District News – 19 November 2019

This Week’s News

Flooding – Emergency Appeals

We continue to pray for all those affected by the flooding in South Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

Loving God, we believe and know you to be a God of love and compassion. 

So, we come to you with our concern for all those whose lives have been turned upside down by the recent floods. 

May they know your love, your comfort and your provision at this time. 

Thank you for all those who are working so hard to bring relief in the form of rescue, practical supplies and hope for the future. 

Help us to generous in our response and play our part in that outpouring of your love into people’s lives. 

In the name of Christ, Amen

The South Yorkshire Community Fund have set up an emergency relief appeal to support all the people affected by the November 2019 flooding across South Yorkshire.

You can donate via the link here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/syfloods

Foundation Derbyshire has launched the Derbyshire Flood Relief Appeal in response to the recent floods across parts of Derbyshire and Derby City. Their link is here: https://foundationderbyshire.org/

All We Can

Do something extraordinary this Christmas: order church resources, download a film to play and order alternative gifts for your loved ones at allwecan.org.uk/christmas


Messy Nativity

Saturday 7 December – 1-5pm – Greenhill Methodist Church

Includes Messy Nativity crafts, Christmas craft stall, local artisan crafts, food and a Live Interactive Nativity Walk!

Full details on the poster here: Messy Nativity poster 2019

If you know a charity or an individual who would like a stall to sell items please let Suzanne know asap. (contact details on the poster).

Journey to Bethlehem

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December

Totley Rise church in Sheffield are offering an invitation to come and experience the Christmas story. Guided by the Magi walk with them through the events of the first Christmas and meet the various characters.

Tours start between 4pm and 7pm, but booking is essential – call 07854 968 011 to book your place.

Journey of the Magi

Friday 20 December – Priory Place, Doncaster – 7pm

Journey of the Magi is enjoyed by children and adults alike. Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poem the performance helps audiences reflect on not only the famous journey the Wise Men made following the star to Jesus, but also the journey each of us makes every year preparing for Christmas Day.

Tickets are £7 for adults and £3 for children (4-12) and can be obtained from Charlotte (Building Manager at Priory) Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/488845

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Special events in December
For details of all events, visit whirlowspiritualitycentre.org/whats-on

Woman in Waiting – Advent exhibition and workshop with Sarah Sharpe

1 December – 7 January.

In Waiting… creative workshop, 12 December, 930am – 12pm, £10

Art that invites us to reflect on creativity and loss, inspired by Mary’s call to wait; give birth and let go. The exhibition will be launched at Space to Reflect (7 – 8pm, 1 December).

The workshop on 12 December, led by Sarah, will be specifically designed for those who feel ill-equipped or intimidated by the prospect of making a personal, creative response the themes of the exhibition! Bookings, open times and more details here.

Advent Quiet Days
4 & 7 December (repeated), 930am – 330pm. £18
Watch and wait for the coming Christ with Whirlow chaplain Joy Adams. Inspired by the themes of our exhibition. Details here.

Christmas Day service
25 December, 945 – 1030am. 
All are welcome to join the service of reflective celebration in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit! (Please note, there will be no reflective communion on Christmas Eve).

Try creative writing at Whirlow – no experience necessary!

Ever wanted to unlock the imagination and put pen to paper in a safe, respectful space? Whirlow is offering two opportunities to try this in coming weeks.

Writing for Wellbeing will be led by author and therapeutic workshop facilitator Leonie Martin, who will use a series of fun, engaging prompts to guide participants. No experience is needed. Writing for wellbeing can open the door to new voices, ideas and points of view that widen and deepen our own perspective, as well as offering a sense of achievement.

Soon bookable via the website – February 29, 11am – 230pm. £20.

Save the Date!

Pentecost Party

Saturday 31 May 2020 – John Charles Stadium, Leeds LS11 5DJ

Worship led by Lou Fellingham; with Revd Ashely Cooper.

Training, Learning and Development Opportunities

Church Leader’s Network

Tuesday 26 November – Cliff College

This is a reminder that the Church Leader’s Network event is happening next week, Tuesday 26th November. These meetings are designed for those in church leadership to come together as a way to share and connect. We do hope you’ll join us again.

If you haven’t already, please contact us on 01246 584 200 or reception@cliffcollege.ac.uk to book your place. This event is free of charge.

The programme for the day:

10.45 am Coffee.

11:15 – 12:45 How God’s Word is building His church today 

City executive Richard Borgonon will share about his own leadership experience and explain how a simple reliance on the inspired Word of God has transformed the evangelism of many across the globe.

12:45-13:30 Lunch

*13:30-14:30 Richard is happy to stay after lunch for further conversations.  You’re welcome to stay for practical questions about One to One Ministry and The Word One to One.

Further dates:

  • 28th January
  • 24th March
  • 12th May

Association of Christian Counsellors Conference

The Association of Christian Counsellors are holding a conference on Saturday, 30 November in Leeds, focusing on working to improve the mental and spiritual health and wellbeing of children and young people.

The Conferences have a varied programme of keynote speakers and workshop leaders and very reasonably priced.

To find out more about ACC please follow this link https://www.acc-uk.org

To book your place at the Conference please follow this link https://www.acc-uk.org/professional-development/children-and-young-peoples-conference.html

Learning Network Yorkshire Plus region – regional retreat

12-14 May 2020 – Wydale Hall

The next Yorkshire Plus Regional Retreat for Presbyters, Deacons and Lay Employees will be at Wydale Hall near Scarborough from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 May 2020. The theme is “Opening the Eyes of the Heart” with Philip Richter.

Philip will help us explore how our photography and our spirituality can inspire each other; and how this can offer us unique perspectives on ourselves, our world and our faith. People do not need to be expert photographers!

Full details in the flyer here: Philip Richter Retreat May 2020

The booking deadline is 1 March 2020 to determine if this is viable. Please do not leave until the last minute to register a place: https://may2020regionalretreat.eventbrite.co.uk

Job Vacancies

District Safeguarding Officer (part-time)

We are looking for an experienced safeguarding professional to join our committed and high performing team in Sheffield and surrounding areas.

This exciting opportunity is to support and strengthen the Methodist Church’s response to and practice in relation to safeguarding.

The role is 21 hours per week to be worked flexibly including evenings and occasional weekends, with a probationary period of 6 months.

Salary will be between £19.23 & £21.36 per hour dependent on experience (£21,000 – £23,325)

Closing Date: 12 noon on Friday 3 January 2020

Full details including the application pack can be found here: District Safeguarding Officer

Accounts Assistant

St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield

We are looking for an experienced Accounts Assistant to assist with the day to day accounting and financial requirements of our Church and its activities.

If you’re suitably qualified person who can multi-task in a complex organisation, you’ll find us a welcoming workplace.

We’re outward looking and keen to engage in sustainable practices for our Church and its resources. Your role in the bookkeeping and administration of the church finances will play an important part towards this goal.

You’ll need to demonstrate accuracy and great organisational skills along with excellent communication. Knowledge of accounting software packages, such as Data Developments’ Finance Co-Ordinator would be helpful.

Hours: 8 per week      Rate of Pay:  £11 per hour

For application form and pack contact:

The Church Office,
St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church.
31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL.
Tel (am only) 0114 267 8289
or email: office@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 22nd November 2019

Yorkshire URC Property Officer

  • Do you have a heart for Christian Mission?
  • Are you interested in helping Churches make best use of their buildings?

The Yorkshire Synod of the United Reformed Church is seeking a PROPERTY OFFICER to enable the development of mission through the use of its churches’ buildings.

Based at the offices of the Yorkshire Synod in Morley, Leeds, we are looking for someone whose excellent communication skills and understanding of church matters will help to develop and maintain property for the Synod and its churches. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, responsibilities will include supporting and encouraging churches with buildings advice, enabling them to further develop their mission.

This is a permanent part-time role (30 hours per week including occasional evenings and weekends)
Salary £28,539 pa
Application pack available from the Synod office office@urcyorkshire.org.uk
0113 289 8490
Closing Date for applications 9.00am Monday 9th December 2019

Yorkshire URC Property Officer Advert