District News – 18 February 2020

This Week’s News

National Village Hall Census Launched

Rural Charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) releases a comprehensive survey to 10,000 village halls once every ten years. They want to hear from all kinds of community buildings, the survey is aimed at traditional village halls as well as community centres, sports pavilions, church halls, churches providing community use, community centres, Miners Welfare Institutes, WI halls and community pubs providing meeting rooms.

ACRE’s previous surveys carried out in 1988, 1998 and 2009 paved the way for essential license changes, informing policy and securing the recent £3m improvement grant fund, which has been hinted by MP Robert Jenrick may continue “If we can provide the evidence.”

What do you need to do? Simply click the link below and help ACRE help you.

https://acre.org.uk/our-work/national-village-and-community-hall-survey

Events

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

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

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Letting Art Works Lead You – Lent quiet days with the exhibition.
March 19 & 21 – 10am – 12.45 / 4pm. £15 each (identical days)
A morning of contemplation, reflection and insights led by artist Graham Pigott. Those who wish to remain can spend the afternoon in silence with the exhibition.

5th Annual Christian Heritage Workshop

Friday, 6th March, 10am-4pm At Retford Baptist Church, Notts.

This is a free annual conference for all those actively involved in Christian heritage and history. The only cost is that we request a contribution towards lunch, coffee and other expenses of around £7.

  • Hear presentations about Christian heritage work nationally
  • Practical guidance and discussion
  • Get to discuss ideas with others in the same field of activity

At this stage we would ask you to register your attendance by emailing adriangray@pilgrimsandprophets.co.uk. We then develop the programme for the year based on what you tell us about your interests and there is usually a chance to present about your own work.

As part of the day you will have the chance to visit the new ‘Mayflower 400’ Pilgrim Gallery which reflects much input from local Christians.
You can also stay for the RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FORUM on March 7th which will include contributions from two eminent historians, a leader from a support agency for persecuted Christians, and Lord Alan Beith – a former Liberal politician and active Methodist.

Learning Network Yorkshire Plus region – Regional Retreat

12-14 May 2020 – Wydale Hall

The next Yorkshire Plus Regional Retreat for Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees will be at Wydale Hall near Scarborough from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 May 2020. The theme is “Opening the Eyes of the Heart” with Philip Richter.

Philip will help us explore how our photography and our spirituality can inspire each other; and how this can offer us unique perspectives on ourselves, our world and our faith. People do not need to be expert photographers!

Full details in the flyer here: Philip Richter Retreat May 2020

The booking deadline has been extended to  28 April 2020, if places are still available by then. Full details including how to book: https://may2020regionalretreat.eventbrite.co.uk

Training and Learning Opportunities

Line Management

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

Next training day: 2 March 2020 at Leeds Church Institute.

Book a place here: line-management-training-registration

Download the flyer for more information: Methodist Church Line Management

Line Management Support Group

A support group has been introduced to

  • encourage more positive and empowering working relationships
  • provide a network of support and encouragement
  • provide updates on employment law relating to line management and best practice in people development

Where: Leeds Church Institute, Leeds, LS1 6DG
When:  29 April 2020, 10 – 3

Booking: line-management-support-registration or contact Sian Henderson: District Office

Godly Play Introductory Day / Training for Door people

13 March – St Stephens, The Vine, Sheffield  10am – 4pm

Discover how Godly Play can enhance your mission and ministry in children’s work, intergenerational worship, adult small groups, schools, chaplaincy and care homes. This day is also suitable for people wishing to be trained in the doorperson role in Godly Play.  Read more https://www.godlyplay.uk/2020/01/04/sheffield-introduction/

Grants are available for training and resources – please email kathrynlord22@gmail.com

Godly Play Network meeting

26 March  St Stephens, The Vine, Sheffield  7.30pm – 9pm

All are welcome whether you’re just beginning, and would like a “taste” of Godly Play, or an experienced practitioner. Resources will be available to buy.

Read more https://www.godlyplay.uk/2020/01/14/sheffield-network-meeting/

Methodists for World Mission Annual Conference 2020

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU 29th May to 31st May

Celebrating Diversity – Mission Together in the Global Village – A world mission conference promoting global relationships.

Speakers include: British Methodist theologians Prof Anthony Reddie and Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal
For more information visit www.mwm.org.uk

Job Vacancies

Community Outreach Manager

Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield Circuit

Initially for three years, subject to further funding being secured – 37 Hours per week

Wage: £22,500 P.A Plus Pension and N.I. contribution.

Greenhill Methodist Church is an established and growing church serving a number of communities situated in south west Sheffield.

Our vision is “To know God’s love and to go and share it with others.”

We are looking for someone to ‘hands on’ manage our current community outreach initiatives and our relationship with other community service providers. To continue, as well as initiate new work in response to need. The work has a family focus, as well as developing initiatives to work with older people. The person appointed will need to demonstrate the ability to work with and build up existing teams, to display initiative and vision to develop new opportunities which will meet our aims,  and to share our objective of making disciples.

It is an occupational requirement that the post holder is a practising Christian

For further information and an application form contact:

Rev Jonathan Haigh  / 0114 2376579 / j.haigh100@btinternet.com

Closing date: 2nd March 20202

Interviews: Tues 17th March

Barnsley Methodist Circuit

Community Outreach Worker (NE)

The Circuit is seeking to appoint a part time worker to help engage with local communities, especially those around the chapels and support opportunities for outreach in the North East of Barnsley.

The salary will be £10,920 per annum for a part time position of 20 hours per week.
Additional hours may be agreed from time to time to deliver particular projects
The initial appointments will be for 3 years and may be extended subject to securing funding.

This is a Circuit appointment and will be based in the North East multi-site church.
(The multi-site church was established in 2016 and for the North East Church in Barnsley it involves working across 6 chapels under a single Church Council)

Some evening and weekend work will be required.

For further information or an application pack, please email: circuitoffice@btconnect.com

By telephone, please call the Circuit Administrator, Jayne Wragg on 01226 321522 and leave your contact details

Closing date for applications:  2nd March 2020
Interview date:  13th March 2020

Children and Families Support Worker (NE)

The Circuit is seeking to appoint a part time worker to support the work with children and families in the North East Church. The work will be primarily to support church relationships with schools and families as well as helping the chapels engage through worship.

The salary will be £10920 per annum for a part time position of 20 hours per week.
Additional hours may be agreed from time to time to deliver particular projects

The initial appointment will be for 3 years and may be extended subject to securing funding.

This is a Circuit appointment and will be based in the North East multi-site church.
(The multi-site church was established in 2016 and for the North East Church in Barnsley it involves working across 6 chapels under a single Church Council)

Some evening and weekend work will be required.

For further information or an application pack, please email: circuitoffice@btconnect.com

By telephone, please call the Circuit Administrator, Jayne Wragg on 01226 321522 and leave your contact details

Closing date for applications:  2nd March 2020
Interview date:  13th March 2020

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) for the post holder to be an active member of a Christian Church.

“The vision of the Barnsley Methodist Circuit is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ”

Methodist News

Methodist Women in Britain

IS IT YOU WE’RE LOOKING FOR?

  • Do you have a love for the World Church?
  • Are you passionate about global social justice issues?
  • Are you looking for a new challenge or seeking a new role?
  • Can you advertise these roles for us?

We are currently advertising two volunteer roles in MWiB:

  1. World Federation, Area President: Britain and Ireland (2021-2026) – World Federation Area President 2021-2026
  2. World Church Liaison Officer (2021-2026) – a brand new and developing role within MWiB – Advert – World Church Liaison Officer 2021-2026

These adverts are also available to download and print from the MWiB website, along with the role descriptions and application forms for each role: https://mwib.org.uk/

One Programme: Connexion

Applications now open for churches/projects to host an OPP (a young person taking part in the ONE Programme: Connexion) for 2020/21.

Closing date 10 March 2020

Being an OPP project is an excellent opportunity for districts, circuits, churches and church projects to have input from, and into, a young person aged 18-23 based in their project for a year-long, paid, training-provided, internship.

We are always keen to find a wide variety of different projects that can offer an exciting and supported year to an OPP. Find out more here

3Generate

3Generate 2020 takes place Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November and is moving to the NEC Birmingham. Those attending will be sleeping in a tented village inside the centre. If you are interested in volunteering at 3Generate 2020 for the first time, please complete our short volunteer pre-registration form. Delivery Team members from 2019 have been sent their own link. More details for 3Generate 2020 will be available in the spring.

The 3Generate Manifesto 2020 is now live and available to view!

Take a look to find out what children and young people had to say and then encourage everyone in the church to talk about how they should engage and respond.

A video to support the Manifesto can be found on our YouTube channel, 3GenerateTV. You can also download this video to share from our Vimeo channel.

A resource, which aims to help the whole Church engage with the Manifesto, is also available.