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The Weekly eBulletin - 18 March 2014

18 March 2014
Edited by Jason Smedley
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News from the Church of England

New research to help churches burdened with bats

Bishops underline importance of teaching to improve social mobility

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;

+Steven
Tue 18 Common Fund Meeting at West Bessacarr
Wed 19 Visit to Sheffield Assay Office
Sat 22 ME Vocations Conference at Wilson Carlisle Centre

+Peter
Wed 19 Common Fund Meeting at New York Stadium
Thu 20 St Marys Tickhill, service of thanksgiving
Sat 22 Doncaster Minster – Help the Heroes Concert


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

NEW
Fifth Gear Pre-retirement Conference
This conference aims to prepare stipendiary clergy for retirement. Ann Francis is a qualified trainer who specialises in pre-retirement training. Representatives from the Pensions Board and Housing Department will contribute to the conference. Whilst those over 55 are particularly invited to attend, the insights will be valuable for all clergy. Tuesday 15 July 9.30 am for 10.00 am - 3.30 pm, Church House, Rotherham S65 1BL. Cost £7 each (cheques made payable to SDBF please) Please book before the closing date of Monday 7th July. Booking form available from the Diocesan website. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 01709 309147

NEW
Developing Lay Leadership and Ministry
Led by Canon John Thomson, this conference is particularly for those taking on a new lay minister this year. It will: Increase your understanding of supervision, distinguish between supervision and pastoral care, identify good practice and why it makes such a difference to good shared ministry, note the skills, attitudes and personal qualities of an effective supervisor. For all licensed or authorised lay ministries in the Diocese of Sheffield on Thursday 18 June 9.30 – 1pm - Church House, Rotherham. To book contact Trish Stafford on 01709 309147 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NEW
Foundations of Faith 2014
Discipleship course covering Church History, Christian Worship, Using the Bible, and Christian Ethics at the Church of St Leonard & St Mary, Armthorpe, Doncaster on Tuesday evenings, 7.30pm - 9.15pm, 29 April - 24 June. Open to all, suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their faith and/or explore their vocation. More information on the Diocesan website or contact Trish Stafford on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Alan Isaacson on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (Advance notice: Autumn 2014 - Christian Belief, Ministry in the Church, Christian Mission, and Spirituality & Vocation at Kimberworth and Kimberworth Park in Rotherham on Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm-9.15pm, 1 October - 26 November)

NEW
Parish and Administration Training
Sessions will focus on good practice, legal issues, job expectations etc. for PCC Secretaries. Especially important for new office holders. Wednesday 21 May, 7.00pm – 9.00pm at Church House, Rotherham S65 1BL. £7 per parish (Cheques payable to: Sheffield Diocesan Board of Finance or SDBF) Please book by contacting Trish Stafford on 0170 309147 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Parish and PCC Training
Especially for newly elected PCC members. Canon John Thomson, Director of Ministry will lead an evening explaining the purpose and responsibilities of the Parochial Church Council. Wednesday 14 May, 7pm – 9pm, Church House, Rotherham. £7 per parish (cheques made out to: Sheffield Diocesan Board of Finance or SDBF) Please book before Thursday 8 May. To book contact: Trish Stafford on 01709 309147 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NEW
Personal Safety and the Clergy
Led by Kevin Thomas of Ecclesiastical Insurance. Free of charge. Maximum of 25 places per event. Thursday 8 May - 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm at St Peter's Warmsworth DN4 0TW or 10.30 – 12pm at St Mary, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4QZ. Please 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 .

Centenary Celebrations - The Pocket Guide to the Diocese of Sheffield
How has your church changed over time? Have you any photographs showing how your church looked in the past and how it looks today? Please send your before and after photographs, together with the name of your church and the dates of the photographs if known, 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.
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


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

Miscellany

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NEW
Healing Eucharist Sheffield Cathedral, Sunday March 23
There will be a Healing Eucharist this Sunday, March 23, at 6.30pm at Sheffield Cathedral. Bishop Steven will preach, Bishop Peter will preside, and there will be opportunity for anointing and laying on of hands at the service. This is one of a new regular service for healing, to which all are invited. The cathedral would particularly like to support clergy, lay ministers and their families, and any from their parishes who would like to come to pray with them.

NEW
An Evening with Stuart Townend - Christ Church Pitsmoor
Songs and worship from the composer of “In Christ Alone”, and the recent “Vagabonds”. Tuesday 13 May at 7.45pm. Tickets £13 (concessions/unwaged £8). For more information or to book, contact Huw Thomas at the church on 0114 2425565 or Liz Bentley at the Diocese of Sheffield on 01709 309105.

NEW
Holy Trinity Millhouses and St John Abbeydale Lent Appeal - Hand in Hand for Syria
The conflict in Syria is rapidly developing into the worst humanitarian crisis this century. Items listed here can be left in Holy Trinity’s Church, Hall or Vicarage Porch. Monetary donations to Holy Trinity Millhouses PCC, ℅ 80 Millhouses Lane, Sheffield, S7 2HB. For further information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NEW
Art and Craft Fair - St. Nicholas’ Church High Bradfield
Easter Monday 10.30am – 5pm and Easter Tuesday 10.30am - 4pm, in St. Nicholas’ Church and Bradfield Village Hall. Light refreshments will be available. Free bus service between Low and High Bradfield on Easter Monday only.

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CLC Bookshop
CLC have cards and gifts for special occasions: Wedding, Christening, Baptism, Confirmation, Communion, Licensing and Ordination. Also certificates and candles where appropriate. Mothering Sunday cards, bookmarks, postcards and gift items. Palm crosses and Paschal candles and transfers. Don't have what you're looking for? Ask and it can usually be ordered in for you.

Music Alive! For Children and Young People
A fun afternoon of singing, drumming and signing. Rehearsals will be followed by tea and a short charity concert in aid of Atfaluna School for the Deaf on Gaza City. Saturday 22 March at St Mary's Church, Stainforth, 2 - 5pm, including tea at 4pm and Concert at 4.30 Led by Helen Bent and Angela Teasdale. £2.50 per child. For more information, contact Helen Bent on 01709 363850 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Partners Together AGM
Partners Together aims to support and network clergy spouses in the Diocese of Sheffield. The Annual General Meeting is on Tuesday, 8 April at 7.30pm at Bishopscroft, Snaithing Lane, Sheffield, S10 3LG. There will be a small amount of business and then Bishop Steven will speak on ‘Building Great Partnerships in Marriage and Ministry’. This will be followed by a buffet supper. All clergy spouses are very welcome. If coming please can you let Lisa Gibbons at Bishopscroft know by 3 April on 0114 2302170 or email 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 14 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 .

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.

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!

Appendix

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

This month Bishop Steven writes:


As you will know, we celebrate our Diocesan Centenary this year, beginning with a great celebration in the Cathedral at Pentecost.

At the request of the planning group, I’ve composed a prayer for the centenary year which I hope that all parishes across the Diocese will use on that Sunday and on other significant occasions.

It’s a prayer which begins with thanksgiving to God (as all prayer should). In particular we are thanking God for the long story of the Diocese of Sheffield, for all who have helped to build up its life over four generations: lay people, clergy and bishops. We are giving thanks for the distinctive contribution this Diocese has made to the wider church to the lives of the communities we serve.

It’s a prayer which ask God’s help to grow Christ like, lively and diverse communities in every place, echoing our Diocesan vision. It’s a prayer which asks for grace as we sing for joy to the Lord and listen to God’s voice today,echoing Psalm 95 which is the text for our centenary year.

Finally, the prayer asks that God will help us in our generation to be a community like the community of the first disciples. Mark 3,14 tells us that the first disciples were called together to be with Jesus and to be sent out in a mission of love for the world. So are we.

Please pray this prayer with me today and in the coming months.

+Steven

A Centenary Prayer

Gracious and generous God,
We thank you for this Diocese of Sheffield.
In our centenary year.
Help us to grow Christ-like, lively
and diverse Christian communities in every place;
Give us grace to sing for joy to the Lord
And to listen to your voice today;
Draw us together in fellowship with your Son Jesus Christ
And send us out to join in your mission of love for the world
In the power of the Holy Spirit and
through Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen.

 


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