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District News – 25 May 2021

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This Week's News

Wanted – what does gathering mean for you?

We are seeking objects, images or visual symbols that speak of the lives of people across our district on a theme of "Gathering and Regathering: Inclusivity". Your item can be anything: a symbol of industry, a symbol of community, a symbol of recreation, or something else. It can be abstract or concrete. It might be something crafted: painted, sculpted, sewn, or woven. It could be ready-made or off the shelf. The only restriction is that the dimensions should be no bigger than 30cm x 30cm x 30cm.
Please send a photograph of your item and a brief description of why you have chosen it to name + email by Monday 7 June.

Revd Jen Mullis OBE

The funeral of Revd Jen Mullis OBE will take place on Thursday 27 May at 12.10 p.m. This is restricted to family and close friends only. There will be a service of thanksgiving for Jen's life when it is possible to meet in larger numbers.

District Safeguarding Update

Regional Safeguarding Conference – Update

For those people who were unable to attend the virtual safeguarding conference we have now created a page, on the District Website, which contain all the recording of the sessions:
Thanks to Katrin for compiling all this together.

Depression: A Doctor's Advice

On 11 March, Dr Sophie Newton led a webinar on Depression, Self-harm and Suicide. Please find below a video Dr Newton has recently recorded about depression which provides a lot of self-help information. View on Youtube

New webpage with guidance from the Disclosure and Barring Service

There is a new page on the website with guidance from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Latest items include the leaflets on regulated activity and guidance on DBS checks for working with children in places of worship highlighted in last month's newsletter.
Guidance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (

As ever, if you have any questions or concerns please give me a call on 07483 362 735 or email me at

Journey of the Magi

a festive, light-hearted, joyful event with a moving and profound message.

Following a sell-out year in 2019, Journey of the Magi is back, for churches to host for Advent 2021. Share the joy and wonder of Christmas with your church and local community through this exhilarating, critically acclaimed performance. The show offers a bridge between contemporary life and Jesus's birth, comparing our own personal journey to Christmas day with the journey that the wise men took. With sparkle and songs to keep the children entertained and bags of good humour for the grown-ups, Journey of the Magi delights audiences of all ages and offers a chance to reflect and refocus.

"Absolutely fabulous show. Wonderful mix of fun, wit, and meaning. It made me laugh and it made me cry all in a couple of minutes. (Hope you'll come back.)" Richard, Poynton Methodist Church

Springs is inviting churches to host a performance of Journey of the Magi, which we are planning to tour nationally in December 2021. If the tour cannot go ahead due to Covid-19, bookings will be postponed until Advent 2022 or will be fully refunded .

Further information can be found on the Springs Dance Company website page, by emailing or by calling 07876 752 910


Walk or pray a Labyrinth at Whirlow

Between 1pm on 16 July and 3pm on 19 July, various labyrinths will be available at Whirlow Spirituality Centre.
Drop-in to use them in your own time or book to attend a special workshop on 17 July.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It is a model of your path through life; a metaphor for your journey. It can be used for meditation, reflection or prayer.

More details can be found here:

Whirlow Spirituality Centre are seeking feedback from you via a short survey about their website. If you can help, please go to the survey here (before31 May)

Positively Rural 5 – Countryside challenges

Wednesday 7 July from 1 – 2:30pm

Focusing on the issues facing rural communities and how we can respond to them

Speakers: Rachel Hallos, the West Riding NFU chair and Claire Maxim, CEO of Arthur Rank Centre

To book your place and obtain joining instructions, follow this link:

Learning and Development Opportunities

Growing through Change and Conflict

Tuesday 8 June – 09:30 to 15:45 on zoom

A one day workshop to consider how conflict works in ourselves and in our church community, and develop some simple tools to transform situations of tension and conflict.
To register for a place :
Numbers are limited and will be allocated in registration order

Active Listening Skills

Tuesday 22 June – 10am to 12 noon

Listening Skills and Asking Good Questions led by Elaine Lindridge and Rachel McCallam
Numbers are limited, book via EventBrite:

EDI 3 – Becoming Anti-racist

Tuesday 22 June – 1:00 to 2:30pm

Exploring racial justice and challenging discrimination
Introduction by Jill Marsh, Inclusive Church Implementation Officer

  • Stories from people's lived experience
  • Conversations about how to respond

To book your place on this webinar please use the following link:
Please note that bookings will close Friday 18th June

HE Certificates in Mission and Ministry – an invitation from Cliff College:

  • Love working with people and looking to serve God better?
  • Called to youth ministry or to working with children?
  • Seeking to develop deeper intergenerational family work in your church or community?
  • Passionate about ministry among older people?

If the answer is 'Yes' to any of these, then one of the HE Certificates in Children, Youth, Family and Third Age delivered at Cliff College is for YOU!Validated through the University of Manchester, with possibilities to gain a BA in Mission and Ministry, these Certificate courses are earthed in good biblical and solid theological study and rooted in creative and dynamic practice.

With concentrated teaching blocks at Cliff College these courses are accessible to both volunteers and employed staff.
Why not find out more here:
or Zoom into one of our friendly 'Meet the Staff' conversations (Three opportunities in June – contact Cathi on for details)
or attend our next online Mission and Ministry Open Day, details here:

Job Vacancies

Café Supervisor role

Priory Centre, Doncaster, DN1 2TB

To develop and supervise the café at The Priory Centre, an affordable inclusive place to eat, relax and be supported in the centre of Doncaster.
Until recently the Priory Centre was home to the congregation of Priory Place Methodist Church. We are now exploring fresh new models of town centre mission and outreach, of which the café will be an integral part.
As The Priory Centre embarks on this new season, it is imperative that as a place of Christian faith we offer a sense of inclusion, fellowship, and pastoral care to customers and volunteers alike.

Full details can be found here: Priory Place Cafe Supervisor

Lay Development Worker

Hoyland and Birdwell

The Circuit is seeking to appoint a full-time worker to help engage with local communities, especially those in the Hoyland and Birdwell area.

The salary will be £20,683 per annum for this full-time position.
The initial appointments will be for 3 years and may be extended subject to securing funding.

Further details can be found here: Lay Development Worker

Building Management Coordinator

Emmanuel Methodist Church

We are looking for someone with the enthusiasm and energy to join our buildings team.- making a positive contribution to Emmanuel and the wider community

  • serving the needs of the Church and the community through management of room allocation and lettings;
  • liaising with community groups, organisations and other lessees about bookings and invoicing;
  • ensuring that the building resources of Emmanuel are effectively and efficiently promoted, maintained and administered

More information can be found here: Building Management Coordinator



To encourage, support, advise and equip our churches and circuits to make their properties fit for mission, in accordance with our strategy for resourcing missionFor Such A Time As This. Using your excellent interpersonal skills, technical expertise, professional networks and understanding of contemporary Christian mission you will work with volunteers, lay staff and ordained ministers to:

  • Create welcoming community spaces
  • Reduce property burdens facing volunteers
  • Develop innovative models of premises management
  • Reduce our carbon footprint

£26,936 plus contributory pension scheme
There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder be a practising Christian.

Closing date for applications Tues 22 June
Interviews on or around Wed 30 June

Full details can be found here: Missional Property Enabler

News from outside organisations


MHA has been shortlisted for a £62,000 grant from the LNER Customer & Community Investment Fund. We need as many people to vote for us using the link below. Please share as widely as you can, every vote counts to get us through to the next stage. Watch our video to see our plans to use the funding to support our residents and members. Please vote for MHA under the Mental Health theme using this link.

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