Weekly Newsletter and Other News

We usually fill this page with our Weekly Noticesheet - information about upcoming services and events and groups that we support. During these unprecedented times it will consist of a Weekly Newsletter, links to sources of help both spiritual and practical, requests for prayer and thoughts from church members.

Please contact clare@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk or garethjones11@googlemail.com if there is anything you would like to see or to add, or anyone you would particularly like us to pray for.


Weekly Newsletter during the suspension of public worship 

5th July 2020 

We hope you find the SAPLC streamed services inspiring at this time when we cannot join in worship together in church, and that by praying together and sharing these services and resources, we can all still feel connected to our worshipping community. The purpose of this Newsletter is to keep us all informed and connected, and as always it includes a message from Gareth as well as information about our streamed service on Sunday. There are Notices at the end of the newsletter.

All contributions, serious or light-hearted, would be very welcome!



Methodist Church Prayer for the day, Thursday 2nd July 2020

God of unimaginable love, we give you thanks and praise.

For the love that welcomes the unlovely,
for the love that pardons the unworthy,
for the love that knows no limit,
we give you thanks and praise.


In the love that inspires our worship,
in the love of which we would learn more,
in the love we share in our caring,
we give you thanks and praise.


As your love in us serves our neighbour,
as your love tells its story through us,
as your love calls us your people,
we give you thanks and praise. Amen.


Jonathan Hustler, Secretary, British Methodist Conference



Message from Gareth

Dear friends,

Just a word to begin with to say that Jean and I will be away from 4th-12th July. Therefore, there won’t be a contribution from me in next week’s newsletter – but, as always, there will be plenty to read!

We often sing chants from the Taizé community in France in our worship, and normally have Taizé prayer on Wednesday evenings during Advent and Lent. The Taizé community was founded in 1940 in the village of that name in the Burgundy region by Brother Roger Shütz, and soon developed into an ecumenical and international community of brothers, linked also with sisters from several religious orders. Every year many thousands of people, especially young people, visit Taizé from all over the world.

The rhythm of life at Taizé is based on its worship, and the worship is based on the familiar chants, the words of which are usually taken from verses from the Psalms or Gospels. Taizé’s founder Brother Roger also composed many prayers, simple in their language yet expressing a profound spirituality. This week I’d like to share two of these prayers with you, not because they relate to any specific themes, but just because I hope you find them helpful and spiritually nourishing. 


You are the God of every human being

and, too bright for us to look upon, you let yourself be seen as in a mirror,

on the face of your Christ.

We are eager to glimpse a reflection of your presence

in the confusion of people and events:

open in us the gateway to transparency of heart.

In that place of solitude

which is there in each one of us,

come and refresh the dry and thirsty ground

of our body and our spirit.

Come and inundate us with your trust

till even our inner deserts burst into flower.



Close to you, Christ Jesus,

it becomes possible to know the realities of God,

by letting the little that we understand of the

Gospel pass into our daily life.

And this little proves to be just enough for us

to advance, day by day, moment by moment.

You never turn us into people who have made it,

but humble people of God who, in all simplicity,

are seeking to place their trust in you.



Love and peace, Gareth




Sunday 5th July   4th Sunday after Trinity

We look forward to our online service, led by Anthony Ashwell with Rodney Godber and Clare Loughridge reading and prayers of intercession led by Marilyn Godber; music will be led by Simon Dumpleton and members of the choir – we are so lucky to have such a wealth of talent to enrich our worship.


You are invited to have a piece of bread and drop of juice or wine with you for Communion and a candle to light for the prayers of intercession


The link to the service will be sent to you all by email on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, and will also be on the Home Page of the SAPLC website. We hope you will enjoy the service and feel connected to your St Andrew’s Psalter Lane friends as we join in worship on Sunday at 10.30 am.


We are aware that people without Internet access can not join us in either this or the Wednesday service, but it would be possible to relay the service by phone. If you would be prepared to do this please contact Janet Loughridge (258 4164)   We have asked the people who get the printed version of the newsletter to tell us if they would like this.


Junior Church   A Junior Church Activity Sheet is available here.

We'd love to see what you do, so please send a photo of your work to Clare at clare@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk - you might see your work on the website!


Wednesday service

There will be a Zoom service at 11.00 am on Wednesday. The format of the service will be readings with pauses, a led meditation, a psalm and prayer, with some music at the beginning and the end, and a time for reflecting on a passage of spiritual writing. And there is some time for conversation together at the end. Many thanks to Imogen for organising this service.
The links to the Zoom meeting will be sent in a separate email message on Tuesday.


So why not join the Wednesday service as well as the one on Sunday? It is a really lovely reflective service, with a chance to chat afterwards with some of the people you are missing so badly.

Some of us are using lockdown as a chance to join this service when we would normally not be able to because of commitments elsewhere, and find it inspiring and peaceful – it has been a real bonus, and we will miss it when normality resumes!






Opening the Church

You may have heard that church buildings are allowed by the government to open again for private prayer - unfortunately, St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church does not anticipate being able to open before September as we can't ensure the safety of visitors. This is in line with advice from both of our denominations.

We are investigating ways in which we may be able to open the church and once we are sure that we can safely open the church for short times of prayer, we will do so.

In the meantime the church garden is open to the public and you are welcome to use it for prayer and meditation, but please observe social distancing and wash your hands after visiting, as the seats are not sanitised.


Nestlé plan to stop using Fairtrade ingredients in KitKat bars

If Nestle continues with this decision, it will mean that cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire stand to lose £1.37m (US$1.69m) in Fairtrade premiums and the safety net of Fairtrade’s minimum pricing system, whilst farmers in Fiji and Malawi will lose all sugar sales to Nestlé (which is 50% of all their sugar sales) plus premiums of £583,000 (US$720,000) per year.

This is a small amount for a multi-billion-pound global business, but a real lifeline for some of the world’s poorest farmers, most of whom live below the extreme poverty line.

We know lots of people agree this is a really disappointing decision, and we still hope Nestle will change their mind. A petition to the CEO of Nestle has been started by Joanna Pollard (Chair of Fairtrade Yorkshire). If you want to take action right now, sign and share the petition.

Alison Trezise (District Fair Trade Advocate)


Lock-down Concert for Christian Aid

John Hackett, a member in the Sheffield Circuit, has recorded a short concert for Christian Aid, which can be found here.


Keeping in touch with the church and with each other 

As the church building remains closed and virtual means of communication become 'the new normal', I just wanted to remind people of some of the ways SAPLC is still 'open':

You can follow us on Facebook and join the SAPLC Facebook Group

We are also on Twitter 

This website is regularly updated with news about SAPLC and links to helpful resources.

And of course, we have our online services on Sunday and Wednesday - if you can't join these 'live', they are available in the 'Streamed Services Archive'.


Online giving

First of all, a massive 'Thank you' to everyone who has donated through our online donations page - we have raised nearly £1900 already! Don't forget that if you normally donate to the vital work of the church by putting money in the plate before a service, you can now do this online using the big red button below!

Our income has fallen massively during the last few months and although our outgoings have gone down too, we are facing a huge deficit - please help us to continue our important work.




All We Can Update

Sadly the All We Can events have had to be put on hold until it is safe to go ahead. Many thanks to the people who have offered help with the organisation.

We know that all of you will have had requests from charities and other calls on your finances but climate change continue and food shortages have worsened.

Please can you consider making small gifts to All We Can or thinking of small sponsored events that you can do safely at home.

The All We Can website have updates about their work and information on giving. They are also sharing positive and uplifting content each lunchtime at 1.17 pm.

Many thanks, Janet (Clarke) and Judith (Loveman)


Working Party – message from John Cripps

The next Working Party will be on Saturday 4th July.
Everyone is welcome to carry out gardening tasks at other times convenient to them.  I will send out an email about the mowing rota.   The compound and the tool box have combination padlocks. Please ask me if you want to know the combination and if you open either lock, please take care the combination is set correctly before closing it. The tool box contains the mower, strimmer and some tools and there are additional tools in the cellar. The usual tidying and weeding will be required in the coming weeks, remembering that the beds to the front of Shirley House also need to be kept weeded and tidy. 

Many thanks, John Cripps (01142 588932, 07914 290016, cripps@uwclub.net).


Message from Action for Children

Every year, Methodists and some other church denominations celebrate Action for Children Sunday on the second Sunday in July. Our staff always look forward to this celebration because it gives us an opportunity to meet and thank our longstanding, faithful supporters.

This year, we expect things to be different due to the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown. Churches have had to replace physical meetings with online worship. We understand that and would like to assure you that it is OK if you can’t mark Action for Children Sunday on 12 July. You can pray for us on that day and mark it on a later date.

Our worship resources were ready before the lockdown and are available here, including is a booklet with a service outline, a prayer bookmark and a link to a video about Lyle, one of the children your generosity has helped us to support.

If you wish you can donate to Action for Children on this webpage instead of giving to the retiring collection we would normally have on the 12th July.


Foodbank and Baby Basics

Firvale Foodbank and Baby Basics are still desperately in need of help, so that they can help the most vulnerable members of society. If you are able to give anything, donations can be dropped off at the following addresses – why not combine donating with your legal daily exercise? 

Food Bank  

The mystery busker has now raised a total of £1,000 for the St Cuthbert’s Food Bank, which is absolutely brilliant! Many thanks to him and all those who have supported this excellent cause.

Donations can be left at the rear of 16 Edgehill Road, S7 1SP. Fir Vale continue to take referrals and just under 100 people are being supported. Food and cash donations are welcome. Food is especially welcome. The Food Bank particularly need pasta, rice, UHT milk, toiletries and toilet rolls, but are ever grateful for canned goods.

If you would like to give cash, you can donate here.


Baby Basics  

Pat Flowerdew says that Baby Basics are very grateful for the donations that we send – so keep up the good work! This is from the Baby Basics Facebook page to let you know what they most need:

The Facebook page also has information about donating via their Amazon wishlist.Donations can be left in the box at 51 Barkers Road, S7 1SD; cash donations should be put through the letter box. Pat would be able to collect donations if you cannot get them to her – telephone her on 2014881 if you would like to donate this way. Or donations can also be left at 45 Osberton Place, S11 8XL. You can also now donate online.

We are grateful to all the very kind people who are taking these donations to where they are so desperately needed.                                                                                                           



Bread for Sheffield

Having trouble finding flour? Why not buy top quality bread flour from St Mary’s and help provide emergency food boxes for families across Sheffield. They will provide top quality bread flour from Hukins in 2.5kg bags at cost price and you make a donation to fund the provision of emergency food.  50% of the donation goes to St Mary’s food delivery scheme, and 50% to support local food banks. Flour can be collected from St Mary's Church Bramall Lane (open 9-5pm Tuesday to Thursday), 11 Greystones Avenue (open 2-4pm Thursday), or Hammer & Pincers, Bents Green (open 2-4pm Thursday). Visit the website to find out more and to order your flour.


And just for fun! With thanks (and groans) to Richard Loughridge

 - I can’t stop running a fictional Italian crime syndicate. I think I might have Corleone virus.

 - I can’t stop eating apples, but just the bit in the middle. I think I might have core only virus.

 - I can’t stop pulling my t-shirt over my head. I think I might have cornholio virus.

 - I can’t stop diving for fish, catching them with my hooked bill then flying away using my rather short wings. I think I might have cormorant virus.

 - I can't stop harnessing the power of herbs to soothe chesty coughs. I must have Covonia virus.

 - I have this sudden urge to put yellow feathers in my hair and wear a dress down to there....think I have the Copacabana virus.

 - The amount of bad Corona virus jokes is starting to reach worrying number. Some say it might be a pundemic

Richard says:  'You may mock, but in years to come I’ll be seen as the Siegfried Sassoon of The Coronavirus Years. There’ll be a module on me on English Literature courses.'


Look out next week for more puns, and the launch of our COVID-19 limerick competition!


And remember - You’re not stuck at home - You’re safe at home.



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