Weekly Newsletter and Other News

This page contains information about upcoming services and events and groups that we support.

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   

  Sunday 5th December 2021  

Because we are back in church for Sunday morning services, this Newsletter will be more like the Notices that we used to hand out each week, but will continue to be emailed instead of being printed to hand out in church. This will be better for us as an Eco-Church. There will be printed copies in church,  but only for people who cannot receive the emailed newsletter.

We aim to live-stream services from now on, for those people who aren't able to join us in church.

We hope that the Newsletters have been useful while we could not join together in worship in church and have helped you to feel connected to the SAPLC worshipping community, and that you are enjoying the gradual return to normality.

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


Sunday  5th December      

2nd Sunday in Advent and Patronal Festival

10.30 am          Holy Communion       Revd Anthony Ashwell, Revd Gareth Jones 



ALMIGHTY God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he

readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay:

Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up

ourselves obediently to fulfil thy holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ

our Lord. Amen.


Reading      John 6 1-14


Hymns         StF 165        Advent candles (v2 only, Prophet voices loudly crying)

                     HON 757     Ye servants of the Lord
                     HON 347     Jesus calls us
                     HON 819     He's got the whole world
                     HON 187     Forth in the peace  



If you are not able to come to the service:

The link to the live streamed Sunday2 service will be available here from 10.30 am.

There is a Junior Church Activity sheet available here.


To ensure that you are as safe as possible in church, please observe the following rules:

 - Observe 2 metre social distancing from anyone outside your bubble and please keep your mask on at all times.

 - Please sanitise your hands as you enter.

 - Please do not linger in the Narthex, entrance to the main part of the church, the porch, or just outside the doors.

 - Please give your name to a Welcomer if asked or complete a card giving your contact details; we will inform you if anyone in church today tests positive for Covid-19.

- Please notify us if you have a positive Covid-19 test within 2 weeks of being in church.

- The toilets are all in use: Please use disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and handles after use, and use the wipe to open the door. It can then be disposed of in the bin provided.

- Please sit only on chairs which do NOT have a red card on them, and choose a group of chairs that matches your bubble size.

 - We are now allowed to sing hymns, but please sing quietly, and from behind a mask. We may not be singing at every service.





Sunday  12th November      3rd Sunday in Advent

9.30 am           Sunday2                                                        Imogen Clout

Breakfast (coffee, toast, pastries etc) will be served in the narthex from 9.00 am.



Please remember all those who are in need of our prayers at the moment



Wednesday      10.30 am    Morning Prayer  live in church and also on Zoom. The passage for study and the Zoom link will be sent by email in advance of the service.

                           7.00 pm     Taizé Prayer in Shirley House

                           7.30 pm     House group meeting in Shirley House

Thursday           7.00 pm     Shirley House Interfaith Centre Party and Quiz  (details in                                                          Notices section)


Christmas is coming!

'The Beginning': The Perfect Start To Your Festive Season at Sheffield Cathedral  30th November – 5th December. The Beginning will take you on an uplifting journey, telling the Nativity story through spectacular lights and music, projected onto the historical stone walls of the Cathedral.

Delight in the joy and wonder of Christmas as the Cathedral’s facade is transformed, and come inside to be immersed in a stunning sensory experience of light and sound, inspired by the Cathedral’s historic stained-glass windows.

Tickets £7.50 from the the Cathedral Gift Shop or online


Circuit Advent Prayer  During Advent we'd like everyone in the Sheffield Circuit to join together in praying for HOPE, LOVE, JOY and PEACE to transform our Circuit.
We look forward to praying with you on Zoom, but if you are unable to join us, light a candle between 8-9pm each Wednesday as a sign of your shared commitment to praying for the Circuit.


A digital Advent  The children and young people from around the Methodist District are creating digital Advent resources. Each week there will be a prayer, a bible reading and a reflection for you to enjoy and share with family and friends.
Each week they will be focussing on one of the Advent themes, Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.
You can find them on their Advent Youtube playlist and also via their social media channels:
Give them a follow or subscribe to their youtube channel to see what they have created.



Buy an extraordinary gift to support the work of All We Can  Inspire generosity and raise money for All We Can’s Extraordinary Christmas Appeal. In the All We Can shop,you can celebrate a special occasion by giving an Extraordinary Gift that will spread love and joy to your loved ones, and change lives across the world. With every Extraordinary Gift, you’ll receive a card to pass onto your family and friends, showing them the kind of difference their gift could make.


Hello from Action for Children!  We are only a few weeks away from Christmas! Thank you for your prayers and support throughout 2021. We pray you and your loved ones have a great Christmas. Here are a few updates on our work:

Action for Children at 3Generate   Action for Children collaborated with a Methodist youth worker and youth representatives to provide a Health and Wellbeing Centre at 3Generate. They also ran workshops.

Be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child   For most of us the festive season is a happy time. But there are children all over the UK who face Christmas without food, warmth or love. Action for Children is doing everything they can to change this – and they need your help right now. Please be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child. Visit iamsanta.org.uk.uk/Methodist to give a virtual gift or dedicate a gift to a loved one. Thank you!

Parenting through the pandemic report   Action for Children has published a report on the experiences of parents during the pandemic. It showed that the pandemic exacerbated the challenges facing parents and that too many struggle to get the support they need.


Millhouses Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival  Trees will be decorated to reflect the fact that God's gift of his Son Jesus is the greatest gift ever given.  We will be open to the public on the following dates:  Sunday 5th December: 2.00 - 5.00 pm

                                      Saturday 11th December: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

                                      Saturday 18th December: 2.00 - 5.00 pm

                                      Sunday 19th December: 2.00 - 5.00 pm

                                      Friday 24th December: 11.00 am - 3.00 pm.

Admission is free but welcome donations will be shared between St Luke's Hospice and church funds.


12 Days of Giving  It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but sadly not for everyone, which is why we all have to work harder to support the people, charities and causes that need our support more than ever. As a business, Ecclesiastical Insurance work together to build a movement for good, so they're thrilled to be supporting 120 charities with £1,000 donations for the 4th year running. 

12 days of giving was designed to support registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, and community interest companies in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. If you’d like to enter an eligible cause close to your heart, all you need to do is visit movementforgood.com/12days and click ‘nominate now’.

Every weekday from the 6th – 21st December they’ll draw 10 charities to help, each draw will close at midnight the day before. That’s £120,000 to 120 charities over 12 days. You can still do more  -  The more nominations your cause gets, the greater its chance of receiving a £1,000 donation. So why not spread the word by sharing with anyone you can?


Clare's Clever Cards  Many of you have kindly passed on your unneeded Christmas cards to me, and I've been busy upcycling them into new cards, as well as making brand-new creations. If you would be interested in buying any of these, I've set up a new online shop which you can find at the Nether Edge Fair, above; 50% of the sale price goes to SAPLC funds. I'll also have a stall in the narthex after the 10.30 am service on Advent Sunday, 28th November!



Exciting News!  As you probably know, Gareth’s post here is ending next August. You may also be aware that there is a shortage of both Anglican priests and Methodist ministers, so the chance of any church getting one to themselves is very low. Nonetheless we prepared a profile and were pleased to hear that it would be included in one of three the Methodist Circuit would put forward.

We were then told there was a potential match, and on Saturday 13th November several of us met and spoke with Revd Naomi Cooke and felt she would be very suitable. Later in the week we were delighted to hear that Naomi had accepted the role of presbyter for Highfield Trinity Methodist Church, St Andrews Psalter Lane Church and Walkley Ebenezer Methodist Church, beginning in September 2022.

We will of course all be very sad to say goodbye to Gareth, but it is good to know that Naomi will be joining us, and we look forward to welcoming her in September next year. Please pray for Naomi, Gareth and all three churches as we look ahead at this time of change.


All We Can Appeal Have you any spare change or coppers that are taking up room in your pocket or purse? If so, please bring them along on Sunday and put them in the All We Can bowl. Do the small things. Thank you.


Methodist podcast  Have you discovered the weekly Methodist Podcast? Available here and on most audio streaming services. Half an hour of inspiring stories, emerging ideas and latest news from across our national church. 


Sheffield Interfaith news Visit the Sheffield Interfaith website for news on what they are doing.

Shirley House Interfaith Centre Party & Multicultural Quiz  Suitable for all ages (and all faiths or none).  Eat, drink, play and be merry! Bring some (individual) party snacks and drinks to share if you can. And if you wish, bring 5 multiple choice questions, each from a different culture or continent, on a topic of your choice  (Sport, music, history, geography, literature etc).

Open to all faiths and everybody – refreshments provided. Please wear face masks and do not attend if you are unwell.

At 7.00 pm Thursday 9th December. We hope also to offer a Zoom option. Contact   shirleyhouseinterfaith@gmail.com for the link.  

Please also note this post about getting the Zoom links for their events.



Nether Edge Fair  The Nether Edge Fair is a runaway success! With more than 195 stalls and over 5,000 visitors, it is THE place to buy presents and treats for yourself and others. Profits from the stall fees go to charity, so everyone wins! You can browse and shop here, and please spread the word to everyone you know and help local independent businesses.  Jean Allen


Clare's Clever Cards  Many of you have kindly passed on your unneeded greetings cards to me, and I've been busy upcycling them into new cards, as well as making brand-new creations. If you would be interested in buying any of these, I've set up a new online shop which you can find at the Nether Edge Fair, above; 50% of the sale price goes to SAPLC funds.



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 or in Church. 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, or you can send a cheque made out to St Cuthbert’s (write Fir Vale Food Bank on the back) and send to Joe Dey at 16 Edgehill Road, S7 1SP, who will hand it over when he delivers to the Food Bank at St Cuthbert’s.



Baby Basics   

Gifts, especially nappies, toiletries and hand-knitted items (cardigans and jumpers for 2-5 year olds rather than babies if possible), and the following items for 2-5 years are always in short supply: pyjamas, underwear, socks, tights and warm trousers/jogging bottoms for boys and girls. 

Donations can be left in the basket at 51 Barkers Road, S7 1SD or in Church; cash donations should be put through the letter box. If Pat is away she will remove the basket from her front door step and she asks that items aren’t left at her door if the basket is not there. If you have something you can put through the letter box, that would be alright. 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. 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. 



We need your help!  2020 was a tough year for us all, but for St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church it was particularly tough financially. Our income dropped dramatically when we had to stop hiring out rooms in Shirley House due to the lockdown, but unfortunately our outgoings increased – our wonderful online services cost about five times as much to make as a ‘normal’ Sunday morning service would! There is also a lot of important repair work to be done on both the church and Shirley House, which will eat into our reserves even more.

Many of you have been incredibly generous with your donations over this time but unfortunately we need to ask again – please give what you can to help us keep producing our online worship and keep our buildings in good repair.

There is a variety of ways in which you can give – if you want to make a one-off donation, the easiest way may be to donate online here. You can also choose to give regularly on this page.

Alternatively, you can pay money directly into the church bank account:

Account name St Andrews Psalter Lane

Sort code 05-08-08

Account number 36930499

OR send a cheque made out to St Andrews Psalter Lane Church to the Church Office, Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL. You can find a Gift Aid declaration to fill in here, if needed.

If you are able to, a regular donation makes it easier for us to budget our income and outgoings – please contact our Giving Secretary, Rodney Godber (rodney.godber@btinternet.com) to set up a Standing Order. The Envelope Scheme is another way to give regularly – see the separate notice in this newsletter for more information.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Help Needed!

(Not necessarily an accurate representation of a Working Party!)


A message from John Cripps:

'Thank you to everyone who came to help on Saturday 4th December. Since we do not have a  Working Party in January, the next one will be on Saturday 5th February, starting at 9.30 am.  
Everyone is welcome to carry out gardening tasks at other times convenient to them.  The compound has a new lock and that and the tool box have combination padlocks.  Please ask me (01142 588932, 07914 290016, cripps@uwclub.net) 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 small tools and there are additional tools in the cellar.'


The Green Box

Calling all potential climate activists!


Old electricals? What you can do:

Discarded electricals are one of the fastest growing sources of waste – and a big threat to the environment and human health. Recycling old electricals is better for the planet and your pocket. It means more jobs and saving precious resources. From your home to your recycling centre to brand new products – the precious materials in old electricals get a new lease of life. Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled – and most of the materials in them can be made into new products.  To find your nearest recycling centres go to https://www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk/electrical-recycling-near-me/

The nearest recycling centres to SAPLC are at Currys PC World, Heeley; B&Q, Queens Road and O2, 54/56 Fargate.


Weekly Eco Tips   We all want to care for the planet but can’t do everything at once. Here is a series of tips to think about. They might seem a bit obvious, but it is always worth being reminded. Some can be done today, some this month, and some will not be for you. Everyone can do something!

Find out if you have any unfilled cavity walls and (if yes) have them filled. This extra insulation can make a significant difference to the comfort of your home and save over 1 tonne of CO2e


See the Eco Group page for more Green news!




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