District News – 28 January 2020

This Week’s News

Sad News

It is with sadness that we learnt that Elaine Graham, widow of the Revd George Graham, died last week. There will be a committal service at Hutcliffe Wood on Thursday 13 February, followed by a Thanksgiving Service at 2:15pm at Bradwell Methodist. Church. We hold her family in our prayers at this time.

Amendment to last week’s mailing item – Starting Honest Conversations

On 15th March at 6.30pm, Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley, will be hosting ‘Honesty Over Silence’ which is touring the UK.

Tickets are available by contacting 07974649958/01226 321522 or via Eventbrite (Honesty Over Silence Barnsley)

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 runs from 24th February until the 8th March and is the ideal time to promote God’s passion for justice. The theme for this year is empowering women like Lucia (pictured) who is a cocoa farmer in Sierra Leone. She belongs to a Fairtrade co-operative of farmers called Ngoleagorbu, who live around the edge of the Gola rainforest.

Farming in the rainforest is tough. Lucia has seen many farmers turn to mining, logging or rice farming as alternative sources of income. But she has also seen the destruction these activities bring to her beloved forest. Lucia is hardworking, proud and determined. She deserves to use her land in a way that earns her a decent living, but also protects her forest home.

Will your church support women like Lucia? 

There are resources for 2020 on the Fairtrade Foundation website https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight

There are also worship resources on the theme of Justice on the District website, including a church pack which can also be found here: Fairtrade Fortnight church resource pack.

If you would like to get more involved in promoting Fairtrade in Sheffield please come along to an open meeting of the District Fairtrade committee on Monday 24th February at 10.30 am; Room 46, Victoria Hall. There will be cake!!!

Marriage and Relationships – we can work it out

Revd Mark Dunn-Wilson from the Truro Circuit has produced a shor series of Bible Studies exploring the Bible, marriage and sexuality.

Does the Bible have a clear and unequivocal teaching on matters of gender, sexuality and marriage? How can people engage seriously with Scripture and yet seemingly reach very different conclusions?

Full details including how to order a copy can be found here: we can work it out


Quiet Days: Contemplative Evenings @ Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Simple Quiet Days form part of the ‘backbone’ of Whirlow Spirituality Centre’s events programme. They provide a gentle introduction to silence and retreat, suitable for everybody. Forthcoming dates include 18 February 18 and 21 April.

Contemplative Prayer will be an evolution of Whirlow’s Praying Without Words evenings, taking place monthly from 16 April. It will offer Ignatian-based prayer, review and discernment techniques to help enrich and reinvigorate inner and everyday life.

Praying Without Words, for the practise and exploration of different kinds of silent prayer, meets in February and March.

FreeDome Festival

20-23 February – Barkers Pool, Sheffield

Five years since Good Chance built the first ‘Theatre of Hope’ in the Calais “Jungle” camp and began its ground-breaking international work with artists from refugee backgrounds, the award-winning charity is delighted to be leading a programme of work in Sheffield to celebrate and welcome those who have migrated to the city from across the globe.

Good Chance in collaboration with Sheffield Theatres will bring its celebrated Dome to the city in February 2020. The cornerstone of this collaboration is Change the Word – a bespoke poetry, storytelling and theatre programme for local residents and people recently arrived in Sheffield.

On Saturday 22 February 2020, the Change the Word Sheffield poetry collective will put their globe-spanning, bold new writing centre-stage in a world premiere performance at FreeDome – a four-day arts extravaganza from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 February – packed full of performances, workshops and creative events at Barker’s Pool in Sheffield.

FreeDome poster draft 7

Free and open to all, FreeDome will unite local and international artists in a multi-disciplinary, participatory programme devised just as it was in Good Chance’s original ‘Theatre of Hope’ in Calais.

It will feature live music, poetry, dance, painting, live performances and plenty more.

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

Learning Network Yorkshire Plus region – Regional Retreat

12-14 May 2020 – Wydale Hall

The next Yorkshire Plus Regional Retreat for Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees will be at Wydale Hall near Scarborough from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 May 2020. The theme is “Opening the Eyes of the Heart” with Philip Richter.

Philip will help us explore how our photography and our spirituality can inspire each other; and how this can offer us unique perspectives on ourselves, our world and our faith. People do not need to be expert photographers!

Full details in the flyer here: Philip Richter Retreat May 2020

The booking deadline is 1 March 2020 to determine if this is viable. Full details including how to book: https://may2020regionalretreat.eventbrite.co.uk

Training and Learning Opportunities

Bible Month training day

Saturday 29 February 2020

Places are filling up fast for this annual event. Some workshops are already nearing capacity, so may be full if you leave it to the last minute!

Full details including how to book your place via the link here: 2020biblemonth.eventbrite.co.uk. Please note that bookings will close on Thursday 20 February at 12 noon, after that you will need to contact the District Office to see if there is still space available.

Godly Play Introductory Day / Training for Door people

13 March – St Stephens, The Vine, Sheffield  10am – 4pm

Discover how Godly Play can enhance your mission and ministry in children’s work, intergenerational worship, adult small groups, schools, chaplaincy and care homes. This day is also suitable for people wishing to be trained in the doorperson role in Godly Play.  Read more https://www.godlyplay.uk/2020/01/04/sheffield-introduction/

Grants are available for training and resources – please email kathrynlord22@gmail.com

Godly Play Network meeting

26 March  St Stephens, The Vine, Sheffield  7.30pm – 9pm

All are welcome whether you’re just beginning, and would like a “taste” of Godly Play, or an experienced practitioner. Resources will be available to buy.

Read more https://www.godlyplay.uk/2020/01/14/sheffield-network-meeting/

Job Vacancies

Church Co-ordinator (part-time)

St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield

This is a new post in which we expect to appoint an individual to manage the efficient and effective use of Church resources including oversight of the church office, staffing, buildings and maintenance.

We are looking for a suitably qualified person who can demonstrate knowledge and experience of the operational requirements of a small organisation or charity.  We have two properties, the Church and Shirley House, in which we let office spaces and hire out rooms for community use. The Co-ordinator will play a key role in ensuring that we work towards best practice in all these endeavours and the post will include developing new proposals for funding and to raise our profile as a conference and meeting venue.

We are an outward looking church, keen to engage in sustainable practices for our Church and its resources. Your role in co-ordinating our resources will play an important part towards this goal.

We anticipate you will have previous experience of management of buildings, staff teams and strategic projects and that you are in sympathy with the ethos, mission and purpose of St Andrews’ Psalter Lane Church.  You will need excellent communication skills, flexibility and adaptability.

Hours: 12 per week               Rate of Pay:  £13 per hour

Closing date for applications: 31st January 2020

For application form and pack contact:

The Church Office, St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church.  31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL.
Tel (am only) 0114 267 8289 or email: office@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk