District News – 10 February 2020

This Week’s News

Office News

The office will be closed tomorrow, which is why this newsletter is a day early. Normal service will be resumed next week.

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 runs from 24th February until the 8th March and is the ideal time to promote God’s passion for justice. The theme for this year is empowering women like Lucia (pictured) who is a cocoa farmer in Sierra Leone. She belongs to a Fairtrade co-operative of farmers called Ngoleagorbu, who live around the edge of the Gola rainforest.

Farming in the rainforest is tough. Lucia has seen many farmers turn to mining, logging or rice farming as alternative sources of income. But she has also seen the destruction these activities bring to her beloved forest. Lucia is hardworking, proud and determined. She deserves to use her land in a way that earns her a decent living, but also protects her forest home.

Will your church support women like Lucia?

There are resources for 2020 on the Fairtrade Foundation website https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight

There are also worship resources on the theme of Justice on the District website, including a church pack which can also be found here: Fairtrade Fortnight church resource pack.

If you would like to get more involved in promoting Fairtrade in Sheffield please come along to an open meeting of the District Fairtrade committee on Monday 24th February at 10.30 am; Room 46, Victoria Hall. There will be cake!!!

God in Love Unites Us – District Conversations

Many of you will already have engaged in conversations in your local churches and Circuits and we am grateful to all those who have carefully and prayerfully facilitated those conversations.  However, we have also planned three District-wide conversations which will be held as follows (please use the relevant link to register your attendance):

Saturday 7th March 2020               10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.       Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley: https://godinlove-barnsley.eventbrite.co.uk 

Thursday 12th March 2020             7.00 – 9.30 p.m.               Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield: https://godinlove-sheffield.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday 31st March 2020               10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.       Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield: https://godinlove-chesterfield.eventbrite.co.uk

These gatherings are open to all, particularly those who have not yet been able to engage in any local conversations.  The gatherings will be hosted and led by Revd Gill Newton (Chair of the Sheffield District) but the District Leadership Team has invited members of the Who Is Your Neighbour? project within the District to facilitate the conversations.  They will bring with them much experience and expertise in facilitating conversations between those with differing views and perspectives from which we trust we will all benefit.

Feedback from local church and Circuit conversations is required in order to inform these District gatherings and the later Synod conversations, so appropriate feedback forms can be downloaded. Please feel free to share these as appropriate and return any completed forms to the District Office, ideally by Friday 28 February to allow time for collation ahead of the District events.

Group response: GOD IN LOVE UNITES US – Feedback Pro-forma – Churches and Circuits

Individual response: GOD IN LOVE UNITES US – Feedback Pro-forma – individual

If you prefer to complete the feedback electronically, you may do so by following the link below:

Easter Offering 2020: Into all the world

INTO ALL THE WORLD is an opportunity for churches, circuits and districts to celebrate God’s mission activity.

This EASTER OFFERING 2020 dedication service features people who have made a journey: some in obedience to God’s call on their lives, and others because they had no choice.

The worship encourages us to reflect and learn from those who travel, and to consider our own journeys – both physical and spiritual.

It includes the dedication of the Easter Offering, all of which goes to the World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church in Britain, supporting and working with 65 Partner Churches around the world.

Leader’s Notes give valuable guidance to assist local organisers in the preparation of the service.

All your resources for Easter Offering 2020 are available to download from the Methodist Church website or order from the Methodist Publishing website


Save the Date –

Regional Retreat 17-19 November 2020 at The Briery, Ilkley

Regional Retreats are run bi-annually by the Learning Network and are open to all Ministers, Deacons and Lay Employees of the Methodist Church. The cost is likely to be £200, but those working within the Yorkshire Plus region will automatically receive a £100 subsidy from their District.

Full details are being worked out for the November 2020 retreat and will follow, along with details of how to book your place.

Freedom & Tolerance Forum

Saturday 7 March 2020 from 10am to 1pm at The Well, Retford

This free event includes the following speakers:

  • Lord Beith on Methodist Heritage and its significance today
  • Professor Elizabeth Tingle on Irish Catholic refugees in Europe in the early 1600s
  • Revd Dr Stuart Jennings on Faith and Fighting in Nottinghamshire during the Civil War
  • John Pontiflex on Has Religious Freedom become an Orphaned right?

Full details on the poster here: freedom & tolerance forum poster 2020

Starting Honest Conversations in Churches

On 15th March at 6.30pm, Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley, will be hosting ‘Honesty Over Silence’ which is touring the UK.

Honesty Over Silence – The Tour seeks to open up conversations around topics that many find difficult such as trusting in God when life is painful, dealing with anxiety and depression, learning to look after ourselves, developing our character, and living with thankful hearts even in tough seasons. It will examine the strength in letting go of the need to be in control as well as looking at how we can stop comparing ourselves to others and instead live authentically and honestly as we grow into the people God has created us to be. Much of the material will be taken from Patrick’s new book of the same title.

Join Patrick Regan OBE and singer–songwriter Joanne Hogg on this limited-dates tour. Patrick will be exploring themes from his latest book, ‘Honesty Over Silence’, and Jo will be performing songs around the theme of honesty, faith and hope. This is a great opportunity for local churches to host an event relevant to many in today’s modern society and for people in and out of church to enjoy an inspiring night out.

For more information please contact Mike Coates, the Tour Coordinator mike.coates@kintsugihope.com

Tickets are available by contacting 07974649958/01226 321522 or via Eventbrite (Honesty Over Silence Barnsley)

Training and Learning Opportunities

Thy Kingdom Come, ‘Inspire & Equip’ event

Saturday 22 February, 10am – 12 noon at St Alban’s Church, Wickersley, S66 1ES

The Sheffield Diocese are delighted to host an event that will provide practical resources for prayer and inspire us with stories from Thy Kingdom Come. Rev Canon Jean Kerr, from the national TKC team, is coming to lead this morning. This event is for Christians of all denominations and is free, but you need to book  (https://sheffdio.org/TKCequip) because each participant will receive a pack of the latest resources. To download an A5 flyer to advertise this event in your church and for more information: https://www.sheffield.anglican.org/tkc.

Bible Month training day

Saturday 29 February 2020

Places are filling up fast for this annual event. Some workshops are already nearing capacity, so may be full if you leave it to the last minute!

Full details including how to book your place via the link here: 2020biblemonth.eventbrite.co.uk. Please note that bookings will close on Thursday 20 February at 12 noon, after that you will need to contact the District Office to see if there is still space available.

Discover the benefits of creative writing at Whirlow

February 29, 11am – 2:30pm. cost: £20

Writing for Wellbeing will be led by author and therapeutic workshop facilitator Leonie Martin, who will use a series of fun, engaging prompts to guide participants.

No experience is needed as the focus is on your feelings and life experience, rather than your skills! Writing for wellbeing can open the door to new voices, ideas and points of view that widen and deepen our own perspective, as well as offering a sense of achievement.

The workshop is limited to 12 places and just a few now remain.
Reserve yours via the website

Taketime Together training day

Tue, 10 March 2020 – Hull Community Church, Hull HU5 2NB

For those who would like to be able to lead groups or support others to use the Taketime meditation resource.

Hull Community Church is hosting a Taketime Training Day. The aim of the Training Day is to enable participants to understand the vision and to be able to run Taketime Together in its various formats.

For more information or to register your place visit Eventbrite: taketime-together-training-day-tickets-89034024163

‘Left to their own devices? Confident parenting in the world of screens.

Wednesday 11 March from 7:30-m at Network Church S6 3BL

At ‘Left to their own Devices?, Speakers Katharine Hill and Sim Dendy will provide parents with insights into today’s increasingly digital world, and looking at the impact of the digital world on parenting including: Being digitally native, The social revolution, Selfies and self-worth, our children’s digital footprint, safeguarding our families and the dangers of digital. The evening session is coming to Sheffield on Wednesday 11th March at Network Church (S6 3BL) from 7.30-10pm, with tickets costing £7 or £5 for concessions. To book, visit www.cff.org.uk/owndevices. The sessions are based on a book called ‘Left to their own Devices?’ which is available to buy from all good bookshops and online if you’re unable to make the evening but want to find out more.’

Creating Safer Space – Advanced Module Training

A number of dates have been set up across the District. Please use the EventBrite link to book your place as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

Date:              Thursday, 4th June, 2020

Venue:          St. John’s Methodist Church, Church Street, Swinton, S64 8QA
Time:             10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Book a place: https://css-swinton.eventbrite.co.uk

Date:              Tuesday, 7th July, 2020
  North Anston Methodist Church | 2 Chapel Rise | North Anston S25 4AF
Time:             10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Book a place : https://css-northanston.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have questions, please email Val at val@sheffieldmethodist.org.

Job Vacancies

Chaplain /Community Member – Scargill House

Do you have a heart for shared life and a passion for people and hospitality?

We are a vibrant intentional and ecumenical community based at Scargill House in the heart of North Yorkshire. We are seeking a new community member to play a key role as part of our Pastoral & Teaching Team; sharing God’s welcome to a wide variety of guests.

Do you have strong pastoral and teaching gifts, good people skills and a desire to share in the lives and fun of guests and community alike?

We are looking for a commissioned leader, of a church affiliated to the “Churches Together in Britain and Ireland”. We would be glad to receive applications from women as they are underrepresented in our Pastoral and Teaching Team. This post is suitable for a person early in their ministry. Appointment will of course be based on merit alone.

If this sounds like you, what’s the next step?

Email di@scargillmovement.org for a full Job Description and application pack.

The post is a live-in position for 3 years with yearly reviews.

Closing date for applications: 9th March 2020
Interviews: w/b 23rd March 2020
Preferred start date:  1st July 2020

You can download the advert to pass on to others here: Scargill House Advert

Methodist News

JPIT Living Lent

The JPIT team have launched their Living Lent campaign for us to recognise that changing our climate is not just an activity but a lifestyle. This Lent, JPIT invites us all to respond to the call to climate action by making significant personal commitments to changing our lifestyles for the climate. Find out more about Living Lent here.

3Generate manifesto

The manifesto is a summary of the key things children and young people at 3Generate said they cared about or wanted to see changed. At 3Generate 2019 children and young people built the Manifesto in a visible way – by adding bricks to a wall each time a new key point was made. You can read the Manifesto here.