District News – 24 April 2019

This Week’s News

Easter Joy

It has been so good to see all the transformed crosses in churches via Facebook. The above images are from the Easter Day service at Cantley in Doncaster Circuit.

Office Holidays

The office will be closed on the following dates:-
Monday 29 April; Friday 24 May to Tuesday 28 May; Wednesday 19 June to Tuesday 24 June.

Habitat for Humanity

We were delighted to learn that this charity was chosen for the Radio 4 Appeal this week and that Dr Jan Eldred (from the Barnsley Circuit) was asked to be the presenter. The appeal first aired on Easter Sunday, but you can find out more and listen again here: BBC Radio 4 Appeal, or here: Habitat for Humanity Radio 4


Festival of Debate

Monday 6 May: 1-2pm

The Festival of Debate come to Burngreave Ashram  on Monday 6th May on the theme “Faiths on the Margins”.

Since 2005, the Multi-Faith Chapel and Library at Burngreave Ashram has brought together speakers from many faiths. At this panel event the two co-ordinators and others from different faith communities will reflect on the present social, cultural and political situations facing faith groups and individuals in Sheffield.

Celebrating 60 Years !

On 14 July,  the Stocksbridge Christian Centre will celebrate 60 years since the beginning of outreach work on the Whitwell Estate !  A Sunday School was started in the Stocksbridge Junior Building on 11 October, 1959  which led eventually to the foundation of an ecumenical church on 16 July, 1978.  On the 14th July, there will a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service at 3 PM (no morning service) giving thanks and praise for everything which has happened over six decades.   Everyone is warmly invited to join us for this grand celebration.

Following the service,  we will dedicate a meditation garden at the back of the church.   This will be a space for the community to use for rest, meditation and reflection.

We also plan to host an exhibition of photographs and objects which will trace the history of the church from its beginnings to the present day.  We intend that this exhibit will be open until mid-August.  If anyone in the District or Sheffield Circuit has photographs of the church or people involved with the life of the Church,  please contact the Revd. James H. Grayson at j.h.grayson@sheffield.ac.uk.

Deep Talk

Deep Talk is an invitation to a communal conversation about, and engagement with, our life journey. It brings to life founding stories from scriptures and other sources, and re-tells them from different vantage points.

During a Deep Talk day at Whirlow, stories on the day’s theme are told – or shown – using sand and wooden figures. These act as a springboard, hopefully leading participants into a new language in which to tell their own story. The method uses principles from Christian Spiritual Accompaniment and peer-to-peer conversation. It aims to be authentic, holistic and playful. It can address the immediate challenges of each participant’s context, as well as their longer-term aspirations.

The method can be useful for those who know where they are in relation to Christian faith, as well as those who are agnostic or of another faith.

Deep Talk 2019 – £18 per event or £50 for three. All 10am – 4.30pm.
The ebbs and flows of our activity, connections and inner-life are explored 

May 16 –  Noticed / Un-noticed
July 18 – Agreement / Argument
Oct 3 – Overwhelmed / Underwhelmed
Details and bookings here.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Being a Host with the Most

How to extend invitations and be a warm, welcoming church

You are warmly invited to join us for a day exploring how to excel at inviting others and welcoming them to your church home.

Learn from one another; hear new ideas; consider different approaches; review your current practice.

When: 6 July 2019, 10am-3pm
Where: Chapel Allerton Methodist Church,
Town Street, Leeds LS7 4NB

Lunch is included so please RSVP by end June

To book: Sian Henderson, admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org
01904 786275

Download the poster to help publicise: Hostwiththemost

Candidates’ Support Group

Are you considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church?

Would you like to work through this process with others sharing the same journey?

Would you appreciate information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way?

If so, the Candidates’ Support Group is for you and you would be most welcome.

Where: Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market Street, Leeds LS1 6DG
When: Saturdays:  6 July 2019 9.30am – 4.30pm;
7 September; 7 December; 8 February 2020 from 10am – 3.00pm
Further information : Candidates’ Support Group Flier 2019-2020

Mental Health Awareness Days

Saturday, 18th May, 2019 – Christ Church, Hillsborough and Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield – 09.30 – 16.00

Saturday, 19th October, 2019 – St. Mary’s Church, Greasbrough, Rotherham – 09.30 – 16.00

The awareness days are produced and delivered by those with lived experience of mental health issues.  The Mental Health Working Group is a sub-group of the Diocesan Board of Faith and Justice.  The awareness days aim to reduce isolation, stigma, increase the capacity of faith communities to support and value people with mental health issues, increase the understanding of what emotional and mental distress is and ways in which our wellbeing can be improved.

The Bishop of Sheffield, Peter Wilcox, summarises the aims of the M.H.W.G., “More and more individuals are facing challenges in relation to their mental health, which means that more and more friends and family are supporting them, sometimes in very well informed and skilful ways, but sometimes not.  This course offers interested individuals and church communities the opportunity to increase their awareness and confidence in this area and to provide more effective support.  I commend it to you wholeheartedly.”

For more information or to book a place, download the appropriate leaflet here: May 2019 Awareness Day Leaflet or October 2019 Awareness Day Leaflet

Job Vacancies

Head of Ministries

The Methodist Church

Are you able to provide imagination and creativity in considering how ministry is used and deployed within the Church?  Are you passionate about working collaboratively with Connexional leaders to help determine the future shape of Methodist ministry?  Are you an inspiring team leader who can contribute to thinking and practice of lay and ordained accredited ministries?

The Methodist Church is seeking someone with proven leadership skills to manage a team that coordinates different expressions of ministry, oversees the processes of identification and nurturing of vocations to accredited ministries, and provides programmes for vocational development in the Methodist Church in Britain.

As the Head of Ministries, you will be responsible for managing and advising those appointed to oversee the work of chaplains in the Connexion and those implementing the Church’s Supervision Policy, and will lead and manage the work of the Ministries: Vocations and Worship Team to inspire its staff to deliver creative work effectively against agreed objectives in the Connexion’s vocations strategy.

You will work closely with other senior managers to ensure an integrated approach across the whole team.  As part of a Senior Management Group, you will work to enable and develop the Church’s thinking and good practice in ministry.  You must be an influential relationship-builder and problem solver; be able to recognise the specialist skills of others; be a consistent decision-maker and be passionate about delivering ongoing improvement to further the effectiveness of ministry within the Church.

Starting salary is in the region of £60,000 per annum.  For presbyters and deacons of the Methodist Church, the usual terms and conditions will apply.  This post has an Occupational Requirement for the post-holder to be a committed Christian.*  We would also particularly like to hear from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) applicants who are currently disproportionately under-represented at this level of management in the Connexional Team.

Closing date: Thursday 6 June 2019 at 12:00 noon.

Interviews to be held in London on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

For further details and an application pack, please visit our website www.methodist.org.uk/jobs.


Cliff College is seeking a part-time Librarian to join its staff team at this exciting and challenging time in the life of the College. The Library is at the centre of the College serving full-time and part-time students taking a wide range of programmes, supports two developing research centres and is linked to a thriving, growing archive.

We are looking for someone who:

  • has experience of working in a library
  • is computer literate and has experience of managing databases
  • is a good communicator and problem solver
  • is well organised and efficient
  • is willing to play a key role in the life of the Cliff College community

Librarian Job Details


If this is you then please contact Sarah Beard for more information on librarian@cliffcollege.ac.uk or 01246 584200

Salary:                £22,0000 – £24,000

Closing date:     12 noon on Monday 29 April 2019

Interviews:        Tuesday 14 May 2019

To apply for this role please complete an application form (you will find full details at https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/jobs/) or send a CV and covering letter, that outlines how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, to operations@cliffcollege.ac.uk


Cliff College is seeking a part-time housekeeper to join its staff team. We are a busy College with a 60 bed conference centre and student accommodation for 30 residential students.


DINE, who provide the excellent catering at Cliff College, are looking for a chef/cook to join their team. The team provides breakfast, lunch and dinner to students, staff,  conference centre guests and a variety of other visitors.

You will find the full details at https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/jobs/

Other News

Christian Aid

Monday 6 May – Sheffield May Day Trek

St. Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 4LQ

Registration opens at 9:30am for 10am start.

This annual sponsored walk raises money for Christian Aid and CAFOD. There are circular walks of either 6 and 11 miles which start on the edge of the beautiful Peak District and take you past some of the most beautiful scenery on the Yorkshire/Derbyshire border.

For more information go to: http://sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk/

12-18 May – Christian Aid Week

House to House Collections, Big Brekkies, Church Collections and much more will be happening across the Sheffield Circuit for Christian Aid Week, as we come together to raise money for maternal health care in Sierra Leone. There are lots of resources and worship materials to be found at caweek.org/resources for you to get involved.

For more information contact: twyke@christian-aid.org

Saturday 29 June – Sheffield Night Hike Challenge

St. Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 4LQ

Check in is at 8pm for an 8.30pm start.

This annual challenge event takes place at night. Starting from dusk, participants can choose to take on either the 9-mile route or challenge themselves to complete the 17-mile route at this fully marshalled and historical fundraising event.

For more information go to: http://sheffieldnighthike.org.uk/

CLC Bookshops

You may have seen the CLC Bookstall at Synod, but did you know that every purchase you make with CLC  Bookshops in store or online helps to support global mission projects around the world?

Projects like

  • printing 10,000 affordable Portuguese Bibles for Mozambique
  • creating the first ever Burmese Study Bible
  • providing Print on Demand machines for Kenya, Sierra Lenoe, Philippines and Myanmar
  • and more…

They look forward to continuing to serve you throughout the year – together we can make a difference!

Methodist News

The Buzz

The Buzz shares good news from across the Connexion and your stories tell of the many different ways that the Church is working out the four aspects of Our Calling: Worship, Learning and Caring, Service and Evangelism.

This week we read of ambitious plans to preserve one of the world’s oldest Methodist chapels in Upper Weardale; an interfaith initiative which brings teenagers together to explore faith and to build confidence and friendships in Birmingham; a Night Church for club-goers in Preston; and a free weekly lunch in Walton-on the Naze.