District News – 14 January 2020

This Week’s News

God in Love Unites Us

Many of you will already have engaged in conversations in your local churches and Circuits and we are 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:

In addition to this, there is also a an opportunity for young people and their youth leaders to engage in conversation regarding the “God In Love Unites Us” report on Saturday 1st February at Central Methodist Church, Aston.  Please draw this to the attention of any young people and their leaders in the church(es) you serve and encourage their participation.

In order that appropriate catering provision can be made, it is vital that those who wish to attend, book for the event by following the link below where further details about the venue and timing of the gathering can be found.


Lent Resources

The climate story and me: how can the radical stories of Jesus help us to respond to the growing climate crisis?

All We Can, the Methodist relief and development agency, is working around the world to enable people to see their potential fulfilled, to see them become all that they can. However, in many of these places, the effects of climate change are already destroying livelihoods, damaging farmland and claiming lives. We know that in order to change this story, we are going to have to take radical action.

This Lent, you could go beyond giving up chocolate again, and radically change the story. Journey with All We Can in a devotional resource that will help you reflect on how Jesus’ storytelling can motivate us to take that action. You will pray, read, reflect, learn, be challenged by the stories of others, share together and – most importantly – act.

Order your copies of the devotional, find out about other lent resources and radically change your story here: allwecan.org.uk/lent

Church Action on Poverty

We would like to highlight Church Action on Poverty Sunday which will be on 23rd February 2020.

In past years we have held a separate service in the city centre but this year we think it is better to encourage individual churches to give special attention to poverty at their regular services on that day. We have a link to the excellent resource pack produced by Church Action on Poverty that includes worship materials, prayers and ideas for services:


We believe that the real issues facing people in our poorest communities are in danger of being overlooked or forgotten.If we are to build a just and compassionate society, we need everyone’s voices to be heard.

We hope this new approach will encourage churches across the city to mark this special Sunday.

Please share this information with your contacts and networks.

If you’d like any further information , please contact:

Briony Broome; Secretary, Sheffield Church Action on Poverty

email: briony.broome@hotmail.co.uk


Church Leader’s Network

Tuesday 28 January – Cliff College

These meetings are designed for those in church leadership to come together as a way to share and connect. We do hope you’ll join us again.

If you haven’t already, please contact us on 01246 584 200 or reception@cliffcollege.ac.uk to book your place. This event is free of charge.

The Programme:

10.45 drinks and cake in Chadwick’s dining room (Cliff Hall)

11.15 Meeting

12.45 Lunch in Chadwick’s dining room

This event is free of charge.

Further dates:

  • 24th March
  • 12th May

Lifepath Barnsley

Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th February 2020

Now in its 6th year and based at Emmanuel Methodist Church, Lifepath Barnsley is run by an ecumenical team of volunteers and celebrates and explores the life and faith of Barnsley-born missionary James Hudson-Taylor who followed God’s call to China. Radically, for a missionary of the time, he chose to learn and adopt the language and dress of the local people in order to share his faith. Hudson-Taylor founded the China Inland Mission, now OMF International – one of the largest Christian Movements in the world

Lifepath Barnsley 2020 takes place Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th February and we’re looking forward to welcoming more than 300 children over the 4 days.

For more information or to volunteer to help with this event please contact Kirstie Hall or Heidi Moore lifepathbarnsley@outlook.com

A Lovely Valentine’s Evening for Everyone! at Whirlow Spirituality Centre


With Caroline Hallam, Sonority Choir and players from the Guild of Strings.

Treat yourself to this event in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit with songs, music, readings, creativity and refreshments – presented by Caroline. Couples also welcome to come and enjoy the cosy : )

Full programme to be announced soon!

Book your tickets here – free to accompanied under-18s. Plus a free glass of wine / juice.

Other events at Whirlow

Spiritual Accompaniers’ Resource Evening
21 January, 730 – 9pm. Donations gratefully received.
Conversation, listening practice in triads with feedback and peer supervision, for all recognised Spiritual Accompaniers. Details here.

Cold Calling
25 January, 8 – 930am. Donations gratefully received
A discussion and support opportunity for all those who have been bruised or perplexed by their experience of the discernment process for ordination, within a Christian denomination. Share your story over breakfast. Details here.

Becoming Whole: the Shadow Self
8 February, 10am – 4.30pm, £35
A coaching retreat day for reflective, mindful exploration of the shadow self and the journey towards wholeness. Led by Master Coach Jane Moffat. Details here.

Remembering Dying and Rising – Lent art exhibition
Feb 26 – Holy Week.
Painting and sculptures by Graham Pigott, Colin Riches and Michael Finn that invite contemplation of the passion.
Feb 27 – 7pm – launch and drinks reception. Opening times and more details here

Ash Wednesday Quiet Day
26 February, 930am – 3.30pm, £18
A day focused on Christ in the Desert at the beginning of Lent. Details here.

Writing for Wellbeing
29 February, 11am – 2.30pm, £20
Unlock the imagination and put pen to paper in a safe, therapeutic space. No experienced needed! Led by author and workshop leader Leonie Martin. Details here.

Training and Learning


Discover! is the folder that was given out at Synod in September 2015 (and other events). It contained flyers about opportunities and ideas for you and your church to learn and grow. The Learning and Development group have updated this and the new version is now available. You can request copies to replace the old version, and we will be providing them at Synod and other events. The folder can be reused or returned to the District Office.

Bible Month training day

Saturday 29 February 2020

There are now 4 workshops available to choose from as part of the the Bible Month training Day.

Ruthless readings – where are we in the text? (Dr Rachel Starr)

This workshop will explore connections between our own experiences and the book of Ruth. We will explore the question: Where do we find ourselves in the story of Ruth? The workshop will include an opportunity to ‘write back’ to one of the characters in the story.

Rachel Starr is Director of Studies (undergraduate programmes) at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham. She completed doctoral studies in Buenos Aires, researching the relationship between theologies of marriage and domestic violence. With David Holgate, she is author of the SCM Studyguide to Biblical Hermeneutics (2nd edition, 2019) which is used in the Worship Leaders and Local Preachers course. 

An interactive Bible Study on Ruth (Revd Ben Clowes)

Rev Ben Clowes, has produced a set of interactive Bible Studies on the Book of Ruth linking in with the Connexional Year of Testimony.  During the session Ben will explore how he structures a Bible Study group along with using some of the material for one of the sessions in the studies as an example.  Participants will be able to take away a full set of four Bible Study sessions.

Rev Ben Clowes is a soon-to-be-published author of Bible Studies.  Springing from his experience of leading housegroups in a variety of settings, Ben’s new book due to be published in March 2020 is called ‘Since we saw you last: the church, the community and rites of passage’ which looks at the ‘I am’ sayings of John’s Gospel through the points of contact we have with the world around us and uses the music of Gary Barlow.  Ben is also Superintendent of the Nidd Valley Circuit and is based in Harrogate.

Preaching Ruth (Revd Graham Jones)

Compelling story, great characters, complex relationships and timeless themes – what is God wanting to say through this brief but rich text and how can we help it connect with people’s lives here and now? An opportunity to share creatively, to be inspired and to plan our three points (or not!).

Graham is originally from the other side of the Pennines but has now spent most of his life in Yorkshire and lives in the beautiful city of York. He is a presbyter in the Learning Network and enjoys the challenge of making connections between the Bible and contemporary culture, particularly through the peculiar art of preaching.  

Local Arrangements and Ruth (Mr Tim Baker)

Tim Baker, editor of The Vine resources, offers some thoughts, ideas and creative suggestions for how you could engage with the book of Ruth and the Bible Month resources in local arrangements. Come along to be inspired, encouraged and equipped to take ownership of worship during Bible Month 2020!

If you have already booked, you can amend your booking by following the link in the booking confirmation email. Get in touch with the District Office if you need help on this.

Cost: £10, lunch provided.
Book your place via the link here: 2020biblemonth.eventbrite.co.ukBookings close on Thursday 20 February at 12 noon. 
Payment can be made by card or offline – full details on the booking site.

If you have any questions, contact Katrin in the District Office (admin@sheffieldmethodist.org)

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:              Wednesday, 5th February, 2020
Venue:          Central Methodist Church, Saltergate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1UH
Time:             10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Book a place: https://css-advanced-chesterfield.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Church Co-ordinator (part-time)

St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield

This is a new post in which we expect to appoint an individual to manage the efficient and effective use of Church resources including oversight of the church office, staffing, buildings and maintenance.

We are looking for a suitably qualified person who can demonstrate knowledge and experience of the operational requirements of a small organisation or charity.  We have two properties, the Church and Shirley House, in which we let office spaces and hire out rooms for community use. The Co-ordinator will play a key role in ensuring that we work towards best practice in all these endeavours and the post will include developing new proposals for funding and to raise our profile as a conference and meeting venue.

We are an outward looking church, keen to engage in sustainable practices for our Church and its resources. Your role in co-ordinating our resources will play an important part towards this goal.

We anticipate you will have previous experience of management of buildings, staff teams and strategic projects and that you are in sympathy with the ethos, mission and purpose of St Andrews’ Psalter Lane Church.  You will need excellent communication skills, flexibility and adaptability.

Hours: 12 per week               Rate of Pay:  £13 per hour

Closing date for applications: 31st January 2020

For application form and pack contact:

The Church Office, St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church.  31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL.
Tel (am only) 0114 267 8289 or email: office@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk

Communications Assistant

Churches Together in England ( is seeking to appoint a proactive and engaging communications assistant for seven hours per week, on an eight month fixed term contract.

The role offers the opportunity to be involved in creating digital communications content for CTE’s website, Twitter account and e newsletter, and to play a key role in supporting the delivery of CTE’s new website in 2020.

This new role comes during a period of exciting development at CTE, and the successful candidate will report to the Senior Communications and Media Officer.

  • Seven hours per week (either two half-days or one full day per week)
  • Eight-month fixed term contract
  • Home-based, accessible to London
  • £12.60 per hour

The ideal candidate will be an engaging written communicator with strong organisational skills and a positive, proactive attitude. Experience in creating content for websites and/or social media are strongly desirable. The candidate should be a ‘self starter’ and confident working remotely, from home.
An application pack can be downloaded at cte.org.uk/CommsAssistant

Closing date: 9am on Friday 31 st January 2020
Interview date Tuesday 11 th February 2020 in Tavistock Square, London
Start date: As soon as possible

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for applicants to be a practising Christian and
an active member in good standing of a member church of CTE/CTBI.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Book launch!!

Come and chat with local children’s author Suzy Senior here at CLC Bookshops – beside the Cathedral – on Saturday 25th January from 12pm to 2pm on the occasion of the launch of her latest book, Just As You Are.

Does God want relationship with us if we, like Donkey, are a bit… scruffy, or when we’ve made a mess of things? In this engaging and beautifully illustrated tale for children aged from 4 to 7, Donkey, Squirrel, Cat and Mouse find out that God wants us to come to him just as we are.

Buy the book at the launch and book signing event and you’ll save 17% ( £1) on the retail price of £5.99!

Used Books

The used book section is frequently re-stocked, so make sure you have a browse on your visits to the bookshop!

There are plenty of books in storage… so if you know the title you’re looking for, just ask if we have it. Yes, you can also ask by email or phone.

Used books are an excellent and economical way of getting great reads into people’s hands so they grow in faith and knowledge.

CLC delivers

Can’t get into town? No problem! Whatever your need, if it doesn’t fit into a post box it can be dropped off at the Post Office. Orders weighing more than 2kgs go by courier. Free delivery on purchases over £10 (exceptions may apply)