District News – 27 November 2019

This Week’s News

Freedom Community Group – Christmas Appeal

  • £5 donation will allow us to provide a food parcel for a family
  • £10 donation will allows us to support people at tribunal
  • £20 donation will allow us to provide specialist support for a family
  • £100 donation will allow us to offer specialist counselling sessions

Please help support our vital work this Christmas!
Donate at one of our centres / email info@fcgroup.org.uk
Tel: 0300 302 0334 / www.fcgroup.org.uk/financial

Springs Dance Company – The Green Project

Springs’ Green Project offers a short dance theatre presentation that will stir up hope and inspire action on climate change. Celebrating all the world provides The Green Project shines a light on how we share the world’s limited resources with our neighbours both near and far.

The presentation can be accompanied by an introductory talk, tailor-made discussions and workshops, that will encourage people to reflect, speak out and take action to address the damage done to God’s creation.

Ideal for church services, festivals, advocacy events and schools.

Contact Springs for further details on 07876 752 910, visit our website or email touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk


Star Festival 2019

Grove Church, Retford (Trinity Circuit)

Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December; Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December – 10am- 5pm

Preparations are well underway for the fourth Star Festival at The Grove Methodist Church in Retford. As in previous years there is no charge for entry but donation boxes are available if visitors wish to use them. This year they are supporting the Bassetlaw Hospice.

With the help of our community we want to fill our Church with stars. There will also be an area to remember people who have been very special to you, our ‘Wish upon a star’ area.

More information can be found here: Star Festival

The Magnificat and Brexit – what might the churches say of relevance ?

Urban Theology Union – Autumn Lunchtime Forum:
Wednesday, 11 December 12–1.30pm

Developing the Contributions of Christian People – led by Erica Dunmow
Poverty and the plebiscite are two major issues that face this country at the moment. On the eve of the election in which the two issues are uppermost for many people, a chance to reflect on what does our Christian tradition tell us about them and are they sufficiently problematic in our country at the moment, that we ought to be speaking out more strongly about the Kingdom of Jesus ?

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

All welcome – free entry

Venue: UTU’s library area, basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield
(entrance in Chapel Walk)
Bring your own packed lunch, tea & coffee available.
 Enquiries should be addressed to UTU: 0114 2709907/ office@utusheffield.org.uk

Training, Learning and Development Opportunities

Strategies to Recognise and Address Bullying and Harassment

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – Whaley Bridge Uniting Church

Gathering at 9 am; Start at 9:30 – 3 pm

The objective of the day is to glean a basic understanding about bullying and harassment behaviours and to learn basic techniques to create good practices in ministry that can address negative behaviour.  The workshop is sponsored by Places for Hope, the Learning Network and the Manchester Stockport Methodist District.

The workshop may not be suitable for individuals who are in a complaint process.  Support is available for those who are experiencing Bullying and Harassment through the District.

For more information or to register please contact Rev. Timothy Keith Sandow tksandow@gmail.com

The Uniting Church is located on Buxton Road off the A6 and near a railway station and the 199 airport shuttle stop.

Please bring lunch; Coffee and tea will be provided.

The workshop is limited to 24 participants.

Job Vacancies

District Safeguarding Officer – Yorkshire West District

Yorkshire West District is seeking to recruit a District Safeguarding Officer (part-time) to work from home initially within the Leeds section of the District as part of a team of 3 District
Safeguarding Officers.

The appointment is for 18 hours per week worked flexibly including evenings and
occasional weekends, with a probationary period of 6 months. Salary in the range
£18,000 – £20,000.

Applicants should be sympathetic to the aims, objectives and ethos of the Methodist
Church with expertise and experience in child and/or adult protection.

To obtain an application pack please email or telephone the District Administrators
before 12 noon on Friday, 20 December 2019 – admin@ywmethodist.org.uk / 01274 392628
or download from the District website:
Closing date: Thursday, 2 January 2020 at 12 noon.
Interviews will be held in Bradford on Monday, 20 January 2020.

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Great savings on kids’ Christmas books!

They have some fantastic Christmas resources, to really help your child understand the true meaning of Christmas. Including a wide range of resources for all ages, make sure to take full advantage of these great offers!

Full Range can be found here!

Take a look at this great selection of Advent resources!

The Advent season is approaching, and now’s the time to pick up some great advent and Christmas devotional reading. Featured in the link are some of the latest inspirational advent reading resources, all at discounted prices! Including the latest from: 24/7 Prayer, John Stott & Chris Wright, John Sentamu, Christopher Ash, and more…

Full Range

Urban Theology Union

The Autumn newsletter has a report on their Golden Jubilee celebration held in July, as well as an appreciation of the work that Patsy Wheeler has put in over the last 20 years as volunteer Librarian. Plus much more about the work that they do.

Read it here: Autumn News 2019 Nov 2019

Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy

Their November newsletter includes a Christmas message from the Agricultural Chaplain, Rev’d Stella Mills. As well as other articles on the challenges and rewards of farming and working within the farming community:  DAC News