District News – 7 January 2020

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This Week’s News

Safeguarding Arrangements

As many of you will be aware, our District Safeguarding Officer, Howard Smedley will be leaving his post on December 31st.  We are extremely grateful to Howard for all his work among us during the last year and wish him well as he continues working in the Lincolnshire District.

We are currently advertising for a new District Safeguarding Officer (DSO) with interviews timed for January 17th 2020.  However, during this interim period, please direct all safeguarding enquiries to our District Safeguarding Group Chair, Hilary Murden who can be contacted at hmurden@hotmail.com or on 07914 684 516/01943 876 930.  These details are also in our District Directory.

Hilary will be able to handle all straightforward enquiries and questions and in the case of more complex cases or enquiries will be able to advise you of who else to contact.

Please pass this information on in your Circuits and local churches and keep the recruitment process of a new DSO in your prayers as we seek the right person to fill this vital District role.

CSS – Foundation course

We have been advised that the Foundation course that was planned to be held tomorrow (Wednedsday 9 January) in Rotherham has had to be cancelled due to illness.

God in Love Unites Us

Resources to support the consultation process in relation to the provisional resolutions, as well to support conversations about The Report of the Marriage and Relationships Task Group 2019 more generally, are available to download from the Methodist Church website, www.methodist.org.uk/MandR19.

Church Websites and Management Software

iKnowChurch and ChurchEdit are currently offering a 7 month free trial of their software. To find out more, visit www.iknowchurch.co.uk and www.churchedit.co.uk


Yorkshire Plus Regional Lay Workers Networking Day

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Christ Church Stocksbridge, Manchester Road, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 1DY

After the successful Lay Workers Networking Day in Pontefract in October, we’re looking to organise another day on Tuesday February 11th at Christ Church Stocksbridge (address above).

The day will start at 10am for Tea’s, Coffee’s and conversations, followed by Introductions and Worship together at 10.30am. Rachel McCallam from the Learning Network will be providing training input, before breaking for lunch at 12pm with a Buffet Lunch (thanks to the Learning Network for providing it). After lunch, they’ll be opportunity for people from the same or similar Ministry areas to meet together in Communities of Practice to share their highs and lows; to bounce ideas off each other, and to help provide a support structure in what can be quite a lonely job at times.

The day will close at 2pm, although drinks will be available until 2.30pm for those who want to continue chatting.

You can book your place via EventBrite: https://laynetwork2020.eventbrite.co.uk or  contact Sian Henderson (yorkshirenemethodist@icloud.com, 07809 431871), letting her know if you have any dietary requirements.

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Themed Quiet Day – Ash Wednesday – 26 February, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Time set apart to focus on Christ in the Desert at the beginning of Lent.

This day is designed for anyone seeking time to reflect and be quiet. It will take place in the context of our Lent exhibition, Remembering Dying and Rising.

£18. Details and bookings here

Remembering Dying and Rising – 26 February to 5 April

Contemplate the passion of Christ through Lent exhibition Remembering Dying and Rising.

Paintings and sculptures by Graham Pigott, Colin Riches and the late Michael Finn will adorn the Chapel of the Holy Spirit from February 26th (Ash Wednesday) to 5 April. All three artists use abstract and symbolic modes of expression, inviting viewers to gaze quietly, aware of what is stirred in them.

Opportunities to view include a launch on February 27 and two quiet days led by exhibition curator Graham. Details of these and opening times are here.

Line Management

Line Management Training

New to Line Management?

Join the Learning Network Yorkshire Plus Team and:

  • Identify the key skills and qualities needed to manage lay employees
  • Gain clarity on the different functions of line management
  • Understand the line manager’s role in the employment cycle

Next training day: 2 March 2020 at Leeds Church Institute.

Book a place here: line-management-training-registration

Download the flyer for more information: Methodist Church Line Management

Line Management Support Group

A support group has been introduced to

  • encourage more positive and empowering working relationships
  • provide a network of support and encouragement
  • provide updates on employment law relating to line management and best practice in people development

Where: Leeds Church Institute, Leeds, LS1 6DG
When:  29 April 2020, 10 – 3

Booking: line-management-support-registration or contact Sian Henderson: District Office

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

Thy Kingdom Come: 21-31 May 2020

Join Thy Kingdom Come, the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. 21 – 31 May 2020. Special resources will be available for Methodist churches.

There will be a Pentecost Party on Saturday 31 May in the John Charles Stadium, Leeds, iwth worship led by Lou Fellingham and Revd Ashley Cooper to mark this event. More information including how to get tickets will follow.

Read more here.

Training and Learning Opportunities

Introduction to Pastoral Care:

Cliff College, Saturday 11th January

After a great response earlier this year, we are delighted to again offer our ‘Introduction to Pastoral Care’ training day entitled ‘Let’s Talk, Let’s Listen’ and invite you to explore this important area of Christian ministry.

Pastoral Care is at the very heart of mission and ministry, born out of compassionate care and nurtured in the relationships we foster within our families, churches, and communities. This introductory day offers a creative approach to understanding more about the nature and development of pastoral care. During the day, there will opportunity to develop some of the essential communication skills require to create effective caring relationships within ministry.

The day will be led by Jennie Fytche, a trainer and mentor in pastoral care ministry. Jennie has been actively serving God in pastoral care ministry for many years and in different contexts. The course costs £60 and includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, and all teaching materials. For more information and to book a place, contact Pete Anderson on shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk or email 01246 584203.


Mental Health First Aid Youth Training Course

Tim Jansen is delivering the 2-day Mental Health First Aid Youth Training Course on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st January, 9am-5pm, at The Furnival, 199 Verdon St, Sheffield, S3 9QQ, costing £50 for the two days including lunch. We have just 5 spaces left, so will be assigned on a first-come first served basis. To book your place, contact Jonathan Buckley on 07450 778678 or jonathan.buckley@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk

Urban Theology Union

Living with respect and confidence with people of other faiths– an exploration for Christians.

An increasing number of us live and work in settings where we are in contact with people of other faiths – in the canteen, at the school gate, as team colleagues. Through these experiences and friendships, we may find ourselves reflecting on our understanding of our own faith. Our own certainties or understandings may well be challenged, and we may find that questions arise for us about the nature of God or the person of Jesus.

We may sometimes therefore want to explore the following thoughts:

How can we live and talk with our neighbours of other faiths with sensitivity, respect and confidence?

What are the commonalities and differences between faiths?

How can my own faith be enriched by engaging with my neighbour’s faith? Can it sometimes also feel challenged?
These are some of the questions we shall be considering together during the three one and half hour evening sessions from 7.30-9.00pm at UTU,  led by Rev Gareth Jones.
Dates are   Tues 11th Feb, Tues 3rd March,  Tues 31st March 

As we will be sharing together we ask that people come for the whole series, and there will be a fixed number in the group.

Booking: Cost £36 and £25 for low waged and members for all three sessions
Details in the New Year, but please reply to office@utusheffield.org.uk to reserve a place

Bible Month 2020
An introduction to the Book of Ruth – Keynote Speaker: Dr Rachel Starr

Saturday 29 February 2020 – Boston Spa Methodist Church

Rachel Starr is Director of Studies (undergraduate programmes) at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham. She completed doctoral studies in Buenos Aires, researching the relationship between theologies of marriage and domestic violence. With David Holgate, she is author of the SCM Study guide to Biblical Hermeneutics (2nd edition, 2019) which is used in the Worship Leaders and Local Preachers course.

You will have opportunity to choose two of the following workshops:

  • Going Deeper – A Bible Study on Ruth led by Rachel Starr
  • Preaching Ruth led by Revd Graham Jones
    • Compelling story, great characters, complex relationships and timeless themes – what is God wanting to say through this brief but rich text and how can we help it connect with people’s lives here and now? An opportunity to share creatively, to be inspired and to plan our three points (or not!).
  • Leading a local Arrangement during Bible Month led by Tim Baker
  • Interactive Bible Study led by Revd Ben Clowes
    • Ben has produced a set of interactive Bible Studies on the Book of Ruth linking in with the Connexional Year of Testimony.  During the session Ben will explore how he structures a Bible Study group along with using some of the material for one of the sessions in the studies as an example.  Participants will be able to take away a full set of four Bible Study sessions.

Cost: £10, lunch provided.
Book your place via the link here: 2020biblemonth.eventbrite.co.ukBookings close on Thursday 20 February at 12 noon. 
Payment can be made by card or offline – full details on the booking site.

If you have any questions, contact Katrin in the District Office (admin@sheffieldmethodist.org)

Cliff College Short Courses

The Certificate in Mission and Islamic Contexts course is an addition to the Short Course programme offered this spring. Delivered as a unit within the MA in Mission programme, this key course has been made available for a wider audience by the Cliff College postgraduate department, and the teaching is delivered at postgraduate Level 7, although the Certificate assessment is set at Level 4, as all Short Course Certificates are. In preparation for the course students would be required to have engaged with the core book: ‘For their Rock is not as our rock’, Daniel Strange, (Apollos, 2014).

Core teaching will be offered by Andy Bannister who heads up the Solas Centre for Public Christianity in Scotland, prior to which he was RZIM’s Canada Director. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic Studies and is an adjunct research fellow at the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology. He is the author of academic books (such as An Oral Formulaic Study of the Qur’an) as well as popular books such as his best-selling The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or the Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), a blend of comedy and apologetics.

The teaching week will be delivered Monday 2nd – Friday 6th March 2020.  Details of the course can be found via this link, which is now live: https://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/certificate-in-mission-and-islamic-contexts/

It would be especially useful for Church leaders and outreach workers working in Islamic contexts and those seeking to better share the Christian faith with Muslim neighbours. Please note the delivery Level 7, and feel free to pass on this news to those who could be interested in this opportunity.

More information about the wider Short Course programme can be found on: http://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/students/shortcourses/overview/

Writing for Wellbeing – Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Saturday February 29 from 11am to 2:30pm

Discover the benefits of creative writing at Whirlow

Ever wanted to unlock the imagination and put pen to paper in a safe, respectful space?

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 as the focus is on your feelings and life experience, rather than your skills! 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.

More details and bookings via the website – February 29, 11am – 230pm. £20. Limited to 12 places

Job Vacancies

Family Worker

The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe, Doncaster

The King’s Cross Church, Hexthorpe requires a new Family Worker to build on the exciting work being done in the Hexthorpe area, and more widely, in conjunction with existing, growing teams. The job will begin on 01/04/2020. However, to get the best candidate, the appointment date can be delayed.

This post is full time and salary is between £21,000 and £24,000 depending on experience and qualification. There is automatic enrolment in a pension scheme.

Please send for the full information pack to richard.iball@btinternet.com or Richard Iball, 33 Old Hexthorpe, Doncaster DN4 0JD

Informal conversations invited on 01302 855389. By request, a visit may be arranged to see the work at first hand.

Closing date for completed applications: Friday 7 February

Interviews Friday 14 February

Please note there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for this role to be an evangelical Christian.

Lecturer in Biblical Theology and Mission

Cliff College is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Biblical Theology and Mission to join its Faculty team at this exciting time in the life of the College. We are looking for an experienced teacher who is willing and able to play a key role in the team that delivers and develops our academic programmes as we live out Cliff’s history, identity and purpose to equip and serve the local church in mission and evangelism.

We are looking for someone who:

  • is an experienced teacher of biblical theology and mission or related subject in an HE setting
  • has a heart for mission and evangelism
  • is willing to play an active role in the life of the Cliff College community

If this is you then you can download an application pack from our website at www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/jobs For more information or to arrange an informal conversation about the post, please contact Allison Cooper, Academic Registrar at registrar@cliffcollege.ac.uk or 01246 584200.

Salary:                  £34,000-£37,000
Closing date:      Friday 31 January 2020 at 12 noon
Interviews:         Week beginning 10 February 2020

This post is open to all applicants, though female and BME applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the postholder is a Christian. Regulation 7(2)a of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 applies.