District News – 30 October 2018

This Week’s News

Seminar: For Circuit & Property Stewards, Managers and Anyone Dealing with Methodist Property

Thursday 8th November,10.30 am until 12.30 pm. Hosted by Irwin Mitchell, Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield S3 8DT.

The  Sheffield Circuit and Irwin Mitchell are working together to organise a seminar to explain in detail the areas in which we work together. Subjects to be covered will include;

  • what is involved in preparing documents
  • liaising with TMCP
  • the process from a solicitors perspective regarding sales and purchases of property
  • licences/leases
  • legal requirements and process and procedures as stated by law and charity commission.

Our District Property Secretary and District Development Support Worker will cover what their role involves, and how they can help churches who want to start new initiatives or implement a property scheme. There are only 40 places, therefore if you would like to join us, please book through Ruth Ballantyne  a.s.a.p.
Email: admin@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk  Tel: 0114 2726561

The Star Stone

Miriam Siddall (daughter of Jo Archer-Siddall) has written and illustrated a book to raise funds for Cancer Research. Rotherham & Dearne Valley Circuit have arranged for it to be printed and copies are on sale for a suggested donation of £2 (or more).

You can see the first few pages here: TheStarStone. Miriam was interviewed today by Paulette Edwards on Radio Sheffield and you can listen again here Paulette Edwards (the interview is about 9 minutes into the programme)

If you would like a copy, contact Jo Archer-Siddall (joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com) for details.

Residential Lettings – New Government Guidance

The Government has published an updated “How to Rent” guide together with a further collection of new “how to” housing guides. These guides will be relevant to all Managing Trustees who rent out residential property under Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), such as Manses, investment property or caretakers flats, when those properties are not being used by the Church. Read more


20/20 Vision Gala Dinner & Comedy Night

Saturday 10 November – Greenhill Methodist Church


Phase 2 is our brand new entrance, with atrium and coffee area, with anew entrance into church which will harmonise our suite of buildings and give easy access for all, with improved parking and a safe pathway to the new entrance. Our aim is for it to be built in 2020.

We have a significant fundraising event on 10th November.  We have a Gala Dinner (dress to impress) and the nationally known Christian Comedian, Andy Kind.  The meal will be top notch and will include lovely soft drinks.  You will be waited on and then entertained into the evening. All this for a suggested donation of £25 per head for this adult evening.  What an amazing deal for an excellent night!  So much so, you can suggest more if you like!

Tickets are now available to secure your place.  If you are a tax payer, you can gift aid your donation as well.   Why not invite some friends and have a table for your guests?

Let’s make this an evening to remember and let us have fun raising money for this significant building project which will enable Greenhill Methodist Church to fulfil its aspirations in serving the community it has served for well over 200 years.

More details on the poster here: Comedy Night

Resourcing workshop for Local Preachers and Leaders of Worship with a focus on the use of creativity in worship during Advent and/or Epiphany.

17 November 2018 – 09:30 for 10:00hrs – 13:00hrs

Staveley Methodist Church, Chesterfield Road, Staveley, S43 3XD

  • The workshop will include plenary sessions and an opportunity to develop materials for use in worship – a range of craft materials; and inspirational images (to support creative writing) will be provided (and we are planning to have facilitators to provide specific crafting advice).
  • A compendium of ideas will be available for attendees who need encouragement to express themselves creatively.
  • We have asked the President to share her own approach to creativity in worship – including her experience of encouraging others to offer their creativity (in preparation for, and during, worship) – eg
    • Where does the President find her inspiration?
    • How does she refine her ideas? Judge their practicality?

Booking is not essential but it would help to have numbers for catering purposes (we will be offering a light, vegetarian brunch to keep people going and creative!). Bookings/ queries should be sent to the District Office

If you would like to explore the use of a particular craft and/or craft material in worship please include the information with your booking.”

Training and Learning Opportunities

How to …. Celebrate Local Arrangements

Saturday 10th November 9.30am – 4.00pm
Methley Methodist Church, Leeds, LS26 9JE

Come and join us for an action-packed, interactive and fun-filled day when we will celebrate together local arrangements services. During this training day you will have opportunity to hear from worship leaders, explore resources and be given a brief introduction on presentation skills.

Featuring the Yorkshire Plus Learning Network Team, All We Can, Twelve Baskets and lots more!

Booking: Sian Henderson: admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org; 07809 431 871

For more information contact Revd Carla Quenet; quenetc@methodistchurch.org.uk; 07772979670

Our How to … series continues in 2019 with:

January  26th   How to Use the arts in worship, Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield

July 6th How to Be even more welcoming! Yorkshire West

Creating Safer Space

Advance Module Training

Please see below the CSS Advanced Module training courses that have been organized in the Sheffield District.

The Advanced Module is for active ministers, local preachers and worship leaders, lay pastors, safeguarding officers (circuit and church), members of DPC and workers (paid or volunteer) with children, young people, families and those working with vulnerable adults.

  • 12th November 2018 – Storrs Road Methodist Church, Chesterfield Circuit
  • 13th November 2018 – Alder Grove Methodist Church, Doncaster Circuit
  • 15th November 2018  – Hoyland Methodist Church, Barnsley Circuit
  • 8th May 2019 – Tinsley Methodist Church, Sheffield Circuit
  • 9th May 2019 – Firth Park Methodist Church, Sheffield Circuit

The courses run from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and lunch will be provided.

Full details about who needs to attend, and other dates across the Yorkshire Region can be found on the flyer here: safeguarding flier

Please email val@sheffieldmethodist.org to book a place on the Sheffield District venues.

Exploring Discipleship and Holy Habits within a Messy Church context

Saturday 4 February 2018 – Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield

We will be exploring discipleship within a Messy Church context, through exploring how the Holy Habits materials, written by Andrew Roberts, could be incorporated into a Messy Church context. The training will be delivered jointly by Lucy Moore and Andrew Roberts.

Booking information

To book, contact Jonathan Buckley, Sheffield Methodist Circuit Youth and Children’s Coordinator, on 07450 778678, jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk
or via The Furnival, 199 Verdon Street, Sheffield S3 9QQ

Booking deadline: 26 January 2019

Full details on the poster here: POSTER_MC_HH events

Other News

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Methodist News

Can you write a letter to those attending 3Generate?

A letter to help them be courageous in their faith by sharing something of your own faith story. The purpose of the letter is to help children and young people feel connected to, and part of, the wider body of the Church; to feel part of the big Methodist family!

Who is the letter for?

  • The letter you write will be displayed at 3Generate to be read by a number of children and young people.
  • The children and young people at 3Generate will be in the age bracket of 8-23. If your letter is written particularly for younger children, or the older attenders, then please make a note of that when you post it to us. Otherwise, you can write a general letter aimed at all ages.

What to include:

  • something of your faith story – you won’t necessarily have space to include all of it, but you may think that there are parts that would be interesting for the children and young people to hear about.
  • something about your experiences of being part of a church/faith community. Maybe you were part of a church when you were younger – could you share some of that story?
  • things you have learned – again you won’t be able to include everything, but are there key things you have learned about life and faith that would be helpful to share?
  • encouragement for the younger generation to be courageous in their faith.
  • Please make sure that the language you use and the stories you refer to are appropriate for the age group.

How to write it:

  • A handwritten letter is more personal, so if it is possible for you, please do write by hand, but if you need to type it that’s fine too!
  • please don’t put your address, or any personal contact details, on the letter.
  • please don’t put your surname on the letter; simply sign it with your first name.

How long should it be?

  • Ideally your letter should be one side of A4.

Where do I send it to?

Send your completed letter to: 3Generate 1000 Letters, 6th Floor, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR.

Are you passionate about making a difference for children and young people? If so, please consider volunteering at 3Generate 2018. Volunteers are needed within the Operations, Creative, Venue and Care teams. The event takes place at Pontins, Southport, from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November