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Updated 19th November 2020


Gladness and Generosity

But he has always given evidence of his existence by the good things he does: he gives you rain from heaven and crops at the right times; he gives you food and fills your hearts with happiness.

Acts ch 14 v 17 Good News Bible


A Prayer for Joy and Strength


You command us to be joyful always, but You do no expect us to be able to figure out how to attain or retain that joy ourselves.  You gave Your Son Jesus to light the way to a joy-filled life.  Through his earthly footsteps, we study the example He left for us to follow.


All of creation reminds us of You.  The beauty of nature, and marvel of the changing seasons.  The uniqueness in all of us and the diversity in the daily horizon.  Surround us with reminders of You often, through nature, the people you place in our lives, and the Bible.  May the Holy Spirit help us to understand Your Word, and will for our lives.  Bless our hearts with sustaining joy, and the strength to hold onto it no matter what. 


In Jesus’ Name.  Amen


Meg Butcher



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Christian Aid for Displaced Refugees in Lebanon and Iraq Is the charity we are supporting to raise £5000 over 2 years and donations are greatly appreciated.

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

Link to Track & Trace Info

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

Holy Habits

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Banner Cross news

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Time: Nov 22, 2020 04:00 PM 

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Messages received from the S6 Foodbank
For donations we’re open Tuesday to Friday 9 until 1, at  6 Gilpin Street S6 3BL in the teaching hall
Thank you for getting in touch, 
It maybe best to ask the question monthly regards what we need as the items change
At present we’re short of toiletries, tinned tomatoes and pasta sauce
But this does change regularly 
You can transfer your donation to the following bank account:

The Philadelphia Network Ltd Pastoral

Yorkshire Bank

Sort code 050818

Account number 33242819

Please include a specific reference with your donation                      (i.e. S6 Foodbank)so that we can allocate it correctly.

If you are a UK taxpayer and would like us to claim Gift Aid on your donation, please read and complete the declaration below and send it via email to Finance@ncsheffield.org

Link to S6 Gift Aid Form


See link below to video of current position at Foodbank

S6 Foodbank Position November 2020


Thanks again for your support,




Samaritan’s Purse

Now is the time of year when we have usually had our Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child) Shoeboxes ready for collection.  As this is not possible this year, we would like you to know how you can still donate a box.  You can pack your shoebox and take it to:

The Entertainer (toy shop)

Unit 6, Block 6, The Moor


S1 4PF

Tel: 0114 275 7042


St Paul’s Church and Centre

6, Angerford Avenue

Norton Lees


S8 9BD

Tel: 0114 255 0144

Alternatively, you can donate a shoebox online at


Their website is full of ideas of how you can donate to help children and villages live better lives.

Donations start at £5 for a toy for a shoebox, to £20 for a whole shoebox, or a cash donation for specific projects.  Please visit their website and give what you can.

Thank you,

Pat Dickinson





Face Masks
You may be interested to hear that Maria has kindly offered to make some
'top of the range' (my description) attractive washable masks, in a
variety of different patterns.  She brought me some on Sunday which will
be available for those who wish to receive one. I wore one myself to the
service and can assure you that they are very comfortable and reassuring
to wear. 
A selection of masks will be available at church from Sunday 27th September, donations are requested, for the Church charity  Christian Aid for Displaced Refugees in Lebanon and Iraq. Please bear in mind that materials are £1.50 plus at least 1 hour to put together. A carboy has been placed near the door in Room 1
What an offer!  Thanks so much Maria.
Please get in touch if you would like to order a mask - my mobile is
  07814 581 357 or landline 0114 2585715 or email mjspooner@blueyonder.co.uk


Saturday Prayers Rota

A new looking ahead rota for Saturday prayers.

November 21 - Jackie

November 28 - Lawrie

December 5 - Chris

December 12 - Aubrey

December 19 - Margaret

December 26 - Jackie

Please let me know if you wish to change anything about this - there is no obligation to continue what you have been doing up till now.  I think we are all so grateful for what has been a regular help to our prayer life, particularly with Banner Cross members in mind.  Many thanks to you all.

Every blessing



Poetry Group 

The Poetry Group met on Zoom on 6th November.  Our next meeting will be on Friday 4th December at 2.30 pm on Zoom.




Indoor Cat by Kate Woodcock about Alison’s cat Ziggy


I have a cat,

His coat is black.

He sits on the arm of the chair.

With his eyes of green

He’ll give you a stare,

So beware!

If you want to sit there.


Stay very still

And maybe he will

Come and sit on your knee

And purr.

He’s a beautiful cat,

No doubt about that,

With his long and silky fur.


He’ll crouch by the door

And his eyes will implore

Me, not to go out!


He’ll chase cat-nip mouse,

All through the house,

Darting hither and thither to catch her.

Or he’ll scratch at his post,

It’s what he likes most,

Scritchery, scratchery, scratcher.


He likes to pretend

He can e-mail a friend

And sit at the computer for hours.


He begins to stir,

And with a trembling purr

He flexes his claws as he stretches

Then he flies from the room,

Like a witch on a broom.

He’s a longing and lust for milk.


Then feeling replete,

He’ll stealthily creep,

To sleep,

In the back of the deepest armchair.


I love that cat

His coat is jet black,

As he regards me with jade green eyes,

And I?

I am mesmerised!


Reading Is Good for You


Reading is good for you.

Not the Berkshire market town,

but novels, poems, biographies;

any book you can’t put down.


So ….

When you feel under stress

and your life is a mess,

read a book.


When you need a new scheme,

plan, idea, or a theme,

read a book. 


When you can’t retain facts

and words slip through the cracks,

read a book.


When you want to learn more

to boost your IQ score,

read a book.


When you can’t get to sleep

and you’re fed up of sheep,

read a book.


When you feel low and sad

and you’d rather be glad,

read a book.


When you’ve got too much leisure

and you need to find pleasure,

read a book. 


When you want to stay sane

and strengthen your brain,

read a book.




August 2020


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