District News – 9 June 2020

This Week’s News

District Safeguarding Officer

Hopefully you are all now aware that we have appointed Alison Hill as our District Safeguarding Officer. You can contact her by email : safeguarding@sheffieldmethodist.org or by phone on 07483 362 735. Please note that her role is not full-time, so you may not get an instant response.

If you have any administation questions around safeguarding, such as DBS checks and CSS training, please contact Val Higgins (val@sheffieldmethodist.org) in the first instance.

You can find out more about Alison here: Welcome to our new Safeguarding Officer

Survey of online church

Many church and congregations have during the last few months been operating under unique circumstances in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much creativity has been released in the process, especially in regards to digital technology: Worship services have been streamed, pastoral care talks have been held via messenger services or on the telephone, video conferences have been held and volunteers have been organised via social media to mobilise neighborhood support. There has been a lot of positive outcomes as a result of all these initiatives and efforts.

The CONTOC research project is an empirical, representative survey of the development and implementation of digital church practices and programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The link to take part in this study is here: https://www.contoc.org/contoc/contoc-int/

Changes to Furloughing Arrangements

There has been an update to the FAQ in light of the the Government announcements  regarding changes to the furloughing scheme. You can find all the latest information here: http://www.sheffieldmethodist.org/coronavirus-lay-employment-support/

MHA Sunday

The coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult time in the care of people in later life, especially those living in care homes. Sadly, MHA has not been immune to some of the tragic events that have taken place and they are mourning the deaths of residents, members and colleagues. You may have seen BBC Newsnight on June 3rd, focussing on the work of MHA during the pandemic and highlighting some of the challenges they have faced as they have continued to care for their residents.

They have made a short video to introduce their  plans for MHA Sunday on June 14th which you can see here https://youtu.be/wWR2WShzzu0. They hope that as many people as possible will want to join them  at 3pm on June 14th, to worship together, to reflect on the impact of coronavirus on the MHA communities and remember all those who have died within MHA and beyond. The service will be streamed at 3pm on Sunday June 14th on YouTube and link will be available at www.mha.org.uk/mhasunday  It will remain on YouTube for viewing afterwards.

Action for Children Sunday

Every year, Methodists and some other church denominations celebrate Action for Children Sunday on the second Sunday in July. Our staff always look forward to this celebration because it gives us an opportunity to meet and thank our longstanding, faithful supporters.

This year, we expect things to be different due to the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown. Churches have had to replace physical meetings with online worship. Some may not even have the ability to host online services. We understand that and would like to assure you that it is ok if you can’t mark Action for Children Sunday on 12 July. You can pray for us on that day and mark it on a later date.

Our worship resources were ready before the lockdown and I’d like to share them with you: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/resources-and-publications/promotional-materials/resources-for-methodist-fundraisers/ There is a booklet with a service outline, a prayer bookmark and a link to a video about Lyle, one of the children your generosity has helped us to support.


Praying without Words – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

18 June at 8pm

Many are drawn to silent prayer, meditation, centering prayer, contemplation……Whirlow continues to facilitate this while its chapel is closed.

Lone prayer practise can be enlightening and raise challenging questions:

  • Am I doing this right?
  • Nothing is happening, why bother?
  • How can I stop my thoughts?

So, Praying Without Words explores such questions, providing opportunity to practise and share experience. It is open to all.

It is free – please book here to receive an invite to the Zoom meeting room. Participants will receive an email with further information.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator event

16 July 2020 9.30am – 4.30pm

The Methodist Church Learning Network is pleased to be hosting a virtual one day event helping people to explore MBTI and how it impacts on their work and ministry. Led by its accredited practitioners, Amy Adams & Jane Bingham, the day will focus on the personality type of individuals and how understanding yourself can improve relationships with others, enhance team working and help with personal well-being.

Full details including how to book can be found here: 200716 MBTI Virtual Flyer

Job Vacancies

Youth and Children’s Outreach Worker

A post is available, initially for 3 years, at Emmanuel LEP Church, Waterthorpe, Sheffield, for someone to support and develop the current youth and children’s work through outreach into the community and working towards sustainability of these activities.

The position is for 22 hours per week, and the rate of pay is £12 per hour.

The core hours are to be agreed following appointment, but will include evenings and weekend work to create links with the established youth and children’s groups. Links have also already been made with 2 on-site schools, and these can be developed into community outreach.

The main focus of the job is reaching out to create community links that will build volunteer capacity in our youth activities as well as supporting these activities directly, and through leadership training. The person appointed will demonstrate Christian beliefs, and be qualified and experienced, with understanding of the needs of children and young people as well as those who lead this work.

The work will be mainly home based, as the Church does not have communications systems in the vestry/office space. Independence will be key, but there will be regular reporting to management team meetings that will include the Methodist District and URC Synod Youth Workers, and informal contact at the weekly church gatherings with a named church link person.

Emmanuel Church’s policies cover safeguarding procedures, H&S, etc and there will be appropriate induction. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Application packs are available from

Sheffield Methodist Circuit Office
Email: admin@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk
web: http://www.sheffieldcircuit.org.uk/

Phone Number: 0114 272 6561

Any further queries about the post should be addressed to the Church Secretary. Although the current circumstances may cause changes, it is planned that the closing date will be Wednesday 15th July, with interviews in the last week of July 2020. Applications should be submitted electronically 

Lay Worker

Grantham & Vale of Belvoir Methodist Circuit

Required to work with a Minister who is based in Grantham.  The post will cover 6 churches but have a particular focus on those at Bottesford and Orston

  • an exciting opportunity to work alongside our Minister and church members to explore and develop mission and outreach in rural areas, and also to offer pastoral care to members and to the wider church families
  • 15 hours a week (averaged over a quarter)
  • £ 10 per hour
  • 3 year appointment ideally from 1st September 2020 or soon after
  • closing date for applications 9th July 2020
  • interviews 23rd July 2020

There is a general occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian. The post is subject to enhanced DBS clearance

Full job description, further details and application from :

Grantham & Vale of Belvoir Circuit Administrator

The Methodist Centre, Union Street, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8AD

E-mail:  gvob.circuit@gmail.com

Other News

TASTE – (Transfer of Appropriate Sustainable Technology & Expertise).

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

20200608 June Prayer Letter

Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy

You can read their “Thought for the week” here, where Emily reflects on how new growth can come through the most devastating of situations: Chaplaincy Thought For the Week Emily Brailsford 

The monthly newsletter is available to read here: DRC News June 2020 Small Internet Download File

Methodist News

Images for the Conference

To help illustrate this year’s online Methodist Conference, we are looking for great pictures that show the life of the Methodist Church and the communities that we serve.  Please submit high resolution images to: mediaoffice@methodistchurch.org.uk


The Methodist Church announced the closure of all its church buildings for the foreseeable future. The only exception will be for churches that are offering essential social outreach such as foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters, but these must be carried out closely within Government guidelines. We would encourage people to use our online resources at home which include downloadable services and links to online worship services.

Update 4 June
We continue to heed the Government guidelines for churches and to consider carefully the needs and risks involved in reopening places of worship. At this point, we do not anticipate making any changes to our own guidance until after the Conference which takes place between June 25 and July 2.