Weekly Noticesheet

Collect

God of all mercy,

your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,

release to the captives,

and freedom to the oppressed:

anoint us with your Holy Spirit

and set all your people free

to praise you in Christ our Lord.

 

Intercessions

Let us pray for the Church and for the world thanking God for generosity and goodness.

Thank you for the small things we can see that remind us of the beauty of your creation, the lichen encrusted twigs, so many different shades of green in such a small space, the snowdrops pushing up through the grass and the surprising pink of cyclamen flowers! We don’t like the rain, but are thankful for it anyway as we see what severe drought can do. It brings to mind those in Australia.

We pray for our church here, Your church here, as we discuss how best to be “In the world, but not of the world.” Which parts of our belief are centred on You and what is just polite society? We need your wisdom Lord.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our queen, give wisdom to her government and to all in authority, that the decisions they make will be for the common good. Whether those are about building a railway here in England, and hospital in China or judging the president in America.

Give grace to our families, friends and to all members of this congregation. Kindness is a gift of your spirit we find difficulty accepting. What is it we are afraid of? Is it fear or stubbornness? Why is it harder to do at home than in public?  Give us your insight, your grace, to see how to change our lives to be more like you.

Heal and comfort those who are and have been sick, give them courage and strength in their troubles with wholeness and joy in your salvation.

We remember those who have died, both the inspirational lives and those barely noticed. All were and are loved by you. Give us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

               THIS WEEK 

Monday

10.00 am - 12 noon Knit and Knatter, in Shirley House. Contact:   Alison Gregg, 2665638

5.45 pm – 7.00 pm Holocaust Memorial Day vigil in the Winter Gardens.

 

 

Tuesday

10.00 am Tuesday Café for people living with memory loss or dementia and their carers, held in the narthex

 

 

Wednesday

10.00 am Holy Communion

                Readings to be announced

7.30 pm   Housegroup at 303 Cemetery Road

 

 

Friday

10.00 - 11.30 Parent & Baby Group will meet in Church each Friday from 10th January until March 27th, with a break on February 21st. All Mums and/or Dads with their babies are welcome.  For information please contact Muriel 2551473 or Jean 2550198.

 

 

Saturday          

9.30 am onwards  Working Party  Please try to come and give some help if you are available, even if it is only for an hour or so.

 


NEXT SUNDAY  

2nd February 2019

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

10.30 am         Holy Communion                                       Revd Gareth Jones

Readings        Malachi 3.1-5; Hebrews 2.14-18; Luke 2.22-40


NOTICES 

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 


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 particularly need soap, shampoo, toilet paper, pasta, rice, baked beans, UHT milk, vegetable soup, cereal, tea bags and instant coffee (not ground). If you have anything suitable please put it in the box in the narthex. If you would like to donate money, see here. See here for more information on the food bank. We are delighted to pass on the news that our collection will be boosted by the members of Brentwood Tennis Club, who will be collecting at the club and bringing their boxes to add to our collection. There is still a great need, so all our donations help.

All We Can and St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church. St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church is now a partner with All We Can. All We Can works with some of the world’s poorest communities, helping people to find solutions to poverty and to become all that they can. Over the next few months we are planning to be involved in a community, Cherkos, in Ethiopia. They are struggling like all countries with climate change, poor harvest and few resources except their own determination and hard work. SAPLC is hoping to raise funds as well as learning more about Cherkos and Ethiopia. There is information on the All We Can website about Ethiopia. Look for our posters in the church and further information in the weekly notices.


The Green Box

Working Parties The next Working Parties will be on the 1st and 6th of February, both starting at 9.30 am.  Please try to come and give some help if you are available, even if it is only for an hour or so.

Toilet Twinning – SAPLC is twinning 8 of our many toilets as a way of celebrating Patricia Simeon’s Leave to Remain, with her approval. We are also planning an exciting event in May, as part of Sheffield Environment Weeks, to raise funds and awareness for this important initiative - watch this space for more details!

Compost  The efforts of the gardeners has accrued approximately 2 cubic yards of compost in the compound at the back of the church.  This will be available free of charge to anyone who is willing to collect it on the Saturday mornings when there are people gardening. The next planned dates are 1st February and 2nd March; people are often around on the following Thursdays as well.  The other proviso is that you will have to bring your own means of removing and transporting it, bags, spade, barrow and the like!

One Earth: God's Earth 10.00 am – 4.30 pm, Saturday 9 May 2020 Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James’ Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW. As bringers of hope and stewards of God’s creation, we the church have a vital role to play in addressing the climate crisis. We also have a responsibility lead the way in helping the communities around us to act too. And yet, we don’t always know what to do.Wherever you are in your environmental journey, this day will inspire and equip you to help your church and community play its part in responding to the climate emergency. It will be a day of faith and action, and a chance to share with others in the Diocese. The day includes opening welcome from Bishop Pete, Bishop of Sheffield, worship, keynote speakers and practical workshops. You will be able to choose three of the workshops on offer. We have some amazing contributors to the day:

  • Alan Simpson, former MP and adviser on energy policy, climate change and fuel poverty
  • Linda McAvan, former MEP now working for the European Climate Foundation
  • Catherine Ross, Church of England Open and Sustainable Churches Officer
  • James Buchanan from Operation Noah
  • Tom Wyke and Jess Hall from Christian Aid
  • Hope for the Future
  • RE:gather

A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Initially, bookings will be limited to two places per church. If more spaces are available these will be publicised nearer the event.


News from Clifford All Saints Primary School - please have a look at the photograph and article in the narthex for news of the new piano at our school. 

Community Orchestra  Clifford All Saints Primary School have a growing orchestra with over 40 members from 7 to 70+ and would welcome more adult musicians.   Rehearsals are on Wednesday at 3.30 pm at Clifford All Saints school on Ringinglow Road for an hour.  The orchestra needs more instruments, a person who can repair clarinets, and a really good piano.  All enquiries to enquiries@clifffordallsaints.sheffield.sch.uk or tel 0114 266 2977.

Could you be a friend of PXI (Parson Cross Initiative)?  See here for details. If you would like to help PXI financially you can commit to giving £5 by Direct Debit each month at Give.net

Creating Safer Space Refresher Training  Please be aware that anyone working with Children, Young People and/or Vulnerable Adults must complete the Creating Safer Space Refresher course. Anyone who hasn't yet completed the course please contact the Circuit Office to organise training as soon as possible. Book through the Circuit office: Circuit Office; Email: admin@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk Tel: 0114 2726561. 

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 Events

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. We will be visiting various locations throughout the year. 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.

Monthly Peace Meeting Visit the Sheffield Interfaith website to read about the possibility of holding a monthly Peace Meeting, and leave your comments or suggestions

Visit the website for a photo and report of the group's visit to Laxton last year

Living with respect and confidence with people of other faiths – an exploration for Christians. An increasing number of us live and work in settings where we are in contact with people of other faiths – in the canteen, at the school gate, as team colleagues. Through these experiences and friendships, we may find ourselves reflecting on our understanding of our own faith. Our own certainties or understandings may well be challenged, and we may find that questions arise for us about the nature of God or the person of Jesus. We may sometimes therefore want to explore the following thoughts:

How can we live and talk with our neighbours of other faiths with sensitivity, respect and confidence?

What are the commonalities and differences between faiths?

How can my own faith be enriched by engaging with my neighbour’s faith? Can it sometimes also feel challenged?

These are some of the questions we shall be considering together during the three one and half hour evening sessions from 7.30-9.00pm at UTU,  led by Rev Gareth Jones. Dates are Tuesday 11th Feb, Tuesday 3rd March, Tuesday 31st March.


The Rise of Populism with Louise Haigh MP Saturday 1st February 10.00 – 12.00 noon at St Marks Broomhill.  The rise of populism presents significant challenges to people of faith in situating themselves in the national discourse. This seminar explores how liberal Christians can respond with grace, compassion and integrity to the harshening tone of contemporary British politics. Tickets from Eventbrite

FreeDome Festival  Five years since Good Chance built the first ‘Theatre of Hope’ in the Calais “Jungle” camp, the award-winning charity is leading a programme of work in Sheffield to celebrate and welcome those who have migrated to the city from across the globe. In Barkers Pool, 20-23 February. 

Thy Kingdom Come ‘Inspire & Equip’ event Saturday 22 February at St Alban's Church, Wickersley,10.00 am - 12.00 noon, with refreshments available from 9.45am. You need to book (FREE) via EventBrite because each person who comes will receive a pack of the 2020 Thy Kingdom Come materials. Open to all Christians, the aim being to both inspire and equip people in their praying.

Office to let  Very light and pleasant first floor private office of approximately 5m X 6m in centrally heated period building (Shirley House) with lift, shared kitchen and near-by parking.  Contact the Church Office for more information. 

NEXUS - We are very grateful to Anne Hollows for all the thought, care and hard work she has devoted to Nexus over the last four years as its curator. Thank you, Anne!  We are now looking for someone to succeed Anne as editor/curator, either taking on sole responsibility or sharing the role. Would anyone who is interested speak to Gareth, please.

Giving Envelopes - will those members who make use of the giving envelope scheme please collect their numbered envelopes for 2020 from the table in the narthex.  If you do not give to the church through the envelope scheme or by bank standing order please have a word with Rodney Godber or John Kenward and they will explain how this makes your giving to the church easier and more beneficial.

Photograph Album  The album produced last year is on a table in the narthex. If you would like your photograph to be added please sign the sheet

Christmas Cards  If you have any cards that you think are too nice for the recycling bin, please pass them on to Clare Loughridge to be re-used in a more positive way – and look out for your cards on her stall later this year!

35 Chapel Walk is closing. They are not accepting new orders for framing, printing or vinyl displays. “The gallery has been open in its current form as a place of community, creativity and spirituality for six years but it is now time to pause and reflect on the next step forward on our journey.”

Theology Everywhere  Discuss theology today to transform tomorrow. Every Monday, a short article is posted at Theology Everywhere which brings some theology to bear on an issue or topic. This offers some theological reflection people can read quickly to start their week, ponder on and contribute to as the week goes on. It is a way of flexing and using our theological muscles to keep them fit, as well as an opportunity for those contributing to offer new ways of thinking about a topic or looking at an issue theologically perhaps for the first time. Why not have a look!

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.

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 meet on 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.

King’s Centre Lunch Club  every Thursday, £4.00 

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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