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 

7th June 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!


A prayer from the booklet issued by the Church of England for use during the pandemic

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.


from St Patrick’s Breastplate


The booklet can be found here.



Message from Gareth

Dear friends,

Although I decided not to concentrate on Pentecost in last week’s newsletter, I do want to include this week a piece of writing on the broader theme of the Holy Spirit. This meditation is by the American Roman Catholic writer Joyce Rupp.

Each three-line section concentrates on one facet of the Spirit’s character and activity. I suggest, therefore, that rather than reading through the whole meditation in detail, you simply focus on one section at a time, giving special attention to those sections that, for whatever reason, speak to you most vividly at this time. I hope you find this helpful.


Come, Spirit who is our Light,

Shine among the shadows within.

Warm and transform our hearts.

Come, Spirit who makes a home in us.

Draw us to the treasures of your dwelling.

Reveal to us the inner journey of love.

Come, Spirit, Comforter and Consoler.

Heal the wounded. Soothe the anxious.

Be consolation for all who grieve and ache.

Come, Spirit who energises our being.

Keep us from the tangles of toil and travail.

Lead us to moments of prayer and play.

Come, Spirit, consuming Fire of Love,

Fill us with enthusiasm for your vision.

May the desire for truth be vibrant in us.

Come, Spirit, joy of our souls.

Dance amid life’s hills and valleys.

Encircle us with the delights of your dance.

Come, Spirit of wisdom and insight.

Draw us towards your goodness and light.

Direct our growth and guide our ways.

Come, Spirit, strength of wounded ones.

Be warmth in hearts of those grown cold.

Empower the powerless, rekindle the weary.

Come, Spirit, source of our peace.

Deepen in us the action of peacemakers.

Heal the divisions that ravage the earth.


Peace and love, Gareth




      Sunday 7th June   Trinity Sunday

We look forward to our Sunday service, led by Revd Gareth Jones, reader Chris Venables, 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 a drop of wine or juice with you

for the sharing of Communion, and a candle for the time of intercession

There is a Junior Church Activity sheet for the service here.

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.


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. There will be some time for conversation together at the end. Many thanks to Imogen for organising this service.


If you prefer you can join the service by phone and listen and speak without being on a computer. To do this you have to use a phone number and then put in the meeting ID number The phone numbers and  meeting ID numbers will be sent in a separate email message with the links on Tuesday.

So why not join the Wednesday service as well as the one on Sunday?


This poem was quoted at the Wednesday morning Zoom on-line service on the 3rd June, when the theme of the service was Prayer:


Prayer (I)

By George Herbert

Prayer the church's banquet, angel's age,

God's breath in man returning to his birth,

The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,

The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth

Engine against th' Almighty, sinner's tow'r,

Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,

The six-days world transposing in an hour,

A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;

Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,

Exalted manna, gladness of the best,

Heaven in ordinary, man well drest,

The milky way, the bird of Paradise,

Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul's blood,

The land of spices; something understood.



Staying in touch – a message from Clare Loughridge

Since the lockdown began, lots of groups, both of SAPLC people and others, have been having virtual 'meetings' on their computer/tablet/smartphone using a program called Zoom - you might have heard of it. We have been using it to have a service on Wednesday mornings – see above - and it has been suggested that we use it for a 'tea and coffee chat' after the live-streamed service on Sunday mornings.

If you would be interested in this but have never used Zoom before, Imogen Clout is happy to be contacted - she will talk you through how to get on to it and set up a meeting just for you so that you can try it out with her. Imogen's number is 268 6645.

You can also exchange messages and pictures with other SAPLC people using WhatsApp - this is an app which you can download from the App store onto a smartphone. If you would like to join our group, please download the app and send your mobile number to Clare Loughridge: clare@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk or 07593823893. We'd love you to join us!                                                                                         

Thanks! Clare


Church Office email We have been experiencing some problems with the office email account. If you tried to send an email to the office, or to Debbie (bookaroom@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk), between 12th and 15th May, we unfortunately won't have received it. The issue has now been fixed but no old emails have come through so if you have been trying to get in touch, you might need to try again!


Church Finance

During these strange times, when the church is closed and most of the offices in Shirley House are empty while their staff are furloughed, our income has fallen dramatically, but we still need money to carry out our vital work. We have set up an online giving page where you can donate safely and securely to help us keep things running - use the big red button below. Thank you for your help!


Lockdown Bible Study!

Hello, I'm Chris Sissons, one of the Broomhill Diaspora.  I joined St Andrew's just after the lockdown and listen every week to the services.  I preached at St Andrew's once a few years ago and don't expect you to remember the service (I don't!)  My sister was married in the old Church of England building and so I suppose in some sense I'm coming home.

I run my own business helping business owners use stories to market and develop their businesses.  I love telling stories and taking them apart to see how they work!

So, my proposal is that a few of us get together now and again to talk stories, especially stories from the Bible.  I'll kick off with a story I have in mind and then we can take it in turns!  We'll start by reading the story and then the introducer will tell it in their way.  Reading and telling stories are entirely different activities - in the telling we apply imagination to the story and bring it alive.

Then we'll discuss the story and see where the conversation goes. 

Sound good?  If so, email me to express interest.  I suggest we meet 7.30pm one evening soon.  Once I know the response, I'll send you the reference to the story we'll study, the date of the meeting and the Zoom link.  My email address is csissons079@aol.com.

In preparation for the meeting, I'll ask you to read the text.  Then  if you have time, do one of the following:

  • work out how you would tell the story and be prepared to share your version
  • dig out someone else's interpretation and bring it along to share
  • reflect upon how you would use this story to inform prayer
  • can you think of a hymn, some other song or music that somehow evokes this story?
  • any other weird way to approach the story.

Yes, it'll be a mess but if you think you'll enjoy it, drop me a line.

Thanks    Chris Sissons  07887 352841  Email: csissons079@talktalk.net


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)


Message from Alison Gregg

I have been sorting through my dad’s books and wondered if anyone would like any of the following:

Companion to Hymns and Psalms

Lutterworth’s Dictionary of the Bible

Radio 4 Prayer of the Day Vol 2

J B Phillip’s New Testament in Modern English

The Christian Agnostic by Leslie D Weatherhead

A Private House of Prayer by Leslie D Weatherhead

Over His Own Signature by Leslie D Weatherhead

If interested in any contact me on Tel 2665638 or email alisongregg25@hotmail.com

I am happy to deliver.                                  

Alison Gregg


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  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. There are sufficient volunteers at present. However, as things change rapidly, if you have a suitably insured car, the food bank are looking for volunteers to be on standby.

Food Bank – a message from Joe Dey:A big thank you to everyone who has donated to the Food Bank! We are giving fantastic support to a very needy cause. Keep safe everyone.”

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


Baby Basics  Referrals have increased by an incredible 450% since this crisis began so the need is greater than ever.

Baby Basics are in special need of adult toiletries and large equipment at the moment. 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 Joe, Chris and Pat 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.


Books for Southcroft

Faye, the manager at Southcroft, would like to thank everyone very much indeed for the really lovely books that were donated recently.  Residents have been telling us how much they are enjoying them.  We now have a very good selection and so no more are needed for the time being.  Thank you so much for your generosity.  Judith


Working Party – message from John Cripps

This Saturday 6th June is a Working Party day and like the previous ones we will be working outside while maintaining our 2m separations. I will be present from 9:30am to 12:30pm and would welcome others to join me, but please don't feel any obligation to do so.  Unfortunately we won't be providing drinks and biscuits, so please make your own arrangements for refreshments.  In the event of inclement weather activities may be curtailed.
Everyone is welcome to come on Saturday, or to carry out gardening tasks at other times convenient to them.  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).


CLC bookshops

CLC Bookshops Sheffield is currently operating from a bedroom and sending orders all over the country. Yes, the bookshop is "open" in an unusual setting.

Whether you know what you need from our vast range of stock or you'd prefer some help in choosing that special something, call us on 0114 2724663 or email sheffield@clcbookshops.com.
Payment by card over the phone and free delivery on orders of £10 and above.

Of course, you can also browse & buy online but many people prefer a conversation.






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