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The Weekly Ebulletin - 25 September 2014

23 September 2014
Edited by Jason Smedley 
Please remember
All contributions should be sent to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 4pm each Monday with a limit of 100 words and a web reference for more information.

News from the Church of England
Church of England backs new project on climate change and investment
Church of England to call for carbon pricing and ambitious global climate deal
Review on Church school RE pledges to raise standard for globally important subject
For more news, visit the Church of England Homepage: www.churchofengland.org
A few extracts from the Bishops’ diaries for your prayers over the next few days;
Wed 24             Visiting St Luke’s Hospice
Thu 25              Attending St John’s Ranmoor
Sun 28              Centenery event at Worsbrough Mill
Fri 26                Doncaster Civic Mayor – At Home Day
Sun 28              Centenery event at Worsbrough Mill


The Bishop’s Letter for October by Bishop Steven
Copy for reproduction in October editions of parish magazines is in the Appendix below.

Final Chance to Book - Diocesan Development Day, 4 October
Book now to ensure your parish is represented at this year’s Diocesan Development Day. Rowan Williams is the key note speaker and, with prayer as the theme, this year's day has already attracted a lot of interest. Last year the day was fully booked over a week before the event. Each parish can book up to 5 places so book now to avoid disappointment (multi church benefices can negotiate extra places).  Bookings should be sent to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information and downloadable booking forms are available on the diocesan website.
Centenary Event – Worsbrough Mill
The last of external venue takes place on Sunday 28 September at Worsbrough Mill.  As before, the event begins at 2pm where visitors will be greeted by the Worsbrough Brass Band.  There will be stalls selling our Hendersons Centenary Relish and our Centenary beer, plus stalls from some of our local parishes. There will be activities such as circus skills and drumming to entertain all the family. Our artist in residence will also be there, completing the last board which will make up our Centenary Painting. And back by popular demand, Micah’s Gang will also be there to entertain us. Bishop Steven’s teaching and the Act of Worship will begin at 3pm, to around 4pm.
Diocesan Centenary Eucharist with the Archbishop of York
The final stop on the Diocesan Centenary Tour will take place at Sheffield Cathedral, Sunday 23 November 2014. This event will be ticketed on a first come first served basis. Click here to book.
Assistant Bishop appointed in the Diocese
The former Bishop of Grantham, the Right Reverend Dr Tim Ellis, has been appointed as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Sheffield. Bishop Tim Eliis retired from his last post in September 2013 after nearly eight years as a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Lincoln. Read more.
Youth Ministers authorised by Bishops through Aurora course
At the Celebration of Lay Ministries on 20 September, 10 Children’s Ministers and four Youth Ministers were authorised by the Bishop to minister in their parishes. Those being authorised have all graduated through the Aurora Children and Youth course.  Read more.

2015 Diocesan Budget Meeting
A meeting about the 2015 Budget will be held at the Elim Christian Centre, Rotherham on 24 September 2014 at 7.00 pm.  The agenda includes an update on Common Fund, information about Gift Aid Claims and the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, a presentation on the 2015 provisional budget and a brief introduction from the Parish Support Team as to how they can assist parishes with their finances.  Please indicate your attendance to Elizabeth Lunt on 01709 309 117 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Request for Faith Stories and Sermon Recordings
Work on a new Diocesan Website is now well under way and it will be launched in the coming months. We need your help with two exciting new features. Firstly, we would like to hear stories of faith from around the Diocese. What has faith helped you through? How has prayer changed your life? How did you first turn to faith? Secondly, we need recordings of sermons for our prominent new ‘Featured Sermon’ which will be updated on a regular basis. If you would like to help with either of these, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Women’s Vocations Day Conference
On 11 October, Sheffield Cathedral will host this one day conference. It is open to all women who are exploring a call to ordained ministry, of all ages and at all stages in life, for those who sense a clear call and those for whom it is only a whisper. It is open to all dioceses. The keynote speaker will be Revd Dr Emma Percy, Chaplain of Trinity College Oxford. Booking is essential. Read more.
Photography competition launched
To celebrate the centenary of the Diocese of Sheffield entries are invited to a photography competition that celebrates the life and heritage of churches across the Diocese.  Richard Taylor, presenter of the BBC's Churches: How to Read Them, will present winners with prizes at Sheffield Cathedral in November.  Six categories are available to enter.  The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2014. Read more.

Current Vacancies

Vicar of the Minster Church of St George, Doncaster
Doncaster Minster offers an exciting opportunity for mission as it engages in the civic and commercial life of the town and wider borough.  The Minster is committed to welcoming all people, expressing the love of God, growing new disciples and being an active Christian presence at the heart of the community. Read more.

For a full list of current vacancies and further details visit: sheffdio.org/OurVacancies


Click the above links to learn more about the courses, including how to book. For a full list of courses being offered by the Diocese of Sheffield, visit: sheffdio.org/CoursesEvents 



He Who Sings, Prays Twice
15 October, 7.30-9.30. Fulwood Old Chapel, 8a Whiteley Lane, Sheffield S10 4GL. Learn simple rounds and chants in four-part harmony: sacred songs of joy, gladness, sadness and peace, from a variety of sources from the Judeo-Christian tradition. The silence that follows the singing offers the opportunity to be still, or to pray or meditate. Starting with a gentle body and voice warm-up and some simple rounds, move on to learn songs and chants in four-part harmony. Songs are learnt by ear, with simple hand movements as a guide – no musical experience is needed. Read more.


‘Wine in the Cellar’: Meister Eckhart, God’s Close Friend

Saturday 18 October, 9.45-3.45. Shirley House, St Andrew's Church, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL. A day event, led by Revd. Patricia Impey. Eckhart, a medieval mystic, speaks as much to our time as his own. For him the spiritual life is not something that leaves us floating six feet above the ground. Rather it is grounded in the soil of everyday existence. Read more.



College of Evangelists Autumn Day

The College of Evangelists will be holding their Autumn Study Day on Monday 3 November 2014 at Wilson Carlile College; the Speaker will be Graham Cray and his theme is:  'The Future of Evangelism - Lessons Learned and Challenges to Meet'. The day begins with tea and coffee at 10.30 a.m. and finishes with tea and coffee at 3pm. For more details, or to book, contact Jenny Lowery – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Wentworth Holy Trinity Music Festival
The original festival in 1999 was organised as part of the Millennium celebrations.  It was so successful that the series of concerts have now become an annual event. The 2014 festival consists of several events over the period from Wednesday 24 September to Saturday 27 September.  All events are being held in Holy Trinity Church, Church Drive, Wentworth. The programme of events can be found atwentworthchurch.co.uk.


CLC Bookshop
A relevant bookstall, tailored to your aims and objectives, will add value to any service, conference or special event. What about a Christmas stall? How best can we serve your community? Also, now in stock and awaiting your visit  -  planners, lectionaries, diaires and calendars, including Advent calendars. CLC Bookshops, 103 West Street, Sheffield S7 1FJ  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Pitsmoor Christ Church – Dave Tomlinson “The Bad Christian’s Manifesto”
November 15, 10.30 – 3.30. A day conference with Dave Tomlinson, challenging notions of a ‘good’ Christian, exploring a faith that is thoughtful  and fun. A day to provoke those of faith and invite those on its fringes. Dave is a vicar, broadcaster and author of ‘The Post-Evangelical’ and ‘How to be a Bad Christian’. A contribution of £5 to £10 towards running costs will be requested. Copies of Dave’s book will be on sale on the day. To book a place, contact Huw Thomas on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sheffield Cathedral - Celebrating Age
Wednesday 1 October starting at noon. Sheffield Cathedral welcomes all those aged 55+ and their carers to celebrate age. Celebrate Age coincides with the International Day of Older Persons. It is an opportunity to highlight the challenges facing older persons and to celebrate their achievements and contribution to church and society, especially within the city of Sheffield. For more information, or to inform us that you will be attending, please contact Sheffield Cathedral on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wheel of Hope – Art Festival
Wheel of Hope, the adopted Charity of Doncaster Minster, of which Bishop Peter is a Patron, helps educate over 200 children from dysfunctional families in South India. They are holding an Art Festival on 27 September 11.30am to 3.30pm. at Rockland House, Buckingham Road, Conisbrough DN12 3DE. For a suggested donation of £5, you will get a glass of wine, nibbles, entry to the Raffle and discount from a purchase.  There are over 200 pictures, original oils, acrylics, water colours, a few prints, Books and CDs.  Ring  David or Pamela on 01709 860401 or just come along on the day.


Sheffield Manor St Aidan’s – Poetry by Matt Black
St Aidan's Church, Sheffield Manor will be hosting an event with local poet, Matt Black, as part of this year's Off the Shelf festival on 11 October at 2pm. Read more.


West Bessacarr St Francis – Fantastic Acts
Riding Lights Theatre Company will be performing their new show 'FANTASTIC ACTS" at St Francis Church, West Bessacarr, on Thursday the 16 October this year at 7.30pm. In classic Riding Lights' style - with laughter, insight, vivid story-telling and surprising energy for a holiday in the sun - Fantastic Acts! invites you to take an invigorating dip into the remarkable lives of the men and women who formed the first churches. Tickets: £10 (groups: buy 10 and get the 11th free) are available now from the Riding Lights Box Office on 01904 613000. Read more

The "Around the Diocese" section lists events representative of parishes around the diocese. Inclusion does not necessarily constitute endorsement.

For information on events taking place around the diocese, visit: sheffdio.org/ParishEvents




The Bishop’s Letter, October 2014 
This letter from Bishop Steven is for you to reproduce in October on your church website, in your parish magazine or in your Sunday Newsletter:

This Month, Bishop Steven Writes:

Bishops in Mission Together

Earlier this year, all the bishops of the Northern Province went away together to Holy Island to pray together.  The Archbishop of York called us to pray for north of England.  We read the Bible together and listened to one another’s stories.  We heard accounts of what God is doing across the north from a dynamic group of young adults who came with us.  

But this was not just another meeting.  We agreed to do something practical together: to be part of the answer to our own prayers.

The bishops agreed together that once a year the Archbishop would lead us in mission for four days to a single diocese.  As bishops we want to lead by example.  Sharing the faith is a vital part of the life of the Church.  We want to encourage one another and encourage the whole Church.  

The bishops also agreed (with one voice) that we should begin this mission together in September 2015 and that we should begin in the Diocese of Sheffield.

You may want to mark the date in your diary now.  From Thursday 10th-Sunday 13th September next year, the Archbishop of York will lead a four day mission in the Diocese of Sheffield.  The mission team will be the Bishops of the Northern Province.  Final details are still to be worked out but we hope that each Bishop will bring a team of half a dozen young people.  We are hoping that there will be bishops in every deanery.

Our aim in the summer of every year is to sow the seed of the gospel in all kinds of ways.  That is what we will be aiming to do next year as the Bishops join us in mission together.  The teams will work in partnership with parishes, mission partnerships and deaneries in schools, in community ventures, in a range of different events.  

We’re committed as a Diocese to moving forward in mission together.  Please pray that as the Bishops of the North come to join us in God’s mission that we may see good fruit in every part of the Diocese.

+Steven Sheffield

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