District News – 21 May 2019

This Week’s News

Office Hours

The office will be closed on Friday and Bank Holiday Monday. Val will be in on Tuesday morning, and Katrin will be back on Wednesday. This gives you an extra day to get any events, or other news that you would like shared in the weekly mailing, to the office.

The office will be also closed on Friday 7 June; from Wednesday 19 June until Tuesday 25 June and from Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July. Emails will be read during this time, and anything urgent will be responded to.

DYFerence at Cliff Festival

We are delighted that over 50 young people will be camping with us at the DYFerence site for Cliff College Festival. Please pray for the young people and also their leaders over the weekend. If you are coming to Festival yourself, why not come up to our site and say hello? Although there is such a packed programme of things happening, it might be difficult to find time.

Doncaster Circuit’s Mission Focus Day

Many a Methodist Church may have an Easter offering but Doncaster tries to turn it into a special weekend long event.

This year we invited Andy Dye the new Team Leader of the Global Relationships programme. We also had ex- World Mission Partners Michael and Maureen Hawksworth who talked about their adventures in sponsoring a village school in Nepal and the ladies’ crafts work for micro-enterprise methods of self-supporting local families.

We also invited Methodist Homes Live at Home project leader Chermayne Bennett to introduce our folk to her work, facilitating lonely older people to relate to each other and have a befriender. A skype call worked to Argentina where we heard of the work of Tiana, from London, now a member of the Encounter Worldwide scheme for 18-30s for a year,  involved in developing relationships across Latin America for peace in a year’s opportunity.

We had time to chat and eat together and encourage the interest in global relationships for the sake of the Kingdom of God and it’s growth around the world.  On the Sunday we invited Andy Dye to speak at a church in the morning and the afternoon at the actual Easter Offering service.

Thanks to all involved for a great weekend- that Susanna Brookes actually organised with the Focus Mission team for the circuit.

Anne Dyer – mission rep till this year.

Peter Ensor is back – 25th June

Peter is returning to the UK and would love to meet all his friends in the circuit, to share news of his work and to share the witness of the Church in East Africa.

Rev Dr Peter Ensor was a highly respected lecturer at Cliff College from 2008 to 2013, and during that period was also a popular and sought-after preacher in the Peak Circuit.  In 2013 Peter left Cliff College to become a senior lecturer at Kenya Methodist University in Meru, Kenya, where he trained ministers for the Methodist Church in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

It is a privilege and honour to have Peter with us again and to have him spur us on in our witness to our communities. We do hope you will be able to join us, Baslow Methodist Church, 7pm, Tuesday 25th June; refreshments follow.

Further details – Richard Williams-Menlove, 01246 582505

Marriage & Relationships

Sheffield  – Thursday 20 June

Feedback from within the Circuit suggests that what people may find most helpful at this time is to hear clearly what the current position of the Methodist Church is regarding marriage and human relationships.  We hope to offer this as part of the Circuit Meeting on 20th June and encourage people to share this within their local church. This is so that as many people as possible are starting from the same place in the events that will take place during Connexional year 2019-20 in response to the new report on marriage and relationships published this week. If you would like further information or have any questions please do contact James Morley, Co-Superintendent on 07734323402 or email revjamesmorley@outlook.com


Wildfire – the Story of Stephen

Friday 7 & Saturday 8 June – Bakewell Methodist Church

Tickets are £6 – pay on the door. Refreshments will be served.

Evening with Graham Kendrick

Friday 28 June – Boston Spa Methodist Church

Graham Kendrick has been described as a ‘father of modern worship music’ whose songs are ‘crammed full of poetic, divine, biblical truth’ that have ‘sculpted a view of God that has impacted generations.’

Tickets are £15 / £18.50 (depending on seating) available from bostonsparmethodistchurch.org.uk

More details on the poster here: BSMC Graham Kendrick June 2019 Poster

Training and Learning

MWiB training bursaries

Bursaries from Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) are currently available to enable women to undertake training courses offered by Cliff College. Courses include: ‘The Cliff Year’, ‘Certificate in Women in Leadership’ and ‘Every Woman: Ruth’. Course details and application forms are available here.

Regional Safeguarding Conference

Watching Over One Another in Love

Saturday 8th June 2019 – Boston Spa Methodist Church

10am coffee and registration, 3.30pm finish

Please book by 20th May on Eventbrite – search for ‘Yorkshire Plus Region Safeguarding Conference’ or email admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org for a link to follow for the event.

Keynote Speaker: Revd. Helen Cameron


  • ‘Watching over the vulnerable’ – Revd. Keith Albans
  • ‘Watching over our mental wellbeing’ – Penny Johnson
  • ‘Watching over our boundaries’ – Grahame Snelling
  • ‘Watching over each other in a social media world’ – Katy Spencer-Madden

Full details here: Flyer Safeguarding Conference

School Chaplaincy Training Course.

12 & 13 June 2019

Chaplaincy does life with people where they are. Life is often messy, rough edged, conflicted. Chaplaincy is where Christians need to be, sharing the journeys people are on.

It is particularly valid when it comes to serving young people, as over 95% of young people are not in church. They are, however, in school, so to ‘do life’ with this generation, to serve, help or invest in them we need to be where they are – in schools. School chaplaincy does life with young people in schools.

So Christians & Sheffield Schools (CaSS), The Methodist Church & The Diocese are looking to train up some chaplains for schools and we are running training, at Diocesan Church House: 12th and 13th June from 10.00 to 5.30 (coffee from 9.30). There is a charge for this training of £50.

To attend, or find out more, simply email Fiona fiona.walton@cass-su.org.uk or Rachel mccallamr@methodistchurch.org.uk

Worship: Leading & Preaching

Are you training as a Worship Leader or Local Preacher in the Methodist Church?

  • Here’s an opportunity to do the ‘Explore’ sessions with others
    from around the Connexion
  • Choose from three streams covering Modules 1 and 2, 3 and 4,
    or 5 and 6
  • Stay at Cliff College in the heart of the beautiful Peak District

To join the Worship: Leading & Preaching streams of Summer School, you need to be enrolled on the course and have completed the ‘Prepare’ material of each relevant module.

Monday 5 August to Friday 9 August 2019 (inclusive)
Costs -£295 for all teaching and materials, meals and refreshments
– £415 for all teaching and materials, meals, refreshments and accommodation in a single en suite study bedroom

Full details in the brochure here:

3235 WL&P Summer School 2019 flyer

New Courses, Cliff College

The Methodist ‘Worship: Leading and Preaching’ training section will bring together the successful WLP Spring and WLP Summer School weeks which have run over a number of years with a new initiative WLP in a Year enabling those training to be Methodist worship leaders and local preachers to complete their training within one academic year by focussing on a key area of the training (the ‘Explore’ sessions) within the residential blocks at Cliff. The publicity leaflet for the new WLP in a Year scheme is attached for your interest.

Full details can be found here: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/wlpexplore/

I am delighted that we continue to develop a strong working partnership with Bob Bartindale, Officer for Worship and Local Preachers in the Methodist Church who will continue to act as the overall Course Leader for WLP delivery here at Cliff. Additionally our own Deacon David Hunt will be acting at the Course Host for the WLP in a Year scheme.

Godly Play Accredited 4 day Training

The Vine, Sheffield   28 and 29 June, 5 and 6 July

Godly Play is an established yet innovative approach to Christian nurture which supports the spiritual well-being of both children and adults. It is used in contexts such as intergenerational worship, schools, chaplaincy, children’s work, fresh expressions of church and care settings for older people. To apply for a training grant contact kathrynlord22@gmail.com

Read more: https://www.godlyplay.uk/2016/10/07/sheffield-3-day-core-training/

OneSound Summer School

31 July – 3 August 2019

OneSound is keen to encourage the development of musical skills of young people within the Church and this year are holding a Summer School in the Dearne Valley, Doncaster. This residential is for 11-18 year olds.

Full details can be found in the brochure here: Summer School 2019 final

Job Vacancies

Community Outreach Worker

Priory Place Methodist Church, Doncaster

Priory Place Methodist Church, in the heart of the Doncaster Town Centre, is looking for a full time Christian Lay Employee to develop its work in the community particularly with young people and families and to develop fresh expressions of worship to meet the needs of this group.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, organized and motivated person for this exciting new role.

The successful applicant will have theological qualifications and be a member of a Church belonging to Churches Together in Britain. They will have experience of initiating and developing innovative outreach and evangelism projects. They will have experience of leading a volunteer team with evidence of planning and leading worship in a contemporary style; therefore, musical abilities would be desirable. They will be able to think missionally in an urban setting and to drive the work by motivating others and an ability to set goals without direct supervision.

The salary £24,107 plus contributory pension.

Contact Mrs. Hazel Hepworth at eric@hepworthgolfphotography.com or 0777 8557202 for an information pack and application form.

Applications by 6th June 2019

Interviews Friday 14h June 2019 subject to candidate availability.

Volunteer Opportunities

Keep Fishing Panel (volunteer role)

“Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch”. Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets”

The District is about to launch the Keep Fishing Fund, offering grants up to £500 to encourage churches to try new missional initiatives reaching out to new people. To make this work we need a small panel to constructively review applications and approve grants. To respond quickly, flexibly and using people’s time wisely, most of this work will be done by email.

We need lay and ordained people who:

  • Are comfortable assessing applications and corresponding by email
  • Get excited about new people meeting or rediscovering God
  • Together represent the diversity of our District, the places it relates to, and the different churches within it

This is an unpaid volunteer role, but you will gain:

  • An opportunity to serve beyond your local context without going to lots of meetings
  • Access to lots of great ideas
  • Knowledge that you will have enabled churches and people start on a path to new life

Contact Neil Harland, Mission Development Support Worker mission@sheffieldmethodist.org 07483 308 008 if you would like to be part of this.

Methodist News

Service of Reaffirmation of Call

Local Preachers are required to attend an annual service of reaffirmation of our call to preach. The Faith & Order Committee is currently preparing a liturgy for use.  This will be approved by Conference and be ready for use at Local Preachers’ meetings in September.

Legislation Update – Residential Tenancies

Landlord and tenant legislation is ever changing making it essential for Managing Trustees who let out residential property to keep an eye on what is happening and know what action they need to take to ensure they are fulfilling the statutory responsibilities placed on them as a landlord. This article summarises some important recent changes that Managing Trustees need to be aware of.

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