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Updated 4th July 2020


Do it anyway


People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centred.

Forgive them anyway.


If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.


If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.

Succeed anyway.


If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.

Be honest and frank anyway.


What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.

Build anyway.


If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.


The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.

Do good anyway.


Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.

Give the best you've got anyway.


You see,

In the final analysis it is between you and God;

it was never between you and them anyway.





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Christian Aid for Displaced Refugees in Lebanon and Iraq Is the charity we are supporting to raise £5000 over 2 years and donations are greatly appreciated.

The Archer Project is in need of a continuing supply of Pot Noodles, tinned fish or fruit with ring pulls and breakfast cereals. Don’t forget to support the Food Bank with an extra item when you do your shopping. Please donate unwanted clean clothing/shoes/blankets/sleeping bags to Ben’s Centre via Alan Brailey.

Thank you for your continued support to all these charities.

Coronavirus Guidance

See link below to Methodist Church Guidance, resources & latest guidance.

Link to Guidance

Link to Track & Trace Info

Coronavirus & Pastoral Care Ay this time please be aware of any vulnerable people & help in any way we can. If you feel vulnerable or anxious PLEASE contact someone from church. We are here to help. 

Link to Dementia Support during the Crisis - from Sheffield Directory

Link to Local Shops who will deliver

Shops Link


Holy Habits

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Banner Cross news


Dear All,

Please let me know by Tuesday 7th July if you will be in attendance at the Church Council's virtual Meeting on Wednesday 15th from 7.30 pm.  If you will be present, I shall e-mail the Reports to you.  Currently, one is outstanding.



Alison Russell

Church Council Secretary


Saturday Prayers Rota

The rota for the coming weeks is as follows.
July 11th - Lawrie
July 18th - Chris
July 25th - Aubrey
August 1st - Margaret

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if, for any reason, it is not convenient when your turn comes, and we’ll make alternative arrangements.

Love and best wishes to you all,


Messgae from Robert Lewis

Hi Jackie,


So good to hear from you!  We're pleased to report that Robert, his mom, his sister, and Bex's former housemate Krista (who she still sees quite a lot) have all been tested recently and so far, negative.  That's a relief.  We wish everyone had such good news, but the US just keeps hitting record numbers of new cases day after day after day... mostly from foolishness.  It's infuriating.  Thankfully, Virginia does seem to be one of the few states holding steady or declining... so far.  Hope that holds true through the 4th celebrations.


Thanks for sharing about Leonora - that's new, and sad, news.  Glad to hear that overall BX is doing quite well.  Hinton Avenue seems to be, as well.  Our choir has written an anthem during the pandemic (yet to be performed) and some of our choir members were able to contribute to a video of this congregation's favorite anthem - which you'll find is a bit familiar (though they insist on singing to the wrong tune...).  Here's a link if you're interested:

Hinton Ave Choir link

Our prayers continue to be with you all, especially in missing Roger.  It's horrible, especially in times like these.  You are much loved.


In Christ,

Robert and Bex

Friday 3rd July 2020



Black Lives Matter

 The Black lives Matter movement reminded me of a comment a black colleague said to me many years ago.

" When I leave my front door I expect to experience racism" 

I thought then and think now how awful , I don't have that.

I have experienced sexism in my life but not every day and not so much recently.

So I would like to share this article with you.I think is really interesting and well written and kept me reading to the end.

Link Black Lives Matter Article


Lock Down Poetry

Reflections of the last few weeks

I want a lockdown!

We remember hearing on the News

Everyday updates and everyone’s views

We tried to grasp what this would mean

All our lives would change due to Covid-19


The Leadership Team said we’d meet soon

But not face to face – on something called Zoom!

What the heck is that? We all asked Tim.

It’s a bit like Facetime – while we’ve got to stay in.


Well obviously Rachel knew just what to do

And Tim had some lessons so he knew it too.

Those first few times it was a real pain.

But we got used to it when we tried again.


‘’What on earth is a Virtual’’ asked Mr T.

Well there won’t be a patient to actually see.

You ring the lady while she’s at home -

And she describes her problems on the phone!


Three ladies have arrived, who were having a call.

And some with appointments haven’t come at all!

Have you gelled your hands, have you come very far?

Is your partner waiting in the car?


So with the changes in clinic and no operations

We knew we’d be going to different stations

We were all really worried about going somewhere strange

There’d be such a lot to rearrange.


I’d like a lockdown of my own

I’d dearly love to stay at home

I don’t really want to know what’s in store

I just want to be with my mother-in-law.


But then we couldn’t see her and my world fell apart

Not visiting her just broke my heart

I would do my best at work instead

That way nothing would mess with my head


Now at last we knew – no buts, no maybes

Just like that we were helping the babies!

We were together – which had been one of our fears.

Though I hadn’t worked nights for 20 years!


But May brought more sadness – where will it all end

It’s now claimed the life of our very good friend

We lined the streets to say our goodbye

It all feels too much now – I can’t tell a lie.


It’s best not to use the bus to come in,

According to the 5 o’clock bulletin.

You should drive or walk or have a bike ride.

But you can park for nothing now – and right outside!


When trying to perform an intricate task

You get all hot and bothered under your mask.

You find you’re not drinking or going for a wee.

As it means ‘’donning and doffing’’ your PPE.


I run and I walk and have coffee on zoom

And follow worship material in the afternoon

On my days off I don’t mind staying at home

At least it’s a ‘’mini lockdown’’ all of my own.


And all in all I feel so blessed

I’ve not got ill and my friends are the best

When all this is over and we’re back together

I will treasure you all forever and ever.

Chris Rowe





Goodness gracious what can this mean,

Everything must stop, because of Covid 19,

This dreadful virus, is making humans sick

The NHS must find oxygen & PPE double quick,

Thousands are dying, so many are grieving,

Families, friends & neighbours are weeping.


The Doctors, Nurses, porters & cleaners,

Supermarkets, drivers, posties, teachers,

The folks making scrubs, visors & masks,

So many are helping, they were not asked,

The teachers working hard to put lessons on-line,

The Keyworkers children, go to school on time.


The roads are empty of traffic right now,

The birdsong is beautiful & how.........

The deer & the goats are running round town,

It’s really quite strange, we try not to ‘get down’

But ‘isolate’ we must, to keep the infection rate low,

FaceTime, WhatsApp & now Zoom, do you know?


This new way of life is not easy my friends,

But if we all ‘pull together’, we can see an end,

Lockdown is easing, people getting about,

The numbers are slowing, let’s give a shout,

To our wonderful ‘keyworkers’ & volunteering,

Thank you, you are amazing, let’s lift our voices & sing!



Hazel xx

Link to all Lock Down Poetry

Book Review

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Paula recommended the above book as one of her favourite books in the previous ‘issue’ of the weekly Update of the Church’s Website. This book is for everyone whether you are 8 or 80.  The summary on the Amazon website reads: It is a beautiful, heartfelt book with characters each of us can relate to in some fashion.  The conversations held between the Boy, and the friends he finds along the way, are a reflection of truths many of us have forgotten – how to be gentle to ourselves and others.  How to love without limit. 

At present, Paula’s hard copy is being passed around and some people have sent feedback on it, as follows:

Hazel writes: I really enjoyed this book.  The quote which sticks in my mind is, “The horse says, ‘The truth is, everyone is winging it,’ which I feel is extremely true generally in life and especially during the Lockdown because of Covid-19. I loved the ‘simplistic’ style of writing and the message from the book was very powerful.

Alison writes: I love this book, which is about friendship, or, for the Christian, Fellowship.  I found it very emotional and encouraging.  I know it was written in 2019, but it could have been written during these unprecedented times. I have so many favourite quotes.  Here are a couple:

“Everyone is a bit scared,” said Horse, “but we are less scared together.”

“We don’t know about tomorrow,” said the Horse.  “All we need to know is that we love each other.  When the dark clouds come …. keep going.  This storm will pass.”

It is also a work of art.  It doesn’t take long to read, but it will stay in your heart. 

Ann writes: I endorse all the comments from others. Charlie has chosen Schumann’s Soldier’s March from his Album for the Young to begin and end the book.  Are we perhaps soldiering on in life or marching on to the finish?  The piece took me back to my childhood when I used to play it.  I love the drawings – would love to frame them.  There are so many wonderful quotes.

Janet writes: I thought it was just beautiful.  Such an easy read and I loved the drawings. So simple that it could be read to a child, yet so profound that it speaks to anyone.  I loved the Mole who loved cake and used it as his answer to many things.  But whether the Mole, the Fox, the Horse or the Boy – all had a message for us. 

The Mole’s favourite saying is, “If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake.”  “I see, does it work?”  “Every time.”

18 June 2020




Lock-down Music & Thoughts

Paula and Tim - love listening to Classic FM as do we (Chris and Jono) and both also share a love of film music.

Tim especially recommends the score from Out of Africa.

Chris Rowe suggests hymns sung by a group of Christian young men - Anthem Lights.

And Hazel watches a Mormon Dad and daughter duo from Utah called Matt and Savannah, they sing all sorts of wonderful songs.





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