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Updated 19th June 2022



They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and

sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers.

Acts: ch2 v42

And so encourage one another and help one another just as you are now doing.

1 Thessalonians ch5 v11

Good News Bible

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Gracious God,

Thank you that you have called us to live in fellowship

with you and with others.

Thank you for the good things that we receive by being part of communities both

within and outside the church.

Thank you for your infinite patience with us when we fall short in our response to the

fellowship which you offer us.

Thank you.


from the Holy Habits resource booklet on FellowshiFellowship




Prayer for Ukraine
Dear God,
please give me strength when I am weak,
love when I feel forsaken,
courage when I am afraid,
wisdom when I feel foolish,
comfort when I am alone,
hope when I feel rejected,
and peace when I am in turmoil.
Catholic Prayer for Strength and Courage

Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ, wept over Jerusalem.

Today, we weep over Ukraine.

We weep for those uprooted from their homes and lives.

We weep for those cowering in basements.

We weep for those who have witnessed death and destruction on their streets.

We weep for those separated from parents, from children, from spouses and siblings.

We are amazed at the resilience of people seeking to comfort those in need and so we

pray for Governments opening up borders to that Ukrainians can have safe passage.

We pray for churches and individuals providing food, clothing and shelter.

We pray for medical workers ensuring that shattered bodies are put back together again.

We pray for ordinary Russians demonstrating and voicing their disapproval of the

military actions in Ukraine.

May the Holy Spirit give us the willpower to turn our tears into action also.

May we, through our words, prayers and example pursue the thing that make

for a just peace in the world today and especially in Ukraine.


In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray.




Banner Cross News


Church Council Meeting Thursday 7th July 7.30pm Room 2

All are welome come along & hear what been happening over the last 6 months & whats planned for the future.


Church Garden 

Produce is available in the allotment area for anyone who would like to help themselves.

Gooseberries looking great, broad beeans filling out nicely, & rhubarb ready to be pulled ( see link to guide on how not to damage the rhubarb crown)

There will be potatoes, tomatoes & cucumbers over the next few weeks.

Link to guide to Pulling Rhubarb



Welcome & Worship Rota

The rota for the period 15th May to 7th August has now been prepared. Link here

Unfortunately due to a number of withdrawals from the rota it has been necessary to reduce to 4 teams  from 5. Please check the rota as you may not be in the same team & regretably you will be on duty more often.

Just to remind everyone if you are not available for a particular week it is your responsibility to swap with someone.

A copy of the rota will be placed on the notice board in the coffee lounge.



Church Holiday

Our Church Holiday this year was to beautiful Northumbria. We spent 5 lovely days there, returning home on 10 June.

We stayed at The Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle – a lovely base as ALL of the bedrooms overlook the Quayside, so everyone got a room with a view. As always we went with Andrew’s of Tideswell, who could not have done more for us – and no, they haven’t paid me to say that!

The holiday was not without incidents, as one of our party unfortunately had a fall and injured an ankle, resulting in an evening out at the hospital Minor Injuries Department, and returning wearing ‘the big black boot’.

However nothing hindered us from enjoying the excursions, which included trips to Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Bamburgh Castle, Seahouses, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Chillingham Castle and Gardens, and Cragside House. We popped in plenty of tea and coffee shops too.

So, we had a really good time and experienced some very kind people, and our group were not bad either! Seriously it was a pleasure to holiday together with lovely church friends who all care and look after each other. So thank you group, if you are reading this, and we’ll see what next year brings.





Help For Ukraine
This is a link for an article written by the Star about our friend Pam helping the Ukrainian crisis.


Ukraine Collection Sunday 26th June

Thank you so much to all our church family who still gave generously to our Ukraine collection despite the fact that I was ill and couldn’t take part in the Round Sheffield Run.

I do intend running the course when I’m back to full strength to fulfill my promise.

We have a further £200 to send off for the cause!

Thank you so much.

Chris Rowe

In September I’ll be entering the Sheffield 10k -all being well - and I’ll be raising money for our own Magdalene Fund.

Images from previous years events.



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 following:
- a list of Services, Events, Activities and Meetings (prepared fortnightly)
- rotas for Welcome and Worship
- notes from the most recent Leadership Team meeting
- notes from the most recent open Worship meeting
- a list of Church Council Members
- copies of our Preaching Plan
The calendar and the W&W rotas are also pinned up in the porch at the main


We have agreed to support Magdelene over the next 4 years whilst she attends the University of Makeni. Letter from Magdalene Sept 2021



Bible Study – Wednesdays 1.30-2.30 pm in Room 3

A small, but growing and friendly group meet to study the Bible on Wednesdays from 1.30-2.30 pm in Room 3. The group studies the readings set out in the Lectionary* for the following Sunday’s service.  The group is considering also chatting about favourite Bible passages, and, maybe sometimes, how the Bible passages discussed are relevant to what is happening in our world and in our lives today. 

You will be made very welcome if you would like to come along for an informal discussion. The Church’s Good News Bibles are used.  If you have any questions, contact Andrew or Jackie.


* The Lectionary for the next three weeks click here


Little Fish Parent and Toddler Group

Link here to useful information

Eco Garden Group

Link to minutes of March meeting


Banner Cross Garden

Cinnabar moth spotted in the garden. It will lay its eggs on the ragwort we've allowed to grow.

Cinnabar moths start life as yellow and black caterpillars and are particularly fond of munching on ragwort plants. Their bright colours warn predators that they’re poisonous, but they only build up their poison after feeding on the ragwort. The caterpillars spend the winter as cocoons on the ground before emerging as moths in the summer. Cinnabar moths can be seen flying during the day and night and are often mistaken for butterflies. ( The Wildlife Trust )


Link to Wild Garden Update


Sheffield Circuit Prayer Meeting- Every Wednesday in July

Link to meeting details including Zoom ID & Passord


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.      


 New Rotas

With the re opening of Church for weekly face to face services volunteers are needed for the the normal weekly tasks, including stewarding for the time being. You may recall that just prior to the first lockdown we had introduced  simplified rotas where you may have had a number of roles on one Sunday but then none for several weeks. It is proposed that we continue on this basis.

Welcome/Stewarding Team

To be responsible for, 

  • Welcome at door,
  • Serving of coffee in Room 1, clearing.

Worship Team

To be responsible for the following

  • Bible readings during service
  • Leading Intercessionary prayers
  • Welcome & announcements at start of service
  • Liaison with local preacher / minister


Please check both the the Welcome & Worship rota you maybe on both on the same week.





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

Link to all Poetry



Holy Habits

Link to Holy Habits recent articles


The Gospel According to Brian's Class

Link to recent articles


Zoom Training

United Reform Church have produced some excellent guides including Zoom Meetings

Link to URC guides


Link to forthcoming Eco Church events

Link Eco Church







Sheffield S6 Foodbank

If you have products for collection, let one of the Leadership team know.

Thank you 


Link here to there website with more details of how to help. The site is regularly updated with details of the items they are most in need of.









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.



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


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