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District News – 18 October 2022

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This Week's News

Sad News

We were sorry to report the death a few weeks ago of the Revd William (Bill) Wallbank, a supernumerary in the Doncaster Circuit. We now have more details about his funeral arrangements.
The committal will be held at the Rose Hill Crematorium, Cantley Lane, Doncaster at 11.40 a.m. and the Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Andrews Methodist Church, Morley Road, Doncaster at 1.00 p.m. on Friday 4th November 2022.
We continue to hold Barbara and the family in our prayers.


Congratulations to Ruth Mountford (Amos) on being awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Ruth is a Worship Leader in the Sheffield Circuit, but is also an amazingly inventor and engineer- do check out her " Kids Invent Stuff " page , where 4-11 year olds have the chance to get their invention ideas brought to life.

What's it like being a prison chaplain?

During Prisons Week, the Methodist Church interview Jack Key, a member of the Doncaster Circuit who works as a Prison chaplain in the area.
Find out more about Jack and his work by watching the film here:

District Officers News

Property and development

Apologies for the wrong email address in last week's mailing.
Tom Rattigan can be contact on
More information about his community of practice around building and property matters will follow, but the date for the next session is Tuesday 1 November, from 2pm.


Church at the Margins Community of Practice

Thursday 20th October, 7.30-9pm

The Yorkshire Plus Learning Network Region is starting a Church at the Margins Community of Practice (CaM COP). This community of practice is aimed at those who are ministering alongside financially marginalised people.
CaM COP will meet four times each year and seeks to be a safe space to share joys, concerns and learning. It will be a place to consider and promote good practice and provide opportunity to raise awareness and conversation to pertinent issues.

Our first gathering will be Thursday 20th October, 7.30-9pm. Our conversation focus will be 'The Energy Crisis' facilitated by Paul Morrison from the Joint Public Issues Team. Please use the following link to join the meeting:

For more information about this CaM COP please contact the Revd Carla Quenet from the Learning Network (

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,

Volunteers Wanted!

Warm Space Initiative

Loundsley Green Church are looking for volunteers to help with their Warm Space initiative on Wednesdays:
Starting on 2 November they hope to run a morning session called "Welcome Wednesdays" with a coffee morning and other activiites.
Contact Revd Tracey Harris – to find out more.

PXI Session Hosts

PXI – Parson Cross Initiative Projects is well known within the Sheffield Methodist Circuit & District. It has existed as a charity since 2017 and now operates regular weekly sessions at both Mount Tabor Methodist Church and Norwood Allotments (near Northern General Hospital).
Session Hosts will carry out responsibilities at activity sessions currently based at Mount Tabor Methodist Church or at Norwood Allotments on Herries Road. They will work as a volunteer within PXI – Parson Cross Initiative Projects (charity number 1172288) as part of an existing team.
Duties of this role include:

  • Being a keyholder as and when required
  • Safe opening & closing of the building at Tabor (or elsewhere) at start and end of session
  • Ensuring policies and practices of PXI are upheld during the session
  • Ensuring (as far as practicable) that the session operates safely – and with due regard to PXI Safeguarding Policy
  • Supporting other session based assistant helpers

If you are interested you can contact Nick Waterfield (PXI-Chair of Trustees) on 0114 281 5799 for a chat and to arrange a visit.

HARC is supporting the homeless in Sheffield this Christmas – can you help?

We all know that Christmas can be a lonely time for many, particularly if you're homeless or without family support. HARC (Homeless and Rootless at Christmas) has been providing a safe and warm day shelter over the Christmas period for over thirty years, offering free meals, a warm environment, company and essential clothing. On average, our HARC team of volunteers welcome around 100 guests each day during the week we are open. The project is totally funded by donations and is proud to be 'for Sheffield residents, supported by Sheffield residents.'
Applications for volunteers are now open! We are looking for general volunteers and shift leaders along with singers, magicians or people who like a game of bingo and have a few hours to spare over the Christmas period and would like to help entertain our guests.

If you would like to apply, please get in touch on

Job Vacancies

Administrative Assistant

Chapeltown Methodist Church

Chapeltown Methodist Church seeks to appoint an administrative assistant to support the minister with the day-to-day administration of running the church.
The successful applicant will work closely with the minister in pastoral charge, the Rev Jill Pullan, where there will be real opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of the life of the church within Chapeltown and the wider community as we continue to assess modernised ways of working.

The post will be based at Chapeltown Methodist Church, S35 1AE
Hours of work: 10 hours per week, including evening and weekend working
Rate of pay:£12 per hour

Closing date: 31 October
For an application pack please contact Andrew Crawford via email at or for an informal conversation about the role please contact Rev Jill Pullan on
More information can be found here: Administrative Assistant

Youth and Children's Outreach Worker

Emmanuel Church Waterthorpe

A 1-year post is available at Emmanuel LEP Church, Waterthorpe, Sheffield, for someone to support and develop the current youth and children's work through outreach into the local school and wider community.

The position is for 22 hours per week, and the rate of pay is £12.30 per hour.
The main focus of the job is develop work in the on-site schools alongside working with and supporting our volunteers in our mid-week Junior and Senior Youth Clubs. The core hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays (school day and fortnightly evenings) and Sunday mornings (twice a month).

The person appointed will demonstrate Christian beliefs, and be qualified and experienced, with understanding of the needs of children and young people as well as those who lead this work. There will be regular reporting to management team meetings that will include the Methodist Circuit and URC Synod Youth Workers, and a named church Line Manager.
The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Application packs are available from:
Heather Rotherham, Methodist Circuit Office Email:, Phone Number: 0114 272 6561
The closing date will be Monday 31st October 2022 at 12.00 noon,
with interviews on Thursday 17th November 2022.

Get In Touch
0114 270 9990 / 0114 430 0255

Sheffield District Office
Room 47, Victoria Hall Methodist Church
Norfolk Street
S1 2JB

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