale @ CLC Bookshops!!

Don’t miss out on our fantastic Bible Sale! With great savings to be made on Bibles for both adults and children, make sure to take a look at full range. Just click the link … & do let your friends and colleagues know about this offer!! It’s valid until 30th June 2020.

If you prefer to order and pay over the phone, call 0114 2724663 for prompt, friendly & knowledgeable service.

Thank you for preferring to support CLC Bookshops.

If you need daily reading notes or anything else, visit clcbookshopos.com or give us a call.

A brief moments pause

A little robin decided to create her home on my potting bench: something that while I have been using everyday in lock down I will confess is never the tidiest (much like my desk at work!)

I’ve been so lucky that my other half was able to install a camera so that we could sit and watch remotely. It’s quite fascinating the hours you can loose watching something no bigger than your fist sleep.

No matter how the next few weeks span out she is proving a reassuring reminder that regardless of the turmoil and fear, there is hope and promise of new exciting life ahead.


Methodist News

Special worship resources for July

For some, recent months have allowed – even encouraged – more than the usual opportunities for personal reflection. Two upcoming Sundays offer different themes for that reflection.

The resources compiled by the organisers of Rural Mission Sunday (19 July) aim to “create space for you to stop and ‘notice God’ in a new way; to find, in George Herbert’s glorious phrase, ‘heaven in ordinary’.”

The previous week, Action for Children Sunday (12 July) urges us to consider how we can support children in our society – those known to us and those who come to us bundled up anonymously in statistics and media reports. A worship outline has been crafted on the theme: ‘Choose Childhood’.

Resources for both these Sundays can be adapted for home or streamed worship, and will in any case provide food for thought in the weeks that follow.