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District News – 23 November 2021

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Missional Property Enabler

Say hello to Tom Rattigan, our new District Mission Property Enabler. He's joined the District staff team in this brand new part time role to help make our properties fit for mission.
Tom joins the District team with a wealth of experience in the building trade as well as managing buildings and estates. Some of you will already know Tom from his other role as Buildings Manager at The Foundry, Sheffield which is the charity that manages and runs Victoria Hall and the Central Hall.
Find out more about Tom here:
You can contact Tom at or on 07483318823 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Real Living Wage

The Living Wage was updated this week. The new rate is £9.90 an hour, or £11.05 in London.
This is a good time to remind everyone that the Minimum Wage premium introduced by the Government in 2016 is not a Living Wage, despite being labelled as a 'National Living Wage'. Since 2010 all Methodist churches, districts, circuits and projects have been required to pay the Living Wage, except in exceptional circumstances.
You can read more on this here: Living Wage Briefing

Order All We Can's Extraordinary Gifts and resources

With every Extraordinary Gift, you'll receive a card to pass onto your family and friends, showing them the kind of difference their gift could make.

CYF Gatherings

Are you a Children/Youth/Family worker? Feeling isolated or fancy having a chat with others in the same work?
Victoria Loveday, our Children & Youth Worker is setting up a monthly Zoom drop-in sessions on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting on 14 December at 10am.
Contact Victoria ( if you are interested in joining.

Healing Conference 2022 at Methodist Central Hall Westminster

The 2022 Healing Conference returns to the Great Hall on Saturday 14 May 2022 from 10.00am to 4.30pm.
Keynote speaker is Carolyn Lawrence, Ex-Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, bringing her experience of working alongside individuals and groups seeking healing and wholeness.
Worship will again be led byDave Bilbrough and opportunities will be given to receive personal prayer ministry.
You can download a poster here
Book your place now through 2022.
Peter Edwards

District Safeguarding Update

Connexional Safeguarding Policy updates

Please be aware that the Connexional Safeguarding Team have now updated the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance. The latest edition is dated September 2021.
There is also a new Safer Recruitment Policy – dated November 2021. I advise this is read alongside the policy entitled DBS Checks (as part of Safer Recruitment last updates January 2018)

Domestic Abuse Survey -

Developing understanding and effective support for victims of Domestic abuse in the Christian faith community

Lisa Oakley, from the University of Chester, has recently launched a survey with Restored and Broken Rites about developing understanding and effective support for victims of domestic violence in Christian faith communities. Lisa would like as many people to take part as possible. You don't need to have experienced domestic violence to take part, there are some sections only for victims but the researchers are interested to learn about the information those who attend Churches have about domestic violence and the impact of this.
The deadline for completion is the end of November.
Developing understanding and effective support for victims of Domestic abuse in the Christian faith community

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.


Positively Rural – Family Engagement

Tuesday 18 January 7:30pm

Lucy Moore (Messy Church) and Caroline Hewlett (Forest Church) explore ways in which we can engage families and work with them in a rural context.Register here:
Deadline: 15 JanuaryPositively Rural is an online community hosted by the Yorkshire Plus Learning Network, but open to anyone of any denomination involved in rural ministry, including volunteers, lay workers and clergy.

Spiritual Growth and Transformation

Feb – July 2022

A course to help you discover who you truly are in Christ so that you can become who you are called to be in creation.
This is an experiential rather than an academic course. It offers a process of prayer, listening and reflection through which participants are encouraged and enabled to draw closer to God. Through this, the transforming work of the Spirit deepens, gifts are revealed and a faithful response to the call of Christ can be made:
"And we....... are being transformed into his likeness" (2 Cor. 3:18)
The course is open to people of all denominations or none and stands alone, but also acts as Part 1 of the Art of Spiritual Accompaniment Course.
Full details can be found in the brochure here: STG 2022
The application form can be downloaded here: STG Application

Grants towards the cost of attending are available from the L&D Grant fund.

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