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The Weekly eBulletin - 11 March 2014

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:04

11 March 2014
Edited by Jason Smedley

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News from the Church of England

New advice for “critical” role of Training Incumbents published

Church Workers Pension Fund agrees £100 million buy-in

Church of England stands #withsyria

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 11 Common Fund Event at Owlerton St John the Baptist
Sun 16 Attending St Helen’s Thurnscoe Organ Service

+Peter
Tue 11 Common Fund Event at The Hub, Doncaster
Thu 13 Visit to Canon Popham School
Fri 14 Rotherham Holiday Aid Concert at St James Church


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A Review of Diocesan Synod 8 March 2014
The first Diocesan Synod of 2014 was held at The Elim Christian Centre on 8 March. Among the agenda items was a vote on the motion ‘That this Synod approve the proposals embodied in the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecretion and Ordination of Women) Measure and draft Amending canon No. 33.’ The Motion was carried. For further details of the meeting see theDiocesan website.

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Centenary Events – How You Can Help
If you would like to steward, or to find out more, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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). We also require a large gazebo – that can be easily erected. Furthermore, we are in need of stewards to help at the various events across the Centenary year. Finally, please 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 .

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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

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Resources Centre – History of the Diocese
Make sure your church is represented in the Diocesan Centenary Collection in the Resources Centre – we have already received several books and publications – but it would be great if every parish was represented. If you have any leaflets, pamphlets, or other local publications relating to the history of your parish which could form part of this collection, contact, or send any items of interest to the Resources Centre at Church House: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel - 01709 309105.

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Plans for Small Missional Community in Intake, Doncaster
Lee Abbey, in partnership with the Diocese of Sheffield and the Scargill Community, are holding an open meeting for anyone interested in joining or supporting this new initiative, or simply to find out more & pray for the way ahead. Intake URC, Ardeen Road, Doncaster. Saturday 29 March 10am – 1pm (lunch at 1pm if you book). For further details and to book lunch contact Annie Naish on 01598 754216 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Foundations of Faith 2014
“Foundations of Faith” is a discipleship course (in three parts) which is ideal for anyone who might be interested in going deeper into the Christian faith. The course has no minimum academic entry requirement, and the teaching methods should make the course open and rewarding for all participants. The cost for each participant £25. It is hoped that PCCs may wish to support their church members who are undertaking the course. For more information, click here.

Common Fund – The New Parish Share: Events Start This Week
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.

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

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.


Current Vacancies
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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


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

Miscellany

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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 .

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CLC Bookshops
All Bible Speaks Today and Tyndale Old and New Testament Commentaries with £2 or £3 off. Warren Wiersbe's BE Series of commentaries with £3 off and disappearing fast! New section of special offer titles now in store. 103-105 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EQ. Click here to visit the CLC Bookshops website.

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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 .

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Engaging Places - Working with the new curriculum
Following the success of the three Engaging Places workshops on the National Curriculum and heritage education in 2013, The Heritage Alliance and Cultural Learning are very pleased to announce a further FREE workshop this spring. The workshop will take place on 14 April, at the Clore Learning Centre in Kensington Palace, London. Engaging Places is a free one-day workshop looking at how to use heritage buildings and spaces in the classroom. This workshop is open to Alliance members, heritage professionals and volunteers. A free light lunch will also be provided. For more information and to book, click here.

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.

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

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 websitefor 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!


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