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Updated 22nd October 2021


Harvest Prayers


He said to them, “There is a large harvest, but few workers to gather it in.  Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.”

Good News Bible, Luke 10 v 2


Bless to us, O God,

The sun that shines upon us

The rain that falls upon us

The earth that sustains us

The air that surrounds us

The love that binds us

May God who has made us,

who loves us and gives us life

bless and keep us now and always,




Banner Cross News



Grapevine Magazine

For those f you that receive this publication you may have notice that Banner Cross is featured on the front cover. A great photo reflecting the move from summer to autumn.


Closure of Banner Cross Lunch Club

It is with sadness that our Lunch and Friendship Club will not re-open following the pandemic and the retirement of numerous volunteers, some after many years of service.  In the almost 35 years serving the community, any success the Lunch Club has achieved has always relied on the care, commitment and good humour of our volunteers and the response of the members.

The Club’s bank account has been closed and monies passed to Banner Cross Methodist Church.  All equipment purchased or part-purchased by the Club has been left for the benefit of the Church, so it could be possible for a similar activity to be set up in the future.

Ian McCollough and Steve Woodcock, retiring joint coordinators

on behalf of the Lunch Club team




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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT I am Magdalene Boblahai Renner. I live in Sierra Leone. I lost my dad when I was 16 and since then my mum has been taking care of my three younger sisters and me single-handed, as my dad’s family refuses to help us.

I attended Every Nation Secondary School and after I sat my WASCE (West African School Certificate Examination), it was disappointing that despite achieving good grades I was unable to further my education. My Mum recently graduated from the University of Makeni (UniMak) and due to the way she has inspired me, I too want to go to university.

My Mum is doing everything she can to take care of her four daughters and because I am the oldest it is my responsibility to help her. I want to get a university degree and be a role model for my sisters. I have been trying to earn money to be pay for my university education and help my mum and sisters but getting a job without a degree is difficult in Sierra Leone. For now, I am just doing odd jobs for small amounts of money in my community, but I know I can do more than this.

It is my dream to read Development Studies at UniMak so I can develop myself, help my family and my country. I believe that development starts with an individual and in turn they will share it with others. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people and helping them overcome the challenges they face, particularly those from single-parent families.

In addition to my education and career aspirations, I am passionate about music. I am the Musical Director at my church, Global Shalom Ministry. I love to sing gospel music and thank God for this gift he has given me. I hope to continue singing while pursuing my university degree at the University of Makeni.



Shampoo Bars

Following on from the Lent Course about Climate Change I’ve been trying to make a few changes and to cut down on my plastic use have been experimenting with Shampoo bars.

They are a bit more expensive than your average bottle of shampoo and conditioner but last longer - and without the plastic bottle.

The first one I had we picked up at the supermarket and the second, Jono saw a cheap one on the internet. However he didn’t appreciate that I need conditioner as well and I apologised (in context) for my fluffy hair when delivering the prayers recently!

Since then I’ve been to Lush and my present combo are Jason and the Argan shampoo bar and Veganese conditioner. They’re better. I can recommend having a go.

Chris Rowe



Bible Study 

This group is now meeting on Wednesday at 1.30 pm.

Contact Andrew Watchorn for further details.




                  Banner Cross Methodist Church


Little Fish

Parent and Toddler Group

Little Fish Parent and Toddler Group will start up from Monday 1 November 2021


‘The Little Fish Parent and Toddler Group provides a safe and secure environment for children to play and parents to meet with a gentle, affirming, and encouraging introduction to Jesus and his love’.


Some useful information about Little Fish:

  • The limit is 20 children per session (the sessions start at 10.00am and we are aware that some children do come after 10.15am, please let us know in advance if this is the case and your place will be kept open on the day);
  • 3 children maximum per adult (£1 per session);
  • The sessions will all be run in Room 1, but we are not able to provide any snacks or drinks so please bring your own refreshments.

Sessions will run from:

o          01/11/21 to 13/12/21 (Christmas break);

o          10/01/22 to 07/02/22 (Half term);

o          21/02/22 to 28/03/22 (Easter);

o          25/04/22 to 23/05/22 (Half term);

o          06/06/22 to 11/07/22 (summer break).


Little Fish is run on voluntary support, and we are always in need of additional help. If you know anyone who has a couple of hours spare, say once a month and would like to help then point them in our direction.

Further details on these activities and other events held at Banner Cross are available online at http://www.bannercrossmethodist.org.uk/.

Thank you.

Little Fish Parent and Toddler Group Team.                                                                               

Contact info – Name: Hazel Harrison  Tel no: 07529 146636     E-mail: hazelharrison066@gmail.com




Eco Congregation

Explosion of new wild plants in garden see  link to upate below

Link to Garden update September 2021


Garden Wildlife

There have been further Wildlife sightings in the Church garden, including the following

  • 2-spot Ladybird larva
  • Parsnip Sawfly larva
  • Cream Spot Ladybird
  • Large White Butterfly
  • Heather Beatle
  • Harvestman - Odiellus spinosus

Link to Wildlife photgraphs be sure to scroll down to see them all.

Many thanks to Andrew for the photographs & the identification.


Link to Garden update August 2021

Link to guide to Pulling Rhubarb




We have recently completed our Annual Safeguarding Audit for the District Safeguarding Officer. This has highlighted that a number of DBS checks & Refresher training are overdue.

Whilst Covid restrictions have made it impossible to undertake the checks & training in the normal way the district are looking at ways of doing these online or remotely. If you are affected we will be in touch once we are aware of the way forward.

Paula & Tim W





When Church Council, after listening to comments by the wider congregation, confirmed that we would hold face-to-face services every Sunday morning, it was also decided to continue with some form of zoom gatherings as they had been a boon for many.

As a trial run, a zoom gathering will be held, usually on the first and third Thursday of the month, starting at 7.15pm and running for about an hour. Various people have offered to initiate these gatherings, which will follow no particular format -  they will no doubt include a hymn or two (we do enjoy our singing!)  a prayer, maybe a Reading, not necessarily from the Bible – but the principle intention is that we should all feel free to contribute, discuss, argue, whatever.

The first few gatherings have been arranged and if successful will continue.

Thursday  4th November - Leaders Janet & Paula

Thursday 18th November - Leader(s) - required

By computer:

Link to Zoom


By phone        0203 901 7895#       or   0131 460 1196#  or    0203 051 2874#

Please note you need to include the # at the end of the number. The hash -# is normally in the bottom right hand corner of your telephone keypad 

Meeting ID: 815 1347 1916 then #

Confirm meeting participant by pressing #

Passcode: 558035 then #



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,
  • Hand sanitising & mask wearing
  • Guidance on moving about the room / building & social distancing. 
  • Serving of coffee in Room 1, clearing.
  • End of service exit.

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.













Welcome & Sanitise

Reader 1

Reader 2


Worship Co ordinator

24/10/21 Jackie Linda P Margaret Andrew W Linda P David W Jackie Jackie
31/10/21 Ann & Chris Paula  Tim W Stewart Ann & Chris Ian Paula Ann & Chris
7/11/21 Alison Lorna Chris R Hazel Phil Hazel Chris R Phil
14/11/21 Maria Dee Edith Kathryn Sue Cox Dee Lawrie Janet


A new rota has been prepared for the period November to January. A copy has been placed in the porch & circulated by email. If you need a copy contact either Paula or Tim W


Saturday Prayers Rota



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 Carers Centre

This month's edition includes news about:

  • Video from real-life carers
  • 40% discount for carers
  • Northern Powergrid service
  • Rights of carers at work
  • An Extra Pair of Hands
  • Sheffield Women's Hub
  • Carers Rights Day 2021
  • Black History Month
  • Two new practical guides
  • Volunteer opportunities
This short video has been watched by hundreds in the last few weeks
Many people don’t think they are carers and help relatives without using the services that reduce the impact of providing care. This short video features six unpaid Sheffield carers sharing their real-life experiences and advice. Although the carers are supporting people with dementia, their comments and the advice they offer is relevant to carers in many different circumstances.
Fantastic discount offered to carers at Sheffield City Trust venues
Our Carer Card recognises and rewards the hard work of carers with offers on a range of activities, products and services. One of these offers is a fantastic discount on access to the 'gym & swim' facilities at venues run by Sheffield City Trust. Click on the image for more information on our website or click here for the SCT website with details of eligibility and how to book online.
Free 'Priority Service Membership' to help support vulnerable people
Northern Powergrid has produced a new energy efficient guide packed with tips to help you save money, reduce waste and stay safe at home, and can be read by clicking on the image to the right. Click here to watch a 2-min video explaining their free 'Priority Service Membership' that can provide carers and others with unique needs a quicker way to access support.
Check out these factsheets about the rights of carers at work 
The Carers Trust website has an excellent series of factsheets for carers looking to get back into work or already in work. Developed as part of the Working for Carers project; there are some references to carers in London, but the details are useful for carers across the UK. The topics include Balancing Work & Caring plus Carers Rights at Work along with many others.
The Reading Agency and Wellcome Collection are supporting carers 
The Reading Agency and Wellcome Collection invite carers of adults to take part in a campaign (by 22 Oct) recognising the tremendous work of carers. You can receive an extract from An Extra Pair of Hands, Kate Mosse's account of caring for her father, mother and mother-in-law, plus a discussion guide and writing activity to help carers share their feelings and experiences.
Launch of Sheffield Women's Hub on either 9th or 11th November
The Sheffield Women's Hub (part of the Sheffield Equality Partnership) is a platform to engage women in shaping the services that impact their lives. It will support and empower women from across the city to have more of a voice, making the city’s decision makers aware of the issues that affect them. Click the image for a free place at either the 'actual' or 'Zoom' launch event.
This year's Carers Rights Day is Thursday 25 November
The main aims of this annual campaign is to help carers (1) be aware of their rights (2) know where to get help and support and (3) raise awareness of the needs of carers. Click the image to visit the page on our website with some background to the campaign and information about how we'll be highlighting some of the key Carers Rights during the build up to 25 November.
Upcoming events that help celebrate this 'Black History Month'
October is Black History Month in the UK and gives everyone an opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. Click the image for information about a range of activities in Sheffield during the month; including an African-Caribbean market at Fargate from 25-30 Oct with a wide range of stalls plus live entertainment and much more. 
Two guides have practical tips to help carers of people with dementia
We've added two new guides to the 'Caring For Someone With Dementia' page on our website. One is the Dementia Friendly Home Checklist produced by Age UK and the other is called Keeping people safe from trips and falls from SYDAA. Scroll down our web page for the guides with practical ideas for carers to consider as options to use around the house.
Volunteer opportunities that help us make a real difference to carers
As a small organisation, receiving input from volunteers benefits us enormously and a little of your time goes a long way to help us support unpaid carers in Sheffield. Use the link for details of some new volunteer opportunities with our 'Community Connect Telephone Befriending Service' and 'Communications Administration'. You can help us make a real difference.
Carers News! is produced by Sheffield Carers Centre which is a registered charity (1041250)
Our Carer Advice Line is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm on 0114 272 8362
or you can contact us by emailing: support@sheffieldcarers.org.uk
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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 Guidance

See link below to Methodist Church Guidance, resources & latest guidance.

Link to Guidance


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


Lectionary. For the next 3 weeks can be found at 


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