District News – 15 October 2019

This Week’s News

Inderjit Bhogal to receive WMC Peace Award

We are delighted to learn that Past President of the Methodist Conference Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal is to receive the World Methodist Council Peace Award for 2018. The annual award goes to individuals or groups “who have made significant contributions to peace, reconciliation and justice.”

Inderjit, now a supernumerary minister in the Sheffield circuit, has been a tireless supporter of refugees and has worked to foster interfaith relations and multicultural communities, peace and reconciliation. One of the peace-related movements initiated by Inderjit was City of Sanctuary, a grassroots, movement to build cultures of welcome, hospitality and safety for asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable people. Inderjit is president of the Methodist Peace Fellowship.

The citation of the award describes Inderjit as a “central figure” in inter-faith relations in Britain and Ireland.

The public presentation of the award will be made on 27 March 2020 in London.

Synod News

The Peak Circuit Archivist came across a report of the Sheffield District Synod in The North Derbyshire Mission Magazine for July 1907. It seemed appropriate to share given the location and timing of this year’s Synod:

‘This May the Synod gathered in the Lecture Hall of Priory Place Chapel, Doncaster. The meeting of the Synod on the first day coincided with a steeple-chase on the famous race-course, and one man was overheard to say that he had “seen thirty parsons get out at Doncaster Station for the races”. It really is surprising how some people jump to conclusions!’

Surplus Crockery

Fountain Square Church, Tideswell have recently re-built their buildings. As a result they have a lot of plates, jugs etc, with ‘WMSS’ and a pattern inscribed on them.  (I’m told this means ‘Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School’).  Is there a church anywhere in the district that is in need of any of this, it seems a pity it is just sitting in store gathering dust.

Interfaith Week 2019

The Islamic Society of Britain, South Yorkshire, have extended an invitation to join them as part of the Interfaith Week 2019 on Saturday 16 November at Industry Mosque, 13 Industry road, Sheffield S9 5FP from 1-3pm. There will be a speech, exhibition, and more…ISB IFW 19

GDPR Update

The Processor Record for Methodist Managing Trustees was launched via TMCP’s News Hub on 9 July 2019. Our data protection training sessions for data champions suggest that many of you may not be aware of this essential record.

Each managing trustee body needs to be able to demonstrate compliance with the requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (the “accountability” principle in Article 5(2) ). The Processor Record for Methodist Managing Trustees is designed to enable managing trustee bodies to do just that.

In practical terms, the Processor Record for Methodist Managing Trustees provides the local managing trustee body with, or at least links to, the key information they need on data protection i.e. how they keep the information they hold about their members and the wider church community safe. The Processor Record for Methodist Managing Trustees confirms which controller to contact in the event of a breach or request by an individual to exercise their rights, where to find out how long to retain personal information and where the different local records are kept.

For more information and guidance visit the TMCP website here: Read more


Harvest Festival

Sunday 27 October from 2:30pm – Livestock Market, Bakewell

Please join us for this very successful annual event in the Main Cattle Auction Ring at the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell.

Our Agricultural Chaplain, the Rev’d Alan Griggs will once again be coordinating the event which has seen a rise in popularity over the years.

Dr Mark Betson (The National Rural Officer for the Church of England) is guest speaker and the Bel Canto Choir and the poet Philip Holland will also be performing.

It is a wonderful service in a very relevant farming setting for people from around the county (and beyond) to come together to worship and celebrate farming together.

More information can be found on the RAD website ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk/Event and you can download a poster here: Harvest Festival 2019

Star Festival 2019

Grove Church, Retford (Trinity Circuit)

Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December; Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December – 10am- 5pm

Preparations are well underway for the fourth Star Festival at The Grove Methodist Church in Retford. As in previous years there is no charge for entry but donation boxes are available if visitors wish to use them. This year they are supporting the Bassetlaw Hospice.

With the help of our community we want to fill our Church with stars. There will also be an area to remember people who have been very special to you, our ‘Wish upon a star’ area.

More information can be found here: Star Festival

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Special events in November

Desert Day
9 November, 10am – 4pm. £25

Time set apart to meditate on the Word, rest and let go in silence. Suited to those who enjoy silent prayer or wish to gently explore it. With Mel King from Contemplative Outreach UK. Bookings and details here.

Becoming Whole Coaching Retreat: Our Embodied Self
16 November, 10am – 4pm, £35 (or £125 for series of 4)

The first in a series of 4 life-coaching retreats advocating the mindful exploration of a person’s different ‘selves’ on the journey towards wholeness. Facilitated by Master Coach Jane Moffat. Details on all four, plus bookings, here.

19 November – Simple Quiet Day
Every third Tuesday, Whirlow hosts a day of space to “be”; to relax, reflect, pray and renew your spiritual resources. The space will be as quiet as possible, honouring your quiet. Starts with our weekly communion service, also open to others.
9.45am – 3.45pm. £15. Details and bookings here.

13 November – Day of Retreat
Several times a year, we host simple days of silence, facilitated by Recognised Spiritual Accompaniers. 9.30am – 4.30pm. £20. Details and bookings here.

Woman in Waiting…

Exhibition by Sarah Sharpe. 1 December – 7 January
Art that invites reflection on creativity and loss, inspired by Mary’s call to wait; give birth and let go. Launched at Space to Reflect on 1 December (7 – 8pm).

In Waiting… creative workshop, 12 December, 930am – 12pm, £10
This workshop, led by Sarah, is specifically designed for those who feel ill-equipped or intimidated by the prospect of making a personal, creative response to the themes of the exhibition!

There will be an additional workshop on the final day of the exhibition (January 7th). Details to follow!

Details, workshop bookings and open times here.

Training, Learning & Development Opportunities

Mission Shaped Ministry

The MSM course is an ecumenically run course intended to equip you for a lifetime of good practice and learning in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church. It is a one-year part-time learning journey
in a supportive community and takes place from November 2019.

Full details including how to book can be found on the flyer here: MSM Course Flyer and Booking form 2019

Christian Aid Volunteer Training Day

Saturday 2 November – St Columba’s URC, York

If you’re a Christian Aid speaker, teacher, campaigner, church rep, group organiser, or interested in getting more involved, then this event is for you!

The morning will explore how Christian Aid uniquely works through partner organisations around the world, before some afternoon workshops, including: ‘how to tell your story’ and ‘how to lobby your MP’.

There will also be time for networking with other volunteers and supporters.

Full details of the day can be downloaded here: Training Day Agenda 2Nov19

You can register for a place here: christian-aid-yorkshire-volunteer-training-day-tickets-73398612225

Village Hall Conference

Friday 8 November, Post Mill Centre, South Normanton

Village and community halls are just there, part of the community furniture. We walk, drive or cycle pass them every day and don’t even give them a second thought. What if the halls weren’t there anymore?  Have you ever thought about the time and effort that goes into making sure those halls are still open, that they do comply with all the legislation and they are the place to book for a family celebration.

Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) is therefore delighted to be running its second conference specifically for people who help run a village or community hall.  Whether it’s a sports pavilion, church hall, miners welfare or community centre this conference is a must.

For more information email office@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk or call 01629 592970. Details and tickets can be found on the RAD website https://www.ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk/Event/conference081119.

Yorkshire Plus Regional Lay Workers Networking Day

Tuesday 11th February 2020 – Christ Church Stocksbridge, Manchester Road,  S36 1DY

After the successful Lay Workers Networking Day in Pontefract in October, we’re looking to organise another day on Tuesday February 11th at Christ Church Stocksbridge (address above).

The day will start at 10am for Tea’s, Coffee’s and conversations, followed by Introductions and Worship together at 10.30am. Rachel McCallam from the Learning Network will be providing training input, before breaking for lunch at 12pm with a Buffet Lunch (thanks to the Learning Network for providing it). After lunch, 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.

LEADING IN ANXIOUS TIMES – A Systems Approach to Leadership

23-24 Mar & 11-12 May 2020  |  Felden Lodge Conference and Training Centre, Herts
Ticket price: £595 

Brexit, Church Growth, Buildings, Finance – the causes of anxiety and demands on Christian leaders seem to increase daily.
Looking to resource your leadership in these difficult times? Then the Bridge Builders course Leading in Anxious Times: A Systems Approach to Leadership could be for you.
Taking a wider systems approach to understanding causes of anxiety in groups, families and congregations, this course will equip you with skills and approaches for leading in a variety of contexts, as well as insights for personal growth and development. It includes an opportunity to bring a case study from your own context and explore this in a facilitated group.

The course consists of 2 x 2-day residentials and runs 23-24 March and 11-12 May 2020.

Full details including how to book here: BridgeBuilders

Job Vacancies

Family Worker

The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe, Doncaster

The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe requires a new Family Worker to build on the exciting work being done in the Hexthorpe area, and more widely, in conjunction with existing, growing teams. The job will begin on 01/04/2020.

This post is full time and salary is between £21,000 and £24,000 depending on experience and qualification. There is automatic enrolment in a pension scheme.

Please send for the full information pack to richard.iball@btinternet.com or Richard Iball, 33 Old Hexthorpe, Doncaster DN4 0JD

Informal conversations invited on 01302 855389. By request, a visit may be arranged to see the work at first hand.

Closing date for completed applications: Friday 25th October

Interviews Friday 1st November.

Please note there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for this role to be an evangelical Christian.

Children, Young People & Families Lay Employee

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, £19k – £24k

We are looking for an enthusiastic and gifted person to lead and develop our outreach and ministry among children, young people and families, and to help us build on our opportunities for growth.

Christchurch is an outward looking and welcoming Methodist / URC church with many varied activities throughout the week. Ilkley is an attractive town, with easy access to Leeds and the Yorkshire Dales.

This permanent role offers a competitive salary, contributory pension,
a friendly and supportive working environment and an opportunity
for development in your ministry.

For an application pack or for further info contact Christine Henney on christine.kaicheri@gmail.com or 01943 600275 (eve)
or download from our church website: www.christchurchilkley.org.uk

Other News

Ros Colwill – Amaudo Itumbauzo Centre for Mentally Ill Destitutes, Nigeria

Ros Colwill founded Amaudo Itumbauzo 30 years ago, having originally been sent out to the Leprosy Colony at nearby Uzuakoli as a Mission Partner by the Methodist Church.

To celebrate 30 years of achievements at Amaudo Itumbauzo and to support its ongoing work, Ros is undertaking a sponsored walk. Full details about this can be found here: Support Amaudo

Methodist News

Brexit pastoral letter

The Revd Dr Barbara Glasson and Professor Clive Marsh, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have written a pastoral letter on how to lead church congregations and communities through the uncertainty of Brexit.  You can read the letter here.

Methodist Women in Britain

MWiB is an independent charity with its roots firmly within the Methodist Church. MWiB are seeking volunteers to undertake key roles within the organisation; MWiB President / Vice-President and World Federation Area Officer. You can find out more information here.