District News – 12 November 2019

This Week’s News

Correction to last week’s mailing

Apologies to anyone trying to locate the Methodist Report on Marriage & Relationships. To paraphrase Morecambe & Wise – I had all the right words, just not in the right order. The title of the report is “God in Love Unites Us”.

Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB)

The latest news, resources, events and activities from MWiB:


Prayer Diary December 2019 – February 2020

Praying for MWiB, Methodist Women in Ireland, and the World Federation, and holding in prayer those involved with various events, meetings, issues and campaigns in the UK and around the world:

A Call to Pray – November 2019

The latest Call to Pray from Alison Judd, World President of the World Federation, featuring prayer requests and concerns from around the world:

Travelling in Hope: Swanwick 2020

Bookings are now open for the MWiB Residential Weekend, taking place at The Hayes, Swanwick, Derbyshire, 3rd-5th April 2020. Keynote speaker is Jill Baker, former MWiB President and past Vice President of the Methodist Conference. Booking and bursary application forms are available on the MWiB website, where you will also find the dedicated Swanwick link for secure payment via Charity Checkout:

They are seeking a new Vice-President/President – a four-year role beginning in June 2020. More details here: MWiB Advert Sep2019

Living Wage Foundation

The Living Wage was updated this week. The new rate is £9.30 an hour, or £10.75 in London.

A reminder that since 2010 all Methodist churches, districts, circuits and projects have been required to pay the Living Wage, except in exceptional circumstances.


Urban Theology Union – AGM

Saturday 23 November 2019

1pm: Informal time to catch up – Bring your own lunch – tea and coffee provided

AGM 2.00pm-4.30pm

Come and find out what has been happening and our plans to take UTU forward.
Speaker: Bishop Dr Joe Aldred – Principal Officer for Pentecostal and Multicultural Relations,  Churches Together in England on The Good Samaritan: search and rescue – UTU’s place in my journey in the call for Reparatory Justice 

You can also read more about the work of UTU in their Autumn Newsletter here: Autumn-News-2019-Nov-2019.pdf

Celebrating 10yrs of CTfC with Phillippa Hannah in Concert

On Thursday 28th Phillippa Hanna will perform a one off Concert at Central Methodist Church  

Doors Open 7:00pm. 7:30pm start

Tickets on sale in Cornerstone Coffee & Book Shop

Sponsored by New Life Church & Christians Together for Chesterfield to celebrate 20 Years

Download the poster to display on notice boards – Phillippa Hanna in Chesterfield

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Quiet Room and Poustinia at Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Whirlow has small spaces for private or one-to-one use. Please contact us to discuss availability.

Regular events

Praying Without Words
For anybody drawn to silent prayer, meditation or contemplation. Practise, learn and explore with a group questions such as: am I doing this right? Nothing happens, why bother? How can I stop my thoughts? Every third Thursday evening.
7.30 – 9pm. No charge, donations welcome. More details here.

Simple Quiet Days
For anybody drawn to silent prayer, meditation or contemplation. Practise, learn and explore with a group questions such as: am I doing this right? Nothing happens, why bother? How can I stop my thoughts? Every third Thursday evening.
7.30 – 9pm. No charge, donations welcome. More details here.

Training and Learning Opportunities

New Housing Hub Conference – Embracing New Opportunities

30 November 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Moortown Baptist Church, Leeds, LS17 6AA

The Government plans envisage 300,000 new homes being built in England every year.

  • How should local churches respond to new housing developments in their neighbourhood?
  • How can we connect imaginatively with new communities?
  • Where could we help shape local area plans?
  • What are the God-given opportunities for welcome, outreach and building community?

This conference is for beginners, experienced practitioners and enablers in this important growth area.

Full details on the poster here: New Housing Hub Poster

Faith and Science for Everyone

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion will be running a two-day workshop on faith and science in January 2020.  This workshop is designed for church leaders, both lay and ordained, and those in training. Participants will explore a wide range of science and faith issues and think about their relevance in the context of the local church. As well as input from expert speakers on a range of topics there will be plenty of opportunity for group discussion on practical and pastoral application and examples of imaginative church resources.

The workshop will run from 9.30am on Friday 10 January 2020 to 5pm on Saturday 11th January 2020 and there will be no evening sessions.  The cost of the workshop is £50 for both days or £30 for one, which includes tea & coffee breaks, a sandwich lunch on both days and all workshop materials. There is a special rate of £10 for both days for those
training for full time ministry. For more details (and to book) visit our website https://www.faraday-institute.org/Courses.php

Pastoral Supervision

Three times a year the NE regional group of the Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education meet for reflection, learning and development.

The dates for 2020 are below.

Thursday 6th February 1-4pm, St James’ Hospital Leeds Chaplaincy Dept.

Focus on Supervision in Healthcare Chaplaincy – Lead: Ben Rhodes.

Tuesday 19th May, Leeds Church Institute, 1-4pm. Topic and Lead TBA

Tuesday 29th October, Leeds Church Institute, 1-4pm. Topic and Lead TBA

Contact Merry Evans (meredith.evans@methodist.org.uk) for further information

Job Vacancies

Missional  Communities Worker – Borders Mission Circuit

To support and work alongside the minister within designated churches in the Circuit on intentional, missional projects. The iInitial designated areas are Stonebroom and Pilsley or as directed.

The position is a part-time post of 15 hours per week with a salary of £9.00 per hour.

Please note the appointment will be for a period of 3 years in the first instance.

For an application pack please contact: –

Borders Mission Office, Clay Cross Methodist Church, High Street, Clay Cross, Chesterfield. S45 9EE

Email Contactbmission@yahoo.com

Letter of application and completed Application Form to be submitted by:                      18th  November 2019.

Applications to be emailed to contactbmission@yahoo.com  or sent to the Borders Mission Office.

Interviews are expected to be held at the Circuit Office during the week commencing 25th November 2019

MHA Scheme Manager at Borders Live at Home Scheme – Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire

Permanent – Full Time – 37 hours per week – GBP 25,080 per annum

Regular day time working but flexibility where required to suit scheme needs.

  • Are you passionate about quality support for older people in your community?
  • Can you organise an exciting program of activities?

MHA Live at Home has an exciting opportunity for an energetic self-starter to build networks, partnerships and funding relationships to enable the development of a new Live at Home community service covering the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border and will be known as the Borders Live at Home scheme.

This Manager position will be looking at the needs of the community to introduce services that create more opportunities for older people to be socially connected and engaged with their community. This will include partnership working with other organisations and delivering a range of activities for members (e.g. exercise, outings, arts and crafts, social groups).

For more information about the role please review the Job Description here or please contact Wayne Goodwin (Area Manager) for more information on 07793798721.

Interviews will be held on 5th December; venue to be confirmed.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

A speaker, a book signing… or both!!

Need a zero-cost speaker for your church’s drop-in cafe, food programme outreach or Sunday service ministry? Allen Langham, local author of “The Taming of a Villain” is ready and willing to share his life story of violence, crime … and hope through the life-transforming power of Jesus. Email sheffield@clcbookshops.com for more details.

Book signing… Make a note… Allen will be available to chat and/or sign copies of his autobiography “The Taming of a Villain” at CLC Bookshops, 2 Church Street, S1 2GN (beside the Cathedral) on Saturday 7th December from 11.30am to 2.30pm.