District News – 16 April 2019

This Week’s News

District Celebration Service

Sunday 16 June – 4pm – Staincross Methodist Church, Barnsley Circuit

The annual District Celebration Service will be on Sunday 16 June, starting at 4pm. The preacher is the Revd Mick Neal, Superintendent of the Barnsley Circuit. The Revd Claire Rawlinson will be giving her testimony prior to her ordination at Conference. We will also hear from the Revd Felicty Ferriter, who will be transferring into Full Connexion with the Methodist Church.

Please download the poster to help publicise this in your churches: 2019 District Celebration

Church Action on Poverty

Are you interested in building a church of justice, inclusivity and welcome? Church Action on Poverty are working in Sheffield to gather a network of folk working in ‘church on the margins’. The community will explore how to challenge injustice, build solidarity and witness the spirit at work in all parts of our community.

Together we hope to find inspiration and mutual support, and be nourished through theological reflections in an ecumenical setting. Write to hannah.brock@dunelm.org.uk if you are interested in being involved.

Download the flyer for more information and to share with others: Sheffield 2019 day of reflection flyer

Thy Kingdom Come

Resources and prayers for Thy Kingdom Come are now available from our website. The Revd Hilary Cooke has written a service especially commissioned by the Methodist Church. The novena ‘I hear you differently!’ is written by the Revd Dr Barbara C Glasson, President-Designate of the Methodist Conference.

These were also given out at the Spring Synod, so check with your Circuit Office if you haven’t received any yet.


Burngreave Ashram

Monday 6 May

Our next interfaith session is on Mon 6 May starting with bring and share lunch at 12:30 pm. The seminar at 1:15 pm will be facilitated by Revd John Vincent on “The Festival of Debate”.

We look forward to having you with us.

Please download the flyer indicating particulars of sessions up to June 2019, and dates to the end of the year to help publicise: CH&LIB. FLYER. 2019.1

Chris Bullock – 0114 272 7144 

DYFerence @ Cliff Festival

We are delighted that so many young people (11-18 year olds), and their group leaders have already booked to camp with DYFerence at the Cliff College Festival. Our numbers are already up on last year!

If you haven’t booked in yet, the deadline for camping has been extended to Wednesday 8 May. This is to allow us time to organise the site and food etc.

If you are not able to come yourself, but have some young people in your group who would like to take part, we have enough adult leaders to comply with safeguarding guidance, so do encourage them to fbook.

This year, you can also book on-line through EventBrite. This site is not set up to take payments, you will be invoiced after the event.

The link is: https://dyferencefestival.eventbrite.co.uk

For those who are just planning on coming for the Sunday, you can book in via the EventBrite link. The deadline for this is Friday 17 May.

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/

Deepen Your Roots – Volunteer Speaker Session

Want to enthuse others in the life-changing work of All We Can?

Then join Graeme Hodge, the new CEO of All We Can, to be inspired by his passion for the future, with Tim Baker and Matthew Forsyth – Churches and Volunteers Officers – to discover how you can use All We Can’s exciting 2019 harvest materials to inspire your congregation.

Wednesday 15 May – 12:30 to 16:30

Grove Street Methodist Church, Retford, DN22 6LA

The day is free and lunch will be provided, but please book, including any dietary requirements to t.baker@allwecan.org.uk

You can download the invite to pass on to others here: VolunteerDayAdvert-Retford

One Mission Event

18 & 19 May – Tickhill Methodist Church

Doncaster Circuit invite you to their One Mission Event with
Guest Speaker Andy Dye, Methodist Programme Team Leader in World Church Relationships.

More details on the poster here: Poster19-final

Booking forms can be downloaded here: Brochure May19

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Esther: Live

26 Apr, 730pm. £10.

The lectionary allows little space for Esther; this event will provide an opportunity to engage with the story in all its dramatic glory.

Hear it read in full and reflect together on contemporary themes that arise – gender inequality; abuse of power; manipulation; the sanctuary enjoyed by elites; the hidden-ness of God.

With refreshments and featuring engaging live art from Siggy Parratt-Halbert. £10 – book here.

Hildegard of Bingen Quiet Day

9 May, 930am – 330pm. £18.

Hildegard was a woman ahead of her time in countless ways and continues to speak challenging truths to a 21st century context. This day will open up her life and story as a resource for participants to incorporate into their own prayerful reflection and spiritual journey. Book here.

Deep Talk # 1 – Noticed / Un-noticed

16 May, 10am – 430pm. £18.

Whirlow will host 3 Deep Talk days this year. These events are an invitations to a communal conversation about and engagement with our life journey. They are led by Jeremy Clines and can be booked separately or as a set for £50. For more details about all three days, as well as booking information, click 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.

Learning & Development Opportunities

Spring Newsletter

Spring is definitely in the air and we hope that many of your thoughts turn to polishing up existing work and developing new initiatives; that’s where learning and development can help!

We want to remind you of the numerous opportunities available to you in the Sheffield District – and beyond – as well as the funding which is available.

You can read the full newsletter here: L&D news update

Bible, Gender & Church (BGC) Research Centre

The BGC is a new and exciting research centre, bringing biblical and gender studies together with issues faced by men and women in the contemporary church. The centre is a joint initiative between Cliff College and The University of Manchester.

The inaugural lecture for the centre will be delivered by Revd Dr Susan Shooter and is entitled ‘Yet In My Flesh Shall I See God: Researching Faith With Survivors of Abuse’. This will be followed by responses from Dr Holly Morse and Dr Kirsi Cobb, as well as a reception for all participants. 

The event will be held at Cliff College (Hope Valley, Derbyshire) on Monday 27 May. The start of the event will be at 1.45pm with coffee, followed by the lecture from 2.00pm until 3.00pm. The reception with some drinks and nibbles will take place from 3.00pm until 4.00pm.

All the tickets for the event are free. You can book either for the lecture and the reception, or just for the lecture itself. To register, please go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘The BGC Inaugural Lecture’. For more information, contact Dr Kirsi Cobb on k.cobb@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call 01246 584200.

Cliff College Short Courses

This is to announce the launch of a new Cliff College Certificate within the Short Course Programme for the 2019-20 academic year.

Coaching for Christian leaders

The Certificate in Coaching for Christian leaders is to be delivered in autumn 2019, as one of five new Certificate courses to be added to the Short Course portfolio in 2019-20.   I am delighted that Rev Graham Horsley will be working alongside me and acting as the Course Leader. Graham is well known in Methodist and Fresh Expression circles, and comes with a great deal of coaching and leadership experience.

The week long course is planned for November 2019, and more details can be found via this link, which is now live:


More information about the wider Short Course programme can be found on: http://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/overview/

Job Vacancies

Ignite Barnsley Project Sessional Worker

A fantastic one year (initially) opportunity for someone to join our Ignite Barnsley team to:

  • Help to deliver workshops in local schools and the community to promote well-being and good mental health
  • Help to develop links between schools and other community projects

Interested? Email ignitebarnsley@outlook.com for an applicaiton pack

Closing date for applications – Saturday 27 April 2019

Regional Learning and Development Officer – West Midlands

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 a full time Learning & Development Officer, home based within the West Midlands region of the Learning Network (working across the Birmingham District and Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church – initially aligned to the Birmingham District).

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, the region, 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 £26,600-32,250 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: Friday 26 April 2019

Methodist Central Hall, Manchester

SEEKS NEW TRUSTEES to develop the vision and vision and ten year strategic plan for the Methodist Central Hall, Manchester in order to speak powerfully of God’s love by making this building a focal point for community engagement through the combined use for mission and income through commercial use.

Membership of the Board offers an exciting opportunity to play a significant role in reimagining how

Methodist Central Hall, Manchester can be utilised in the 21st century for worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism thus enabling all those who enter the building to experience God’s love. Whilst at the same time recognising the significant potential the building has to generate income to support further missional work.

The Board will meet four times a year but additional meetings are anticipated. A Chair of Trustees will be appointed from the successful candidates (dependant on extensive experience)

Priority will be given to applicants who offer relevant skills and experience in areas including mission and evangelism,  property management and development, finance, legal , employment  or relevant local knowledge/community involvement.

All trustees must be members of the Methodist Church and will work on a voluntary basis (with reasonable expenses reimbursed).

If you would like to be part of a team shaping the future development of work and mission at Methodist Central Hall, Manchester or would like more information please contact MCHtrustees@gmail.com.

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on 1 June 2019.

Methodist News

Study support

The deadline for this year’s applications for financial support for Higher Education study is 20 May 2019. Support is available to Methodist presbyters and deacons who are in appointments under the control of the Methodist Conference. Methodist congregation, circuit or district employees may also be eligible. More information can be found here.

Volunteer for 3Generate

3Generate are looking for volunteers to help run the event in 2019. All volunteers will need to apply and are subject to our comprehensive safer recruitment procedures. For more information please email 3genvols@methodistchurch.org.uk and you will be sent an information pack.

The Well: Time and Space Retreat

Now open for bookings!

A 24 hour space away from the everyday busyness of ministry. Time to rest, reflect and recharge. This event is open to anyone working with children, youth or families and offers the opportunity to slow down, be inspired in worship and prayer. Taking place at Cliff College from Monday 24 to Tuesday 25 June, you can book your place here.

Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.