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The Weekly Ebulletin - 8 July 2014

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 16:11

8 July 2014
Edited by Jason Smedley 
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News from the Church of England
St Mary’s, Manchester wins Primary School of the Year
For more news, visit the Church of England Homepage: www.churchofengland.org
A few extracts from the Bishops’ diary for your prayers over the next few days;
Wed 10             Principals meeting at St Mellitus College, London
Thu 11              Enthronement of the new Bishop of Hallam
Fri 12                First day of General Synod
Tue 9                Rossington Schools – Worship event for feeder schools
Wed 10             Hooton Pagnell School Confirmation
Thu 11              New Deacons and Training Incumbents Lunch at Doncaster House
Sat 13               Whitgift Garden Party


Centenary Event – Cusworth Hall
Click here to watch a video review of the last centenary event at Beauchief Abbey. It was a great success with over 400 people attending from around the Diocese.  The next event is at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster on 20 July. Cusworth Hall is a stately home set next to a lake and surrounded by rolling hills. There will be lots of activities and there’s plenty of room for picnics – and dogs are also welcome!
Former Sheffield Director of Ministry consecrated as Bishop of Selby
The Rev Canon Dr John Bromilow Thomson, who was the Director of Ministry in the Diocese of Sheffield, has been consecrated as the Suffragan Bishop of Selby. The Revd Sue Bond, Rector of Ampleforth, gave the sermon at the service. Sue was John Thomson’s Rector when he lived in Warmsworth, and is now a colleague of Paul Ferguson in the Archdeaconry of Cleveland.  During the sermon, Sue paid tribute to the new Bishops' intelligence and humble nature also speaking of the challenges that will lay ahead for them. Read more.
iTestify: Faith Stories for CofE
The idea is simple - short, digital testimonies of up to three minutes. Recorded on a phone or tablet to build a site of faith stories to inspire and encourage. This digital project is being ran nationwide by the CofE. Format isn’t too important other than the films saying who you are (Christian name will do) and where you live (town/city rather than full postcode) and then how it is you came to faith in Jesus Christ. Send your entries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Church Visitors Survey
The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England (CBC) is launching an initiative to improve the visitor experience in the 16,000 churches of the CofE. As part of this, it is conducting a survey of visitors’ requirements and expectations for a church visit. If you would be willing to help answer this survey, please email Dr Gabriel Byng at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Briefing note for Churches - First World War Centenary Commemoration
The national commemoration of the First World War is shaped around the themes of remembrance, youth and education. Within those themes local communities will tell their own stories. Please would you consider opening your churches for prayer at some point on Monday, 4 August, perhaps marking a vigil for peace and remembrance. Read More.

Current Vacancies

Diocesan Surveyor
The Diocese of Sheffield is looking to appoint a full-time qualified Diocesan Surveyor.  He or she will be experienced in property management and ideally have membership of CIOB or RICS. Read more.

For a full list of current vacancies and further details visit:http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/vacancies


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: http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/training 

Around the Diocese


Initial Proclamation - Evangelism
A morning with Bishop Steven exploring the theme of Initial Proclamation outlined in his Seven Disciplines of Evangelisation (available as a download). Saturday 18 October at St Peter Warmsworth. This event is open to all authorised and licensed ministers in the Diocese of Sheffield. Numbers are restricted. For bookings contact Trish Stafford at Church House on 01709 309147 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Owston All Saints – Flower Festival
All Saints Church is holding its Annual Flower Festival on Friday 11 to Sunday 13 July. Open each day from 10am - 4.30pm. Lovely displays by church members, schools, individuals and groups with wonderful refreshments, three course lunches, afternoon teas, sandwiches etc. Come and join in and be made most welcome at a beautiful 12th century church 5 miles north of Doncaster on the A19.
Sheffield Ecumenical Choir
The Sheffield Ecumenical Choir meets every Monday evening in Hackenthorpe to sing traditional church music. Their primary aims are good music and having fun, however, they are desperately in need of copies (music & words) of The English Hymnal (not the "new" version). If you can help, please contact Mike Robinson on 01909 569617 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Ecumenical Choir has no regular Sunday commitments and if you love singing they will offer a warm welcome.
SBTC launches new programme
St Barnabas Theological Centre has announced the launch of its new teaching programme for 2014/2015. The programme ranges from Saturday Short Modules available to run in local churches across Sheffield and beyond, to full Degree or Diploma modules and an Independent Leadership Track accredited by Durham University through the Common Awards Scheme, subject to validation. Degree modules are open to ordinands, independent leaders and interested lay people from across the Yorkshire region and beyond. Teaching takes place on Mondays at the St Thomas Crookes Campus in Sheffield. Read more.
CLC Bookshop, Sheffield - Get ready to plan the year
Now in, The Canterbury Church Book and Desk Diary 2015. All editions £18.99. Lectionaries CHP or SPCK both at £4.99 starting advent 2014. Canterbury Preacher's Companion 2015 also in stock. Complete Sermons for Sundays, Festivals and Special Occasions - £18.99. Stock expected soon of the Church Pocket Book Diaries. CLC Bookshops, 103-105 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EQ      
Book Launch - Canon Dr Alan Billings
Canon Dr Alan Billings will launch his new book - The Dove, the Fig Leaf and the Sword: why Christianity changes its mind about war (SPCK) - at the St Paul's (Mercure) Hotel on Friday 11 July (drinks and canapés) 11.45am-1pm and speak about Christian responses to World War 1. The book will be on sale at a discounted price. If you would like to attend please telephone Alan on 01142676549.
When Sheffield Went to War
A Living History Day at Sheffield Cathedral to commemorate the First World War Centenary. Drill with the Sheffield Pals as they prepare for the Front Line, learn about Sheffield’s war effort from our Munitions Girl and prepare supplies with our VAD Nurse. Enjoy a sarsaparilla in the WW1 Canteen and visit the York and Lancaster Regimental Chapel. Learn about conscientious objectors from the Quakers and ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ with our Children’s Choir. Original artefacts on display and a tribute to Reg Glen, the last Sheffield Pal. Saturday 12 July 11am–4.30pm. Free admission.
Christ Church Brampton Bierlow – World War 1 Commemoration
On 12-13 July Christ Church will commemorate the start of the War with displays and exhibits, focussing on the local people who joined up and never returned home and life in the local area at the time. The weekend will end with a special service starting at 4pm. At 7pm on Saturday, 19 July, Christ Church will host a concert by Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir, who will perform many of the famous songs of the time.  Tickets are £7 each, including refreshments, and are available on the night. Read more
Closure Of Whirlow Grange Conference Centre - Disposal of Contents
Whirlow Grange Conference Centre is closing as of 31 July.  All the contents must be cleared by that date. As a charity they must try to realise as much as possible from the disposal of assets but are open to all offers. A list of contents is available from Mark Arthur, General Manager on Sheffield 0114 236 3173 or via email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Crookes St Timothy – Family Concert
18 July from 7pm. Organized by the Musiv Team it is raising funds for the Church Organ Fund and also the Brain Tumour research fund. There will be a variety of items ranging from Faure and Rutter, LLoyd Webber to Lennon and McCartney. Refreshments available. Please wear a hat (or make one with materials provided). Tickets £6, concessions £3, family ticket £15. For more information contact the church office on 0114 2661745.
Heritage Open Days – Take Part
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. The dates for 2014 are 11-14 September. For more information and to register your church, click here.

For information on events taking place around the diocese, visit:www.sheffield.anglican.org/parish-events

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