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Network The magazine of the Diocese of Sheffield Issue 11 Autumn 2019

Lights for Christ

Flood response

Prayer outreach


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From the editor Welcome to the Autumn issue of Network - the magazine for the Diocese of Sheffield. It is a feature-led publication showing the Christian faith at work in our local communities.

parishes, local schools, community centres and more to increase the awareness of what great things we are doing as the Church of England in South Yorkshire and East Riding.

In this issue, we feature stories of how individuals and churches across the diocese are reaching out into our communities, living as lights for Jesus.

We are always looking out for great stories! So, if anyone would like to include an article in the next issue then please email communications@

The magazine is aimed at everyone – whether a fully committed Christian, a member of another faith and those of no faith at all. We want to distribute it across

LJ Buxton, Editor

Contents 4 Breakfast club church in a school 7

Let’s cook


Lights for Christ

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Featured Article Church in schools page 4

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Flood response


Prayer shawl ministry

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Breakfast club church in a school Parishes all over the diocese are exploring ways of starting new congregations in their local Church of England primary schools.

The Rt Revd Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield, has been to visit “Breakfast Church” in Hook Primary School.

Bishop Pete’s visit to Hook Primary School was a noteworthy one - it is the first ‘church in school’ to be established since the revised Diocesan strategy was launched at the Diocesan Development Day last year.

plant new congregations in their CofE primary schools.”

“It’s not always easy to draw people into church buildings” says Bishop Pete, “but one of the great things about these congregations is that it is us taking church to where the people are already gathering.” The strategy is aiming is to see 25 new school-based congregations established by 2025. To help parishes plan, prepare and start this journey, Clynt French has been appointed as the part-time Church in Schools Co-ordinator. “I’m currently working with 8 different parishes,” says Clynt, “working with clergy and head teachers, drawing teams of volunteers together, ensuring safeguarding and best practice guidelines are followed and providing resources and other support to enable these parishes to successfully 4

Mike North, from the Parish Support Team, is overseeing the work: “Our prayer for these new congregations is that they become fully church for those who attend – without the need to come to the church building, although they are of course welcome. But for those who struggle to enter our buildings or to fit in with our timings, these new congregations can grow to be real, meaningful, sacramental expressions of church where those who grow in faith may worship, learn and serve together.” The Diocesan Board of Education and the Centenary Project are fundingthe Coordinator post for three years. “Families are already at ease with their church school, so doing church in those schools makes a lot of sense. It makes church accessible to families who might struggle to step through the doors of a

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NEWS parish church on a Sunday morning. Very exciting!” says Huw Thomas, Diocesan Director of Education. Speaking ahead of the Bishop’s visit, the Revd Philip Ball who leads the breakfast church in Hook said: “We are a fragile community but we are also a community who enjoying meeting together to worship in this setting with people who we were not meeting with prior. We are finding from God, and one another help, direction and encouragement for our lives. Our expectation is that we will continue to meet together in this way for a long time to come.”

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Village of hearts The people of All Saints church in Totley have become very consious of just how divisive and negative A small but very effective idea was formed to show the community the importance of kindness in these times. Clare Rose says “with the 31 October Brexit deadline drawing close it seemed to be getting worse with fractured communities and increasingly aggressive and angry confrontations - even by, or especially by, our national leaders.” With this in mind, on the evening of Wed 23 October, over 250 knitted and material hearts were left around Totley for people to find on their


communities have become with the debate over Brexit and the upcoming general election.

way to work, school and the shops. Each carried the same message: “Nation divided? Be kind to someone today” along with the verse “Love your neighbour as yourself” from Mark 13:31. At a time of national and political division and conflict, the church wanted to remind people of the humanity we all share and the importance of being kind to one another. The 250 hearts were made from fabric scraps with some knitted. People of all ages made them with younger members of the church

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contributing several. One of the oldest members came up with the wording. The hearts were well received. One lady fed back through Instagram just what it had meant to find a heart: “Thank you to the kind person or persons responsible for the distribution of these beautiful heart messages around the streets of Totley tonight. I found them in situ on street furniture, plants and trees whilst out walking my dog. The message is clear ‘be kind to someone today’ thank you to whoever for this lovely idea”.


Let’s Cook! St Saviour’s church High Green in Sheffield has just completed a highly successful initiative, “Let’s Cook Together”, over the summer as part of

its wider community project. It was focussed on young people aged 10 to 16 years who wanted to give cooking a try.

Over a period of eight weeks the youngsters learned how to cook simple healthy meals that are cheap as well as tasty. They learnt a lot about what a healthy diet looks like, and are now better able to make good eating choices in the future. As time passed, they gelled into a great group with strong relationships, working very effectively on individual and group preparation and cooking the dishes together. Pat Webster, who ran the project said, “These kids were brilliant. The ‘proof’ was the gobsmacking standard of the three course meal they provided in the final session for an invited audience. They clearly had a lot of fun and I think that their self-esteem improved as the course went on. I would even dare to say that by the end they were far less of a handfu!”.

One of the young people expressed it for themselves when they said that, “the whole activity has been really fun”. So successful was the project that later on they were asked to do a cooking demonstration at the Miners’ Welfare Hall (High Green). Many visitors sampled the cheesecake and

several youngsters signed up for a possible repeat activity. Martin Brewis, who organised the project, said “We are very grateful to Soar who funded the project through a £1,000 grant by SOAR Works Enterprise Centre under its “Let’s Build Health” programme.” 7

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Lights for Christ 98% of Christians spend 90% of their lives not in church, that 90% is spent at work, at home, at leisure. Our faith is not only for Sundays but for our

whole lives. Lights for Christ sees the Diocese of Sheffield working to equip and encourage all baptised people to live for Jesus.

As a Diocese we aim to liberate the whole people of God for the whole mission of God. As followers of Jesus we are all on this journey together. It is a marathon not a sprint, and so a new website is aiming to highlight a number of small steps which can make a big difference to the way we worship, pray, and support each other so that our faith is enriched and we can shine more brightly.

I have cried, laughed and prayed with my customers, some of whom I can confidently say have now become friends in Christ.

As God’s people in the Diocese of Sheffield, we re-affirm our calling to be Christ-like, living as lights for Christ in our everyday lives by: »» Receiving the light of Christ as his friends; »» Walking in the light of Christ as his followers; »» Reflecting the light of Christ to those around us. Miriam’s story For me, my faith in Christ enables me to be authentic about who I am with everyone that comes through my place of work. Owning a gift and jewellery shop has given me the space to be more open about my faith than I have ever been in my whole Christian life. Somehow through the Holy Spirit, I have created a place of work that enables people of all faiths or none to feel that it is a safe place to visit and share their stories of joy, pain and sadness with me.

John’s story I work as a gardener and landscaper in Sheffield. When I work, I always have the mind-set of working on a garden that belongs to Jesus. I try to do it in a way that will show the clients that I care not only about their garden but also for them too. I have found many times that a client appreciates having a chat with me as they may be lonely and isolated. You will see various examples of people living as Lights for Christ throughout this issue of Network. More stories and information can be found on

Miriam Cavanagh



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Breathe Deep is back for 2020! Breathe Deep is a youth event targeted at Christian young people, aged 11-18, drawn from all over the Diocese of Sheffield to be a large expression of church together. Many young people who come are from smaller churches, so to gather in large numbers brings another important dimension of God’s church, in all its diversity!

to shine; and Who cares about me? Booking for 2020 is open now on the following website

Last January (2019), we also launched the Breathe Deep Prayer Community – inviting hundreds of young people to pray and read their bibles every day using our prayer card. This time, workshops will look at: Truth and doubt; Hearing God’s voice for your future; Life is good; Living with suffering and struggles; How

Future ministry in the Diocese In May 2019, the Diocese a Stage 1 bid was submitted for Strategic Development Funding to support transformation within the Diocese. After receiving positive feedback, the Diocese has been invited to be the first to bid into the new ‘Diocesan Sustainability Fund’. We will be pioneers for this new fund, therefore, there is no blueprint, proforma or established guidance at this point. However, national church is committed to journeying with us as we prepare plans and a bid. Colleagues from London have already made several trips to help us with this. There are certain things that the funders want to see in place before an application is made. These are being worked through. One of them is agreeing what the future model for the Diocese will look like in detail. This is being called the ‘Promised Land’ and we are developing a narrative to describe that. A small team is already working with Area Deans but wider help from deaneries will be sought in the new year.

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Response to the floods Communities across the Diocese of Sheffield have experienced severe flooding in recent weeks. In the some of the worst affected areas, the church has been taking a major role in the relief effort. Much support is still needed. Over 7-8 November, South Yorkshire saw more rain fall in 24 hours than it normally receives in a single month. Communities along the River Don, and it’s catchment, saw the worst flooding since 2007. Across our diocese homes, businesses and transport links were affected. Even the diocesan office had to close as the river threatened to breach its banks. At one point, five severe flood warnings were in place - all affecting the Doncaster area. This was on top of over 100 red flood warnings and many more flood alerts. Some areas became completely cutoff, with public transport also impacted. It may be difficult to see how anything positive can come out of such a terrible situation. However, in the communities worst affected like Bentley, Stainforth and Fishlake, the generiosty and kindness of local people shone. St Peter’s church, Bentley led from the front as

the seriousness of the situation became clear offering assistance and help. The Revd Dave Berry has been coordinating a lot of the relief effort. Local people have been donating vital supplies like cleaning products, while businesses have been providing fresh food and clean water. St Peter’s provided hot refreshments to the emergency services and became a store for some of the donations. It is likely this will be an ongoing process as people try to recover their homes and businesses over the coming months and years. Bentley is a relatively poor community and many of the people hit by the floods have no insurance. Further along the River Don, the village of Fishlake was also severely affected, with the village cut-off by water. St Cuthbert’s church managed to avoid the flood waters and opened 24/7 as a refuge and a place of safety for those in the flooded village. The Churchwardens, Peter Pridham and Wendy Brownbridge, worked tirelessly with others to coordinate provision of food, hot water and other supplies as donations arrived by the tractor-full. Many other parishes in the local area offered assistance where they could from Great Snaith to Finningley and many more in between.

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Many homes and businesses have been badly affected by the floods

A prayer for our communities Compassionate God, source of all comfort, We pray for the people whose lives have devastated by the recent flooding. Bring them comfort; protect the weak and vulnerable; and give strength and wisdom to all those working to bring relief to those in need. May our response to their suffering be generous and bring you praise. For we ask it in Jesus name, Amen

Swathes of land have been submerged

The Revd Dave Berry offers hot drinks



Prestigous award for Reader Dr Iain Armstrong, a Reader at St Mark’s Grenoside, has been recognised with a prestigous Fellowship Award by the Royal College of Nursing. Dr Iain Armstrong is a Nurse Consultant within the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. He was presented with the Fellowship Award which is the highest award that the Royal College of Nursing can give. Clare Warnock, also a nurse with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded the fellowship alongside Iain. The fellowships were awarded at the RCN annual Congress in Liverpool and are given to individuals who have ‘made


an exceptional commitment to advancing the science and practice of nursing and the improvement of health care’. Only a small number of Fellows and Honorary Fellows are elected each year.

Iain said: “I am truly humbled to have received this award upon the recommendation of my colleagues. The ceremony was a special day and it was great to meet some really outstanding nurses.”

Iain began his work in the pulmonary vascular unit in 1982. He was nominated for this award for his professional work to support people affected by pulmonary hypertension which is internationally renowned, and his dedicated charitable work. As well as his voluntary work, Iain is also a Reader at St Mark’s church, Grenoside.

Chris Morley, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals said: “This truly is a welldeserved honour and they should be very proud to be nominated by their peers for such an award. They are a credit to their profession and we are very fortunate to have them working with us here at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals”.

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Prayer outreach Earlier this year a craft group at All Saints, Ecclesall began a Prayer Shawl Ministry. The idea for this new ministry came from several members of the Church Family who had firsthand experience of prayer shawls. They, or their loved ones, had been given a prayer shawl when they were facing dark and difficult times. It had given them a sense of comfort by knowing that the shawls had been prayed over as they were made and also before being given to them. One such receiver said: “Each time I put my prayer shawl around my shoulders as I have this afternoon, I am very aware of the powerful prayers and the warmth of the love that are wrapped around me. Thank you”.

Prayer Shawl Prayer “May this prayer shawl, made for you with love, be a mantle and sign of God’s healing presence. May it warm you when you are weary. May it surround you with ease in your suffering. May it encircle you with caring when you are in pain. May it comfort you when you feel alone. May it remind you of God’s abiding love” Rita Atkinson Reproduced from The Prayer Shawl Companion 2008 Janet Bristow and Victoria Cole-Galo Taunton Press

The hope and prayer of the Prayer Shawl Ministry team is that each recipient will be able to envelop themselves in the shawl and draw strength and comfort, perhaps at a time when life seems bleak and hopeless and praying just too hard. Prayer shawls often continue to be a blessing to loved ones and friends of the recipients of the shawls after they have died. “The prayer shawl was originally made for my husband and I while he was ill. However, before we received it he died. I found wrapping the shawl round my shoulders such a blessing and comfort knowing that lots of prayer had gone into its making and knowing too that specific prayer for me and my husband had been prayed over the shawl before it was given to me. I still use the shawl, especially if I am feeling low. I still find it a comfort and it helps me to focus on how blessed I am and how much I have to be grateful for”.

Creating the shawls

Ready to bring comfort



Walk, talk and pray “If we are to realise our wider vision for the Diocese then it will be because we have maintained as a first priority a real reliance on the Spirit of God in prayer” Bishop Pete Wilcox ‘Renewed’ is the name given to the activities that are taking place to achieve this wider vision – to make prayer the foundation for all that we do and hope for in the life of the diocese. The challenge is to put that belief into practice. The ‘2025 Prayer Community’ is a prayer movement where people around the diocese commit to actions of daily prayer and bible readings. It aims to mobilise more and more people across our cities, towns and rural areas to grow in faith. Anyone can join in. By committing to the group you will unlock resources, stories, event details and more to help your daily prayer life. sheffdio. org/pray2025 Praying together is also important. The aim is to have two prayer events in each deanery every year. In the first half of 2019, these linked to Bishop Pete’s visits to all twelve deaneries. The autumn has seen a good mix of events, though not in every deanery. A full set is planned for 2020. Two deaneries opted for Saturday prayer breakfasts 16

The walkers finishing at Holy Trinity church, Ulley – not quite the beach barbecue of John chapter 21, understandably at this time of year, but a great way to come together for hospitality and prayer. Laughton Deanery had a daylong prayer pilgrimage, walking from St Bartholomew’s Maltby via Roche Abbey to All Saints Laughton, then to St Simon and St Jude Thurcroft, and finishing at Holy Trinity Ulley. Some people could not offer a whole day and others did not feel able to walk 10 miles but this was no barrier to joining in at one or more points along the way. Nevertheless, about 10 people did the whole walk, at Diocese of Sheffield Magazine

an easy pace for conversation and with stops for prayer. One minister said: ‘I really enjoyed the day, being able to walk and talk with people I often only see on a Sunday morning. One commented that it was good to see churches on the walk, which she doesn’t normally get a chance to see, and to experience some of the joys and struggles that they have.’ It was simple enough to set up with walkers bringing food, and of course churches offering tea and cakes! To find out more, contact john.hibberd@


Need rejuvenating? John Marsh has recently joined the Parish Support Team at the central office in Rotherham. He is tasked with leading on the ‘Rejuvenated’ strand of the Diocesan strategy. Here, John tells Network a bit more about what that means... John started his role in September 2019. His job title is one that causes him a cheeky smile when he says it: “Mission Development Adviser – Rejuvenated”, John continues “that means I will be supporting resourcing churches, and helping to identify new congregations.” John says “a resourcing church is one that gives away people and resources to start new congregations. The aim is to have 12 resourcing churches

by 2025 and I will be offering training, networking and coaching to help achieve that. I will also be working to establish 50 new congregations in the same period.” His post is full time and funded by the Strategic Development Fund, a funding stream offered by the central Church of England for major change projects. The funding for John’s post comes as part of Sheffield Diocese’s last successful bid for Resourcing Churches.

John has a wide experience of leading and enabling missional communities, and consultations with people on mission, from Europe and the USA. John was ordained in 2014 as a Self Supporting Minister having trained on the Yorkshire Ministry Course. He taught for 26 years at Meynell Primary School, Parson Cross and at Birkdake School where he was also chaplain. Married with two adult children, John holds a season ticket for Sheffield Wednesday. John has already started to meet with clergy across the diocese who want to do new things, and is helping them to network and share ideas. One example is Goole parish church where the Revd Hannah Patton is already making great links with the community and has launched a new congregation that has attracted new people. John says: “I am really enjoying the role and looking forward to meeting people around the diocese, it is exciting to be a member of the team that is helping Bishop Pete to create a flourishing diocese.”



The Last Supper Sheffield Cathedral has welcomed ‘A Last Supper: Drawing an altarpiece’ into the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Sheffield Cathedral has just installed an altarpiece of a local artist’s work in the Cathedral’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit. This has been done to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition at the city’s Graves Gallery which spans the artist’s 25-year career. Lorna May Wadsworth is one of Sheffield’s artistic success stories. Her Graves show ‘GAZE’ includes an array of portraits with religious themed work featuring heavily among the famous faces.

an Altarpiece will be in situ for one year from 9 November 2019. Rowan Williams commented on the Nailsworth altarpiece at the time of its 2010 unveiling at an Exhibition at St Martin in the Fields: “I love the finished piece. It moves and pulsates, in colour and texture, and is a wholly remarkable work, I believe.”

Sheffield Cathedral will be home to Wadsworth’s charcoal cartoon, a preparatory drawing for a painted altarpiece at St George’s church. Nailsworth. It offers an insight into the creation of the finished painting. A Last Supper: Drawing


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