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Updated 16th September 2021


I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Genesis ch 9 v 13


The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy ch 31 v 8


Lord God, we pray for your protection.  You are our hiding place, and under your wings we can always find refuge. 

Protect us from trouble wherever we go, and keep danger from us. 

No matter where we are, we will look to you as our Protector, the one who fights for us every day. 

Your love and faithfulness, along with your goodness and mercy, surround us daily, so we will not fear whatever might come against us.

Our trust is in you, God, and we give thanks to you for your love and protection.

In Jesus’ name, Amen. 



Banner Cross News


A thanksgiving service for Mrs Kathleen Brown is booked for 3pm on Saturday 2nd October at Victoria Methodist Church, Stafford Road, Sheffield, S2 2SE.  There will be buffet refreshments in the church after the service.

People who feel vulnerable in crowded spaces may follow the service which will be streamed on line.
Please would those who wish to attend in person or on line contact Rev Michael Brown. (mb4511933989@btinternet.com)


Notice of Church Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Church Council

will be held on

Thursday 7th October at 7.30pm in Room 3


Please send all committee/group reports, or requests for items for inclusion in the agenda, to Alison Russell by Sunday 26th September 2021.



Bible Study Start Up

Now that we can meet again after the Covid regulations have been relaxed, it has been decided to restart the group. Some people were finding Thursday morning difficult to get to. It has been agreed to have the meetings on Wednesday afternoons. The first one is on Wednesday, 15 September at 1.30 and will last for an hour with time to chat afterwards.

I have not managed to arrange which room we will be meeting in. I will put a notice on the church noticeboard when I have sorted it. Church Bibles will be available if you require one.

Andrew Watchorn


Eco Congregation

Explosion of new wild plants in garden see  link to upate below

Link to Garden update September 2021


Garden Wildlife

There have been further Wildlife sightings in the Church garden, including the following

  • 2-spot Ladybird larva
  • Parsnip Sawfly larva
  • Cream Spot Ladybird
  • Large White Butterfly
  • Heather Beatle
  • Harvestman - Odiellus spinosus

Link to Wildlife photgraphs be sure to scroll down to see them all.

Many thanks to Andrew for the photographs & the identification.


Link to Garden update August 2021

Link to guide to Pulling Rhubarb




We have recently completed our Annual Safeguarding Audit for the District Safeguarding Officer. This has highlighted that a number of DBS checks & Refresher training are overdue.

Whilst Covid restrictions have made it impossible to undertake the checks & training in the normal way the district are looking at ways of doing these online or remotely. If you are affected we will be in touch once we are aware of the way forward.

Paula & Tim W





When Church Council, after listening to comments by the wider congregation, confirmed that we would hold face-to-face services every Sunday morning, it was also decided to continue with some form of zoom gatherings as they had been a boon for many.

As a trial run, a zoom gathering will be held, usually on the first and third Thursday of the month, starting at 7.15pm and running for about an hour. Various people have offered to initiate these gatherings, which will follow no particular format -  they will no doubt include a hymn or two (we do enjoy our singing!)  a prayer, maybe a Reading, not necessarily from the Bible – but the principle intention is that we should all feel free to contribute, discuss, argue, whatever.

The first few gatherings have been arranged and if successful will continue.

Thursday   16th September at 7.15pm, with Rev Tim Crome

Thursday  30th September at 7,15pm

By computer:

Link to Zoom


By phone        0203 901 7895#       or   0131 460 1196#  or    0203 051 2874#

Please note you need to include the # at the end of the number. The hash -# is normally in the bottom right hand corner of your telephone keypad 

Meeting ID: 815 1347 1916 then #

Confirm meeting participant by pressing #

Passcode: 558035 then #



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.













Welcome & Sanitise

Reader 1

Reader 2


Worship Co ordinator

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Saturday Prayers Rota


Good News from Banner Cross

We have recently been requested for for 'good news' for the circuit website. The following has been provided by Janet & Lorna


Last month a group of 18 of us enjoyed a lovely holiday together in Norfolk.

It was the fifth year that we have had a group holiday, and it began as a way to enable people now on their own, to have someone to holiday with.

We stayed at the Best Western Hotel Knight's Hill, near to King's Lynn (can certainly recommend it) for 5 nights.

We visited Heacham Lavender Centre, the lovely Sandringham, Walsingham, Thursford, Wells-Next-the-Sea, and a trip on the Norfolk Broads, and finally a morning in Hunstanton before heading home.

The weather was scorching – great for some and a bit much for others, but we really enjoyed each others company, eating together, and generally having a great time.

Now I'm thinking about next year's!



Coach Trip

Another Wonderful Holiday

What a way to spend your time.  Just go on holiday.

The Norfolk Lavender farm, stately Sandringham, I'll tell you about Walsingham if I may.

It was oh so peaceful, serenity was in the air.

There was Christian music coming from the church and the gorgeous weather helped us enjoy it to be fair.

Sunhats were a must, wherever we went we had fun; even him on the scooter some of the time!

Age is NOT a problem -  bring your walking stick even if you're still in your prime.

In Wells some went on the miniature railway, others walked around the town.

Someone dipped their toes in the sea while others preferred a drink and a sit-down.

Wroxham, on the Broads, a lovely place to be.

Thatched chalets and posh houses, sailing boats and orange crested grebes were some of the sights we'd see.


But they wouldn't let me sing "Messing about on the River!"

Lockdown put an end to that so I was told to go hither!

So on we went to Hunstanton another little sea-side resort.

For fish 'n chips and candy floss, crabs and cod could be caught.

Go on the slot-machines if you fancy your chances to win,

So all in all a good time was had.  Roll on 2022 and let more fun begin.


We did have a great time  and sadly all holidays end(s)

But here's the truth, you know what I'm going to say-

We all came back as friends.




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 Carers Centre

The centre provides a monthly newsletter.

The link below takes you to a new guide to help carers and those they care for maintain social connections during a time of physical distancing.


Link to Carers News Aug 2021

Carers News previous issues


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


Lectionary. For the next 3 weeks can be found at 


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