District News – 4 June 2019

This Week’s News

Epworth Old Rectory

The Epworth Old Rectory are putting on a number of events to mark the 350th Anniversary of Susanna Wesley’s birth. Last weekend was a flower festival with a twist, some photos of which can be found on the District Facebook page. It was a fascinating visit and I learned much about the Wesley family. Sadly this exhibition was for last weekend only – but there are other events still to come, including two open-air theatre productions.

On Sunday 14 July the Chapterhouse Theatre will present “Pride and Prejudice”. Gillian, the curator at Epworth told me that there are a number of similarities between the fictional Bennett family and the Wesleys (including an elopement!).  And Saturday 17 August the HandleBards all-male troupe  will perform “Much Ado about Nothing”.

Full details of all that is on offer can be found on their website: https://epwortholdrectory.org.uk

British & Irish Association for Practical Theology Conference

Roots, Shoots and Fruits: The Past, Present and Future of British and Irish Practical Theology

Dates: Monday 8 July to Thursday 11 July 2019
Venue: Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD
Keynote speakers: Dr Courtney Goto, Canon Professor Elaine Graham, Professor Emmanuel Lartey, Professor Clive Marsh, Professor John Swinton
Contributors: Professor Paul Ballard, Dr Zoe Bennett, Dr Helen Cameron, Dr Anne Codd, Rev Dr David Lyall, Dr Eric Stoddart, Rev Dr Frankie Ward, Dr Clare Watkins, Rev Canon Dr Margaret Whipp

The 2019 conference marks 25 years since BIAPT was founded. This then is a time to celebrate, as well as a time to take stock. In keeping with our new organic logo, our title for 2019 invites us to consider our roots, but also areas of growth and fruitful developments in British and Irish practical theology within wider, international issues and developments.

BIAPT welcomes delegates from many different backgrounds with an interest in theology and practice, including those based in universities, theological colleges and centres, denominational roles and various forms of ministry.  Online details are at https://www.biapt.org/events/conference-2019/

Church Action on Poverty

Church Action on Poverty have been working to start a ‘church on the margins’ network in and around Sheffield. 14 people met at the wonderful Creswick Greave Methodist Church – home of the Parson Cross Initiative – on 11th May for a reflection day, and to get to know one another. We looked at different images of Jesus that appeal to us, did a ‘living Bible study’ – thinking ourselves into roles in the story of Jesus healing a man with leprosy – which led is to think about who is at the margins of our society today. We had time to reflect on how people marginalised by society feel in our own church communities and discussed how we could work together in future.

It was a rich day, with opportunities to hear about how the Spirit is at work in different places in our society. Something that really stayed with me was the idea of ‘church on the fringe’: ‘church on the margins’ doesn’t mean ‘lesser’ church – far from it. Like ‘fringe’ festivals It can mean excitement, creativity and prophesy that challenges the status quo!

CAP hopes that this group can continue to work together and will perhaps offer more reflection days like this one. If you’d like to be involved in future, please contact Hannah on hannah.brock@dunelm.org.uk

The annual pilgrimage will be on Saturday 12 October – more detail will be available later.

Methodist Church Fund for Human Need

Refugee Week, 17th to 23rd June 2019

Because a significant proportion of FHN’s emergency payments go to refugees and asylum seekers here in the UK, we are sending help this year for preachers who are appointed to lead worship on Refugee Sunday, 23rd June.

This help is in the form of two documents:

  • our April Newsletter with a focus on Refugees – April
  • a collection of service notes and contacts that our Secretary has prepared – From FHN for Refugee Week, 2019
  • There are also some brief PowerPoint slides including some stories of those we seek to help – Refugee week

Please feel free to forward the resources to anyone who can use them.


Introduction to Icons  – A workshop led by Chris Ellis

22 July, 10am – 4pm – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

You may be drawn to – or turned off by! – the idea of using icons in prayer. This day will open up the history of Christian iconography, look at some theological considerations and introduce the artistry that has gone into the production of some well-loved icons.

There will be opportunity for personal reflection, as participants are guided in using icons in their own meditations and prayers.
Details and bookings here.

Sports Gathering

3 – 11 August 2019

Do you know of any young adult, aged 16 – 25, who has a passion for sport and would benefit from a chance to explore how their sport and their faith work together? If so, please encourage them to consider attending the Youth Sports Gathering from 3 – 11 August 2019 in Sunderland.

If your church, circuit or district has someone it could send to the Youth Sports Gathering, it would offer them a great opportunity to learn alongside other young adults about using sport to serve the community.

You can find out more about the Youth Sports Gathering here, including the application pack and an information booklet for sending churches or email John Boyd for a conversation about attending. This event is delivered in partnership between Methodist Children, Youth and Family; Sunderland Samba FC and the European Methodist Youth and Children’s Council. We want to make sure that there are no barriers preventing the attendance of those who would benefit from the experience.

Five-day Community

If the idea of five days living in Community following a broadly Benedictine rhythm with excellent teaching, regular worship, periods of silence and daily small listening circles appeals at all, then please do read the flier link below which gives more information about the forthcoming ‘Five-Day Community for Spiritual Formation’ taking place at Cliff College from November 24th-29th this year on the theme ‘Divine Darkness, Divine Light’.  The perfect preparation for Advent and Christmas!

CSF Flier Cliff November 2019

Training & Learning Opportunities

Being a Host with the Most

How to extend invitations and be a warm, welcoming church

You are warmly invited to join us for a day exploring how to excel at inviting others and welcoming them to your church home.

Learn from one another; hear new ideas; consider different approaches; review your current practice.

When: 6 July 2019, 10am-3pm
Where: Chapel Allerton Methodist Church,
Town Street, Leeds LS7 4NB

Lunch is included so please RSVP by end June

To book: Sian Henderson, admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org
01904 786275

Download the poster to help publicise: Hostwiththemost

Trustee Training

Sintons, one of the firms on the Panel of Solicitors, is holding a Trustee Training event at York Central Methodist Church on 10th July 2019.

Sintons would like to invite any Managing Trustees, who would find it useful to attend on the day. Training will be provided on the responsibilities of charity trustees and the first steps in dealing with sale transactions. Please note that this event is free of charge.

Name: Sintons Trustee Training
Date: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Time: 2pm – 5.30pm
Location: Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NQ

The session will provide a summary of the main legal requirements and challenges of being a charity trustee and will also provide tips on how to discharge those duties in the context of a sale transaction avoiding common pitfalls.

2:00pm Arrival & Introduction
2:10pm Session 1 – Trustee duties
3:10pm Refreshment break
3:30pm Session 2 – First steps in dealing with a sale transaction
4:30pm Q&A – followed by refreshments
5:30pm Close

What Makes a Good City? Series 3

Urban Theology Union Summer Forums 2019

Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

We are continuing looking at the issues where faith and civic or public life overlap.

We start with an exploration of the balance between personal charity and state welfare, continue to look at the interface between welfare and crime and then look at the ethics of poverty and welfare.

As usual our speaker’s theme after their address will be considered by a respondent, and then open discussion.

People of Christian faith, other faiths or none are all welcome. Enquiries should be addressed to UTU. 0114 270 9907

The Forums meet from 12 noon to 1.30 pm on  monthly  Wednesdays in UTU’s library area in the basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield  (entrance in Chapel Walk).  Bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available.

Wednesday 19th  June:  Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield speaks on ‘Public Health, welfare and crime: getting the balance right.’ This talk will look at the major issues in public health facing our city, and the initiative in Glasgow that has addressed knife crime as a public health matter. The respondent is to be confirmed.

Wednesday 17 July: Simon Duffy,  Director of the Centre for Welfare will talk on his provocative title ‘Are we ready to send poverty to hell ?’.  He has long been concerned about the increasing inequities of the Welfare system in this country. The respondent will be Rev Henry Ohakah, Methodist Minister in Woodseats .

These Forum sessions are open to all and free of charge.

Job Vacancies

Lighthouse Homes- living the gospel with our sleeves rolled up

We are a faith based charity, working with homeless people, and we are looking to recruit to temporary and permanent Project Workers

Our work is based in Rotherham South Yorkshire, and in Chesterfield and Shirebrook in Derbyshire. In some locations we may have accommodation available for staff members.

Evening, weekend and day time shifts are currently available

  • Night shifts £8.21 per hour
  • Day shifts £8.71 per hour

We are looking for positive, resilient people to join our committed staff teams at Lighthouse Homes. We offer more than a bed to our residents- we want to help with growth, change and stability. If you able to work alongside people with complex needs, including addiction problems-we are looking for committed Christians, able to work within all traditions of the Church

If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us, sending a CV and we are happy to talk informally and give more information concerning our work and ethos.

Please send your CV to;-  info@lighthousehomes.co.uk or geraldine.pearce@lighthousehomes.co.uk

Informal Discussion welcomed by Geraldine Pearce, CEO, 07534 653229

Closing Date:  Friday 14th June, 2019 12.00noon

Interview Date: Tuesday 18th June, 2019

Circuit Administrator with the Borders Mission Circuit.

The Borders Mission Circuit is seeking to appoint a part time Circuit Administrator to work with the Circuit Leadership Team and report to the Circuit Superintendent Minister.

The Role

  • Actively supporting the Circuit Leadership Team (CLT) by providing administrative services for Circuit business.
  • Taking minutes of meetings and timely distribution.
  • Dealing effectively and promptly with correspondence and communication, within and outside of the Circuit.
  • Dealing with central Methodist departments by phone, e mail and letter.
  • Maintenance of circuit and district directories, within the parameters of the General Data Protection Regulations. (GDPR)
  • Maintenance and development of filing and retrieval systems for both general and some sensitive records. (e.g. Staffing and property)
  • Working with other teams supporting their objectives in common with the CLT.

The Person

The post holder will be a well organised individual who is able to support the Circuit Leadership Team

  • The successful candidate will have knowledge of administrative procedures to ensure the smooth running of the Circuit office. This may be through experience and/or qualification.
  • They will have a clear enhanced DBS certificate and will have, or be willing to complete, the Methodist training modules relating to safeguarding.
  • They will be self-motivated, able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and work on their own initiative, within Methodist Procedures.
  • They will be able to communicate well verbally, and in writing, showing good skills in using modern technology. (Microsoft applications in particular).
  • They must be able to get around the circuit as required (for meetings etc.)
  • They will be able to work some evenings to attend some meetings.
  • They can demonstrate experience working with confidential and sensitive information.

The terms of employment

This is a permanent role, based in the Circuit Office in Clay Cross, will requires some work at other Circuit locations and will allow for some flexible homeworking over 20 hr per week. Some evening work will be necessary for some meetings and working pattern to be agreed with the Line manager.

  • Rate of pay is £9.00 per hour  (£9360 pa for 20hrs per week)
  • Your holiday entitlement is 112 hours, which includes an allowance for Bank Holidays.
  • There is a contributory pension scheme through the Methodist church.
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed for necessary travel on Circuit business.
  • Opportunity will be given for appropriate continuing professional development.

For an application pack contact: –             Peter.Taylor@methodist.org.uk

Closing Date for applications: –                 18 June 2019

Interview date: –                                            Thursday 4 July 2019

District Evangelism and Community Engagement Enabler

Darlington District

Are you passionate about seeing the Church grow? Do you have a deep commitment to evangelism, community engagement, church planting, fresh expressions and pioneering? Are you an experienced practitioner able to inspire and work creatively with local churches and circuits?

As District Evangelism and Community Engagement Enabler in the Darlington District you will support local churches and circuits to live out their calling with a particular focus on evangelism and community engagement. Working with others you will identify and develop opportunities for fresh expressions, new church plants and grafts and facilitate courses, events and innovative evangelistic approaches in response to the changing context of mission across the district. You will nurture, resource and encourage individuals in the development of evangelistic, community focused and pioneer ministries and work towards a culture of ‘every church growing’.

A salary of £26,600 – £32,250 per annum pro rata is offered depending on skills and prior experience. For ministers usual stipend and terms and conditions will apply.

Closing date for applications: 1st July 2019

Interview date: 15th July 2019 in Darlington

Application forms and more details are available from richard.andrew@methodist.org.uk

Other News

Christian Aid

Saturday 29 June – Sheffield Night Hike Challenge

St. Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 4LQ

Check in is at 8pm for an 8.30pm start.

This annual challenge event takes place at night. Starting from dusk, participants can choose to take on either the 9-mile route or challenge themselves to complete the 17-mile route at this fully marshalled and historical fundraising event.

For more information go to: http://sheffieldnighthike.org.uk/