District News – 3 September 2019

This Week’s News

Autumn Synod and Radical Hospitality

Hopefully you are all aware of the event on Saturday 14 September where we will be combining the Autumn Synod with a Mission Forum entitled Radical Hospitality. We already have over 150 people coming to this, but there is still space and time to book in via the link here: Radical Hospitality

The Synod calling papers went out on Friday. If you have not received them, please let the District Office know, as it is possible that they have gone to an old email address. This synod is also when we elect our representatives to the 2020 Methodist Conference. Nomination papers can be found here: Conference 2020 Nomination form

The full agenda for Synod can be downloaded here: Autumn Representative Synod 2019 Agenda

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 booked by the deadline of 6 September are confirmed. Bookings can be made after this, but will only be confirmed if there is still space at Wyedale Hall.

Bookings can be made via EventBrite : regionalretreatnov2019.

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

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

18-25 January 2020

It might seem a long way off, but we are being encouraged to plan ahead to make this a moment of outreach and evangelism.

We are invited in this year’s Week Of Prayer for Christian Unity materials to see God working through people and places which offer unusual  kindness. If only we would do the appropriate kind of looking.

This time we accompany the churches of Malta, praying with and alongside them, praying also for them in their Christian journey as they seek the unity for which Christ prayed. And we rejoice with them that Malta traces its Christian origins back to the time of the Apostles. And in so doing, we enter into the drama of St Paul, those that travelled with him, and the inhabitants whom they met, to discover our shared unity, and in so doing recognise the importance of unusual acts of kindness that bear witness to the Gospel of peace and reconciliation.

You can download the pamplhet here: WPCU 2020 English pamphlet (web) and a wealth of support material will be available at www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer — it’s not yet live, but it will be, so keep checking.

Journey of the Magi

A festive, light-hearted, joyful event with a moving and profound message.

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 and refocus.

“Absolutely fabulous show. Wonderful mix of fun, wit, and meaning. It made me laugh and it made me cry all in a couple of minutes. (Hope you’ll come back.)”  Richard, Poynton Methodist Church

Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, for the last few remaining dates for 2019 and for Advent 2020.

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


Sounds of the Spirit

Tuesday 17th September, 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church S11 8YL.

Presentations of beautiful chanting and recitation from different faith traditions, organised by the Shirley House Interfaith Centre as part of the Nether Edge Festival.

This year’s event will include presentations of Zen Buddhist practice, the recitation of some of the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God from Sufi Muslim tradition, and sacred hymns and chants from the Sikh faith.

For more information, contact Revd Gareth Jones at garethjones11@gmail.com or on 0114 250 8251.

Rother Valley & N E Derbyshire Gathering
Time 2 Turn

Saturday 21 September

This year we are very fortunate to have the Reverend Matthew Porter as our visiting speaker.

Matthew was previously a Vicar in the Sheffield Diocese and is now the Senior Leader of St. Michael  le Belfrey, York. He is a Bible Teacher, Blogger and Author having released his A to Z of Prayer this year, which follows closely on from his previous book, A to Z of Discipleship.
The Belfrey’s vision is to be serving God’s transformation of the North and in 2014 it established St Cuthbert’s House of Prayer serving the Christians of York and the North.

We look forward to meeting Matthew and hearing him as he speaks on ‘Equipping the Church in a 21st century community’
The worship this year will be led by the Sheffield based band, ‘Outcry’
Join us if you can for the day or even part of it.
We look forward to meeting you.

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Cold Calling – 14 September

8:00 – 9:30am

A discussion opportunity for anybody bruised or perplexed by their experience of the discernment process for ordination within a Christian denomination. Share your story over breakfast.
A suggested donation of £10 is welcome to cover food and venue costs. Please book your free place here to help with our preparation.

Desert Day – November 9th.

10am – 4pm. £25.
With Mel King, contact for Contemplative Outreach in North Yorkshire and the North East.

A Desert Day is a time set apart to meditate on the Word, rest and let go in silence. It is suited to those who enjoy any form of silent prayer or wish to gently explore it.

Drawing on the practices of the desert Fathers and Mothers, the day will begin with a short talk on contemplative prayer inspired by Ezekiel 36’s “heart of flesh”, group Lectio Divina and shared silence / resting. There will be conversation and space for exploration.

More details and bookings here.

Becoming Whole:
a series of four, one-day coaching retreats with Master Coach Jane Moffat

Becoming Whole offers space for reflective, mindful exploration of your different ‘selves’ and the journey towards wholeness:
The Embodied Self (16 Nov 2019); The Shadow Self (8 Feb 2020); The Playful/Creative Self (25 Apr); The Integrated Self (11 Jul).

All four will be facilitated by Master Coach, Jane Moffat. They are bookable as a series or as stand-alone retreats.

£125 for four or £35 each. including lunch.
Details and bookings here

Training, Learning & Development Opportunities

Lay Orientation Day

Tuesday 24 September – Leeds Church Institute

A training day for newly appointed lay employees which will explore well-being, working in a lay ministry context, induction, key policies and appraisal, working with appropriate confidentiality and understanding key aspects of Methodist structures, history and doctrine.

Please encourage any new lay employees to put this date in their diary as attendance is strongly encouraged!

To book a place, contact Siân Henderson in the Yorkshire North & East District Office: admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org

Urban Theology Union


September 2019 – June 2020 

The UTU Diploma in Theology and Mission was from 1972 to 1999 the pioneering programme that provided a unique experience of theological and vocational training, linked to the realities of the city, and developing new theological and biblical studies which influenced profoundly the several hundred who took the course, often through the famous UTU Study Years.  Now, twenty years later, we have revived the course to suit 21st century needs, and offer a new programme of Theology and Mission work.

Full details can be found here: Theology and Mission

Cliff College

Short Courses

In this coming year the Short Course programme is expanding again, with a new Methodist WLP-in-a-year scheme, 4 new weekend retreats as part of a new Cliff Retreats programme (including Holy Habits, new 5 day Certificates in Women in Leadership, Children’s Ministry, Coaching for Christian Leaders, Fathers and Fatherhood, Parenting for Faith & Pastoral Care. There is also a discussion with our partners YFC as we seek to develop a new Certificate in Youth Ministry course. The Short Course programme is also on the road, with Cliff Local training being offered in a couple of regions in the UK.

For more information, explore the Short Courses section of the Cliff website. This will be updated as new developments become available. So why not check each month?! http://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/shortcourses.  Maybe a visit each year could become your own ministry training or personal development retreat rhythm?

 18-30s Ordination Exploration Day

Saturday 3 October – Methodist Church House, London

  • 18–30s?
  • Considering ministry?
  • Could it be Ordained Ministry?

Have you ever felt God nudge you to serve the Church?
Has anyone ever suggested that you would make a good minister?

Come and find out more
·· What life is like as an ordained person.
·· How to candidate for ordained ministry.
·· What training is available for you.
·· What a minister gets ‘paid’.

Remember: attending this exploration day does not oblige you to become a Methodist minister!

See the flyer for full details: 3282 Exploration Day flyer for 18-30s

Holy Spirit and Fresh Expressions – Day Conference

Thursday 17 October 2019 – Cliff College

This conference hosted by the Samuel Chadwick Centre at Cliff College combines two annual lectures which will present the best up to date thinking on the way that the Holy Spirit is understood and experienced across a range of church contexts through the missional movement known as Fresh Expressions.

Full details can be found on the poster here: Holy Spirit and Fresh Expressions Day Conference, 17th Oct 2019

Or on the Eventbrite page, where you can also register to attend: the-holy-spirit-and-fresh-expressions-day-conference-tickets

Navigating Change Conference 2019

Navigating Change is a movement that is concerned about the future of the Methodist Church in the UK. The figures speak for themselves, as year on year we have continued to decline in numbers to the point where it has become a critical issue.

This movement could be a starting point for you and your leadership to regain a sense of urgency and energy, to catch a fresh vision and to begin the process toward growing and planting new churches.

19-20 November – Swanbank Methodist Church

For more information and to book a place

Bridge Builders courses

TRANSFORMING CONFLICT 1 – Leadership, Discipleship and Community
9-14 February 2020  |  Felden Lodge Training and Conference Centre, Herts
Ticket price: £695 

Our flagship foundation course for people in local church leadership. FULL DETAILS AND BOOKING >

LEADING IN ANXIOUS TIMES – A Systems Approach to Leadership 
23-24 Mar & 11-12 May 2020  |  Felden Lodge Training and Conference Centre, Herts
Ticket price: £595 

This course uses Family Systems Theory to explore how anxiety impacts on individuals and systems, and provides insights and strategies into how this can be addressed. FULL DETAILS AND BOOKING >

19-24 January 2020  |  Felden Lodge Training and Conference Centre, Herts
Ticket price: early bird rate £945 until 28 October, full rate £1020

Building on the foundation training, this course provides specialist training for those called to offer mediation as part of their ministry.

If you are on a low income, a bursary may be available to help cover the cost of attending a course.
Please see the bursary information page.

Contact us at lisa@bbministries.org.uk or 020 3968 4999

Job Vacancies

Buildings Manager / Administrator

Millhouses Methodist Church, Sheffield

Do you have the expertise and enthusiasm…

  • To help build, enhance and deliver our church community centre outreach
  • To establish and manage an efficient lettings system
  • To make sure that the church premises are kept in good repair

Millhouses Methodist Church is seeking to appoint a Building Manager/ Administrator, initially for 1 year, to work at the church

Salary: £12/hour for 15 hours a week.

This appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure

An application pack is available from the Circuit Administrator: admin@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Monday 16th September at 12.00 noon
Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 25th September

Student Christian Movement CEO wanted

Up to £40,000 depending on experience.

Flexible location

As part of our exciting development, the Student Christian Movement wishes to appoint a CEO to lead the organisation. We are looking for a dynamic and motivated person who can provide strategic leadership, raise our profile, and oversee fundraising to support the growth of the movement. Together with the Operations Manager, the CEO will support and develop a talented staff team.

The ideal candidate will enjoy networking, acting as a confident ambassador of the organisation, and will be adept at promoting organisations with marketing flair. Our CEO will be a successful manager of teams, creating high levels of motivation and ensuring financial targets are met.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and LGBTQ+ individuals who are currently underrepresented in the organisation.

Hours: 35 per week

Contract: Permanent, on completion of a six month probationary period

We are a student led movement committed to creating community, deepening faith, seeking justice and celebrating diversity.

If you are excited by our vision, please visit www.movement.org.uk/vacancies to download a detailed recruitment pack and application form.

Application deadline: 12 noon, Friday 27th September

Other News

Christian Aid

Volunteer available to deliver a session from Christian Aid

Rev. Foday Kamara is a congregational church minister in Chinley, Derbyshire. He is currently volunteering for Christian Aid as part of his sabbatical and has always had a passion for supporting children and young people to engage with issues of injustice. During the autumn, Foday will be available to deliver an introductory session of our new resources to children and youth groups. He will be available to visit children and youth groups from the w/c 23rd September until the end of November and will have plenty of inspiring first-hand stories to share following an upcoming trip to visit some Christian Aid projects in Zambia in September.

Christian Aid’s new children’s and youth resources

One resource is for Under 11s called Big Justice Story (https://www.christianaid.org.uk/volunteering/big-justice-story-sack). The other is for young people aged 11 – 18s called Belong (https://www.christianaid.org.uk/churches/belong-older-youth-church). Both resources are designed to enable children and young people to ask deep and meaningful questions and to explore their faith, thinking about how they can live out their faith in way that helps to make the world a fairer place for us all to live in.

The Belong resource is less about providing answers, and more about asking the right questions. The introductory session would need a couple of hours. We could eat a meal together, have some interesting conversations and do some fun and thought-provoking activities. It would give you an idea of what the resource is like. This resource is free to download from our website.

The Big Justice Story comes as a resource Sack, and is designed to be used during your usual Sunday gathering or a mid-week children’s group. It’s a hands-on exploration of the story of God and our place within it, and how we can respond. This resource is available to order from our website.

If you are at all curious about these new resources and the opportunity for a session to be delivered by Foday, then please do get in touch. Foday has an active DBS with Christian Aid. If you have any queries, you can address them to me or directly communicate with Foday (ministerchinleychapel@yahoo.com).