District News – 28 July 2020

This Week’s News

Office News

Over the next few weeks we will be checking the information currently held on our District Database. We have a duty under GDPR to ensure that the information we hold is accurate, and also that, where necessary, we have the appropriate consents for publishing this data in the District Directory. If we do contact you, please can you respond quickly to enable this to be completed as soon as possible. If you have any concerns or questions regarding GDPR, do get in touch with Katrin, who is the District GDPR Champion. She may not have all the answers, but will be able to find out for you.

Sad News

This week we were  sad to learn of the death of Mrs. Jan Royan. Jan was a lecturer at the Urban Theology Union, and a member of core staff from mid 80’s to sometime in the 90’s. Her funeral is on Thursday 30 July We will hold in our prayers all who will be attending, and those who would like to have been able to, but cannot due to Covid19 restrictions.


Holiday Club @ Home

Looking for something to do with your kids this summer? Join Holiday Club at Home, from 10th – 14th August, for a week of virtual bible stories, games, action songs and craft! You can find out more and engage with the week through joining your local Facebook group:

For those of you who don’t fit within a specific community Facebook group, do not fear, you can still access all the content and engage through:

our Facebook page:www.facebook.com/holidayclubathome2020/


by subscribing to our YouTube channel:  www.youtube.com/channel/UCT847QZF8nOqgqLE_JU4Kpg

Please share with friends and with families connected to your church, uniformed organisations, toddler groups etc.

Going through the motions: Covid-19 and grief

Tuesday 11th August, 7:30-9pm

The Yorkshire Plus Learning Network in conjunction with Rev Debora Marschner and student minister John Hayward are putting on a Webinar on Grief  to explore and understand the cycle of grieving all sorts of losses.

We will be looking at some theories of grief to help us consider individual and collective experiences of bereavement in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

There will be opportunity to examine possible responses to build resilience in our church and wider community as we move out of lockdown.

Registration in advance is required as places are limited and you can do so via the link here:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please contact the District Office if you do not receive this.

Job Vacancies

Food Bank Manager

Bassetlaw Food Bank, Worksop, Notts

Bassetlaw Food Bank (BFB)  are looking to recruit a Food Bank manager to manage and co-ordinate the daily operation of the Bassetlaw Food Bank and work with internal and external stakeholders to develop a sustainable service model, ensuring Bassetlaw residents have the appropriate support moving forward.

You should be an energetic visionary and a committed individual who has the focus and drive to lead the Bassetlaw Food Bank. You will have management experience of both paid staff and volunteers, with creative and entrepreneurial skills to move the Food Bank on to the next phase of its development.

If you would like to learn more about this post, please contact Becky Law on
communityadvisor@bcvs.org.uk or call 01909 476118. Application forms are available to download from the BCVS website.

The full job advert can be read here: Food Bank Manager advert July 2020

The Job Description can be found here: Food Bank Manager JD and PS July 2020

The closing date for applications: Friday 21st August 2020, 12 noon

Independent Chair of District Safeguarding Group

Yorkshire North and East Methodist District are looking to appoint an Independent Chair for their District Safeguarding Group.

Safeguarding is a vital part of who we are as the Methodist Church and as a District, we aim to continue developing and improving our safeguarding practice in order to protect all who are connected with our church communities.

As part of our commitment to safeguarding, we have a District Safeguarding Group that helps support the work of safeguarding across the District. We are seeking to find an individual who can chair and assist the work of this group, alongside supporting the work of our District Safeguarding Officer.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating a positive culture of safeguarding in our District, has strong leadership skills and experience of safeguarding from either a voluntary or professional background, as well as experience of working with groups. Any involvement of producing and implementing strategies would also be useful for this role.

More details in the advert here: Independent Chair District Safeguarding Group Advert

For a conversation about this role or if you wish to know more please contact the District Safeguarding Officer, Katy Spencer-Madden (safeguarding@yorkshirenemethodist.org / 07596 5150210) or the Chair of District, Revd Leslie Newton ( chair@yorkshirenemethodist.org / 01904 783013).

If you would like to explore this role further, we would value you completing an ‘Expression of Interest Form,’ please email Sian Henderson at the District Office admin@yorkshirenemethodist.org for a form.

Closing date for completion and submission of ‘Expression of Interest Forms’ is 30 September 2020.

Other News

Feeding Derbyshire to orchestrate Derbyshire’s School Holiday Food Projects

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, it is predicted that more children than ever could go hungry across the UK this year. Demand for food support is expected to increase by around 40% according to FareShare UK, the UK’s largest food charity, as more families face severe financial pressures because of the pandemic.

Thanks to a recent campaign from footballer Marcus Rashford, the free school meals vouchers continue to be available over the summer holidays – but many families will still struggle with food insecurity this year.

Feeding Derbyshire has secured funding from Feeding Britain for School Holiday Food Projects and FareShare Midlands who have received support from Central England Co-operative to provide food to 18 different clubs around Derbyshire this summer.

The project aims to reach at least 1,400 disadvantaged children across Derbyshire, providing over 100,000 meals and 85,000 pieces of fruit over the summer holidays.

This is just one of many crucial programmes organised by Rural Action Derbyshire, which creates and champions sustainable solutions to tackling food insecurity and rural poverty, and works with 28 food banks and 22 community cafes across the county.

You can read the full story here: NEWS RELEASE – Feeding Derbyshire Summer Holidays Updated

Methodist News

British Methodist Youth Choir (BMYC)

Following a hiatus of 18 months, the British Methodist Youth Choir is now back up and running. You may know that in 2022 the BMYC will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and is now in preparations for rebuilding the choir and the membership.

Here are some links to our social media sites.

Please contact us if you would like any more information. We very much look forward to hearing from the young people in your District who may be interested in joining the British Methodist Youth Choir.

Yours in Christ,
Judith Laycock (administrator) and Jason McMahon (musical director)

Re-opening churches for worship (Updated 21 July)

A range of new resources are now available for open air worship, face coverings, weddings, house groups and wider community use of church buildings.

Updates on 28 July 2020

Updates on 21 July 2020