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Bible Verse and Prayer about Hope


“ … For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future …”


Jeremiah Ch 29 v 11




Loving and compassionate God,

Help us to see hope in the most desperate situations.

Help us to see the potential you see in each of your children.

Help us to know and to respond to your

guiding hand in our lives.


Methodist pray of hope from ‘All We Can’




Banner Cross News


Our  Minister, Rev Philip Peacock

 The Lectionary for the next three weeks click here


Rev Philip Peacock's letter for Pentecost 2024.

To what kind of church do you wish to belong?

The novelist, D.H. Lawrence, wrote an essay about the early days of the Church.  In it he confessed that he was impressed by the Church’s passion and boldness, by its sense of purpose and adventure, and by the fact that there were those who were willing to die for their faith.  He said that if he had been alive in those early days he would have wanted to be a Christian.  However, D.H. Lawrence lived at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century (1885-1930) and wrote that he did not want to be part of the Church of those times.  The Church he knew was tired and dull and concerned with questions that did not relate much to everyday life.  He saw little adventure or passion in it.

Sometimes today people suggest that what the Church needs to do is to recapture the kind of life that the early church enjoyed.  I think I understand something of this, though it does not provide a perfect solution.

When we read the Acts of the Apostles, we discover a great adventure story with remarkable things happening as the Spirit of God empowers and guides those early Christians.  However, from what we read elsewhere in the New Testament letters, we have to recognise that there was not always harmony and goodness in those early days.  There were divisions, power struggles, immorality and other un-Christian behaviour appearing in various congregations, such as at Corinth.  We might long for the Church to be a praying, learning, caring, giving community, but at the same time we need a sense of realism about how difficult it is for this ideal to be achieved. 

The story in Acts also speaks about a Church that functioned in a particular context at a particular time in history.  Initially, the apostles spoke to Jews who were well-versed in the Hebrew Scriptures and who took the existence of God as read.  This meant that the apostles were easily able to engage in God-talk with them.  When the mission broadened to encompass the Greek-speaking world, the challenge was to find new ways of connecting with their audiences, which related to their cultures.  In twenty-first century Britain, in a culture which is sometimes called post-Christian, the Church cannot expect simply to use the same Church model that the apostles did and expect it to be effective.

However, we must acknowledge that D. H. Lawrence’s criticism of the Church of his time might equally be levelled at ours today.  Church life can become tepid or cold, stuck in a rut, too complacent or comfortable.  Faith might become too sceptical or rationalistic, or be considered to be of little relevance to contemporary life.  Yet this is not the case all the time or everywhere.  There are Christians who are ready to make sacrifices, those who live saintly lives, those who struggle for justice and peace, those who are Good Samaritans to others.  Like the broader picture of the New Testament Church, today’s Church has its good points and bad ones.

For me, learning from the life of the early Church (and from the Church in other times) is important to help us see how the Spirit of God has been at work in the past.  However, what seems to be of greater significance is how the Spirit of God is acting today, breathing new life into churches, healing broken people and broken relationships, encouraging Christians to take risks, equipping ordinary folk to do extraordinary things.  I trust that out of all this the Spirit will bring into being a Church that is fit for today’s world, one of adventure and passion, to which modern-day D. H. Lawrences might wish to belong.   

Philip Peacock


New Bible Studies ' Casting the Net'


Rev Philip Peacock and the Circuit are encouraging as many people as possible to participate in a course of Bible studies starting later this month

The studies are based around both John 21: 1-6 – Jesus and the Catch of Fish; and Acts 2: 42-47 – the Coming of the Holy Spirit.  The aim is to pick up on themes from both the Circuit’s Casting the Net process and also the Holy Habits Programme.

There are six weeks of studies on Tuesday evenings.  Each looks at these two readings from the perspective of the Circuit priorities :-

Understanding and expressing who we are as a Circuit: inner-city, urban, suburban and rural. 

  1.  Valuing and acting justly towards all people as made in the image of God and celebrating the diverse gifts we bring.
  2.  Providing support towards the mission priorities of the Circuit and its many churches.
  3. Promoting the sharing of resources between churches and within the Circuit.
  4. Acting justly towards God’s creation.
  5. Being active outside of our church communities and buildings.
  6. Creating and maintaining a governance structure that enables mission across the Circuit.


The meetings will be led by Rev Philip Peacock.  The above Bible studies will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm, in Room 6 on the following dates:


21st May; 4th June, 11th June; 2nd July, 9th July and 16th July. 



The latest edition of the Sheffield Methodist District's magazine for spring (April '24). There are a few copies in church.  It is called 'With God's Help I will care for myself whilst supporting others'

Articles include:
Pilgrimage of our senses - by Rev Nel Shallow
Healing on the Streets @ Bakewell - by Jonathan Brook (Pioneer Minister, The Hub at Hope)
Green and Pleasant - about the Parson Cross Initiative (PXI) Projects by Nick Waterfield (who led a service in March)
How to take care of your mental health by following in God's footsteps - by Tim Jansen (who will be coming to us on 11th August). 






As many of you are aware, Ben’s Centre is a small local charity serving vulnerable people who have issues with drink and may be sleeping rough. The Centre offers food and a safe environment where people can shower, obtain clothes and get advice according to their needs.

Ben’s is always short of men’s socks, underwear, scarves, hats, gloves, not forgetting the essential supplies of coffee, tea, and sugar.  So, for the price of a new pack of socks and underwear, or a donation of any unwanted warm clothing, you could really make a difference especially as the colder weather approaches.

If you require any more information, please speak to Richard/Kathryn  Warren or Alan Brailey.

Your donated clothing or food items may be placed in the collection bin which may be found outside

Room no 1.

Thank you

Sue Cox




There are lots of books on the shelves in the church building. 

On the bookshelves at the back of the Coffee Lounge - on the right as you are looking at the back wall - are paperback books.  These are mostly, but not exclusively, novels, and are for sale at a minimum donation of £1.  The proceeds from donations go to our church charities. ‘New’ books appear on a regular basis so keep looking if you are a bookworm.  There are also a few hardbacks on the bottom shelf. 

There are also some ‘Christian’ books of all types which, I suggest, can be borrowed as well as bought. These can be found on the bookshelves on the left. 

In Room 5, there are also bookshelves full of ‘Christian’ books which you can borrow.  Ask a member of the Leadership Team, or me, if you would like to look at these. 

Thank you to those who have donated books.  I hope you will browse the shelves and purchase a book or two.  Happy reading!




Holy Habits


Link to Holy Habits previous articles



We have agreed to support Magdelene over the next 4 years whilst she attends the University of Makeni.


 Letter from Magdalene Sept 2021

Update from Magdalene September 2022

Update from Magdalene September2023



Saturday Coffee

Link to current Rota scroll to end



The Noticeboard in the Coffee Lounge

Information is pinned onto the noticeboard in the Coffee Lounge. You will find the


- Notices, including Services and ‘Save the Dates’ - prepared fortnightly. Plus,

wallet of copies to be taken.

- rotas for Welcome and Worship – to amend by hand when appropriate

- current Banner Cross Preaching Plan plus wallet of copies to be taken.

- Eco-Gardens information

- a large poster about our Community Coffee Mornings on Mondays

- Saturday Coffee Morning rota

- Info about and from Magdalene

- Wi-fi information

Near the bookshelves, there are also leaflets and so on from other churches in

the Circuit.



Eco Garden Group



Link to Eco Garden Summer Update


Link to previous Wild Garden Updates


The Worship Cloud

Link to Newsletter


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. 




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

Link to all Poetry




The Gospel According to Brian's Class

Link to recent articles


United Reform Church have produced some excellent guides including Zoom Meetings

Link to URC guides


Link to forthcoming Eco Church events

Link Eco Church








Carers News! is produced by Sheffield Carers Centre 

Link here to May 2024 Issue


Carers News previous issues




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.




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