Weekly Newsletter and Other News

We usually fill this page with our Weekly Noticesheet - information about upcoming services and events and groups that we support. During these unprecedented times it will consist of a Weekly Newsletter, links to sources of help both spiritual and practical, requests for prayer and thoughts from church members.

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 during the suspension of public worship 

31st May 2020 


We hope you find the SAPLC streamed services inspiring at this time when we cannot join in worship together in church, and that by praying together and sharing these services and resources, we can all still feel connected to our worshipping community. The purpose of this Newsletter is to keep us all informed and connected, and as always it includes a message from Gareth as well as information about our streamed service on Sunday. There are Notices at the end of the newsletter.


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


A prayer for MHA

God of mercy

At this time of anxiety and fear

We thank you for the dedicated work of MHA.

We pray your blessing on all who wash feet,

Who bring healing,

Who sit with the dying

Who bring comfort in confusion

Who bring peace to the afraid

In this we see the love of Jesus

Who is our strength and hope, 

In whose name we pray



The Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference



Message from Gareth

Dear friends,

I’ve decided not to write anything about Pentecost this week, even though we shall be celebrating it on Sunday, as we already have a number of rich contributions on this theme. In our online Sunday service a couple of weeks ago, Imogen focused on the Holy Spirit as Comforter; this Sunday, Anthony will be preaching on the great Pentecost passage from Acts chapter 2; and Jenny’s Pentecost Song is included in this newsletter.

Instead, I’d like to concentrate on something that took place last weekend, when our Muslim sisters and brothers celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the festival that takes place at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In a similar way to Christians’ experience of Easter this year, Eid was celebrated with all the constraints and restrictions resulting from the coronavirus crisis. Nonetheless, local Muslim leaders managed to find ways of sharing the meaning of this special time through inspiring online talks and times of prayer.

It feels appropriate this week to share with you a couple of inspiring passages from Muslim writings. The main scriptural text in Islam is of course the Qur’an, which is regarded as the very speech of God to humankind. A secondary collection of writings, however, is the Hadith – sayings and stories from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (“the peace and blessings of God be upon him”, as Muslims would add as a term of deep respect). There are many Hadith, and some are very close to sayings of Jesus in the Gospels. The two I’d like to share with you don’t have any direct Gospel parallels, but they share a common spirit with the Gospels. The first one, in which the Prophet is conveying an utterance of God, speaks of divine grace:

“Whoever comes to Me with a good deed shall receive ten times or more in return. Whoever comes to Me with a bad deed shall receive an equivalent amount or My forgiveness in return. Whoever draws near to Me a hand’s span, I shall draw near to them an arm’s length; whoever draws near to Me an arm’s length, I shall draw near to them a fathom’s length. Whoever comes to Me walking, I shall come to them running. And whoever meets Me with enough sins to fill the earth, but worships nothing apart from Me, I shall meet them with a similar amount of forgiveness.”

The second Hadith I’d like to quote explores the nature of charity. The Prophet says that charity isn’t limited to monetary giving, but can take many forms. (We may be reminded of the use of the word “charity” to denote loving kindness in the 17th century King James Version of Bible.)

“Charity is incumbent upon every part of the body, each day the sun rises. Doing justice between two people is charity; assisting a person upon his beast and lifting his baggage is charity; pure, comforting words are charity; answering a questioner with mildness is charity; and removing that which is a hazard to travellers is charity.”

A similar Hadith adds that greeting another person with a smile is charity.

These are just two out of many possible examples, but they give a flavour of the inspiring and memorable character of the Hadith. They also express something of the spirit of Ramadan, in which Muslims focus very much on the quality of their spiritual lives and their responsibility to others.

                                                                                                  Peace and love,  Gareth




      Sunday 31st May  Day of Pentecost


We welcome you to our Sunday service, led by Revd Anthony Ashwell and Revd Gareth Jones, with Intercessions led by Anne Hollows & reading by Lena Thalheim; music will be led by Simon Dumpleton and members of the choir. We are so lucky to have such a wealth of talent to enrich our worship.

We hope you will enjoy the service and feel connected to your St Andrew’s Psalter Lane friends as we join in worship on Sunday at 10.30 am.


Junior Church   A Junior Church Activity Sheet is available here.

We'd love to see what you do, so please send a photo of your work to Clare at clare@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk - you might see your work on the website!


Wednesday service

There will be a Zoom service at 11.00 am on Wednesday. The format of the service will be readings with pauses, a led meditation, a psalm and prayer, with some music at the beginning and the end. There will be some time for conversation together at the end. Many thanks to Imogen for organising this service.

So why not join the Wednesday service as well as the one on Sunday?


 A Song For Pentecost

This Pentecost version was written on a Local Preacher's Weekend chiefly memorable for the fact that the young son of one of the participants took his first steps during the act of worship that we had prepared together! It has been sung at various churches in Sheffield, but has not been published. The words echo those of Valerie Collinson’s Christmas song and are to be sung to her tune “Celebrations” (Hymns and Psalms 97)  

CHORUS :         Come and join the celebration

                           It's a very special day;

                           Come and share our jubilation,

                           For God's Spirit's here today!


1.      See disciples gathered in expectant prayer.

Rushing wind and tongues of flame descend – the Spirit's there; so

Come and join the celebration......

2.      Language barriers now are broken down for good.

Gospel preaching by all nations can be understood; so

Come and join the celebration......

3.      Men and women, young and old are Spirit-filled.

This same Spirit was in Jesus Christ, the man we killed; so

Come and join the celebration......

4.      God has raised this Jesus by His mighty hand.

His same Spirit's giv'n that we may grow in understanding.

Come and join the celebration......

5.      God has made this Jesus now both Lord and Christ.

Now repent! Come, trust in Jesus Christ and be baptised; so

Come and join the celebration......

6.      Meeting, sharing life together day by day,

Christ's young Church is learning how to follow in His Way; so

Come and join the celebration......

7.      In their thousands folk respond to what they've heard.

Words and actions of new Christians witness to their Lord; so

Come and join the celebration......

Jenny Carpenter



A message from Josie Smith

This is a comment I wrote in the Methodist blog Theology Everywhere on April 20th (when Sally Coleman had written about new ways of being church during lockdown) might be helpful for the Newsletter.    I am missing all my SAPLC friends very much but at least now (a month later) I’ve persuaded my iPad to let me access the services!!

'And then there are all the riches of modern communications. I was having computer problems so was unable to access the live stream from my church on Easter Day – but I was able to spend the morning in worship via television with, to name but a few (!) the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Gareth Malone. This Methodist enjoyed that!

Holy Communion alone is possible, even if the bread and non-alcoholic grape juice have not been blessed – except by being provided by God and shared with the Communion of Saints – (though having one’s own Methodist Worship Book helps) and when it comes to sharing the peace I hold my own hand and remember the names and faces of my church community in turn as I do so. And there has always been a light in my East-facing window after dark.

I have long thought that ‘church’ is not just that hour on Sunday morning, but is what we are in every aspect of our lives seven days a week.






Staying in touch – a message from Clare Loughridge

Since the lockdown began, lots of groups, both of SAPLC people and others, have been having virtual 'meetings' on their computer/tablet/smartphone using a program called Zoom - you might have heard of it. We have been using it to have a service on Wednesday mornings – see above - and it has been suggested that we use it for a 'tea and coffee chat' after the live-streamed service on Sunday mornings.

If you would be interested in this but have never used Zoom before, Imogen Clout is happy to be contacted - she will talk you through how to get on to it and set up a meeting just for you so that you can try it out with her. Imogen's number is 268 6645.

You can also exchange messages and pictures with other SAPLC people using WhatsApp - this is an app which you can download from the App store onto a smartphone. If you would like to join our group, please download the app and send your mobile number to Clare Loughridge: clare@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk or 07593823893. We'd love you to join us!                                                                                         

Thanks! Clare


Church Office email We have been experiencing some problems with the office email account. If you tried to send an email to the office, or to Debbie (bookaroom@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk), between 12th and 15th May, we unfortunately won't have received it. The issue has now been fixed but no old emails have come through so if you have been trying to get in touch, you might need to try again!


Church Finance

During these strange times, when the church is closed and most of the offices in Shirley House are empty while their staff are furloughed, our income has fallen dramatically, but we still need money to carry out our vital work. We have set up an online giving page where you can donate safely and securely to help us keep things running - use the big red button below. Thank you for your help!



Christian Aid Week 9th – 16th May

Many thanks to everybody who donated to Christian Aid, and to those who persuaded their friends and contacts to do so too. I have received cheques totalling nearly £1200 already, and have not yet found out how much has been given via the SAPLC bank account. At this time when many people in this country are struggling under difficult circumstances, including reduced income for many, it is heart-warming that people are considering those in the world’s poorest countries who now have Covid 19 to contend with as well as climate change, wars and unfair trade deals- thank you very much.

For those who have been meaning to donate, there is still time. Please send your donation either directly to the St Andrews Psalter Lane bank account with the reference CAWeek :

Account name St Andrews Psalter Lane

Sort code 05-08-08

Account number 3693-0499

OR send a cheque made out to Christian Aid to me at 8 Brincliffe Crescent, S11 9AW. All money raised will be forwarded to the Sheffield Christian Aid account. That way we will know what SAPLC raised and Christian Aid will know how much Sheffield raised.

Thank you,  Caroline Cripps (cripps@uwclub.net)


Appeal from Christian Aid following Super Cyclone Amphan

On Wednesday 20 May, raging winds of up to 120mph and 17 foot high waves battered thousands of homes made with mud, tin and thatched roofs. Millions of people are being evacuated from their homes in India and Bangladesh due to Super Cyclone Amphan. But these life-saving efforts are being restricted because of the need to social distance.

Please pray with us for our global neighbours who have felt the destruction of Cyclone Amphan. Pray for their protection and safety during these unimaginable circumstances.
We want to thank you for your prayers and overwhelming generosity. It is because of your ongoing support that communities are more resilient and we can provide immediate, life-saving help in times of great need.
Our local partners are assessing the needs of people most in danger so that we can give life-saving support. Immediate help is likely to include safe water, hygiene kits, masks and sanitisers – to avoid transmission of coronavirus. Our partners are on the ground supporting the evacuations to cyclone centres, especially elderly people and people with disabilities. Your support makes this possible.
If you’d like to give to support this work, please consider donating here.
And please, stand in solidarity and pray for our global neighbours impacted by Cyclone Amphan. We’re hugely grateful for all you do for the communities we serve.

If we were in church on Sunday, we would have had a retiring collection, even so soon after Christian Aid Week – please donate online instead


From Totley Rise Methodist Church

Dear Friends,

During these last few weeks we are all, daily, becoming more and more aware of friends and loved ones who have died during this difficult time, some from the direct results of the Corona virus and others from different causes but, because of the restricted attendance at funerals, it has not been possible to attend personally.
I have been asked if there is any way we can share together in a short on line reflective time each week and for people to be able to name loved ones and friends to be remembered. I am, therefore, planning on having a " Pause for thought" every Thursday at 10.00 am live on our Facebook page 
If you would like a loved one's name to be included, you can either email, 'phone, text me or, by using the interactive button at the time of the service, add a name in yourself at the appropriate time. Please do tell others who might find this helpful as it is something I want to offer to the community.
If you are able to link in with me on Facebook each Thursday, it would be a lovely way of us, as a church, standing beside those who are mourning at this time.
God bless you,
Rev'd Gail Hunt  Email: gail.hunt@methodist.org.uk  Tel:0114 2360772


Lockdown Bible Study!

Hello, I'm Chris Sissons, one of the Broomhill Diaspora.  I joined St Andrew's just after the lockdown and listen every week to the services.  I preached at St Andrew's once a few years ago and don't expect you to remember the service (I don't!)  My sister was married in the old Church of England building and so I suppose in some sense I'm coming home.

I run my own business helping business owners use stories to market and develop their businesses.  I love telling stories and taking them apart to see how they work!

So, my proposal is that a few of us get together now and again to talk stories, especially stories from the Bible.  I'll kick off with a story I have in mind and then we can take it in turns!  We'll start by reading the story and then the introducer will tell it in their way.  Reading and telling stories are entirely different activities - in the telling we apply imagination to the story and bring it alive.

Then we'll discuss the story and see where the conversation goes. 

Sound good?  If so, email me to express interest.  I suggest we meet 7.30pm one evening soon.  Once I know the response, I'll send you the reference to the story we'll study, the date of the meeting and the Zoom link.  My email address is csissons079@aol.com.

In preparation for the meeting, I'll ask you to read the text.  Then  if you have time, do one of the following:

  • work out how you would tell the story and be prepared to share your version
  • dig out someone else's interpretation and bring it along to share
  • reflect upon how you would use this story to inform prayer
  • can you think of a hymn, some other song or music that somehow evokes this story?
  • any other weird way to approach the story.

Yes, it'll be a mess but if you think you'll enjoy it, drop me a line.

Thanks    Chris Sissons  07887 352841  Email: csissons079@talktalk.net


All We Can Update

Sadly the All We Can events have had to be put on hold until it is safe to go ahead. Many thanks to the people who have offered help with the organisation.

We know that all of you will have had requests from charities and other calls on your finances but climate change continue and food shortages have worsened.

Please can you consider making small gifts to All We Can or thinking of small sponsored events that you can do safely at home.

The All We Can website have updates about their work and information on giving. They are also sharing positive and uplifting content each lunchtime at 1.17 pm.

Many thanks, Janet (Clarke) and Judith (Loveman)



Message from Alison Gregg

I have been sorting through my dad’s books and wondered if anyone would like any of the following:

Companion to Hymns and Psalms

Lutterworth’s Dictionary of the Bible

Radio 4 Prayer of the Day Vol 2

J B Phillip’s New Testament in Modern English

The Christian Agnostic by Leslie D Weatherhead

A Private House of Prayer by Leslie D Weatherhead

Over His Own Signature by Leslie D Weatherhead

If interested in any contact me on Tel 2665638 or email alisongregg25@hotmail.com

I am happy to deliver.                                  

Alison Gregg




Sheffield Libraries activities for children this half term

Ignite Imaginations and Sheffield Libraries are running five free, online artist led activities over the Spring Bank holidays.  Each workshop, suitable for children aged 7-12 years old, will be contain a video and instruction sheet created by a local artist.

Families can sign up to receive the pre-recorded video direct to their inbox or access it via the organisation’s website. The activities will use materials that people can either find in their homes or are fairly easy to buy under the current circumstances.  Ignite Imaginations will be sharing material lists on their social media with the things people will need to get hold of in advance of the workshops going live.  

There will be a new session released each weekday during the half term holiday via email and on Ignite’s website.  Each activity has a holiday theme such as drifting away in a hot air balloon, going on safari, pirate adventures, mountain climbing and a travel tombola game.

Families who are interested in taking part just need to go to Ignite Imagination's website or find Ignite on Facebook and sign up to their mailing list.  When signing up people need to make sure they select the option to receive emails about the Sheffield Libraries half term workshops, to ensure they get all the content. 


Tissington Well Dressing

Derbyshire is known for many traditions, carried out for generations, and one of these is Well Dressings. Due to COVID19, the skill and dedication to designing and decorating the clay boards, the care and strength to safely erect them, and the delight they bring to locals and visitors alike, will be sadly missed this year. However, in Tissington they decided to create a video to share the service of dedication and a virtual walk around the village to which all are invited.

You can watch the virtual service and well blessings from 11.00 am on 21st May 2020.



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. 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. There are sufficient volunteers at present. However, as things change rapidly, if you have a suitably insured car, the food bank are looking for volunteers to be on standby.

Thanks again to all those who give food and make cash donations. 

If you would like to give cash, you can donate here.


Baby Basics  Referrals have increased by an incredible 450% since this crisis began so the need is greater than ever.

Baby Basics are in special need of adult toiletries and large equipment at the moment. 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. Or donations can also be left at 45 Osberton Place, S11 8XL. You can also now donate online.

We are grateful to Joe, Chris and Pat who are taking these donations to where they are so desperately needed.                                                                                                           


Bread for Sheffield

Having trouble finding flour? Why not buy top quality bread flour from St Mary’s and help provide emergency food boxes for families across Sheffield. They will provide top quality bread flour from Hukins in 2.5kg bags at cost price and you make a donation to fund the provision of emergency food.  50% of the donation goes to St Mary’s food delivery scheme, and 50% to support local food banks. Flour can be collected from St Mary's Church Bramall Lane (open 9-5pm Tuesday to Thursday), 11 Greystones Avenue (open 2-4pm Thursday), or Hammer & Pincers, Bents Green (open 2-4pm Thursday). Visit the website to find out more and to order your flour.


Books for Southcroft

Faye, the manager at Southcroft, would like to thank everyone very much indeed for the really lovely books that were donated recently.  Residents have been telling us how much they are enjoying them.  We now have a very good selection and so no more are needed for the time being.  Thank you so much for your generosity.  Judith


Working Party – message from John Cripps

Thank you to everybody who came and helped at the May Working Party when we worked outside while maintaining our 2m separations.  The next Working Party will be on Saturday 6th June.
Everyone is welcome to carry out gardening tasks at other times convenient to them.  I will send out an email about the mowing rota.   The compound and the tool box have combination padlocks. Please ask me 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 tools and there are additional tools in the cellar. The usual tidying and weeding will be required in the coming weeks, remembering that the beds to the front of Shirley House also need to be kept weeded and tidy. 

Many thanks, John Cripps (01142 588932, 07914 290016, cripps@uwclub.net).


CLC bookshops

CLC Bookshops Sheffield is currently operating from a bedroom and sending orders all over the country. Yes, the bookshop is "open" in an unusual setting.

Whether you know what you need from our vast range of stock or you'd prefer some help in choosing that special something, call us on 0114 2724663 or email sheffield@clcbookshops.com.
Payment by card over the phone and free delivery on orders of £10 and above.

Of course, you can also browse & buy online but many people prefer a conversation.


And a reminder...




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