District News – 9 April 2019

This Week’s News

Church Chairs – Free to a good home

Whitwell Methodist Church has a some wooden chairs that are free to a good home. They are “classic” church chairs. If you can make use of them please contact Revd. Jen. Mullis OBE by 10 May 2019. Jen’s e-mail is jennifer.mullis@methodist.org.uk or phone 0114 247 6949.

Habitat for Humanity

Some of you may be aware that Barnsley Circuit have supported this charity for some years now. We are delighted that it has been chosen for a Radio 4 appeal, presented by Dr Jan Eldred (from Emmanuel Church, Barnsley), who was chosen due to the long history of volunteer by teams of Methodist (and others) from Barnsley and beyond.

The appeal will be broadcast on Easter Sunday (21 April) at 7:55am and 9:25pm and again on Thursday 25 April at 3:25pm.

Do listen in!

District Celebration Service

Sunday 16 June – 4pm – Staincross Methodist Church

The annual service where we meet to celebrate life across the district, including hearing the testimony of our ordinand, Revd Claire Rawlinson, plus welcoming others into our connexion.

More details will follow, but do put this date in your diary!

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

Grants towards the cost of attending may be available from the District Learning & Development Group.


Marriage and Relationship Conversations

These conversations will be taking place across the circuits. Each Circuit will be arranging their own sessions, but you are welcome to travel to another venue if you would find that more helpful. Please contact your own circuit for more information.

Sheffield  – Thursday 20 June – 7:30pm at Wesley Hall, an initial session to start the process, which will be followed up once the Connexional conversation starts in 2019/20

Bolsover & Staveley – will be holding a series of “Hot Potato Conversations – dates to follow

Rotherham & Dearne Valley – Monday 13 May – 7:30pm at Central Methodist Church, led by Revd Jo Archer-Siddall & Revd Ric Stott

Barnsley – will be following this up after Conference

Trinity – exact plans still to be advised

Peak – exact plans still to be advised

Doncaster – exact plans still to be advised

Chesterfield – exact plans still to be advised

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Holy Week & Easter @ Whirlow

* Temenos will be in the chapel until Good Friday *

April 15th – Day of Retreat.
A simple day of silence, limited to 10 participants and facilitated by recognised Spiritual Accompaniers. Book here.

April 16th – Simple Quiet Day & evening reflection
Simple Quiet Days start with communion, followed by space to be with God. Book here.

The first Holy Week reflection takes the theme Cleansing the Temple: Anger

April 17th – the second Holy Week reflection takes the theme The Anointing at Bethany: Adoration

April 18th – the Maundy Thursday reflection includes Holy Communion and takes the theme The Last Supper: Love

April 19th – the Good Friday reflection takes the theme The Crucifixion: Grace

Evening reflections are 7pm – 8pm with refreshments from 6.30pm.
They use gospel readings and sonnets by poet / priest Malcolm Guite.
All welcome, no charge.

Easter Day

April 21st – Sunrise Service followed by breakfast and Space to Be

Sunrise service at 5.45am. If you wish to come / stay for breakfast, please book your free place here or email events@whirlowspiritualitycentre.org 
Space to Be will follow at the usual time of 8.30am.
There will be no Reflective Communion in the evening.

Christian Aid

Monday 6 May – Sheffield May Day Trek

St. Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 4LQ

Registration opens at 9:30am for 10am start.

This annual sponsored walk raises money for Christian Aid and CAFOD. There are circular walks of either 6 and 11 miles which start on the edge of the beautiful Peak District and take you past some of the most beautiful scenery on the Yorkshire/Derbyshire border.

For more information go to: http://sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk/

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/

Training & Learning Opportunities

Grants towards the full cost of attending any Training & Learning Opportunities (including travel, accommodation and resources) may be available from the District Learning & Development Group. The application form can be found here: Grants for Learning and Development Opportunities.
The deadline for grants in 2018/19 is Friday 24 May.

ECG Conference 2019

26-28 April – Scarborough

There are still a few places left for the ECG Conference in Scarborough.

ECG is a worship and teaching event that takes place every year in the historic seaside town of Scarborough. People of all ages gather together to worship God, share in engaging teaching and have a great time of fellowship and fun.

A range of specially designed activities ensures that our younger visitors don’t miss out either. Age-specific groups from babies to young adults make this an event for all the family.

Weekend Flyer A5

More than Welcome

Thursday 9 May – Ossett, Wakefield

Livability’s Community Engagement Team are holding a More Than Welcome training event in Ossett on Thursday 9th May. This is an event to encourage churches to welcome and include people with disabilities in church.

For more information, please click on the link below. https://livability.org.uk/event/mtwossett/

or download the flyer here: More Than Welcome flier Ossett

Job Vacancies

Cliff College is Hiring!

You will find full details at https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/jobs/


Cliff College is seeking a part-time Librarian to join its staff team at this exciting and challenging time in the life of the College. The Library is at the centre of the College serving full-time and part-time students taking a wide range of programmes, supports two developing research centres and is linked to a thriving, growing archive.

We are looking for someone who:

  • has experience of working in a library
  • is computer literate and has experience of managing databases
  • is a good communicator and problem solver
  • is well organised and efficient
  • is willing to play a key role in the life of the Cliff College community

Librarian Job Details


If this is you then please contact Sarah Beard for more information on librarian@cliffcollege.ac.uk or 01246 584200

Salary:                £22,0000 – £24,000

Closing date:     12 noon on Monday 29 April 2019

Interviews:        Tuesday 14 May 2019

To apply for this role please complete an application form (link above) or send a CV and covering letter, that outlines how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, to operations@cliffcollege.ac.uk


Cliff College is seeking a part-time housekeeper to join its staff team. We are a busy College with a 60 bed conference centre and student accommodation for 30 residential students.

We are looking for someone who:

  • has some housekeeping or cleaning experience
  • can work accurately and thoroughly
  • is willing to work as part of a team
  • is willing to be a part of the Cliff College community

We are looking for someone who can work 20 hours a week on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, but if you’re interested and cannot do these days please contact us for a conversation.

If this is you then please see the details here or contact Debra for more information at conferences@cliffcollege.ac.uk or 01246 584200.

To apply for this role please send your CV to Debra at conferences@cliffcollege.ac.uk and she we will arrange a trial shift.


DINE, who provide the excellent catering at Cliff College, are looking for a chef/cook to join their team. The team provides breakfast, lunch and dinner to students, staff,  conference centre guests and a variety of other visitors.

The role includes:

  • the production and service of a wide variety of dishes
  • the development of menus to meet the needs of customers
  • the delivery of special menus for the College’s annual Festival, Graduation and other special events
  • the opportunity to work with a brilliant team of people

You will be expected to work 42.5 hours a week, including weekends, with a typical shift from 10:00am to 6:30pm. There is little late evening working.

What we are looking for someone who:

  • has at least three years’ experience within a kitchen and a Food Preparation qualification
  • has excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate to staff of all levels
  • is organised and efficient in their work
  • can motivate and inspire a team to perform and ensure goals are achieved
  • takes pride in their work and is flexible to work the hours required
  • is self-reliant with the drive and determination to succeed & achieve high personal standards

If this is you then please contact Robin Clark, Catering Manager, on 07500 757378 for more information.

Salary:                £19,760

To apply for this role please email your CV to catering@cliffcollege.ac.uk and we will be in touch with you about a trial shift.

We have accommodation for rent at the College and if you would like to explore the opportunities of living on site please let us know.

Other News

Taste Prayer Newsletter

Ben Udejiofo appreciates knowing that we are supporting the work of Taste through his monthly prayer letter.

You can download the latest version here: TASTE Newsletter-Spring2019-Digital

Methodist Church News

World Church Relationships

Mission Partner news in brief

Peter Ensor (formally from Sheffield District) gives thanks to God that the political scene in Kenya is now calm after the turbulence which surrounded the general election last year.

Peter says, “We may also praise the Lord for the fresh attempts made by the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta to combat the evil of corruption. This is endemic in so many African countries today.”

He adds, “I would be grateful for your prayers as I go through the process of relocation. They’d be particularly appreciated as I make arrangements for the shipping of my goods back to UK and start to look for a new home.

“I would also be grateful if you would pray for the theological department I will leave behind. May they find suitable staff members who will be able to deliver the courses I have been teaching during these past five years.”

Church twinning

A growing number of churches and circuits are building twinning links with Methodist Partner Churches around the world. Their aim is to share and learn in mission, understanding, culture and worship across Methodist communities – together.

Mutually beneficial links
Are you interested in developing a twinning link with a church or circuit in another country? If so, take a look at our new guidelines document on our website. It’s been specially designed to support you in thinking through, developing and establishing a link that is mutually beneficial.
If you already have a twinning link, it would be great to hear how things are going. Tell us what has been shared and learnt in your efforts to understand and strengthen God’s mission around the world.
Our new guidelines could help you on your journey, both in developing a new link but also perhaps in invigorating an established one.

Learn more now by downloading our twinning guidelines Church Twinning Guidelines
You can also get in touch with the World Church Relationship team by emailing us at: gr.admin@methodistchurch.org.uk

You can download and read the full newsletter here: World Church Relationships

Methodist Publishing

This year marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley, best known as the mother of John and Charles Wesley. To commemorate this special anniversary, a celebratory book entitled From a Mother’s Pen: Selections from the spiritual writing of Susanna Wesley, will soon be published by Methodist Publishing and you can pre-order copies now.

Susanna was a devoted woman of God and a prolific writer of letters, journal entries and advice to her children. To present this inspiring publication, there is to be a book launch on Thursday 16 May, 6.00-7.15pm at Wesley’s Chapel in London (EC1Y 1AU), to which you are cordially invited.

You will be able to hear extracts from the book, join in with a Q&A with an expert panel and share in fellowship, as we celebrate this remarkable and, for the 18th century, sometimes surprisingly unconventional, woman. Refreshments will be served.

Book your FREE place via Eventbrite.