District News – 30 July 2019

This Week’s News

Be Kinder

This summer in the Peak District, will mark almost 90 years since the famous mass trespass on Kinder Scout of 1932 with the BE KINDER walking trail. The self-led walking trail encourages people to think about the importance of being kind to this incredible natural habitat, as well as honouring the individuals who fought for our rights of way; allowing future generations to enjoy and protect this spectacular landscape for years to come.

The BE KINDER walking trail begins on the 6th July  – 15th September 10am – 16:00pm. The ‘there and back again’ self-led trail takes 3 hours and is loosely based on a Mass Trespass route starting from the Penny Pot cafe next to Edale Train Station. Walkers will follow pink markers on the trail, which features black and white images of the protesters on tents along the route, and an art installation in Edale Methodist Chapel.

The Learning Network – Yorkshire Plus

We are a team of Learning and Development officers covering the Sheffield; Yorkshire North & East and Yorkshire West Districts.  Our mission is to bring quality development opportunities to people with a passion for learning in a mission and ministry context. Wherever possible we seek to work in partnership with like-minded individuals, organisations and denominations. We are happy to come and deliver training, workshops, seminars and away-days, tailor-made to your local context and needs; in addition to regular events held across the region.

Download the flyer for full information: LN Leaflet 2019

Methodist Theology

There is any Open Invitation to anyone interested to join a group to be led by John Vincent on Methodist Theology.

Please contact John to let him know if you are possibly interested, whether you want to meet monthly or quarterly, and what time of day would generally suit you (morning/lunchtime/afternoon/evening).

John Vincent – 0114 243 6688


Autumn District Synod

14 September – 9:30am – Priory Place, Doncaster

Advance notice that the Autumn Synod will be taking place at Priory Place, Doncaster on Saturday 14 September. Calling papers, along with nomination forms for Conference reps, will be sent out towards the end of August. However, this year Synod is being combined with the District Mission Forum, which will follow on after Synod business has been concluded.

We are hoping to gather people together from as many of our congregations as possible for what should prove to be a high quality and inspiring event, and so we need this information to be shared as widely as possible.

The event is free but it is really important that people reserve a space via RadicalHospitality.eventbrite.co.uk . This means that we can be sure of providing enough free lunch for everyone!

Contemplative Dialogue

28 July, 25 August & 22 September. 9.30 – 10.15am (after Space to Be)

Contemplative Dialogue is a non-threatening, ‘safe place’ for open sharing and discussion. The focus is on listening to ourselves and others, rather than formulating a response to what is being said.

Facilitated by Whirlow chaplain Joy Adams, Contemplative Dialogue is open to all. It can help participants notice their own thinking in periods of silence, and hear others’ thinking as they speak.

There is no need to book. Donations gratefully received

Riding Lights Autumn Tour 2019

Riding Lights is delighted to bring you its Autumn Tour for 2019 – Kaleidoscope. Be a part of it!

We’ll be working closely with each church, or organisation, to plan a variety of events in their community – whether you’re just after a one night performance in your church of the show Breaking Ground (our brand new show for 2019), or longer residencies working in the wider community. We offer workshops for schools and youth groups, a fantastic prisons programme, and can adapt to places you’d love to see injected with colourful and sharp performances and workshops this autumn. Kaleidoscope is also available to join in with planned events such as outreach weeks, conferences and festivals.

More information can be found here: Kaleidoscope Tour 2019 Information

Training, Learning and Development Opportunities

Lay Employees’ Orientation Day

24 September 2019 – 10am-4pm – Leeds Church Institute, LS1 6DG

Learn a little bit more about the wider church; the resources available to you; and become a part of a supportive lay network.

The Lay Employees’ Orientation Day comprises training for newly appointed lay employees working in a church context. It is designed to give a better understanding of the role of church worker, both in general and in one’s own setting. The day’s topics, and the opportunity to share together, will help develop a strong foundation of good practice.

The day will include:

  • developing employees’ understanding of the context of their lay ministry
  • pastoral care, including safeguarding children and adults and working with confidentiality
  • deepening employees’ understanding of how groups function
  • exploring effective communication skills
  • reflecting on their job descriptions and the appraisal scheme
  • exploring different models of spiritual development, faith sharing, and vocation
  • key elements of Methodist history and doctrine.

The event is free, but lunch is provided, so please book your place before Friday 20 September by contactings: Siân Henderson, admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org; 01904 786275

Please download the poster to pass on to anyone this might apply to: Lay Orientation Flyer Sept 2019

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

Other News

Church Action on Poverty – Sheffield

Our annual pilgrimage this year will take place on Saturday 12 Oct -please make a note in your diary and further details will be available later but initially our thoughts are: start at 930 am at Highfield Methodist Church in Sharrow. We will focus on the Sharrow and Heeley area. It is an area rich in projects, so we plan rather less walking than in previous years but more visits. We shall be visiting Heeley Parish Church and St Vincent de Paul Furniture Store. In addition, we are trying to arrange visits to the Madina Mosque and Heeley City Farm and hope to finish at St Wilfrid’s in Queens Road. The pilgrimage will end by 2 pm.

Methodist News

Letter to New Prime Minister

An open letter to Boris Johnson from the leaders of seven Christian denominations, including the Methodist Church, expresses concern that failing to agree a deal on Brexit will “hit those held back by poverty very hard indeed.” Read more and sign the letter here.

Advent Offering 2019

It may be the hottest day of the year for some but this is a good time to start thinking of Advent. This year’s Advent Offering for the Mission in Britain Fund focuses on homelessness and hospitality. The downloadable resources are to include a candle liturgy, suggested Bible passages, prayers and hymns. Also included are a video, a PowerPoint presentation, all-age discussion guidance and role play. You can register here.

Artwork for the connexion

Editors of the connexion magazine are looking to commission artwork with the theme ‘going for growth’, inspired by Ephesians 3:17 “Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong” (New Living Translation). Editors are particularly looking for Bible journaling artwork.  Submissions should be sent to
theconnexioneditor@methodistchurch.org.uk by 16 August. Not all work submitted will be used