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District News – 06 April 2021

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District Safeguarding Update

Women's Aid Response – How to support a friend

This is the response received from Women's Aid when someone contacted them to ask how they could support their friend.

The response is very comprehensive and offers lots of practical advice alongside signposting to other organisations and resources
Women's Aid Response – How to support a friend

Domestic Abuse: Service for professionals

Women's Aid has launched a dedicated service for professionals working with survivors of domestic abuse, seeking refuge accommodation and support. Professionals can contact the Women's Aid direct services team who can search their database of violence against women and girls (VAWG) services across the UK providing up-to-date information on vacancies in refuges and availability of other VAWG services, such as outreach, drop-ins, counselling services and advocacy projects.

Read the news story: International Women's Day: Women's Aid launches a dedicated service for professionals – Womens Aid

If you ever need to use the service above please will you speak to me. I don't need to know specific deals but I would like to offer help and support if needed.

As ever, if you have any questions or concerns please give me a call on 07483 362 735 or email me at
Many thanks
Alison Hill
District Safeguarding Officer.

Caring for ourselves in difficult times

a morning exploring ways of looking after ourselves so that we can continue caring for others.

When? April 27th at 10.00am – 12.30pm
Where? Via Zoom
Who? Tim Moore and Ali Dorey will guide the morning.

This session will use some Deep Talk reflection and draw on mindfulness and dialectical behaviour training techniques to help participants move into a calm state as well as take practical steps to gentle self- help in future.

Blending a spiritual path with the latest research in mental health, Ali and Tim invite you to a morning session of exploration and discovery.
You are warmly invited to listen and join in, in a friendly way, where they will help you through uncertain times with clarity, purpose and sensitivity.
Using techniques, both ancient and modern, you will discover some simple and effective ways of taking care of yourself as you take some time away from life's stresses.

To join this new webinar, register in advance here:

Join us for A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Cliff College

Jan 4th – 13th 2022.

Our trip will include the sites where the most important events in the life and ministry of Jesus took place: in Jerusalem and further north in Galilee.
To have the chance to meet the 'living stones' the local Palestinian and Israeli Christians who are the ongoing, living church in the region is humbling.

"Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in the books and the one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you" (St Jerome)
Full details in the booking form which can be downloaded here: Cliff College Pilgrimage

Messy Discipleship: Messy Church perspectives on growing faith

Edited by Lucy Moore

As the fastest-growing fresh expression of church in the UK, Messy Church has learnt a thing or two about discipleship since its beginnings in 2004. This new collection of perspectives, edited by Messy Church founder Lucy Moore, brings academic analysis and practitioner wisdom to bear on a key question for today's church, capturing the latest thinking and learning from the Messy Church context.
Despite some persistent doubters and critics, Messy Church has always been serious about growing disciples. Research is emerging – and is soon to be published – to show how effective the movement has been in doing just that. As Lucy concludes in her 'outroduction': 'Discipleship is about pressing on towards the goal, undeterred by obstacles. If we can model this as a movement, it will be a trait passed on to the disciples made though Messy Church.'

For more information and to order click here.


It has been so lovely to see all the ways that churches have transformed over Easter. Facebook is a great way of sharing these stories, so do let Sam our communication officer know if you have a story to share. You can email her at

Learning and Development

Book Club

A reminder that our next book group meeting to talk about Brian McLaren's book 'Faith after Doubt' will take place on Tuesday 13 April, from 7-8pm on zoom.
After the last meeting, we decided to focus on a bigger chunk next time and will look at the whole of Part 2 "All in doubt" (chapters 6-10; pages 85-175).
It would be great for the meeting if you felt able to share which themes, questions or sentences stand out for you in this section, or what you make of certain descriptions, stories or terminology. This will give everyone an opportunity to contribute to our conversation and recognises that we learn from each other.
You can still register to join in, even if you haven't attended the previous sessions:

8th Annual Preachers' Conference

Saturday 13 November – 3-4:30pm – Free Zoom Event

Save the date for what promises to be an exciting event to discover how different church traditions prepare and deliver the Sunday sermon and what we can learn from another preaching tradition. This is truly an ecumenical event that will be given by our guest lecturer Dr Joe Aldred.
Full details can be found here: Preachers' Conference
To register and to find out more information about this free zoom conference please contact:
Conference Host: Revd. Samuel A Thomas
Mobile: 07944 496879

Job Vacancies

Persian Ministry Development Enabler

Sheffield Methodist District and Yorkshire North & East District

We are seeking a development enabler to lead and grow our established ministry with Persian Christians in Doncaster and Hull and emerging community in Sheffield:

  • nurturing discipleship and self-sustaining Persian Christian leadership
  • equipping partner English-speaking churches & circuits
  • fostering the birth of new Christian communities
  • building effective networks and partnerships
  • preparing the ground for sustainable growth

Our development enabler will be:

  • able to converse in, read and lead worship in Farsi and English, or have proven experience in learning new languages
  • committed to working with marginalised communities
  • engaged with UK and Persian cultures

As Methodists we are committed to being a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking church – so that new people become disciples of Jesus Christ, faith deepens for everyone, and diverse communities and churches experience transformation.
£30,784 plus contributory pension scheme. Standard terms and conditions apply for an ordained Methodist presbyter or deacon.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder be a practising Christian.
Further details at
Closing date for applications: Saturday 24 April
Interviews on or around Monday 10 May

News from other organisations

The final Though for the Week from the Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy is available to read here. Chris Morris encourages us to shop locally and enjoy the beauty of our local area
Download the article here: Thought for the week

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