District News – 24 October 2018

This Week’s News

Threads through Revelation

16 October – 30 November – Southwell Minster

The last book in the Bible, Revelation, was written nearly two thousand years ago. It’s inspired and puzzled people ever since. The author, John, described a series of extraordinary visions, including scary subjects such as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, as well as breathtaking images of a new heaven and a new earth in the very last chapter, one of the most extraordinarily inspiring passages of the whole Bible.

Textile artist Jacqui Parkinson has created this extraordinary dramatic display consisting of fourteen huge panels which carry the viewer through her interpretation of the images in Revelation.

Jacqui has used very unusual techniques, starting with old bedsheets, covering them with dyes and silks and intricate stitching. She worked on it for nearly four years. The result: an astounding, dramatic sequence, and a textile work that is thought to be the largest ever by a single artist.

Full details on the poster here: Threads thru Revelation

Retford Pilgrims Festival 2018

Commemorate Bassetlaw’s role in the Pilgrims’ story, by making lanterns with professional artists then joining Retford’s Pilgrims Festival Parade on Tuesday 20th November 2018.

The workshops are on Tuesday 30 October at Retford Library, and Friday 2 November at Bassetlaw Museum.

More information in the poster here: Poster Retford 2018

Workplace Chaplaincy in Derbyshire

Workplace Chaplaincy in Derbyshire is a partnership of the mainstream denominations that acts as a focus for the link between the Church and the economic life of the county. Chaplaincy is its core activity and it enables the Church to touch the lives of those who would otherwise not come close. It seeks to affirm and encourage, and bring the light of the gospel to an understanding of work, enabling people to find the presence of God in their daily work. The world of work continues to change with a decline in manufacturing and an emphasis on service industries and the public sector, and the economic situation continues to offer further challenges.

You can read their annual report here: Annual Report 2017 A5 _Final_


Hallcroft Methodist Church “In Concert”

Saturday 10 November – 2:30pm

An afternoon perfomance by the Synchro Singers to help raise funds for the Bassetlaw Hospice. Tickets £6.00 incl refreshments.

Full details on the poster here: Hallcroft Concert Nov 2018

Music for Remembrance

Sunday 11 November – St Swithun’s Church, Retford

The Cantate Choir present an evening of music and reading on Remembrance Sunday. The event starts at 6:30pm. Entrance is free, there will be a retiring collection.

Download the poster for notice boards: Remembrance Evening 2018

Gleadless Valley Methodist Church Open Weekend

Friday 2 November : 7pm-9pm
Saturday 3 November : 1am – 5pm

Tea/Coffee; Open Space to meditate; Children’s play rooms; Spiritual cleansing; Inner spiritual healing; Peace Treatment; Dream interpretation; Physical Healing; Spiritual Healing led by Revd Henry C Ohakah

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

An Exhibition Of Paintings By Robert Wright
2-15 November

Some reflections in abstract art on themes arising from Thomas Merton’s call to transform our hearts and lives. With an intense use of colour, in twenty strikingly silent abstract paintings, Robert explores the solitude and silence of Merton’s dark path of contemplation.

More exhibition details here.

Music for the Spirit

Enjoy a concert with Whirlow favourites Muskoka in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

They will perform a varied selection of delightful and delicious delicacies to suit most palates – with interludes of solo items.

Drink included in ticket price. Accompanied under-18s free of charge.

Details and tickets here.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Resourcing Local Preachers & Leaders of Worship

Saturday 17 November – 9:30am to 1:30pm
Staveley Methodist Church

President of Conference, Revd Michaela Youngson, will lead a resourcing workshop with a focus on the use of creativity in worship during Advent and/or Epiphany.

More details will be sent out soon.

Building Bridges Project

Bakewell Asylum Seekers and Refugees Programme Annual Meeting

Satuday 17 November – 10am to 12 noon

Bob Davies, the education and Resource Co-ordinator for Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity will speak on “What’s happening in Calais?”

More details here: Notice of November meeting

Autumn Colloquia 2018

What makes a good city?

Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

The colloquia will run from 12 noon to 130 pm in UTU’s library area in the basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield (entrance in Chapel Walk).  Bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available.

Wednesday, 7 November. Professor Alan Walker on Fairness. Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology at the University of Sheffield. He has written widely on ageing and on other issues of social policy. He chaired Sheffield Fairness Commission which reported in 2013.

Wednesday 5 December. John Mothersole on Economic Prosperity.  John Mothersole is Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, having formerly been the Council’s Executive Director of Development, Environment and Leisure. He is heavily involved in the development of Sheffield and the wider City Region. He has previously worked in local government in Camden and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

These colloquia are open to all. Enquiries should be addressed to UTU: 0114 270 9907

Interfaith Event

Tuesday 20 November – St Andrews Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield

To mark the Interfaith week 2018, Islamic Society of Britain will be holding a special evening, where different faiths come  together to answer the questions still left unanswered.

Topics of discussion on the evening include

  • Where do different cultures fit into the Christian Family?
  • Where do Muslims fit into Islamic Family?
  • Where do catholics fit into the Catholic Family?

Islamic Society of Britain interfaith forum would like to invite you to their annual get together, an opportunity for different faiths to get to further understand one another faith.

Please confirm your attendance for catering purposes
07930 313 773

Download the poster here: Interfaith event 2018 new

Environmental Justice: Why loving your neighbour means loving the planet

Tuesday 27th November 7.30 pm – Storrs Road Methodist Church

Justin Thacker, author of Global Poverty: A Theological Guide, discusses the human impact of climate change and shows why the biblical command to love our neighbour should be at the root of Christian environmental thinking.

To assist with planning please email the circuit office if you are hoping to attend: admin@chesterfieldmethodists.org.uk

Download the poster to help publicise this event:Environmental Justice Seminar

Deep Talk

21 & 28 November

Described as ‘Inspiring’ and ‘Therapeutic’, Deep Talk uses principles of life-coaching, peer-to-peer group work and storying to explore questions of identity and life-purpose. These evenings, which must be booked as a pair, are suitable for adults at any age and any stage of life.

Deep Talk is rooted in Christian traditions and is useful to and inclusive of people of all beliefs. It is an adaptation of Godly Play (Jerome Berryman’s combination of Montesorri educational principle), Christian spiritual accompaniment and stories from the Jewish-Christian scriptures. It allows questioning from a new vantage point.

Led by Jeremy Clines, Anglican Chaplain to the University of Sheffield, more details can be found here: Deep Talk

Job Vacancies

Church Army – Wilson Carlile Centre

Porter – 24 hrs/week

Our Porters play a key role in the safety upkeep and high customer service standards of the Wilson Carlile Centre. You will work as part of a large dynamic team and therefore be someone with strong team skills; a positive attitude and committed to delivery excellent hospitality skills.

Core hours: Saturday & Sunday 7am to 7pm.

For more information visit: www.churcharmy.org/jobs

Communications Assistant – fixed term contract

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative individual, with a passion for communication and building effective relationships. In this role, you must be an excellent communicator with strong attention to detail and the ideal candidate would have a proven track record in a communications environment. The successful candidate will join a welcoming and friendly team where you will be able to develop and progress your skill set.

For more information visit: www.churcharmy.org/jobs

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Are you involved in Children’s Ministry?

This week we have a selection of resources from Christian Focus Publications perfect for your Children’s ministry! All of course at fantastic prices! Offer valid until the 31st of December 2018

Are you looking for great children’s resources or gifts in the run up for this Christmas season?

Our latest Kids’ Corner Promotion includes an eclectic selection of books, Bibles, CDs, DVDs, and resources for all age ranges – and of course all at great prices! Do you want to help children grow in faith? Or just bless a child with a gift this coming season? This promotion is one not to miss out!

Visit the shop (2 Church Street, Sheffield S1 2GN) or the website: www.clcbookshops.com/ for more great deals!

Methodist News

Universal Credit

As press and politicians continue to realise that Universal Credit could bring real social problems, the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) has written a new blog post, ‘The things you need to know about Universal Credit’.

Methodist discipleship books

There is a range of books available to help shape your Christian life, prayers and reflections and learn how to speak more comfortably about God and faith. Order online now from Methodist Publishing.

Interfaith Week

Inter Faith Week is intentionally timed to start on Remembrance Sunday each year, highlighting the diversity of those who have served – both from the UK and from the countries that became the Commonwealth.

To find out more visit the interfaith section of the Methodist Church website.

Christmas Worship resouces

Action for Children Christmas worship resources are now available. Developed with ROOTS for Churches, worship leaders can tailor the material to suit their congregations

Methodist Prayer Handbook

Do you, or someone you know, love to write prayers? Are you resounding with prayers of intercession and thanksgiving and beautiful poetic reflections to aid the whole worldwide Methodist family in its daily devotions? Then why not submit your prayers to be used in the next Methodist Prayer Handbook.

The theme for the 2019/2020 Handbook is ‘Responding to the Gospel’, inspired by Our Calling. Email your prayers here and read submission guidelines here.