District News – 20 June 2018

This Week’s News


Some of you may remember David Lees, who candidated for ministry from the Sheffield Circuit. He is currently a probationer presbyter in the Shetland Islands and has just been awarded a Doctorate on “The impact made by the book of Esther on the New Testament and Early Christian Literature”. Well done!

 Call to Prayer

At the recent MET Executive, God called us to provide prayer cover during the Methodist Conference (28 June – 5 July).

There were three areas for prayer:

  1. Renewal of individuals and churches
  2. Revival
  3. Direction for the business of the Conference.

When we shared this with the Revd Loraine Mellor, President of Conference (2017), we discovered that the Notts and Derby Youth are organising a half-day of prayer on 30 June entitled: ‘What happens when young people pray?’ The details are available on their website. Please encourage your youth leaders and young people to join in this initiative and pray for the Methodist Conference.

Of course, we want to ask the question ‘What happens when we all pray?’ We are certain that God has not finished with the Methodist Church. We want to seek his blessing and guidance on all that the Methodist Conference will debate and on those who will be ordained or called to office within the church. As a prayer movement, we want to be obedient to God’s call and pray for our church. Please encourage your churches to take up the challenge to provide prayer cover for at least the business hours of Conference. You can find more details on the MET website. Please let the Revd Kevin Jones know when your church or group will be praying by email to kevtherev34@hotmail.com.

Interfaith Eid Celebration

An Interfaith Eid Celebration for Peace and Unity was held at Victoria Hall Methodist church. The event was hosted and organised by Faithstar and sponsored by the Royal Navy.

The event marked the solidarity and unity in the city and people from all faiths and none were present. The Lord Mayor Magid Magid spent time with all at the event. As a mark of solidarity a moments reflection captured in a group photo to remember those who have lost the lives due to those who seek to divide us. It was also the one year anniversary of the Finsbury Park Mosque attack and as such the event took a poignant moment of standing together in faith.

Food friendship, unity and peace was had by all.


Burngreave Ashram

This is to remind you that our Burngreave Ashram Multifaith Chapel & Library  session on Monday 2nd July will start with a cooked lunch served at 12.30pm. So, please do not bring your own food  to share.

Thereafter, Patsy Cunningham of the Reformed Jewish Congregation Sheffield will be speaking on ‘My Difficulties with Faiths and Cultures’. A meeting to plan the themes and presenters from August 2018 onward will follow that seminar.

All are most welcome and please publicise if possible.


Awaiting your response.

Kind regards,

Chris Bullock

Tel: 0114 272 7144

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Regular worship

  • 1st Sunday, 1 Jul, Reflective Worship, 7 – 8pm
  • 3rd Sunday, 15 Jul, Reflective Communion, 7- 8pm
  • every Sunday. Space to Be (silent meditation), 8:30 – 9:15am
  • every Tuesday. Reflective Communion, 9:45 – 10:30am

Special events in July

Introduction to Centering Prayer
7 July, 10am – 4pm, £18.
Centering Prayer is a practice that can prepare a person for contemplative prayer, as they develop in Christian maturity. Led by Elizabeth Smith of Contemplative Outreach UK, this workshop will provide opportunity to learn, discuss and practise.

Bookings and details here.

Deep Talk
9 July, 10.15am – 3.30pm. £20.
An adaptation of Godly Play for adults, Deep Talk uses principles of life-coaching, peer-to-peer group work an story-ing to explore questions of identity and life-purpose. “Inspiring and therapeutic”.

Led by Jeremy Clines. Bookings and details here.

Music for the Spirit presents….a Summer Series 

Three lunchtime concerts. Enjoy the freedom and spaciousness of summer, whatever the weather! Bring a packed lunch, bring your family and expect to hear lovely music presented in an engaging and light-hearted way.

*August 3 – Sheffield Flute Choir * August 17 – Transpennine Trombones * August 31 – Woodfield String Quartet * £10 or free for children. 12.45 – 1.30pm. Details / bookings here.

2018 Farmers’ Harvest Festival

Sunday 28 October – 2:30pm – Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell

All are welcome to this special service where the guest speaker will be the Revd Gill Newton. Bel Canto Choir and poet Philip Holland will also be there, helping us worship and celebrate farming together.

A poster with full details can be downloaded here: Harvest Festival 2018

Job Vacancies & Volunteer Opportunities

Chaplain to Young Farmers

Applications are invited for this newly created role within the Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy and Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD).  RAD, which is based in Matlock, is an independent organisation and registered charity, operating across the county. RAD aims to improve the life of those living and working in Derbyshire.

The new Chaplain to young farmers will offer pastoral and practical support as part of the wider work of the Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy; supporting young farmers and their families and identifying and engaging with the issues affecting young farmers. He/she will work closely with other farming support charities and the rural church in offering holistic support to young farmers in Derbyshire.

We are looking for a Chaplain with a sound knowledge of the farming industry and a proven track record of providing practical, emotional and spiritual support to individuals in crisis. You must have a keen interest and ideally, successful experience, in providing pastoral support to younger people. Familiarity with both faith and church structures and a committed involvement in your chosen denomination is required together with some formal theological education.

Salary: £20,541 per annum (pro rata to 14 hours)

This is a fixed term contract for one year initially, with possible renewal subject to future funding.

Further details can be obtained from Emma Simpson on 01629 592970 or email: e.simpson@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk.  Anyone who wishes to have an informal chat about the role with the Lead Agricultural Chaplain, Reverend Alan Griggs, should arrange this via Emma.

Deadline for application submissions: 12 noon Friday 6th July 2018

Lay Church Leader/Pastor

Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit

Contracted hours: 40 hours per week

Hourly Rate:  £8.75 plus points as appropriate – (£21500 – £23150).

Contract Period: Permanent

 A fantastic opportunity for someone to join our Staff Team to:

To provide the pastoral care of two Methodist Churches in the Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit. This will include leading baptism, funeral and wedding services. To preach the gospel and lead worship regularly across these churches and within the Circuit. Lead/Chair church council meetings and other church meetings as required.

To encourage a sense of community and belonging between those using the churches and their local communities.

To fulfil these responsibilities in partnership with others from the Circuit. To lead them strategically towards tangible growth and sustainability.

To develop Godly Play across Broom and Clifton including taking assemblies in local schools.

To be evangelistic and to encourage each church to explore strategy for church growth. To be the first point of call for all church matters.

Interested?  Email Recruitment: joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com     for an application pack.

Closing date for applications:         4th July 2018.

Date of Interview: 16th July 2018.

Governance Officer

Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit

Contracted hours: 10 hours per week

Hourly Rate:  contracted hours 10 per week.  Salary based on a forty hour week
would be £ 21500 – £ 23150

Contract Period: Permanent

A fantastic opportunity for someone to join our Staff Team to:

Deal with Property Consents and all matters relating to consents, site property projects, circuit building projects.  To evaluate and advise all quinquennial expectations, liaising with the conservation officer and property project management teams – to liaise with estate agents and property developers.  Liaising with local, district, and connexional officers/stewards.  Liaising with Freedom2Serve (Accountancy and Property Management Company), liaising with professionals e.g. Solicitors.

Interested?  Email: joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com     for an application pack.

Closing date for applications:         4th July 2018.

Date of Interview:                           Wednesday 18th July 2018

Children & Families Missioner

£21,568 to £24,039 per annum depending on experience

37 hours per week including some evening and weekend work

Do you have a passion to share Christ’s love with children and their families? Are you able to create a vibrant welcoming community where all are welcome?

Our two Methodist Churches in Kenilworth and Leamington Spa are looking for a self-motivated individual who can lead volunteers to create new opportunities for mission and to develop existing Ministry with toddlers and young families. We currently run a family bread church and a project to combat holiday hunger.

If you’re up for a challenge, want to work with a variety of people and are looking for the opportunity to develop yourself in a role that will keep you interested day after day, then Kenilworth and Dale Street can provide all of that.

The Children and Families Missioner will co-ordinate children and families’ ministry in both churches. They will develop family friendly opportunities for families to share worship, to learn together and to become friends with Jesus.

We are open to proposals from part time workers willing to share this exciting role.

Closing date for applications: 16 July
Interviews will take place on: 8 August 2018
Please email jobs@midwarkscircuit.org.uk for further information or to request an application form.
If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact: Ian Weir on 07725 346280

District Trustee for The Foundry, Sheffield

  • Interested in finance? Any good at fundraising?
  • Know anything about VAT, Business Rates or Listed Buildings?
  • Got contacts with property expertise?  Know anything about conservation?

If you can answer “yes!” to any of the above then you may be just the kind of person that The Foundry, Sheffield is looking for to join their team of Trustees.

If you’re happy to be part of a team but also take your own initiative, would be enthusiastic about seeing a historic building in the centre of Sheffield thrive

If you could commit to a 1 ½ hour long meeting every 6-8 weeks, then this may be just the place for you.

The Foundry, Sheffield is a charitable organisation which manages Victoria Hall effectively, safely and in the interests of all those who rent, use or visit the building.  The trustees are all volunteers with a range of specialist knowledge, who are seeking to make improvements to the building and the facilities it offers.

If you are interested, and think this could be just the role for you, please contact the District Office (details below) for more information.

Other News

Peter Ensor’s June Prayer letter summary

Peter gives thanks to God that Kenyan politics have calmed down after the elections. The Kenyan Methodist University [KEMU] is progressing out of debt but still in austerity. They have the legacy of the Wesley College library but now no workers to process all the books although a room has been provided with shelves thanks to a previous Methodist Partner’s legacy. So pray this to conclusion and for ongoing provision. The government are sending students as well as individuals applying. Their spiritual formation is growing with 600 seater auditorium full on Sunday worship and ex-students reporting much church growth, including the branch Peter attends outside of Meru Town which has a plant at Gatabora. He is contemplating retirement now he is reaching 68 to come back to Britain. So pray for his final stages of ministry (he teaches Biblical studies and is a visiting preacher across the area) to be fruitful and that a replacement might be found.

The full version can be found here: June 2018 Prayer Letter