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District News – 28 September 2021

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This Week's News

3Generate update

We are delighted to have a growing group of children and young people attending 3Generate (29-31 October), either for the weekend or as day visitors on the Saturday. If you haven't already, please do let us know if a group from your church is coming. Contact Jonathan Buckley or Victoria Loveday for details. Further information about 3Generate can be found at 3Generate

Pension Reserve Fund contributions

Thank you to those churches and circuits that have already contributed to the Pension Reserve Fund appeal. In addition to information previously circulated, a video featuring the President, Vice President and Connexional Director of Finance & Resources explaining the reasons for this appeal in is now available. Please do share with your church council and circuit meeting members if your discussions are still ongoing

Are you passionate about chaplaincy?

Are you interested in the development of chaplaincy in the Methodist Church and beyond?

Do you want to make a difference as part of God's mission in the Church for the sake of the world?

Then we have the role for you.

The Ministries: Vocations and Worship team is part of the Methodist Church and committed to transforming people and the Church through development.
The team is looking for people to volunteer as members of the Methodist Chaplaincy Forum in the following roles: agricultural chaplaincy lead, community chaplaincy lead, healthcare chaplaincy lead, higher education chaplaincy lead, schools/FE chaplaincy lead, prisons chaplaincy lead, later life chaplaincy lead, workplace chaplaincy lead.
Find out more here

Safeguarding Update

Coronavirus and isolation: supporting your friends and colleagues

As church we have a responsibility to our employees but also our volunteers. This month the Connexional Safeguarding Team have been promoting MIND, a mental health charity, and in particular the toolkit mentioned below.
Taken from :
It's fair to say we've never experienced a time like this.
There are lots of messages, advice, opinions and predictions around. Some of it's pretty drastic, and not all of it agrees – and the uncertainty, in itself, can feel very stressful. Mental Health at Work isn't here to add to your pressures by telling you what to do.

Instead, at a time when things are moving and changing fast, we just want to make sure you've got some useful and practical information when you need it.

This Mental Health at Work toolkit produced by Mind focusses on workplace wellbeing and includes: -Coronavirus and your wellbeing

  • Working well from home under self-quarantine for coronavirus
  • My whole self: supporting your mental health while working from home
  • Remote working: a practical safety guide for businesses
  • Supporting colleagues to stay mentally healthy in unusual working conditions
  • Guide to wellness action plans

See the Toolkit Coronavirus and isolation: supporting yourself and your colleagues

Correction to last week's news – the date for Safeguarding Sunday is 10 October, not 11 October.

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


Lay Workers Network – Friday 8 October

The Lay Workers network is for all lay employees within
the Yorkshire Plus Learning Network region (Sheffield District; Yorkshire North
& East District and Yorkshire West District).

They hold regular gatherings to share in good practice, both on Zoom and
physical meetings.

This time we will talk about how we are managing as more ofus are meeting physically.

  • What is working well?
  • What concerns are there?
  • Where are you struggling?

Share our thinking about what is helping with our well-being.
A time to reflect and refresh.

Book to join the next gathering here:

MWIB (Sheffield District)

Friday 15 October – 11am

The Rededication Service for Methodist Women in Britain is to be held at Bents Green on Friday October 15rh at 11am Rev Graham Wassell is officiating at the Service.

The Service will be followed by lunch (please bring your own) drinks will be provided after which we will launch our Project for 2021-22.

All are welcome do come and join us

Job vacancies and Volunteer opportunities

Homeless and Rootless at Christmas (HARC)

The HARC Board met this week have confirmed that this year they will open the project from Christmas Day to New Year's Day from 8.30am-1.30pm.As you may know, this year, they are moving from Archer Project to a new venue at Victoria Hall.
There will be one kitchen shift from 8.15am to 2.30pm, and two general volunteer shifts 8.30-11.30am and 11.30-2.30pm. Volunteers will be one Shift Leader and a Deputy Shift Leader, together with some volunteers who will be in the kitchen and the lower hall areas, the exact numbers of these volunteers will be confirmed.
The Board are looking to pay Project Leads a sum of £17.50 per hour, rising to £20.00 for Bank Holidays.
The training day with Project Leads, Shift and Deputy Shift Leads this year will be at Victoria Hall on Sunday 5th December 11-12noon and it is crucial that you attend this.
If you are interested, please contact Liz Grasso at HARC –

Other News

Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy

Thought for the month is by Revd Stella Mills who reminds us of the importance of being thankful. You can read it here: Thought for the month

Farmers' Harvest 2021

Sunday 17 October at 2:30pm

All are welcome to this years Farmers' Harvest Thanksgiving at 2.30pm on Sunday 17th October in the main store ring at the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, DE45 1AH.We welcome the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Rev'd Libby Lane as our guest speaker as well as Bel Canto and St Anne's Choir from Baslow to lift our worship, and Derbyshire Poet Philip Holland will creatively capture the farming year as we continue to thank God for His provision and care in these challenging times.

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