District News – 9 July 2019

This Week’s News

Office News

No apologies for this longer than usual newsletter – it is good that so much is happening in and around our District.

Do you pride yourself on your Good Taste?

Visit “Good Taste”, the Sheffield Fair Trade Shop, 195 Whitham Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SN.

Buy superb Malawi rice, a range of teas, coffee and chocolate, chutney, honey etc. and beautifully crafted cards and gifts. You will be helping co-operatives of small producers make a living and send their children to school.

Jenny Coleman will be delighted to supply goods on sale or return for you to sell at your Fairtrade stall at your church or community event  and gives a 10% discount to churches that have a regular stall.

Have a look at the website www.goodtaste.org.uk or phone 0114 4381428 and take a further step in making Sheffield Methodist District a Fairtrade District.

Susannah Wesley – 350 anniversary

Epworth Old Rectory have a number of events to celebrate Susanna Wesley’s 350th Birthday:-

Saturday 13 July – Garden Party with Holy Communion from 6:30pm in the Rectory’s Garden: Garden Party invite

Sunday 14 July – Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Pride & Prejudice: Pride & Prejudice poster

Saturday 27 July – Mrs Wesley’s welcome home, a Living History event: Living History Day poster

Saturday 17 August – HandleBards Theartre present Much Ado About Nothing: much ado

If you haven’t visited the Old Rectory yet, why not go to one of these special events.

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

Concerned about Hate Crime happening at your Place of Worship?

Money may be available via a Government Grant if your church is vulnerable to hate crime. Find out more by searching: “gov.uk places of worship security”, or download this flyer: 3407_A_2g_PoW_Leaflet

Riding Lights Autumn Tour 2019

Riding Lights is delighted to bring you its Autumn Tour for 2019 – Kaleidoscope. Be a part of it!

We’ll be working closely with each church, or organisation, to plan a variety of events in their community – whether you’re just after a one night performance in your church of the show Breaking Ground (our brand new show for 2019), or longer residencies working in the wider community. We offer workshops for schools and youth groups, a fantastic prisons programme, and can adapt to places you’d love to see injected with colourful and sharp performances and workshops this autumn. Kaleidoscope is also available to join in with planned events such as outreach weeks, conferences and festivals.

More information can be found here: Kaleidoscope Tour 2019 Information


Talbot Lane, Rotherham

14 July – 4pm

A service to mark the ending of an era of worship at Talbot Lane in Rotherham. Revd Gill Newton will preach, and the service will also include accreditation of local preachers and long service awards.


Give Peace a Chnce – What can we do?

7.30pm, Friday 26 July – Banner Cross Methodist Church, S11 9PE

Rev Dan Woodhouse, anti-arms activist, will talk about his experience of putting the protest back into Protestantism, and the theology behind it.  You can see what Dan gets up to at the link below. Dan Woodhouse blog

Talk, listen, share ideas! You can download a flyer here: peaceflyerjuly19

Contact – Margaret Spooner, 07814 581357

Forgotton People, Forgotten Places

Rachel Lampard, former Vice President of the Methodist Conference, has challenged churches to see the face of Christ in people in poverty, rather than seeing them as problems to be solved. To be with those on the margins as equal partners, enabling them to find their own solutions to the issues they face.

Church Action on Poverty and the National Justice and Peace Network invite you to an event exploring what it means to be church on the margins:

Forgotten People, Forgotten Places
26-28 July 2019

The Hayes Conference Centre,  Swanwick

  • Speakers will include Revd Deirdre Brower Latz, who has worked as a pastor in urban/marginalised communities, and lectures at the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester; and Professor Anthony Reddie, the leading scholar in the practice of Black theology in grassroots communities of faithful practice.
  • We will also hear inspiring and challenging stories from people who are being church on the margins of our society.
  • Workshops from a range of organisations and speakers will look creatively at how our churches can be more open to people on the margins.

To find out more and book your place, visit www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/conference

Burngreave Ashram

The Multifaith Chapel & Library annual reflecting and planning meeting is on Monday 5th August 2019 at 1pm. Our usual bring and share lunch starts at 12.30 pm.

We will reflect on sessions in the past year, and schedule topics and presenters from September 2019 to July 2020.

You and all are most welcome.

For further information call Nirmal on 07932 017 929.

Heritage Open Days – join the fun at Whirlow!

This year’s European Heritage Open Days theme is People Power. As usual, Whirlow is opening its doors to visitors for the occasion, with our own focus on quieter, more hidden ways of changing the world. Pause, soak up the unique atmosphere and encounter stories of how even (especially?) the weakest among us can make huge change for good.

Visitors can (re)discover this place, explore the centre and garden, absorb the peaceful outlook and enjoy refreshments. They can also engage with small displays about how the most unexpected of us have power to change the world.

September 13th, 1 – 3pm; September 14th, 10am – 1pm.
More details here.

Training & Learning

Hot Potato Topics

Monday 15 July – 7:30pm : Whittington Moor Methodist Church, Chesterfield Circuit

A series of meetings over the next year where we can be open about difficult topics that we need to start speaking about in church life.

Justin Thacker will provide a theological framework and facilitate conversation on marriage and relationships. This will give grounding for formal consultation which may be required after Conference.

Cliff College

Cliff Summer School: Bible and Prayer

There’s still time to sign up and join us on our annual Cliff Summer School! With streams focussed on Bible (exploring the book of Romans) and Prayer (focussed on prayer in the Bible) is this for you. Residential and non-residential options. 29th July – 2nd August https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/summer-schools/ss/

Methodist WLP Summer School @ Cliff

Studying to become a Methodist Local Preacher or Worship leader? Then the ‘Worship: Leading and Preaching’ Summer School is for you! Spaces still available. Residential and non-residential options. 5th-9th August. https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/summer-schools/wlp/

New Short Course programme for 2019-20

The Certificate in Parenting for Faith course is another addition to the Short Course programme developed as a result of our partnership with BRF (www.brf.org.uk). We welcome Becky Sedgwick, BRF’s Local Parenting for Faith Coordinator as our Course Leader, and Rachel Turner, Parenting for Faith Pioneer as one of the teaching team. Parenting for Faith (https://parentingforfaith.org/) is part of the BRF ‘family’, and we are delighted to be developing a teaching course in partnership aimed at both reflection and practice. The teaching week will be delivered Monday 1st – Friday 5th June 2020.

Details of the course can be found via this link, which is now live: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/certificate-in-parenting-for-faith/

More information about the wider Short Course programme can be found on: http://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/overview/

UTU – What makes a good city? Series 3

Are we ready to send poverty to hell?

Wednesday, 17 July 2019: 12-1.30pm

Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare will talk on his provocative title.  He has long been concerned about the increasing inequities of the Welfare system in this country. The respondent will be Rev Henry Ohakah, Methodist Minister in Woodseats .

 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

We are continuing looking at the issues where faith and civic or public life overlap.

As usual our speaker’s theme after their address will be considered by a respondent, and then open discussion.

The Forums meet monthly on Wednesdays in UTU’s library area in the basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield S1 2JB (entrance in Chapel Walk).  Bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available. People of Christian faith, other faiths or none are all welcome. These Forum sessions are open to all and free of charge.

Enquiries should be addressed to UTU: 0114 2709907 /office@utusheffield.org.uk

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!

18-30s Ordination Exploration Day

Saturday 3 October – Methodist Church House, London

  • 18–30s?
  • Considering ministry?
  • Could it be Ordained Ministry?

Have you ever felt God nudge you to serve the Church?
Has anyone ever suggested that you would make a good minister?

Come and find out more
·· What life is like as an ordained person.
·· How to candidate for ordained ministry.
·· What training is available for you.
·· What a minister gets ‘paid’.

Remember: attending this exploration day does not oblige you to become a Methodist minister!

See the flyer for full details: 3282 Exploration Day flyer for 18-30s

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

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

Mission Shaped Ministry

A one-year part-time learning journey in a supportive community.

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds, Yorkshire West Methodist District, Yorkshire Baptist Association and The Salvation Army are delighted to make MSM available locally. We believe it will be a significant resource for building the Kingdom of God in this area. Individuals are most welcome, but we particularly hope that small groups from a church or fresh  expression will come as this will deepen the impact of the course.

Full details on the flyer here: MSM Course Flyer and Booking form 2019

Job Vacancies

Priory Place, Doncaster – Building Manager (P/T)


Priory Place Methodist Church are seeking a building manager to oversee the significant design, planning, redevelopment and systems improvements necessary for our town centre building to reach its potential as a high calibre event, conference and meeting venue and as well as a focal place of social inclusion and vibrant Christian community.

Successful candidates will have excelled at:

  • managing buildings, budgets and complex projects
  • working with a range of stakeholders and partners
  • being the public face of an organisation

30 hours/week, salary up to £23,400 plus contributory pension scheme

We will also consider applications for job share arrangements

Contact Neil Harland mission@sheffieldmethodist.org 07483 308008 for application forms and details.

Closing date for applications: Friday 19 July

Highfield Trinity Methodist Church – Family Drop-in Worker

Do you have ……..

  1. experience of organising and running events with families and children
  2. an ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  3. good interpersonal skills
  4. experience of working with volunteers

If so, we would love to hear from you. 

Highfield Trinity Methodist Church is seeking to appoint a Family Drop-in Worker for 3 hours per week. The role will be based at the Church.

Pay: £12 / hour

Details are available from: Revd Gareth Jones, tel. 0114 250 8251, email garethjones11@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: 5th August 2019

Interviews will be held on: Thursday 5th September

City of Sanctuary Sheffield is recruiting a new Director

We are seeking a Director to further develop and implement our vision of building a culture of welcome, safety and hospitality for refugees and asylum seekers.

Sheffield became the first City of Sanctuary in 2007. In 2018, City of Sanctuary Sheffield has grown and expanded its role with the opening of The Sanctuary, a centre for refugees and asylum seekers in the heart of the city.

We are open to candidates from a wide range of fields, with strong leadership skills and a proven record of achievement. This is a unique opportunity to broaden your experience and skills in an enriching and fulfilling role.

Full details of the role and how to apply at: https://sheffield.cityofsanctuary.org/vacancies/

Volunteers wanted

The chaplaincy team at HMP Lindholme in Doncaster are currently looking for volunteers to be able to come out and help on the new Prison Alpha course. This is an incredible way to share the Gospel with new people and anyone is welcome to help whether lay or presbyter. The course will be running hopefully within the next two months and will take around 10-12 weeks on a Tuesday afternoon for an hour. If interested please email the Free-Church Chaplain Jack Key at jack.key@justice.gov.uk.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

CLC’s summer sizzler – save up to 75%!!

CLC’s summer sale gives you 20% off just about everything in the shop (only a few exclusions apply) and you can save up to 75|% on selected items. Used books also have 20% off AND you even get loyalty stamps as usual!

See you and your friends very soon at CLC Bookshops, 2 Church Street, Sheffield S1 2GN (beside the Cathedral)

T: 0114 27246763   E@ sheffield@clcbookshops.com


Please find below the July 2019  Prayer Points for TASTE (Transfer of Appropriate Sustainable Technology & Expertise).

20190708 July Prayer Letter

Thank you again  for your faithfulness in praying for us.  Please continue to remember us in your prayers. We can’t do what we do without your prayers

Methodist News

Conference Highlights

Presidential addresses 

The address of the new President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, reflected on ‘stories’. Professor Clive Marsh, the new Vice-President of the Methodist Conference reflected on ‘pleasure, piety and politics’.

Election of the designates

The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Richard Teal to serve as President and Carolyn Lawrence to serve as Vice-President, starting their year of office when the Representative Session of the Methodist Conference meets in Telford next year. Read more here.


The Methodist Youth President, Jasmine Yeboah, told the Methodist Conference about 3Generate and encouraged young people to be courageous for Christ

Marriage and Relationships

The Conference debated on Monday 1 July and Wednesday 3 July, the report, “God In Love Unites Us”. The report was commended to District Synods for prayerful discussion. For more information, click here