Sheffield Anglicans and Methodists enter “Partnership” Agreement
18th June 2015
On Thursday, 18 June 2015, the Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, and the Chair of the Sheffield Methodist District, the Revd Gill Newton, signed a statement of intent recognising their “common call to mission” across Sheffield.
The Anglican and Methodist churches have a long and fruitful tradition of working with each other, as well as with other Christian traditions. It is now recognised now that there are greater opportunities than ever before of sharing in God’s mission and ministry effectively across the whole city.
In addition to strengthening the relationship between the churches, the partnership will also have significant benefits for the city. A representative commented, “We firmly intend to speak up with a stronger voice for citizens on the margins of our city. We plan to make a joint response to the challenges and opportunities across the city, pooling our resources for the benefit of all.”
“All over Sheffield, you will find our churches already work together, making a substantial difference to communities. This partnership will make their work much easier; it will simplify relationships with other Christian traditions and faith groups, and enable secular authorities to find a common point of contact.”
“Our churches are now working closer together all over the country. It’s not a merger but a gradual process of doing things together which we hope is going to lead to greater sharing of ministry”.
The partnership will allow close collaboration between the Sheffield Methodist Circuit and the four Anglican deaneries in Sheffield.