St Andrew's

Psalter Lane


Weekly Newsletter and Other News

St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church

Weekly Newsletter   


Sunday 25th February 2024

Second Sunday in Lent


9.15 am          Holy Communion

10.30 am        Morning Worship

                                       Chris Sissons


Almighty God,

by the prayer and discipline of Lent

may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,

and by following in his Way

come to share in his glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Readings   Joel 2: 12 – 18   

                   Mark 8: 31 - 38


Hymns       StF 318 Christ our King before Creation

                   StF 397 The Spirit lives to set us free (1 verse)

                   StF 323 I will sing the wondrous story

                   StF 324 In a byre near Bethlehem

                   StF 662 Have you heard God's voice

                   StF 562 O God what offering shall I give



This service will also be live streamed and you can watch it here from 10.30 am.

There is a Junior Church Activity sheet available here.





Sunday 3rd March 2024

Third Sunday of Lent


10.30 am        Holy Communion

                                       Revd Naomi Cooke






Monday 19th February

          7.30 pm    ECC Meeting in Room 3, SH 


Tuesday 20th February 

          2.00 - 4.00 pm -  Tuesday Café in Shirley House

The café is for those living at home with memory loss or dementia and their carers.  Hot drinks and cakes, music, memories, singing, stories and more.  For further information ring the church office (0114 2678289) or email


Wednesday 21st February

         10.30 am    Holy Communion in Church 


           7.30 pm     Evening Housegroup meeting at 303 Cemetery Road


Thursday 22nd February 

           2.30 pm     Afternoon Housegroup meeting in Room 3, SH

           7.00 pm     Taizé Prayer for Lent in church

           7.00 pm     Life on the Breadline Interfaith Forum at Highfield

  Trinity Methodist Church



NEW! You can listen to a podcast of our recent services here!

Spire Repair

The work on the spire has now been completed and the scaffolding removed. Look up on your way to church and see our beautiful shiny spire pointing the way to heaven for all Nether Edge and beyond!

We are so grateful to all who helped to make this such a successful project - the Spire Group (Jenny Carpenter, John Cripps, Joe Dey, John Harding and Alistair Morris), especially John Cripps, for all their planning and for sourcing and applying to the funding bodies; the funding bodies who supported us so generously and the congregation and neighbours who made wonderfully generous donations; the architect and contractors who have done a great job and were very flexible in letting us have access to the church when we needed it.  We have been very blessed!

You can find out more about the Spire Restoration Project here.

If you would like to support the ongoing work of St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church, you can do so by clicking on the button below.

You can also donate by BACS: Sort code: 05-08-08 Account Number: 36930499
or by cheque payable to: St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, and posted to St Andrew’s Church Office, 31 Psalter Lane, S11 8YL.


Don't forget to Gift Aid your donation if you can, as this will increase the amount we receive by 25%!




Lent Housegroups  The afternoon housegroup will be following the York Course You Can Be Serious! Meeting Jesus afresh in John at 2.30 pm in Room 3, Shirley House on these dates: Thursday 22nd, Monday 26th February, Monday 4th, 11th, 18th March. If you would like to join them please contact Judith Roberts Tel. 236 1531, email

The evening group will be following the ‘Lights for Christ’ Tree of Life online Lent course at 7.30 pm on Wednesdays on these dates: 21st February at 303 Cemetery Road  (to finish off the Advent City of Sanctuary work, arrange leaders and venues), 28th February, 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th March. We meet in members’ homes. If you would like to join us please contact Janet Loughridge Tel. 258 4164  email


Taize in Lent at SAPLC begins Thursday 22nd February  There will be a short service of quiet reflective prayer and chanting in church at 7.00 pm every Thursday during Lent on the following dates:- 22nd and 29th February, 7th, 14th and 21st March.


Lent Course 'Connections' at All Saints, Ecclesall: 21st February, 6th March and 20th March at 7.30 pm

It is vital that Christian faith and witness connects effectively and authentically with “life as we know it” in the world outside the Church, which we encounter every day. We cannot be isolated or insulated from wider debates, ghettoised or restricted in our response.

So come along to find out more about how Christians are engaging with the world of law, through the courts, with the world of care, through the relief of pain; and in the unknown stories of connections made by Churches into their communities.

These lectures which will include discussion are open to church members, other churches and of course your invited guests.

Full details here.   

Each occasion will take place in All Saints, Ecclesall Church. They are open to everyone and the talks will begin at 7.30pm followed by questions and refreshments.



Lent - Unbound Love  The Methodist Church has created a Lent campaign called Unbound Love based on Charles Wesley's famous hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Singing the Faith 503) which talks about Jesus as 'unbounded love' – a kind of love that cannot be contained, that works in our lives and in our world to free us and heal us. Unbounded Love is the theme of the Methodist Church Lent campaign in 2024 – holding together our commitments to be a justice-seeking church, and a people who experience and proclaim the good news of God's uncontainable love.

District Communications Officer, Sam Roberts has created some social media resources which can be found here
They will be shared on the district channels from Sunday 18th February - look out for them on our social media too!



Action for Children - Count your blessings through Lent  Lent is getting very close. We know some of you are keen to take part in Count your Blessings, daily reflections and short stories about our work with opportunities to make small donations during Lent. The leaflet (4 pages) is available here

We can print copies in the Church Office – please ask Janet Loughridge if you would like a copy.



Count your blessings with Christian Aid  This Lent, Christian Aid is also encouraging you to count your blessings, and make 40 small steps towards a more just world. Journey with us and learn how our partners bring dignity, equality, justice and love to our global neighbours. You can find the leaflet (9 pages) here.




SAPLC Church of Sanctuary project Following the launch by Rev Inderjit Bhogal on 17th September of the SAPLC Church of Sanctuary project, we acquired copies of his book Sanctuary: the hospitality of host, guest and stranger. Copies of the book are available in the narthex, costing £3.00 . Please buy a copy and read it to support our Church of Sanctuary project.




Baby Basics Mothering Sunday gifts  Baby Basics are collecting gifts for Mums! They must be delivered to church by Sunday 25th February. They can accept items in a gift bag such as gift sets, chocolates, cosy socks and toiletries - please, no candles, bath bombs or makeup.



All We Can Loose Change Appeal

 Thank you so much for all your donations to All We Can. The collection bowl will be out during Sunday service so please bring along any small change. Thank you again.



Clifford All Saints School

Community monthly prayer group If you are unable to attend but would like to share a prayer request for the group please click here

The Psalter Lane building is now closed, and the whole school is at the Ringinglow Road site. The Morris School window - originally one of the pair in old St Andrew’s, of which the one in the narthex is the other - has now been installed in the Ringinglow Road building and looks wonderful. There is a photograph of it on the board in the narthex. 




The Tuesday Café The café is open every Tuesday from 2.00 - 4.00 pm in Shirley House.  The café is for those living at home with memory loss or dementia and their carers.  Hot drinks and cakes, music, memories, singing, stories and more.  For further information ring the church office (0114 2678289) or email




On Now! Creating the World in Eight Million Stitches Until 3 March, Sheffield Cathedral is hosting ‘Threads Through Creation’, a stunning exhibition of twelve embroidered silk panels that explore the story of creation. The scale of the panels and the skill and artistry on display is extraordinary. Touring twenty cathedrals, the exhibition has already inspired hundreds of thousands of people. The panels are huge – 1.5m/8ft high by as much as 4m/13ft wide, each individually crafted using layers of silk, hand-dyed materials, metallic leathers and gold leaf, miles of thread – and more than eight million stitches!

Highly recommended by Pril!




Life on the Breadline  This week has seen headlines of increasing cases of malnutrition in Sheffield as well as research showing that over 30% of children in Sheffield are living in poverty, one of the 4 highest numbers in Yorkshire and Humber. Not for many years has the level of poverty caused so much concern.

By now you should all be aware that the remarkable Life on the Breadline’ exhibition is coming to Highfield Trinity Church for the official opening next Friday and open to the public thereafter.

The exhibition tells stories and poses challenges from a groundbreaking research project listening to churches and neighbourhoods affected by the age of austerity. It will start conversations, hear and amplify voices of people with lived experience of poverty, create space for people to tell their own stories, and reflect on how we should personally and collectively respond to what we are hearing.

This is a joint venture between SAPL and Highfield Trinity.

We urgently need you to sign up for volunteering to host sessions at Highfield Trinity. Highfield are providing one volunteer for each session and we need to be able to support that with as many volunteers as possible. So far it seems we have only three or four volunteers. The exhibition is open between Saturday 10th and Wednesday 21st inclusive, apart from Sundays.  Stewarding is in 2 hour slots from 11am  to 1pm,  1pm to 3pm, 3pm to 5pm and 5pm to 7pm. Please help! If you can offer to help, please contact Peter Egginton who is preparing the rota as soon as possible - Email

Key events during the two week period:

Friday 16th February at 7pm: Ask the Panel  - a Question Time style event when there will be opportunities to ask the panel of experts about different aspects of poverty – on food, heating and mental health among other issues. Should we still need food banks? Should we be pressing for an increase in benefits? Why are so many children hungry?

Thursday 22nd February at 7pm: An interfaith forum to explore how different faith communities respond to the problem of poverty.

And of course, make sure that you visit the exhibition and feel free to make your comments and observations on what you see.




National Methodist Youth Brass Band Concert  A concert is to be held Saturday 24th February at 7.00 pm  at Chapeltown Church as part of their building 30th Anniversary. The concert is free to attend but with seats limited please book via Eventbrite  Come along, It will be a great evening!



Bishop’s Annual Lectures – Booking Now Open Monday 26 February and Tuesday 27 February

Sharing the Christian Story: Why Public Witness Matters Today Speaker: Rt Revd Graham Tomlin, Director of the Centre for Cultural Witness, based at Lambeth Palace in London. Bishop Graham was formerly Bishop of Kensington and founding Dean of St Mellitus College and is the author of numerous books. 

John 20:1-18 – When Personal Testimony Becomes News Speaker: Rt Revd Sophie Jelley, Bishop of Doncaster. (Tuesday only)




Sheffield Christian Aid 'Watch Party'  The Sheffield CA committee have arranged an in-person 'Watch party' to watch the online Christian Aid Changemakers conference on Saturday March 2nd. Anyone is welcome – even if you aren't a CA church rep!
The morning will actually be starting with coffee and cake at 10.00 am (the on-line conference starts at 10.30 am) and there will be a bring and share lunch if people want to stay on to chat afterwards.
Please contact the Chair of CA  Alison Trezise ( if you want to come along so we have some idea of numbers.


Rutter Requiem  The Sheffield Oratorio Chorus will be in Sheffield Cathedral on Saturday 9th March at 7.30 pm with the above programme featuring the Young Chorister of the Year Natalie Fooks and the South Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.  Tickets costing £15 (with students and under sixteens at £5) are available here or at the door.




Nether Edge Farmer's Market  The next market to take place on Nether Edge Road and Glen Road will be held on 24th March from 12.00 noon. There will be stalls, shops, cafes and live music and entertainment. For more information please see here



SAPLC Jigsaw Library  Do you love doing jigsaws? Do you have a collection of completed jigsaws that you'll never use again? why not donate them to our Jigsaw Library and borrow a new one at the same time! - No charge but donations towards church funds are welcome!



Regular Giving to St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church  If you do not give to the church through the envelope scheme or by bank standing order, please have a word with Rodney Godber (tel 0114 266 3893) who will explain how this makes your giving to the church easier and more beneficial. If you would like to join the envelope scheme, please contact Janet Loughridge (tel 0114 258 4164)


Car Parking  If you are parking at church, please take care not to park directly opposite the yellow lines marking the path towards Shirley House and Southcroft, as this blocks pedestrian access for people coming to church from Southcroft



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.




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.


They need

  • Baked Beans
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Pasta/rice
  • Toothpaste
  • Canned meats/fish

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. 


At the moment, they really need 0-3 month clothing, baby socks and scratch mitts, 3-6-years clothing, baby wipes, nappy cream, cotton wool, 0-2year toothpaste and brushes, kids shampoo & conditioner for afro/curly hair.

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.

Baby Basics Mothering Sunday gifts  Baby Basics are collecting gifts for Mums! They must be delivered to church by Sunday 25th February. They can accept items in a gift bag such as gift sets, chocolates, cosy socks and toiletries - please, no candles, bath bombs or makeup.


We are grateful to all the very kind people who are taking these donations to where they are so desperately needed. 



Help Needed!

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


A message from John Cripps:

'Many thanks to everyone who helped at the Working Party on Saturday 2nd December. The next Working Party will be on Saturday 3rd February. Do come along and help – even an hour can help make a great difference to the appearance of the church grounds, which we can all enjoy. More volunteers would be very welcome!    
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, 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!

Action needed please!


'Ways of Water' - Millennium Gallery until Sunday 12th May

Ways of Water explores local water infrastructures, from historic wells to expansive reservoirs across sites in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The exhibition follows the historic and contemporary implications of the Sheffield cholera epidemic of 1832, which emerged because of unsanitary water conditions.

Discover film, photography, sculpture and archives exploring the different scales and effects of wells and reservoirs, juxtaposing sites of community action with larger water infrastructures. Within these sites and structures is a focus on memory and monument. How do we remember past events, culturally? What objects, rituals and beliefs maintain personal and collective memories? How can the past inform future action?

Water is central to human and planetary survival. As a crucial life-sustaining element for every living organism, it needs maintenance and care, as does remembrance. This exhibition highlights these themes and invites visitors to consider their relationship to water, health, memory and loss on both a local and global scale.



City of Rivers Exhibition - Weston Park Museum until Sunday 3rd November

Sheffield is a city born from its rivers, sculpting the landscape and powering the industries that made it prosper. Today, they're the arteries that flow through the urban sprawl, continuing to shape the character of the city and our lives in it. From vast reservoirs and cascading weirs to the brooks that trickle through our many green spaces, they also provide a home to a rich abundance of local wildlife. City of Rivers brings together stories, objects, artwork, film and photography to chronicle Sheffield's relationship with its waterways. Drawing on contributions from people across the city, it reflects on our connections to them in our work, leisure time and our impact on the natural habitats they represent. Find out more about the exhibition in Sheffield’s Now Then magazine.

Get home energy advice and grants  As winter continues to bite, Warm Homes Sheffield is providing home energy advice and grants to help local people to reduce energy costs and keep their homes and families warm and well. Depending on individual circumstances, Warm Homes Sheffield can help with insulation, solar panels, air source heat pumps and much more. See here for more information.

Sign up to The Big Plastic Count

For one week in March, thousands of people around the country are going to count their household plastic waste and submit the data to the UK’s biggest investigation into household plastic waste.

The evidence will put pressure on the UK government to push for an ambitious Global Plastics Treaty to end the age of plastic for good.

The plastics problem is still with us. Together we can convince the government to act.

Sign up to take part here


We all want to care for the planet, but can’t do everything at once. Here is the next in a series of tips to think about. Some can be done today, some this month, and some will not be for you. But remember - everyone can do something!


Eco Tips

Febuary –  Go Green for Lent

Invite wildlife into your garden or church green space (with permission!). Where possible, invite and encourage others in your church community to be part of the journey, for example, planting seeds as part of the children’s ministry or getting your church youth group to help build and stock up a hedgehog home.


For more practical ways to enjoy, nurture and defend nature, sign up to A Rocha UK’s Wild Christian email:

See the Eco Group page for more Green news!

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

Please contact or if there is anything you would like to see or to add, or anyone you would particularly like us to pray for.


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 will be live-streaming our main Sunday morning services, for those people who aren't able to join us in church.

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


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