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 19th September 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  19th September     16th Sunday after Trinity

10.30 am     Holy Communion with Baptism      Revd Gareth Jones

Prayers led by Jan Birch; Reader Clare Loughridge

We welcome Alice and her family and friends for her Baptism this morning



Lord of creation,

whose glory is around and within us:

open our eyes to your wonders,

that we may serve you with reverence

and know your peace at our lives’ end,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Hymns        H&P 267   Love divine, all loves excelling                

                    HON 525   One more step along the world I go (vv 1-2, 4-5)

                    StF 409      All are welcome (vv 1,3 & 5)

                    H&P 774    Lord, thy church on earth is seeking


Reading      Mark 9.30-37


Babies and children are very welcome at all our services.

There is a playmat at the back of church for very young babies, or if you prefer you can sit in the little room opposite the serving hatch in the foyer, where you can still hear the service. There are toys and books available in this room.


If you are not able to come to the service:

There is a Junior Church Activity sheet here.

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

(apologies for the delay as our website manager was busy preparing the service!)


In order to ensure that your visit is as safe as possible, 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. This information will be held securely and confidentially for 3 weeks and will only be used to ‘Test and Trace’. You can also scan the NHS ‘Test and Trace’ QR code.

- Avoid touching surfaces and equipment; some doors will be wedged open to increase ventilation and reduce use of handles.

- There is a toilet available: 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 please choose a group of chairs that matches your bubble size.

 - Chanting and singing aloud are not permitted, but we can hum.

 - At the end of the service, please remain seated until you can leave without queueing.




Sunday  26th September     17th Sunday after Trinity

10.30 am                     Morning Worship            Chris Sissons

Prayers led by Caroline Cripps; Reader Rachel Morris   


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



Tuesday         7.30 pm  ECC meeting on Zoom

Wednesday   10.30 am    Morning service in the chancel  The Wednesday morning service is back after the summer break, 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.

                                5.30 pm Eco Group meeting in the narthex  




News from All We Can  All We Can and Y Care International: Working together to transform lives.

   Covid-19 has thrown into sharp focus the many injustices which shape our world today. Vaccine inequality, gender injustice and youth unemployment have all risen sharply as a result of the pandemic – and so there has never been a better time for organisations to come together to tackle these challenges.
   That is why, from 1 September 2021, All We Can began a formal partnership with Y Care International – the relief and development agency of the YMCAs in England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Together, All We Can and Y Care International will combine efforts to tackle poverty, inequality and injustice in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
   United by our commitment to working with talented change-makers rooted in local communities, our shared Christian faith, and our drive to fearlessly challenge poverty and injustice, the union of All We Can and Y Care International will enable millions of people of all faiths and none across the globe to see their potential fulfilled. Our shared values, and relational, collaborative way of working with international partners will ensure this new arrangement enables both charities to continue transforming lives.
   Y Care International will remain a separate charitable body, but all its services will be fulfilled by All We Can. Its staff will join All We Can’s small and friendly team, and together, they will work towards the missions and operations of both charities. Driven by the principles of All We Can’s partnership approach, which are shared by Y Care International, and recognises the unique strengths of each organisation, All We Can and Y Care International will both maintain their individual identities– but one joint staff team will deliver the work.
   Through this new way of working, both charities will be able to magnify efforts to challenge poverty and injustice around the world, by working in partnership and championing locally-led solutions.


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 if these (wink,wink), 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.


Anne, who has curated Nexus so very well for some time now, has indicated her intention to finish at the end of the year, so will be producing just 2 more editions: August – October and November – December. She had intended to stop last year, but very kindly continued during the pandemic, for which we are very grateful to her.

Please think about whether you could take over the production of Nexus when Anne finishes. If you are interested, please contact Anne, who would tell you what the job entails. This is your chance to fulfil that secret childhood ambition to be a journalist!



Rotas  Many thanks to those who responded to the appeal for rota volunteers - Help still needed!

We are struggling to find people to do the more technical jobs which add so much to our services – live streaming, sound, and screen operators. We are depending on very few people to do these essential jobs, which is putting pressure on them, and we have been dangerously near having to do without sound or screens recently. If you would be interested in helping with any of these, please speak to any of the team to find out what the jobs entail and about training.



Church Keys  We are currently carrying out a key audit. If you have any church keys that you no longer need, please return them to the Church Office, a Steward or Warden (Q Ackom- Mensah, Caroline Cripps, Clare Loughridge) or Janet Loughridge 


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!


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.

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



Help Needed!

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


A message from John Cripps:

'Thank you to those who helped at the Working Party on Saturday 4th September. The next Working Party will be on Saturday 2nd October, 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!



Petition to stop the sale of peat-based compost in the Sheffield area  Sheffield Friends of the Earth group has just started a petition which is calling on local horticultural retailers to stop selling peat-based compost. A national ‘voluntary agreement’ in 2011 was meant to come into effect in 2020 – but it hasn’t. So they are asking local retailers to take their own steps (some are, tentatively).

If you could add your name using this link, that would help get the petition going. If you can then promote it with friends/family via social media or email – that would be wonderful!



Great Big Green Week  8th September to 26th September 2021

The Great Big Green Week is a national celebration of action on climate change in advance of the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. It is organised by the Climate Coalition, a group of 140+ organisations dedicated to action against climate change, including the Church of England Environment Working Group and A Rocha. Rotherham Interfaith Group are holding a Litter Pick, and Burngreave Cemetery are holding an Apple Day on the 19th September. On 18th September, the Grey to Green Opening Ceremony takes place in Sheffield with stalls and celebrations at the Castlegate Festival from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. This includes Nature Recovery Sheffield, and the Diocese is a partner in that group. Then on 25th Sept there are more stalls at Fargate with local climate and nature campaign groups.

As part of the Great Big Green Week, the Fairtrade Foundation are calling for Climate Justice. This includes keeping promises to communities who did the least to cause the climate crisis, but now live with the worst effects. The Christian idea of justice is rooted in Jesus’ command that we love our neighbour.   


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!

Think before you buy  Gold does not always glitter brightly. A new £500 gold necklace has a carbon emissions tag of 400kg CO2e, the mining process damages landscapes, ecosystems and contaminates water, and can be associated with human rights violations.


See the Eco Group page for more Green news!




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