District News – 3 December 2019

This Week’s News

Office News

The District Office will be closed from Tuesday 24 December and will re-open on Thursday 2 January 2020.

Val, who deals with all Safeguarding admin, is usually in the office on Monday mornings. She does respond to emails sent outside of this time.

Katrin, who deals with all other administration, is usually in most days, but it is worth phoning first to check if you need to stop by for anything. The kettle is always on!


Congratulations to Revd Geoffrey Clarke, currently serving in the Trinity Circuit, on his nomination to the role of Moderator of East Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church. Geoffrey is currently Minister of The Crossing Church, Worksop and Wales Kiveton Methodist Church in the Trinity Circuit.

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


Back in Time for Christmas

Thusday 19 December – 7 pm – Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley

We are hosting a pantomime/nativity play that is suitable for children on Thursday 19th December at 7.00pm.

The performance just lasts for one hour – and would be great fun for your church families.

If your church wanted to come as a ‘trip’ we could do a group deal!

See the poster for full details: XmasDramaFlyer-19Dec-EmmanuelBarnsley

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

Marriage & Relationship Conversations

The report “God in Love Unites Us” has been widely circulated and it is hoped that churches and circuits are making plans to hold conversations about this.

In addition to this, there will be 3 District-wide opportunities – full details will follow, but the dates are as follows:

  • Saturday 7 March – 10am-12:30 – Emmanuel, Barnsley
  • Thursday 12 March – 7pm-9:30pm – Greenhill, Sheffield
  • Tuesday 31 March – 10am-12:30 – Central, Chesterfield

Yorkshire Plus Regional Lay Workers Networking Day

Tuesday 11th February 2020 – Christ Church Stocksbridge, Manchester Road,  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.

To book your place on the day, please contact Sian Henderson (yorkshirenemethodist@icloud.com, 07809 431871), letting her know if you have any dietary requirements.

Training, Learning & Development Opportunities

Creating Safer Space – Advanced Module Training

A number of dates have been set up across the District. Please use the EventBrite link to book your place as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

Date:              Saturday, 18th January, 2020
Venue:          Chapeltown Methodist Church, Nether Ley Avenue,
                        Chapeltown, Sheffield, S35 1AE
Time:             10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Book a place: https://css-advanced-chapeltown.eventbrite.co.uk

Date:              Monday, 20th January, 2020
Venue:          The Peveril Centre, Buxton Road,
Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WP
Time:             10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Book a place:  https://css-advanced-castleton.eventbrite.co.uk

Date:              Wednesday, 5th February, 2020
Venue:          Central Methodist Church, Saltergate,
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1UH
Time:             10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Book a place: https://css-advanced-chesterfield.eventbrite.co.uk

Date:              Monday, 10th February, 2020
Venue:          Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield, S10 1UD
Time:             10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Book a place : https://css-advanced-sheffield.eventbrite.co.uk

Date:              Thursday, 4th June, 2020
Venue:          St. John’s Methodist Church, Church Street,
Swinton, S64 8QA
Time:             10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Book a place: https://css-swinton.eventbrite.co.uk

Date:              Tuesday, 7th July, 2020
Venue:          to be confirmed
Time:             10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Book a place : tba

If you have questions, please, email Val at val@sheffieldmethodist.org.

GDPR – church / circuit training evening


  • To bring the latest news on GDPR to church/circuit attention
  • To answer questions on GDPR
  • To help with data mapping / data breaches / other forms
  • To share good practice across the district

Tuesday 18 February – 7pm : Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley
https://gdpr-emmanuel.eventbrite.co.uk to book a place.

Wednesday 19 February – 7pm : Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield
https://gdpr-wesley.eventbrite.co.uk to book a place

Bookings will close on 4 February.

Other meetings may be arranged if these prove to be popular.

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

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 Studyguide 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:

  • A Bible Study on Ruth
  • Preaching Ruth
  • Leading a local Arrangement during Bible Month

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)

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

Job Vacancies

District Safeguarding Officer (part-time) – Sheffield District

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

Part-Time Interim Families & Community Co-ordinatore (Maternity cover)

Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield

Wesley Hall is a dynamic welcoming community-focused Methodist Church. We are looking for someone with the passion and expertise to work with us in developing our mission and ministry to children aged up to 11, building on the success of existing children and youth programmes and providing the necessary specialist expertise not currently available within the congregation.

As our families and community co-ordinator you will be:

  • Enthusiastic and expert in the organisation and leading of activities for children and families
  • Committed to building community, working in partnership with groups and individuals, including beyond the church congregation
  • An enabler of the ministry of others
  • Confident in when and how to share our Christian faith
  • A builder of pastoral relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds

Part time:  22 hours per week
Salary:   Up to £13,000, plus option to join contributory pension scheme

Applications by Wednesday 18th December with interviews on Tuesday 14th January (subject to candidate availability).

For information and applications, please contact Matt Irons 07582 855 409 or matt.irons@wesleyhall.org.uk.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder be a practising Christian.

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

Other News

CLC Bookshops

Book signings at CLC Bookshops

Saturday 7th December, 11.30 – 2.30, meet and greet local author Allen Langham! And save £1 when you buy Taming of a Villain.

Allen was at the bookshop in September to talk about his life and to promote “Taming of a Villain”, his compelling autobiography. It was an EXCELLENT event, hence the repeat!

Please note that Allen is available for no-fee speaking engagements where his testimony could encourage and challenge listeners. Come along on Saturday 7th and have a chat with him about the possibilities…

Saturday 14th December, 12 to 2, meet and greet local children’s author Suzy Senior. She’ll be promoting her latest release: A Pirate Christmas Nativity Activity Book and it can be yours for just £3.99 (instead of £4.99).

And there’s £1 off A Pirate Christmas (the storybook) too so you can buy them both.

The CLC team look forward to welcoming you at both events as you look for cards and gifts for family and friends. Happy browsing!!

Christian Ait

Christian Aid says UK has a moral obligation to help end global poverty as it publishes 2019 election manifesto

Christian Aid has launched its 2019 manifesto, demanding politicians take urgent action to  tackle climate and economic injustice and to build peace; helping end poverty and create a fair and sustainable world ahead of the forthcoming UK general election on 12 December.

Among its demands, the UK-based international charity urges all political parties to:

  • Work for climate justice and take urgent action to address the climate crisis in a way which improves the lives for the poorest, backed by investment and international leadership. This would include ending all support for fossil fuel extraction; regulating and encouraging UK banks and investors to divest from fossil fuel investment in line with the Paris Agreement; and ruling out international offsets in law, which offload the UK’s own emission reduction responsibilities onto poorer countries.
  • Work for economic justice, addressing the unfair distribution of wealth in the world. This would include demanding that power is shifted from institutions such as the IMF, the OECD and World Bank and towards the more equal United Nations; and reforming the current UK tax rules that continue to allow tax abuse and avoidance which rob poor countries of the money they need to invest in poverty alleviation.  It would also include retaining the commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI for foreign aid and development and ensuring that this money is spent as well as possible, retaining DFID as a standalone department.
  • Tackle violence and build peace. This should include committing to increase the UK’s funding of global peacekeeping to more than 1.5% via the United Nations Security Council; immediately suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates due to the risks of these being used against civilians in Yemen, and improving the overall regulation of the arms trade; expanding the refugee resettlement schemes by increasing the number of Syrian children and families allowed into the UK; and providing impartial funding in areas of conflict like Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to hold all parties to account for violations under international law.

To read Christian Aid’s full 2019 manifesto, click here: www.christianaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/2019-11/2019-general-election-campaign-manifesto.pdf

Methodist News

Fun and Faith at 3Generate 2019

3Generate 2019 was the most successful Children and Youth Assembly yet with over 1,500 young people from across the country gathering in Southport over the weekend 22 to 24 November.

The event’s growth means that 3Generate will be moving to the NEC in Birmingham for 2020.

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Result of Youth President Election Announced

Following elections at 3Generate it has been announced that the next Methodist Youth President will be Phoebe Parkin, aged 17, from the Telford circuit in the Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District.

Phoebe will become the new Youth President at a service to be held in September 2020.  Following elections at 3Generate it has been announced that the next Methodist Youth President will be Phoebe Parkin, aged 17, from the Telford circuit in the Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District.

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