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The Weekly EBulletin - 4 March 2014

4 March 2014
Edited by Jason Smedley

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News from the Church of England

Archbishop of Canterbury praises Near Neighbours work

Bishops respond to Government Child Poverty strategy

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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;


Thu 6                Speaking at Hatherley Manor, Gloucester

Sat 8                Diocesan Synod

Sun 9                Service at St Nicholas, Bradfield


Wed 5               Consecrating the altar at St Michaels School, Rossington

Sat 8                Diocesan Synod

Sun 9                Service at Hillsbrough and Wadsley Bridge



The new Parish Share: one week until the first events to explain Common Fund for 2015

A little while ago invites were sent to all PCC Secretary’s, Treasurers, Wardens and Clergy for them to attend one of a series of events to present the new format of Parish Share for 2015, to be known as "Common Fund".  Thank you if you are already planning to attend one of these events, and we look forward to seeing you there. If you have not made plans to attend then there is still time to put an event in your diary. Each event will be run by a Bishop and an Archdeacon (Bishops to alternate between Archdeaconries).  They will explain why the new system is needed and how it will operate in practice.  It is a significant change to the way we share our resources together, and we want to communicate this with as many people as possible.  The dates, times and venues are listed at www.sheffield.anglican.org/common-fund.

Centenary Celebrations

The Pocket Guide to the Diocese of Sheffield will now be in website form so that contributions can be made throughout the year and beyond. Images of all churches are being collected so that the history and stories about our buildings can be explored.  Interesting features, location maps and links to A Church Near You will be included.  It is hoped the website will be searchable so anyone interested in Saxon churches, green men, bell-ringing, or coffee mornings will find something.This is your chance to show how your church has evolved and continues to develop its mission in a rapidly changing world. Images in a wide range of formats can now be accepted. Please ensure each is labelled with the name of your church and a short description. Entries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Practical Issues in Safeguarding Children and Young People

For anyone working with children and young people on a paid or voluntary basis & those with responsibility for children and youth work provision. The events will be led by Lisa Markham (Hallam Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator) and Sue Booth (Diocese of Sheffield Safeguarding Adviser). Saturday 26 April, 10am - 12.30pm at Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU OR Wednesday 30 April, 6.30-9pm at Blessed Trinity, Northfield Lane, Wickersley, S66 OHF. To book, contact Jo Pearson as soon as possible on 0114 2566453 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Booking is essential.

Mission Partnership Deanery Events

Open to all clergy and laity in the respective deaneries. Book by contacting Trish Stafford on 01709 309147 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it There will be 3 workshops on each date which are to be repeated so you can attend all.  Workshops are on Spirituality, Mission, and Ministry.
Doncaster Deanery - Saturday 15 March 9am for 9.30 – 1pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Edenthorpe, Doncaster.

Laughton Deanery - Saturday 5 April 9am for 9.30 – 1pm at Aston CofE, Aston, Sheffield.  S26 2BL.

Rotherham Deanery - Saturday 12 April 9am for 9.30 – 1pm at Rotherham Minster, Rotherham. S60 1PW

Aurora open evening

On Wednesday 5 March at Church House (95-99 Effingham Street, Rotherham S65 1BL) come and try Aurora Children or Aurora Youth for a night.  Meet students and tutors to explore whether the Aurora path is right for you. From 6:30pm, meet some of the current students and then 7pm – 9pm, join in a training session. For more information email Mike North on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Resources Centre – History of the Diocese

In order to mark the Diocesan Centenary, the Resources Centre is creating a display of the history of churches within the diocese. If you have any leaflets, pamphlets, or other local publications relating to the history of your parish which could form part of this collection, we would like to hear from you. Send any items of interest to Liz in the Resources Centre at Church House This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel. 01709 309105

Charity Commission

Churches whose PCCs are currently excepted from registration with the Charity Commission because their income or expenditure is less that £100,000 will be delighted to hear that the exception has been extended until 31 March 2021.

Centenary year events are closing in – get involved

The Diocese’s centenary year is well underway and plans for the celebration events are gathering pace.  To emphasise the pilgrimage element of the celebrations, we would like to have a cross created by someone local to the Diocese. The cross can then travel to the official events, and be loaned out to parishes for their own celebrations. The design should be a bit different and be of a decent size (but portable).  If you could make this, or you know anyone that can, then get in touch.  Official celebration events are planned throughout the Diocese, find more information at www.sheffield-centenary.org.uk. Stewards are still needed for some of these events. Also, don’t forget to tell us what your parish is doing for the centenary, register your events and activities so we can show what is happening throughout the Diocese.  If you can help with the cross, event stewarding, or need to register an event, contact Dominique Horsfield at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Current Vacancies

Director of Finance (Deputy Diocesan Secretary)

We are looking to appoint a new Director of Finance for the Diocese of Sheffield.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking for a challenging but rewarding senior financial role. The successful candidate will be a qualified Accountant and will have a significant track record of strategic financial planning and delivering effective services. Closing date for receiving applications: 12 noon on Monday 10 March. For more information, see the Diocesan Website.

Children and Family Worker - Saint Andrew’s Psalter Lane

St Andrew's Psalter Lane are looking for a creative, flexible worker to continue and develop their work with children and families and in particular:

• Co-ordinate all work with children, young people and families

• Befriend and encourage parents and families who come to the church

• Continue and extend the outreach and hospitality of the church to all families with children, of all faiths and none in the local community

• Nurture and support our volunteers

For more information, see the Diocesan website.

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



Beauchief Abbey – Lent Lectures

The Revd Professor John Rogerson will give the annual Beauchief Abbey Lent Lectures. The talks are open to the public and the series title this year is The Kingdom of God.  Professor Rogerson, a leading Old Testament scholar, is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. The talks are given in Beauchief Abbey on each Wednesday in Lent (12 March - 9 April). Admission is free, all the talks begin at 7pm and refreshments are provided afterwards.  All welcome.

Michael Card – Live in Concert

Michael Card, International Dove award winning recording artist from Tenessee, will be in concert at Full Life Church, Maltby as part of his current UK tour on Wednesday 12 March at 7:30pm. Michael has a career spanning 30 years and some of his most well-known songs include "El Shaddai", "Love crucified Arose" and "Immanuel" He is also an award winning author and Bible teacher. Tickets for the concert are priced at £10 each and can be purchased through the church website, or by contacting the church office on 01709 818213 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality

Wednesday 26 March, 7-9pm £7 at Whirlow Grange Conference & Spirituality Centre, Sheffield S11 9PZ (S11 9RX for sat nav). Led by Alessio Salvadori  - ‘Finding God in all things’ - a practical exploration of some of the Ignatian tools for exploring and deepening spiritual journeys, drawing from imaginative prayer, the review of the day and Ignatian discernment. This is the second in a series of five evening sessions introducing Christian Spirituality. Visit the Whirlow Grange website for more information. To book please call 0114 2363173.


20th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women in The Church Of England

On Saturday 14th June, the Diocese of Sheffield will be marking the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Church of England in a service of celebration at the cathedral at 11am.  It is hoped that women and men priests and their congregations will come and celebrate this significant anniversary together.  More details to follow. If you have any queries please contact The Revd Mary Gregory, Dean of Women's Ministry, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Frances Ashton’s Charity

Help for serving and retired members of the Clergy of the Church of England and widow(er)s of clergy now deceased, who have spent their lives serving God and their parish. The application deadline is 1 June. For an application form and guidance please contact Georgina Fowle, who is the Trust Administrator. Frances Ashton’s Charity, c/o Mrs G Fowle, Beech House, Woolston, North Cadbury, Somerset BA22 7BJ. Telephone: 07775 717 606 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


A Refresher Day on the Basics of the Enneagram

Friday 28 March, 9.45am-3.45pm £22 at Whirlow Grange Conference & Spirituality Centre, Sheffield S11 9PZ (S11 9RX for sat nav). Led by Mark Pickin & Adrian Scott  - Since they originally offered the introduction to the Enneagram, Whirlow Grange feel they can now offer a refreshing insight into the basics of this powerful tool for personal growth. They have revamped this day to provide both a great refresher and a way in for those who are new to it. Visit the Whirlow Grange website for more information. To book please call 0114 2363173.


CLC Bookshop

CLC Bookshop are taking a bookstall with lots of exciting material to the Shrove Tuesday Lectures. Come and have a look. They will have palm ash and palm crosses also, just in case you need some! 25p pack (grey ash) for 30 people - less than 10 packs left. £1.20 pack (black ash) for 200-300 people.

Quiet day for all - Part of 'Whirlow @ the White Church

Ash Wednesday Reflective Day With the Rev. Philip Roderick, Chaplain of Whirlow Grange, the Bishop of Sheffield's Advisor in Spirituality. Community leader of Contemplative Fire Founder of the Quiet Garden Trust. March 5, 11am -3pm using the church and hall. A simple soup and roll, cheese and pate lunch will be available for £5 on the day. Book via Jill Sharp on 01302 858377

End Hunger Fast

Many of you will have seen the news last week when 27 bishops (including Bishop Steven and Bishop Peter) signed a letter calling on the Government to take action to end food poverty in the UK. The campaign is inviting Christians to join in a national day of fasting on April 4th (or, indeed, throughout Lent). To join the campaign and pledge to join in the fast visit www.endhungerfast.co.uk.

Adrian & Bridget Plass weekend - Laughter is not the Poor Relative of ‘Serious Ministry’

Whirlow Grange Conference & Spirituality Centre, Sheffield S11 9PZ. Friday 21 March, 6pm – Sun 23, 3pm. £180 residential or £130 non-residential. Led by Adrian & Bridget Plass  - “During our four years at Scargill House in Yorkshire we have seen the power of laughter and love, not least in the lives of those whose lives have been devastated by loss, disappointment and despair. Let’s go for the truth and find out what real freedom might mean. A lot of laughs. A few tears. What will God do? Come with an open mind and an honest heart. We look forward to meeting you.” Visit the Whirlow Grange website for more information. To book, call 0114 2363173.

Christian Voices In The Contemporary World

Wednesday evenings in lent – All Saints Church, Ecclesall, S11 7PQ from 7.30pm. During Lent, All Saints, Ecclesall is hosting its first Public Theology programme: ‘Christian Voices in the Contemporary World’. This is the first in an annual forum for public conversation and theological reflection on contemporary social, ethical and intellectual questions. See the All Saints website for more information on the programme and come along!

New Wine Event - The Body Beautiful: Church in the Power of the Spirit

Saturday 8 March, Christ Church, Dore, Sheffield, 10am - 3pm. Refreshments are provided, but you will need to take your own lunch. The speaker, Ian Parkinson, is Regional Director for New Wine North, and heads up the leadership of All Saints’ Church Marple, Stockport. For more information, see the New Wine website or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets are £10.00.

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