District News – 29 May 2019

This Week’s News

DYFerence @ Cliff College Festival

We are going from strength to strength – over 50 young people camped and more came and joined in on the Sunday. To see the enthusiasm and passion of our young people is amazing, and to hear their stories is inspiring.
Huge thanks to the youth leaders and volunteers who gave up their bank holiday weekend to support this – we couldn’t have done it without you!
If you have young people on the edges of your church, why not suggest that they come next year – and come yourself to spend quality time with them! An afternoon is all it takes.

Church Action on Poverty

We would like to invite you to our AGM  on Thursday 20th June at 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House.

We are delighted to welcome Bishop Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield , who will talk about “The Universal Ministry of the Church of England in the Era of Universal Credit”. Bishop Pete will cover the mission of the church in the Diocese of Sheffield in 2019- 2025, based on what he has learned not just from his time in Liverpool but before that from  Walsall and Gateshead too – and going all the way back to the Faith in the City report published when he was training for ordained ministry.

Later in the meeting, there will be updates on Sheffield CAP’s activities over the last 12 months, including the Pilgrimage, the Civic Breakfast, Universal Credit and our current local project (with National CAP) – ” Church on the  Margins”.

The meeting will also consider priorities for the next 12 months.

The meeting is open to  all . If you are concerned about relating your faith to issues of poverty and social justice ,please come and join us.

For further information, please contact the secretary ,Briony Broome email : briony.broom@hotmail.co.uk,  mobile : 07801 532 954

Download and print the flyer to pass on to others:  AGM flier200619

Understanding Islam: First Steps  Study Day with Dr Chris Hewer

Chris Hewer will be repeating his introductory day on Islam in 2 different venues in June:

Tuesday 18th June at Bents Green Methodist Church, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield, S11 7PU

Saturday 22nd June at The Vine Centre (St Bart’s building) Primrose Hill, Sheffield S6 2UW

These days run from 10.00 am  – 3.30 pm (coffee from 9.30) . There is no charge, although donations will be welcome on the day. Please bring a packed lunch. For further details and to book a place please contact Rev Liz Wills, e-mail: johnwills@callnetuk.com

Full details can be found here: Understanding Islam – June 2019

Growing Lives

Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme, Growing Lives, aimed at helping churches and Christian organisations in the UK and Ireland connect with young people. Grants of up to £25,000 are available, and the amount you receive will depend upon the cost of your project and need in your community. Find ideas about how Allchurches Trust’s new grants programme could help your church or organisation and apply online.

A Bright Succession – a Methodist Heritage conference

12-14 July – University of Lincoln

A Bright Succession is a Methodist Heritage conference to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Susanna Wesley’s birth. The conference will explore Susanna’s legacy today, touching on a range of issues linking gender, faith and heritage. President Designate Revd Dr Barbara Glasson is our keynote speaker. Methodist scholar Charles I Wallace, editor of From A Mother’s Pen and international expert on Susanna Wesley’s writings, is our special guest from Williamette University, Oregon.

The conference will be held at the University of Lincoln on 12-14 July 2019, with day delegate rates available. In addition to our speakers, the programme includes Evensong at Lincoln Cathedral and an excursion to Epworth Old Rectory for open air communion and an evening garden party.

For more information, follow this link

More details also in the flyer here: SW350 conference flyer


Silent Movie Night

Friday 14 June, 7:30pm – Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley

On Friday 14th June at 7.30pm at Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley we shall be celebrating an Evening at the Movies to raise money for our Christian Aid Ghana Project.

Many people may have seen the recent film ‘Stan & Ollie’ – a celebration of the golden age of black and white movies.  Ashley Valentine, a talented church organist & pianist (organist for a time at one of Cameron’s previous churches) is coming from London to give a live musical accompaniment on the piano to a number of short silent movies.  This will be an entertaining and wonderful celebration of film and music and you will be wowed by Ashley’s musical talents!

Tickets are only £5.00 (including refreshments) and we would love to have a full sanctuary to enjoy the live music and old films and help us to meet our £5K total.

Tickets are available from Cameron, or from the Emmanuel office.  Do bring friends, neighbours and colleagues – they will definitely enjoy this event!  You can buy a ticket on the door!

You can download the poster here: ChristianAidSilent Movie Night

Freedom Conference

Saturday 13 July – Hall Road Methodist Church S43 1GH

Freedom Community Project are holding their first (to become) annual conference on the 13th July 2019. Our keynote speaker is Ian White from Cliff College & Micah68 (an organisation offering support to the people of the Middle East) on Hospitality.

There will be seminars on Universal Credit; Issues around Debt; and Future Vison for Freedom

To book your free place call 0300 302 0334 or email info@fcgroup.org.uk

Full details can be found on the flyer here: flyer-conference

Celebrating 60 Years !

On 14 July,  the Stocksbridge Christian Centre will celebrate 60 years since the beginning of outreach work on the Whitwell Estate !  A Sunday School was started in the Stocksbridge Junior Building on 11 October, 1959  which led eventually to the foundation of an ecumenical church on 16 July, 1978.  On the 14th July, there will a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service at 3 PM (no morning service) giving thanks and praise for everything which has happened over six decades.   Everyone is warmly invited to join us for this grand celebration.

Following the service,  we will dedicate a meditation garden at the back of the church.   This will be a space for the community to use for rest, meditation and reflection.

We also plan to host an exhibition of photographs and objects which will trace the history of the church from its beginnings to the present day.  We intend that this exhibit will be open until mid-August.  If anyone in the District or Sheffield Circuit has photographs of the church or people involved with the life of the Church,  please contact the Revd. James H. Grayson at j.h.grayson@sheffield.ac.uk.

Regional Lay Workers  Networking Day

Monday 7 October, 9:30-2:30 – Christ Church, Stocksbridge

After the successful Lay Workers Networking Day at Boston Spa in March, we’re looking to organise another day on Monday October 7th at Christ Church Stocksbridge (address above). The day will start at 9.30am for Tea’s, Coffee’s and conversations, followed by Introductions and Worship together at 10am. There is ample car parking at the Church for those coming by car, with the Church being 10-15 minutes from the M1 J36, and at the end of the Tram Route from Meadowhall or Sheffield Train Station.

Rachel McCallam from the Learning Network will be sharing with us at 10.30am around Appreciative Inquiry, before breaking for lunch at 12pm with a Buffet Lunch (thanks to the Learning Network for providing it). After lunch at 12.45pm, they’ll be opportunity for people from the same or similar Ministry areas to meet together in Communities of Practice to share their highs and lows; to bounce ideas off each other, and to help provide a support structure in what can be quite a lonely job at times.

The day will close at 2pm, although drinks will be available until 2.30pm for those who want to continue chatting.

To book your place on the day, please contact Sian Henderson (yorkshirenemethodist@icloud.com, 07809 431871), letting her know if you have any dietary requirements.

Please pass this information on to any Lay Workers in your church/Circuit: LayWorkerNetworkOct 2019

Training and Learning Opportunities

Breath – a Contemporary Youth Retreat

20 – 26 July – Peak Centre, Edale

Breathe is an ecumenical youth retreat in the Peak District, (organised by Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry in partnership with others, and endorsed by the Retreat Association) with a slightly different approach to the mix of festivals & residentials available each summer – it is more soul reviver than soul survivor!

Breathe is for secondary school and sixth form students. The week consists of workshops, outdoor activities, prayer exercises, seminars and laughter (lots of laughter).

This summer Breathe is taking place from Saturday, 20th July to Friday, 26th July at The Peak Centre, Edale in the Peak District (which is only a few mins walk from Edale Railway Station).

The cost for the week is a minimum donation of £299 (but we do have some bursary funding available to help with costs – just ask!).

Please do check out our website www.breatheyouthretreat.co.uk  which has lots more information.

If you know any young people, youth workers or clergy who may be interested in spreading the word about Breathe 2019 – please do send this flyer to them: Breath retreat

Martin Stand, Project Director, Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry/Breathe Youth Retreat – 07717 336183

Candidates’ Support Group

Are you considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church?

Would you like to work through this process with others sharing the same journey?

Would you appreciate information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way?

If so, the Candidates’ Support Group is for you and you would be most welcome.

Where: Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market Street, Leeds LS1 6DG
When: Saturdays:  6 July 2019 9.30am – 4.30pm;
7 September; 7 December; 8 February 2020 from 10am – 3.00pm
Further information : Candidates’ Support Group Flier 2019-2020

Exploring Ordained Ministry

We have additional dates for those wishing to explore their Call to Ministry.

  • Saturday 5 October 2019 (for 18  – 30’s) at Methodist Church House, London – book here.
  • Saturday 29 February 2020 at Methodist Church House, London – book here.

Please spread the word to those who you believe may be called by God to lead our Church.

Regional Retreat

12-14 November 2019

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 November. The theme is “Deepening our Friendship with God”, led by Edel McClean.

The relationships that we cherish in our lives are always evolving and growing.  Sometimes those friendships are simply woven into the everyday and sometimes we need to make time to reconnect. This retreat offers the time to reconnect with God and God’s friendship. Taking an Ignatian approach we’ll have times of quiet prayer as well as time for reflection and discussion. Most of all we’ll seek to create an atmosphere where you can pay attention to God’s desire to welcome you into an ever-deepening friendship.

Retreat Cost: £200. Please contact your District Office to request funding support. You may also wish to seek support from your Circuit or local church

Places are limited and you are encouraged to book early to secure a place. Bookings can be made via EventBrite : regionalretreatnov2019. You will be invoiced once the booking has been received.

You can also download a poster to pass on to interested parties:Edel Poster MkIX

Job Vacancies

Youth and Children’s Project Administrator

7.5 hours per week – Sheffield Methodist Circuit

Could God be calling you to work with us in Sheffield

Established in September 2017, Sheffield Methodist Circuit’s Youth and Children’s Project is looking to appoint a part-time Administrator to help support and sustain the growth of the project. The successful candidate will be aged 16-23, and will be empowered to participate in the four training weekends provided by the Connexional One Programme.

Want to find out more?

Contact The Sheffield Circuit Office at admin@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk for an application pack.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd June 2019 and interviews are expected to be held on either Tuesday 18th or Thursday 20th June 2019. This appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Lay Pastor 

The Doncaster Methodist Circuit requires a part time (25 hours per week) pastor.

This is a re advertisement and previous applicants are invited to apply.

The Circuit is applying its Strategy for Growth so the appointee will be utilised according to the Strategy that requires staff and resources to be used primarily in churches that are actively seeking to encourage growth.

The appointment is three years commencing 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2022 enabling a presbyter to be appointed through the stationing process. The salary will be dependent on qualifications and relevant experience and is expected to be £12688 pa (with pension provision) and housing allowance of £2379.

The successful candidate will need to be subject to the discipline of the Methodist Church. The appointment is subject to satisfactory references and a satisfactory DBS disclosure.

Full details from :- Circuit Administrator . email :- methodistchurch01@btconnect.com / Tel No : 01302 851962

Closing date for completed applications:- 21 June 2019

Interviews W/C 1 July 2019

Applicants are encouraged to visit the following website: www.doncastermethodistcircuit.org.uk

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GDR) that the post-holder is a Christian.