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District News – 23 March 2021

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This Week's News

District Chair on Sabbatical

Gill Newton, our District chair is on sabbatical from now until 22 June and will then be attending the Methodist Conference immediately following that period. Gill will therefore return to the District in her role as Chair from July 2nd.
During Gill's absence, Revd Sean Adair, Deputy Chair of District will be covering Gill's responsibilities and you can contact him on revsean@btinternet.com. Any administrative enquiries should be sent to the District Office on admin@sheffieldmethodist.org.

A prayer from Gill for the National Day of Reflection: https://youtu.be/VZATcO9QqQw

A roadmap – Being church in a post pandemic world

Read Stage One of our new roadmap for being church in a covid-scarred world.
What does it mean to learn, change and join in with God-at-work as we look beyond the first tentative steps out of our third national lockdown?
Even as we ache and grieve, God has called us, placed us, and equipped us.

Contact Neil – mission@sheffieldmethodist.org if you have stories to tell or questions to ask about Stage One.

District Safeguarding Update

Domestic Abuse

The statistic concerning Domestic Abuse during the pandemic makes for difficult reading.
Police recorded 259,324 domestic abuse offences between March and June 2020 – 7% up on the same period in 2019.
During and after the first lockdown in April, May and June, roughly one-fifth of offences involved domestic abuse.

Workplace Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse

On 14th January, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published their report into Workplace Support for Victims of Domestic Violence.
This report, with a forward by Victoria Atkins, Minister for Safeguarding, is based on a consultation and review that took place between June and November 2020 and aims to identify the measures that could be put into the workplace by employers to support those experiencing domestic abuse.
In her forward, the Minister writes: 'Domestic abuse is a horrific crime that shatters the lives of those affected and it is unacceptable in any situation. It is a crime that affects people across society. We know that anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or background. With almost 2.3 million victims every single year, the costs related to domestic abuse in England and Wales are estimated at around £71 billion per annum.'
Farrer & Co have also provided a briefing on the report: Farrer & Co Briefing on review of workplace support for victims of domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse resources from Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice service provide a range of advice and information in a number of areas, including Domestic Abuse. Topics include: What to do if you're affected, including during lockdown, finding somewhere safe to stay, going to your local authority, reporting the violence to the police, getting legal protection, taking legal action, what to do if you're abroad and financially dependent on your partners, financial abuse, honour-based abuse, forced marriage, harassment and stalking.
Citizens Advice England – Domestic Violence and Abuse

As ever, if you have any questions or concerns please give me a call on 07483 362 735 or email me at safeguarding@sheffieldmethodist.org
Many thanks
Alison Hill
District Safeguarding Officer.

Methodist Women in Britain (MWIB) Easter Offering 2021

MWIB are delighted to announce the completion of the promised video-recording of this year's Easter Offering Service, 'Into all the world', which is now available for you to watch on our brand new MWiB YouTube channel. The video has been produced by the MWiB Executive, and lasts around 45 minutes. With the text of the service on screen, and recordings of hymns and songs to join in with, the video is ideal particularly for smaller groups (if able to meet) and for individuals to watch at home.
The link to the YouTube video is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg9uuQq_6qM&t=2s

You will also find at the end of the service the following information regarding payment of donations to the Easter Offering (and please note especially that however you make your donation, you need to reference it for "Easter Offering 2021", so that it can be counted in this year's
total).

All of this information, with accompanying links, is available on the MWiB website: www.mwib.org.uk

Thy Kingdom Come

Five ways to pray

This has been designed specially for Thy Kingdom Come 2021, to suggest some simple ways that individuals, families and communities can pray from Ascension to Pentecost. It is accompanied by a webpage with some practical, creative examples of the 'five ways', and social media posts from the Evangelism & Growth team.
You can download the information here: Five ways to Pray

Events

Easter events

Many churches across the District will be planning services over Holy Week. Some are hoping to be able to meet up in person, while others will be sharing via online videos or Zoom gatherings. Why not let us know what worked for you?

From Susanna's Kitchen

A series of on-line discussions about women's lives in the story of Methodism.

The next event is the Revd Donna Fowler discussing her new book "Mothers in Israel: The Methodist Women in the circle of John Wesley." It will be held on Monday 29 March at 2pm.
For full details, email talks@epwortholdrectory.org.uk or visit www.epwortholdrectory.org.uk

Training and Learning Opportunities

GDPR Support


Katrin is offering some on-line sessions to help support churches (and circuits) with managing their GDPR compliance. They are intended to be informal meetings of mutual support rather than formal training.Registration is required so she knows who many to expect!

You can check the dates and register for one (or more) of these by following this link: http://bit.ly/GDPR_Support

Book Club

Our next book group meeting to talk about Brian McLaren's book 'Faith after Doubt' will take place on Tuesday 13 April, from 7-8pm on zoom.

After the last meeting, we decided to focus on a bigger chunk next time and will look at the whole of Part 2 "All in doubt" (chapters 6-10; pages 85-175).

It would be great for the meeting if you felt able to share which themes, questions or sentences stand out for you in this section, or what you make of certain descriptions, stories or terminology. This will give everyone an opportunity to contribute to our conversation and recognises that we learn from each other.

You can still register to join in, even if you haven't attended the previous sessions:
http://bit.ly/LDBookClub

Living Library

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED IF YOU MIGHT VOLUNTEER FOR A LAY ROLE IN CHURCH LIFE, OR EVEN EXPLORE ORDAINED MINISTRY OR PAID LAY WORK?

  • If you have a sense that God might be nudging you in to a role in church life, but you're not sure and you don't want to make a fuss at church, then you can come to this event and meet people from other churches.
  • It is a place where there are no 'silly' questions

How it works:

  • We have some 'books' committed to be at the event.

Local Preachers, 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.

The event is 10-12 on 22nd May

  • There will be up to 3 breakout room opportunities, and 3 times of prayer all together (we will be engaging with 3 different styles of discernment prayer)
  • If people only want to 'read' one book, they can visit that book 3 times, or they can head off after they have 'read' the book. It is very flexible.

www.methodist.org.uk/for-churches/vocations/living-library/

Please contact Alison Ransome if there is anything else it would be helpful to know ransomea@methodistchurch.org.uk

CLC Bookshops

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