District News – 21 January 2020

This Week’s News

35 Chapel Walk

Thank you very much for your support of the work of 35 Chapel Walk. We feel utterly privileged to have met so many passionate, creative, socially minded individuals during the life of the gallery.

We are sad to bring you the news of the current situation for the gallery.

35 Chapel Walk is closing and so the community-led Brought to Birth in December 2019 has been our final exhibition. We are not accepting new orders for framing, printing or vinyl displays. The gallery has been open in its current form as a place of community, creativity and spirituality for six years, it is now time to pause and reflect on the next step forward on our journey.

We have much to look back on and be thankful for from this season, and for all the life stories we have been privileged to be part of. We are grateful for the vision of our founders Ric Stott and Naomi Gordon, the dedication of our staff team Faiza Omar, Ewan Richards and Liz Dickinson, the creativity of all those who have exhibited, the generosity of our funders and donors, the gifts of time and expertise from so many volunteers and partners, the hospitality of Victoria Hall, and the insights of our management committee members.

We appreciate that this may come as a shock and disappointment to those who have travelled with us during this time, but after careful consideration it has been decided that it is time to move on to something new. Sometimes a seed has to fall to ground and over-winter for new green shoots of life to emerge. Thank you particularly to this who have been close to the work of 35 Chapel Walk, your interest and contribution has been really appreciated.

Yours Sincerely,

The 35 Chapel Walk Team.

For administrative questions relating to the 35 Chapel Walk gallery contact Neil Harland treasurer@sheffieldmethodist.org 07483 308 008. 

If 35 Chapel Walk has started a creative or spiritual conversation that you would like to continue, please get in touch with Rev Sally Coleman sally.coleman@methodist.org.uk

Methodists for World Mission Annual Conference 2020

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU 29th May to 31st May

Celebrating Diversity – Mission Together in the Global Village – A world mission conference promoting global relationships.

Speakers include: British Methodist theologians Prof Anthony Reddie and Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal
For more information visit www.mwm.org.uk


Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Visit our Lent exhibition Remembering Dying and Rising or attend a quiet day led by artist Graham Pigott.

Letting Art Works Lead You is a quiet day that takes the exhibition as its inspiration. Graham will facilitate a morning of contemplation, reflection and insights: the afternoon will be kept silent for all who wish to remain. Book to attend on March 19th or 21st (identical days).

Opening hours for the exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Graham, Colin Riches and the late Michael Finn can be found on the website. A warm welcome is extended to all who would like to attend the exhibition launch, with drinks reception, on February 27th at 7pm.

5th Annual Christian Heritage Workshop

Friday, 6th March, 10am-4pm At Retford Baptist Church, Notts.

This is a free annual conference for all those actively involved in Christian heritage and history. The only cost is that we request a contribution towards lunch, coffee and other expenses of around £7.

  • Hear presentations about Christian heritage work nationally
  • Practical guidance and discussion
  • Get to discuss ideas with others in the same field of activity

At this stage we would ask you to register your attendance by emailing adriangray@pilgrimsandprophets.co.uk. We then develop the programme for the year based on what you tell us about your interests and there is usually a chance to present about your own work.

As part of the day you will have the chance to visit the new ‘Mayflower 400’ Pilgrim Gallery which reflects much input from local Christians.
You can also stay for the RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FORUM on March 7th which will include contributions from two eminent historians, a leader from a support agency for persecuted Christians, and Lord Alan Beith – a former Liberal politician and active Methodist.

Starting Honest Conversations in Churches

On 15th March at 6.30pm, Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley, will be hosting ‘Honesty Over Silence’ which is touring the UK.

Honesty Over Silence – The Tour seeks to open up conversations around topics that many find difficult such as trusting in God when life is painful, dealing with anxiety and depression, learning to look after ourselves, developing our character, and living with thankful hearts even in tough seasons. It will examine the strength in letting go of the need to be in control as well as looking at how we can stop comparing ourselves to others and instead live authentically and honestly as we grow into the people God has created us to be. Much of the material will be taken from Patrick’s new book of the same title.

Join Patrick Regan OBE and singer–songwriter Joanne Hogg on this limited-dates tour. Patrick will be exploring themes from his latest book, ‘Honesty Over Silence’, and Jo will be performing songs around the theme of honesty, faith and hope. This is a great opportunity for local churches to host an event relevant to many in today’s modern society and for people in and out of church to enjoy an inspiring night out.

For more information please contact Mike Coates, the Tour Coordinator mike.coates@kintsugihope.com

Job Vacancies

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. However, to get the best candidate, the appointment date can be delayed.

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 7 February

Interviews Friday 14 February

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

Lecturer in Biblical Theology and Mission

Cliff College is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Biblical Theology and Mission to join its Faculty team at this exciting time in the life of the College. We are looking for an experienced teacher who is willing and able to play a key role in the team that delivers and develops our academic programmes as we live out Cliff’s history, identity and purpose to equip and serve the local church in mission and evangelism.

We are looking for someone who:

  • is an experienced teacher of biblical theology and mission or related subject in an HE setting
  • has a heart for mission and evangelism
  • is willing to play an active role in the life of the Cliff College community

If this is you then you can download an application pack from our website at www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/jobs For more information or to arrange an informal conversation about the post, please contact Allison Cooper, Academic Registrar at registrar@cliffcollege.ac.uk or 01246 584200.

Salary:                  £34,000-£37,000
Closing date:      Friday 31 January 2020 at 12 noon
Interviews:         Week beginning 10 February 2020

This post is open to all applicants, though female and BME applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the postholder is a Christian. Regulation 7(2)a of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 applies.

Training and Learning Opportunities

GDPR – church / circuit training evening


  • To bring the latest news on GDPR to church/circuit attention
  • To answer questions on GDPR
  • To help with data mapping / data breaches / other forms
  • To share good practice across the district

Tuesday 18 February – 7pm : Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley
https://gdpr-emmanuel.eventbrite.co.uk to book a place.

Wednesday 19 February – 7pm : Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield
https://gdpr-wesley.eventbrite.co.uk to book a place

Bookings will close on 4 February, to gauge interest and confirm if they are viable.

Other meetings may be arranged if these prove to be popular

Open The Book Core Training

5th February, 10am-3pm at St Columba’s, 503 Manchester Rd, Sheffield S10 5PL

Come and learn how to be a storyteller for Open the Book.
At this session there will be an opportunity to experience how to do an
Open the Book assembly/act of collective worship. You’ll also find out why head teachers and children value it, along with a chance to ask your questions. Come and find out how you can bring the Bible to life in your primary school.

To reserve your place please contact: Fiona Walton : fiona.walton@cass-su.org.uk

Thy Kingdom Come, ‘Inspire & Equip’ event

Saturday 22 February, 10am – 12 noon at St Alban’s Church, Wickersley, S66 1ES

The Sheffield Diocese are delighted to host an event that will provide practical resources for prayer and inspire us with stories from Thy Kingdom Come. Rev Canon Jean Kerr, from the national TKC team, is coming to lead this morning. This event is for Christians of all denominations and is free, but you need to book  (https://sheffdio.org/TKCequip) because each participant will receive a pack of the latest resources. To download an A5 flyer to advertise this event in your church and for more information: https://www.sheffield.anglican.org/tkc.

Taketime Together training day

Tue, 10 March 2020 – Hull Community Church, Hull HU5 2NB

For those who would like to be able to lead groups or support others to use the Taketime meditation resource.

Hull Community Church is hosting a Taketime Training Day. The aim of the Training Day is to enable participants to understand the vision and to be able to run Taketime Together in its various formats.

For more information or to register your place visit Eventbrite: taketime-together-training-day-tickets-89034024163

‘Left to their own devices? Confident parenting in the world of screens.

Wednesday 11 March from 7:30-m at Network Church S6 3BL

At ‘Left to their own Devices?, Speakers Katharine Hill and Sim Dendy will provide parents with insights into today’s increasingly digital world, and looking at the impact of the digital world on parenting including: Being digitally native, The social revolution, Selfies and self-worth, our children’s digital footprint, safeguarding our families and the dangers of digital. The evening session is coming to Sheffield on Wednesday 11th March at Network Church (S6 3BL) from 7.30-10pm, with tickets costing £7 or £5 for concessions. To book, visit www.cff.org.uk/owndevices. The sessions are based on a book called ‘Left to their own Devices?’ which is available to buy from all good bookshops and online if you’re unable to make the evening but want to find out more.’

Other News

Taste Prayer Points – January 2020

Praise for:                                                      

  • God’s faithfulness in bringing us all into another year and for protecting all our staff especially those who have had to travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects during 2019
  • The engagement of our Country Director Nuhu Chayi to his fiancée Sophia Thomas; the wedding is due to take place in April 2020
  • The safe arrival on Wednesday 15 January by caesarean section of a baby boy born to our Programme Officer Jonathan Makan and his wife Phidelia
  • Byencit Dala our TASTE Nigeria staff having had a successful surgery on her leg and the £1,100 cost for the operation being met by our supporters; Byencit was knocked down by a motorcycle just before Christmas and suffered a broken leg
  • Our application for a £50,000 grant from The States of Guernsey which has been shortlisted subject to satisfactory Due Diligence checks they are currently carrying out – please pray

Pray that:                            

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • Nuhu and Sophia will know God’s blessing as they prepare for their wedding in April
  • Nuhu and Sophia will be granted visas to visit the UK to meet our supporters in May/June and for Nuhu to give first hand account of how the Lord has been using TASTE to bless so many communities in Nigeria – if you would like to invite them to take your church or group meeting, please contact Ben on – 07737413772
  • Nuhu Chayi (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would be given wisdom as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig to enable TASTE to provide boreholes in communities with rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000