District News – 19 May 2020

This Week’s News

District Chair

Every week we post a prayer and a short reflection from Revd Gill Newton. These go out on Sunday, and can be found on the Sheffield District Facebook page and YouTube channel. They are also shared on the website and can be found here:

Rural Hardship Fund

Matlock based charity Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) has set up a Rural Hardship Support Fund to help people in rural areas of Derbyshire who are suffering extreme hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Applications to the Hardship Fund will be by referral (see attached for the list of referral organisations) and individuals will need to meet the criteria to qualify.

Read the full details here: Hardship Fund May 2020


Tissington Well Dressing

Derbyshire is known for many traditions, carried out for generations, and one of these is Well Dressings. Due to COVID19, the skill and dedication to designing and decorating the clay boards, the care and strength to safely erect them, and the delight they bring to locals and visitors alike, will be sadly missed this year. However, in Tissington they decided to create a video to share the service of dedication and a virtual walk around the village to which all are invited.

Your invitation to watch the virtual service and well blessings from 11am 21st May 2020 is – https://youtu.be/0VT2fPmPw9E  – Please note that the video will not be available before this time!

Cliff College – Festival @ Home

Cliff College has been hosting a spring/summer festival for over 100 years. This year, Festival is moving online – welcome to Festival at Home!

This year’s Festival theme is ‘Global Vision’. This offers us an amazing opportunity to reflect with and learn from some of our global partners, and we hope they will encourage and enable us to understand and learn from their context.

We’ll be streaming live and pre-recorded Bible studies, seminars, workshops, preaching, worship and music straight to your home all weekend. Our speakers include Rev Dr Billy Abraham, Professor Evelyn Parker and Dr Miguel A. De La Torre; our worship leaders include Sam Taylor and Josh Gillam. We’ll also have some all-age worship and activities every day.

We recognise that the nature of Festival at Home means that not everyone will be able to access the content available. With this in mind, we will be creating and providing resources following the event for those who will not be able to join us on Festival at Home weekend.

To find out more, visit Festival @ Home

There is a full programme planned which can be downloaded here: Festival Guide

  • There is also a Children’s Programme: Childrenprog
  • and a youth and young adults Programme: Y&YA

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Praying without Words

Next month (June), we will host Praying Without Words remotely. It is free to attend – please book to access the content. Details and bookings can be found here, along with those for other forthcoming events.

Urban  Theology Union

The UTU will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 2pm on Saturday 21 November. The speaker will be the Rt. Rev. Stephen Platten, Honorary Associate Bishop of London. He will be starting a process of more focussed theological work for us, on greater confidence in and visibility of, the Missio Dei of Jesus, and the Kingdom-based approach to mission.

You can read the full letter from the Chair of the board here, including an update on their current situation here : utu-executive-chair-of-boards-letter?e=2f3ed67414

Yorkshire Plus Learning Region – Regional Retreats

Art, Faith and Transformation with Dr Deborah Lewer

Artists enact transformations on a daily basis.
On this retreat we will look at how visual art transforms matter and life and at how it might, just possibly, transform our faith.
We will also explore how artists through time have visualised transformative experiences and encounters.
This is an opportunity to engage with creative ways of seeing, and to  reflect on our theological ‘images’ as people of faith today.

Debbie is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. She is a regular speaker and teacher in churches, theological colleges and at festivals and retreats on the rich relationship between art and faith. She is passionate about making art history accessible to all.

When: 17-19 November 2020

Where: The Briery, Ilkley www.briery.org.uk

Cost: £200.  Those in the Yorkshire Plus Region will receive a £100 subsidy from their District.  You are also free to seek further funding locally.

To register a place:  https://nov2020retreat.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information: Katrin Hackett, admin@sheffieldmethodist.org,0114 2709990 or 0114 4300255

Booking deadline:  17 September 2020

Training and Learning

Aurora- Youth and Children’s Ministry Training

Are you involved in youth or children’s ministry?  Do you fancy studying for a Certificate in Youth or Children’s Ministry?  Aurora runs these courses in Rotherham and Yorkshire North East  for anyone age 16 and over volunteering in any Christian setting.  It runs from September to June each year.

Interested? Click here for more details

Job Vacancies

ONE Program:

The ONE Programme is about equippingempowering, and encouraging young people in their discipleshipvocation and leadership.

The ONE Programme has a number of different strands to engage young people around the Connexion. The original ONE Programme: Connexion strand (OPPs), ONE Programme: Teams (formerly Encounter) and ONE Programme: District (formerly Opportunity).

ONE  programme: Mission Enabler

A great opportunity to develop a project from scratch whilst living in a community of young people at Cliff College. We are looking for a young person who is passionate about local mission.


ONE Programme: The Story Project Coordinator 

A key role at the heart of the second year of The Story Project whilst living in a community of young people at Cliff College. We are looking for a young person who is passionate about telling and hearing people’s stories.


ONE Program: Social Isolation Worker

Barnsley North West Methodist Church is looking for a young person who is passionate about building community and cares deeply for others, especially older people.

What is the role about?

  • Reducing social isolation
  • Bridging gaps and joining up opportunities
  • Working as part of a team

What’s in it for you?

  • New insights into pastoral ministry (caring for others and self)
  • Gain experience of building relationships with the wider community

Occupational requirements

  • Age 18-23
  • Candidates would need to be sympathetic to church values

For more information click on the following link: OPP – Barnsley