District News – 5 June 2018

This Week’s News

District Celebration Service

We are really looking forward to the service at Broom Methodist Church on Sunday 10 June, starting at 4pm. It is always a delight and inspiration to hear the testimonies from our Ordinands. We hope you are able to join us

Making your services accessible

Our church services emphasise the visual: reading printed prayers and hymns; and powerpoints. But what if people can’t see?

This training day is about encouraging worship leaders, preachers and anyone involved with running services to think about how they can make their services more accessible.

Sadly this event, which was to be held on Thursday 14 June: 10am – 3pm, has had to be cancelled due to a lack of bookings to date.

This is a shame as according the the RNIB, every day over 250 people start to lose their sight. How well equipped are you to serve them if they are part of your worshiping community?

If you were planning to go, but had not yet booked, can you bear this in mind for any future events. Please book in early!

Freedom Community Enterprise

  • Struggling to maintain church accounts?
  • Need help and advice?

We offer Bookkeeping, Administration, Payroll, Mission Consultancy, Account Support and General Help.

All costs cover full support, printing and production costs, regular meetings, banking and accountancy support from experience trained staff and a named personal contact.

Freedom Community Enterprise originated as an income generating arm of the Freedom Community Project, a missional project of the Bolsover Methodist Church that has since grown in size and reach, working presently in three Circuits, two on the Sheffield District and one in the Notts & Derby District.
While now an independent charitable organisation in its own right, it continues to serve alongside not only Bolsover Methodist Church, where it is currently based, but a number of others also.

For more information visit their website www.fcgroup.org.uk

You can also download a flyer here: Church flyer


What is happening in your churches & circuits?

Are there any special services or events that you would like to share with the District? Please email details to the District Office  at least 10 days before the event.

Training & Learning Opportunities

Who Is Your Neighbour?

Sharing learning about difficult conversations

Thursday 28th June 2018, 10.00am-4.30pm

St Mary’s Church & Conference Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ

Who Is Your Neighbour?  holds open and frank conversations about migration, race, cultural differences and people who are “not like us”.

We’re a partner in the RUBIC project, a good practice case study in the British Academy report on cohesion and integration cited in the Green paper on Integrated Communities.

Who Is Your Neighbour? will share learning from our eight years of holding those conversations.

  • What we do and how we do it
  • Adapting to changing social and political contexts
  • Dilemmas we work with
  • How can these conversations help build community relationships?

Together, Who Is Your Neighbour? and guests will

  • Hear from groups doing work that complements that of Who Is Your Neighbour?
  • Talk with each other about the work we all do and what change we are trying to make
  • Discuss whether we could do more through our networks and building new partnerships – and the challenges this poses

To book a place:

 Email Tariq Bashir on tariq@whoisyourneighbour.org.uk

Safeguarding CSS Foundation and Refresher Module Training the Trainers day

Training will be from 10.30am – 2.30pm

Coffee from 10am and lunch will be included.

Date: Saturday Sat 23rd June 2018

Venue: Bar Convent, 17 Blossom St, York YO24 1AQ, York

To book a place please contact: Sian Henderson – 01904 786275/yorkshirenemethodist@icloud.com

Regional Retreat

20-22 November – Cliff College

The next Regional Retreat for Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees will be at Cliff College from 20-22 November. It will be led by Mary Fleeson on creating the freehand Celtic knot and using it in prayer.

A flyer with full details can be downloaded here: mary fleeson 2018 and a booking form can be downloaded here: 2018-11 Cliff College Regional Retreat Booking Form

There has been lot of interest in this retreat, so early booking is recommended.

Northern Retreat at The Briery

Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 October

Water from our own Wells – Leader: Henry Morgan

Cost £200

Henry says, ‘My experience in the ministry of spiritual direction has taught me that people deep down already know most of what they need to know about God: for the most part they don’t need new information. The problem is that in a busy life the treasure that lies within us is easily forgotten or overlooked.  So, the intention of this retreat is that it might help unblock our wells and allow the God given living waters within to flow free.’

Henry Morgan left Anglican parish ministry in 1992 to set up The Annunciation Trust, which supports and encourages the ministry of spiritual direction.  www.annunciationtrust.org.uk . He has been Chair of Spiritual Directors in Europe.

At the foot of Ilkley Moor in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Briery is a place of spiritual renewal, where those who come can find God in an atmosphere of love, prayer, healing and peace.

This will be mostly a silent retreat.

Interested? Contact Rev Sandie Exley-Watts sandie@exleywatts.me.uk       01924 840219

Germinate Leadership 2018

Helping lay and ordained leaders from all denominations to develop creative, entrepreneurial skills for rural church leadership

Every part of the Germinate Leadership programme is rooted in the opportunities and challenges of ministry in rural contexts and fosters a collaborative, ecumenical approach and a culture of continuing personal and professional development. It is expected that all participants, both lay and ordained, will leave as creative, entrepreneurial and strategic leaders, better equipped to engage effectively with local communities and encourage churches to be an effective Christian presence.

The programme combines leadership theory, theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry, the development of co-consultancy groups and practical leadership issues including conflict resolution, team building and group dynamics, and the importance of deepening emotional intelligence.

The 18-month programme includes two residentials, programme days, a leadership style review, mentoring and work shadowing. A variety of learning styles are used and teaching incorporates wisdom and experience drawn from secular and church leadership spheres. The programme builds on lay and ordained ministry experience from across the denominations.

The fees for the programme are £1250 – but there are substantial bursaries available specifically for Methodists, plus general bursaries, and of course District funds could be tapped into. The Methodist bursary alone could account for nearly half the fees.

Full details can be found in the brochure here:Germinate-Leadership-Brochure-2018

or visit the website: http://germinate.net/training/germinate-leadership/

Word 2018  “Looking at the Cross through and Old Testament Lens”

How did the first disciples make sense of the Cross of Christ when they only had the Old Testament to draw on?’

WORD 2018 is a one day meeting with three sessions aimed at building up everyone in our faith and encouraging action. It will be at The King’s Cross Church Hexthorpe, Doncaster on Saturday 22 September starting at 9:30 am with welcome drinks and finishing at 3 pm.

The speaker is the Revd Paul Smith. Paul is justly well known for his outstanding and gripping Bible teaching. He makes a very welcome return to this event. A former Chair of HEADWAY / MET he has been a prominent evangelical leader for many years and a leading light at the Methodist Conference.

You can bring your own food or order meals on the booking form available from richard.iball@btinternet.com. The day jointly organised by The King’s Cross Church and Methodist Evangelicals Together.’

Download the flyer for more information and to book a place: Word 2018

Other News

Taste – life changing water

We’re passionate about getting clean water to rural Nigerian communities.  If you can help, we’d be delighted! We especially value your prayers.

Praise for:

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting TASTE staff as they travel to many remote areas to carry out projects
  • The initiative of one community where we recently completed a project. The Community added an additional tank to the one we provided. The additional tank is to provide water for cattle thus fostering peace between the villagers and the cattle herders.
  • The North Wales and the Sheffield Fun Runs which went really well with the Sheffield one seeing more runners than we have had for a numbers years. The two Fun Runs have raised £1,330 so far

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • TASTE UK will find a suitably qualified and experienced Bid Writer to work with our CEO to significantly increase our income from funding applications. We are receiving an ever increasing numbers of requests for help from needy communities.

Thank you for praying for us. Feel free to call Ben on – 07737413772 – if you’d like further information about any of these issues. Our website address is www.taste.org.uk