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Updated January 20th 2022


Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.

1 Thessalonians 5:11


Prayer for a Friend

Dear God, you have given us plenty of good gifts, but none shine so brightly as a true friend.  Thank you for a friend who sticks closer than a sister or brother.  Thank you that I might know even a glimpse of your kindness towards me through the wonderful experience of friendship.  My prayer is that you would lift up my dear friends. Increase their faith through these difficult times and deepen their dependence on you.  You know exactly what they need, Lord.  Lead them in your presence and grant them peace of mind. 

In your Son, Jesus’ name, I pray.



Banner Cross News



NCH Action for Children Collection Boxes

The contents of your collecting boxes are urgently required, please hand to Ann Barker or Jean Sampson.

Many thanks 



Worship Open Meeting 

 An open meeting about Worship took place on 6th January via Zoom.  Notes from the meeting will be made available in due course, but in the meantime, you may wish to:

Save the Date: Sunday 20th March

Do you want to join a small group to plan a Service of Reflection and Thanksgiving on Sunday 20th March?

There will be a service of Reflection and Thanksgiving on Sunday 20th March which we hope will be prepared by a small group, and led by Rev Tim to include Holy Communion and some prayer stations.

The suggestion came about originally from the annual National Day of Reflection which briefly, is to give “an opportunity to come together to support the millions of people bereaved during the Pandemic and remember the people we’ve lost …. and to reflect on the challenges we have overcome”.

In the last two open meetings about Worship, we thought we would extend the remit of the service to include a time to give thanks for all those who have worked hard over a number of years, for example, Lunch Club volunteers; and also Class and Pastoral Leaders who are doing a great deal of valuable work to support us through the Pandemic.  The worship-songs will be chosen by participants, and there may even be a chance to incorporate some type of celebration if the group agrees.

A small group will be set up very soon by the Leadership Team and Alison to fine-tune the details of this special service.  If you would like to join this planning group, please contact a member of the LT or Alison as soon as possible so we can set a date to meet. 


God in Love Unites Us

The decision was made at the Methodist Conference to make it possible for same-sex couples to marry on Methodist premises.  Our Church Council needs to make a decision for Banner Cross.

It was agreed at the Annual Church Meeting that, in order to give church members the chance to share their views as widely as possible, an open meeting will take place, after the service, on Sunday 30th January.

At that meeting, an indicative vote will be taken by secret ballot.  Rev Tim will prepare options on which we will vote.  Church Council members will then discuss this issue at their meeting on 17th February, when another secret ballot will be held. 



Thanks to those of you who bought mincepies during our Saturday Coffee mornings, we have £10 to add to the Magdalene fund.  As the mincepie season is now over, I shall start to make those little savoury pies that used to grace the Choir Table at the Christmas Fair. If you’d like to place an order, please ring me on 0114 236 7761 or tell me at church.  I shall bring the pies, £2 each, chicken or beef, to church on Saturdays or Sundays.       Happy New Year.             Jackie 


We have agreed to support Magdelene over the next 4 years whilst she attends the University of Makeni. Letter from Magdalene Sept 2021



Bible Study – Wednesdays 1.30-2.30 pm in Room 3

A small, but growing and friendly group meet to study the Bible on Wednesdays from 1.30-2.30 pm in Room 3. The group studies the readings set out in the Lectionary* for the following Sunday’s service.  The group is considering also chatting about favourite Bible passages, and, maybe sometimes, how the Bible passages discussed are relevant to what is happening in our world and in our lives today. 

You will be made very welcome if you would like to come along for an informal discussion. The Church’s Good News Bibles are used.  If you have any questions, contact Andrew or Jackie.


* The Lectionary for the next three weeks click here



On the edge - ministry on the margins

You may recall that I floated an idea with you about sharing some experiences of 40 years of ministry in a series of discussions. I invited expressions of interest and have received some positive responses.

These will not be evenings full of reminiscences, but rather the chance to reflect together on some of the changes and challenges with which we now live and which impact on our future patterns of discipleship and being church.

I have found some of the most meaningful experiences have been when ministering ‘on the edge’.  On the edge of the life of the church, of society, of culture.  One could describe the church as we know it today, being increasingly on the edge and perhaps marginalised.

So, using the overall title ‘On the edge - ministry on the margins', we will explore four areas which will hopefully engage your interest, perhaps offer a challenge, and may be allow us to hear God’s continuing call beyond the walls of the church.

Rev  Tim

All the meetings will be at 7.30 pm at Banner Cross in room 6.


Wed 2nd February       Bluewater a shopping experience - retail chaplaincy

Wed 16th March          What is community? Responding to 90,000 new build homes



Dear all,

During January we are inviting you to share stories of where you are seeing God at work & pray together for more glimpses of God in the life of our Circuit

Join us on Zoom for a weekly prayer gathering every Wednesday in January, 8pm -- 9pm

Sent on behalf of Gill Newton.

Circuit Admin Team

A Glimpse Of God A5 Leaflet

Sheffield Circuit Administration Team






Little Fish Parent and Toddler Group

Link here to useful information


Eco Congregation

Link to Garden update Autumn 2021

Link to Wild Garden Update

Link to guide to Pulling Rhubarb


Dear Reader,

We are asking for News of our Church Family, and others known to us.  Please get in touch with Tim Wilson or Alison Russell if you have any news to share, but always get permission from those involved for the news to go onto the church website and to be distributed to those who are not online.      


 New Rotas

With the re opening of Church for weekly face to face services volunteers are needed for the the normal weekly tasks, including stewarding for the time being. You may recall that just prior to the first lockdown we had introduced  simplified rotas where you may have had a number of roles on one Sunday but then none for several weeks. It is proposed that we continue on this basis.

Welcome/Stewarding Team

To be responsible for, 

  • Welcome at door,
  • Hand sanitising & mask wearing
  • Guidance on moving about the room / building & social distancing. 
  • Serving of coffee in Room 1, clearing.
  • End of service exit.

Worship Team

To be responsible for the following

  • Bible readings during service
  • Leading Intercessionary prayers
  • Welcome & announcements at start of service
  • Liaison with local preacher / minister


Please check both the the Welcome & Worship rota you maybe on both on the same week.


A new rota has been prepared for the period January to May 2022. A copy has been placed in the porch & circulated by email. If you need a copy contact either Paula or Tim W


Saturday Prayers Rota



All poetry previously displayed on this page is available to view via the link below

Link to all Poetry



Holy Habits

Link to Holy Habits recent articles


The Gospel According to Brian's Class

Link to recent articles


Zoom Training

United Reform Church have produced some excellent guides including Zoom Meetings

Link to URC guides


Link to forthcoming Eco Church events

Link Eco Church







Sheffield S6 Foodbank

If you have products for collection, let one of the Leadership team know.

Thank you 


Link here to there website with more details of how to help. The site is regularly updated with details of the items they are most in need of.









Link to Circuit website

For news & articles from the wider circuit




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


Coronavirus & Pastoral Care At 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


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