District News – 30 June 2020

This Week’s News

District Weekend of Prayer and Celebration

11 & 12 July

You should be aware that the weekend of 11 & 12 July has been designated a District Weekend of Prayer and Celebration with the focus on Saturday 11th July being on prayer.

A Prayer Resource has been produced to aid people in their prayers, and hopefully you will have received a copy of this. It can also be downloaded here: Prayer resource

Nestlé plan to stop using Fairtrade ingredients in KitKat bars

If Nestle continues with this decision, it will mean that cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire stand to lose £1.37m (US$1.69m) in Fairtrade premiums and the safety net of Fairtrade’s minimum pricing system, whilst farmers in Fiji and Malawi will lose all sugar sales to Nestlé (which is 50% of all their sugar sales) plus premiums of £583,000 (US$720,000) per year.

This a small amount for a multi-billion-pound global business, but a real lifeline for some of the world’s poorest farmers, most of whom live below the extreme poverty line.

We know lots of people agree this is a really disappointing decision, and we still hope Nestle will change their mind.A petition to the CEO of Nestle   has been started by Joanna Pollard (Chair of Fairtrade Yorkshire). If you want to take action right now,  sign and share the petition.

Alison Trezise
District Fair Trade Advocate

Zoom Events

How to be missional as we are exiting lockdown in the time of Covid-19?

Why not join a zoom webinar on Thursday 2nd July at 11.00 a.m. to explore this question in a conversation between Revd Leslie Newton, Chair of Yorkshire North and East District, Revd Gill Newton, Chair of Sheffield District and Michael Harvey, Director and Chief Executive of the National Weekend of Invitation, hosted by Revd Carla Quenet, Learning Network, Yorkshire Plus Region?

To book your place and to obtain joining instructions, follow this link :


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note that for security reasons, only those who have registered in advance will be allowed to join.

Lay Employees Community of Practice

July 3, 2020 from 10:00

A chance to meet and share good practice with others in similar roles.

This meeting will also be looking at issues surrounding Black Lives Matter, the Unconscious Bias, and EDI material.

To book your place and to obtain joining instructions, follow this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note that for security reasons, only those who have registered in advance will be allowed to join.

If you have any further questions or problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch .

POSITIVELY RURAL: Being church in the light of COVID19

1-2.30pm Friday 17th July

The first in a series of online gatherings focusing on rural mission. We will share good practice, learn from our experience of COVID19 and consider how we move forward positively.

To book your place and obtain joining instructions, follow this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any further questions or problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch

Space to Reflect at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

I Am….. The Way

For the next six months, Space to Reflect (first Sunday evenings) focuses on Jesus’ simple but provocative I AM statements. The first is “I AM….. The Way”.

Has Jesus or another constant provided The Way for you since the beginning of the pandemic? How might that change in coming weeks and months, as you ‘emerge’? We will express together gratitude, lament, anxiety and whatever other feelings arise.

The event will be available as a downloadable resource here, on this post, from 3 July.

Please use the materials when convenient. If you would like to move through them ‘live’ with others, try (re)opening them a little before 7pm on Sunday evening, 5 July.

New ways of helping at Whirlow

We have always relied on wonderful ‘Host Volunteers’ at Whirlow, to enable us to deliver our events. These people participate, while supporting the event facilitator with all things practical.

As we move some of our programme online, the hosting role is evolving. Practical help is important, as is technical expertise: those confident using Zoom and similar tools might be helpful additions to our team.

Please email events@whirlowspiritualitycentre.org if you feel called to help

Training and Learning

October 2020 – July 2021

The course content is reviewed during the year, but basically consists of the present preoccupations—bible study, contemporary theology, personality temperaments, urban theology, liberation theology, discipleship, rule of life, spirituality, public theology, social and political development.

The aim is to facilitate the development of each participant’s own personal discipleship, theology and mission.

The course will be led by:

Co-ordinator: Rev Dr John J Vincent
Associate Co-ordinator: Ms Erica Dunmow

In addition, several UTU members and associates will join in the teaching and facilitating team.

The 2020-21 course will meet on monthly Mondays from 10am to 2pm in the Urban Theology Union Library Suite at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield or by Zoom.

Dates and Times:

The following Mondays, 10.00am to 2.00pm:

Autumn 2020

5 October
9 November
7 December

Spring 2021
11 January
15 February
8 March
12 April
Summer 2021
10 May
14 June
5 July


Cost: £200.00, includes £45 for books & resources supplied to all participants, plus £45 full (£16.50 low income) UTU membership, if not already a member.  Grants are usually obtainable from churches in Sheffield.

All enquiries, please, to: Revd Dr John J Vincent   office@utusheffield.org.uk    0114 2709907

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator event

16 July 2020 9.30am – 4.30pm

The Methodist Church Learning Network is pleased to be hosting a virtual one day event helping people to explore MBTI and how it impacts on their work and ministry. Led by its accredited practitioners, Amy Adams & Jane Bingham, the day will focus on the personality type of individuals and how understanding yourself can improve relationships with others, enhance team working and help with personal well-being.

Full details including how to book can be found here: 200716 MBTI Virtual Flyer

Job Vacancies


The Barnsley Methodist Circuit is looking for a part-time worker to support the work with older people in the North West Church.

The work will be primarily to support elderly people in the community through social groups and activities, being creative in overcoming the barriers for their participation in such things.

Salary – £13,650 per annum

Hours – 25 hours per week.

Additional hours may be agreed from time to time to deliver particular projects

Some evening and weekend work will be required.

The appointment is for 1 year.

Based in the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council North Area, this role supports the whole North West Church. The multi-site church was established in 2016 and involves working across six chapels under a single Church Council. This role will involves working in four of those chapels in the Northern section of the NW Church.

For further information or an application pack please email: circuitoffice@btconnect.com

Or call our Circuit Administrator, Jayne Wragg, on 01226 321 522 and leave your contact details.

Closing date for applications: 6 July 2020

Interview date: 13 July 2020

Lay Worker

Grantham & Vale of Belvoir Methodist Circuit

Required to work with a Minister who is based in Grantham.  The post will cover 6 churches but have a particular focus on those at Bottesford and Orston

  • an exciting opportunity to work alongside our Minister and church members to explore and develop mission and outreach in rural areas, and also to offer pastoral care to members and to the wider church families
  • 15 hours a week (averaged over a quarter)
  • £ 10 per hour
  • 3 year appointment ideally from 1st September 2020 or soon after
  • closing date for applications 9th July 2020
  • interviews 23rd July 2020

There is a general occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian. The post is subject to enhanced DBS clearance

Full job description, further details and application from :

Grantham & Vale of Belvoir Circuit Administrator

The Methodist Centre, Union Street, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8AD

E-mail:  gvob.circuit@gmail.com

Methodist News

COVID-19 Update – Data Protection and Data Processing

As the Governments across England, Wales and Scotland start to lift the restrictions and life is beginning to return to some form of normality, it is important that data protection remains at the forefront of people’s mind.

Read more

Action for Children Sunday

Every year, Methodists and some other church denominations celebrate Action for Children Sunday on the second Sunday in July. Our staff always look forward to this celebration because it gives us an opportunity to meet and thank our longstanding, faithful supporters.

This year, we expect things to be different due to the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown. Churches have had to replace physical meetings with online worship. Some may not even have the ability to host online services. We understand that and would like to assure you that it is ok if you can’t mark Action for Children Sunday on 12 July. You can pray for us on that day and mark it on a later date.

Our worship resources were ready before the lockdown and I’d like to share them with you: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/resources-and-publications/promotional-materials/resources-for-methodist-fundraisers/ There is a booklet with a service outline, a prayer bookmark and a link to a video about Lyle, one of the children your generosity has helped us to support.