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District News – 08 June 2021

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MHA Sunday

Join MHA Sunday Live hosted by TV and radio presenter Pam Rhodes on 13 June 2021 at 4pm to give thanks and celebrate our specialist care and support services. Churches and our supporters enable MHA to continue to bring hope and support people in later life across the country.
Visit the MHA website to get the link: MHA/Sunday

Office News

Katrin and Val continue to work mainly from home. You can call Katrin on the Office line (0114 270 9990), but it may take her longer to answer the phone. Please do leave a message if you do get the answer-machine, she will call back.

On-Line Training

Check 9 in the Data Protection Annual Checklist is "Identify Training Needs". Although this does refer to data protection, it is also the opportunity to think about what other training you or your church/circuit might appreciate.
As a starting point, Katrin is planning to run a series of short training sessions on a range of IT features that you may find useful, for example Setting up a Mail Merge to help check data. Details will be published in the weekly mailing.


Ministry with older people:

Mental Health Matters. For Older People. For Carers

13 July from 1:00-2:30pm

Our next ministry with older people webinar will be 1 – 2:30pm on Tuesday 13 July. This webinar hosted by Sheffield Methodist District is for anyone of any denomination involved in ministry with older people, including volunteers, lay workers and clergy. It will be an opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, and explore new resources and approaches to support you in your ministry in your context.

We will be joined by Pauline Kimantas (CEO, Sheffield Carers), Tim Jansen (Founder, Pontes Training), Sue Wishart (District Safeguarding Officer, Yorkshire West District) as we discuss how to be alert to signs of mental ill health in older people, mental health impacts of the Covid pandemic, and support available for experienced and new carers.

Book your space by Saturday 10 July at

Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Praying with a Labyrinth – 16-19 July

Come to walk and / or pray a Labyrinth at Whirlow this summer. Between 1pm on 16 July and 3pm on 17 July, various labyrinths will be available on site. Drop-in to use them in your own time or book to attend a special workshop on 17 July.
Full details can be found on here

Training and Learning Opportunities

Deep Talk training opportunities

Deep Talk uses stories in the sand as a stimulus for conversations that address big questions of life and build community. It helps people bring their whole selves to a situation, learn to listen to their inner voice and to listen and talk with others in a way that is appreciative and reflective, which strengthens community.

The wisdom stories are suitable for both adults and children in a secular setting. Faith stories can also be shared using the Deep Talk approach.

For more information and to register your interest:

Training in Deep Talk in Sheffield on 30th and 31st July:

Online training in Deep Talk starting in July :

Job Vacancies

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.

Deadline for applications: 18 June
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

Deadline for applications: 18 June
More information can be found here: Building Management Coordinator

Missional Property Enabler

Sheffield Methodist District

To encourage, support, advise and equip our churches and circuits to make their properties fit for mission, in accordance with our strategy for resourcing mission For 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

Children, Youth and Families' Worker

Based in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, North East England.

Strathmore Road Methodist Church is seeking an experienced professional to work alongside our part-time youth worker to develop and inspire our children's, youth and families' work.

For further information, including the job pack, application form and to arrange an informal chat, contact Revd. Ann Varker at

Get In Touch
0114 270 9990 / 0114 430 0255

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Room 47, Victoria Hall Methodist Church
Norfolk Street
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