District News – 25 February 2020

This Week’s News

Honesty Over Silence

On Sunday 15 March at Emmanuel Methodist Church at 6.30pm the Barnsley Circuit will be hosting the Honesty Over Silence Tour.
So what’s this about?
Mental health is receiving a lot of media attention at present, and rightly so.
We have seen on our television screens the drive by celebrities with the ‘Britain Get Talking’ campaign.
There is clear evidence that building good relationships – with family, friends and our wider community – is positive for our wellbeing. Having strong relationships means that we can share our feelings and know we’re being understood.
The recent tragic death of Caroline Flack brings the issue of mental health starkly into focus again.

Honesty Over Silence is a book written by Patrick Regan OBE about his own journey through issues of mental health. In the book he talks about difficult topics such as trusting in God when life is painful, and dealing with anxiety and depression. Patrick will talk about how we as Christians can support our families, our friends, our church members.
Please be assured we will not be breaking into small groups, and you will not be expected to answer questions.

Patrick will also be talking about the charity he has formed called Kintsugi Hope that takes a faith based approach to people’s wellbeing, both physically, emotionally mentally and spiritually.

The evening is not just about Patrick talking. He will be accompanied by musicians including the brilliantly talented Northern Irish singer songwriter Joanne Hogg. Joanne was formally the lead singer with the Christian band Iona and has appeared in the past on Songs of Praise.

In a nutshell it’s an evening of entertainment: inspirational speaking and music

Tickets are just £5 including refreshments – ring Jayne Wragg (01226 321522/07882890677) to reserve your ticket(s)-  or via Eventbrite (Honesty Over Silence Barnsley

God in Love Unites Us – District Conversations

Many of you will already have engaged in conversations in your local churches and Circuits and we am grateful to all those who have carefully and prayerfully facilitated those conversations.  However, we have also planned three District-wide conversations which all are welcome to attend. Please, though.  use the relevant link to register your attendance so we know how many people to expect. If the link is closed, but you still wish to attend, please contact Katrin in the District office.

Saturday 7th March 2020               10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.       Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley: https://godinlove-barnsley.eventbrite.co.uk 

Thursday 12th March 2020             7.00 – 9.30 p.m.               Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield: https://godinlove-sheffield.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday 31st March 2020               10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.       Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield: https://godinlove-chesterfield.eventbrite.co.uk

The gatherings will be hosted and led by Revd Gill Newton (Chair of the Sheffield District) but the District Leadership Team has invited members of the Who Is Your Neighbour? project within the District to facilitate the conversations.  They will bring with them much experience and expertise in facilitating conversations between those with differing views and perspectives from which we trust we will all benefit.

Feedback from local church and Circuit conversations is required in order to inform these District gatherings and the later Synod conversations, so appropriate feedback forms can be downloaded. Please feel free to share these as appropriate and return any completed forms to the District Office, ideally by Friday 28 February to allow time for collation ahead of the District events.

The link for the Group feedback is : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YP36X2V

The link for Individuals remains: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/935MCQJ

Looking for Sponsors

Jonathan Buckley (the Sheffield Circuit Youth and Children’s Co-ordinator) is running the Sheffield half marathon on March 29th to raise money for the Snowdrop project; if you’d like to sponsor him you can do at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathan-buckley14

The Snowdrop project is a local project in Sheffield which supports victims of Human Trafficking. Jonathan and Teresa Buckley  have been volunteer drivers with the Salvation Army Modern Slavery Team for the past 5 years, and have seen the effects trafficking has in real people here in South Yorkshire.

Events

Freedom & Tolerance Forum

Saturday 7 March 2020 from 10am to 1pm at The Well, Retford

This free event includes the following speakers:

  • Lord Beith on Methodist Heritage and its significance today
  • Professor Elizabeth Tingle on Irish Catholic refugees in Europe in the early 1600s
  • Revd Dr Stuart Jennings on Faith and Fighting in Nottinghamshire during the Civil War
  • John Pontiflex on Has Religious Freedom become an Orphaned right?

Full details on the poster here: freedom & tolerance forum poster 2020

Job Vacancies

Community Outreach Manager

Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield Circuit

Initially for three years, subject to further funding being secured – 37 Hours per week

Wage: £22,500 P.A Plus Pension and N.I. contribution.

Greenhill Methodist Church is an established and growing church serving a number of communities situated in south west Sheffield.

Our vision is “To know God’s love and to go and share it with others.”

We are looking for someone to ‘hands on’ manage our current community outreach initiatives and our relationship with other community service providers. To continue, as well as initiate new work in response to need. The work has a family focus, as well as developing initiatives to work with older people. The person appointed will need to demonstrate the ability to work with and build up existing teams, to display initiative and vision to develop new opportunities which will meet our aims,  and to share our objective of making disciples.

It is an occupational requirement that the post holder is a practising Christian

For further information and an application form contact:

Rev Jonathan Haigh  / 0114 2376579 / j.haigh100@btinternet.com

Closing date: 2nd March 20202

Interviews: Tues 17th March

Barnsley Methodist Circuit

Community Outreach Worker (NE)

The Circuit is seeking to appoint a part time worker to help engage with local communities, especially those around the chapels and support opportunities for outreach in the North East of Barnsley.

The salary will be £10,920 per annum for a part time position of 20 hours per week.
Additional hours may be agreed from time to time to deliver particular projects
The initial appointments will be for 3 years and may be extended subject to securing funding.

This is a Circuit appointment and will be based in the North East multi-site church.
(The multi-site church was established in 2016 and for the North East Church in Barnsley it involves working across 6 chapels under a single Church Council)

Some evening and weekend work will be required.

For further information or an application pack, please email: circuitoffice@btconnect.com

By telephone, please call the Circuit Administrator, Jayne Wragg on 01226 321522 and leave your contact details

Closing date for applications:  2nd March 2020
Interview date:  13th March 2020

Children and Families Support Worker (NE)

The Circuit is seeking to appoint a part time worker to support the work with children and families in the North East Church. The work will be primarily to support church relationships with schools and families as well as helping the chapels engage through worship.

The salary will be £10920 per annum for a part time position of 20 hours per week.
Additional hours may be agreed from time to time to deliver particular projects

The initial appointment will be for 3 years and may be extended subject to securing funding.

This is a Circuit appointment and will be based in the North East multi-site church.
(The multi-site church was established in 2016 and for the North East Church in Barnsley it involves working across 6 chapels under a single Church Council)

Some evening and weekend work will be required.

For further information or an application pack, please email: circuitoffice@btconnect.com

By telephone, please call the Circuit Administrator, Jayne Wragg on 01226 321522 and leave your contact details

Closing date for applications:  2nd March 2020
Interview date:  13th March 2020

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) for the post holder to be an active member of a Christian Church.

“The vision of the Barnsley Methodist Circuit is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ”

Training and Learning Opportunities

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.’

Methodist News

Coronavirus Guidance

At this time, the UK Chief Medical Officers consider the risk to individuals from Coronavirus as low. The Methodist Church is monitoring the situation and has issued the following guidance to ensure the risks are reduced, recommending practical precautions to prevent the spread of infection.

Revd Paul Wood, Interim Director of the Ministries Team, commented: “Our prayers are with all those who have been affected either by the illness or the measures to prevent its spread”. 

“The advice for churches is for good hygiene with regular hand washing and for particular care to be taken in the preparation of sharing the elements at Holy Communion”

Precautions

  • Wash hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitiser gel. This is particularly important for servers at Holy Communion.
  • Churches may wish to use the traditional small glasses for communion to reduce the chances of infection.
  • Where a common cup or chalice is used, attendees with coughs and sneezes should be encouraged to receive Communion in one kind only.  That is the bread only. The practice of ‘intinction’, dipping the bread into the wine, should be avoided as this may spread the virus
  • Ministers should consider whether it is appropriate to share the peace during services, especially if some members feel they are unable to participate.
  • It is probably a good time to remind Communion Stewards that communion wine once poured out should never be returned to the bottle to be reused later.  Any remaining elements should be reverently consumed or put to ground.

The symptoms of Coronavirus infection are a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath.  Those with such symptoms who have returned  from China, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days, or who have been in contact with someone confirmed as having the Coronavirus, should call 111 for further advice.

Additional information is available from the NHS website