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District News – 20 September 2022

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Warm Spaces Grants

Now available!

Grants of up to £500 are now available to help churches offer Warm Spaces this winter. Advice, application forms and links to further support can be found on our website ( Warm Spaces ). We hope this will help you discern and act on the best response to real need in your neighbourhood for such a time as this winter cost of living crisis.

Circuit Service

Derbyshire North East Circuit invite you to join them at a Circuit Service on 25 September from 6pm at Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield. They are delighted to be welcoming Leslie Griffiths, the Revd The Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, as the preacher for this service. Having begun life in Wales, Leslie has served the Methodist Church in such places as Haiti, in Wesley's Chapel in London, as President of the Conference, as an author, and as a life peer in the House of Lords. With 60 years of preaching experience we are honoured to have him share with us at the start of the new year.

Urban Theology Union

Certificate in Theology and Discipleship for Mission (CTDM)

If you would like to go deeper in your journey of faith, please consider joining our Certificate in Theology and Discipleship for Mission (CTDM). Listen to Rob Hoch's podcast interview with one of our recent graduates as she reflects on the class, what she learned, and what she's doing in her faith journey today.
CTDM Student Interview with Rob Hoch
If this interests you, you can find out more here: CTDM poster

Church at the Margins Community of Practice

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 (

Farmers' Harvest Service

Sunday 16th October at 2.30 pm

We welcome Rev'd Canon Alan Robson as the guest speaker.Alan is Agricultural Chaplain in Lincolnshire, founding member of the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies in England.
Also taking part is Derbyshire Poet Philip Holland, Bel Canto, and St Anne's Church Choir from Baslow
Full details can be downloaded here: Harvest Service

Church Action on Poverty

40th Anniversary Pilgrimage and Conference in Sheffield

The growing cost of living crisis and poverty in Sheffield will be put under the spotlight when Church Action on Poverty stages a Pilgrimage and Conference in the city on Saturday October 22.

The event marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the national ecumenical Christian social justice charity committed to tackling poverty and is open to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of how poverty is affecting people in Sheffield and how various organisations are endeavouring to reduce its impact.

The Pilgrimage starts at 09:30 from Sheffield Canal Basin and will cover a course of just over two miles to Burngreave, visiting several locations on the way.
For more information or to register to attend, contact Briony Broome, e-mail: tel: 07801 532 954.

Walking with Micah Conference

Thursday 3 November, Birmingham

After a year of conversations about what it means to be a justice-seeking church, you are invited to shape the recommendations of the Walking with Micah project.

The day will be hosted by the President of the Conference, Revd Graham Thompson, and we will share in worship, challenge and inspiration. The central purpose of the day will be to share the emerging foundations of the project and together to shape what is offered to the Methodist Conference in 2023
You can book your place here.
If you have insights you would like to share but are unable to attend, contact Neil Harland

District Safeguarding Update

Financial Abuse Webinar – 13 June 2022

The Safeguarding Team hosted a webinar on Financial Abuse on Monday 13 June. The webinar looked at different areas of Financial Abuse, who might be vulnerable and how we within churches can help to be vigilant and watch over our more vulnerable members with care. The webinar included the Deputy CEO of Hourglass (formerly known as Action on Elder Abuse), the former Public Guardian for Scotland speaking about mental capacity and how capacity issues can increase someone's likelihood to be financially abused, Surviving Economic Abuse about how domestic abuse can affect a victim's finances and Daphne Franks whose mother fell victim to a predatory marriage.

The recording will be on the webinars webpage at Financial Abuse Webinar – 13 June 2022 (

Please Note...

From Monday 19th September to Monday 3rd October I will be away from my desk and unable to answer your calls. If you have a safeguarding issue, that can't wait until I return, please contact Carolyn Godfrey (DSO for Darlington & Newcastle Districts) 07534 346374 |

Many thanks

Alison Hill -District Safeguarding Officer.


Hope Art & Sanctuary

Exhibition October 6th – 8th – Highfield Trinity Church, Sheffield

An exhibition to celebrate Hope, Art & Sanctuary with work to be displayed by Michael Bayley & Kevin Bonnett in aid of Refugees & ASSIST Sheffield.

Work by Michael Bayley and Kevin Bonnett will be on display each day, with all proceeds going to ASSIST. Reproductions and originals will be available to purchase on each day, and we will also be accepting donations directly to ASSIST.

Entrance is free and open to all.

Yorkshire Plus Regional Retreat for Ministers and Lay Employees

Visio Divina: embracing the new normal through creating images on our camera

8-10 November 2022 -The Briery, 38 Victoria Avenue, Ilkley LS29 9BW
This retreat will open up the possibility of contemplative photography and show you how to incorporate it into your everyday life. You don't need to be a skilled photographer, but you do need a camera--the one on your phone will do just fine.
It will be led by Stephen Radley, an Anglican priest, trained professional photographer and members' ambassador for the Guild of Photographers.
Register online via EventBrite

Cost: £220. A subsidy of £110 is available for those in the Yorkshire Plus region to attend one retreat a connexional year. A deposit is required to confirm your registration.

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,


Youth and Children's Worker (NW)

Barnsley Circuit

The Circuit is seeking to appoint a part time worker to support the work with children and young people in the North West Church. The work will be primarily to support the church as work is developing with Children and young people in the chapels, nurturing discipleship and encouraging engagement with the wider church through worship and other activities.

The salary will be £11440 per annum for a part time position of 20 hours per week.
Additional hours may be agreed from time to time to deliver particular projects

The initial appointment will be for 3 years and may be extended subject to securing funding.

This is a Circuit appointment and will be based in the North West multi-site church.(The multi-site church was established in 2016 and for the North West Church in Barnsley it involves working across 6 chapels under a single Church Council)
Some evening and weekend work will be required.

For further information or an application pack,
please email:
By telephone, please call the Circuit Administrator, Jayne Wragg on 01226 321522 and leave your contact details

Closing date for applications: 22nd September 2022
Interviews will be held in the week commencing 26th September 2022

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) for the post holder to be an active member of a Christian Church.

Church and Community Support Worker,

Crosspool, Sheffield

  • Do you have excellent administration skills but long for a role that involves meeting and connecting with people?
  • Do you have a passion for helping local churches and communities find common ground in helping each other?
  • Do you enjoy working in a varied team of employees and volunteers towards a shared goal?

If so, please consider applying for this newly created role at St Columba and Stephen Hill Churches, Crosspool, Sheffield.

We are looking to appoint a Church & Community Support Worker for 16 hours a week for a minimum term of 3 years. We can offer flexible hours but do require some evening and weekend working.

For further information please contact,, or 07711500962, who will be pleased to send you the Job Spec and Person Profile, and if helpful, chat through this new role.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to Clare Fowler, PCC Secretary, St Columba's Church, 503 Manchester Road, Crosspool, Sheffield S10 5PL

Closing date for applications: 14th October
Expected interview date w/c 17th October

Children’s and Youth worker

South Craven Baptist Church

The role is an exciting opportunity to work alongside our fantastic volunteers and to develop our work with 0-18 year olds both in the Church and in the community.

25 hours per week (including evening and weekend work) for 3 years (possible 2 year extension dependent on finances).

Salary: £23,400 – 25,350 per annum (pro rata) depending on qualifications and experience, plus 10% pension contribution.

If you would like any further information or a conversation about the role please contact our minister, James, on 07428 566243 or email

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