District News – 14 May 2019

This Week’s News

Marriage & Relationships

Sheffield  – Thursday 20 June – 7:30pm at Wesley Hall, a short introductory session to start the process, which will be followed up once the Connexional conversation starts in 2019/20

Bolsover & Staveley – will be holding a series of “Hot Potato Conversations – starting 15 May

Barnsley – will be following this up after Conference

Trinity – Information evenings as follows: Thursday 23 May – 7:30pm – Grove Street, Retford; Thursday 6 June – 2pm – North Anston

Peak – exact plans still to be advised

Doncaster – exact plans still to be advised

Chesterfield – exact plans still to be advised

Rotherham & Dearne Valley – Revd Ric Stott and Revd Jo Archer-Siddall introduced the topic in the Rotherham & Dearne Valley circuit on Monday 13 May.

MHA Sunday

This year our theme of worship is: ‘One Sunday’ and we invite church groups to celebrate MHA Sunday by looking at ways in which we can make our worship as inclusive as possible, especially thinking of those living with dementia and other conditions. Worship Resources include an Order of Service which can be used for Local Arrangement services, prayers, hymns, stories and links to video clips of MHA’s work. They are available to download at www.mha.org.uk/mhasunday or you can contact MHA for printed copies.

By holding an MHA Service, your Church helps us to do practical things that help older people not just survive, but to thrive. Your support helps MHA to provide life-enhancing services such as a chaplain in all our residential settings, Music Therapy for people with dementia and friendship and neighbourhood support to older people living independently within our Live at Home community schemes.

Methodist Church Fund for Human Need

Refugee Week, 17th to 23rd June 2019

Because a significant proportion of FHN’s emergency payments go to refugees and asylum seekers here in the UK, we are sending help this year for preachers who are appointed to lead worship on Refugee Sunday, 23rd June.

This help is in the form of two documents: one is our April Newsletter with a focus on Refugees – April

and the other is a collection of service notes and contacts that our Secretary has prepared – From FHN for Refugee Week, 2019

There are also some brief PowerPoint slides including some stories of those we seek to help – Refugee week

We are sending these things because of our true concern for those who are facing hardships of every kind, in every way and all at once, way beyond what most of us would ever be called to endure.

Please feel free to forward the resources to anyone who can use them.

I Am John Wesley

Saturday 25 May – 2:30pm

Epworth Old Rectory are presenting a free outside performance by Sh’ma Kingdom Drama. Experiencing the resistance, riots and changed lives as they retell the incredible story of the Wesley Brothers.

Forest Church at Synod

Those who attended the Forest Church workshop at Synod might like to have a copy of the poster Siggy had on the wall: Poster Roll Full


Cliff College Festival

24-27 May 2019

The theme for Festival this year is ‘Into all the world’ and we will be exploring how we can share our faith story with other people. Speakers include Andy Hawthorne, Grace Wheeler, John Kirkby and Paul Smith, with after-hours entertainment from Play it be ear, Worship Central, Andy Kind and the EAGA gospel choir. As always, we will provide specific venues and programmes for those aged 3-11, 11-14, 15-18 and 18-30. A weekend ticket costs £36 and a day ticket costs £14 (concessions are available); 17s and under are free. We hope you will be joining us! For more information, see the website: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/festival/

The Hope Collective is a new venue within Cliff Festival that offers a gathering of dynamic music and creative word. It is a space to come together to encounter the Spirit of God and be renewed for life. This will be an event for all ages with activities across the site for everyone.

Artists confirmed include: Lou Fellingham, Lily Jo, Philippa Hannah, The Moment, Rivers and Robots, and Andy Hawthorne.

 The Hope Collective will begin at 12pm on Saturday 25th May and will run until 11pm. If you’ve already booked for Festival, you’ll be able to access all the Hope Collective activities; you can also book separately for this event here. Why not download our poster and display it in your church?

Burngreave Ashram

Monday 3 June

Our next interfaith session is on Monday 3rd June 2019 starting with bring and share lunch at 12:30 pm. The seminar at 1:15 pm will be facilitated by Nirmal Fernando on ‘Mary: A Textual Depiction of the Right to Virginity and Unmarried Pregnancy‘.
Please note that this topic was originally fixed for May as on the attached flyer, but changed to June in order to accommodate the Sheffield Festival of Debate in May.

CH&LIB. FLYER. 2019.1

Chris Bullock – 0114 272 7144 

Urban Theology Union

Celebrating our Jubilee! 

 Monday 8 July 2019 

We hope that you have by now heard that it is our Jubilee: 50 years of the Urban Theology Union.

We would be delighted if you could join us to celebrate, share memories and consider our future.  If you want to, there is also a Summer School running to the 9th July.

We invite you to join us for some or all of it – even if it’s only for lunch!  RSVP by 9 June, please, would be very helpful for organising the catering.

Please address offers to John Vincent: office@utusheffield.org.uk

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Absorb the powerful pairing of music and silence

On May 23, and approximately every other month, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit hosts We Who Sing, Pray Twice. At these popular evenings, simple, sacred rounds and chants in four-part harmony are learned and sung.

This might be music that is joyful, glad, sad or peaceful, from a variety of sources.

The silence that follows the singing offers the opportunity to be still, pray or meditate.

About the 2019 Evenings

A gentle body and voice warm-up is followed by time spent learning songs and chants in four parts. Leaders help singers find the part that best suits them (high, middle or low). Songs are learnt by ear, with simple hand movements as a guide, so musical experience is not needed.

The songs are then repeated by the group. As music fills the space, it can be a way in to stillness, prayer or meditation in the “dazzling silence” that follows.

All are welcome: churchgoers and non-churchgoers, experienced singers and beginners, those of all faiths – anyone seeking to open themselves to or deepen their experience of God.

23 May, 4 July, 5 September & 28 November. No charge – donations are welcome.
7.30 – 9.30pm.   

More details here.

Adjusting the Balance
28th May, 11am – 2pm. £10.
It can be easier to love our neighbours than ourselves. This workshop led by psychotherapist and retired nurse Teresa Dickens will focus on the importance of self care and introduce some body-mindfulness exercises. Book here.

The Divine Dance book group
5th & 19th June (plus 3rd & 17th July), 730 – 930pm. £5 each or £15 for the series of four.
What – or who? – is God? Angry moral scorekeeper? Supernatural Santa for those who do what’s right? Fiction? Irrelevance? Explore this and other questions at our book group, reading The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr (with Mike Morrell). Participants will watch videos by Rohr and his team as well as exploring the text together. For anyone interested in the book and keen to discuss it with others. Book here.

Meditative Service for Pentecost
9 June, 6pm.
A quieter service complementing Sheffield Anglican Cathedral’s Thy Kingdom Come event. No charge, all welcome.

Day of Retreat
29 June, 930am – 430pm. £20.
A simple day of silence, limited to 10 participants and facilitated by recognised Spiritual Accompaniers. Book here.

Training & Learning Opportunities

Being a Host with the Most

How to extend invitations and be a warm, welcoming church

You are warmly invited to join us for a day exploring how to excel at inviting others and welcoming them to your church home.

Learn from one another; hear new ideas; consider different approaches; review your current practice.

When: 6 July 2019, 10am-3pm
Where: Chapel Allerton Methodist Church,
Town Street, Leeds LS7 4NB

Lunch is included so please RSVP by end June

To book: Sian Henderson, admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org
01904 786275

Download the poster to help publicise: Hostwiththemost

What Makes a Good City? Series 3

Urban Theology Union Summer Forums 2019

Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

We are continuing looking at the issues where faith and civic or public life overlap.

We start with an exploration of the balance between personal charity and state welfare, continue to look at the interface between welfare and crime and then look at the ethics of poverty and welfare.

As usual our speaker’s theme after their address will be considered by a respondent, and then open discussion.

People of Christian faith, other faiths or none are all welcome. Enquiries should be addressed to UTU. 0114 270 9907

The Forums meet from 12 noon to 1.30 pm on  monthly  Wednesdays in UTU’s library area in the basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield  (entrance in Chapel Walk).  Bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available.

The three speakers will be as follows:

Wednesday  22nd May: Qari Mohammed Siddique, Islamic scholar, University of Sheffield Chaplain and ex-city councillor on ‘The Islamic tradition of Charity and welfare’.  The respondent is to be confirmed.

Wednesday 19th  June:  Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield speaks on ‘Public Health, welfare and crime: getting the balance right.’ This talk will look at the major issues in public health facing our city, and the initiative in Glasgow that has addressed knife crime as a public health matter. The respondent is to be confirmed.

Wednesday 17 July: Simon Duffy,  Director of the Centre for Welfare will talk on his provocative title ‘Are we ready to send poverty to hell ?’.  He has long been concerned about the increasing inequities of the Welfare system in this country. The respondent will be Rev Henry Ohakah, Methodist Minister in Woodseats .

These Forum sessions are open to all and free of charge.

Northern Retreat 19th -21st November 2019

Wydale Hall, Scarborough

The Cross, Pastoral and Prophetic Reflections

The Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal

The Retreat will engage with six meditations/reflections on the cross, as the central symbol associated with Jesus Christ and his followers. The meditations will offer reflection on some key contemporary issues, such as deaths of refugees seeking safety; women on the frontlines of suffering and struggle; models of leadership; the cross in a multi faith world; Love, Grief and Life; and Silence and the Word of God.

Inderjit Bhogal is married to Kathy and they live in Sheffield. Inderjit is a Methodist Minister (retired in 2018 after 42). He is a former President of the British Methodist Conference. He has held positions of Director of Urban Theology Unit (Sheffield); Leader and CEO, Corrymeela Community (Northern Ireland); CEO, Yorkshire & Humber Faiths Forum. He is Founder and President of the City of Sanctuary movement and President of the Methodist Peace Fellowship.

Cost: £220

Contact Rev Sandie Exley-Watts – sandie@exleywatts.me.uk;  01924 840219

Job Vacancies

Lay Pastor – part-time

 The Doncaster Methodist Circuit requires a part time (25 hours per week) pastor.

The Circuit is applying its Strategy for Growth so the appointee will be utilised according to the Strategy that requires staff and resources to be used primarily in churches that are actively seeking to encourage growth.

The appointment is three years commencing 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2022 enabling a presbyter to be appointed through the stationing process. The salary will be dependent on qualifications and relevant experience and is expected to be £12688 pa (with pension provision) and housing allowance of £2379.

The successful candidate will need to be subject to the discipline of the Methodist Church. The appointment is subject to satisfactory references and a satisfactory DBS disclosure.

Full details from :- Circuit Steward @ 72 Apley Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 2AY. Tel No 01302 322674

Email (eric@hepworthgolfphotography.com) 

Closing date for completed applications:- 18 May 2019

Interviews W/C 10 June 2019

Applicants are encouraged to visit the following website


There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GDR) that the post-holder is a Christian..

Youth and Children’s Project Administrator

7.5 hours per week – Sheffield Methodist Circuit

Could God be calling you to work with us in Sheffield

Established in September 2017, Sheffield Methodist Circuit’s Youth and Children’s Project is looking to appoint a part-time Administrator to help support and sustain the growth of the project. The successful candidate will be aged 16-23, and will be empowered to participate in the four training weekends provided by the Connexional One Programme.

Want to find out more?

Contact The Sheffield Circuit Office at admin@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk for an application pack.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd June 2019 and interviews are expected to be held on either Tuesday 18th or Thursday 20th June 2019. This appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Lead Evangelist vacancy

Attercliffe & Darnall Centre of Mission (Sheffield)

Attercliffe & Darnall Centre of Mission is an exciting new partnership between the Diocese of Sheffield and Church Army, with 2 evangelists serving these urban estates in Sheffield. The centre will pioneer ways of reaching groups of people not currently touched by the church, and will serve as a model to encourage evangelism more widely. This is supported by Sheffield Methodist Circuit.

If you’re passionate about unlocking God’s potential in people’s lives, embracing the difficult, activating change, and building communities, then we’d love you to apply. The ideal candidate will be imaginative about evangelism and ideally have experience of pioneering, and will seek to establish new Christian communities.  This will involve running evangelistic projects, growing teams of volunteers, and helping churches to develop their own evangelism, as part of a holistic approach which expresses the gospel in word, action and lifestyle.

For more information, visit our website.

Applications by 24 May 2019
Interviews on 11 June 2019 – ( & familiarisation tour afternoon of 10 June)

If you have any questions or want to know more please do not hesitate to email Stephen Gray or phone on 07973 978455.

District Evangelism and Community Engagement Enabler

Darlington District

Are you passionate about seeing the Church grow? Do you have a deep commitment to evangelism, community engagement, church planting, fresh expressions and pioneering? Are you an experienced practitioner able to inspire and work creatively with local churches and circuits?

As District Evangelism and Community Engagement Enabler in the Darlington District you will support local churches and circuits to live out their calling with a particular focus on evangelism and community engagement. Working with others you will identify and develop opportunities for fresh expressions, new church plants and grafts and facilitate courses, events and innovative evangelistic approaches in response to the changing context of mission across the district. You will nurture, resource and encourage individuals in the development of evangelistic, community focused and pioneer ministries and work towards a culture of ‘every church growing’.

A salary of £26,600 – £32,250 per annum pro rata is offered depending on skills and prior experience. For ministers usual stipend and terms and conditions will apply.

Closing date for applications: 1st July 2019

Interview date: 15th July 2019 in Darlington

Application forms and more details are available from richard.andrew@methodist.org.uk

Regional Learning and Development Officers

If you’re passionate about helping to further the mission of our churches, circuits and districts, then we would like to hear from you. As an experienced professional with a proven track record in learning and development, you will be part of a learning network within the Connexional Team of The Methodist Church.

We are seeking to recruit one full time home based Learning & Development Officer in the London region of the Learning Network (working across the London District of the Methodist Church).

The team covers a wide range of learning and development areas within the life of the church aimed at supporting and encouraging the church in living out Our Calling ‘The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission’ and can be called upon to deliver support across the Connexion.

The role involves:

  • preparing and delivering a range of learning and development activities, events and initiatives
  • meeting with colleagues to plan, develop and review programmes of learning and development
  • building good relationships with aligned Districts and regions, individuals and communities across the church and beyond
  • sharing individual gifts and experiences across a number of teams and other groups
  • travel, weekend and evening work

Please request additional information for specific details of the role we are recruiting.

Successful candidates will join a 43 strong, GB-wide network of learning and development professionals – the Learning Network.
For a lay employee, a salary of £29,400-36,750 per annum is offered. For ministers in Full Connexion the standard terms of service apply.
More details about the roles are available at http://www.methodist.org.uk/jobopportunities/
Closing Date: 31 May 2019
Interviews: 24 June 2019