October 2014 - A note from the minister
I would like to begin by thanking everyone for the warm welcome I have received since arriving in Sheffield. My move here has been made so much easier by the care and concern that you have shown towards me in these first few weeks.
For those who haven’t had chance to meet me yet I offer now a brief introduction. I originally come from a small town called Thatcham in Berkshire. It is about 50 miles due west of London and supposedly the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in England! Prior to training for the ministry I spent 4 years working as a children’s and youth worker in Essex and then 5 years co-ordinating a charity in West Berkshire which worked with children and young people who had a physical disability or sensory impairment. I have also been quite involved in the Scout movement, first as a youngster and then as a leader.
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.
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.
Double issue Grapevine next week
Owing to holiday and other commitments the Grapeviners will not be able to produce a separate Grapevine for the week dated 12th October, so next week's issue will cover both weeks and all contributions will be welcome by 1st October.