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District News – 4 October 2022

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This Week's News

Warm spaces update – first grant, funding and conference

We have awarded our first Warm Spaces Grant to Firth Park Methodist Church in Sheffield. The church will be extending and making more accessible their weekly community meals and opening for longer, on a day when other community spaces are closed. This will be advertised in the local library, doctors, community notice boards and local charities the church already partners with.

Details about how to apply for a grant for your church are our website

ASDA are now offering Cost of Living Grants for warm spaces and other community activities. If you are near a store speak to their Community Champion. Further details here

Sheffield Church Action on Poverty are holding a pilgrimage and conference on Saturday, with speakers including Methodist pioneer Nick Waterfield and Sylvia Ward, chief executive of Citizen's Advice Sheffield. If you are based in Sheffield, an opportunity to share with local religious leaders, politicians and people on the frontline of dealing with poverty. If you live beyond Sheffield, a chance to learn some approaches you may be able to graft into your context. Further details here

Statistics for Mission – advance notice

The data entry site ( ) will open for the 2022 statistics collection on 1 November. This is where you can update the church officers contact details, as well as updating the membership numbers and recording the average attendance at the main worship service.
The site will be open until February.
If you have any difficulties with this, please contact Katrin in the District Office (

The Freedom Project

Good to see this project get wide coverage via the Methodist News:
"Jesus said, I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly".

Click here to watch the short film and find out how the Freedom Project in Bolsover helps local people to find joy in the world.

Correction to last week's news

Last week we reported on the death of Revd William Wallbank. He was a supernumerary in the Doncaster circuit, not Barnsley.

Methodist Women in Britain – Sheffield District

The Rededication service of Pam Meek as MWiB President will be on Friday October 14th 11am at Bents Green Methodist Church. Deacon Annabell Terry is the preacher and Rev Ann Baldock is the Celebrant. Do come along and join us. (Bring your own Lunch, drinks will be provided)

Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy

The latest newsletter from the DRC can be downloaded here: DRC Winter
Amongst the articles you can find out more about the different types of cattle farmed there, and why!

District Officers News

CYF Co-ordinator

Children, Youth and Family workers – the dates for the next few Zoom gatherings are:
10th @ 7.30pm;11th @ 11am;13th @ 2pm
7th @ 11am;8th @ 2pm;9th @ 7.30pm
5th @ 11am;6th @ 7.30pm;7th @ 2pm
Contact Vic Loveday ( for more details including the link to join.

Lay Employees

the next Lay Orientation Training will be taking place on-line on 6th December2022 from 10:00 am – 14:30pm.
This is a day for new Lay Employees to meet, explore their role, understand Methodism and get to grips with key employment practices and much more!
The link to register is here: Lay Orientation


Farmers' Harvest Service

Sunday 16th October at 2.30 pm

We welcome Rev'd Canon Alan Robson as the guest speaker.Alan is Agricultural Chaplain in Lincolnshire, founding member of the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies in England.
Also taking part is Derbyshire Poet Philip Holland, Bel Canto, and St Anne's Church Choir from Baslow
Full details can be downloaded here: Harvest Service

Visio Divina: embracing the new normal through creating images on our camera

8-10 November 2022 -The Briery, 38 Victoria Avenue, Ilkley LS29 9BW

Yorkshire Plus Regional Retreat for Ministers and Lay Employees
The deadline for this retreat has been extended to 31 October.
You don't need to be a skilled photographer, but you do need a camera--the one on your phone will do just fine.

The Retreat will be led by Stephen Radley, an Anglican priest, trained professional photographer and members' ambassador for the Guild of Photographers.
Register online via EventBrite
Cost: £220. A subsidy of £110 is available for those in the Yorkshire Plus region to attend one retreat a connexional year. A deposit is required to confirm your registration.

Job Vacancies

Church and Community Support Worker,

Crosspool, Sheffield

We are looking to appoint a Church & Community Support Worker for 16 hours a week for a minimum term of 3 years. We can offer flexible hours but do require some evening and weekend working.
For further information please contact,, or 07711500962, who will be pleased to send you the Job Spec and Person Profile, and if helpful, chat through this new role.
To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to Clare Fowler, PCC Secretary, St Columba's Church, 503 Manchester Road, Crosspool, Sheffield S10 5PL

Closing date for applications: 14th October
Expected interview date w/c 17th October

Community Cohesion & Outreach Worker

Manor Church & Community Project

The role of Community Cohesion and Outreach Worker is a significant appointment for the charity and one which carries a notable level of responsibility and autonomy. The post holder will work flexibly and assume responsibility for day-to-day operation of the Temple Park Centre.

Representing the charity across local networks, and acting as the public face of the project, the successful applicant will promote social inclusion and community cohesion by identifying gaps in provision, building bridges between existing and emerging communities and develop new forms of church and worship with and for local people.

  • Hours of work:37 hours per week (full-time) worked flexibly to meet the needs of the charity.
  • Contract: An initial 3-year FTC (The post is fully funded for this period of time)
  • Rate of pay:£13.50 per hour
  • Location: Based from the Temple Park Centre, Harborough Avenue, Sheffield, S2 1QT

Next steps: Email for an application pack, or contact Derek Newman, treasurer and trustee, at for an informal conversation around the role

Closing date: 23rd October 2022
Interview date: 10th and 11th November 2022
Start date: As Soon As Possible

Get In Touch
0114 270 9990 / 0114 430 0255

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Room 47, Victoria Hall Methodist Church
Norfolk Street
S1 2JB

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