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The Weekly EBulletin - 4 February 2014

4 February 2014
Edited by Jason Smedley

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News from the Church of England

'Grave Talk' - CofE trial project on discussing funerals and death

Church welcomes Government Energy Strategy

Appointment of first Bishop of Leeds announced

For more news, please visit the Church of England Homepage: www.churchofengland.org

A few extracts from the Bishops’ diaries for your prayers over the next few days;


Tue 4                Clergy Conference at Whirlow Grange

Sat 8                Speaking on Christian Leadership at the Regional Training Partnership

Sun 9                Preaching at The Vine, Sheffield


Tue 4                Clergy Conference at Whirlow Grange

Sat 8                Visit Doncaster Knights Rugby Club

Sun 9                International Day of Prayer for Autism at Rotherham Minster



The Bishop’s Letter [March] by Bishop Peter

Copy for reproduction in November editions of parish magazines is in the Appendix below.


Parish Support Team

On 3 February, Mike North and (The Rev’d Canon) Mark Wigglesworth were licensed by the Bishop of Sheffield to their new roles in the Diocese of Sheffield’s Parish Support Team.  The New Parish Support team is one of the outworkings of the Diocese’s recent Central Services Review. It will be a multidisciplinary team charged with enabling parishes to deliver the Diocesan Vision. The team will be led by a Director and includes two Mission Development Advisers, one for each Archdeaconry, and a Children and Young People’s Adviser.  It is hoped that announcements on the other two roles will soon be made.  For more information please see the Diocesan Website.

Diocesan Resources Centre

The Resources Centre will be open on Saturday morning from 10.00am until 12. Take advantage of this as you start planning for Lent and Easter, and pop into Church House and see what we have to offer. We have books and materials to provide inspiration for all ages:  Lent courses, Easter materials, Godly Play boxes, posters, and games. It’s also an opportunity to return any long overdue items (you know who you are!) and find something new. Have you visited our Facebook page yet? Our puppets are proving very popular and are all available to borrow.

Contact Liz for more information on 01709 309105 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Diocesan Centenary

2014 marks a very special year of Centenary Celebrations for the Diocese of Sheffield.

We will be marking our Centenary Year with special events and services running right across the Diocese between May and November. Why not find out what's happening near you and join in the celebrations? For more information visit www.sheffield-centenary.org.uk

“Gods Call” – Event for Young People

A special weekend for 16-25 year olds exploring what their future holds with God.  “God’s Call” is from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February, at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick.  Costs £40 (inc accommodation and food).  Join with other young people from Sheffield, Derby, Southwell and Nottingham and Leicester dioceses to discern God’s call / vocation… whatever that may be!  We will have some great people with stories of how they responded to God at different stages and in different areas of life.  If you’re in the right place to take some time to explore God’s call for yourself, we’d love to meet you on this weekend. For details and to book, visit exploregodscall.com.

Current Vacancies


Wakefield Cathedral Vacancies

Wakefield Cathedral is seeking a Verger (full time, shift pattern) and a Project Manager (for 4 months initially, 0.6 FTE).More information and application packs for these posts may be downloaded from the Wakefield Cathedral Website. Closing date for both posts: Monday 17 February 2014, 12 noon.

Administration Assistant

The Bishop of Sheffield is seeking to appoint a new Administrative Assistant. This is a part-time appointment based at the Bishop's house in Sheffield.  The post will be spread over four days (20 hours per week) and some flexibility will be required. Mrs Lisa Gibbons is available for an informal conversation about this post (telephone: 0114 230 2170). A job description and person specification can be downloaded from the Diocesan Website, together with an application form.

Director of Initial Ministerial Education (4-7)

Following the appointment of The Reverend Keith Farrow as Canon Missioner at Sheffield Cathedral, we are seeking to appoint a new Director of Ministerial Education (4-7).  This will be a part time post (1 or more days per week) held in conjunction with an existing parochial parish post.  The appointed individual will train, equip and develop initial ministry and strategy across the diocese. For more information, please see the Diocesan Website.

For a full list of current vacancies and further details

visit: http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/index.php/key-information/vacancies



Real Easter Egg

The original Real Easter Egg is back and improved for 2014. The original Egg now comes with a 24 page Easter story book and a bag of chocolate buttons and costs £3.99 each.  New for 2014 is a Special Edition egg at £9.99 which comes with an olive wood holding cross from the Holy Land and a bar of orange flavoured milk chocolate.  Also new is a Sharing Box of 20 midi-eggs which each come with an 8 page leaflet of the Easter story - the box costs £19.99. The deadline for ordering with free delivery is 24th February. For details of how to order, please click here.

Working With Volunteers

Tuesday 11 March, St Catherine’s Church Centre, Wakefield. A training day for those managing volunteers in churches and Christian community projects. An interactive and practical day focusing on understanding why people volunteer for Christian projects, why the best projects are full of volunteers, top tips on how to motivate others and the art of communication: how to deal with tricky issues. There will be a ‘special focus’ opportunity for those who work or are looking to work with volunteers who have disabilities, in particular people with learning difficulties. For more information and to book, click here.

Christian Affordable Rental Accommodation In South Devon

The Fairfield Trust is a non-profit charity which owns two large houses in Torquay. They have recently been converted into flats to accommodate those who have worked or do work and given their lives to or for Christian organisations and, as a result, have been unable to buy a home in this country. The unfurnished, self-contained flats have bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and sitting room. All have access to large communal gardens with views of the sea in Torbay, laundry facilities and car parking or garage. For full details, click here.

Christianity & Contemporary Culture: Challenges & Opportunities

Whirlow Grange Conference & Spirituality Centre, Sheffield S11 9PZ (S11 9RX for sat nav)

Saturday 15th February, 9.45am – 3.45pm. Cost £22 including lunch and refreshments. In these talks, Martyn Percy, Principal of Cuddesdon, explores the challenges and opportunities facing the church today.  Combining biblical insights, practical theology and cultural analysis, he will examine the mission, ministry, hope, renewal and resilience of the Church within contemporary society. Together we shall explore how to move forward as a church and continue to offer our Christian hope to a new generation.

Visit our website for more information. To book please call (0114) 2363173.

Leading Well Under Pressure

Training day for people in church leadership with Bridge Builders, on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 9.30 to 4.30  Cost £60 per person, at St Michael’s House, Coventry. Please click here to book and for further details.

Email Social Media and conflict in the Church,

Training day for people in church leadership, with bridge builders on Wednesday 12th February 2014, Priory Street Centre, York.  9.30 to 4.30. Cost £60 per person. To book and for further details please click here.

St Mark’s CRC Lent Conference: From Exclusion To Inclusion: Marriage For All – 15 March

Adrian Thatcher (an internationally recognised authority in the sphere of human sexuality, gender identity and marriage) will lead a day conference helping us to gain an informed progressive perspective on the way in which same-sex relationships have gained in recognition in recent years, highlighted by the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. He will offer a historical overview of marriage before presenting a radical theology of marriage for all consenting adults, irrespective of gender. Click here for more information.

Church Administration course by Distance Learning

At last! A nationally recognised course of study about Church Administration. This new ten unit module has been prepared by UCAN and St John's College to offer a rigorous but highly practical foundation in the subject of local church administration in the UK. Students who complete the module will have a qualification that shows their church, and any future churches they move to, that they understand and can apply principles of organisational management within a theological understanding of a local church context. This module may be taken on its own or as part of the Certificate in Christian Studies. For further details, click here or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Puppet Training Day run by One Way UK

Course held at St Timothy's Church, Crookes on 8th March 2014 from 10.00am-4.00pm.  £15 early bird booking / £17.50 after 27th February. Hands on experience of puppetry, basic and advanced manipulation skills, starting a puppet ministry, props and scenery and much more!  Contact Roger on 0114 263 0991 or visit onewayuk.com for more details and to book.

Sheffield Cathedral - Any Old Robes?

When Sheffield Cathedral reopens in April we will be launching a new Learning Programme for schools across the Diocese. For our new RE sessions the emphasis is on role-play and participation so we are appealing for any old choir robes, vestments, altar clothes, nativity sets etc which might be taking space up in your cupboards which we could use as costumes and artefacts for our interactive sessions.

If you can help, or for more information on our RE or Heritage Learning sessions for schools please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (0114) 2636041. For information on our education programme please see our Facebook page.

CLC Bookshop

Last week of sale! Non-seasonal sale items are now 3 for 2!! Cheapest item free. Books and CDs from just £1. Calendars just 25p, seasonal items 75% off! Sale ends on Saturday. Running an Alpha Course? Get your materials from CLC on "sale or return". No cash outlay up front. Come and talk to us! Early closing 1pm on Monday 3rd February due to annual stocktaking. Otherwise 9.00 - 5.30 Monday to Saturday.

CLC Bookshops, 103-105 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EQ

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: (0114) 2724663



The Bishop’s Letter, March 2014

This letter from Bishop Peter is for you to reproduce in March on your church website, in your parish magazine or in your Sunday Newsletter:

This month Bishop Peter writes:

We live in a demanding world where the realities of war, terrorism, poverty, homelessness, violence, injustice, economic and environmental crisis and political unrest press in on us.  For the pessimist and the cynic, there’s much to be disheartened about.  Hearing the news on the radio, reading it in newspapers or watching it on TV, does nothing to lighten the mood.  Neither - might we consider - does the period of Lent.

Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter.  In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day - or the start of the season of Lent - which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included).  It’s a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.  The purpose being to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ, his suffering, sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.  Haven’t we got enough to cope with, you might ask, without having to load ourselves with things that many would consider gloomy?

Lent is a gift and caries through it a message of hope.  It’s a sacred space offering a time to pause, draw back from life’s daily grind, and focus deeply on the story of Jesus and the promise of salvation, to deepen our discipleship and call to serve him in the world.  It’s what one theologian called “A sabbatical for the soul.  A time for prayer, penance and thanksgiving but also for reflection, connection and action”.

The mystery of Jesus’ suffering and death lead to the glory of the resurrection and the promise of eternal life, and therein lays our hope.  The paradox of the Gospel, which many find difficult, is that through suffering and death we enter into a new, transformed and eternal life.  Jesus Christ invites each of us to follow him because he is the light that shines in the darkness of all that troubles us, either in our personal lives or in the complexities and troubles of the world.  Every day in Lent we’re invited to die to sin and selfishness and to grow in our personal relationship with Christ.  This should lead out of gratitude to action to the suffering, especially the poor and most marginalised in society.  In responding to their needs we demonstrate the love of Christ in action and take to them the Good News, the meaning and importance of the promise of salvation.

The traditional Lenten exercises that many of us have practiced for years are far from being something to suffer or endure until we get to the glorious celebration of Easter Day.  Prayer, fasting and almsgiving help us grow as people, as disciples of Christ and to bring relief and hope to those who represent the suffering of Christ in our own times.  As we experience through scripture the unconditional love and forgiveness of God we must share that gift with others.

May Lent for you be a time of deep devotion, a drawing nearer to Jesus Christ, and in anticipation and hope of the glorious resurrection a time of sharing the good news of salvation to those who as yet don’t know Jesus as Lord and Saviour.


“Almighty God, we pray that through this season of Lent, by prayer and study and self-discipline, we may penetrate more deeply into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings; that following in the way of his cross and passion, we may come to share in the glory and triumph of his resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”


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