Learning & Development News Bulletin – March 2019

Spring is definitely in the air and we hope that many of your thoughts turn to polishing up existing work and developing new initiatives; that’s where learning and development can help!

We want to remind you of the numerous opportunities available to you in the Sheffield District – and beyond – as well as the funding which is available.

Learning and Development activities and opportunities:

You will be aware of how we have developed various tools to help you navigate your way around the plethora of opportunities available; these include a data-base of opportunities.  If you click onto the drop-down menu on the home page, headed Learning and Development, you will see lots of information there.  We can signpost you to people who can give further, detailed information as well as to those who are willing to share their experiences.  We review this information regularly and so we are confident that it is up to date.

Should you choose an area of development and would like someone to help you or work with you, contact Katrin at HQ of the Sheffield District. She can give you information about someone in our District who might help or offer contact with the Yorkshire Plus Regional Learning Network.   admin@sheffieldmethodist.org


You may have also seen some small, folders, which give examples of the kinds of things you might be looking for. They can also be used to stimulate ideas about the kinds of learning activities individuals, groups or churches might want to consider.  These have been recently updated.  Do ask for copies from the District Office or from the Learning and Development Working Group.  They can be available to distribute at Circuit or church meetings or events you are organising.

Grants  – Use them or lose them!

During 2018-19 we are able to distribute grants to support both individual and group learning. The guidelines and application form are available on the District website and dates of deadlines for application included.

We can support, for both individuals and groups, such things as:

  • Joining in Godly Play training
  • Participation in a Messy Church Conference
  • Running an Alpha Course
  • 1st Aid training
  • House Group materials

We can support individuals wanting to further their academic studies in theology, ministry and associated topics which will help churches and circuits to fulfill their mission.  We can help individuals, groups, churches and circuits wanting to develop spiritually, theologically and practically.  We will consider any ideas you want to suggest and get back to you as quickly as possible with our assessment.

No grants covered the total costs of any learning activity but the general approach has been to offer one third of costs, with the other two thirds being offered by circuits and churches, or covered by individuals.

Whilst all Circuits within our District received some grant-funding, we want to encourage the Barnsley, Doncaster and The Peak to tell us more about the kind of activities they might want to develop, as they received less funding than some other Circuits.

Yorkshire Plus Learning Network

The DMLN has been re-named, the Yorkshire Plus Learning Network.  The team is keen to, not only offer pre-planned events, conferences and courses, but also hear from individual churches and circuits about the kind of developments and support they want and need.  They will visit, consult, facilitate and respond to church challenges and help to turn them into opportunities.

How to find out more:

All of our information, funding and activities appear on the District website:


The Learning Network details can be found here:


We do hope you will Discover! And find opportunities and ideas for you and your church to learn and grow.