Home > Banner Headlines

Banner Headlines

The battle for Mothering Sunday

Dear friends,

Are you a Mother's Day or a Mothering Sunday person?  We might ask the same sort of question about several other celebrations in the year; Christmas, is it a chance to be sucked into a consumer festival of excess or a celebration of God coming to us in Jesus? At Easter, is it bunnies and eggs, or the death and resurrection of Jesus. At Halloween, is it witches, ghosts and ghouls or the acknowledgement of the faithful lives of the departed?

For some the battle lines are drawn, so that the true meaning of these festivals can be seen and recognised, and not just thoughtlessly adding to the profits of the commercial sector.

But it has forever been thus. Jesus made a scene in the Temple driving out the money lenders who were exploiting the poorest and making it harder for them to worship. Throughout history pilgrimage routes were full of people who gained their income by feeding, accommodating and serving the faithful pilgrims travelling to express their faith. But without them the pilgrims would not have been able to do their pilgrimage.

So the invitation for us is to remember and celebrate the deeper things of faith in the midst of the distractions and temptations which are all around us. Mothering Sunday takes us back to the places and people who have loved us and nurtured us in life and in faith. Those who have helped us to discern our way through the challenges of our lives, and have revealed the way of the kingdom here and now. May this Mothering Sunday and the season of Lent help us to do so.




The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.           George Burns

Services during February

Sunday 4th

Rev. Robert Beard
Racial Justice





Rev. Henry Ohakah








Sunday 11th

Rev. Tim Crome
Holy Communion



Local Arrangement



Holy Communion


Sunday 18th

Local Arrangement





Rev. Tim Crome
Holy Communion




Sunday 25th


Mr John Wilkins
with Mrs Nini Brady




Rev. David Markay










Lifts to Church on Sunday Mornings

If you are able to give someone a lift to Church and back on a Sunday morning, please put your name and telephone number on the list in the porch. Some people are unable to attend especially if their regular lift is on holiday. This can be a regular arrangement or a one off occasion.

If you need a lift or know of someone who does, please check the list in the porch and make your arrangements.

Thank you


Church Family News


We think of, and pray for:

It was with such sadness that we had to say Goodbye to Bob Dickinson before Christmas, he died on Monday 11th December, and his funeral was held here at Banner Cross on Wednesday 27th. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the girls, Helen and  June and their wider family.

What a wonderful tribute to Bob's life and what amazing strength and dignity our dear Pat has shown in the time she has cared for him.

Also sadly, Tim Wilson’s Dad David passed away in late January and our thoughts and prayers are with Tim, Paula and all the family at this time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with others who have been unwell recently and not able to join us at church at all or very often, Margaret Spooner, Margaret Teare, Helen Watson, Sheila Gilbert, Shirley Coates (though she is much better now, thankfully)

We also think of members who have sick relatives in care, we especially think of Doreen Farrier, whose husband Geoff is in St Luke's; Joan Rowe and family, Alan is in NGH, waiting for a place in care; for Edith Aisthorpe and family, helping Richard to settle in care; Gen Ashton's Mum Chris is struggling with illness, in their home town of Scunthorpe; Duncan and Jane Starey, as Duncan is having chemo still. And those others we know in our hearts, but who would rather not be mentioned here.

There is however, much to celebrate within our families too!

It was wonderful to recently celebrate a ‘Big birthday’ with Lorna.

We thank God for our families, for new babies, new jobs, study, homes and relationships.


My much-loved Auntie Lorna Foers died at her care home in Devon on 11 January. I am mentioning this in the magazine because one of the last things she said to me was, “Remember me to anyone who knows me”. Lorna lived and worshipped at Bents Green when she was bringing up her family. As a girl and young woman, she, and my Dad, Bill Crookes, were members of the former St Luke’s Methodist Church in Crookes. 

Alison Russell

Some Thank you’s

June, Helen and I would like to say a huge thank you for the love and prayers both for us and Bob when Bob was ill. The fact that so many people where thinking of us and "travelling the road "with us sustained us in our darkest times.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in making Bob's funeral such a special goodbye Everyone we have spoken to said what a wonderful church Banner Cross was. There was such a warm welcome for everyone. Tim, the service was so comforting and uplifting, thank you.

Pat Dickinson, June and Helen.

May I take this occasion to say a great big Thank You to all who came to my Big birthday celebrations.

I had a fabulous time and forgot the number for a while !

You all made it a party to remember, Thank you once more.


Christmas Fair 2017

Forgive me if there is a vote of thanks written for this already but there can never be too much praise for this event which involves so many people working so very hard. It is really difficult to remember everyone by name so I won't even try. We do know however, that Pat began the organising and when Bob became more ill, Lorna took over.

Tim opened with a prayer, Gen worked as treasurer and the kitchen staff as usual, ably led by Peggy, get the prize for the hardest afternoon slog but definitely the yummy-ist snacks on the planet!

Thanks to everyone, I do know it felt very worthwhile and emotional the following morning when Lorna handed over our cheque to the representative from Whirlow Farm.

Banner Headlines

Thank you to Terry for printing our magazine. We do hope you have seen improvements and interest gathering since the editing team began our work. It's still PACT – Pat, Alison, Christine and Terry.

Thank you so much for your amazing contributions, if it wasn't for the wonderful things you have done and seen, there'd be nothing to write about! Please continue to take part - by offering something by 15th (ish) of one month ready for the following month's magazine. We can only print what we know about! Personal information for the family news is always checked with members first for permission.

We'd love to hear from you for Welcome to my World, a book review, any favourite hymn, song or a helpful scripture you can share. A trip or visit you have taken may be very useful and enjoyable for your church family to hear about. Humorous stories and jokes are most welcome, we always worry in case the contents get too serious!


Little Fish Toddler Group

..\My Pictures\BC Headlines\2015_02_23\Fish (R).jpg..\My Pictures\BC Headlines\2015_02_23\Fish (R).jpg..\My Pictures\BC Headlines\2015_02_23\Fish (R).jpg..\My Pictures\BC Headlines\2015_02_23\Fish (R).jpg..\My Pictures\BC Headlines\2015_02_23\Fish (R).jpg

Just a reminder that our Little Fish Toddler Group continues to flourish! We meet every Monday morning and a team of volunteers lay out the areas and toys, which include a craft, with others preparing drinks and snacks which the children sit and enjoy mid-morning. At the end of the morning we sit for some singing time, sometimes a word from Tim, and always a prayer to finish. We often look around at the Mums and children and it feels so very worthwhile, we're really offering something valuable to our community. We invite feedback which is normally positive, if not constructive. Please continue to pray for the group - especially the families. If you feel you can offer any help with any of the aforementioned tasks, even if not regularly, please see Hazel or any member of the team.


Church Council Meeting

A Reminder regarding Church Council Meeting which will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday  8th February  2018.

Could you please let me have any reports and items for the AGM by Sunday 28thJanuary 2018. Many thanks

Sue Cox


Ideas are best explained in ten words or less.

Banner Cross Methodist Church Review


At the Church Council meeting in October 2017, it was agreed there was a need to share the findings of the most recent Church Review with all Church Members. This decision was endorsed at the AGM on Sunday 26 November. Two means of sharing this information and getting more feedback were agreed: discussion at café worship services, and publication of information in Banner Headlines; both to take place over the next few months.

At the Café Worship service, led by Tim on 3rd December, the first discussions took place, around tables, when the congregation considered the first “mark of a healthy church”, Energised by Faith. We were asked to discuss: “What energises us to be faithful followers? and also, “Is God calling us in a new way of being His People?” There was the opportunity for both written and oral feedback so as many people as possible had the chance to contribute their thoughts about these issues.

In the December 2017/January 2018 edition of the Newsletter, there was an article about the background to the Church Review, followed by some comments from earlier discussions around the issue, “Energised by Faith”, from Section 2 of the Church Review questions. In this month’s edition, we are considering the next “mark of a healthy church” that is: Outward looking focus.

Outward looking focus

What we value:

  • Trying to serve
  • Social events, raising money for charities
  • The friendship and welcoming of people at Church
  • Walking Group
  • Sharing all jobs
  • Beginnings of becoming a church which cares about God’s world and not just us, that is: Eco Church; charities we support

Challenges we face:

  • Sorting out the Schoolroom
  • Showing more understanding

Where we nearly made it:

  • Seeing some new faces at Church
  • Trying to expand Church
  • Opening up the front doors
  • Clearer information regarding activities


To be continued ………..


Our Concert at Southcroft


One wintry evening last December, members of the Ukulele Band and the Singing Group went to Southcroft MHA to perform a concert for the residents.

We were pleasantly surprised to find a large number of people in the Lounge eager to listen to us. The Ukulele Band had produced a lively programme of songs from the pop world as well as Christmas favourites old and new. Most of us wore red “Rudolph” tee-shirts and reindeer antlers. 

The concert was in three parts. The first part comprised well-known pop songs, starting with “Rock Around the Clock”. It was great to watch a few carers and residents jiving in the aisles. The audience had been given the words to the songs and were keen to join in when appropriate. There were a few “Special Guests” taking part in the concert. Steve became Johnny Cash, “The Man in Black”, to take the lead on “Ring of Fire”; and later, he was Ricky Nelson, another American singer-songwriter, leading the singing of “Hello Mary Lou”. We were also delighted to be entertained by Dolly Parton, accompanying herself on ukulele, singing “Jolene” complete with blonde wig, dress and falsies!

Jackie read a short poem about winter, and then the Singing Group performed a few Christmas carols during the second part of the concert. We sang a less-well-known arrangement of “Silent Night” which we went on to sing at the Carol Service. We also sang “O Leave Your Sheep”, “Masters in this Hall”, and “Deck the Halls” which is a carol well-loved and often performed by the former church choir, and which we repeated when an encore was requested at the end of the evening.

Roger then told some jokes from a big joke book Ann had given him a few years ago, all of which the former choir members had heard before (probably more than once!), but they went down well with the Southcroft folk.

The third and final part was a selection of Christmas songs with ukulele accompaniment. We all, including the residents and staff, sang songs such as, “Frosty the Snowman”, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and, of course, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”.

The Southcroft folk really enjoyed the entertainment and we are hoping we shall be invited back later this year to perform another programme. Grateful thanks are due to Ann Barker and her fellow-Ukulele Band members for arranging such a wonderful programme. 



Welcome to My World

Linda Prosser 


Can you briefly tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Sheffield during the war and attended Greystones Primary School, then Abbeydale Grammar School until the age of 16. I then trained for 2 years at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital to be a dental assistant, going into private practice until I married my first husband who was a dental surgeon. David was my second husband and Nicola and I went to live in Maidenhead from 1973 until 1987.

What role(s) do you have in our Church?

I help at Little Fish, am on one of the Lunch Club teams and am also on the flower arranging and distribution teams.

Who was, or what were, the main influences in your early life?

My family, which consisted of lots of loving girl and boy cousins. Greystones Church, Sunday School was twice on Sundays and I later attended the morning and evening services, the youth club and Christian Endeavour. The Arts Festival was a great yearly event. Betty Gibbs lived across the road and was a lifelong friend.

When did you first come to Banner Cross Methodist Church; and what were your impressions at that time?

In 1989/1990, it was a bit strange coming back to Methodism as Nicola and I had attended a C of E church in Maidenhead. I was welcomed with open arms by those who had known me at Greystones Methodist.

Have your first impressions changed at all?

Not really, other relationships took longer to form, but now I have so many lovely Banner Cross friends, a great blessing. 

What hobbies or interests fill any “spare” time?

My garden which I love, especially after I’d only lived with a ‘’handkerchief sized one’’ growing up on Onslow Road. 

What books do you enjoy reading?

The ones that have a happy ending, often choosing to read ones set in the past.

What music do you enjoy listening to?

Obviously musicals! Any music other than most heavy jazz and Country & Western.

Are you involved in any other charities or organisations?

Only if you count Open Gardens which gives its profits to charity. And I’m in charge of props for Ellesmere Theatre Company. Another challenge this year for Sweeney Todd! 

Please give us one fact about yourself that we may find surprising.

A vehicle was forced to stop, to enable me to drag my dog off the Private Road in Windsor Great Park. The driver was HM The Queen!

If you had one prayer request for moving forward the life of Banner Cross Methodist Church in any way, what would it be?

To remember the past with fondness, but not to dwell on it too much. We have to move forward with faith.


Suriname  —  Who, What Where ?


Suriname is, of course, a small country on the coast of South America. Its population is ethnically diverse, with many languages, but mainly Dutch and Sranan.

This year our Women’s World Day of Prayer service, “All God’s Creation is Good,” has been prepared by women of Suriname, with strong emphasis on the care of the natural environment. As an ECO church, we at Banner Cross are growing more aware of our individual and corporate responsibility as stewards of our world and this service will encourage us in our attempts to develop concern for our shared human habitat.

Every year we try to stress that all are welcome, regardless of age or gender, and so I include an extract from the National Committee’s letter about possibly dropping the word ‘Women’s’.

“Increasing numbers of women in our branches throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland tell us that they believe that one of the barriers is our continued use of the word ‘Women’s’ in our title; almost every other country (including our close neighbours in Ireland and Scotland) have either dropped it or never used it. To men the ‘Women’s’ implies something for women only; to younger women it sounds old-fashioned.

But ‘World Day of Prayer’ is vibrant, imaginative and forward-looking, because it is led by women. The services are women’s gift to the whole church and, in some countries, one of the few opportunities women get to speak out about what matters to them.”

Please let me know your thoughts and I’ll pass them on.

Jackie Dunn


All ages and genders welcome at 10.30am on Friday 2nd March 2018 at Bents Green. "All God's Creation is Good," a service prepared by women of Suriname.  


Notes from the

Open Worship Group Meeting

held on 11 January 2018

Present: Rev Tim Crome (Chair), Janet Southgate, Hazel Harrison, Jackie Dunn, Alison Russell (Notetaker). Apologies: Pat Dickinson and Lawrie Ginn.

Matters Arising from the Notes of the Last Meeting:

Liturgical Furniture: Property Committee meet on 23 January to progress this issue.

Singing Group: comprises most of former choir with some new members. Sang at: Carol Service; Aubrey’s service on 31st December; and Southcroft MHA with Ukulele Band. Hoping to sing during Holy Week and at Broomcroft Care Home.

Holy Habits Workshop: Saturday 3 February, Wesley Hall.  Tim Crome will attend to decide how to fit the material to our Church’s needs, and when it might be used.

Remembrance Sunday: Garden of Remembrance is physically onerous to prepare. Need to consider just pushing the little crosses into the ground. This concern to be reviewed nearer the time by the

Worship Group.

Gift Service: Janet took the gift vouchers to Cherry Tree Young People’s Unit

Making of Christingles: need to consider replacing monkey nuts because they are very dangerous for anyone with an allergy to peanuts.

4 February: Morning Service will be about racial justice. Margaret Spooner is considering inviting, as guests, some people who have been helped by SYRLJ.

18 February, 1st Sunday in Lent: planned as a Local Arrangement Service. 

Reflections on Advent and Christmas 2017:

Advent: candles and liturgy are still worthwhile, but Worship Group to ask the congregation, by end August, how they would like to mark Advent later this year, thereby giving more people ownership. Reasonable attendance at Advent course.

Carol Service: meditations used during the service. Tim alternates these each year. Having different readers makes it interesting.

The Longest Night: sparsely attended, needs to be advertised more widely. Worship Group to consider publicising this event to the other churches in Ecclesall. Advertising as “7.30pm for 8pm” was misleading. Start-time might best be advertised as “7.30pm”. Doors to Coffee Lounge to be closed to reduce noise. Silence to be maintained in Room 1. Our members to circulate more. Consider serving coffee later.

Christingle Service on Christmas Eve: relaxed, joyful and uplifting. Best attended service of the year. Good to see former “Little Fish” growing up.

Christmas Morning Service: a shorter service, which began at 10am. Not many in the congregation.

Morning Service on New Year’s Eve: well attended.

Planning for March, April and May (includes Lent and Holy Week)

Lent: Lenten symbols to be placed on the cross as is the custom. A member of the Leadership Team to act as coordinator this year.

Lenten course entitled, “On the Third Day”, a five-session course comprising booklet, audio and transcript. Written by Bishop John Pritchard. Questions will stimulate a wide-ranging discussion. This year, the course anticipates the Resurrection. Tim to order the materials.

Maundy Thursday, 29 March: there will be an evening service at Bents Green.

Good Friday, 30 MarchWalk of Witness: Tim to clarify whether or not the walk will finish at The Well.  Few from Banner Cross walked last year, but some people were required to remain on our church premises to prepare refreshments.

Tenebrae: sparsely attended in 2017. There will be a service at 8pm at Banner Cross this year. 

Worship Group to encourage people from Bents Green to join us.

Easter Sunday, 1 April: there will be a Morning Service with Holy Communion here, led by Tim. Bents Green want to hold their own service at their church.

8 April we will offer facilities and refreshments to participants of Sheffield Half-Marathon in the morning. There will be a Tea at 5pm and the only service that day will follow the Tea. David Battye to lead this evening service.

13 May: start of Christian Aid Week. A Parade service in the morning, David Green to lead it.

20 May: Pentecost Sunday.  Michael Gagan to lead Morning Service.

Other Business

Jackie is happy to continue to lead in LA Services, but would be very pleased to be joined by others in planning and execution. Tim to ask Lawrie to take LA Evening Service on 11 February. Hazel and Alison to encourage volunteers to join them and make up a small team to plan the LA Café-style Morning Service on 18 February.

Women’s World Day of Prayer 2018: on 2 March at Bents Green. Our own church to host in 2021. Jackie wants to step down from being our representative and would like someone (agreeable to taking over) to accompany her to the next meeting. Discussions taking place about whether or not to drop the word “Women’s”. Janet to add to agenda for next LT meeting on 25 January.

Ecclesall Churches Together: the above is the only event celebrated ecumenically. Most joint services/events have fallen by the wayside. This is regrettable, but is the reality in the current climate. [See above suggestion to invite others to Longest Night]

Harvest Festival Parade Service: will be on 7 October.

Date of Next Meeting: = Wednesday 21 March. Alison has booked Room 6 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This is an open group, so all are welcome to attend meetings.




Sweeney Todd and

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


As most of you know Linda Prosser and Jane (Blythe-Jeffresson) are involved with Ellesmere Theatre Company and this year their performance is Sweeney Todd. It runs between 25th & 28th April at the Montgomery Theatre. I wondered whether you want to go as a party from Banner Cross ? If so, please let me know, and I'll co-ordinate this. I'm thinking Thursday 26th but only because I habitually go on the Thursday, but we can always change the night if there are many objections. If there is enough interest we could go out for tea beforehand ?

If you can let me know before February 14th if you'd like to go, we can get our tickets for 12, for being ''early birds''.

I'd be happy to take the car into town and I'm sure others would too, if any less able people want to join us, and drop you right at the door, but be aware that at the Montgomery there is a flight of steps to climb, even if we're in the stalls.


Chris Rowe

PS I'm also thinking a similar expedition to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Lyceum in May, that it would be fun to go in a Banner Cross tribe, let me know your thoughts.

Banner Cross Wildlife Garden

February 2018


As part of the development of the wildlife garden and to monitor what is currently onsite, I have set up my own wildlife site for Banner Cross Methodist Church on the iRecord website. 

This is a free website that anyone can join and use to record their own sightings. I take photos of what I see, try to identify the species and then record them on the website. The record of the species is then verified by an independent verifier and marked either correct, plausible or incorrect. However, not all species are covered by this.  When the record has been verified, it is transferred onto a national database. 

Last year I photographed a sawfly, Diplazon laetatorius in the vegetable garden. After some corresponding with the verifier, this sighting was accepted as considered correct. He also wrote:

“The tricoloured hind legs are characteristic together with the features you mentioned. The entry on the Sorby website for this is now:

Diplazon laetatorius (Fabricius, 1781). 59 records: SK38 (1985 DW, 2017 AW).  … You will see that there is only one previous record in SK38.”

A photograph of Diplazon laetatorius has been added to the photographs on the Church website.

Recording your sightings can add to the knowledge of the current distribution of our wildlife. On a number of occasions, I have had notifications that my record is not known within a 10km radius, then at a later date they have been verified as correct.

I am looking forward to what this year will be observed in the garden.

Andrew Watchorn


Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

Louisa May Alcott

Indoor Short Mat Bowls

If you prefer your exercise to be a little sedate without a lot of dashing about, why not indulge yourself in a bit of Indoor Short Mat Bowls, we are always looking for new members.

For experienced bowlers, it is an ideal way of ‘keeping your eye in’ during the close season. All you have to do is adapt your game to fit a 40-foot plus by 6-foot mat.

If you’ve never played before, don’t worry it’s easy, all you need is a pair of softish shoes with no tread and we’ll do the rest.

MCj03187160000[1]It is not our intention to take part in competitions

as we play socially with lots of friendly banter,

stopping around 8.00pm for a cup of tea

and a chat, and then finishing at 9.00pm.

As we have two mats, we would like one or

two more players, so why not come along and give it

a try, you never know you may be a natural.

We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm

If you want to know more about it just ring

Terry on 255 3771



Items for the March edition of the Headlines

                                    can be sent via e-mail to

 terrykirkwood@virginmedia.com or by using the good old-fashioned methods of either popping it into the pigeonhole at church, through my front door or even by phoning me on 255 3771 but whatever method you use, can I have it no later than 15th February, please.

Thank you,



People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were scared of being alone.



Ironing Service

£12 per 20 items

For all New and Regular Customers

Please call or e.mail Rebecca

for any enquiries and make your booking today

07855 213 257


Text Box: Creases
Ironing Service
£12 per 20 items
For all New and Regular Customers
Please call or e.mail Rebecca
for any enquiries and make your booking today
07855 213 257

The Sheffield Circuit Newsletter

..\My Pictures\MP Navigator EX\2014_01_16\Dash 3.jpg

To find out what is happening in and around the Sheffield Circuit a weekly newsletter is produced. This can be found at


If you want regular updates you can subscribe to the newsletter there.














and finally a bit of levity !!

A kindergarten teacher was walking around observing her classroom of children while they were drawing pictures. As she got to one girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like." Without looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."

A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" Annie replied, "Because people are sleeping"

Another Sunday School teacher was describing that when Lot's wife looked back at Sodom she turned into a pillar of salt, when Bobby interrupted. "My mommy looked back once while she was driving," he announced, "and she turned into a telephone pole."

At Sunday School they were learning how God created everything, including human beings. Johnny was especially intent when the teacher told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs.

Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, "Johnny, what is the matter?" Johnny responded, "I have pain in my side. I think I'm going to have a wife."

Sunday we’ll have a special day to honour our youngsters for their schoolarship.


 Printable Version
1 | 2  >> 
Banner Headlines
July 2015

Banner Headlines
October 2015

Banner Headlines
December 2015

Banner Headlines
November 2015

Banner Headlines
June 2015

Banner Headlines
May 2017

Banner Headlines
May 2015

Banner Headlines
March 2016

Banner Headlines
May 2016

Banner Headlines
July & Aug 2016

Banner Headlines
April 2016

Banner Headlines
June 2016

Banner Headlines
July & Aug

Banner Headlines
September 2016

Banner Headlines
November 2016

Banner Headlines
December 2016

Banner Headlines
March 2017

Banner Headlines
Feb 2017

Banner Headlines
April 2017

Banner Headlines
June 2017

1 | 2  >>