District News – 29 October 2019

This Week’s News

New Resources for Local Arrangements

We are delighted to recommend a new series of resources for “Local Arrangement” services, written by Christine Odell (wife of the Revd Peter Sheasby).  These cover a variety of topics, including a series on “Our Calling”.  They are free to download from the Methodist website here.  We extend our thanks to Christine for providing the generous resource.


Christmas Friendship appeal

Write a Christmas card, send it to us and make a gift to help us continue our work of reducing loneliness and social isolation for older people. We’ll deliver your cards this Christmas to those who live in our care homes and members of our Live at Home community groups.

Sending a card this year will help our residents and members form a valuable link with the wider-world and show them that someone out there cares, even if they don’t know each other.

Learn more here

Yuletide Yodel

Sing carols in aid of MHA and raise money to help alleviate the impact of loneliness and isolation in later life.

Together with friends and family you can sing carols and songs at your local church, pub, school, workplace, supermarket, community or shopping centre. By holding the collection in aid of MHA you’ll be helping us reach out to older people and support them to live later life well.

Learn more here

Correction to last week’s Newsletter

The email address for Liz Wills (Understanging Islam) should be johnandlizwills@gmail.com. Apologies if you have tried to contact her using the incorrect address.


Village Hall Conference

Friday 8 November, Post Mill Centre, South Normanton

Village and community halls are just there, part of the community furniture. We walk, drive or cycle pass them every day and don’t even give them a second thought. What if the halls weren’t there anymore?  Have you ever thought about the time and effort that goes into making sure those halls are still open, that they do comply with all the legislation and they are the place to book for a family celebration.

Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) is therefore delighted to be running its second conference specifically for people who help run a village or community hall.  Whether it’s a sports pavilion, church hall, miners welfare or community centre this conference is a must.

For more information email office@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk or call 01629 592970. Details and tickets can be found on the RAD website https://www.ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk/Event/conference081119.

Interfaith Week 2019

The Islamic Society of Britain, South Yorkshire, have extended an invitation to join them as part of the Interfaith Week 2019 on Saturday 16 November at Industry Mosque, 13 Industry road, Sheffield S9 5FP from 1-3pm. There will be a speech, exhibition, and more…ISB IFW 19

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Contemplative Dialogue – 9.30 – 10.15am, November 24th
And thereafter, every fourth Sunday

Contemplative Dialogue is a ‘safe place’ for open sharing and discussion. The focus is on listening to ourselves and others, rather than formulating responses.

It can help participants notice their own thinking in periods of silence, and hear others’ thinking as they speak.

It is free and open to all.

No need to book. Donations to cover our costs are gratefully received

Church Leader’s Network – Cliff College

Tuesday 26 November

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.

Future dates:

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

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

Save the Date!
Safeguarding Conference

Saturday 13 June 2020 – 10am to 4pm

Yorkshire Plus Region’s Safeguarding Conference will be on the theme of Holding the Christ Light: Shining a light on Mental Heath”

Further details to follow soon… Save the Date – Safeguarding Conference

Training & Learning

Line Management Support Group

A support group has been introduced to

  • encourage more positive and empowering working relationships
  • provide a network of support and encouragement
  • provide updates on employment law relating to line management and best practice in people development

The next gatherings will take place –
Where: Leeds Church Institute, Leeds, LS1 6DG
When: 4 November 2019 and 29 April 2020, 10 – 3
Booking: Sian Henderson: District Office

Mission Shaped Ministry

The MSM course is an ecumenically run course intended to equip you for a lifetime of good practice and learning in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church. It is a one-year part-time learning journey
in a supportive community and takes place from November 2019.

Full details including how to book can be found on the flyer here: MSM Course Flyer and Booking form 2019

Exploring Ordained Ministry

Do you feel Called to Ordained Ministry? Do you know someone who you think is Called? Has someone told you that you should explore a Call to Ministry?

If so, come along to one of our Exploration Days held at Methodist Church House, London. Attending one of these days does not oblige you to candidate for Ministry so do not feel any pressure. Simply come along and meet others who are wondering whether to test out this Call. Meet members of the Connexional Team who look after the Candidating process and are happy to answer any questions you might have about the process. The event is free but booking is required.

Join us on: Saturday 29 February 2020 – Methodist Church House, London – Book here

Job Vacancies

Pioneer Development Worker, The Hub at Hope

To lead the development of The Hub, a cycling and walking based fresh expression of church in the Hope Valley as it transitions from its initial gathering phase into a self-sustaining authentic, inclusive and welcoming Christian community.

The development worker will:

  • Develop a visible presence within Hope Village and online/ via social media
  • Grow the core group of disciples, including intentional faith development, leading relevant worship, and building a leadership team
  • Build networks and partnerships
  • Undertake strategic planning for the next phase of the project

Salary £16,380 plus contributory pension (21 hours/ week)

Funding secured to date for first 10 months of role, continuation subject to further funding

Contact Neil Harland mission@sheffieldmethodist.org 07483 308008 for application form and details.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Thurs 7 November

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder be a practising Christian.

Missional  Communities Worker – Borders Mission Circuit

To support and work alongside the minister within designated churches in the Circuit on intentional, missional projects. The iInitial designated areas are Stonebroom and Pilsley or as directed.

The position is a part-time post of 15 hours per week with a salary of £9.00 per hour.

Please note the appointment will be for a period of 3 years in the first instance.

For an application pack please contact: –

Borders Mission Office, Clay Cross Methodist Church, High Street, Clay Cross, Chesterfield. S45 9EE

Email Contactbmission@yahoo.com

Letter of application and completed Application Form to be submitted by:                      18th  November 2019.

Applications to be emailed to contactbmission@yahoo.com  or sent to the Borders Mission Office.

Interviews are expected to be held at the Circuit Office during the week commencing 25th November 2019

MHA Scheme Manager at Borders Live at Home Scheme – Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire

Permanent – Full Time – 37 hours per week – GBP 25,080 per annum

Regular day time working but flexibility where required to suit scheme needs.

  • Are you passionate about quality support for older people in your community?
  • Can you organise an exciting program of activities?

MHA Live at Home has an exciting opportunity for an energetic self-starter to build networks, partnerships and funding relationships to enable the development of a new Live at Home community service covering the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border and will be known as the Borders Live at Home scheme.

This Manager position will be looking at the needs of the community to introduce services that create more opportunities for older people to be socially connected and engaged with their community. This will include partnership working with other organisations and delivering a range of activities for members (e.g. exercise, outings, arts and crafts, social groups).

For more information about the role please review the Job Description here or please contact Wayne Goodwin (Area Manager) for more information on 07793798721.

Interviews will be held on 5th December; venue to be confirmed.

Methodist News

Would you like to contribute to the next Methodist Prayer Handbook?

The theme for the 2020/2021 Prayer Handbook is ‘the earth is the LORD’S’ (Psalm 24:1). The television series Blue Planet II highlighted the way human activities are having a major effect on the life systems of our world. Climate change, species extinction, polar ice loss, sea-level rise, land and air pollution and waste disposal are all traced back to aspects of our choices.

Tragically, those most affected are the poor who have contributed least to the problem.

We invite prayers of thanksgiving, penitence, intercession and resolve that, with God’s help, we may take responsibility for our actions and, as stewards of God’s gift to us, participate in the healing of creation.

Please email your contributions by 13 January 2020 to: prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk

Before sending contributions, please read the submission guidelines.

We regret that due to the volume of prayers received not all submissions will be published.