District News – 12 May 2020

This Week’s News

Thoughts on Aldersgate Sunday

The Rev’d John Young, a supernumerary minister in the Chesterfield Circuit, has written a short reflection about John Wesley’ experience on 24 May 1738. He reminds us that it was Luther’s preface to Romans which caused John’s heart to be “strangely warmed”. You can read the full reflection, including some of the Preface, here: Aldersgate Sunday

Thought for the Day

Deacon Lorraine Brown, the Peak Park Rural Development Enabler, writes of the challenges in rural ministry, including getting stuck in the mud! Her reflection for the Rural Chaplaincy offers some thoughts on the need to be still and focus on God, which is not always easy. You can read the full story here: Lorraine Brown Chaplaincy Reflection

Time, History and Hope

Revd Jonathan Gichaara, presbyter in the Doncaster Circuit, has written a book! Time, History and Hope – Social Memory as a Paradigm for an Emerging African Theology:The Case of Kenya is published by Lambert Academic Publishing.

This is a critical study of the ritual role and function of the concepts of time, history and messianic social hopes in the Kenyan context,  on which the emerging African theology is to be understood and predicated upon.

It is available from Amazon – the link can be found here: Time, History and Hope

Cliff College

The College site may be closed, but Cliff’s life and ministry never stops! The Cliff community gathers at 8:45am every weekday morning for prayers, broadcast live on our Facebook page, and at 6:15pm for our reflection and worship time, also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cliffcollege). We encourage you to join us at these times. We’re also hosting two virtual open days, on June 2nd and 3rd – you can find all the information on our website: www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/study/open-days.

We’re also excited for Cliff’s Festival at Home, a free online festival happening from May 22-25. With worship, seminars, challenges, prayer, teaching and more for all ages, this is the place to be over the bank holiday! Join us online at www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/cliff-festival/festival-2020, or search ‘Festival at Home’ on YouTube.

Keeping Save on Zoom

Zoom has emerged as a very popular tool for online meetings, training and other communication
activities during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, but there are risks associated with any such app.

The National Police Chief’s Council have therefore written a short guide to the main security controls and how to access them, to enable you to keep safe during meetings.

You can download the guide here: Zoom Advice

Easter Giving 2020

Thank you to those who have already made a donation to the Easter Giving 2020 fund. This is part of the District Benevolent fund which will be used to support individuals, projects, churches or partner organisations that are struggling in these times. There have already been some enquires about the possibility of financial support, so it is good that we are able to help those in need.

If you would like to make a donation, which can be gift-aided, then you can do so here: Easter Giving.


Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Virtual Simple Quiet Day – 19 May

We are planning our first Virtual Simple Quiet Day. Book your free place here!

Featuring fellowship using Zoom and other resources sent by email, there is no charge but please book for access to Zoom video calls and advance materials.

If you are interested but have never attended a Simple Quiet Day, please contact events@whirlowspiritalitycentre.org to ask for details – with no obligation!

A feedback form will be available to those who attend: we will be especially grateful for its completion and return as we continue to work out what to deliver online.

Training and Learning

Dreaming Beyond”

Friday 22nd May from 2-4pm.

If you are passionate about rural and pioneering mission, here is a great opportunity to discover some truly amazing stories of what God has been doing across England and Wales. We are sure it will give you the opportunity to dream beyond our current crisis and reimagine what your ministry could look like.

It will be an online forum, featuring contributions from, and a chance to question these exciting practitioners:

  • Eryl ParryCeltic Pioneer
  • Ben LucasMissional Listener
  • Revd Shalome MacNeil CooperMethodist Presbyter, Shropshire
  • Pete AtkinsLincolnshire Fresh Expressions Pioneer
  • Elizabeth ClarkNational Rural Officer Officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches

Here is the link, please tick Jersey Circuit when registering. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dreaming-beyond-an-inspirational-gathering-for-rural-and-pioneering-mission-online-tickets-103941576052

CSS – Safeguarding Training

A reminder that the Advanced Module training on 4 June in Swinton has been cancelled.

A decision has yet to be made regarding the session on Tuesday 7 July in North Anston.

Job Vacancies

Methodist Young Adults Vocations Programme 2020

Our vision is to grow young adults aged 21 – 30 years of age, from all backgrounds, in their faith and equip them to be active agents of change and disciples in their churches and communities, thus enabling them to be instruments of God’s grace and love in new places including their communities and the world.

We offer a unique, fair, accessible and challenging initiative for all young adults to engage their faith with their profession and calling whilst raising up leaders within a peer context of vocational discernment and mentoring.

This year we are offering a variety of roles under two key focus areas:

Stream 1: Pioneer/Entrepreneur – Mission, Evangelism & Leadership Focus – 1 to 2* years.

We have 2 posts located across the UK with the following organisations/sectors:

Chaplaincy, Interfaith and Programme Development – Inclusive Gathering Church Birmingham, Jazz Community Church, Birmingham and Birmingham University Chaplaincy.

Stream 2 – Vocational and Discipleship Focus (Leadership) – 1 Year

This is work within an explicitly faith based ministry or organisation supported by a local Methodist or affiliated ecumenical partner.

For full information on this project visit the Methodist Church website here: jobs-volunteering/methodist-young-adults-vocations-programme-2020/

Other News

Christian Aid Week – 10-16 May

As coronavirus continues to impact our daily lives, we’re finding new ways to celebrate this special week.

We can’t take part in the usual house-to-house collections or Big Brekkies this year. But we can still give, act and pray together virtually, with love for our neighbours living in poverty worldwide.

The trusty envelope is an emblem for Christian Aid Week, and this year is no different!

Instead of posting envelopes through letterboxes, you can send a personalised message to friends and family with our e-Envelope. It’s really easy to do and will help raise vital funds for families living in poverty around the world.

Send an e-Envelope


Please find below  the May 2020  Prayer Points for TASTE (Transfer of Appropriate Sustainable Technology & Expertise).

Thank you for your faithfulness in praying for us please do continue to remember us in your prayers. We can’t do what we do without your prayers.

20200507 May Prayer Letter

Methodist News

All We Can Appeal

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of the Methodist people, the AWC Emergency Coronavirus Appeal is already having an impact on vulnerable people across the globe – including new mothers, like Kwagala from rural Uganda you can read about here. But the global need to help communities face the pandemic is growing fast.


A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched.

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514

Listen to news: 0808 281 2478

Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening.

TMCP News Hub

Non Residential Leases – requests from Tenants to a rent concession

COVID-19 and the ‘lockdown’ has thrown up a number of problems for non-residential tenants who are currently unable to trade from their premises. This impacts on Managing Trustees where they let out non-residential premises including shops and parts of the church e.g. an unused Church hall.

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Update to the Managing Trustees’ Consent Form and a new Data Collection Form

Further to feedback from Managing Trustees to the template documents, following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (‘GDPR’), TMCP has separated the previous consent form into two separate documents; a Consent Form and a Data Collection Form.  Managing Trustees informed us that having  one  single form was confusing particularly when consent is not being relied upon as a Lawful Basis for processing personal data.  Managing Trustees also found it difficult to record consent when different permissions were being granted for different church activities.  So to help Managing Trustees we have  converted the previous consent form into two separate forms:

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COVID-19 and its effect upon Building Contracts and works to Methodist Churches

Guidance for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving on an almost daily basis. The effect of COVID-19 is wide reaching and may affect ongoing works for some time to come, including but not limited to those logged as property projects on the property Consents Website for some time to come.

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Online Worship with the 3Gen Reps

Please let your young people know that every Wednesday the 3Generate Reps are hosting a time of worship and reflection on Instagram. Find them via their stories at @3genreps – starting at 7pm and join in together!