District News – 8 October 2019

This Week’s News

Office News

The office will be closed this Friday 11 October, and again on Friday 25 October. Generally we are open from 10 to 1pm Monday to Friday, but if you do need to visit, please call first.

Mental Health Awareness Day

The Diocese of Sheffield’s Mental Health Working Group still has places available for its next awareness day, which is to be held on Saturday, 19th October, 2019 at St. Mary’s Church, Church Street, Greasbrough, Rotherham.

The presenters on the day will be Pete Sandford, Licenced Lay Reader/Authorised Worship Leader and a Mental Health Recovery Worker in the Community Enhancing Recovery Team within the NHS Sheffield Mental Health Trust (S.H.S.C.) and Sally Ross, Team Leader of the Mental Health Chaplaincy for the S.H.S.C.

More details, including a booking form, can be downloaded here: October 2019 Awareness Day Leaflet

Fairtrade Foundation

Join the party!

The Fairtrade mark is 25 years old this year and the Fairtrade Foundation are hoping people will celebrate with a party sometime during October. Our suggestion is that if churches are holding a coffee morning or some other similar event then you could easily turn it into a birthday party for the Fairtrade mark using resources available on the the Fairtrade Foundation website. (If October isn’t convenient then I don’t think it really matters if it is in November!)


Thank you – The District Fairtrade group

Training and Learning

Bible Month 2020
An introduction to the Book of Ruth – Keynote Speaker: Dr Rachel Starr

Saturday 29 February 2020 – Boston Spa Methodist Church

Rachel Starr is Director of Studies (undergraduate programmes) at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham. She completed doctoral studies in Buenos Aires, researching the relationship between theologies of marriage and domestic violence. With David Holgate, she is author of the SCM Studyguide to Biblical Hermeneutics (2nd edition, 2019) which is used in the Worship Leaders and Local Preachers course.

You will have opportunity to choose two of the following workshops:

  • A Bible Study on Ruth
  • Preaching Ruth
  • Leading a local Arrangement during Bible Month

Cost: £10, lunch provided.
Book your place via the link here: 2020biblemonth.eventbrite.co.uk. Bookings close on Thursday 20 February at 12 noon. 
Payment can be made by card or offline – full details on the booking site.

If you have any questions, contact Katrin in the District Office (admin@sheffieldmethodist.org)

Job Vacancies

Mission & Ministry Enabler

Leeds North & East Circuit

Do you have the passion and enthusiasm…

  • to be a mission and ministry enabler working across all ages and generations
  • build relationships with local communities and networks.
  • to enhance the churches’ profiles as a Christian presence in their communities.
  • to support Ministers and church members in developing the churches’ mission.
  • to enable community members to grow in faith and be part of church families.
  • to be a resource person to develop good practice and share this across the circuit.

Leeds North and East Circuit are seeking to appoint a full-time Mission and Ministry Enabler to work initially at Chapel Allerton Methodist Church and Alwoodley Park Methodist Church.

Salary: £23,400 per annum (37.5hrs per week) plus 6% pension.

This appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

An application pack is available from the Circuit Administrator: John Burland circuitoffice@leedsnandemethodist.org.uk 0113 2663309

Closing date for applications: Noon on Thursday 17th October 2019

Interviews will be held in the week beginning 4th November 2019

Pioneer Evangelists,
Sheffield Attercliffe & Darnall Centre of Mission

We are looking for two pioneering evangelists – a Lead Evangelist and a Pioneer Evangelist – to build new Christian communities in this former steel industry area of Sheffield among people and groups currently untouched by church.

They will bring the Good News of Jesus by word, action and lifestyle, by building relationships, evangelistic projects, growing teams, and encouraging local churches.

This centre of mission is an exciting new partnership between the Diocese of Sheffield and Church Army, supported by Sheffield Methodist Circuit.

The centre of mission has potential to focus particularly on younger generations: children, young people, their families, and adults in their 20s and 30s. The two evangelists will work as a team, each with individual areas of focus. If you’re passionate about unlocking God’s potential in people’s lives, please apply.

For more information, including job descriptions, and how to apply please see the Church Army website:
Lead Evangelist
Pioneer Evangelist

Closing date for applications: 25 October
Interviews: 7 November

District Safeguarding Officer

Yorkshire West District is seeking to recruit a District Safeguarding Officer (part-time) to work from home initially within the Leeds section of the District as part of a team of 3 District Safeguarding Officers. Starting date 2 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The appointment is for 18 hours per week worked flexibly including evenings and occasional weekends, with a probationary period of 6 months. Salary in the range £18,000 – £20,000.

Applicants should be sympathetic to the aims, objectives and ethos of the Methodist Church with expertise and experience in child and/or adult protection.

To obtain an application pack please email or telephone the District Administrators
on: admin@ywmethodist.org.uk Tel: 01274 392628

Closing date: Friday, 25 October 2019 at 12 noon.
Interviews will be held in Bradford on Wednesday, 13 November 2019.

Other News

Taste Prayer Points

October 2019

Praise for:                                      

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting TASTE staff as they travel to many remote areas to carry out projects and to share his love with needy communities
  • The survey at Amankpunto Achi – the Nigerian village that TASTE CEO Ben Udejiofo’s family is from, which has been completed and indicates the presence of water; the need for water at the village was the catalyst for setting up TASTE 20 years ago; the project is planned for later this month
  • The House of Recap Orphanage now has 10,000 litres of water being supplied to the house, kitchen and the newly built toilets. The Thanksgiving service for the project was held last month.

Pray that:                    

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria and would know God’s protection especially in Nigeria as they work in remote and isolated communities
  • The attendees at the five day volunteers’ training course ran by TASTE Nigeria this month will implement what they have learnt. The trained volunteers will help TASTE encourage empowerment and self-help to ensure communities can own the solutions to the problems they face.
  • Nuhu Chayi (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would be given wisdom as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig to enable TASTE to provide boreholes in communities with rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000
  • Nuhu Chayi will be granted wisdom as he sources a drilling rig for the Amankpunato Achi Project, so far the only ones available to hire at a local rate of £10,000 are twice the cost of those in the Plateau State; this is why we are praying and working towards getting one of our own

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