District News – 17 September 2019

This Week’s News

Synod & Radical Hospitality

Over 200 people joined us at this year’s Synod in Doncaster to discuss and share stories of Radical Hospitality.

On Saturday 14th September Doncaster Methodist Church played host to church members from all over the District and for the first time a speed sharing event was arranged to showcase examples of radical hospitality. Thirty workshops were arranged and attendees had to select six they wanted to know more about, ranging from “After School Drop in” through “Community Allotment” and “Hospitality in Multi-faith Communities” to “Walking/ cycling church”

During the event we also heard from Emma Nash, Connexional Mission and Community Engagement Officer who gave an inspirational key note address about how hospitable the church actually is and how mission needs to be outward facing. We cannot wait for people to fill our churches we need to be inviting people in. She also explained church doesn’t have to be bricks and mortar, church can be anywhere.

We were led in uplifting worship by Matt Beckingham from OneSound, one of the UK’s leading Christian music ensembles for young adults aged 16- -26 years.

Feedback received so far has been mainly positive following the event including the following from the day after the event “We had a mum and her two children come to our church for the first time having just moved to the area. What was so great to see, was that those members who attended the event were really going that extra mile to make her feel welcome… showing the family where the kids work was going to happen, introducing the new children to some of our regular kids, and generally doing all the kind of stuff that one does when you welcome a guest into your home.

Another attendee said: “From the first person who spoke to me when I arrived, everything about the welcome was perfect”.

We’d like to hear more about what you thought of the event, you can give feedback by clicking here and answering a few questions

Gill Newton, Chair of the Sheffield District said: “It was wonderful to welcome so many of you to the Synod. We heard inspirational examples of radical hospitality and how work is ongoing by our members and in local communities to encourage people to get to together. Thank you to everyone who attended, who contributed and who shared their stories. I hope you all feel inspired and are able to take ideas back to your churches and local communities.”

War Memorial Register

from  Mark Newton – Imperial War Museum volunteer

I am a volunteer with the Imperial War Museum War Memorial Register. Up until last year I was able to travel around to churches recording Military and War Memorials for the National Archive. I am now in a wheelchair and would still like to do my voluntary work.

I am after photographs of the memorials in and around every church, these can be individual or collective memorials, this is so I can update the records we already have or record those that we don’t know about. These can be crosses, boards/tablets, battlefield markers, alter ware, Rolls of Honour, almost anything, it just has to have someone that served on it. We also now record the names commemorated so the wording needs to legible if possible please.

Besides WW1 and WW2 we record all periods, it just needs to mention a rank or service. Not all memorials have names on them, we still want those. We also record personal or family memorials. We don’t record Commonwealth War Graves although if gravestone records the death of a person in service buried elsewhere, we want those. I even want to know if you have no memorials, I can mark you off the list I have recording that.

Would you be able to send me photographs of your memorials please? The only information I need with the photographs is the name of the church and its post code. This is important as the email has multiple recipients: memorials@aroundbritain.org.uk

If you would like to know what we already have recorded please let me know and I will send you a list. An example of what I need is below.


Thank you for the Music

A musical performance presented by Staveley and District Churches United Choir in celebration of Harvest. The event takes place at Duckmanton Methodist church on Monday 30th September 2019 at 7:30pm. There will be a freewill collection and refreshments will be served.

Sponsored Dusk Walk for the Homeless – DePaul UK

Friday 11th October, 6pm, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, 197 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 3FG

Dusk get together and walk to end homelessness! This October take on a 5 mile sponsored walk to raise money and awareness of youth homelessness.

About this Event

Our mission is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it – will you join our Dusk Walk in Sheffield and help us to do just that? We can’t do it without your support. Last year Depaul supported 3,224 clients who were impacted by homelessness, and with you beside us, we can do even more. Sign up to our Dusk Walk to raise money and help us to make a difference.

Every step you take will bring us closer to providing a safe place for every young person facing a night on the streets.


Join us for an Open Day at Cliff College this autumn!

Come and experience a lecture; tour the College; meet staff and students; enjoy Cliff hospitality; join us for a celebration service; and find out whether God is calling you to study at Cliff College. This autumn we’re hosting three Open Days on the dates below – so whether you’re looking at an MA in Mission, a degree in Theology & Ministry or just browsing, come and join us!

  • Saturday October 12th
  • Tuesday October 22nd
  • Tuesday November 19th

To book a place, call 01246 584200 or email a.james@cliffcollege.ac.uk. You can find more information on the Open Days and all our courses on our website: www.cliffcollege.ac.uk

Church Action on Poverty – Pilgrimage

This year’s Pilgrimage takes place on Saturday October 12th. It starts at Highfield Trinity Church   Sheffield S2 4US  at 9.30am and promises a varied programme of visits, so do come and join us.

Full details can be found on the flyer here: Sheffield Pilgrimage 2019 flyer V4

For more information CAP, download their September update: September CAP UPDATE

Training & Learning Opportunities

Line Management Training

New to Line Management?

Join the Learning Network Yorkshire Plus Team and:

  • Identify the key skills and qualities needed to manage lay employees
  • Gain clarity on the different functions of line management
  • Understand the line manager’s role in the employment cycle

10 October 2019 and 2 March 2020 at Leeds Church Institute.

Contact Siân Henderson (yorkshirenemethodist@icloud.com) to book your place.

Download the flyer for more information, including details of the Line Management Support Group: Methodist Church Line Management

‘Borders and Belonging’ with Padraig Ó Tuama

Saturday 19 October – St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Sheffield

The Book of Ruth is an extraordinary book from the Hebrew bible. In it, the lives of two displaced women are explored. They are both border-crossers. They are both workers. They are both in need. They are both widows. They look after each other and navigate their safety in a climate that wasn’t always friendly.

This book tells us so much: it speaks of the political power of kindness. It also speaks of fortitude and determination and grit.

This is a biblical book that has a message for all, at all times of life. It is about borders and famine and food and friendship. It is about women and it is about the rules of men. It is about power. And it is about pain.

Together we will read this book, exploring its messages and story and brilliance.

To book – visit EventBrite: Borders & Belonging

A Day of Christian Mindfulness & Meditation

26 October – Thackley Methodist Church, Bradford

A day exploring Christian Mindfulness and Meditation, learning skills and tools, and sitting in Gods presence together.

Full details can be found on the poster here: Poster Thackley and tickets can be booked via EventBrite: Christian Mindfulness

Job Vacancies

Conferencing Manager

Priory Place Methodist Church

Salary: £30,000 – £31,000 pa pro rata

This is an exciting new position and will grow as the role develops. This part time flexible role that will work closely with key figures to identify and carry out new income streams through managing conferences, events, and lettings you will also maintain the Church premises ensuring the church is well kept and fit for purpose.

To succeed in this role you will demonstrate the ability to raise income through a variety of ways and ideally have relevant buildings or property management experience, in addition to experience of controlling budgets and reporting expenditure. Ideally you will have managed public or listed buildings previously. As this role involves developing new business opportunities you will need to be a confident communicator with strong administrative, organisational, negotiation, prioritisation, problem solving and planning skills.

For further details and to apply see https://www.brewsterpartners.co.uk/jobs/11944

Missional Communities Worker

This is a new appointment within the Yorkshire West Methodist District. It represents an exciting opportunity for someone to make a real difference to the growth of the Methodist Church by contributing to the development and co-ordination of spiritual and missional activities across the District.

We are looking to appoint a Missional Communities Worker to join us to take forward this phase of exploration and innovation by helping develop the Methodist Way of Life and the creation of new missional communities. The post could be held on the basis of between a 0.5 half-time post and a full-time post of 35 hours per week. The post holder will be working alongside the District’s Evangelism and Growth Group which will support and enable the vision for this work.

If you have the enthusiasm to work creatively with others in developing missional communities, please ask for details.

For an ordained Methodist, the stipend will apply. For a lay person or an ordained person in another denomination, annual salary will be set between £24,000 and £28,000 per annum, pro rata for a part-time appointment. Please note the appointment will be for a period of 3 years in the first instance.

For an application pack please contact the Yorkshire West District Office:
admin@ywmethodist.org.uk or write c/o Touchstone, 4 Easby Road, Bradford, BD7 1QX

Letter of application and completed Application Form to be submitted by: 11 October 2019.
Applications to be emailed to admin@ywmethodist.org.uk or sent to the Yorkshire West District Office.
Interviews are expected to be held at the District Office on 24 October 2019.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

How does 20% off Christian resources sound to you?

EQUIP replaces the CLC Partnership Scheme, but is broader and better. The 20% discount applies to personal and church purchases, both online and in store.

A few items, eg some church supplies, will attract a lower discount as the bookshop’s margin is low.

Please note that Equip is individual and personal, so please share this information with all involved in Christian ministry.

Sign up at the bookshop or at clcbookshops.com/equip

We look forward to serving you and your community better.

Methodist News

The Story Project

As part of the focus on evangelism as crucial to Our Calling, the Evangelism and Growth team are showcasing the testimonies of Methodists from across the Connexion on video as part of The Story Project. There are also resources to help create a culture of sharing testimony in your local church. You can find out more here

Bahamas Hurricane Appeal

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have launched a joint appeal for those affected in The Bahamas. Our partner in the region is responding with food, clean water and medicines, thanks to an emergency cash grant. However, they have issued an appeal for more support as the full extent of the devastation is uncovered. You can learn more and donate here.