District News – 2 June 2020

This Week’s News

These are undoubtedly strange times in which we find ourselves and each week the guidance that we receive from both the Government and the Methodist Church is changing.  At the moment our church buildings remain closed, in line with the guidance and advice that we have received, but that does not mean that our churches are not alive and well.  It has been wonderful to see the new and innovative ways in which we are all “being church” – still worshipping together, learning together, caring for one another and the most vulnerable in our communities, serving those beyond our church families and sharing the good news of our faith with people that we have not encountered before. 

Our churches continue to have a significant role to fulfil in our communities.  So, please do continue to look regularly at the District and Connexional websites and the District mailings for information and resources to help you as you continue to fulfil “Our Calling.”  May you all continue to know God’s blessing and the equipping of the Holy Spirit as you seek to be faithful to God in these days. 

Zoom Meetings

It is possible that you are already extremely familiar with setting up and running meetings on Zoom – but the following video might be of use/interest to those still struggling to be connected:

The following document may give some helpful advice on hosting meetings: Zoom hosting

Sharing Stories

Listen again to people from our District sharing amazing stories on BBC Radio Sheffield on Penetcost Sunday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08dp5bc

Matt Beckingham, Worship Leader at SMC – Sprotborough Methodist Church sharing his Journey of Faith on at 36:36

Mark North CEO from Freedom Community Project in Bolsover talking about being given the First Heros of Bolsover award by Mark Fletcher MP. You can hear this interview at 2:51.57

Heather Rotherham and Sally Atkinson from the Sheffield Circuit talking about Help for Healthcare Sheffield who are creating PPE items for key people in the City. You can hear this interview at 2:37:00.

If you have a story or know someone who might be willing to share their story – contact Sam our Communications Officer : comms@sheffieldmethodist.org

Events

If you have an event you would like publicising – let the District Office know at least 10 days before. We can repeat notices every other week, so the more in advance the better.

Training and Learning

CSS – Advanced Module

A decision has been made to cancel the CSS Advanced Module training event on the 7th July at North Anston Methodist Church.  Those who had already booked on to this event have been notified.

Supporting Y6 transition during the COVID19 pandemic

Tuesday 16th June 9:30 12pm

Training for youth workers, school chaplains and school pastors on how to deliver virtual 1:1 support to children identified by primary schools as needing support with their transition to secondary school.

More details and booking at: https://y6transition2020.eventbrite.co.uk

Other News

DRC Thought for the Week

This week’s reflection from the Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy is by Revd Stella Mills, Associated Rural Chaplain.

Revd Stella Mills Thought For the Week 1st June

Methodist News

Coronavirus Guidance

There have been new guidance added about opening up church buildings for designated uses as stated in recent government guidance. Some updated topics include:

Homelessness Gathering

A Zoom Gathering will take place on Wednesday 10 June between 11 am and 12.30 pm hosted by Revd Ian Rutherford (Manchester) and Revd Mike Long (London) to discuss a new vision for homelessness and housing in the light of Coronavirus. More information can be found here.