District News – 2 October 2019

This Week’s News

3Generate – spare tickets

2 young people have had to pull out of attending this year’s 3Generate. We therefore have spare tickets which we would like to be used if at all possible. Please let the District Office know if any of your young people would like to attend and can make use of them.

Grants for Christian books for libraries and schools

Speaking Volumes offers grants for libraries, schools, prisons, care homes and churches – actually, anywhere a Christian book can be borrowed and enjoyed by a wide readership. Grant applications are being accepted through to 31st October.  Relevant information and the list of available books can be seen on speakingvolumes.org.uk

On the application form, please insert CLC Bookshops, 2 Church Street,  Sheffield in the relevant box.

Save 20% in store and online from CLC Bookshops! Sign up to Equip.

Involved in Christian ministry? The revamped CLC Partnership Scheme has more benefits for you! Check out the details and sign up by going to clcbookshops.com/equip

Registration is individual, so please let your church teams circle know about EquipEquip replaces the current Partnership Scheme, but you need to sign up to it to qualify.

Advent Offering 2019: Homelessness & Hospitality

This year’s Advent Offering for the Mission in Britain Fund focuses on first-hand stories from people with experience of homelessness, who are being helped by the Bristol Methodist Centre.

The materials range from the traditional (Candle Liturgy, suggested prayers, hymns and Bible verses) to the interactive (a short video, PowerPoint, role play and talking points) as well as suggestions on practical ways you can put your faith into action and help the homeless.

Be sure to save the date for your Advent Offering service and order your collection envelopes here. Downloadable resources are now available from the Methodist Church website.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

18-25 January 2020

It might seem a long way off, but we are being encouraged to plan ahead to make this a moment of outreach and evangelism.

We are invited in this year’s Week Of Prayer for Christian Unity materials to see God working through people and places which offer unusual  kindness. If only we would do the appropriate kind of looking.

This time we accompany the churches of Malta, praying with and alongside them, praying also for them in their Christian journey as they seek the unity for which Christ prayed. And we rejoice with them that Malta traces its Christian origins back to the time of the Apostles. And in so doing, we enter into the drama of St Paul, those that travelled with him, and the inhabitants whom they met, to discover our shared unity, and in so doing recognise the importance of unusual acts of kindness that bear witness to the Gospel of peace and reconciliation.

You can download the pamplhet here: WPCU 2020 English pamphlet (web) and a wealth of support material will be available at www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer — it’s not yet live, but it will be, so keep checking.


35 Chapel Walk exhibitions

1 – 10 October – Street Life

An exhibition by Chris Pollard, open from 10:30am to 4pm

19 -26 October – Catchment

An exhibition of fine art exploring Sheffield’s Lakelands by the Pennine Artists group (www.pennineartists.co.uk). Open from 11am to 4pm with a late night on Tuesday until 6pm.

Taizé event

Sunday 20 October  from 2pm – St Mark’s Broomhill

An afternoon and evening of sharing, information, and practising the music of Taizé, as well as a shared meal.

Please let them know if you plan to come so that they can make sure there is enough food!. email: music@stmarkssheffield.co.uk

Retreat Day

Saturday 12 October – St Giles Church, Matlock

Rev’d Professor Stella Mills will be talking about Gods creation and the Environment.  Times are 10am – 3pm, bring your own lunch but refreshments provided throughout the day.  For more information people are welcome to call on 07973616043 or email emilybrailsford@yahoo.co.uk

Church Action on Poverty – Annual Pilgrimage

Saturday 12 October from 9:30am

This year’s Pilgrimage starts at Highfield Methodist Church at 9.30am and will end around 2pm. Sheffield Pilgrimage 2019 flyer

After a short time of worship, we will visit  a remarkable range of projects in Highfield and Heeley, starting with a visit to Madina Mosque to learn about Muslim charitable work.

At the end of our walk,Paul Blomfield MP will join us at St Wilfrid’s Centre to discuss some of the issues that we have heard about during the morning.

We will also highlight the launch of End Hunger UK Week of Action at Sheffield Cathedral.

Launch of End Hunger UK’s new campaign

11.15am – 1.45pm, Wednesday 16th October 2019, Sheffield Cathedral

Join us on World Food Day in calling for the Government to ACT NOW TO END UK HUNGER, with Sheffield’s Food Glorious Food Choir, poet Matt Sowerby, and speakers from the Darwen Gets Hangry campaign.

We will be doing a photo stunt and eating lunch together.

It takes place at Sheffield Cathedral. Please come at 11.15 as we will be starting at 11.30 PROMPT! Finishing at 1.45pm.

Please register for your place at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-hunger-uk-campaign-launch-tickets-73969283117

For more information please contact Annie Connolly:  annie@church-poverty.org.uk

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

Family Worker

The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe, Doncaster

The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe requires a new Family Worker to build on the exciting work being done in the Hexthorpe area, and more widely, in conjunction with existing, growing teams. The job will begin on 01/04/2020.

This post is full time and salary is between £21,000 and £24,000 depending on experience and qualification. There is automatic enrolment in a pension scheme.

Please send for the full information pack to richard.iball@btinternet.com or Richard Iball, 33 Old Hexthorpe, Doncaster DN4 0JD

Informal conversations invited on 01302 855389. By request, a visit may be arranged to see the work at first hand.

Closing date for completed applications: Friday 25th October

Interviews Friday 1st November.

Please note there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for this role to be an evangelical Christian.

Cluster Support Worker (part-time)

Freedom Community Project

The Freedom Community Project provides support for people within North East
Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. We run a number, of projects from our centres aimed at providing practical support for those who are struggling. We also provide fun social activities for the community to encourage people and build self-esteem.

10 hours per week, salary is £18,200 pro rata
Base: Bolsover/Clowne Area
Closing Date: 17th October 2019
Interview Date: 31st October 2019

For a full job description and job application form please contact The Freedom
Community Project Office on 0300 302 0334 or operations-manager@fcgroup.org.uk.

This role is to work alongside the Chief Executive Officer and Operations Co-ordinator with regards to your cluster area as you provide support according to the duties outlined at the end of this description.

The Project’s vision is for a society where people have the stability and confidence to steer clear of debt and make better choices, building stability both at work and at home.

We work with a range of partners and receive funding from a number of sources to offer the personal support and practical advice that enables people to make better choices and improve the quality of their lives.

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.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Introduction to Godly Play

The Vine, Sheffield / Friday 8th November, 2019, 10.00am – 4.30pm

Explore how Godly Play can enhance your mission and ministry in children’s work, intergenerational worship, adult small groups, schools, chaplaincy and care homes.

Cost:  £30.00

For more details: godlyplay.uk

To book: Friday 8th Nov 2019 

Contact: Kate Cornwell (GPUK Trainer) on kategodlyplay@thevinesheffield.org.uk

Holy Spirit and Fresh Expressions – Day Conference

Thursday 17 October 2019 – Cliff College

This conference hosted by the Samuel Chadwick Centre at Cliff College combines two annual lectures which will present the best up to date thinking on the way that the Holy Spirit is understood and experienced across a range of church contexts through the missional movement known as Fresh Expressions.

Full details can be found on the poster here: Holy Spirit and Fresh Expressions Day Conference, 17th Oct 2019

Or on the Eventbrite page, where you can also register to attend: the-holy-spirit-and-fresh-expressions-day-conference-tickets

Navigating Change Conference 2019

Navigating Change is a movement that is concerned about the future of the Methodist Church in the UK. The figures speak for themselves, as year on year we have continued to decline in numbers to the point where it has become a critical issue.

This movement could be a starting point for you and your leadership to regain a sense of urgency and energy, to catch a fresh vision and to begin the process toward growing and planting new churches.

19-20 November – Swanbank Methodist Church

For more information and to book a place

Methodist Property Projects: Getting off on the right foot

One of the firms on the Panel of Solicitors, Capsticks, has agreed to kindly host a series of afternoon session seminars for Managing Trustees to attend on the topic “Methodist Property Projects: Getting off on the right foot”.

The advert for the event can be downloaded here and details what aspects of property transactions will be addressed during the event. The aim of the sessions is to provide advice and guidance to Managing Trustees who are involved with or may be embarking on new property projects. The sessions will also allow Managing Trustees to see where support is available from TMCP, the Connexional Team and the panel of solicitors and surveyors.

If you or anyone involved in property projects would like to attend one of the sessions then please see the invitation which provides a link to the RSVP. Please note that the events will be held at Capsticks offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Winchester and London and any questions regarding the events should be raised with Helen Tapia in the first instance. You can also contact TMCP if you have any questions about what will be discussed on the day and how it may benefit Managing Trustees.

The sessions will be allocated on a first come first served basis and early booking is recommended.

I hope that you or your Managing Trustees take the opportunity to attend one of the events. I would also ask you to disseminate the information to anyone else in Local Churches or Circuits who you may feel would benefit from attending the sessions.