The Weekly EBULLETIN - 24 January 2012

The Weekly eBulletin                              24 January



Edited by

Rob Marshall & Adam Orr


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Important events..... The Countdown!

The Diocese will welcome Steve Wilcockson as the new Archdeacon of Doncaster at a special service tomorrow evening (Wednesday 25 Jan, 7.30pm) in Sheffield Cathedral. We are really looking forward to Steve and Heather’s ministry amongst us and it is a wonderful way to celebrate The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle. All are welcome to attend. (A media release regarding tomorrow’s service will be on the Diocesan website after 12pm today)

Also, a reminder that Peter Burrows will be ordained York Minster next Thursday (2 Feb, 11am). Please pray for Peter as he prepares for his new ministry.


“Experiencing God’s Love”

Bishop Steven has just seen the publication of another Lent series, “Experiencing God’s Love” aimed at individuals or groups who want to study throughout the season of Lent.


Lent 2012 – please make these known in your churches

‘The Lord’s Prayer’: 5 evenings exploring how to pray

The evenings held in Sheffield Cathedral with Bishop Steven will take place on 5 consecutive Wednesdays; 29 February and the 7, 14, 21, 28 March all at 7.30pm.

The evenings held at Doncaster Minster (all on the same dates and times) will be with Bishop Peter. The sessions are suitable for all who want to learn more about their faith but especially those who are exploring Christian faith and preparing for baptism and confirmation. Please contact Hannah Smith ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more posters/flyers to promote the Lent Course.


Diocesan Synod date

The next meeting of the Diocesan Synod will be held at the Elim Christian Centre, Effingham Street, Rotherham, on Saturday 25 February 2012 (9am).



Bishop Steven at Hubbub

Bishop Steven will be speaking to Youth Leaders at Hubbub on Monday 30 January (7pm) and there will be music provided by Golddigger. Hubbub takes place in Café Nero, Peace Gardens Sheffield and is a bi-monthly connexion event for those interested in youth work. It offers a chance to be challenged and informed about current issues and trends by key proponents and speakers over a discounted coffee and with live acoustic music as background to networking and chatting with old friends. Entrance is free and for more details visit .



Sheffield Diocesan Directory 2011/12 – Amendments

P13:  Add under IME 4-7 Group Mentors:  Rev Lyn Wortley.

For all enquires in connection with the Directory please contact Jason Smedley, Church House, 01709 309100 or E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Special Service at Rotherham Minster

There will be a Service of Holy Communion for The International Day of Prayer for Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome at Rotherham Minster on Sunday 12 February (10.30am) – President & Preacher The Bishop of Sheffield.



Coming up at Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre..

21 February – A Simple Quiet Day Taster – ideal for those who want to explore this for the first time - £10  (9.45am-4pm). 6 March – God Made Me and Calls Me – a chance to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses and discern where God may be calling us to in the future - £21 (9.45am-4pm). 27 March – Be Ye Resting! The Quiet Garden: A Delightful Ministry Shared – Learn more about this simple ministry of hospitality and prayer - £21 (9.45-4pm). 14 April – Images of Life – a day spent with creation and a camera. Move closer to God in the quiet of photographing His creation - £21 (10am-4pm). 20 – 22 April– The Other Side of Chaos – a weekend with renowned writer and speaker, Margaret Silf, speaking on the flux and transition of our lives in the 21st century and asking where is God in this? - £130 non-res/£180 res, £12 to attend Fri evening only. 19 May – Experiencing God’s Love: Five Images of Transformation – exploring images of transformation in the Psalms with the Bishop of Sheffield, The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft - £21 (10am-4pm). Don’t forget our Contemplative Eucharist at 9.45am every Tuesday and Reflective Worship at 7pm on the first Sunday of the month. We are now on Facebook – search for ‘Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre’ click Like and keep up to date with what’s going on. T: 0114 235 3704/ Bookings 0114 2363173. E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Whirlow’s short video

Whirlow Grange Conference and Spirituality Centre have produced a short video showing what it can offer local churches. Graham Holland, Warden and General Manager, would be delighted to discuss how Whirlow could help with church away days, conferences, quiet days, or lunches and dinners for private or group events. Please contact him on 0114 236 3173 or via the website at To see the video log on at .




Wednesday 29 February (10am-12.30pm) at Doncaster College, The Hub

Speakers on the day include: Bishop Peter (the new Bishop of Doncaster and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education), Craig Lee  Headteacher at St Mary’s CE Primary School and Executive Headteacher at  Darfield All Saints CE Primary School in Barnsley (both schools to be Academies) and a representative of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams  Solicitors. Take this opportunity to consider the changing landscape of Education and to meet the new Bishop of Doncaster. Cost £20 including refreshments (from 9.30am) and lunch (from 12.30pm). For further information and booking forms .




2012 Church Urban Fund Conference

For Christians and churches transforming lives in local communities on 18 April at  St Georges, Great George Street, Leeds (10.30am – 4pm). The cost is  £10 and travel bursaries are available.  Main speakers at the event include: John Sentamu (Archbishop of York), John Bell (Iona Community), Helen Gatenby (M13 Youth Project) and Jude Smith /Chris & Anna Hembury. For more details and booking visit:  or T: 020 7898 1652.


Magnificent Schulze Organ is back in use!

The monthly Organ recitals will begin again at Doncaster Minster in January 2012, they will take place on the 4th Friday of the month beginning at 1.10pm, lasting approx. 50 minutes. There is a retiring collection at the end of each recital. 27 January: Ian Roberts - Director of music St John's Ranmoor and formerly Assistant Organist of Chester Cathedral. 24 February: Jordan English - Student at Royal Northern College of Music formerly Organ Scholar at Carlisle Cathedral. 23 March: Nick Sutton - Assistant Orgaist Doncaster Minster formerly Organ Scholar St Anne's Cathedral Leeds. 27 April:Darren Williams - Director of Music Doncaster Minster.


Resources Centre, Church House, Rotherham

New In the Resources we have copies of Bishop Steven’s new publications:  ‘Experiencing God’s Love’ (£5.99) and ‘How to live: A Guide to the Christian Journey’ (Joint author Stephen Cottrell) (£9.99). These are available to be purchased from our bookstall or borrowed from the Resources Centre. We also have a few 2012 Lectionaries available to be purchased at the reduced price of £4. If you are making a specific journey to the Centre please ring first as there will be several unstaffed /closed days over the next few weeks and we would not like anyone to have a wasted journey. Kathryn & Liz T: 01709309105



News from the Church of England

Provisional attendance figures for 2010 released – marriages up four per cent, national ‘mapping’ identifies at least 1,000 fresh expressions of church.–-marriages-up-four-per-cent,-national-‘mapping’-identifies-at-least-1,000-fresh-expressions-of-church.aspx



Education Sunday Resources

The resources for Education Sunday can be accessed through the Natsoc200 web site - or from the Church of England web site -



Diamond Jubilee Articles

This month, Parish Pump ( is offering a series of articles written by David Winter, former head of Religion for the BBC, marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The first is entitled "Elizabeth - Child of Destiny". They are aimed at Parish Magazine editors.


Liturgical resources for the Olympics

You will be interested to hear that liturgical resources for the Olympics are now available here:

You can get to this file via


Poverty & Homelessness Action Week“Breaking Barriers” - 28 January – 5 February 2012

If your church is planning to include Homelessness as a topic during Poverty and Homelessness action Week please contact us if you would like copies of our newsletter and leaflets about our work. We can also supply a dvd of the video which is available to view on our website ( and which contains examples from people who have been helped by the projects that we support. Church Housing Trust, PO Box 50296, London, EC1P 1WF. T: 020 7269 1630 E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


WaterAid’s Lent Appeal

The charity WaterAid is asking congregations across the country to collect Jars of Change for jars of water this Lent. By asking everyone to give something up and donating what they save, your church could help families like Musabyimana’s from Rwanda whose family has never had safe water. Using technologies like rainwater harvesting, we hope to bring a safe supply of water to 2,000 people in Rwanda. There are lots of free Lent resources to get your church involved including posters, presentations and Sunday school resources. Please visit today and get your church involved this Lent.


Book Reviews:

January 2012 Book Reviews by Revd Canon Mark Wigglesworth, Director of Mission and Pioneer Ministry (who reviewed Jim Currin, Sharing Faith the Jesus Way) and Revd Canon John Thomson, Director of Ministry (who reviewed Claire Pedrick and Su Blanch, How to Make Great Appointments in the Church: Calling, Competence and Chemistry)




Headteacher Vacancy

The Governors at Totley All Saints CE Primary School, Sheffield are looking to appoint a Headteacher from September 2012. For further information visit .

Closing date: Friday 27 January 2012


Children and Family Worker for Christ Church Stannington

Half-time fixed term contract (6 months)

Salary JNC scale

A further contract may be available at the end of the employment period. The worker is required to encourage families with church connections, and lead the children’s ministry of the church including the new Messy Church service. For further information please contact the Vicar, Canon Philip West, 214 Oldfield Road, Stannington, Sheffield S6 6DY. T: 0114 232 4490 E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Closing date for applications: 10 February 2012. Interviews to be arranged.


Parish Round Up



Beauchief Abbey Lent Lectures

The annual Beauchief Abbey Lent lectures will be given by the renowned Old Testament scholar Revd Prof John Rogerson.  The title of the five weekly lectures is 'Law and Justice in the Old Testament'. The lectures run weekly on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7pm from 29 February at St Andrew's Psalter Lane, Sheffield. Admission is free and all are  welcome. For further details visit:



The 2012 Yorkshire and the North East Cymanfa Ganu Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival

This will be held at Trinity Methodist Church, 43 Monkgate, York on Saturday 19 May . The hymn-singing will be led by Yvonne Robert, Prestatyn and the organist will be Mr Nicholas Page. Most of the Cymanfa hymns are sung in Welsh, with four-part harmony for the proficient, but the spoken part of the services is in both Welsh and English.  Everyone is welcome! There will be two sessions: 2pm - 3.30pm  and 4.45pm - 6.30pm. Tea and coffee are provided in the interval. Please contact Mrs Eileen Walker on T: 01535 665829 or E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for further details.


St Mary's Handsworth

There will be a Barn Dance at St Mary’s Handsworth on Saturday 28 January (7pm). Tickets £6. Further information contact Anne Palmer T:0114 2696889.

For sale - 10 red/white choir robes various sizes youth - adult.  Any reasonable offer will be accepted contact Anne on T:0114 2696889. 


‘Palestine, the Bible and the Imperial Imagination’

A Public Lecture by Professor Keith Whitelam at Quaker Meeting House 10 St James Street,Sheffield, S1 2EW on Wednesday 8 February (7.30pm). Professor Whitelam is the author of The Invention of Ancient Israel, the Silencing of Palestinian History and has recently retired from the chair of Biblical Studies at Sheffield University. He has published a number of studies challenging the view that the Old Testament can be interpreted as a straightforward historical account of the events its describes.


Various important events



School of Theology

St Thomas Crookes, Sheffield, in partnership with St Paul’s Theological Centre (SPTC), Holy Trinity Brompton. On Saturday 25 February (9.30am-12.30pm)  we have excellent DVD presentations in our 3 tracks. As well as this, the second half of the Mission Module will be taught live by Dr Elaine Storkey, president of Tearfund & regular broadcaster for programmes on the BBC. Come and join in and see how your thinking and living is impacted by the Word of God! Life Track – ‘Is Religion Bad for you?’ by Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Dean of St Mellitus College and Principal of SPTC. Faith Track – ‘Resurrection & Ascension’ by Dr Jane Williams, lecturer at SPTC. Bible Track – ‘John’s Gospel’ by Rt Revd Prof Tom Wright, former Bishop of Durham, respected New Testament scholar. For more details: E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  T: 0114 2671090.



Alpha Vision Day 2012

On Saturday 3 March (9am-4.30pm), St Thomas Church Philadelphia Campus, Sheffield invite you to join them for a day to share the vision of re-evangelising the nation and transforming society (cost £10 and students £5). This will be an opportunity to be encouraged, inspired and meet others working to impact their communities. With time for prayer, worship led by Worship Central and sessions led by Nicky Gumbel and other key speakers from Alpha International ministries and local churches. This is the first time that the Alpha Vision Day has taken place outside of London and we hope to see you and your team/church there! Full details and booking at .


National conference for young people

Young Vocations Conference: a national conference for young people, aged 16-19, who would like to explore the idea of being ordained into the Church of England. It will be held from the 13-15 Feb 2012 at Bishop Woodford House, Ely. Places are free, though limited; only the travel cost needs to be found. More information at


Step Forward 2012

On Saturday 3 March (11am-4pm) Dr John Sentamu will be hosting Step Forward 2012 ( at Bishopthorpe Palace, York. It is a free event and places can be booked online via the website. If you are aged 18-30, could God be calling you to Step Forward…and consider ministry in the Anglican Church?



There are a number of places available on the Evangelism into the Future module at the School of Ministry in the Spring term. This module looks at historic, contemporary and emerging approaches to Christian evangelism, with reference to placement experiences. The cost is £65 which includes all course materials, food etc. The dates are Sundays January 8, Feb 12, March 11, April 15 2012 meeting at the Wilson Carlile Centre, Sheffield S3 7RZ (8.50am-5.20pm). Further information about the course can be obtained from Revd Jane Truman, E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or T: 01142787020. Licensed and authorised lay ministers can apply to John Thomson for grant support towards the costs if needed. E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Discipleship Course

"Foundations of Faith" is a discipleship course, taught as a rolling programme across the Diocese, in three terms of eight evenings. It perhaps offers more than most parishes can normally provide, but is much less demanding than, for example, the School of Ministry. Part One covers; Worship, Using the Bible, Christian Ethics and Church History. Part Two covers; Christian Belief, Ministry, Mission and Spirituality. Part Three offers an overview of the Bible in eight evenings. Part One runs from 17 Jan-20 March 2012 (7.30pm-9.15pm) at St Mary's, Bramall Lane, Sheffield. For further information (and for an application form) visit:  or contact Trish Stafford on T: 01709 309147.



A fresh look at the Old Testament

An Introductory Course in Six Lessons, ideal for Local Preachers, Lay Readers at The Urban Theology Unit, 210 Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield by Revd Dr Noel Irwin. The course will begin on Thursday 2 February 2012 (7-9pm). It will cost £25 for the whole course or £5 per lesson. Programme: 2 February - What are the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament?, 9 February - The Torah/Pentateuch, 23 February -The Deuteronomistic History, 1 March – Prophesy, 8 March - The Writings, 15 March - An Old Testament Theology?. For further Information and booking, contact UTU T: 0114 2435342 or E:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  .


A fresh look at the New Testament

An Introductory Course in Six Lessons, ideal for Local Preachers, Lay Readers and all interested at The Urban Theology Unit, 210 Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield by Revd Dr John Vincent. The course will begin on Thursday 19 April 2012 (7-9pm). It will cost £25 for the whole course or £5 per lesson. Programme: 19 AprilWhat is the New Testament?, 26 April - How and What Do We Know About Jesus?, 3 MayUsing the Gospels Today, 17 May - Acts and the Early Christians, 24 May - Paul and a Theology for the World, 31 May -Revelation and Other Voices. For further Information and booking, contact UTU T: 0114 2435342 or E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  .                   


Preaching Paul

On Saturday 24 March 2012 (10am-4pm, arrive 9.30am for coffee) a day conference with Professor James Dunn. Professor Dunn is a leading New Testament scholar and expert on Pauline theology, having researched and written widely in this area. He is committed to preaching and to enabling preachers to communicate the Gospel with imagination and clarity. Venue: Leech Hall, St John’s College, 3 South Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RJ. For directions visit Cost: £21 per person full day including refreshments throughout and lunch mid. £18 per person if booking in a group of 3 or more, Booking closes 2 March 2 2012. Advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.  Enquiries:  Please contact Sue Hobson at St John’s College, E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  T: 0191 3343877



The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.  Science, Religion and Atheism Murray Edwards College, Cambridge (Friday 30 March-Sunday 1 April)

Is the discussion between science and religion affected by its narrator, be they theist, atheist or agnostic? This course is not to debate the existence of God but to explore answers to this question presented by speakers themselves coming from these different perspectives.

Speakers and Topics include: A Plague on Both Your Houses: Prof. Michael Ruse, Does the Evolutionary Narrative Support Theism or Atheism? Prof. Simon Conway Morris FRS and Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker, Is the Universe Designed? Revd Dr Rodney Holder and Dr Stephen Law, Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Religion Prof. Keith Ward and Dr Mark Vernon, Does the History of Science and Religion depend on the Narrator? Dr Allan Chapman and Prof. Ronald Numbers. For more details visit or T: 01223 741281.




Malta Pilgrimage

The Revd Peter and Carol Paine invite you to join them on a pilgrimage/tour of Malta where St. Paul was shipwrecked on his final journey to Rome. The dates are 18th to 25th April 2012. We will be travelling with Worldwide Christian Travel who are offering the tour for a cost of £1095 which includes flight, half board 4* hotel, air-conditioned coach, guide, gratuities and service charges. Please contact Peter for a full itinerary and brochure on 01704 809517 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  .

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