District News – 29 April 2020

This Week’s News

Office News

Sorry this is a day later than normal.

Yesterday was the Zoom gathering of lay workers across the Yorkshire Plus region. Over 50 people took part during the day. Rob Cooper, the Lay Employment Secretary gave an excellent presentation and was able to answer some questions raised at the time. Some people used this time to meet over lunch, while others had a much needed break! In the afternoon those doing similar jobs met in the ‘break-out’ rooms to chat and share experiences. It was encouraging to see how many did return to take part in those.

We are collating feedback on this and also on the Line Managers event which took place this morning – it does seem that this is something people would welcome in future as well – not least because of the lack of travelling time!

A Pastoral Message – Sunday 26th April

Revd Gill Newton reflects on the unexpected journey that we have all been on so far in this year. Even in our disappointment and disorientation, God is able to do new things, so if you have a good story to share about what God is doing or how your prayers are being answered, please do be in touch with Sam Roberts, our District Communications Officer on comms@sheffieldmethodist.org so that we can all be encouraged by your experience and praise God together even whilst we are apart.

Easter to Pentecost

This week we learnt how God enabled Dennis to achieve his ambition to do a 360 degree front flip – although not in the way he expected!

You can read Gill’s full message here: Pastoral Message

Easter Giving 2020

Thank you to those who have 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.

Furlough grants and lay employment support

HMRC has now started paying grants to employers who have “furloughed” staff. Guidance on how to claim these grants, what furloughing entails and other COVID-19 advice for churches and circuits with lay workers can be found on the employment support page on our website.

Springs Dance Company

Following a sell-out year in 2019, Journey of the Magi is back, for churches to host for Advent 2020. If you’re wanting to find ways to bring your community together in a joyful way after lockdown, then why not share the joy and wonder of Christmas with your church and local community through this exhilarating, critically acclaimed performance. The show offers a bridge between contemporary life and Jesus’s birth, comparing our own personal journey to Christmas day with the journey that the wise men took. With sparkle and songs to keep the children engrossed and bags of good humour for the grown-ups, Journey of the Magi delights audiences of all ages and offers a chance to reflect, refocus and bring strength to the community.

Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, which we are planning to tour nationally from 21st November to 23rd December 2020. If a performance in 2020 cannot go ahead due to COVID-19, bookings will be fully refundable or postponed until Advent 2021.

Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website page https://springsdancecompany.org.uk/productions/journey-of-the-magi/, by emailing touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or by calling 07876 752 910


Reflective Space for Youth Workers and Volunteers

Tuesday 5 May – 10 to 11:30am

Over the last few weeks, the world has changed and continues to do so. How has this impacted us and what challenges does this present us? Are there opportunities in this season? How are we doing in all of this?

This session is aimed at all those who work with young people and aims to create a safe and supportive space for us to explore our thoughts and feelings.

This will be a free event taking place via Zoom, but spaces are limited, so to register for a place go here: Reflective Space

Job Vacancies

Church Planting Officer

Manchester & Stockport Methodist District

  • Do you have a passion for church planting?
  • Are you equipped to give our District a spiritual and strategic lead in this area of mission?
  • Are you able to work flexibly and independently?

If so, this post may be for you.

Ordained Methodist ministers: standard conditions with 50% stipend and manse negotiable
Any other person: £18, 500 pa plus 6% pension contribution (£19.25/hour)
Home based, 18.5 hours a week
Hours to be worked flexibly including some evening and weekend work. There is a need to travel across the District from north Manchester to Knutsford and Buxton.

Full details: http://www.mandsmethodists.org.uk/vacancies.html
For further enquiries: rodney.hill@methodist.org.uk

Closing date and time for applications: 17:00 – 15th May 2020
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 2nd June 2020.
These will take place at Sale Moor Methodist Church, Northenden Road   M33 2PP
or by Zoom if Covid-19 restrictions remain in place

Other News

CLC Bookshops

CLC BOOKSHOPS SHEFFIELD is currently operating from a bedroom and sending orders all over the country. Yes, the bookshop is “open” in an unusual setting.

Whether you know what you need from our vast range of stock or you’d prefer some help in choosing that special something, call us on 0114 2724663 or email sheffield@clcbookshops.com.
Payment by card over the phone and free delivery on orders of £10 and above.

Of course, you can also browse & buy from lcbookshops.com but many people prefer a conversation.

Thanks for continuing to support the international CLC ministry through your prayers and your purchases.

Sheffield Church Action on Poverty

Unfortunately, our Civic Breakfast had to be cancelled, we hope to re -arrange our AGM and presently we are beginning to make tentative plans for our annual pilgrimage

During the present situation , National Church Action on Poverty will send weekly emails, with: stories of how people in our network are working together to handle the situation; resources to help you stay safe and well; actions you can take to ensure no one is cut off; and materials for prayer and reflection go to the website to sign up if you haven’ t already done so and encourage others to do so-www.church-poverty.org.uk

You can download their full update here: CAP UPDATE APRIL 2020

Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy

The Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy’s ‘Thought for the Week’ is written with thanks to the Chair of the DRC’s Steering Group, the Hon David Legh.

You can download it here: Weekly Reflection w-c 27April20 D Legh

Our continued prayers for all in the farming industry.

Methodist News

A Methodist Way of Life

A Methodist Way of Life is a new way of living – with daily disciplines – based on ‘new monasticism’ ideas and on Our Calling. It seeks to express what it means to follow Jesus in the regular, practical actions of worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism. Find out more here.