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District News – 29 November 2022

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Christian Aid Sheffield's Advent Calendar

Christian Aid Sheffield's Advent calendar of carols is back! During December 2022 we will be presenting our "Best of 2020 and 2021" – a compilation of the most 'liked' videos from the last 2 years of our online Advent carols.

The link to the YouTube channel is here and there will be new video each day ranging from traditional carols, popular festive songs, a Christmas Rap and the 12 Days of Christmas like you have never seen before!!!
Do subscribe so you don't miss one.

We are raising funds for Christian Aid's vital work and our new just giving page can be found under each daily video or use this link

Why not spread the joy by sharing the link far and wide!

Everyday Missional Discipleship

16-20 January 2023 – Cliff College

This ten-session course (5 mornings) will explore missional discipleship in a small group setting. Join us to unpack teaching and ideas from the Bible and apply them to everyday life in a way that develops a sustainable model for discipleship, with mission at its very heart. Watch out: this week of practical teaching could transform your life! Ideal for small group leaders and those wanting to explore a way to develop discipleship in their churches.
The course leader is Revd Matt Wright is a Baptist minister and former Cliff student who leads our Everyday Missional Discipleship course. Matt and his wife Rachel are passionate about Jesus and they long for renewal in the UK church. They work as consultants in missional discipleship and live in Chesterfield with their two daughters.
Click this link for a course overview and to book your place:

Paediatric First Aid at Work

Jonathan Buckley is organising a Paediatric First Aid at Work Course at Herringthorpe URC in Rotherham on Thursday 24th Jan, 9.30am-4pm and has got 6 places left.
The cost is £50 / person, but we can reduce costs as needed as we'd rather have the places filled than not. To book a place, contact Jonathan on 07450 778678 or

Chairs seeking a new home

(No, not Revd Gill Newton)
Central Methodist Church in Chesterfield have a number of chairs (40+) to re-home if there are any churches out there that would like them -First come, first serve.
A picture of the type of chairs being offered is attached. Most of the chairs being offered are of the type on the left, with a few of the right hand type.
They are good quality and in good condition.
They are being offered for free but of course any donation to the mission and work of Central would be appreciated.
If anyone is interested and can arrange collection of the chairs then they should contact Rev Sean Adair on 01246 823180 / 07717 334186 or

Accommodation wanted

A message from the Pastoral Secretary at a Methodist Church in Cheltenham:

I have been asked by a young acquaintance from India about finding accommodation in Sheffield. Jennifer is coming to Britain with her husband Jayam who will be pursuing his studies (Masters in Electrical Engineering) in Sheffield Hallam University and his academic year will start from 9th Jan, 2023.Jennifer came to our Church in Cheltenham a few years ago when she was working here and she soon became part of our Church family. She returned to India and then married Jayam last year. She says, "We understood that student accommodation given by University is only meant for students and not their spouse. We need your help in finding accomodation in Sheffield through your contacts or through the Methodist Church members in the Sheffield. Requesting you to please help us if it is possible as it would be better if we have our house booked before we land in the UK. We are okay with a small house which can be a independent house or a flat in an apartment. We are looking for a furnished house as it would be convenient for us and we are looking for a budget friendly rental house."

Please contact Rev Judith Jessop with any offers of help. (Tel: 0114 2313518, e:

District Safeguarding Update

Young People's Mental Health

Find a link on the safeguarding webpage to a list of Young People's Mental Health resources produced by the Methodist Children and Youth team with Young Minds, as well as a list of support organisations: Young People's Mental Health ( )

Girlguiding UK has published a blog providing suggestions around improving mental health and wellbeing in children and young people. The blog lists ideas for unit volunteers talking about mental health and resources such as activity videos.

Read the blog: Activities and resources to boost wellbeing
Read the blog on feeling safe: Activities on safety and ideas for taking action

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.


Christmas Events

Here are some of the events happening across the District

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 3 December from 10-1pm at Victoria Methodist Church, Stafford Road, Sheffield

Carol Singing for Christian Aid

Saturday 3 December from 10am on The Moor, Sheffield

Farmers' Carol Service

Sunday 4 December at 2:30pm at the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell

Christmas Praise in the City

Wednesday 7 December from 7pm at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Sheffield

Nativity Festival

Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 December at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate, Chesterfield

Job Vacancies

Due to restructure, the Doncaster Methodist Circuit is are seeking to appoint

Finance & Property Officer

Main responsibilities:

  • To enable and support the circuit to effectively manage its finances
  • To maintain an overview of circuit finances and assist circuit stewards in managing the budges
  • To develop systems to ensure efficient management of Circuit Finance and Property processes
  • To work with Circuit Stewards to maintain and oversee circuit properties

Location: Alder Grove Methodist Church
Hours of work: 15 hours per week
Rate of pay: £15/hour

Administration and Governance Officer

Main responsibilities:

  • To provide effective and professional administrative support to the Circuit
  • To support the Circuit and Churches in fulfilling all governance requirements
  • To develop systems to ensure efficient management of Circuit Finance and Property processes
  • To develop and implement systems to ensure the efficient management of Circuit administration and all governance processes
  • To ensure effective communication across the circuit

Location: Alder Grove Methodist Church
Hours of work: 20 hours per week
Rate of pay: £15/hour

For a job pack, contact Barry Parker by telephone at 01302 850 370 or by email at
They will consider applications for both posts form one person, creating a 35-hour a week post. To demonstrate an applicants suitability, and considering the different person specifications for each of the roles, and application form for each job will need to be completed and submitted.
For an informal conversation about the role, please contact the Revd Mick Neal, Superintendent Minister at
Closing Date: 5pm on Wednesday 30 November

Yorkshire Theological Education Partnership are seeking a


Do you want to support theological education across Yorkshire?

  • Are you highly organised with an eye for detail?
  • Are you a self-starter, able to work flexibly and on your own initiative?
  • Do you have great people skills with the ability to co-ordinate academic processes which put learners first?
  • Are you a team player able to nurture team culture and working practices with colleagues and partners who are working at a distance?

The Yorkshire Theological Education Partnership YTEP is a charitable partnership comprised of Church Army, St Hild College, The College of the Resurrection, and the Leeds and York Diocesan Schools of Ministry.
Our purpose is to support the partners in their formation of future generations of Christian disciples and leaders – through the effective administration of Common Awards programmes validated by Durham University.
While we are based on the site of the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, our partners' work is regional, national and international.
Reporting to the Chair of the YTEP Common Awards Management Committee, the post of Academic Co-ordinator is key to the support and co-ordination that we offer to the teaching and learning of our partners.

Location:The Mirfield Centre of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and or Home-Based asagreed.
Hours:18.75 (0.5 FTE)
Pay:£17,000 – £19,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)(FTE £34,000 – £38,000)
Closing date: Noon on Wednesday 7 December.

Full details can be found here:

Other News

Methodist Women in Britain

The latest newsletter from MWiB is now available, including details of the annual Swanwick Conference; introducing the new Vice-President, Maggie Woods; and the launch of a Pastoral Care Fund to assist churches develop their pastoral work.
You can download a copy from here :
You can also download their prayer diary for Dec-Feb

Action for Children

Parent Talk report

New research using data from our Parent Talk service reveals huge demand for support with special educational needs and disabilities.

Parent Talk is a first-of-its-kind free online service which provides accessible and trustworthy advice, support, and reassurance for parents and carers of children aged 0-19. Parents and carers can access 1-to-1 advice from parenting coaches – trained family support workers – as well as support and advice articles across a range of common parenting challenges.

Read our insights into common parenting challenges, and the barriers people face accessing support services here.

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