Welcome to St. Andrew's Psalter Lane Church

  • We are sad to announce that, following advice from both the Church of England and the Methodist Church, we have had to take the difficult decision to suspend all services until further notice.

    We will continue to look at creative ways of exploring how worship, care and service might still be offered to church members and to the wider community - scroll down this page for some ideas on this

    We will be producing a Weekly Newsletter which will include a message from Gareth, Intercessions  and the Worship at Home order of service. We will be emailing this to every member of the congregation who uses email, and posting or delivering (at a safe social distance) to those who don't; additionally, the Newsletter is available here on the website (see below)

    We hope you were able to join the live-streamed SAPLC service on Sunday 29th March!

    We will be live-streaming again on Sunday 5th April - Imogen is doing a drama for Palm Sunday.

    For Easter Sunday, 12th April,  Imogen will be leading a Sunday2 style service as planned. Gareth is planning to conduct a Communion service for both SAPLC and Highfield Trinity that will link with - and form a whole with - Sunday2. Hopefully the liturgy will be sent out in advance to those who aren't able to join the live-stream, and hopefully it can also be displayed on the screen for those participating via YouTube.

    Watch this space for further details and links to the live-stream!

    We have set up a Facebook Group, as well as our regular Facebook Page, to help members of the congregation stay in touch. To join the Group please search for 'SAPLC Facebook Group' on Facebook.

    We also have a WhatsApp Group - if you would like to join this, please send your mobile number to Clare: clare@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk.

    The Church of England has some tips for dealing with loneliness and isolation and 13 daily reflections to support good mental health.

    If you are worried, isolated or just need to chat to someone from the church, our Minister Gareth Jones is available: Tel. 0114 250 8251 or email  garethjones11@googlemail.com 

    If you need practical help at this time, you can contact Sheffield City Council.

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    Weekly Newsletter during the suspension of public worship 

    29th March 2020, Passion Sunday

    Welcome

    We sent out an email last week with details of the broadcast services we could all join in on 22nd March, Mothering Sunday - one was at 8.10 am on BBC Radio 4 with the Archbishop of Canterbury from Lambeth Palace. The Diocesan website reports that “On Mothering Sunday the Church of England attracted its largest ‘congregation’ ever with a national virtual service recorded in the crypt chapel of Lambeth Palace and led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. It is estimated to have been seen or heard by around five million people.”

    We also sent the Methodist Church Worship at Home sheet which was used by some of our congregation on Sunday morning – those of us who read through the sheet, listened to the hymns and shared the readings and prayers found it a quiet, thoughtful time.

    This Newsletter includes a message from Gareth and Intercessions from Caroline Cripps – we are very grateful to them both. We hope you will find these and the Worship at Home order of service useful at this time when we cannot join in worship together in church, and that by praying together and sharing these resources, we still feel part of the same worshipping body.

    God Bless, and stay safe!

     

    A message from Gareth

    Dear friends,

    I’d like to share with you each week during the current situation a brief piece of writing that I hope you’ll find uplifting. To begin with, here is a beautiful passage from the writings of the fourteenth/fifteenth century anchoress (similar to a hermit) Julian of Norwich. Julian’s book Revelations of Divine Love, thought to be the earliest surviving book in English written by a woman, tells of a series of visions or “shewings” that she received during a time of serious illness.

    The current crisis has made us all aware of the fragility of much that we take for granted. This passage from Julian of Norwich pictures the whole universe as fragile and vulnerable, yet given its existence and held in being by the mystery of divine love.

    And he showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand, as it seemed. And it was as round as any ball. I looked upon it with the eye of my understanding, and thought, “What may this be?” And the answer came, “It is all that is made.” I marvelled that it continued to exist, for I thought it might suddenly have fallen to nothing, so small it was. And I was answered in my understanding: It lasts and ever shall, for God loves it. And so have all things their origin by the love of God.

    From the time these things were first revealed I had often wanted to know what was our Lord’s meaning. It was more than fifteen years after that I was answered in my spirit’s understanding. “You would know our Lord’s meaning in this thing? Know it well. Love was his meaning. Who showed it you? Love. What did he show you? Love. Why did he show it? For love.

    So it was that I learned that love was our Lord’s meaning. And I saw for certain that before ever he made us, God loved us; and that his love has never slackened, nor ever shall. Our beginning was when we were made, but the love in which he made us never had a beginning. In it we have our beginning.

                                                                    Love and peace, Gareth

     

    Intercessions

    Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith. We pray for the church throughout the world that you will put your Spirit within us  that those who believe in Christ, even though they die, will live in eternal life. We pray that, as church buildings close around the world, Church members will share your love with our neighbours of all faiths or none in both spiritual and practical ways.

    Strengthen all your bishops, clergy and ministers in this circuit, diocese and mission partnership, and all your church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love and reveal your glory in the world.

     Lord in your mercy              hear our prayer …........

    We pray for the nations of the world and their leaders, almost all now affected by Covid virus, especially those where infections and deaths are rising too rapidly for health services to cope such as Iran, Italy, Spain, USA and possibly here, and those where health services are permanently under-resourced and social distancing is completely impossible in overcrowded townships, favelas and refugee camps. We pray also for the ongoing crises in Syria, Yemen and Iran and other parts of the Middle East where children and civilians are dying of famine, war, sanctions and terrorism. We pray for wisdom, leadership and compassion from our government  and its leaders.

    Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen. Give wisdom to all in authority; and direct this nation and every nation in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honour one another and seek the common good.

    Lord in your mercy               hear our prayer …........

    We bring before you our city, our region, our friends and families. We pray for, and give thanks for, all those working in the NHS, social care, food production and distribution and other vital jobs often taken for granted. We also bring before you our friends, members of this church and family members living in sheltered or residential accommodation, whom we cannot visit, and any we know already suffering from Covid or struggling with self-isolation due to potential infection. We bring before you the millions of people whose incomes are vanishing, living in fear that they will not be able to pay for their food and housing, especially those who already rely on food banks and handouts. We pray for the children, isolated from their friends and missing out on education, and for all the parents struggling to occupy them and help them learn. We give thanks for the lovely spring weather we have experienced this week, which reminds of the beauty of creation and our responsibility to take care of it. The climate crisis continues alongside the Covid crisis and we must continue to act on both.

    Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours, that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

    Lord in your mercy               hear our prayer …........

    We bring before you all those who suffer in body, mind or spirit, remembering especially members of this church including John Booler, John Kenward, Chris Lowry and Marilyn Godber, also all those sick or dying of Covid virus, and others known to us personally

    Comfort and heal them, give them courage and hope in their troubles and bring them the joy of your salvation.

    Lord in your mercy               hear our prayer …........

    Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ, or without any faith in Christ,

    and we pray for those who mourn...............

    We individually name others known to us 

    According to your promises grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom. Rejoicing in the fellowship of St Andrew and all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole of creation to your unfailing love.       

    Merciful Father Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

     

    A message from Sheffield Interfaith

    Greetings from a social distance For those of you who are key workers in the health service, social care, food production and distribution and the many other essential jobs (some of which were recently described as ‘unskilled’ and are now being appreciated as vital) – THANK YOU. You will be working very hard and will not have the time or energy for leisure, but I hope you have some spiritual support from your faith community and/or family.

    For others who are stuck at home, alone, without much to do, we hope your faith gives you support and strength, plus maybe a community accessible by phone or internet. I was grateful to be able to worship at home on Sunday using an order of service produced by the Methodist Church and have since spoken to others in my congregation who did the same thing at the same time. I am sure other churches and faith groups have done the same on their various holy days. If anybody would like to send in their thoughts, or any favourite writing, prayers or poems that provide helpful ideas for getting through this difficult time, and builds our interfaith relations while we are separated, we would love to hear from you. Email us at Sheffieldinterfaith@hotmail.co.uk

     

    Nexus

    The new edition of Nexus will be a little late - it will be sent out next week

     

    Broadcast service

    There is a broadcast service we can all join in on Sunday at 8.10 am on BBC Radio 4 with Edgardo Colon-Emeric, Director of the Center for Reconciliation, Duke University, and Canon Dr Jennifer Smith of Wesley's Chapel, London.

    Radio 4 also broadcasts a Daily Service at 9.45 am every day.

     

    If you are worried, isolated or just need to chat to someone from the church, our Minister Gareth Jones is available: Tel. 0114 250 8251 or email  garethjones11@googlemail.com 

     

    The Methodist Church has produced 'Worship at Home' sheets for the next few weeks, which can be found here.

     

    The Church of England has a great deal of information and resources, which can be found here.

     

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