District News – 14 August 2019

This Week’s News

Sad News

On behalf of Peter Smith and his family, and with sadness, I have to tell you that Rev Dr Liz Smith, former Chair of Leeds District, died at her home on the evening of Monday 5th August. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family. We hold them all in our prayers.

Grants for Christian Books

Speaking Volumes offers grants for libraries, schools, prisons, care homes and churches – actually, anywhere a book can be borrowed and enjoyed by a wide readership. The grants are for the purchase of Christian books from a local Christian bookshop and the list of available books can be seen on www.speakingvolumes.org.uk. The next opportunity to apply is in September and you do so on that website. While funding is available for all sorts of libraries, the charity has been given extra funding specifically for PRISON LIBRARIES. 

If you would like help with your application, CLC in Sheffield would be more than happy to assist anyone without access to a bookshop.

GDPR Training

GDPR has now been in place for more than 12 months and TMCP are pleased to confirm that they will be providing further guidance and training on data protection matters affecting the Methodist Church. The training will be held in 5 different locations across the UK hosted by the firms on the Panel of Solicitors.

The training days are designed to be interactive and workshop focussed with attendance limited to 25 people per location.

Full details can be downloaded here: Data Protection training day invite 2019

Churches Together in Derbyshire

The Revd Ruth Gee, Assistant Secretary of the Conference, Connexional Ecumenial Officer, and Former President of the Conference, will be in Derbyshire over the weekend of October 5/6.   On Friday 5th she is to be the principal guest at the Derbyshire Day of Churches Together in Derbyshire – in  Matlock LEP from 10-3, and will be exploring, among other things, comparisons between her previous work as chair of Darlington District with what we tell her of our similar but different circumstances in Derbyshire.      On  Sunday 6th she will lead worship at Central Methodists in Chesterfield at 10.30.

Reminder – The District Office will be closed from Monday until after the Bank Holiday weekend.


Bamford Rural Drop-in

Saturday 28 September

Bamford Social group is organised by the Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy and Farming Life Centre. Social meetings will start in September and continue on the last Saturday of the each month. Included is a coffee morning and bring and buy sale.

Download the poster to publicise on notice boards: Bamford social meeting

Youth Service

Sunday 29 September – 10:30am – Carterknowle Methodist Church, Sheffield

Sheffield Circuit are holding a Youth Led Circuit Service, but all are welcome to come and hear Thelma Comey, the Youth President, music will be provided by Carterknowle youth Band..  There will be a buffet after the service, so if possible please let Jonathan Buckley (jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk) know if you are planning to attend.

An Autumn retreat with Henri Nouwen:
led by biographer Dr Michael Ford

19 October from 9:30am at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Encounter Father Nouwen as a Lonely Mystic – title of Dr Ford’s latest book. Explore Henri’s writings on prayer and divine intimacy, his joys and struggles as an active contemplative.

Cost – £35 including light lunch. More details and bookings here.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Live your Best Story

Sunday 15 September – 6:00pm – Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield

An evening for women exploring what it means to live with courage and lead with confidence. This is an invitation for female Christian Leaders and potential leaders as well as Christian women in leadership or management in the world of work to a one off opportunity.  A team of Christian businesswomen for USA are in the UK with Joanna Williamson, who is hosting the new certificate in women’s leadership at Cliff College.

See the poster for more details: womens leadership event at Greenhill

Young Local Preacher Weekend

20-22 September –  Cliff College

The Young Local Preachers weekend is for anyone aged 16-25 who is a local preacher, or at any stage in the training, or even just exploring whether they have a call to preach! The Methodist Church and Cliff College will be hosting this weekend event full of inspiration, challenge and a chance to develop new skills. The weekend will be held at Cliff College from 20th-22nd September 2019 (from 6.30pm on Friday until early afternoon on the Sunday).  Tickets cost £75 and can be bought via the Eventbrite link. https://younglocalpreachersweekend.eventbrite.co.uk

Taking Care of your Mental Wellbeing

29 October – Cliff College

A Well training day for those working/volunteering with children, young people or families.

This training day will help you:

  • Gain a greater understanding of mental health and wellbeing
  • Explore how faith influences mental health
  • Learn techniques and ideas for coping and dealing with stress in your role
  • Gain ideas for resources and learn skills that will be beneficial for yourself and the children and young people you work with.

October 29th 2019. 11am – 3.30pm at Cliff College at the subsidised price of £10 (this includes lunch). Tickets limited book early!


Lay Workers Networking Day

Monday 7 October  – Central Methodist, Pontefract – note change of venue

After the successful Lay Workers Networking Day at Boston Spa in March, we’re looking to organise another day on Monday October 7th at Central Methodist Church, Pondefract (not Christ Church, Stocksbridge as previously advertised). The day will start at 9.30am for Tea’s, Coffee’s and conversations, followed by Introductions and Worship together at 10am. There is ample car parking at the Church for those coming by car, with the Church being 10-15 minutes from the M1 J36, and at the end of the Tram Route from Meadowhall or Sheffield Train Station.

Rachel McCallam from the Learning Network will be sharing with us at 10.30am around Appreciative Inquiry, before breaking for lunch at 12pm with a Buffet Lunch (thanks to the Learning Network for providing it). After lunch at 12.45pm, they’ll be opportunity for people from the same or similar Ministry areas to meet together in Communities of Practice to share their highs and lows; to bounce ideas off each other, and to help provide a support structure in what can be quite a lonely job at times.

The day will close at 2pm, although drinks will be available until 2.30pm for those who want to continue chatting.

To book your place on the day, please contact Sian Henderson (yorkshirenemethodist@icloud.com, 07809 431871), letting her know if you have any dietary requirements.

Worship & Engagement in Later Life (WELL)

Wednesday 13 November – Leeds Church Institute

The WELL event is taking place at 6 different locations around the country, aimed at preachers, worship leaders and pastoral visitors who help to lead worship for people in later life, either in a church, community or care home setting. The resources we’ll be sharing have been developed by our chaplaincy within MHA and are designed to help people lead worship in a context which may include people living with dementia. The event reflects MHA’s mission to help improve the quality of life for older people and is provided free of charge.  Booking details are on the flyer here: WELL leaflet

Standing Firm! – a day of Bible exploration

The Revd Ashely Cooper will lead us through Paul’s letter to the Colossians (this year’s Bible month book) challenging us to make our beliefs an d lifestyles fit to face the experience of being a Christian today.

Saturday 21 September – The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe – Full details on the flyer here: Word 2019 (1)

Saturday 12 October 2019 – Gracious Street Methodist Church, Knaresborough – Full details on the flyer here: Bible Day 2019 flyer

Job Vacancies

Assistant Ecumenical Officer

The Methodist Church in Britain seeks to appoint an Assistant Ecumenical Officer who will work with others to implement the Church’s vision for ecumenical commitment and welcome.

They will work in close collaboration with the Assistant Secretary of the Conference (who acts as the Connexional Ecumenical Officer).

Are you committed to working in partnership with others wherever possible, passionate about the church as an instrument of God’s mission, and a good communicator? If so, this might be an opportunity for you.

Particular responsibilities of the Assistant Ecumenical Officer include:

  • providing guidance on local ecumenical partnerships;
  • facilitating a network of District Ecumenical Officers;
  • liaising with the ecumenical instruments especially where they are engaged in inter-faith matters and chaplaincy developments;
  • co-ordinating the work of Fellowship chaplains and other representatives of other language communities.

This post holds a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a member of the Methodist Church.
Salary in the region of £30,000 – £38,000 per annum

For Presbyters and Deacons of the Methodist Church, the normal terms and conditions for a circuit minister will apply

Closing date: Thursday, 22 August 2019 

Interviews will be held in London on 3 September 2019

Full details including how to apply can be found here: Assistant Ecumenical Officer

Other News

Taste Prayer Letter

Please find the August 2019  Prayer Points for TASTE (Transfer of Appropriate Sustainable Technology & Expertise).

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 recent encouraging meeting between Nuhu Chayi (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and WaterAid Nigeria, which could see TASTE reaching more communities across Nigeria
  • Our Trustee Andy Bryce who turned 40 recently (Oh and completed his PhD – Congratulations Andy) and asked his family and friends to make donations to TASTE instead of giving him cards and presents. This very generous gesture raised £355 for TASTE

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
  • The Christians in Nigeria would seek to faithfully serve God and care for one another
  • The Nigerian government would be given wisdom to be open about and address without bias the root cause of the conflict between the Fulani herdsmen and local farmers which is causing Devastation and displacement of whole communities
  • 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 tyhe 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)

You can also download this for display/circulation here: 20190806 August Prayer Letter

Do you pride yourself on your Good Taste?

Visit “Good Taste”, the Sheffield Fair Trade Shop, 195 Whitham Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SN.

Buy superb Malawi rice, a range of teas, coffee and chocolate, chutney, honey etc. and beautifully crafted cards and gifts. You will be helping co-operatives of small producers make a living and send their children to school.

Jenny Coleman will be delighted to supply goods on sale or return for you to sell at your Fairtrade stall at your church or community event  and gives a 10% discount to churches that have a regular stall.

Have a look at the website www.goodtaste.org.uk or phone 0114 4381428 and take a further step in making Sheffield Methodist District a Fairtrade District.