District News – 23 July 2019

This Week’s News

Lay Employment News

Rob Cooper is the Lay Employment Advisor for the Sheffield, Yorkshire West and Yorkshire North & East Districts. His latest newsletter contains important information on the responsibilities of employing lay workers, including a reminder that it is important that he should be contacted as soon as it has been decided to take on a paid employee.

You can read the full newsletter here: Lay Employment newsletter Jul 2019

Office News

Advance notice that the office will be closed from Monday 19 to Tuesday 27 August.


Susannah Wesley – 350 anniversary

Epworth Old Rectory have a number of events to celebrate Susanna Wesley’s 350th Birthday:-

Saturday 27 July – Mrs Wesley’s welcome home, a Living History event:  There will be

  • Baking in the kitchen
  • Patchworking in the Best Chamber
  • Rev Wesley will be composing his sermons in the study
  • plus The Chansonnier’s  – a period band playing for your musical entertainment.

Admission: £3.00 / Children £1.00

Living History Day poster

Saturday 17 August – HandleBards Theartre present Much Ado About Nothing: much ado

If you haven’t visited the Old Rectory yet, why not go to one of these special events.

MHA events

Worship & Engagement in Later Life (WELL)

The WELL event is taking place at 6 different locations around the country, aimed at preachers, worship leaders and pastoral visitors who help to lead worship for people in later life, either in a church, community or care home setting. The resources we’ll be sharing have been developed by our chaplaincy within MHA and are designed to help people lead worship in a context which may include people living with dementia. The event reflects MHA’s mission to help improve the quality of life for older people and is provided free of charge.  Booking details are on the flyer here: WELL leaflet

Walter Hall Lecture – 23 October 2019

This is the launch of a new annual lecture series – the Walter Hall lectures – at Westminster Central Hall.  The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts will be speaking on intergenerational responsibility, especially in the area of funding and support in later life. This is open to all.Invite – Walter Hall Lectures

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

The Cloud of Unknowing book group

September 9th & 23rd; October 7th & 14th; November 4th & 25th
Six sessions £25 or £5 each. All 7.30 – 9pm

Contemplative prayer requires a letting go of ‘knowing’ and certainty. Explore the well-loved and profound mediaeval text The Cloud of Unknowing as a way into a deeper understanding of such prayer.

Participants can discuss and reflect upon the text,, as well as their own approach to contemplative prayer. Best suited to those who can obtain and read a translation of the text and attend all or several sessions.

Our recommended translation is by Middle English scholar Carmen Acevedo Butcher. There are two copies in the library at Whirlow.

Details and bookings here.

Job Vacancies

Highfield Trinity Methodist Church – Family Drop-in Worker

Do you have ……..

  1. experience of organising and running events with families and children
  2. an ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  3. good interpersonal skills
  4. experience of working with volunteers

If so, we would love to hear from you. 

Highfield Trinity Methodist Church is seeking to appoint a Family Drop-in Worker for 3 hours per week. The role will be based at the Church.

Pay: £12 / hour

Details are available from: Revd Gareth Jones, tel. 0114 250 8251, email garethjones11@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: 5th August 2019

Interviews will be held on: Thursday 5th September

Other News

CLC Bookshops

CLC’s summer sizzler – save up to 75%!!

CLC’s summer sale gives you 20% off just about everything in the shop (only a few exclusions apply) and you can save up to 75|% on selected items. Used books also have 20% off AND you even get loyalty stamps as usual! The sale ends on 31 August!

See you and your friends very soon at CLC Bookshops, 2 Church Street, Sheffield S1 2GN (beside the Cathedral)

T: 0114 27246763   E@ sheffield@clcbookshops.com

Methodist News

The Methodist Conference

If you were unable to attend the Conference this year, or want to catch up on a particular item of business, you can watch sessions online here. These will be available to stream through the website until 4 August. Worship services and addresses will be available indefinitely

Hull Heritage Weekend

Hull Heritage Weekend will take place on 21 September. Clowes Memorial Methodist Church will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. At 11.00am and 2.00pm there will be a short talk on William Clowes by the Revd Martin Batstone followed by a drama performed by the Hull Community Theatre. The church is wheelchair accessible and refreshments will be served.

World Church News

Motorcycles aiding mission in rural Pakistan

In rural parts of Pakistan, it can be difficult for ministers to visit people in their parishes because of the distances involved. However, earlier this year, ten clergy and outreach staff were happy and encouraged each to receive a gift of a motorcycle. Read more

Seeing God at work in Cuba

The Revds Stephen and Elaine Lindridge share testimony from their visit to the vibrant and growing Methodist Church in Cuba. Read more

Want to volunteer in Tonga?

Sia’atoutai Theological College in Tonga are looking for a volunteer to work as a librarian for up to 12 months to catalogue a library system. Accommodation can be provided.

If you’re interested in this amazing opportunity contact Carolyn on lawrencec@methodistchurch.org.uk

Download the complete World Church Bulletin

Download World Church Bulletin Summer 2019 as a Pdf