District News – 7 May 2019

This Week’s News

Office News

A reminder that Val Higgins handles the administration for any Safeguarding matters. She works 4 hours a week, usually on a Monday from 9am to 1pm. Her email address is val@sheffieldmethodist.org and her direct phone number is 0114 430 0256. You can contact the District Office between 10am & 1pm for any urgent queries outside this time.

The office will be closed in from Wednesday 19 June until Tuesday 25 June (holiday), and again from Monday 1 July to Thursday 4 July (Methodist Conference).

Regional Retreat

12-14 November 2019

The next Yorkshire Plus Regional Retreat for Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees will be at Wydale Hall near Scarborough from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 November. The theme is “Deepening our Friendship with God”, led by Edel McClean.

The relationships that we cherish in our lives are always evolving and growing.  Sometimes those friendships are simply woven into the everyday and sometimes we need to make time to reconnect. This retreat offers the time to reconnect with God and God’s friendship. Taking an Ignatian approach we’ll have times of quiet prayer as well as time for reflection and discussion. Most of all we’ll seek to create an atmosphere where you can pay attention to God’s desire to welcome you into an ever-deepening friendship.

Edel McClean is a facilitator, trainer, spiritual director and retreat leader. She is currently employed as a learning and development officer in the Learning Network of the Methodist Church in Britain. She has a particular interest in prayer, discernment and in helping people meet with God in all the ups and downs of life.

Retreat Cost: £200. Please contact your District Office to
request funding support. You may also wish to seek support
from your Circuit or local church

Places are limited and you are encouraged to book early to secure a place. Bookings can be made via EventBrite : regionalretreatnov2019. You will be invoiced once the booking has been received.

You can also download a poster to pass on to interested parties: Edel Poster (1)


Evening of Comedy & Magic

Friday 17 May – Boston Spa Methodist Church

Paul Kerensa, Comedian and Writer, will be joined by Jo Enright and Steve Price for an evening of comedy and magic. Paul writes for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, among others, and his one-man show has played to packed-out venues including the Edinburgh Fringe.

Tickets are £8.50 / £10 (depending on seating) available from bostonsparmethodistchurch.org.uk

More details can be found on the poster here: PK 2019 poster

Evening with Graham Kendrick

Friday 28 June – Boston Spa Methodist Church

Graham Kendrick has been described as a ‘father of modern worship music’ whose songs are ‘crammed full of poetic, divine, biblical truth’ that have ‘sculpted a view of God that has impacted generations.’

Tickets are £15 / £18.50 (depending on seating) available from bostonsparmethodistchurch.org.uk

More details on the poster here: BSMC Graham Kendrick June 2019 Poster

One Mission Event

18 & 19 May – Tickhill Methodist Church

Doncaster Circuit invite you to their One Mission Event with
Guest Speaker Andy Dye, Methodist Programme Team Leader in World Church Relationships.

More details on the poster here: Poster19-final

Booking forms can be downloaded here: Brochure May19

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

Learning and Training Opportunities

Cliff College training events

Rise & Shine

Rise and Shine is an event for young people, aged 16 -23, chosen by their church for leadership potential. It takes place at Cliff College, 12 – 14 July 2019. Food, accommodation and transfers between the station and Cliff College are all covered in the price of £75. Email: childrenandyouth@methodistchurch.org.uk for more information.

Time and Space

Time and Space is a retreat for those who work with children, young people and families. The theme is ‘Never Without a Story’ and it takes place on 24 – 25 June at Cliff College. The price is £30 and is open to all those working with children, young people and families. Booking information is available here.

Young Local Preacher’s Weekend

An event 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. The weekend will run from 6.30pm on Friday 20 September until lunchtime on Sunday 22 September. Cost for the weekend is £75

Tickets for this weekend are now available.

Bible, Gender & Church (BGC) Research Centre

The BGC is a new and exciting research centre, bringing biblical and gender studies together with issues faced by men and women in the contemporary church. The centre is a joint initiative between Cliff College and The University of Manchester.

The inaugural lecture for the centre will be delivered by Revd Dr Susan Shooter and is entitled ‘Yet In My Flesh Shall I See God: Researching Faith With Survivors of Abuse’. This will be followed by responses from Dr Holly Morse and Dr Kirsi Cobb, as well as a reception for all participants. 

The event will be held at Cliff College (Hope Valley, Derbyshire) on Monday 27 May. The start of the event will be at 1.45pm with coffee, followed by the lecture from 2.00pm until 3.00pm. The reception with some drinks and nibbles will take place from 3.00pm until 4.00pm.

All the tickets for the event are free. You can book either for the lecture and the reception, or just for the lecture itself. To register, please go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘The BGC Inaugural Lecture’. For more information, contact Dr Kirsi Cobb on k.cobb@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call 01246 584200.

Deepen Your Roots – Volunteer Speaker Session

Want to enthuse others in the life-changing work of All We Can?

Then join Graeme Hodge, the new CEO of All We Can, to be inspired by his passion for the future, with Tim Baker and Matthew Forsyth – Churches and Volunteers Officers – to discover how you can use All We Can’s exciting 2019 harvest materials to inspire your congregation.

Wednesday 15 May – 12:30 to 16:30

Grove Street Methodist Church, Retford, DN22 6LA

The day is free and lunch will be provided, but please book, including any dietary requirements to t.baker@allwecan.org.uk

You can download the invite to pass on to others here: VolunteerDayAdvert-Retford

Adjusting the Balance workshop

28 May – Whirlow Spirituality Centre, Sheffield

Have you noticed that it can be easier to love our ‘neighbours’ than to love ourselves?

Maybe, at times, you’re too busy and find it hard to make time for yourself; to re-charge your batteries?

It can be hard to take self-care seriously, even though we encourage others to “take care!” all the time….but if we don’t find a way to build it into the midst of our busy lives, we may struggle. This mid-day workshop will focus on the importance of Self-Care for anyone involved in caring for and supporting others. Among other things, attendees will have chance to try simple ‘body-mindfulness’ practices that can be used as a form of body-prayer, offering a gentle way to get started with better self-care.

May 28th, 11am (after Reflective Communion) to 2pm. Led by Teresa Dickens. Book here.

Job Vacancies

Community Outreach Worker

Priory Place Methodist Church, Doncaster

Priory Place Methodist Church, in the heart of the Doncaster Town Centre, is looking for a full time Christian Lay Employee to develop its work in the community particularly with young people and families and to develop fresh expressions of worship to meet the needs of this group.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, organized and motivated person for this exciting new role.

The successful applicant will have theological qualifications and be a member of a Church belonging to Churches Together in Britain. They will have experience of initiating and developing innovative outreach and evangelism projects. They will have experience of leading a volunteer team with evidence of planning and leading worship in a contemporary style; therefore, musical abilities would be desirable. They will be able to think missionally in an urban setting and to drive the work by motivating others and an ability to set goals without direct supervision.

The salary £24,107 plus contributory pension.

Contact Mrs. Hazel Hepworth at eric@hepworthgolfphotography.com or 0777 8557202 for an information pack and application form.

Applications by 6th June 2019

Interviews Friday 14h June 2019 subject to candidate availability.

Other News

Christian Aid

12-18 May – Christian Aid Week

House to House Collections, Big Brekkies, Church Collections and much more will be happening across the Sheffield Circuit for Christian Aid Week, as we come together to raise money for maternal health care in Sierra Leone. There are lots of resources and worship materials to be found at caweek.org/resources for you to get involved.

For more information contact: twyke@christian-aid.org

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/

CLC Bookships

Don’t miss out on these fantastic discounts on Good News Bibles!

This year, we are offering some great discounts on Good News Bibles! With savings of up to 29% OFF, these bibles are perfect for prize-giving and school leaving gifts! Offers are valid until 31st July 2019.

Methodist News

Mission planning resources

The community engagement officer, Emma Nash, has curated a toolkit of mission planning resources for local churches and circuits as part of her new work supporting ‘changing, growing churches’

Exploring Colossians – Bible Month 2019

Bible Month in 2019 focusses on Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Professor James Dunn’s guide to the letter draws out themes and preaching points, as well as offering suggestions about how to discuss the letter in groups. Bible Month resources available here from Preach Magazine.

If you are also planning to focus on Colossians during worship, for example in a preaching series, StF+ has put together an exclusive starter list of hymns from Singing the Faith that we hope you will find helpful.

World Church News

Our partners in Colombia are using money from grants to support vulnerable women and children through a range of workshops.

Connexional Safeguarding Director, Tim Carter, reports on a recent visit to explore the issue of safeguarding in South Africa

Alison Judd, World President of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women (WFMUCW) recently attended an area seminar for East Asia.

Mission partner, Daniel Pratt-Morris Chapman, reflects on a scary experience in Milan as  he narrowly avoided arrest.

You can read all these stories and more in the World Church Newsletter here: WCN May 2019

3Generate 2019 Bookings and more

We are asking all those who wish to attend 3Generate 2019 to register their group in order to gain access to this year’s tickets. We would like you to register in your individual groups, even if you combine with others into circuit or district groups. Registration is now open and groups must register (to buy tickets) by Friday 7 June so if you’re thinking of attending, start planning now.

On Wednesday 12 June the ticket link will be sent to registered groups. Ticket prices for children and youth (8-23 years old) will be £120 per person, with accompanying leaders free. Tickets will be for named children and young people – each group can request up to three refunds until Sunday 15 September, plus, substitutes can be made until the end of October. If you have any questions, please contact the 3Generate team.

The programme, including information for how to register for sports and outdoor activities, will be published on 1 November.

Don’t forget that you can be encouraging your church and circuit to be praying now for your children and young people, and you should also encourage them to think about how they want to respond to the 3Generate 2019 Manifesto. Visit the 3Generate year-round web page for more information.

We are also still looking for volunteers to help with this year’s event.