The latest edition of the newsletter is now available, providing a downloadable source of information, detailing news from around the Beacon, and events coming up in the next month or two.
I suppose I should have expected there to be more snow this winter. It is January and I am living in a hilly location in the northern part of England. It really should not have come as a surprise as it is an ordinary occurrence for this time of year. Yet I am from the South and we rarely get snow once in a year, let alone twice. Even though I knew it would snow more here than at home, for some reason I hadn’t fully accepted it – and so there was still that mixture of surprise, trepidation and excitement when I noticed it snowing for the second time since Christmas.
With half term fast approaching there is plenty to look back on and to look forward to for this month. There have been 2 ‘Mega Kids’ sessions so far the first about David and the second looked at the story of Gideon. We decorated gingerbread biscuits to make our army so one way of reducing numbers was of course through eating them! The next one will be on Saturday 15th November from 10:30 until 12:30 at Nether Green and will have the story of Esther as its focus. If anyone would like to be involved please get in touch.
Friday evening to Sunday lunch, 13 – 15 March 2015, Now taking bookings
Join us for a weekend at Willersley Castle, Cromford, near Matlock for a stimulating and fun weekend for everyone associated with the Beacon.
We’ll be building up our fellowship together, looking forward to our future and including everyone through a variety of activities. Possibilities include walks, a visit to a heritage centre and use of the indoor swimming and toddler pools. Flexibility for partners and children.
- Time Fri 6pm- Sun 3pm
- Date Friday, 13 March 2015
- Event Location Willersley Castle, Cromford, near Matlock
I think the word for these last few weeks in September has to be ‘buzzing’! Record attendance of children at Beyond the Ramp and at Christian Club has meant some very lively and full on sessions but it has been fantastic even if it does mean a review of how to organise the session when there are 20 + children present.
All the groups are now up and running (BTots did continue through the summer) Bumps, babies and bairns are loving the painting and have so much confidence now! I’m now looking towards Harvest when I hope to have the Year 4’s at Nether Green Juniors to come and display their art-work at Nether Green and to organising a holiday club for the October half term (going to be 10-12 Mon to Wed of Half term week). This will need some volunteers so that it can run so if you are able to help on any or all of the days please get in touch.
The first of the Mega Kids was on the 20th September where we explored the story of David and Goliath, played lots of games and made some very delicious rock cakes. It was a good start and now looking forward to the next one which will be on Sunday 19th October from 2pm til 4pm where we will be discovering about another character from the bible. If anyone would like to come along and help in any capacity you would be most welcome - please let me know.
Preparations for the craft fayre to be held at Broomhill on Saturday 1st No-vember are progressing well. There are 12 stalls confirmed and the Guides have been approached to sort the face painting and be on hand. But it would be the icing on the cake if as many members of the Beacon could come along and be part of it- to help serve refreshments, make cakes and supervise a stall but even just browsing around the stalls. This is a fund raiser for the Beacon but it is also an opportunity to be an outreach, to show the amazing and varied things that we do across all the sites of the Beacon and to be able to talk to people and share a little of what we do could be an incredible witness but also lay to rest the myth that the church is always ‘just after money’ by showing how many different groups of people and communities we serve through the different activities – that the money is largely invested in putting back to the communities we are part of. There are only 2 stalls available (currently) so let me know if you would like one or if you would be prepared to help out wherever you can.
It looks to be an exciting and busy month and amidst all of this busyness I would really appreciate your continued prayers for the work ahead, for the children and families that we have contact with and for the Beacon. I am very grateful for all the support, of all kinds, that people have offered constantly.
With love and prayers
It’s been a fast start to the new school year for the youth work at the Beacon. All of the existing groups have now re-started and work is underway to publicise and raise profile of the various activities that we have.
We are delighted to welcome our new Minister, Will Fletcher, as he moves to Sheffield over the summer. We hope that his time with us will be rewarding and enjoyable. This will be his first ministerial appointment and initially he will be a Probationer Minister. This means that he will not be available full time as one day per week is allocated to study during this period. He and Deacon Jan Miles will share the ministerial and pastoral responsibility for all three Beacon churches and our prayers, good wishes and support are with them both.
Will's first Beacon service will be at Stephen Hill on September 7th at 9.30am when he will share Holy Communion with us.
Stephen Hill Grapevine newsletter for 25th January
Stephen Hill Youth Pantomime 2015 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
The annual pantomime extravaganza - an event going back decades! To be staged during Half Term from Wednesday, 18th February to Saturday, 21st February (Oh yes it is!) in the Oxford Hall at The Beacon, Stephen Hill. Don't miss out - Tickets at £5/£4 available now, but in ever decreasing numbers, from Bob Hodges (230 3207) or on line at www.jumblebee.co.uk/snowhite-stephenhill
The Federation of Mosques Sheffield condemns the terrorist attack in Paris
The Federation of Mosques Sheffield condemns the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo Headquarters in Paris. Whomever the attackers are, and whatever the cause may be, nothing justifies the taking of life. We ask all communities for unity and calm. Life is very sacred and this brutal attack must be condemned by all the people. The Islamic faith does not allow anyone to take the life of others. Such people are condemned in the holy Quran. In this tragic, difficult time, our thoughts are with bereaved families, people of Paris and people of France.
We join with right minded people, of whatever faith, in condemning all terrorist atrocities and pray for peace and mutual respect in our world.
You ask a lot of me, God! - A prayer for understanding and help
How can I love my enemies? Those who seek to make my life a misery? That's simply too much to ask! But when Jesus was on the cross he forgave those who had put him there. Can you help me to forgive others? Is that what you mean, Lord, when you tell us to love our enemies? To have that something in our hearts that enables us to forgive, as you forgave? I struggle with this, but I think I know what you mean - I can't do it alone, though. Be with me in this, for Jesus' sake. Amen. (Taken from Sheffield Circuit Weekly Newsletter).
Thought for the day
The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the members of our Church family and the community who are unwell. Many of you have colds, chest infections etc and have had problems getting out and about. We miss seeing you.
Praying for Crosspool
This week we pray for the residents of Watt Lane.
Bring me Sunshine, 7.30-10.00pm, Tuesday 3rd March
Rob Parsons and John Archer look at the ups and downs of family life. Venue: Double Tree by Hilton, Chesterfield Road South. Tickets £7 on the door, less in advance and for groups. Bookings: www.careforthefamily.org.uk/sunshine or on 029 2081 0800. John and Mary Parker have more information.
Tuesday, 17th March at 7.30pm at Stephen Hill Methodist Church
Dr Susan Baxter from the University of Sheffield will talk about a recent study looking at how effective programmes are which aim to increase exercise in people about to retire or recently retired. She will tell us about studies of this transition and its health implications but she is also keen to learn from our own experiences. All welcome, whether retired or still working.
New Year Musings
I can't remember his name from nearly thirty years ago but I conducted his funeral service in Dungworth chapel. His wife attended in those days and when I got the news he had died I went straightway to visit her. He was a road sweeper in the Bradfield parish and had been all his life, but then it was West Riding County Council. In the quiet of their small Dungworth cottage his wife said, "He was a quiet, kind and thoughtful man who was happy with his lot in life and loved going out in the morning to sweep his roads".
I was reminded of him the other day after being with someone who was very well off, but was not satisfied with what he had, and had plans to earn even more money.
John and Mary thank everyone for their cards and good wishes on their Ruby Wedding. Donations received are being sent to St Luke’s Hospice.
1 Billion Rising - Flash Mob Dance, Peace Garden, 14th Feb, 12.30 - 13.30
Morning worship 25 January 2015
Door StewardsHeather Morris and Caroline Hoy
Counting the OfferingDoreen Hill
Church FlowersJean Duckenfield
Forum FlowersBarbara Pye
Week beginning 26 January
Mon-Fri10.00-noonEnjoy a cuppa in the Forum; Church open
10.00amBumps, Babies and Bairns
7.00pmMen’s Group meet at La Dolce Vita
Wed12.00 noonMidweek Service
Thurs3.30-4.45pmTea and Toast
Fri7.00pmPulse Youth Group (11-18)
(Hilary & Roger Kite)
Sunday, 1st February
9.30am Service of Holy Communion led by Rev Will Fletcher
11.00am Morning Service led by Rev Gillian Girt
Door StewardAngela Hardy
Counting the OfferingJean & John Littlewood
Church FlowersJohn and Jenny in memory of Leander
Forum FlowersKate Newman
OrganistsBarbara Pye (9.30am); Brian Scowcroft (11.00am)
Sunday, 25th January
10.15-10.45amCoffee in the Forum
11.00am Morning Service led by Dr Keith Austin
Welcome by a Steward
Call to Worship
STF 8God with us: Creator, Father
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession and Plea for Forgiveness
Words of Forgiveness
STF 319Christ triumphant, ever reigning
ReadingsJonah 3: 1 – 5, 10
Mark 1: 14 – 20 read by Kath Smith
STF 696For the healing of the nations
SermonJonah – it’s just a story
STF 462Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world
Prayers of Intercession
STF 481The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want
Sheffield Folk Sing - Friday, 30th January at 7.30pm - Crookes W M Club
Featuring well known folk singers Roy Bailey and Dave Burland and many others, a Charity Concert in aid of Parkinsons UK and The Alzheimers Society. Tickets £12.00 (£10.00 concessions). See poster on the Events notice board.
The Cub Play - Monday, 2nd February
Includes refreshments and a raffle - more details next week.
Deacon Jan's "Listening Ear" - Wednesday, 4th February, 10.30-11.30am
In the Choir Vestry at Stephen Hill, an opportunity for one to one confidential conversation with Jan to explore your spiritual journey or share any thoughts.
Grapes for the Vine by Wednesday, 28th January