Thank you to all who put in so much work to enable Synod to take place via Zoom on Saturday. Officers and members of committees were elected and their details can be found in the District Directory. As ever, there will be some amendments to the version which has already been shared with Synod members. If you require a printed copy, please get in touch with the District Office.
The District Representatives to the 2021 Methodist Conference were also elected. These are: Revds Margaret Mwailu, Katie Leonowicz and Ben Scrivens, and Katrin Hackett, Gill Daly, Jonathan Buckley and Lynn Peterson.
We were sorry to hear of the death of the Revd Keith Burrows, a supernumerary in the Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit. Keith had been unwell for some time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
The Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church has been updated.
The version of this document is correct as of Sept 2020. In this edition, text in bold and italics highlight changes made. A table of amendments can be found on page 1 & 2
Major changes include:
1. Following update of the Creating Safer Spaces: Foundation Module references throughout the policy and procedures have been updated to reflect the issue date of material.
2. A new reporting process for serious incidents has been agreed with the Charity Commission.
Model safeguarding policies can be found on page 153.
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St. Johns Methodist Church in Ossett closed earlier this year.
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This meeting will start by looking some practical advice around licenses/copyright and also some of the issues, challenges and opportunities of working online. It will be led by Howard Wilson from the South West region of the Learning Network.
The afternoon will provide a chance to meet and share good practice with others in similar roles in small break-out groups.
To book your place and to obtain joining instructions, follow this link:
Don't feel you have to stay for the whole session – we know how valuable your time is!
The second in a series of online gatherings focusing on rural mission.
We will share good practice, learn from our experience of COVID19 and consider how we move forward positively.
To book your place and obtain joining instructions, follow this link:
Registration closes on Monday 12 October
explore a Methodist Way of Life as a means of developing and deepening spiritual life for individuals and churches with Rev Dr Roger Walton.
Bookings close on 18 September
explore blended approaches to church life in a Covid19 world and beyond with Rev Sean Adair.
Bookings close on 2 November
introducing six core practices essential for seeing transformation in the local church, with Dr Nigel Pimlott, Learning & Development Officer for East Central Region.
Bookings close on 22 January 2021
ensuring no-one needs to ask 'Am I not a Methodist too?' with Bevan Powell, Connexional Equality Diversity & Inclusion Adviser.
Bookings close on 19 February 2021
Rev'd Dr George Bailey and myself are proud to announce our third annual Samuel Chadwick Lecture, to be held on Friday 17 October this year. We are privileged to have as our keynote speaker our very own Rev'd Ashley Cooper, Principal of Cliff College and former minister of the thriving and growing Swanbank Methodist Church in Stoke-on-Trent. The theme for the day will be the Holy Spirit and church growth, with a formal response from Cliff PhD student Gareth Higgs whose research is in Methodist churches that are growing. With so much talk of decline we wanted to give space for the good news story of growth to see what may be learned.
We do hope you will be able to join us once again. Details are on the flyer here: Samuel Chadwick 2020 Lecture. This year the event will be held entirely online, with access to the Zoom link provided once you register for the event.
Dr Ben Pugh BA (Hons), MA, FHEA, PGCert
The spirit of the course is to encourage each person to deepen their understanding and love for God and how to live that out.
There will be:
Work is not marked. Feedback from other students as well as the course leaders, is given about the ideas presented, and further reading or points that might help you develop your own understanding.
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Urban Theology Union,Victoria Hall, Sheffield, S1 7JB
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Through our online isolation resources Saltmine is continuing to create and bring faith-motivated arts into homes and church communities. Our Spoken Word pieces, monologues, audio-dramas and drama workshops for children are available FREE OF CHARGE for everyone during this unprecedented season.
To access these resources, visit: www.saltminetrust.org.uk/isolationresources
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last night provided us with further clarification on the Government announcement this week of changes to permitted social interaction which come into place on Monday 14 September in England. We understand that the full regulations will be published later this week and we will update our guidance accordingly.
The government has emphasised that venues must be Covid-19 secure and contact details must be left for Test and Trace.