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The Weekly eBulletin - 25 March 2014

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

Church of England’s Chief Education Officer to retire

Church annual stats for 2012

Statement from Church Commissioners on Wells Palace

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 27 Speaking at House of Lords
Sun 30 Preaching at St Mary’s Greasbrough
Mon 31 Faith Leaders Executive Group Meeting

Tue 25 Lady Day Service – Rotherham Minster
Thu 27 Visit to Christ Church, Fulwood
Sun 30 St Peters Ellesmere Confirmation

Launch of Daniel the Centenary Bear
Daniel the Centenary Bear is hoping to travel around the Diocese and visit as many places as possible over 2014. All his adventures are being logged on a map and Daniel is writing a blog of his life in the Diocese. He has already had a tricky start to his life attending a senior staff meeting, PCC meeting, Brewery visit, Education meeting, business breakfast and Common Fund meeting in his first week. How is he getting on with Bishop Peter? What does he think of Common Fund? Follow his Blog www.sheffield-centenary.org.uk/daniel-s-diary or invite him over by contacting his agent on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What’s happening to celebrate the Centenary?
Throughout 2014 a number of events and activities are taking place in the Diocese to celebrate 100 years of operation. A website www.sheffield-centenary.org.uk is being regularly updated with details on the events. Other exciting things are also happening, with local companies getting involved and providing souvenir products. These will be available at all of the events. For other important information, the Centenary Prayer and a full round-up read more here.

Bishop Peter pulls a pint!
Bishop Peter visited Doncaster Brewery this week to check on the first batch of Centenary ale. Owner and brewer Ian Blaylock has made the ale especially for the Diocese to celebrate its 100 year anniversary. The beer will be sold in bottles at the Centenary events with its own distinguishable labels. Read more on the visit here.

Ten Days of Prayer 2014
The Ten Days of Prayer will be particularly significant this year as we celebrate the centenary of the diocese giving thanks for God’s blessing of the past 100 years and looking forward with fresh vision and hope for the future. We will be using a special Ten Days Lectionary and Bishop Steven’s Centenary Collect to encourage us to count down to the beginning of the celebrations with prayer. To help you prepare there are still resources on the diocesan website from previous years, but we will be adding some brand new fully downloadable resources this year too.

First set of Common Fund events come to a close
Over the past month, over 500 people from across the Diocese have attended events to hear all about the new Common Fund. Meetings have been really successful with their mix of videos, presentations and questions. Over 1,500 booklets were also given out. Hopefully these have made it back to parishes! All of the resources from the event, including videos, are available atwww.sheffield-anglican.org/common-fund There all also some hard copy brochures left - email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you need anymore. If there is demand then more events will be set for those that haven’t been able to attend so far. Look out for news in future eBulletins.

Wear A Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research
Staff across the Diocese of Sheffield are planning a series of events this week to raise money for the charity Brain Tumour Research. The main event will be ‘Wear A Hat Day’ where everyone will be encouraged to don daft hats for a small donation. Activities at Diocesan Church House through the week include a cake sale, the selling of pens, badges and bracelets, and a raffle. St Andrew’s, Brinsworth will also be open all day on Friday, 28 March for a Coffee Morning ‘in hats’ (10am – 12 noon ), a Healing Service (12.30 – 1.30 pm), the Madhatter’s Tea Party (2 – 4 pm) and a Hat Extravaganza (6.30 – 8.30 pm) with homemade hats’ parades and other ‘hat’ fun.

Do you know anyone who turns 100 this year?
As part of the Centenary celebrations, the Communications Office would like to hear from any parish members who are turning 100 in 2014. If possible, the team would like to carry out short interviews to find out how lives have changed in the Diocese over the last 100 years. If anyone would like to take part in building a history of the Diocese then email details to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Church House on 01709 309100.

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

Current Vacancies

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




Whirlow at the White Church – Psalm 95
Building on Bishop Steven's drawing attention to Psalm 95 in the Diocese's Centenary Year Warmsworth, St Peter’s are delighted to welcome the Rev. Canon Professor John Rogerson to explore the Psalm. His published work includes a commentary on the Psalms (with J.W. McKay), Old Testament studies, the history of interpretation and the use of the Bible in social, moral and political questions. He enjoys an active ministry in retirement at Beauchief Abbey. Wednesday June 18, 7-9pm. Book with Jill Sharp on 01302 858377.

An introduction to Christian Healing
Saturday June 14 9am–1pm at Warmsworth, St Peter’s. The Morning will be led by the Rev. Christine Low, UK Warden of the Order of St Luke the Physician. The Order do not seek to replace medical expertise, but to complement it. For more information on The Order of St Luke, click here. Book via Jill Sharp on 01302 858377.

Blessing in the Mess of Things: Celtic Spiritual Treasure
Wednesday 2 April, 7-9pm, £7. Whirlow Grange Conference & Spirituality Centre. A practical exploration of some of the Ignatian tools for exploring and deepening your spiritual journey, 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 on the series.

Hattingen–Witten Link: ‘Hosts’ Needed
The Hattingen-Witten link visit is taking place this October 11 – 17 and is looking for approximately 40 'host' families to look after their visitors. A full programme of events will be provided for the German visitors during the week. A great way to share Christian Fellowship and make new friends. Contact Sue Hobley on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

Walk through the New Testament
The Director of Ministry and Training, the Rev. Canon Dr John Thomson will lead an evening giving people an overview of the New Testament at St Peter's Warmsworth in Doncaster on Wednesday April 30, 7-9pm. The event is free & refreshments will be provided.

Anglican Learning Community
The ALC is a two year process that helps local churches engage in discipleship and mission. They currently have limited spaces available for the new intake of churches starting this process in May. Contact Amy Corden ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or visit the ALC website for more information.

Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns - Encouragement, Fellowship and Growth
The Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (MEAC) Group would like to invite you to share your views and aspirations for yourself, your church and your wider community at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 3QZ. Are you satisfied with your role in church and community? Come and be part of the discussion. Bring and share lunch.

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.

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. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

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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