District News – 6 August 2019

This Week’s News

Office News

Just a reminder that the office will be closed from Monday 19 – Tuesday 27 August. I may pick up emails during this period, but am unlikely to reply to any until my return.

Farewells and welcomes

It is the time of year when ministers move on to new appointments. We say farewell and trust that the moves will go well for Karen Beecham; Catrin Harland-Davies; Frank Okai-Sam; Will Fletcher; Richard Towle; Diane Grice and Peter Sheasby. We wish them the very best in their new appointments.

We look forward to welcoming Julie Letts to the Peak Circuit; Jonathan Gichaara to Doncaster Circuit and Julie Coates to Trinity Circuit. We also welcome John Simms, Fran Johnson and Kim Goh as they move into our district as Supernumerary ministers.

Lay Employment update

The Lay Employment Sub-Committee have produced a guidance document to aid circuits who may be considering creating lay employment positions. It includes the reminder that close contact should be maintained with the District Lay Employment Secretary (Rob Cooper) throughout this process.

The full document can be found here: http://www.sheffieldmethodist.org/2019/08/guidance-relating-to-circuit-lay-employee-posts/

Circuit Stewards’ Handbook

The Circuit Stewards’ Handbook and Training materials are now available to download from the Methodist Church website. You can also download a copy of the handbook here: circuit-stewards-handbook-2019

60 Years of Outreach on the Whitwell Estate, Stocksbridge !

On Sunday 14 July at 4 PM,  the Stocksbridge Christian Centre hosted a special ‘Songs of Praise’ to celebrate the beginnings of outreach work on the new Whitwell Estate in Stocksbridge.  On 11 October, 1959,  the Spink Hall Methodist Sunday School met for the first time in the Stocksbridge Secondary Modern School and became the foundation for the modern church located in the centre of the estate between shops, the pub and four schools.

The Songs of Praise service consisted of a series of humorous sketches  on how the work with young people began and developed.  Set as a Church Council meeting there was considerable adlibbing at the ‘top table’ and many asides made to the audience.  The service began with a parade of the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades with their banners.  The sketches were interspersed with prayers, and readings.  Following the Songs of Praise, the Brigades led the congregation out to the lawn at the back of the church where the Garden of Meditation was dedicated.  This is a permanent memorial of the day for the use of the whole community.  The picture shows Patricia Hansell, the creator of the Garden,  her husband David, and the minister James Grayson.  Including 12 children, 95 people attended the event including the Mayor of Stocksbridge.   There is an exhibition of photographs and historic items which will be on display until mid-August.


Strings, Songs and Storytelling –

Saturday October 12 : 7.30pm – Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre

A special autumn evening with the Guild of Strings and guest Caroline Hallam, this concert centres on the fabulous string sextet from Strauss’s opera Capriccio.

The programme will also feature music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss and Edward Elgar, as well as songs, stories and poetry from the world of stage and screen.

Capriccio’s theme can be summarized as ‘Which is the greater art – poetry or music?” It tells the story of a Countess torn between two suitors: one a composer, one a poet.  Caroline and the Guild will ponder this creative dilemma as they lead the audience through fine examples of both arts from the Classical, Operatic, Musical Theatre and Pop repertoires.

 £15 with drink – free to under-18s – Not to be missed! Book your tickets here.

Training & Learning Opportunties

Being Old, Being Bold

Christians on Ageing are holding a day conference  at Central URC Church on Wednesday 25 September.

It is titled ‘Being Old, Being Bold’ and is aimed at ministers, chaplains, those working with older people and of course older people themselves.

Full details can be found here: Conference, September 2019, flyer

Lay Orientation Day

Tuesday 24 September – Leeds Church Institute

A training day for newly appointed lay employees which will explore well-being, working in a lay ministry context, induction, key policies and appraisal, working with appropriate confidentiality and understanding key aspects of Methodist structures, history and doctrine.

Please encourage any new lay employees to put this date in their diary as attendance is strongly encouraged!

To book a place, contact Siân Henderson in the Yorkshire North & East District Office: admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org

Certificate in Women in Leadership

16-20 September – Cliff College

Leadership can be a lonely and challenging place, it is true for all called to it but it is even more complex for women, who often juggle many conflicting expectations, feel discouraged and depleted and continue to lack confidence in their own abilities.

The course highlights the many strengths and gifts women bring to leadership, it affirms their unique styles and contributions, provides space to share stories and insights, as well as equips in practical and innovative ways to help women take their leadership to the next level and expand their capabilities.

Designed for those in or aspiring to leadership roles in both church and marketplace ministry or just looking for ways to refresh their leadership tool box, network and re-evaluate their current practices, is the Certificate in Women in Leadership for you?

We encourage 2 people to come together from the same community so that they can then continue to support each other on their journey.

The cost of the teaching week is £435.00, which includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms. A non refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival or before.

We are delighted that Methodist Women in Britain have offered some bursary funding towards this course. Contact MWiB for more details of the bursary or direct to finance@mwib.org.uk

Full details can be found here: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/cliff-certificates/certificate-in-women-in-leadership/

Saints Alive Puppet Workshop

Saturday 12 October – Hillsborough Methodist Church

The Saints Alive Puppet Team, based at Woodseats Methodist, are running a Workshop at Hillsborough Methodist Church on Saturday 12th October 10am-12pm to recruit more volunteers to enable them to take part in more bookings, especially in the north of Sheffield and potentially into other circuits in the district.

Full details here: puppet workshop

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

Navigating Change Conference 2019

Navigating Change is a movement that is concerned about the future of the Methodist Church in the UK. The figures speak for themselves, as year on year we have continued to decline in numbers to the point where it has become a critical issue.

This movement could be a starting point for you and your leadership to regain a sense of urgency and energy, to catch a fresh vision and to begin the process toward growing and planting new churches.

19-20 November – Swanbank Methodist Church

For more information and to book a place

Job Vacancies

Festival & Event Coordinator

Cliff College has been running a Festival across the second May bank holiday weekend for many years, with its roots going back much further. The Festival is a mixture of music and word, including Bible study, worship, teaching, performance, food and drink. The College is seeking a Festival & Event Coordinator to join its staff team, for two days a week, at this exciting time as the Festival continues to develop and grow.

Global Partnerships’ Coordinator

Cliff College has a growing number of partnerships with churches and institutions across the globe and is seeking an Administrator to join its staff team at this exciting and challenging time in the life of the College. This is a new role and we are looking for someone who is willing and able to work with the Head of Global Partnerships in developing this key area of work.

More details are available at www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/jobs or are available from Gary Jones at g.jones@cliffcollege.ac.uk or 01246 584200

Methodist News

Remembering our Call

Each year, Local Preachers are required to attend a service to reaffirm our call in our service of Christ. Standing Order 563(3)(v) refers to this. Through worship, we acknowledge our shared commitment to the mission of the church as we seek renewed strength and vision for the task.

An order of service is now available with notes for its use, and can be downloaded here. A set of PowerPoint slides for the service is also available here

Our Church’s Future Story:

Resources to help churches plan for continuing mission

Reflect on your church’s strengths and how it lives out the gospel of God’s love within your own community in today’s changing times. The cards are designed to be used for a half-day event, but could also be used for a series of evening events or adapted for other settings too (such as café-style worship or as part of a regular service).

While some of the cards are introductory, the rest of the cards divide into two categories: exploratory cards are for churches beginning to think about future changes, while developmental cards are for churches wishing to plan concretely for future changes.

What is your church’s future story? Available from Methodist Publishing here

Young Local Preachers Weekend

Are you aged 16-25 with a call to preach? This year we are launching a Young Local Preachers weekend, for anyone aged 16-25 who is a local preacher, or at any stage in the training, or even just thinking about it! The Methodist Church and Cliff College will be hosting this weekend event full of inspiration, challenge and a chance to develop new skills. This event will be held at Cliff College from 20-22 September 2019. For tickets and more info click here. Our flyer can be downloaded by clicking here