District News – 18 June 2019

This Week’s News

Office News

A reminder that the office will be closed from tomorrow (Wednesday 19 June) until next Wednesday (26 June). It will then be closed again from Monday 1 July for a week, re-opening on Monday 8 July. Emails and voice mail will be picked up and anything urgent will be acted on during this time.

There will be no Weekly Mailing for the next two weeks.

District Celebration Service

It was lovely to see so many people at the Celebration Service on Sunday 16 June at Staincross Methodist Church. Both Felicity and Claire gave memorable testimonies about their calling to the Methodist Church and Mick Neal spoke on how God is the giver who keeps on giving. The offering taken for the learning fund came to  £383.78. Earlier in the service Sean Adair shared some of the ways that this has been spent over the last year in the District.


Peter Ensor is back – 25th June

Baslow Methodist Church, 7pm, Tuesday 25th June

Peter is returning to the UK and would love to meet all his friends in the circuit, to share news of his work and to share the witness of the Church in East Africa.

Rev Dr Peter Ensor was a highly respected lecturer at Cliff College from 2008 to 2013, and during that period was also a popular and sought-after preacher in the Peak Circuit.  In 2013 Peter left Cliff College to become a senior lecturer at Kenya Methodist University in Meru, Kenya, where he trained ministers for the Methodist Church in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Fairtrade District Group

  • Interested in Fairtrade?
  • Keen to enthuse others about Fairtrade?

Come along to an open meeting of the District Fairtrade Group on Monday 1st July at 10.30 am; Room 46 in Victoria Hall to hear what we do and discuss how we might make Sheffield District even fairer!

For further details contact Alison Trezise (District Fairtrade coordinator on 236 5938)

Celebrating 60 Years !

On 14 July,  the Stocksbridge Christian Centre will celebrate 60 years since the beginning of outreach work on the Whitwell Estate !  A Sunday School was started in the Stocksbridge Junior Building on 11 October, 1959  which led eventually to the foundation of an ecumenical church on 16 July, 1978.  On the 14th July, there will a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service at 3 PM (no morning service) giving thanks and praise for everything which has happened over six decades.   Everyone is warmly invited to join us for this grand celebration.

Following the service,  we will dedicate a meditation garden at the back of the church.   This will be a space for the community to use for rest, meditation and reflection.

We also plan to host an exhibition of photographs and objects which will trace the history of the church from its beginnings to the present day.  We intend that this exhibit will be open until mid-August.  If anyone in the District or Sheffield Circuit has photographs of the church or people involved with the life of the Church,  please contact the Revd. James H. Grayson at j.h.grayson@sheffield.ac.uk.

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Special events in June & July

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

The Divine Dance book group
3rd & 17th July, 730 – 930pm. £5 each (3rd and 4th of four)

Explore 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. Book here.

Who Do You Think You Are? Discover the Myers Briggs Type Indicator
13 July, 930am – 430pm.

An introductory workshop led by trained practitioners. Notice and explore your way of ‘being’ and consider how that might differ from, or be similar to, others. Includes chance to fill in the questionnaire, discuss and reflect. Details and bookings here.

Retreat Association Icon @ Whirlow
17 July – 4 Aug.

As an Association member, Whirlow is delighted to host its touring icon by John Coleman. Inspired by the woman at the well in John’s gospel, the icon is an enduring reminder of the value of retreats and reflective prayer.

Deep Talk – Agreement / Argument
18 July, 10am – 430pm. £18.

An invitation to a communal conversation about and engagement with our life journey. Details of the Deep Talk method as well as bookings are here.

Praying With Icons: An Introductory Workshop
22 July, 10am – 4pm. £18.

This day will open up the history of Christian iconography, looking at theology and artisrty through well-loved icons. Participants will be guided in using icons in meditation and prayer. Details and bookings here.

Contemplative Dialogue
28 July, 930 – 1015am. No charge

A non-threatening, ‘safe place’ for open sharing and discussion. The focus of this new gathering will be listening to ourselves and others, rather than formulating a response to what is being said. Follows on after our regular Space to Be meeting and will be facilitated by chaplain Joy Adams. No need to book – details here.

Regional Retreat

12-14 November 2019

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 November. The theme is “Deepening our Friendship with God”, led by Edel McClean.

The relationships that we cherish in our lives are always evolving and growing.  Sometimes those friendships are simply woven into the everyday and sometimes we need to make time to reconnect. This retreat offers the time to reconnect with God and God’s friendship. Taking an Ignatian approach we’ll have times of quiet prayer as well as time for reflection and discussion. Most of all we’ll seek to create an atmosphere where you can pay attention to God’s desire to welcome you into an ever-deepening friendship.

Retreat Cost: £200. Please contact your District Office to request funding support. You may also wish to seek support from your Circuit or local church

Places are limited and you are encouraged to book early to secure a place. Bookings can be made via EventBrite : regionalretreatnov2019. You will be invoiced once the booking has been received.

You can also download a poster to pass on to interested parties:Edel Poster MkIX

Training and Learning Opportunities

Candidates’ Support Group

Are you considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church?

Would you like to work through this process with others sharing the same journey?

Would you appreciate information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way?

If so, the Candidates’ Support Group is for you and you would be most welcome.

Where: Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market Street, Leeds LS1 6DG
When: Saturdays:  6 July 2019 9.30am – 4.30pm;
7 September; 7 December; 8 February 2020 from 10am – 3.00pm
Further information : Candidates’ Support Group Flier 2019-2020

Cliff College

The Cliff Summer School (29th July- 2nd Aug)  focuses on two streams of teaching: Explorations in the Word; Romans (led by Ben Pugh), and Walking with God – Praying with and through the Bible (led by Tony Moodie & team). More details on-line: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/summer-schools/ss/

The Worship; Leading and Preaching (WLP) Summer School (5-9th Aug) is designed specifically for those who are currently training to be Methodist Worship Leaders and Preachers.  More details on-line: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/summer-schools/wlp/

Residential or non-residential options are available for both Summer Schools.

Cliff Retreats

Two ‘Holy Habits’ weekend retreats are planned for autumn 2019, and spring 2010, with 20 places available for each weekend.  We are encouraging folk to sign up for both weekends. I am delighted that Rev Andrew Roberts, author of the influential book ‘Holy Habits’ is to guide these weekends, which are part of a growing area of spiritual retreat here on site. The Holy Habits retreats are part of our on-going partnership with BRF (www.brf.org.uk).

More of the weekends details can be found via this link:


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

Lay Employment – Orientation Day

Tuesday 24th September, 10am – 4pm, Leeds Church Institute.

A training day for newly appointed lay employees which will explore well-being, working in a lay ministry context, induction, key policies and appraisal, working with appropriate confidentiality and understanding key aspects of Methodist structures, history and doctrine.

More details will follow shortly.

Job Vacancies

Circuit Evangelist and Enabler – Full time

Are you the person we are looking for?

  • Dedicated to the flourishing of the Kingdom – a disciple of the Lord Jesus who can communicate with different people in different contexts?
  • A ‘natural’ when it comes to talking about God?
  • Someone called to preach and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel in a variety of situations?
  • A pioneer who dreams ‘BIG’ and is filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • Someone with a sense of humour and an ability to ‘go with the flow’?

If so, the Lord may be calling you to Rotherham!

We are a Circuit committed to evangelism and prayer and we believe in investing our resources in people.

For further details and an application pack please email: – Rev’d Jo Siddall – Joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com

Closing date Monday 1st July – noon

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

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Book signing at CLC Bookshops on Saturday 22nd June

“Taming of a Villain” is the story of Allen Langham, a local former professional rugby league player with a promising future who threw it all away on the path of drinks, drugs and organised crime. Struggling with the legacy of a broken family and a troubled past, Allen soon fell into the arms of addiction, playing out his frustrations and anger in an arena of violence. In and out of prison, something had to change, and in 2013 Allen has a dramatic encounter with Jesus Christ and Was borqn again. This is the true story of his journey from darkness into light, a testament to the power of God to change us and send us out as his servants and bring the Good News and the story of hope to those who need it the most.
“Taming of a Villain” will be released on Friday 21st June. Allen will be at CLC Bookshops on Saturday 22nd from 11.30am to 2pm, eager and willing to chat with all-comers and to sign copies of his book. The book retails at £11.99 but will have £1 off as a launch offer.

Spark Wonder with our Prize-Giving Promotion!

Have you seen the great selection of children’s books that we currently have on offer? Spark Wonder with your children by introducing them to Bible stories, activity books and story books that will help them discover and grow in faith. Our prize-giving promotion includes dozens of books and resources that will do just that and are all available at discounted prices until the end of July 2019!

Church Action on Poverty

At Sheffield Church Action on Poverty we are keen to meet anyone who would like to come along and join the committee.
We meet every couple of months , with additional meetings to plan events.
This year our activities have included the annual pilgrimage, the annual Poverty Sunday service and the Civic Breakfast as well as meetings we’ve organised in response to the concerns of our members .
Recently we’ve been supporting “Church on the Margins”, the project being developed by National CAP .
If you’d like to find out more or to speak to someone about joining us , please get in touch.

Thank you

Briony Broome

Secretary, Sheffield Church Action on Poverty
email: briony.broome@hotmail.co.uk