District News – 10 September 2019

This Week’s News

Synod and Radical Hospitality

The deadline for booking onto this was last Friday, but there is still time to register (and check-out) if you haven’t yet managed it. There are now nearly 200 people currently registered for what is hoped will be an encouraging and enabling event! See you Saturday!

New owners for Calamus licence

The Calamus licence has been acquired from Decani Music by the online licensing service, One License. Hymns covered by Calumus include ones copyrighted to The Iona Community and the Taize Community, as well as many hymns drawn from Catholic traditions. It covers much music not covered by CCLI.  This new service for Calumus customers came into operation on 1 July this year. At the same time, One License appointed Hymns Ancient & Modern as its UK, Ireland, and continental Europe agent. For more information, go to the One License website.

Home Communion Set

The District has been offered a home communion set. If any minister doesn’t have one, and would like this, please get in touch with the District Office. This will be on a first come, first served basis.

Methodist Insurance Church Volunteer Awards

Regional prize of £1000 and national prize of £2000 for the winning churches.
The panel are looking for volunteers who have made an exceptional impact on their church and community.
Closing date: 30 September
Further information: here


Artists at 35 Chapel Walk

16th – 20th September.

ARTISTS OF 35 is an exhibition bringing together the artists, curators and creatives of 35 Chapel Walk Gallery. This exhibition seeks to shine a light on this artist-led art space that works to promote creativity, community and spirituality. The five artists featured have explored the ethos of what this gallery stands for through their artwork.

Work by Naomi Gordon Mckibben, Revd Ric Stott, Revd  Sally Coleman, Faiza Omar, and Ewan Richards.

Closing event Friday 20th September 2pm-6pm. Meet the artists, join us in meditation.

Strings, Songs and Storytelling

October 12 – Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre – 7.30pm.
£15 with drink – free to under-18s

A special autumn evening with the Guild of Strings and guest vocalist Caroline Hallam, centred on the fabulous string sextet from Strauss’s Capriccio. The programme will also feature music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss and Edward Elgar, songs, stories and poetry from the world of stage and screen.

Capriccio’s theme can be summarized as ‘Which is the greater art – poetry or music?” It tells the story of a Countess torn between suitors: one a composer, one a poet.  Caroline and the Guild ponder this creative dilemma, leading the audience through fine examples of both arts from the Classical, Operatic, Musical Theatre and Pop repertoires. There will also be personal stories about the significance of such pieces – and chance to reflect on those that hold meaning for you.

Not to be missed! Book your tickets here.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Introduction to Godly Play

The Vine, Sheffield / Friday 8th November, 2019, 10.00am – 4.30pm

Explore how Godly Play can enhance your mission and ministry in children’s work, intergenerational worship, adult small groups, schools, chaplaincy and care homes.

Cost:  £30.00

For more details: godlyplay.uk

To book: Friday 8th Nov 2019 

Contact: Kate Cornwell (GPUK Trainer) on kategodlyplay@thevinesheffield.org.uk

Regional Lay Workers’ Networking Day

Where: Central Methodist, Newgate, Pontefract WF8 1NB
When: 7 October, 9:30-2:30
Who: Rachel McCallam from the Learning Network will lead some work on Appreciative Inquiry
Cost: free, lunch provided
Booking: District Office, noting any dietary requirements

Job Vacancies

Building Manager

The Foundry Sheffield

Salary: £23,400 per annum (this is the pro rata rate)
Hours and Working Pattern: 30 hours per week
Term of Employment: Permanent 

Job description

The Foundry Sheffield is a registered charity which has a lease over Victoria Hall Methodist Church in the heart of Sheffield (next to the Crucible Theatre).  We are now seeking to recruit a Building Manager to develop our iconic grade 2 listed building into an events space in the centre of Sheffield.

Working with the architect, Trustees and Property sub-group, your role will be to ensure the development runs smoothly and building improvements are managed effectively.  Your primary role will be to look after property management and maintenance and the implementation of the organisation’s 10 year plan.  You will be a key member of the Management Team, working with the Trustees and our excellent team of staff who already provide an excellent service to our customers.

As well as having experience of building management, you should also have proven experience of procurement, contract management and working with contractors to deliver building and related services to a high standard.  The ability to demonstrate excellent organisational, negotiating, problem solving and planning skills is essential, as is having positive people management skills and the ability to lead a team.

This post is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The Foundry Sheffield successfully accessed a grant of £188k for our City Centre Events Space Project and is the lead partner with Westminster Central Hall and Priory Place Methodist Church in Doncaster.

Interviews will be held at The Foundry Sheffield, Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2JB.  Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 26th September 2019. 

How to apply

To apply for this role, visit: https://www.varotherham.org.uk/job/building-manager/  Completed application forms should be sent (marked Private & Confidential) to: Andrea Cox, HR Advisor, Voluntary Action Rotherham, The Spectrum, Coke Hill, Rotherham, S60 2HX or emailed to: hr@varotherham.org.uk
Closing date: 19th September 2019

If you require any further information, please contact Andrea Cox on 01709 726897 or email: hr@varotherham.org.uk

Finance Manager

Girls’ Brigade Ministries

GBM is a Christian children’s and youth movement helping girls and young women to openly explore and engage with real life and the gospel hope in a fun, informative and hopeful way.  We are seeking a Finance Manager who will focus on business aspects of the charity’s development, especially finance management, planning, reporting and budgeting.  The role will also oversee the finance and trading team.

We are looking for someone who is CCAB qualified or with at least three years relevant experience in the accounting field. Charity experience would be preferable. Experience using Sage and databases is an asset. This interesting and varied role offers the opportunity to put your accountancy skills to work in a purposeful organisation seeking to make a difference in the lives of young people.

This is a 25 hour a week post based at our office in Calver, Derbyshire.

For more information and an application pack please contact the GB Support Centre – Tel: 01246 582322 / gbco@gb-ministries.org

Closing Date for applications: 22 September 2019

Other News

Christian Aid

Will Aid 2019 – November’s a great time to make your Will

God has given us so much! We celebrate His love and generosity. This involves making the most of the things that He has given to us. We show our gratitude by using His gifts well, for our wellbeing and for the wellbeing of others. Traditionally this has been called stewardship.

Making a Will is an important part of stewardship. It involves us making good decisions about how our wealth is going to be used at the end of this life to be a blessing to others.

Making a Will is also a great blessing to our loved ones because we’re making things as easy as possible for them after we’re gone. We’re ensuring that they don’t have to deal with any legal complications or difficulties. It’s a loving and caring act.

Despite all of this, many of us put off making a Will. This November, however, is a perfect time to sort this out by taking part in Will Aid.  You can gain peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones and support nine leading charities, including Christian Aid.

During November, participating solicitors charge nothing for making a Will. Instead they ask for a suggested donation to Will Aid (£100 for a single basic Will, £180 for a pair of basic mirror Wills) which is split across the charities. So, the charities – and you – get all the benefit.

Lauren Smith of Taylor Bracewell Solicitors in Sheffield said: “We love taking part. We can make sure that people get the representation that they need. People who can’t necessarily afford a Will can get one done professionally and at the same time charities can benefit.”

From September, you can find a participating solicitor in your area at www.willaid.org.uk or by calling 0300 0309 558. You can then contact your local solicitor to make an appointment for a date in November.

Christian Aid Speakers available to share their experiences of Zambia

During September seven supporters from the East Midlands and Yorkshire will travel to Zambia to visit a wide-range of projects currently supported by Christian Aid. The group will visit shelters for victims of Gender Based Violence and a project supporting silica miners. They also will see an initiative helping people to make agriculture a business, as well as visit a coal mining site to understand how displaced residents are being empowered to stand up for their rights.

Those that travelled will be available to visit churches and groups to share their experiences and explain how Christian Aid works through partner organisations, to make a real difference in the lives of our global neighbours.

For more information about the trip and to book a speaker, please contact Tom Wyke on twyke@christian-aid.org or 07841 921200.

New Youth and Children’s Resources

We are excited to announce two new discipleship resources for children and young people.

In October and November, we have a Youth Engagement Volunteer (based in north Derbyshire), who is available to visit youth groups and children’s clubs to introduce these new resources through an interactive session, sharing their experiences from visiting Christian Aid projects in Zambia.

Please contact Tom Wyke on twyke@christian-aid.org if you would like to book a visit from our volunteer.



Praise for:                                      

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting TASTE staff as they travel to many remote areas to carry out projects and to share his love with needy communities
  • The Presentation by Nuhu Chayi, TASTE Nigeria Country Director at the recent Water and Sanitation Sector Co-ordination meeting organised jointly by the EU and Plateau State Government which has resulted in TASTE being invited to be involved in helping the State end open defecation by 2025.
  • The work on the latrines at the House of Recap Orphanage, the whole project was completed in the first week of September. The Thanksgiving service for project will be on Friday 6 September. Not only will the health of the orphans be improved, their environment will also be transformed as the derelict buildings are given a new lease of life and sustainable source of water is provided.

Pray that:                    

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria and would know God’s protection especially in Nigeria as they work in remote and isolated communities
  • Mark Lipdo (former TASTE Nigeria Project Manager), his 3 children, wider family and friends will know God’s presence and peace following the sudden and unexpected death of his wife Eli in the early hours of Sunday 1 September.
  •  Nuhu Chayi  (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would be given wisdom as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig to enable TASTE to provide boreholes in communities with rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000

Thank you for praying for us. Feel free to call Ben on – 07737413772 – if you’d like further information about any of these issues.
Our website address is (www.taste.org.uk)

Methodist News

God in love unites us – worship resources on StF+

The Report of the Marriage and Relationships Task Group 2019: God in Love Unites Us was discussed extensively at the 2019 Methodist Conference and commended for study and prayerful discussion throughout the Church. It is available on the Methodist Church Marriage and Relationships page.

To accompany the report, a study guide has been produced, together with resources designed to use in worship or for opening and closing devotions when the themes of God in love unites us are being discussed. These worship resources, available on Singing the Faith Plus, complement the Report and the Guide. They reflect the content of the Report and the structure of the Guide. Each section draws out some key themes and issues from the Report, offering relevant Bible passages, hymns to explore, and a selection of prayers. There are also short reflections on the Bible passages and hymns that unpack the themes a little further, offering a number of starting points for developing a sermon or other aspects of worship.

The report, study guide and film being provided to support discussions around marriage and relationships can be found online here. These resources are also available to order from Methodist Publishing; orders will be dispatched after the 23 September. District synod orders are being collated and handled directly in time for forthcoming  meetings. More resources to support prayerful reflection are to be added online in the next week.