District News – 26 May 2020

This Week’s News

District Safeguarding Officer

I am pleased to confirm that Alison Hill has been appointed as our new District Safeguarding Officer and she will commence work on Monday 18th May.

Clearly, these are strange times in which to take on a new role and her induction, learning and the handover of information will all have to be done remotely and virtually, so it may take a little longer than usual for Alison to settle into the role but I know that you will offer her a warm welcome and your usual support.

As usual, it will be possible for you to contact Alison via safeguarding@sheffieldmethodist.org. We will advise you of her mobile phone number as soon as that is known and available.

In the meantime, please ensure that all your local church and circuit safeguarding officers are advised of this information.

We are deeply grateful to Hilary Murden and Agnes Tranter for all the work they have done in recent months to support us all in this area of work and to Carolyn Godfrey, DSO in Darlington and Newcastle Districts who has offered them support as necessary.

Sad News

It is with sadness that we announce the recent death of former President of Conference, Revd Dr John Taylor.  For his first appointment he served at Stephen Hill in what was then the Carver Street Circuit in Sheffield (1967-71).  He later returned to Sheffield to serve at Wesley Church, Broomhill in the Carver Street Circuit (later the Sheffield West Circuit) and he was also Chaplain to the University of Sheffield (1976-79.  We hold his family and friends in our prayers at this time.

Easter Giving 2020

Thank you to those who have already made a donation to the Easter Giving 2020 fund. This is part of the District Benevolent fund which will be used to support individuals, projects, churches or partner organisations that are struggling in these times. There have already been some enquires about the possibility of financial support, so it is good that we are able to help those in need.

If you would like to make a donation, which can be gift-aided, then you can do so here: Easter Giving.

MWiB – Easter Offering 2020

The coronavirus is having a big impact on many aspects of our lives at the moment and many planned events are having to be postponed. You may be aware that it had already suggested that Easter Offering services should be held during the autumn, but it has now been decided to postpone this altogether. Instead the 2020 Easter Offering material will now become the 2021 theme. The date will be changed on the downloadable materials, but any that have already been printed can still be used next year, rather than be wasted.


Space to Reflect at home, via Whirlow Spirituality Centre

On June 7th, Trinity Sunday, this event will be available via download from 7pm on the Whirlow blog. The theme is Grace in the Desert.

Space to Reflect is a monthly event making space and time to be with a particular topic, festival or Christian scripture. It is led by a team from different backgrounds.

For details of all bookable events from Whirlow during this time of continued lockdown, visit the centre’s what’s on page. Resources and reflections are made regularly available on the blog.

Job Vacancies

School Worker

(15 hours p/w. Part-time £8,580 pa)

Are you passionate about working with children and young people?

A new post is being created to work in local schools, alongside RE teachers,  to offer a helping hand from 3 local Methodist churches.

Lindale (Kirkhamgate) Wrenthorpe and Trinity (Wakefield) Methodist Churches are part of the Aire & Calder Methodist Church Circuit.

Application Deadline: 26th June 2020
Interview Day: Saturday 4th July 2020 (in Wakefield or via ZOOM)

Start Date: 1st September 2020

Application packs from: Revd. Rob Drost.
19 Silcoates Avenue, Wrenthorpe, Wakefield. WF2 0UP

E:  rob.drost@yahoo.com

T:  01924 373 287       |       M:  0791 354 2823

Other News

Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy ‘Thought For the Week’

Rev’d Alan Griggs (Lead Rural Chaplain – Derbyshire)

We recently celebrated the Rogation days when we thank God for the fruits of the earth and ask God’s blessing on the land and those that work on it. Many farmers tell me that farming is the best job in the world and our farmers in Derbyshire are cracking on with the job in these uncertain times.

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues and as farmers continue to crack on with the jobs on the farm, perhaps we might reflect on what it means for us where we are, and in what we do?

You can read the full reflection here: AG Chaplaincy Thought For the Week 25.05.2020