District News – 5 February 2020

This Week’s News

Office News

We are having slight technical issues with our computers at the moment. Emails and phones are working ok, but we may not be able to send files out if requested.

DYFerence @ Festival

DYFerence is the opportunity for the young people (roughly ages 11-18) from across the District to get together, have fun and take part in discussions about what they would like to see the church doing.

We are again holding the DYFerence weekend as part of the Cliff College Festival. We have been going there for a number of years now, and it has been a real joy to see how the young people engage with all that is on offer.

We are offering a £5 discount per person for all bookings received by the office before 29 February, this is in addition to the free place for 1 leader per group, otherwise the cost will be £30 per person for the weekend. This includes the camp site and all meals.

Information has been emailed out to CYF workers and ministers to enable them to make a group booking. If your young person would like to attend, you can register them via the EventBrite link – https://dyference2020.eventbrite.co.uk.

God in Love Unites Us

The Revd. Dr. James H. Grayson, an anthropologist and Methodist minister,  has written an ethnographic and theological critique of the report,  examining how it reached its conclusions.  Anyone interested in having a copy of this may contact Revd. Grayson at stocksbridgechristiancentre@outlook.com

For information on how to attend the District-led conversation, including how to feed back on the report, follow this link : http://www.sheffieldmethodist.org/god-in-love-unites-us-district-conversations/

Lent Resources

The climate story and me: how can the radical stories of Jesus help us to respond to the growing climate crisis?

All We Can, the Methodist relief and development agency, is working around the world to enable people to see their potential fulfilled, to see them become all that they can. However, in many of these places, the effects of climate change are already destroying livelihoods, damaging farmland and claiming lives. We know that in order to change this story, we are going to have to take radical action.

This Lent, you could go beyond giving up chocolate again, and radically change the story. Journey with All We Can in a devotional resource that will help you reflect on how Jesus’ storytelling can motivate us to take that action. You will pray, read, reflect, learn, be challenged by the stories of others, share together and – most importantly – act.

Order your copies of the devotional, find out about other lent resources and radically change your story here: allwecan.org.uk/lent

Youth Mission to Ghana

Revd William Davis, a minister in the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District, is organising a Youth Mission to Ghana from 3- 14 August 2020. More information including an application form can be downloaded here: Youth trip Application 2020

Space to Reflect, Sabbaticals, Workshops

Bob Whorton is a Methodist Presbyter, pastoral supervisor and trainer now living in France. Together with his wife they have created a small reflection centre. Information about their workshops and reflection times for 2020 can be be found at https://lesjardinsdesarts.com/. After Brexit there will be no change to travel arrangements to Europe until the end of the year.


Yorkshire Plus Regional Lay Workers Networking Day

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Christ Church Stocksbridge, Manchester Road, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 1DY

After the successful Lay Workers Networking Day in Pontefract in October, we’re looking to organise another day on Tuesday February 11th at Christ Church Stocksbridge (address above).

The day will start at 10am for Tea’s, Coffee’s and conversations, followed by Introductions and Worship together at 10.30am. Rachel McCallam from the Learning Network will be providing training input, before breaking for lunch at 12pm with a Buffet Lunch (thanks to the Learning Network for providing it). After lunch, they’ll be opportunity for people from the same or similar Ministry areas to meet together in Communities of Practice to share their highs and lows; to bounce ideas off each other, and to help provide a support structure in what can be quite a lonely job at times.

The day will close at 2pm, although drinks will be available until 2.30pm for those who want to continue chatting.

You can book your place via EventBrite: https://laynetwork2020.eventbrite.co.uk or  contact Sian Henderson (yorkshirenemethodist@icloud.com, 07809 431871), letting her know if you have any dietary requirements.

Lifepath Barnsley

Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th February 2020

Now in its 6th year and based at Emmanuel Methodist Church, Lifepath Barnsley is run by an ecumenical team of volunteers and celebrates and explores the life and faith of Barnsley-born missionary James Hudson-Taylor who followed God’s call to China. Radically, for a missionary of the time, he chose to learn and adopt the language and dress of the local people in order to share his faith. Hudson-Taylor founded the China Inland Mission, now OMF International – one of the largest Christian Movements in the world

Lifepath Barnsley 2020 takes place Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th February and we’re looking forward to welcoming more than 300 children over the 4 days.

For more information or to volunteer to help with this event please contact Kirstie Hall or Heidi Moore lifepathbarnsley@outlook.com

Training, Learning and Development Opportunities

Line Management

Line Management Training

New to Line Management?

Join the Learning Network Yorkshire Plus Team and:

  • Identify the key skills and qualities needed to manage lay employees
  • Gain clarity on the different functions of line management
  • Understand the line manager’s role in the employment cycle

Next training day: 2 March 2020 at Leeds Church Institute.

Book a place here: line-management-training-registration

Download the flyer for more information: Methodist Church Line Management

Line Management Support Group

A support group has been introduced to

  • encourage more positive and empowering working relationships
  • provide a network of support and encouragement
  • provide updates on employment law relating to line management and best practice in people development

Where: Leeds Church Institute, Leeds, LS1 6DG
When:  29 April 2020, 10 – 3

Booking: line-management-support-registration or contact Sian Henderson: District Office

Job Vacancies

Lay Pastoral Assistant – Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit

Contracted hours: 10 hours per week

Salary: £10.50 per hour

Contract Period: 12 months fixed term contract

We have an increasing number of members who are housebound and experiencing difficulties.  This role is to assist in offering pastoral care and spiritual support through visiting members in their own homes, hospital or hospice.  It will involve taking extended communion to those who wish to receive the sacrament and liaise with Circuit Minister/Pastors as necessary.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of those experiencing loneliness, bereavement and limited mobility. To enhance their spirituality and bring ‘church’ to where they are.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is a committed Christian and has a good understanding of The Methodist Church.
  • Has a pastoral heart, and who has compassion and empathy
  • Has excellent communications skills, and an ability to pray and encourage all ages.
  • Has a good understanding of Safeguarding principles and practices and is willing to work with a team to ensure best practice across the Circuit.
  • Can liaise with family members as appropriate and other agencies such as Social Services as necessary.

Interested?  Email: joanne.archersiddall@gmail.com     for an application pack.

Closing date for applications:         Sunday 9th February
Date of Interview:                              Monday 24th February

Family Worker

The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe, Doncaster

The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe requires a new Family Worker to build on the exciting work being done in the Hexthorpe area, and more widely, in conjunction with existing, growing teams. The job will begin on 01/04/2020. However, to get the best candidate, the appointment date can be delayed.

This post is full time and salary is between £21,000 and £24,000 depending on experience and qualification. There is automatic enrolment in a pension scheme.

Please send for the full information pack to richard.iball@btinternet.com or Richard Iball, 33 Old Hexthorpe, Doncaster DN4 0JD

Informal conversations invited on 01302 855389. By request, a visit may be arranged to see the work at first hand.

Closing date for completed applications: Friday 7 February

Interviews Friday 14 February

Please note there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for this role to be an evangelical Christian.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

What cracking reads will YOU find for yourself among the used books at CLC Sheffield?

Have you seen the used book section at CLC Sheffield? This section is frequently re-stocked, so make sure you have a browse on your next visit to the bookshop! Right now, there are even further reductions with many books reduced to half of the clearance price! There are plenty of books in storage… so if you know the title you’re looking for, just ask if we have it. Used books are an excellent and economical way of getting great reads into people’s hands so they grow in faith and knowledge.

Stock up on Easter resources

Paschal candles, transfers, palm crosses, Lenten studies, Easter cards and all sorts of Easter resources – including all the Real Easter Egg range – are available from CLC Bookshops, 2 Church Street, Sheffield S1 2GN (beside the Cathedral).

Free delivery on orders over £10, available online and in store.

Open an account at clcbookshops.com/equip and you will save on every purchase online and in store. Thank you for supporting the local and international ministry of CLC Bookshops.

Methodist News

Sermon of the Year 2020

This competition, organised by LWPT, is an opportunity to raise the profile of great preaching in your circuit.  Are there preachers among you that you could encourage to take part?  Or perhaps you would like to enter yourself?  Please publicise this at your next Local Preachers’ Meeting too.   See the attached press release here,  and note that the closing date is 23rd February 2020.

Mission Planning & Property Strategy

It’s a new year and time to perhaps have a new emphasis on Mission Planning.  Last year, the Connexional Property Strategy was launched with a strong focus on mission planning.  To find out more about how mission planning and property are connected, click here

For guidance on the consents process, there is now a helpful chart on the Methodist Church websiteto guide you: starting-a-property-project

New First Legal Steps on a Property Project Chart

A new resource; ‘First Legal Steps on a Property Project Chart’ is now available on TMCP’s website. This can be used as a tool to help Managing Trustees who are starting a property project to identify potential legal issues early in the whole process so that they can be taken into account and built into the project plans.

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Methodist ‘Essential Trustee’ Video Guide Now Available

The Connexional Team have produced a series of ‘Essential Trustee Guide,’ videos for Managing Trustees now available on the Methodist Church Website.

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