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District News – 08 November 2022

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Metal Compline

The first onsite from the Metal Methodists – Metal Compline will be taking place at St Paul's Methodist Church, Dronfield on 11 November. Joining them will be the Methodist Youth President , James Carver.
Refreshments will be from 6pm, and the live-stream will start at 7:30. Those unable to attend in person can join online at

Become a member of the Discerning Ordained Vocation (DOV) Connexional Committee?

The DOV are looking to recruit new members. This is a significant commitment and they need to ensure that the panels who discern the vocation with candidates and ministers of other churches and conferences, can work together as effectively as possible.
The Application form gives more information on what they are looking for, and can be downloaded from the Methodist Church website here

District Safeguarding Update

Signs and Indicators of child sexual abuse' (Webinar for DSOs/CSOs)

15 November 2022

Research shows that the majority of children and young people will not tell anyone at the time of their abuse, and if they do, they are much more likely to tell friends or family than someone in a professional role. The CSA Centre have developed a range of tools to help professionals address this. In this webinar, Deputy Director Anna Glinksi will be discussing the wider signs and indicators of sexual abuse and sharing the details of the Centre's research to assist professionals to respond to concerns of child sexual abuse.

Church / Circuit Safeguarding Officers & Youth Workers are invited to register for this Zoom webinar to be held on 15 November 2022:

Full details here. Date: Tuesday Nov 15, 2022 Time: 10:00 – 11.30 AM
Register in advance here :

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Safeguarding Sunday (20th November 2022) Prayer Video

A new video recording of a prayer for Safeguarding Sunday has been produced. You may recognize a familiar face in the form of Kate Little from the Connexional Safeguarding Team.
Read the press release here

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.


COP 27 Rally

Nov 12th will see mass mobilisations across the country and put thousands of people on the streets to demand climate justice in solidarity with the Global Day of Action called by Egyptian groups at COP27.
Join the regional Day of Global Action in Sheffield, meeting at 12 noon at Barkers Pool.
Look out for Jenny Carpenter and Alison Trezise with the Sheffield Methodists for Justice and Peace flag.
We had over 4,000 at the COP26 March, can we keep up the call for Climate Justice for this COP27 one? Encourage your friends to come along. Jenny Carpenter will be part of a group singing of " Come and join the demonstration ". Sheffield Superintendent, Revd. Romeo Pedro is one of the speakers.

Stations of Lament

Stations of Lament brings together the needlework and quilting of Louise Carr (a past minister at Highfield Trinity) and the glass artwork of Rachel Parkinson (a Methodist minister). Louise invites visitors to bring their own uncertainties and anxieties to the seven stations of lament that she identifies – weeping, chaos/confusion, protest, comfort, truth telling, desolation, emerging hope. Rachel's glasswork focuses on Covid, and the multitude of emotions, ideas, judgments, that have arisen out of people's experience of the pandemic.

Thursday, Friday, Monday, 10,11, 14 November, 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday 12 November, 11 am – 2 pm

Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB)

The Sheffield District MWiB are holding Carols and Christmas Dinner at Frechville Methodist Church on December 9th at 11am followed by Dinner.
Anyone wishing to come to the dinner would they let Pam Meek or Carol Wignell know by Friday November 11th email: or

Dreaming Beyond: For Those Serving in Rural and Small Churches

Wednesday 16 November from 7:30pm

What is social prescribing, and how can churches and faith groups get involved? Is there an alternative to foodbanks?

We'll be joined by Peter Jones, Chair of Growing Compassionate Communities. Sarah Hulme, Rural officer for the Methodist Church, as well as representatives from Food Hubs from across the Connexion..

You can register here:
This event is organised by our colleagues in the Southern and Islands Learning Network

Climate, craftivism, change: an Agents of Change Roadshow

Saturday 26 November 2022, 11am to 3.30pm

Central Methodist Church, Pontefract
Children and young people, along with their leaders, are invited to spend the day together, learning about the climate crisis and eco-justice, before moving on to explore how we can use craftivism and other techniques to influence change and make a difference in our communities and our world. Those in Years 5 and below should be accompanied by a parent/carer who can help them to engage with the craft activities.
(Leaders must book and accompany their young people)

Delivered by the Children, Youth and Family Team, working with local partners, Agents of Change Roadshows each focus on a different aspect of being an Agent of Change.

Lay Employee Community of practice zoom gathering

The next online gathering will be held on 19 January from 10am with the theme "What does Good Employment Look Like?". It will be facilitate by Izzy Milburn, the Darlington District Lay Employment Advisor.

You can register to join here:
There is a place on the registration form if you have any specific questions around employment that you would like to be looked at,

Job Vacancies

DT Teacher – Bethany School, Sheffield

Bethany School is a small, friendly Christian School using a distinctively biblical approach to teaching and learning. We actively promote the involvement of parents with teachers in every aspect of school life .Together, we continue to develop a Christian perspective on the curriculum taught to our children.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Design and Technology Teacher with an interest in Christian education.
The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching Design and Technology to KS3 and GCSE pupils(AQA specification) using a Christian worldview and our distinctive curriculum model. The ability to provide a stimulating classroom environment, through the teaching of a practical subject provides an ideal opportunity to develop the design, evaluation and making skills of pupils so is an important element of the post. Applicants should have an understanding of the health & safety aspects of teaching children in the workshop environment. Where necessary specialist training in the use of workshop equipment and health & safety will be provided. The successful applicant has the opportunity to direct and develop the curriculum to suit their specialist skill areas, be it in materials such as wood, metal and plastic; graphic design or textiles.

Part time post (one full day), salary on enquiry.
Application closing date: Noon Friday 11 November 2022

Email: or call David Charles on 0114 2726994 to arrange a visit and for more information.
For the application form, visit

And finally ...

The Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy produce a quarterly Prayer Update.
The seasons are changing rapidly, many of the leaves are now down from the trees and the clocks have gone back. Working closely alongside our farming community we know that this is a time of year when things also change on our farms and in the fields. More livestock comes inside and into the sheds for the winter months and the farmers dearly hope they'll have enough bales and grain stored in the barns to keep everything fed. Those buying corn will hope the prices do not continue to soar.
Download the full update here: November Prayers

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