District News – 25 September 2019

This Week’s News

Induction Service For District MWiB president 2019

11 October 2019 @ 11.00am – Gleadless Methodist Church, Sheffield

Mrs Pam Meek will be inducted as the Sheffield District MWiB President 2019. The preacher will be Melissa Quinn and a lunch will follow.

Please come along to offer your support.

Pam’s project is the Children’s Air Ambulance, and £3714.81 has been raised to date for this charity.

Sad News

It is with sadness that we heard the news of the death on Friday of the Revd Dr John Simmonds, a supernumerary minister who lived in the Chesterfield Circuit. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Christine, and family.

There will be a service of Committal at Brimmington Crematorium, Chesterfield,  followed by a service of thanksgiving at Hasland Methodist Church, at 11:30 on Monday 7 October.

Fairtrade Foundation

Join the party!

The Fairtrade mark is 25 years old this year and the Fairtrade Foundation are hoping people will celebrate with a party sometime during October. Our suggestion is that if churches are holding a coffee morning or some other similar event then you could easily turn it into a birthday party for the Fairtrade mark using resources available on the the Fairtrade Foundation website. (If October isn’t convenient then I don’t think it really matters if it is in November!)


Thank you – The District Fairtrade group

Church Leader’s Network – Cliff College

The Church Leaders’ meetings are designed for those in church leadership to come together as a way to share and connect.  A series of these meetings were held last year and because of you, they were a great success!  We do hope you’ll join us again.

The Programme:

  • 10.45 drinks and cake in Chadwick’s dining room (Cliff Hall)
  • 11.15 Meeting
  • 12.45 Lunch in Chadwick’s dining room

This event is free of charge.

Further dates:

  • 26th November
  • 28th January
  • 24th March
  • 12th May

To book your place, please call on 01246 584 200 or reception@cliffcollege.ac.uk

GDPR – One Year On

GDPR has now been in place for more than 12 months and yesterday Katrin attended one of the TMCP  guidance and training sessions. There was a lot to take in, but relevant information will be shared in due course. It is important that all churches and circuits (and the District) have completed the data-mapping form, and review this on a regular basis.

We are considering holding a short training session on GDPR to help churches comply with these regulations. Please let the office know if you would be interested in such a session.


Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Deep Talk: Overwhelmed / Underwhelmed

October 3rd
£18. 9.30am – 3.30pm

Deep Talk is an invitation to a communal conversation about and engagement with your life journey.

Founding stories from scriptures and other sources are brought to life and retold from different vantage points. This will be the last of 3 Deep Talk events at Whirlow this year, led by Jeremy Clines.

More details and bookings here.

Urban Theology Union – AGM

Saturday 23 November 2019

1pm: Informal time to catch up – Bring your own lunch – tea and coffee provided

AGM 2.00pm-4.30pm

Come and find out what has been happening and our plans to take UTU forward.
Speaker: Bishop Dr Joe Aldred – Principal Officer for Pentecostal and Multicultural Relations,  Churches Together in England on The Good Samaritan: search and rescue–
UTU’s place in my journey in the call for Reparatory Justice 

Training, Development and Learning Opportunities

The Yorkshire Plus Learning Network are looking forward to hosting a regional watch party for the forthcoming Homegrown streamed conference.

We will be gathering at Totley Rise Methodist Church, Sheffield for this event.  Lunch/supper will be provided so booking by Tuesday 1st October 2019 is essential.

For more information please find attached the posters for this two-part event.

Tuesday 8th October, 9.30am – 2.30pm (refreshments from 9am).  This session is for all those supporting and working with families to learn more about how faith is grown at home. Homegrown (day time)

Tuesday 8th October, 8pm – 9.30pm (refreshments from 7.30pm). This session is aimed especially at parents and carers.  It will explore how parents and carers can help to nurture faith at home. It will offer opportunities to hear from families about what works for them and practical tips on putting faith at the centre of our lives. Homegrown (evening)

For more information or to book your place please contact the Revd Carla Quenet: quenetc@methodistchurch.org.uk / 07772979670

We look forward to seeing you at one/both of the events.


Saturday 9 November – Yeadon Methodist Church, Wharfedale & Aireborough Circuit

A day of exploration on Mental Health led by Revd Andrew Howorth

Mental ill- health can affect any of us at any time. Why is it still so often hidden from view or even stigmatised? Thinking of our congregations and the community, how can churches respond with care, compassion and understanding?

Combining expert input and group interaction, the day is designed to help us

  • Know more about mental health issues across all ages
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the experience of the sufferer and their family and carers
  • Explore the practical responses of the church
  • Reflect on how our Christian theology can inform positive approaches

Places are free but there will be a donations plate for freewill offerings towards expenses. We advise early booking as places are limited. Bring own lunch please! Drinks and cake will be provided throughout the day.

For further information contact Hilary Murden hmurden@hotmail.com Tel: 01943 876930

OOSOOM poster

Job Vacancies

Pioneer Evangelists,
Sheffield Attercliffe & Darnall Centre of Mission

We are looking for two pioneering evangelists – a Lead Evangelist and a Pioneer Evangelist – to build new Christian communities in this former steel industry area of Sheffield among people and groups currently untouched by church.

They will bring the Good News of Jesus by word, action and lifestyle, by building relationships, evangelistic projects, growing teams, and encouraging local churches.

This centre of mission is an exciting new partnership between the Diocese of Sheffield and Church Army, supported by Sheffield Methodist Circuit.

The centre of mission has potential to focus particularly on younger generations: children, young people, their families, and adults in their 20s and 30s. The two evangelists will work as a team, each with individual areas of focus. If you’re passionate about unlocking God’s potential in people’s lives, please apply.

For more information, including job descriptions, and how to apply please see the Church Army website:
Lead Evangelist
Pioneer Evangelist

Closing date for applications: 25 October
Interviews: 7 November

District Safeguarding Officer

Yorkshire West District is seeking to recruit a District Safeguarding Officer (part-time) to work from home initially within the Leeds section of the District as part of a team of 3 District Safeguarding Officers. Starting date 2 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The appointment is for 18 hours per week worked flexibly including evenings and occasional weekends, with a probationary period of 6 months. Salary in the range £18,000 – £20,000.

Applicants should be sympathetic to the aims, objectives and ethos of the Methodist Church with expertise and experience in child and/or adult protection.

To obtain an application pack please email or telephone the District Administrators
on: admin@ywmethodist.org.uk Tel: 01274 392628

Closing date: Friday, 25 October 2019 at 12 noon.
Interviews will be held in Bradford on Wednesday, 13 November 2019.