Weekly Noticesheet



Eternal God,

give us insight

to discern your will for us,

to give up what harms us,

and to seek the perfection we are promised

in Jesus Christ our Lord.



               THIS WEEK 



10.00 am Knit and Natter in Shirley House.  Contact Alison Gregg on 2665638

7.30pm Housegroup at 303 Cemetery Road




10.00 am Tuesday Café - (for people living with memory loss or dementia and their carers) in the narthex




10.00 am   Service of Holy Communion

        Readings Deuteronomy 4.1, 5-9; Psalm 147.13-end; Matthew 5.17-19

7.00 pm     Taizé Prayer for Lent in church




7.30 pm – Eco Group in the narthex




10.00–11.30 am Parent & Baby - meets again from 11th January until 29th March. All Mums and/ or Dads with their babies are welcome. For further information contact Muriel 2551473 or Jean 2550198.

St Wilfrid’s Sleep Out 2019  We are challenging you to sleep in our car park. One night only. Experience for yourself what it is like to sleep outside, next to a busy road. Breakfast, hot drinks, toilets and cardboard provided. Interested? See here for more details. 




10.00 am - 4.00 pm There is an ancient peace  An Amos Trust quiet day for activists with Garth Hewitt, at St Aidan's Church, 2 Manor Lane S2 1UF. Please bring some food, for a bring and share lunch. See here for information and tickets.



31st March 2019

Mothering Sunday

10.30 am        Holy Communion                                    Revd Gareth Jones

Readings       Joshua 5. 9-12; 2 Corinthians 5.16-end; Luke 15. 1-3 & 11-end

Emergency Appeal: There will be a retiring collection this morning in aid of the Christian Aid appeal to support those in Zimbabwe and Malawi affected by Cyclone Idai.


Getting Involved - See here for some of the many ways you could become more involved at St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church!

Media Officer Clare Loughridge is our Media Officer and is in charge of promoting SAPLC! So if you’re running an event, or have any ideas that would help us to become better known in the community, please contact her at clare@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk or follow her on Twitter. And why not visit our  SAPLC Facebook page ?

Holy Habits  The book about exploring discipleship, mentioned by Judith on Sunday 22nd April, is now available in the church library and is also being used by our Housegroups this winter.

Sheffield Church Action on Poverty Summer Update  If you would like to read this report on the year’s work, please email the Church Office at office@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk who can forward it to you. In addition, Church Action on Poverty produce a news sheet which collates recent updates from there work - you can read the latest copy here.

Methodist Conference 28-30 June 2018   There are copies in the narthex of the Conference Business Digest – please take and read and find out what was discussed and decided. Or read it here.

Our current appeals

Baby Basics - Reaching out to the least, last and the lost in Sheffield with God’s love and practical help  Please donate items for a new baby, to be given to new mothers in vulnerable situations. See here for more information. You will find a blue box for donations in the narthex. Trustees wanted  -  please see flyer

St Cuthbert's Fir Vale Food Bank collection The Food Bank box is in the Narthex (and there is also a box in Shirley). Pictures on the side show the sort of non-perishable groceries that they would like. They are currently asking for donations of warm mens' clothing as well as food - see here for more information on the food bank.

Clifford All Saints School Appeal  We have been asked to help collect empty, clean 2 litre plastic bottles (the kind that are used for pop or mineral water, not milk!) to build an eco-greenhouse.  There is a poster in the narthex along with a box for the bottles.

City of Sanctuary  would be grateful if you could help them raise money, by bringing us your used ink cartridges - the little ones with a metallic strip on top.  An organisation called ThinkInks will then collect them, send them for recycling and share 50% of the proceeds with City of Sanctuary.  One shoe-box full can raise £75 - an environmentally-friendly way of raising cash. 

Interfaith Events

Monday 1st April  ‘Bring and share’ lunch at 12.30pm.  The seminar at 1.15pm will be facilitated by Georgina Valentine on “Calming the Monkey Mind”. At the Multifaith Chapel and Library, Burngreave Ashram, 86 Spital Hill S4 7LG.

Annual Church Meeting

The Annual Church Meeting will be held on Sunday 7th April after the morning service, in church.

Church members and friends will all receive invitations to the Annual Meeting, with a short Annual Report, and encouragement to consider standing for election as a Warden, Steward, or member of the Ecumenical Church Council. It is particularly important that we find 2 people to join the team of Stewards and Wardens to replace Judith Loveman and Anne Hollows. The post is open to all Joint and Anglican members. Please think seriously about whether you could fill this position, which is vital to the life of the church. If you wish to stand, or would like to find out what is involved, please speak to Gareth or the current team (Judith Loveman, Muriel Roberts, Anne Hollows, John Booler)

Agendas and Minutes of the last meeting, Church accounts, and nomination forms for the above positions, and a reference copy of the full reports, are available in the narthex. For copies of any of the full reports please see Janet Loughridge.


The meeting will be followed by a soup and puddings lunch.


Drop Sierra Leone’s debt  Much of the funding to tackle the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone in 2014 was provided as loans. The country is now expected to pay these debts instead of investing in healthcare to prevent deaths in childbirth. Please send a card, available today in the Narthex, to the Chancellor, asking for this debt to be written off. At SAPLC we have an especial interest in Sierra Leone as church member Patricia Simeon comes from there.

Church Office  We’re pleased to inform you that St Andrews Psalter Lane Church will be sharing our office at Shirley House with an employee from the Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation.  Rum will be working in the office during the mornings of Monday to Thursday, starting on Tuesday 19th March. We hope we will all embrace this opportunity for learning and new relationships.

Highfield Trinity Methodist Church is seeking to appoint a Family Drop-in Worker for 3 hours per week. The role will be based at the Church. If you have experience of organising and running events with families and children, an ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds, good interpersonal skills, and experience of working with volunteers, they would love to hear from you. Pay: £12.00 per hour. Details are available from Gareth Jones. Closing date for applications: 29th March 2019; interviews will be held on: Friday 12th April

Clifford All Saints We had a delightful opening of the new site on 7th February when Bishop Pete came to spend the afternoon with the children and lead an assembly to which the parents were invited. The two older classes had only moved in on the 4th so everything was still a little new, but it was a lovely afternoon! Bishop Pete blessed the various parts of the building. Each class had helped to write a prayer for their particular classroom. Gareth and Imogen took part in the assemble, with Rosie Blackett, Children's Minister and Revd Beth Keith from Ecclesall All Saints. The visit was featured in the Star and you can see it here.

Universal Credit coming to Sheffield soon - Please read Anne Hollows’ information about this important matter and the problems it can cause.  We can help in various ways:

  • Food banks: there is likely to be a 50% crease in demand for food banks, so please be extra-generous.

  • Consider volunteering – roles are outlined in the handout.  Please let Anne know if you can help.

Homeless in Winter   No one should have to sleep rough on the streets of Sheffield in Winter. If you are concerned about a rough sleeper you can call Sheffield Framework's Street Outreach Team on 0800 066 5358

Silent Vigil for Peace  St Peter’s and St Oswald's, Millhouses.   A silent vigil for peace takes place every second Saturday of the month at 12 noon in the Quiet Garden at St Oswald's Church on Bannerdale Road, S7.

Interfaith Food and Friendship Dinners Join us for both food and friendship. Bring and/or share some food; eat, drink and make new friends. People of all faiths (and food traditions), or none, are most welcome. Sheffield Interfaith welcomes everybody who would like to come. In the Shirley House Interfaith Centre, Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL. If you have not attended before, these are bring and share dinners. To be inclusive of varying dietary requirements, most dishes are vegetarian (though it is fine to bring meat dishes as long as you indicate this). We love to share traditional dishes from different cultures. A kettle, microwave and oven are available to finish off or heat up contributions that need this. Savoury and sweet foods are both popular; there is no need to book or inform anybody of what you wish to bring, but if you have any queries please contact the Sheffield Interfaith website or the St Andrews Psalter Lane Church Office on 0114 267 8289. These dinners are organised and hosted by Sheffield Interfaith, they are not Shirley House Interfaith Centre events. Shirley House Interfaith Centre is open to all faiths and everybody, it is not a membership group.

Working Parties  Thank you to all who helped at the last Working Party.  The next Working Parties will be on the 6th and 11th April.  

Taize in Lent – 7.00 pm in the narthex on 27th March and 3rd, 10th and 17th April.  Join in for half an hour of quiet reflective prayer with repetitive chants.

Lent activities  For those who 'do' Facebook, there is a group called Living Lent, established by JPIT. It’s a private group, so you have to apply to join. It’s intended to support pro- active Lenten actions. Or see here for Lent activities at the Central Mission Partnership churches.

Women for Peace is a FREE course for women in Sheffield to explore conflict and peace. Sessions take place 9.30 am - 1.00 pm on Fridays at Firvale Community Hub, 127 Page Hall Road. The course begins on 8th March and runs for 9 weeks with a break for Easter holidays. If interested please contact Hannah Larn at the Peace Foundation hannah.larn@peace-foundation.org.uk or tel 07572 975949. See here for more information about the course.

Street Pastor Training Course starting on Saturday March 9th at Rock Christian Centre, Burngreave. Further information on poster in narthex. This is one of the charities we support as a church – please consider whether this is something you could do. Find out more about Street Pastors here.

There is an ancient peace  An Amos Trust quiet day for activists with Garth Hewitt. Saturday 30th March at 10.00 am – 4.00 pm at St Aidan's Church, 2 Manor Lane S2 1UF. Please bring some food, for a bring and share lunch. See here for information and tickets.

Easter Cards  On Mothering Sunday (31st March) Clare Loughridge will be selling hand-made Easter cards (and other cards) to raise money for the Clifford All Saints Appeal.

InterfaithMonday 1st April is the next interfaith session starting with a ‘bring and share’ lunch at 12.30pm.  The seminar at 1.15pm will be facilitated by Georgina Valentine on “Calming the Monkey Mind”. 

Tea and Cakes: whether you are new to St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church, or would just like the chance to get to know some members of the congregation a bit better, please come along to Tea and Cakes in the church narthex (foyer) on Friday 12th April, between 2.30 and 4.00 pm. Everyone is very welcome! 

Seder: this year's Seder will take place on the Monday of Holy Week, i.e. 15th April, at the usual time of 6pm in the Narthex. Please put the date in your diaries, and be ready to sign up so we know how many to cater for. If you would like to know more about what the Seder involves, please ask Chris Lowry (255-6832)

Up for a challenge?  Sheffield Half Marathon: Join the St Wilfrid’s Team and take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 14th April. Get in touch for a place. Min sponsorship: £80.

HISTORY BOOK – “Nether Edge People and Places”.  The History Group’s NEW 200 page book has 49 articles written by local researchers about people and places linked to Nether Edge.  It’s available from Pril -p.rishbeth@gmail.com and Chris - chrisvenables@blueyonder.co.uk tel. 07950 432487 or from Wickwire’s on Nether Edge Road. Price £10.

A History of Sheffield Interfaith – Origins and Early Years, by Debjani Chatterjee For those of us who have more recently become involved in interfaith activities in Sheffield it is very interesting to read about how and why Sheffield Interfaith came into being and some of the people who made it happen. Debjani Chatterjee was involved from before the beginning and wrote this brief, but very interesting, history of Sheffield Interfaith. Why not have a look, and sign up for notifications of interfaith events around Sheffield? Or ask the Church Office (Anna Harvey, Barbara Booler, Janet Loughridge) to print a copy for you.

The Tuesday Café: Our café for people living with memory loss or dementia and their carers is open on Tuesdays, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon, in the Narthex.  If you would be interested in volunteering to help on Tuesday mornings or to bake a cake or buns for the café occasionally, please speak to Judith Roberts 

Mothers Union  If you are interested in going to St Oswald’s Mothers Union meetings, here are some dates:

 - Diocesan Events: -  The first Friday in every month in the Cathedral for coffee and scones 10.15 am - 12.00 noon; 

For more details contact Sally Wood sally-woodsgr@virginmedia.com

Banner Cross Lunch and Friendship Club is open to anyone over 60 in the local area. We meet every Tuesday from 12.15 pm and provide a 2 course meal plus tea or coffee and entertainment for around 45 minutes, closing at 2.30 pm. The cost of the meal is £4.00pp with a charge of £1.50 if we provide transport. Booking is essential. We also need volunteers to drive, cook, serve and wash up.  Drivers are paid a mileage allowance. If this is of interest to you either as a member or a volunteer, please contact: Ian McCollough on 266 2035/07891 290389 or email ian.mccollough@yahoo.co.uk or Steve Woodcock on 2667701/07902 097774 email woody176@hotmail.com.

Coffee Shop at the Salvation Army, Psalter Lane, Monday – Wednesday, 8.45 am – 3.45 pm; Thursday 8.45 am – 1.45 pm

Ecosia: as an alternative to Google, and as a really easy way to be eco-friendly, use https://www.ecosia.org as your Internet search engine. Every time you use it, Ecosia plant more trees. At the time of writing, the number of trees planted is over 49 million!

To see what kind of church we are, have a look at our video 

St. Andrew's Psalter Lane Church has a Twitter account - @SAPLChurch - and a Facebook page - @StAndrewsPsalterLaneChurch. SAPLC Children have Facebook and Twitter accounts:  Facebook: SAPLC Children  Twitter: @SAPLChurchChild

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