District News – 5 May 2020

This Week’s News

Sad News

We were very sad to learn of the death of Marion Corbett from the Trinity Circuit. Marion was a member of the District Safeguarding Group for many years.  She had been diagnosed with cancer last year and the family were grateful to be able to be with her at Bassetlaw Hospice at the end. Due to the current restrictions her funeral service will be for close family only but we will be looking to arrange a celebration of her life for wider family and friends at a later time.

Easter to Pentecost

Aimee Roddam, Schools Worker for the Doncaster Circuit shares are testimony. Despite being brought up in a Christian family she truly found Jesus at University when her life took an unexpected turn. Visit

https://www.sheffieldmethodist.org/easter-to-pentecost/ to find out more. If you have a testimony you’d like to share please email Sam Roberts District Communications Officer at comms@sheffieldmethodist.org

Little Clay Folk

Pioneer Minister, Nick Waterfield, from Parsons Cross, Sheffield has created some Little Clay Folk and left them at key points in the community to represent The People of God. Read his blog to find out more https://pioneerthoughtsblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/30/little-clay-folk/

He also spoke live on BBC Radio Sheffield on Sunday morning, you can here his interview here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08blh2r  it begins at 2 hours, 51 minutes, 40 seconds into the programme.

Pastoral Message

Revd Gill Newton reflects on the things that we are missing the most at this time.

You can read her full message here: Pastoral Message

Leading Worship online

Following on from the two gatherings held via Zoom for those involved in creating or taking part in on-line Worship, we have created “go-to” page full of ideas, resources etc.



Whirlow Spirituality Centre

For those of you who find online input helpful, a few things are now available from Whirlow Spirituality Centre.

  • every Sunday morning between 8.30 and 9.15am, Space to Be takes place from people’s homes. Light a candle and join in 45 minutes of silent prayer or meditation. We post a reminder on Facebook. Those who wish can join a Whatsapp group to receive a message as this begins and again as it ends – let us know if you want to do that
  • every Tuesday, at 9.45am (the time Reflective Communion usually begins) you can find a new reflection on our blog
  • this Sunday evening at 7pm, find downloadable resources on the blog that enable you to participate in a virtual Space To Reflect
  • book your free place on our first virtual Simple Quiet Day, due to take place on May 19.

Many of these things appear at the times the live events would have taken place – try visiting again later if what you are looking for is not yet listed.


A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched.

  • To listen to a prayer call: 0808 281 2514
  • To listen to news: 0808 281 2478

Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening.

One to One Pastoral Support for Young People during lockdown

Thursday 14th May 10 – 11:30

Generally, our experience of supporting young people pastorally has involved sharing time and space in common. In this season, we are unable to do this, in the main, and therefore it is requiring us to rethink and reimagine what we have done instinctively for so long. It is challenging.

This workshop is a space for us to consider together what is different about communicating through phone/video call and how we can manage some of those challenges. We will also consider some of the safeguarding practices that can make this safe.

The workshop is a guided enquiry rather than a presentation of the ‘right answers’ and invites participants to take an active role in sharing their own experiences and insights and ideas.


Training and Learning

Mission beyond lockdown – webinar series

The lockdown means that we can’t do what we usually do right now. And if, as expected, social distancing measures remain once the strict lockdown ends, our church buildings may remain closed for some months. What does this mean for God’s mission through the church?

The District Missioner Community and Learning Network, in collaboration with the Evangelism and Growth Team, bring you a series of webinars starting Tuesday 12th May to explore this issue and the many questions which arise. We are offering hosted conversations on the impact of social distancing on community engagement, leadership, evangelism, discipleship and more. Each webinar will be interactive and reflective, aiming to prepare us all for the “new normal” that is coming.

See below for confirmed topics and dates. To register, click on the webinar title and book your free ticket. Some webinar details are yet to be confirmed – tickets will go live as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please email: nashe@methodistchurch.org.uk

Webinar 1 – Community engagement beyond COVID-19 2pm Tuesday 12th May

Webinar 2 – Give me some good news: evangelism beyond COVID-19 3pm Tuesday 19th May

Webinar 3 – Leadership beyond lockdown  2pm Wednesday 3rd June

Webinar 4 – Missio Dei: What lockdown is teaching us about mission (date and time TBC)

Webinar 5 – How to use the Methodist Way of Life: daily discipleship beyond church buildings(date and time TBC)

Job Vacancies

Social Isolation Worker

Barnsley North West Methodist Church is looking for a young person who is passionate about building community and cares deeply for others, especially older people.

What is the role about?

  • Reducing social isolation
  • Bridging gaps and joining up opportunities
  • Working as part of a team

What’s in it for you?

  • New insights into pastoral ministry (caring for others and self)
  • Gain experience of building relationships with the wider community

Occupational requirements

  • Age 18-23
  • Candidates would need to be sympathetic to church values

For more information click on the following link: OPP – Barnsley

Methodist News

New competition launches !

Please pass on information about our exciting creative arts competition for children and young people…

We are looking for children and young people – aged 4 to 18 – to write, draw, paint, or get busy with their camera!

Entries to the competition can be in the form of a poem, a picture or a photograph/photo collage.

All entries should be in response to the theme of ‘What is God saying?’

What do children and young people think that God is saying to them, or to the Church, or to the world?

They may find it helpful to think about what they feel or notice when praying, but also when playing, walking, talking to others, watching the news, watching films, exercising, listening to music, reading – as God can speak to us in many different ways and places.


Methodist Publishing

We are working with our partners Hymns Ancient and Modern to ensure continued free UK delivery for online orders only until further notice.

Please order your Thy Kingdom Come resources by Wednesday 13 May, midday, for delivery in time for the start of Thy Kingdom Come on 21 May, 2020

MHA Sunday

MHA Sunday is a date where the church traditionally comes together to give thanks for the work of Methodist Homes (MHA) and to offer prayer for those in later life and those who care for them. This year Covid-19 has had devastating impact in our homes and schemes, with hundreds of lives lost including our residents, members and colleagues. At 3pm on Sunday  14 June, MHA will be broadcasting a service where we not only have the opportunity to give thanks and pray, but this year to also pause and remember those lives that have been lost to this disease, to pray for all in later life and those who care for them. Please will you stand with us in thanksgiving and remembrance at 3pm on Sunday 14 June?

Further details will be available on our website, nearer the time.