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The Weekly eBulletin - 03 June 2014


3 June 2014
Edited by Jason Smedley 
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News from the Church of England
 
Film competition to create Christian ethos snapshot of Church schools
 
Archbishops’ Council submits petition on HS2 Bill to Parliament
 
Challenge to the Church on disability
 
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;
 
+Stephen
Wed 4               Attending State opening of Parliament
Sat 7                Attending the Celebration Dinner for St Luke’s Hospice at the Cutlers’ Hall
Sun 8                Preaching at Hillsborough and Wadsley Bridge Christ Church
 
+Peter
Wed 4               Confirmation at Outibridge
Thu 5                Team Doncaster Strategic Partnership Meeting
Sun 8                Confirmation at St Polycarp’s Malin Bridge & licensing for Carl Chapman



News

NEW
The Bishop’s Letter [July] by Bishop Peter
Copy for reproduction in July editions of parish magazines is in the Appendix below.
 
NEW
Region’s Centenarians Gather for a Special Tea Party
A tea party was held on 2 June to celebrate the 100th birthdays of parishioners throughout the Diocese of Sheffield.  The event marks the start of the official 2014 centenary celebrations for the Diocese. 8 centenarians attended the event, all of which were gifted with a special certificate signed and presented by the Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, and the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows. Read More.
 
NEW
Ten Days of Prayer 2014: Listen up for God’s voice…today!
We are now half way through the Ten Days of Prayer, and it is exciting to know that thousands of people are praying across the diocese. Psalm 95 instructs us: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. And according to James 1, our listening should lead us into action. We may be required to become part of the answer to our own prayers. As we approach the Centenary of the Diocese, it is doubly important to feedback to us what is happening and what God might be saying to us. Please take a few moments to send us feedback, by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , so that together we will be able to discern the way forward for the future mission and ministry of the diocese.
 
NEW
Aurora Training Course
Are you a volunteer youth leader in the local church? Or maybe you help with Messy Church or Sunday School?  The Diocese of Sheffield and the YMCA have joined up to offer you the chance to improve your skills and expand your knowledge and understanding in your work with young people or children with Aurora. The courses start in September and will help you develop vision, purpose, energy and confidence in your ministry, equipping you to deliver creative and engaging activities and programmes to see the young people and children you work with grow in faith and confidence. For more information, or to book a place, click here.
 
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Our Buildings Speak of Us - Spaces still available
June 21 at Sheffield Cathedral. An essential day for anyone interested in making the best use of their church building to extend and support mission and outreach. Click here for more details and booking information or contact Julia Alder on 01709 309133 on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Brand New Diocesan website under development – Have your say!
The Diocese is currently working on developing a new website to replace the current one.  To help with the development process, a quick survey has been developed that anyone can fill in.  If you think the current site is rubbish, or great, we really need to know.  The aim is to develop a site that is clear, engaging and content rich.  Click here to take part in the survey.


Current Vacancies
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NEW
Volunteer Speaker – Children’s Society
The Children’s Society requires Volunteer Speakers in the Sheffield diocese to help raise awareness of our work. The role is interesting and varied and could see you speaking to everyone from local businesses to a packed Christingle service or church group. The role is flexible and full training is provided as you help us strengthen our ties within your local community. Read more.
 
Student Developer Worker
This is a 17.5 hours per week role for a Christian experienced in pastoral care and spiritual nurture. You will be working in a multicultural, multi-religious international setting at the University of Sheffield, a community of 25,000 students and more than 6,000 staff. The post-holder will work at the University of Sheffield Multi-faith Chaplaincy Service. The employer is the Anglican Chaplaincy Trust and the Development Worker will report to the Anglican chaplain. Closing Date: Thursday 5 June at 2pm. Contact Revd Dr Jeremy Clines on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for an informal conversation. For an application pack contact Kathryn Fey-Beatson on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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

Training
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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 

Miscellany

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NEW
Exploring Eden - An Exciting Community Initiative
Eden Wheatley is part of The Eden Network and The Message Trust, both are ground-breaking Christian missional movements. Eden Wheatley is based in the Wheatley area of Doncaster and we are looking for people who are interested in joining or supporting us in this new work. If you are, please join us at the “Exploring Eden” event, Thursday 12 June, 7.30 - 9pm, St Paul’s Church, Durham Road, Doncaster DN2 4HN. For more information, contact Martin Podmore on 07877 506429 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
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Listening for Life - All Saints, Ecclesall
Would you like to become a better listener?  To other people?   To yourself?   To God?  Acorn Christian Healing Foundation will lead the 4-session course Listening for Life  in church; All Saints Church, Ecclesall, Ringinglow Road, S11 7PQ, on Tuesday evenings 17 & 24 June  and 1 & 8 July 7pm to 9.30pm.  Cost £36 per person. To book, contact the Parish Office on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 0114 2687574.  For more information, click here.
 
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Calling all Cyclists – Ecclesall All Saints
To mark ‘Le Grand Départ’ this Pentecost Sunday, 8 June, All Saints Ecclesall invites you to ‘Cycle to Church’ in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care.  You could also help us begin a record for the most number of bikes ridden to church. Come in your best lycra, with a donation for Marie Cure Cancer Care in your pocket, for 10.30am. If you don’t have a bike, join us to share in the excitement of Pentecost and this great new event in our church calendar. For more information, click here, or call Helen on 0114 2687574. 
 
Sheffield Night Hike 
Saturday 28 June, 8.30pm. Are you up for the challenge of a 17 mile dusk-till-dawn hike to raise money to tackle poverty & injustice through Christian Aid?  Why not walk this circular route from Lodge Moor (Sheffield) out to the Peak District and back.  It’s a great challenge to do as a group. Walkers under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.   Walkers aged 14 – 18 will need parental permission to walk. Read more.
 
Movement in Worship
Wednesday 18 June, £22 inc. lunch &refreshments. This workshop day, led by Jane Mettam, is about coming into the presence of God and developing our relationship with Him through movement. We can use our bodies to express our hearts in praise, worship and prayer. It’s for people with no or little experience in movement or dance, as well as those who have done some before and want to take some time out with God. Suitable for all age groups regardless of abilities. To book please call 0114 2363173. Read more.
 
Book Launch - Canon Dr Alan Billings
Canon Dr Alan Billings (former vicar of Broomhall, Beighton and Walkley and contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4 Today) is launching his new book, 'The Dove, the Fig Leaf and the Sword: why Christianity changes its mind about war', at St Paul's Hotel, Norfolk Street, Sheffield (by the Town Hall) on Friday 11 July at 11.45. If you would like to come contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by June 30.
 
Whirlow at the White Church:
Bookings are being taken for:
“Reach out and touch in Jesus’ name” - an introduction to Christian healing with the Rev. Christine Low, UK Warden of the Order of St Luke the Physician. Saturday 14 June 9am-1pm with a healing service at Noon
“Psalm 95 - an Exploration in 2 Sessions” – Led by the Rev. Prof. John Rogerson. Wednesday 18 June 7-9pm
The “Introduction to Spiritual Direction” event on Wednesday 21 May is cancelled as there are not enough bookings to justify the event. Book both events via Jill Sharp 01302 858377.


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

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Appendix

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The Bishop’s Letter, July 2014 
This letter from Bishop Peter is for you to reproduce in July on your church website, in your parish magazine or in your Sunday Newsletter:
 
This Month, Bishop Peter Writes:
 
A few weeks ago Bishop Steven and I, along with all the Bishops from the North, met on Holy Island, Lindisfarne for a twenty four hour retreat with the Archbishop of York to reflect on and pray about the evangelisation of the North. 
 
Holy Island has a wonderfully rich history with the monastery of Lindisfarne being founded by Saint Aidan, having been sent from Iona to Northumbria at the request of King Oswald. The priory was founded before the end of 634 and Aidan remained there until his death in 651.  Lindisfarne became the base for Christian evangelising in the North of England and also sent a successful mission to Mercia.  As Bishops we felt spiritually at home on the island and were reminded by the history of the place that there is still much to be done as we continue God’s mission in the North.
 
During our time together we were addressed by a number of young people who gave a diverse but energising overview/testimony of their work in making Christ known in practical, prayerful and spiritual ways.  They demonstrated a passion for incarnational mission.  They helped us reflect on what is unique about the opportunities of witnessing to the northern part of our country and threw out a challenge to the Bishops to consider how together, we could lead on evangelisation in the North.
 
The challenge of evangelising in the North is something we have taken to heart in our own diocese; it is a critical part of our diocesan vision and strategies.  Our Centenary Year gives us an opportunity to celebrate the Christian heritage which has made an enormous contribution to the material and spiritual welfare and benefit of the communities we serve, making our diocese what it is today.  However, it challenges us to consider how we might continue to pass on our faith to others so that they come to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour and experience transformed lives.  We are called through our faith to transform our communities and God’s world.  This calling is as critical today as it was for St Aidan and his colleagues and it arises from the missionary mandate to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.
 
In these few verses we see how the risen Christ sent his follower to make Christ known in every time and place so that faith might spread to every corner of the world.  It was the missionary task of St Aidan - and it’s our missionary task today - in our time and place.  We are called to do this together in mutual support, encouragement and nurture working across parish and deanery boundaries, traditions and practices.  We are called to work together as a whole diocesan team, to be more Christ-like in our calling and responding in which there will be great joy.
 
So my challenge to you in this Centenary Year is, as it was to the Bishops,  – what opportunities and challenges are you being offered to make Christ known to those in your community who have noy yet experienced the transforming love of the risen Christ or the support of belonging to a community of faith?  How can you personally and your parish lead in the task of evangelisation?  “Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel”  (Evangelii Gaudium – Pope Frances).


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