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District News – 22 March 2022

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This Week's News

Connexional Candidates Committee

The Committee is meeting this week. Please hold all candidates in your prayers, including two from our region. May this step of the discernment process be one to provide them with answers and clarity about their sense of call in the Methodist Church.

Representative Synod

A final reminder that the District Spring Synod is taking place on Saturday 2 April at Cliff College. We will be exploring different ways in which we can share our story with others, through craft, poetry, social media and more...
Everyone is welcome to join us, but you will need to register before Monday 28 March.
More information can be found on the EventBrite page:

For those unable to join in, we are going to be streaming the event on the Sheffield District YouTube channel

Sad news

We were sorry to learn of the recent death of the Revd Richard (Dick) Jones. A former President of Conference (1988), he was also a minister in Sheffield in the 1960s. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his daughter, Revd Nicola Jones, former minister in the Peak Circuit.

Social Network for Divorced Christians

Sunday 17 April from 8pm

Are you looking for a social network alongside people with shared experiences?
A place for fun, friendship and faith. Come along to meet like-minded divorced and separated Christians. Bring a cup of tea or glass of something stronger and enjoy an hour getting to know others and perhaps planning a face-to-face social event! With a special 10 minute guest speaker.

Register your interest here:

Run by Jessica Roy Coaching, a Christian divorce coach from North Yorkshire.

People Seeking Sanctuary:

The challenges facing refugees & how we can help them

The Ukraine crisis has highlighted the challenges facing refugees seeking sanctuary. In the first of two evening events (8pm on 30th March, then again on 6 April), guest speaker Dr Ibtisam Alfarah will share her inspirational story of life as a refugee. Her colleague Anna Aitken will then talk us through the practical things we can do to help those seeking sanctuary.
Attendance is free and open to anyone -- feel free to invite friends and family. No need to book.

Missional Property Update

Energy prices have become so unstable and vary so much, the best ways forward are changing daily, the situation was due to change as new energy became available from Hickley point C, these changes in the push for renewable has also driven these prices up. With recent events in the world also affecting supply this has further pushed up prices by almost 300%.

All of our buildings are likely to see a 100% increase in prices over the next 2 years as a best-case scenario and this was before more recent events. This moving forward will mean that we will all at least see a 100% price increase until you are on a more than 3 year fixed deal.

This is a worry and something that we will all have to deal with in the coming months and years, please do if this is a concern or you want to be able to plan contact me to discuss further.

Tom Rattigan
Missional Property Enabler : 07483 318 823

District Safeguarding Update

Updated Model Church Safeguarding Policy template

The revised model Church Safeguarding Policy (updated February 2022) has been uploaded to the Policies and guidance ( ) page of our website. The Model church policy template may be used and amended to suit local circumstances.

Updated church safeguarding concern form

There is an updated Church Safeguarding Concern form template on the Safeguarding Concern Forms ( ) page of the website. This can be adapted for local use.

Methodist Churches Response to IICSA – from Tim Carter

We have published our response to the 2021 IICSA report into religious organisations that the Methodist Church was part of. Please see this link to our website The Methodist Church's response to the recommendations of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse
We await the final overall IICSA report later this year.

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.


digital church – what have we learnt? What next?

29 March / 31 March

It's now 24 months since COVID locked the doors to our buildings. An explosion of digital experimentation followed. With few official experts and no training manual we each discovered different responses for our own contexts. As the world keeps turning, we now wrestle with how to balance needs of analogue church alongside digital possibilities.

Join us on the evenings of Tuesday 29 or Thursday 31 March on Zoom to take stock, build supportive networks, ask questions, and explore what would help each of us now. You can register here for either date

Whatever your role or how expert/amateur you define yourself we value your insight at these sessions – preachers, worship leaders, technicians, IT gurus, essayists, digital congregants, youtubers and TikTokers – Christ's avatar has many parts.

MWiB Spring Retreat

Wednesday April 6th at Castleton Peveril Centre / Thursday April 7th at Sprotborough

10am (for10.30 start)-3.30pm
Leader Rev Lisa Quarmby
Theme Lord of Sea and Sky ( Lindisfarne)
Bring your own Lunch and Drink

Coffee and Biscuits will be provided on arrival.
Cost for the day £10.
Reply to Carol Wignell tel no 01246433216 by March 28th.

A District Day is planned for Thursday June 16th. The President of Mwib Ruth Parrott will be the Speaker Venue to be arranged

Walking with Micah

10 May 7-8:30pm / 17 May 2-3:30pm

Are you interested in shaping the future of a justice-seeking Methodist Church? Are you involved in chaplaincy?

As a chaplain, you have invaluable insights into the world the Methodist Church works with and as we look to the future of our justice-seeking work, we want to hear from you.

The Walking with Micah project is enabling conversations to listen to experiences of injustice and shape work in seeking a more just world.

We're asking questions like

  • What does a just world look like?
  • What are the biggest barriers preventing us from living in this just world?
  • What are the key steps we can take in moving towards this vision of a just world?

Join the conversation!

Mental Health Conference

14 May 2022

A first of its kind. We're so excited to see this event come to life in May 2022! It will be a day full of reflection, inspiration and networking.
This day will be filled workshops and a keynote address by Dr Tasia Scrutton, associate professor of philosophy of Religion and writer of Christianity and depression. Tickets are £12, concessions are available, this includes lunch and refreshments. The event will take place at Wesley Hall Crookes, Sheffield, S10 1UD from 9:30am till 3:30pm. As part of our commitment on inclusivity and reaching as many as we can, as well as our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, we will be livestreaming the keynote speaker.
This event is organised by

And partnered with

  • Sheffield Methodist Circuit
  • Sheffield Methodist District
  • Yorkshire Synod of the United Reformed Church
  • Diocese of Sheffield (Church of England)

For more information including how to register, follow this link: Mental Health & Christianity


The Children and Youth Assembly will be back at the NEC in Birmingham and will take place from Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October. Tickets will go on sale from 1 April.

Volunteers needed

At 3Generate we grow and learn alongside each other as part of a nurturing and supportive team. You can be part of dynamic group of 250 people living out their discipleship in an exciting way at the event as well as helping plan together beforehand.
Find out more about volunteering here.

Job Vacancies

Property Manager

The King's Cross Church, Hexthorpe, Doncaster DN4 0EP

The role: To provide quality building management for The Junction and The Crossing, arranging and maintaining licences, leases and tenancies, managing maintenance and cleaning, alongside routine financial duties.

About us: We are a Church with a mission to grow and nurture wholehearted followers of Jesus Christ through sharing God's love in words and actions.


  • Hours of work: 9 hours per week
  • Contract: An initial fixed term contract of 2 years (additional funding to continue the role is being applied for).
  • Rate of pay: £11.50 per hour.
  • Based from: The King's Cross Church (TKCC), Hexthorpe, Doncaster, DN4 0E

Next steps: Application packs are available by email from For an informal conversation before making an application please contact the Rev Jon Bellfield at Or call 01302 568156.Closing date: Saturday 2 April 2022.
Interview date: Saturday 9 April 2022.

Other News

How can we help Ukraine?


The Government have established the Homes for Ukraine scheme, giving the chance for individuals within churches and communities to host a refugee or family from Ukraine.

Apply and get matched up – We encourage you to sign up through the scheme though Reset UK, who will match refugees seeking to come to the UK with hosts. Reset will provide training and support for hosts and refugees as they are matched.

Register with Homes for Ukraine here:

TMCP and the Connexional Property Support Team are working hard to produce guidance and support for ministers considering using their manse to home refugees.

Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available.


All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have launched an emergency appeal in response to events unfolding in Ukraine. Donate to the Ukraine Appeal now


Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy.

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