District News – 3 March 2020

This Week’s News

We are inviting you to Live Lent 2020

During the next 40 days we will share prayers, testimony, good news stories, learning opportunities and daily challenges or reflections to take part in.

This week we are looking at the 3Generate Manifesto and how it challenges and inspires us. Later on we will be exploring the different aspects of “Our Calling”. You can also follow this on Facebook!

“Wisdom for the Journey”
A refresher for Pastoral Visitors led by Jennie Fytche

Sat 14th March 2020 – 10.30am-12.30pm (Tea & coffee from 10am)
Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield

A morning facilitated by Jennie Fytche, an experienced practitioner, mentor and trainer in pastoral care. Jennie led the first Certificate course in Pastoral Care Ministry in October 2019 at Cliff College.

This workshop is designed to build on existing understanding and give each one of us fresh insight and enthusiasm for this ministry. ” Together we are invited to reflect upon pastoral visiting. We are looking forward to inspiring one another to continue meeting others needing our care”.

This meeting is open to anyone who makes pastoral visits, and especially those who are church pastoral visitors or are considering that role.
For further information please contact Aly Franks, Pastoral Worker: pastoralworker@chesterfieldmethodists.org.uk / Tel: 01246 205830

Understanding Islam: First Steps  Study Day with Dr Chris Hewer

Chris Hewer will be back in Sheffield  in March. If you have not yet attended one of his study days and would like to do so, he is repeating his introductory day on Islam in:

Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, Sheffield, S7 2 HA on Monday 16th March

The day runs 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 please contact Rev Liz Wills, e-mail: johnandlizwills@gmail.com

These days help us begin to explore what Muslims believe, a journey into understanding Islam from its own perspective. They cover the following areas:

  • Islam before the time of Muhammad.
  • Standing before God.
  • Building a Just Society.
  • ‘Open House’ – when Chris will respond to your questions.

Urban Theology Union

Wednesday 25 March:12–1.30pm

” What does John 3.16 mean for Sheffield?”

An exploration of how we can witness in our city today. Led by Deacon Andrew Crowley, reflecting on being a Christian in a multifaith neighbourhood.

As usual our speaker’s theme after their address will be considered by a respondent, followed by open discussion.

All welcome – free entry

Venue: UTU’s library area, basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield
(entrance in Chapel Walk)
Bring your own packed lunch, tea & coffee available.
Enquiries should be addressed to UTU: 0114 2709907/ office@utusheffield.org.uk


Church Leaders’ Network

Tuesday 24 March – Cliff College

The next Church Leaders’ Network day will be on Tuesday March 24th, starting at 11am and finishing after lunch. We’re delighted to have Rev Calvin Samuel coming to speak to us. Calvin is a Methodist minister and theologian who has taught at Nazarene Theological College, Spurgeon’s College and St John’s College, Durham.

To register for this event, please email reception@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call 01246 584200.

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Ruth: Live – 23 April, 7.30 – 9pm.

Discover the Old Testament story of Ruth for yourself and in conversation.

Is Ruth a pawn in a bigger game, or does she make her own rules? We will explore these and other questions in an accepting and playful context, focused on reading the story together and allowing it to make an impact.

With input from cartoonist and educator Siggy Parratt-Halbert and Christian Aid’s theological education adviser, Sue Richardson.

Book here.

Training and Learning Opportunities


For anyone considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church. An opportunity to work through this process with others sharing the same journey. The offer of information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way.

‘Frequency and timing has been perfect … the design has been relevant to each step of the process’ (Candidate 2019/20)

  • Saturday 20 June 2020                 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday 5 September 2020        10am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday 5 December 2020          10am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday 6 February 2021            10am – 3.00pm

Leeds Church Institute (20 New Market Street, Leeds LS1 6DG)

For more information and to book a place please contact Rev Graham Jones:   jonesg@methodistchurch.org.uk

Taketime Together training day

Tue, 10 March 2020 – Hull Community Church, Hull HU5 2NB

For those who would like to be able to lead groups or support others to use the Taketime meditation resource.

Hull Community Church is hosting a Taketime Training Day. The aim of the Training Day is to enable participants to understand the vision and to be able to run Taketime Together in its various formats.

For more information or to register your place visit Eventbrite: taketime-together-training-day-tickets-89034024163

‘Left to their own devices? Confident parenting in the world of screens.

Wednesday 11 March from 7:30-m at Network Church S6 3BL

At ‘Left to their own Devices?, Speakers Katharine Hill and Sim Dendy will provide parents with insights into today’s increasingly digital world, and looking at the impact of the digital world on parenting including: Being digitally native, The social revolution, Selfies and self-worth, our children’s digital footprint, safeguarding our families and the dangers of digital. The evening session is coming to Sheffield on Wednesday 11th March at Network Church (S6 3BL) from 7.30-10pm, with tickets costing £7 or £5 for concessions. To book, visit www.cff.org.uk/owndevices. The sessions are based on a book called ‘Left to their own Devices?’ which is available to buy from all good bookshops and online if you’re unable to make the evening but want to find out more.’

Youth Mental Health First Aid, two-day training for Methodist workers

Date: 26th – 27th March 2020 (9am to 5pm both days)

Venue: Multi-faith Chaplaincy, University of Birmingham, St. Francis Hall, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Cost: £30

Details: This two-day course is for those in the Methodist Church (paid or volunteer) who work with or support young people aged 8-18. It will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse. Find out more about Mental Health First Aid England.

Please note, the cost covers the price of the course only and refreshments. Attendees will have to bring a packed lunch (or purchase lunch from a nearby retail outlet) and arrange their own overnight accommodation if needed.

This training is worth £300 and we are offering it for a heavily subsidised price to those working for the Methodist Church. Places are available on a first come first serve basis. Register your place before noon on 20 March.           

Book your place here.        

Introduction to Transforming Conflict

Monday 22nd – Thursday 25 June 2020

In partnership with Bridge Builders UK, we are planning to run this course at Wydale Hall during 2020. This has the benefit of being more cost-effective and convenient for travel.

  • A four-day residential
  • Aimed at people with leadership responsibility in the church and other Christian settings
  • Practical focus and active style of learning
  • Opportunities to work on case-studies from your own experience.

This course lays the foundation for a constructive way of approaching conflict in Christian contexts. Explore the revolutionary idea that the New Testament sees conflict as normal and inevitable!

To increase your self-awareness as a leader facing conflict, so that you become clearer about how others experience you and more confident about some of what you have to offer, and where you may need to grow
To transform your attitude towards conflict and engaging with conflict, so that you are able to face conflict more constructively
To equip you with practical skills for working with conflict, so that you can engage with conflict more confidently in future.

Facilitated by Liz Holdsworth and Sam Rushton, who are both experienced Bridge Builder trainers.
The cost of the course is £395.

To register an interest and/or get further details, please contact Gavin Wakefield on gavin.wakefield@yorkdiocese.org or 07545 437206

Divine Intimacy, Ordinary Holiness

The Five-Day Community for Spiritual Formation
Sunday 14th – Friday 19th June 2020 – Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne, Northern Ireland

Worship ~ Teaching ~ Silence ~ Reflection  with Gemma Simmonds and Brian Thorne.

To find out more or request a registration form, contact the Registrar, Nicola Vidamour by email fivedaycsf@btinternet.com or visit https://5daycommunity.com/

Full information can be found in the flyer here: Community e-flier Drumalis 2020

Other News

CLC Bookshops

WORLD BOOK DAY is on 7th March… and once again CLC Bookshops has a splendid range of £1 books with Christian content for children & adults, available while stocks last or until 31st March from clcbookshops.com or CLC Bookshops, 2 Church Street, Sheffield S1 2GN (beside the Cathedral).

Though more inconvenient for you, it helps the bookshop if your needs are met over the counter, or by calling 0114 2724663 or emailing sheffield@clcbookshops.com. Orders are sent out very promptly and there’s even free delivery on a £10 minimum purchase.

These £1 books are ideal as gifts, encouragements, prizes, spending money items for camps… and why not enquire if you can donate some to a school, hospital, prison, hospice, prison or church library?

If you are wondering about the £1 World Book Day school tokens, yes, they are accepted at the bookshop.

The CLC team looks forward to serving you very soon!

Methodist News

Methodist Women in Britain

We are currently accepting applications for two roles within MWiB – World Church Liaison Officer, and World Federation Area President (Britain and Ireland Area). The closing date for applications is now FRIDAY 6TH MARCH 2020. You can find more information and download application forms for both roles at:

or email admin@mwib.org.uk

New Funding Stream!

Social Support Gifts: £5,000 has been set aside in 2020 to support initiatives working with women in the UK. The aims of the initiative should be in accordance with the aims and objectives of MWiB, but please note we cannot fund building projects.

Applications must be submitted via your District Forum Rep – if you’re not sure who this is, see the website, or email admin@mwib.org.uk
Closing date for applications is 31st May 2020.

Do you have a project or initiative in mind, who would benefit from a share of this fund? Further details are downloadable from the MWiB website: https://mwib.org.uk/index.php/2015/01/09/finance-forms-2/

MWiB Tenth Anniversary

MWiB came into being at the Methodist Conference in Southport in 2011, which means that next year, 2021, will be our TENTH anniversary! We are currently thinking of ways in which we can celebrate this occasion, both locally and as a Connexion. If you have any ideas or suggestions for events, activities, or ways of celebrating that you’d like us to consider, please get in touch with us: communications@mwib.org.uk

Manse Gardens

Are you unclear of responsibilities in relation to a garden at a manse?  If so, then new guidance can be found on the Manse Guidelines page under Garden Maintenance.

For those less inclined to garden, companies likes Garden on a Roll could provide an attractive and low maintenance solution.

Grants Information

Get Grants can be a useful resource when applying for grants.
They offer training courses on Bid Writing as well as a Funding Finder.

Grants previously listed: