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District News – 13 April 2021

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Representative Synod

The Spring Synod will be taking place on Saturday 24 April, starting at 9:30am. It will again be held via Zoom and all who wish to attend must register for this by Friday 16 April. The link to register is:
If you know someone who would like to join via phone, please ask them to contact Katrin in the District Office, who can arrange this for them. We may not allow unknown phone numbers to join Synod.
This Synod will be chaired by the Revd Sean Adair who is acting Chair while the Revd Gill Newton is on sabbatical.

District Safeguarding Update

DBS News

  • New Leaflets from DBS on Regulated Activity with Adults/Children Type

The Disclosure and Barring Service has produced new leaflets on regulated activity with adults and children in England and Wales DBS guidance leaflets – GOV.UK (

Regulated Activity with Adults – England
Regulated Activity with Children – England

This page on the GOV.UK website highlights the rules for DBS checks for working with children in places of worship.

The main activities that are likely to occur in faith settings which will make a role eligible for a DBS check when working with children are:
– Teaching, training or instructing children

  • Care of children
  • providing advice and guidance wholly or mainly to children in relation to their emotional, physical or educational wellbeing – e.g. advice on staying healthy while fasting, educational advice when considering a life of faith or emotional guidance when going through difficult times in life such as bereavement (added as regulated activity)
  • Driving children
  • Day-to-day management of people undertaking these activities

Anyone undertaking these activities on more than 3 days in any 30-day period will be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check with a check of the Children's Barred List.

Anyone undertaking these activities overnight between 2am and 6am with contact with the children would also be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check with a check of the Children's Barred List.

If someone does these activities but less often they will be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check without the Children's Barred List check.
DBS checks for working with children in places of worship – GOV.UK (

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.

Christian Mindfulness Sessions

Anxiety and depression can overwhelm us. With the pandemic, these feelings may have been made worse for some of us.
Join the Doncaster Circuit on this free 6 week Christian mindfulness course, led by prison chaplain and local preacher Jack Key, where you will be guided through various exercises in order to calm your mind and soul, and grow in your relationship with God.
The videos will be uploaded weekly on the Doncaster Circuit Facebook and Youtube pages – starting from 14th April at 7:30.

Facebook page:

Youtube page:

Methodist Women in Britain


Please find attached the latest issue of the Tree of Life magazine, which is also available to download from the MWiB website:


This will take place via Zoom on the Sunday afternoon of the conference, Sunday 18th April, at 3.00pm. If you're not registered for the conference itself, but would like to just join the Sunday afternoon celebration, please email to be sent joining instructions, or they will appear on our Facebook group page on the Sunday morning.


Eastertide with Whirlow

As we start to welcome people back for some face-to-face events, we will continue to provide online opportunities as well. We would love to see you!

Reflective Communion

From 13 April, services return to the Chapel. Please book your place. On the 1st Sunday of each month, the event will also be broadcast live.
Find us on YouTube >>
Book a place >>

Praying Without Words

Once a month (third Thursdays) we gather over Zoom to explore and to practice silent prayer with a group.
Let us know you're coming >>

Space to Be

Join us in the chapel or via Facebook from 18 April.
Book a place >>
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Take Time for Chaplains

Need to take some time out? Join us for Take Time for Chaplains.

Each Monday at 12.45pm – 1.00pm or 1.30pm

Based on the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel reading, these guided meditations are inspired by Ignatian Spirituality and Mindfulness.

Each meditation takes you to a different episode from a gospel. It allows you to picture yourself there and gives you space to engage with Jesus. The meditation will last less than 15 minutes, and finish at 1.00pm. For those who wish to stay on to 1.30pm, there will be a guided opportunity, to share and listen to the experiences of others.

To register and receive the Zoom link, please click here.

Gifts outside the Box : 10-16 May

A week of online events to discern how we can use our gifts from God to serve others in safe and gracious ways. Organised by the Yorkshire North and East, Yorkshire West, Sheffield, Darlington, and Newcastle Districts.
Join us for any or all of these sessions, booking required. Book for the sessions you are interested here:
Registration deadline: Monday 3rd May'

The Gift of Community

When: 10 May, 7-8.30 pm
Who: Deacon Tracey Hume (Community Engagement Enabler)
What: How is the church reaching out into community situations in different ways? How has this changed over the last year because of Covid19? How can we safely engage with the community? How do we include the digitally poor and those on the margins of church?

The Gift of Empathy

When: 11 May, 1.30-3 pm
Who: Deacon Eunice Attwood (Church at the Margins Officer)
What: Walking with people of all ages who have experienced loss (bereavement, health, jobs etc). How can we empathise with people without getting drawn in too deep? How to have good boundaries in pastoral practice.

The Gift of Place

When: 12 May, 10-11.30 am
Who: Revd Richard Teal (President of the Conference)
What: What does a sacred place look like now? Are changes to sacred spaces still safe places? How do people find a sense of place between the physical and online? How do we broaden our definition of what "church" looks like?

The Gift of Confidence

When: 13 May, 7-8.30 pm
Who: Phoebe Parkin (Youth President) and Lynne Norman (Children, Youth & Families Officer)
What: How do we learn to live with uncertainty and the anxiety it brings? How do we encourage confidence and resilience in times of uncertainty? Children and young people, and many others, can face uncertainty about jobs, housing, exams, and university – how can we offer support in a safe way?

The Gift of Resilience

When: 14 May, 10-11.30 am
Who: Revd Michaela Youngson (Chair of the London District)
What: How we nurture our own resilence in order to support others. Can we use creativity to help ourselves help others?

The Gift of Togetherness

When: 15 May, 10-11.30 am
Who: The District Safeguarding Officers
What: Drop-in and chat. Ministers, circuit safeguarding officers and church safeguarding reps can drop in and chat with others in a similar role from around the region.

The Gift of Peace

(no booking required)
When: Sunday, 16 May Who: Revd Stephen Lindridge (Chair of the Newcastle District)
What: online worship, pre-recorded and available on YouTube in advance for all to join with or use locally

#Learning Opportunities

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

  • Responding well to the needs of disabled people.

Thursday 29th April 2021, 1pm-2.30pm

'What exactly is disability, and what language should we use when talking about disability? We know our churches need to be more accommodating, but how? And for whom? It's not just about wheelchair ramps and large print, and its not just about disabilities we can see.

If you'd like to hear about people's experiences of navigating church and worship, and you want to know what your church can do to be just a little bit kinder, come along (see below for registration link)

During the webinar we will:

  • Explore definitions and helpful language.
  • Listen to people's experience.
  • Consider positive and appropriate responses.
  • Reflect on the next steps.

To book your place on this webinar please use the following link:
Please note that bookings will close on Sunday 25th April 2021

MHA Sunday Webinars

Please join us for MHA Sunday information webinars which will be taking place on Monday 19th April at 7.00pm and Friday 23rd April at 2.00pm and meet Crispian Acher (Head of Chaplaincy – South), Lucy Connell (Head of Fundraising) and Digital communities to hear more about the theme for this year – a chance to learn more about MHA Sunday. You can sign up at

Living Library

22 May, 10 – 12 noon

This is an online event where people in various church roles make themselves available to answer questions about their work. This can be a great opportunity for someone who might be considering taking on a role but is unsure of what is actually involved. There are 'books' committed from groups such as Local Preachers, Worship Leaders, Administrators, Stewards (circuit and church), Presbyters, Deacons, Children Youth & Families Workers, Global Mission Partners, Pioneer or Planters, Chaplains, Youth Reps, Youth President and other young adult leaders. 'Readers' visit the 'books' in breakout rooms, and the 'books' share their stories, and the 'readers' can ask questions and together they engage in a conversation.

Further information: here

Methodist News

Covid-19 Updates

The government has updated the Safe Use of Places of Worship to include details of how restrictions will be lifted for churches in England. Updates for Step 2 on 12 April 2021 include:

  • Funerals are limited to 30 people
  • Weddings & civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and wedding receptions are limited to 15 people
  • Children and youth activities are allowed

Further information can be found on Coronavirus Guidance for Property.

Property and Mission Roadshow

A series of online roadshows to introduce the new Strategic Guidance for the Use of Property in Mission are to take place over the coming months. The roadshows are planned on a regional basis, to address issues at a local level and build on the work already started by the Connexional Property Strategy 2018-2020.
Full details and registration can be found here.

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