District News – 30 April 2019

This Week’s News

Thy Kingdom Come

With just over a month to go until Thy Kingdom Come starts, we are excited to launch ‘Light up the World’ online at www.thykingdomcome.global/lightuptheworld. Put simply – when you register an event or pledge to pray your local area will light up on our on-line map. As more people commit to prayer so more of the country will be lit up – showing the spread of prayer over our nation. Please encourage individuals in your District to sign up, so we can light up the world with prayer. Those who sign up will receive daily emails during the Thy Kingdom Come period, which will include podcasts from Tom Wright, videos, and other resources to help them journey in prayer through this


We are excited to introduce our downloadable Methodist Service Resource which contains suggested prayers, reflections, hymns, drama and poetry, written by Revd Hilary Cooke. You can find it here  https://www.thykingdomcome.global/sites/default/files/2019-04/thy-kingdom-come-methodist-service-2019.pdf time.

Journey of the Magi

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, which will be available nationally from 23rd November to 23rd December 2019.

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

Church Chairs – Free to a good home

Whitwell Methodist Church has some wooden chairs that are free to a good home. They are “classic” church chairs. If you can make use of them please contact Revd. Jen. Mullis OBE by 10 May 2019. Jen’s e-mail is jennifer.mullis@methodist.org.uk or phone 0114 247 6949.


Marriage & Relationships

Monday 13 May – 7:30pm – Central Methodist Church, Aston

Revd Ric Stott and Revd Jo Archer-Siddall will be introducing the topic in the Rotherham & Dearne Valley circuit, with material available from Dignity & Worth and Methodist Evangelicals Together.

More information can be found on the poster here: postermarriageandrelationships1

Other conversations will be taking place across the circuits. Each Circuit will be arranging their own sessions, but you are welcome to travel to another venue if you would find that more helpful. Please contact your own circuit for more information.

Sheffield  – Thursday 20 June – 7:30pm at Wesley Hall, an initial session to start the process, which will be followed up once the Connexional conversation starts in 2019/20

Bolsover & Staveley – will be holding a series of “Hot Potato Conversations – dates to follow

Barnsley – will be following this up after Conference

Trinity – exact plans still to be advised

Peak – exact plans still to be advised

Doncaster – exact plans still to be advised

Chesterfield – exact plans still to be advised

Cliff College Festival

24 – 27 May – Cliff College

The theme for Festival this year is ‘Into all the world’ and we will be exploring how we can share our faith story with other people.

Speakers include Andy Hawthorne, Grace Wheeler, John Kirkby and Paul Smith, with after-hours entertainment from Play it be ear, Worship Central, Andy Kind and the EAGA gospel choir. As always, we will provide specific venues and programmes for those aged 3-11, 11-14, 15-18 and 18-30. A weekend ticket costs £36 and a day ticket costs £14 (concessions are available); 17s and under are free. We hope you will be joining us! For more information, see the website: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/festival/

The Hope Collective

The Hope Collective is a new venue within Cliff Festival that offers a gathering of dynamic music and creative word. It is a space to come together to encounter the Spirit of God and be renewed for life. This will be an event for all ages with activities across the site for everyone.

Artists confirmed include: Lou Fellingham, Lily Jo, Philippa Hannah, The Moment, Rivers and Robots, and Andy Hawthorne.

 The Hope Collective will begin at 12pm on Saturday 25th May and will run until 11pm. If you’ve already booked for Festival, you’ll be able to access all the Hope Collective activities; you can also book separately for this event here. Why not download our poster and display it in your church?

Dyference @ Festival

We are delighted that so many have already booked to camp with DYFerence at the Cliff College Festival. Our numbers are already up on last year!

If you haven’t booked in yet, the deadline for camping has been extended to Wednesday 8 May. This is to allow us time to organise the site and food etc.

If you are not able to come yourself, but have some young people in your group who would like to take part, we have enough adult leaders to comply with safeguarding guidance., so do encourage them to book in.

For those who are just planning on coming on Sudnay, the deadline is Friday 17 May

This year, you can book on-line through EventBrite. This site is not set up to take payments, you will be invoiced after the event.

The link is: https://dyferencefestival.eventbrite.co.uk

Join the Divine Dance:

Whirlow’s summer book group

June 5 & 19, July 3 & 17. 7.30 – 9.30pm.
* Led by Rev John Stride. £15 for series of 4 (recommended) or £5 per session *
What – or who? – is God? Angry moral scorekeeper? Supernatural Santa for those who do what’s right?

Explore this and other fundamental questions while reading together The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr (with Mike Morrell).

The writers speak of the Divine as a community; a dance. Using the ancient and transformative mystery of the Trinity, God is re-imagined as one, yet three; as friendship; as embrace.

Participants will watch videos by Rohr and his team that explore the text. The evenings will cater for anyone interested in the book and keen to discuss it with others.

(Of most benefit to those who can find and read a copy of the book in advance and attend the full series, though this is not essential.)

Details and bookings here.

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

Training & Learning opportunties

Regional Safeguarding Conference

Watching Over One Another in Love

Saturday 8th June 2019 – Boston Spa Methodist Church

10am coffee and registration, 3.30pm finish

Please book by 20th May on Eventbrite – search for ‘Yorkshire Plus Region Safeguarding Conference’ or email admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org for a link to follow for the event.

Keynote Speaker: Revd. Helen Cameron


  • ‘Watching over the vulnerable’ – Revd. Keith Albans
  • ‘Watching over our mental wellbeing’ – Penny Johnson
  • ‘Watching over our boundaries’ – Grahame Snelling
  • ‘Watching over each other in a social media world’ – Katy Spencer-Madden

Full details here: Regional Safeguarding Conference

School Chaplaincy Training & Resourcing

Chaplaincy ‘does life’ with people where they are. Life that is often messy, Christians need to be demonstrating an understanding of and sharing the journeys people are on. Chaplaincy is particularly valid when it comes to serving young people.

More than 95% of Generation Z (born after 1997) are not in church. They are, however, in school. To ‘do life’ with this generation, to serve, help or invest in them we need to be where they are – in schools. School chaplaincy offers an opportunity to facilitate this.

Training for school chaplaincy is offered by Christians & Sheffield Schools, The Diocese & The Methodist Church on 12-13 June. Potential chaplains will gain an understanding of the opportunities, limits and expectations of a school. The training will validate any offer made to schools, allow a wide range of topics to be covered to a high standard by experts (see attached programme)

Previous delegates attest to the course’s value: “Inspiring and helpful.” “Such breadth and quality of input.” “A hugely informative, real and helpful course.” ” I would recommend it.”

Please contact Fiona Walton (fiona.walton@cass-su.org.uk) for further information and application details.

More details of the topics covered can be found here: CaSS – SCC Topics Covered

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

Job Vacancies

Lay Pastor – part-time

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

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 Steward @ 72 Apley Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 2AY. Tel No 01302 322674

Email (eric@hepworthgolfphotography.com) 

Closing date for completed applications:- 18 May 2019

Interviews W/C 10 June 2019

Applicants are encouraged to visit the following website


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

Lead Evangelist vacancy

Attercliffe & Darnall Centre of Mission (Sheffield)

Attercliffe & Darnall Centre of Mission is an exciting new partnership between the Diocese of Sheffield and Church Army, with 2 evangelists serving these urban estates in Sheffield. The centre will pioneer ways of reaching groups of people not currently touched by the church, and will serve as a model to encourage evangelism more widely. This is supported by Sheffield Methodist Circuit.

If you’re passionate about unlocking God’s potential in people’s lives, embracing the difficult, activating change, and building communities, then we’d love you to apply. The ideal candidate will be imaginative about evangelism and ideally have experience of pioneering, and will seek to establish new Christian communities.  This will involve running evangelistic projects, growing teams of volunteers, and helping churches to develop their own evangelism, as part of a holistic approach which expresses the gospel in word, action and lifestyle.

For more information, visit our website.

Applications by 24 May 2019
Interviews on 11 June 2019 – ( & familiarisation tour afternoon of 10 June)

If you have any questions or want to know more please do not hesitate to email Stephen Gray or phone on 07973 978455.

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