2012-12

StChads

2012-12

December 2012/

January 2013

Delivered free to 5,250 homes in S8


WELCOME to Impact – the magazine of St Chad’s Church,

Woodseats. Impact is published every two months and distributed

to over 5,000 homes in S8.

St Chad’s Church is committed to serving you – the people of

Woodseats, Beauchief and Chancet Wood. To find out more about

St Chad’s visit our website at www.stchads.org or call the church

office on 0114 274 5086.

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House

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Office

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Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

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For my birthday this year my children gave

me some Doctor Who DVDs, a squidgy

Doctor Who “stress toy” and an Angry Birds

game (Angry Birds is a mobile phone game,

popular with my children). Now I’m quite partial

to watching a bit of Doctor Who, and I have

been known to play Angry Birds every now and

then, but the question could be asked as to

for whom those birthday presents were really

intended. Young children love to give presents,

particularly if they can see some benefit for

themselves. Jesus said that it is better to give

than to receive, but I wonder how many of us

really believe that.

This edition of Impact, in time for Christmas,

looks at what it means to give, and whether it

really is better to give than to receive. At this

time when many of us are receiving a lot less,

whether that is in pensions, benefits or real

incomes, can we still afford to give? Should

we give money or alleviate poverty in the two-thirds

world, or do we believe that “charity begins at home”? Should we give

food parcels to help out the hungry in this country, or do we believe that

the government should be doing this, and not private individuals? Does

God ask us to give our wealth away to help the poor, or does God help

those who help themselves? You may have your own answers to those

questions, or you may not have asked them before.

You might expect me to answer all those questions with “yes”. And yes,

I do believe that we should give money to alleviate poverty at home and

abroad, and that as a Christian I also believe that God does call us to help

our neighbour in need, whether that neighbour lives in Sheffield or Syria.

But I also believe that giving some of our money away is something that

actually makes us happier as well. How might that be? Well I am happy

knowing that the money I give away is helping, in a small way, to alleviate

global poverty and suffering. I am happy knowing that my money is far

more valuable when it is used to fight child trafficking in Asia

than it could ever be accumulating the tiny amounts of

interest in my bank account. I am happy knowing that I

am using the gifts God has given me to show something

of his love for the whole of humankind.

And so, yes, it is better to give than to receive. But

actually in giving we also receive pleasure and happiness

that money alone could not buy.

Happy Christmas!

Rev Toby Hole,

Vicar,

St Chad’s Church, Woodseats

December 2012/

January 2013

Delivered free to 5,250 homes in S8

The Gift of Giving

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Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

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St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

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Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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What do you get if you cross an

apple with a Christmas tree ?

A pineapple !

What happens

if you eat

Christmas

decorations?

You get

tinselitus!

What

does a

snowman

wear on his

head?

An ice cap!

Here’s a gift receipt for the myrhh in

case you want to swap it for another

perfume!

Alex opened all his presents

on Christmas morning, signed

‘from Santa’. A while later his

mum saw that he was a bit

sad.

‘What’s the matter?” she

asked.

“I really hoped that you

and Daddy would give me

something for Christmas!”

What do you call it when Father

Christmas takes a break?

A Santa pause!

What do monkeys sing at

Christmas?

Jungle Bells!

What do you call people who’re

afriad of Father Christmas?

Claustrophobic

Christmas Fun

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What’s On

Send details of your event to impact@stchads.org or write to: Impact,

St Chad‟s Church Offices, 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB.

Wing, Lowedges Junior School.

Call 0114 203 9337.

Health Walks

lMondays – 10am: Graves Park.

National Council for Divorced,

Meet at the Animal Farm car park;

Single

lTuesdays

and Widowed

– 10.30am: Ecclesall

Tuesdays Woods. Meet 8-11pm at Abbeydale

Norton Industrial Country Hamlet; Club

Club lThursdays offering friendship – 10.30am: and social

activities. Lowedges. Meet at the Community

Wing, Call Magdalen Lowedges on Junior 0114 School.

2394326. & Call 0114 203 9337.

December 1

January Riding Lights 30 - February Theatre 5 Company

AEGON St Chad’s British Church Tennis Tour

Graves 2pm Tennis and Leisure Centre

World Riding ranked Lights players performs compete Only 80

alongside Miles to Christmas. local Sheffield Tickets players. £5.


&

Call

Call

0114

0114

283

274

9900.

5086

December 2

February Festival 5 of Light Switch On

Book St Luke’s Sale Hospice

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From

Crawshaw

5pm

Grove, Beauchief

The lights will be switched on at

10am-12pm

6pm and there will be music from

Good

the Holymoorside

quality second-hand

Brass Band

books

and

for Bolsterstone sale in aid of Male the Voice Alzheimer‟s Choir.

Society. Donations of paperback

December 7

novels or biographies in good

Sheffield Folk Chorale

condition

St Chad’s

are

Church

welcome (but not

larger 7pm books due to space

limitations). A programme of carols and folk

songs. Tickets are £4.

February & Call 50114 274 5086

Free

December

Environmental

9

Activities

Millhouses Christmas Park Market

10.30am-12.30pm

Greenhill & Bradway Tenants

Obstacle Meeting course Hall, Lowedges and stream

dipping 12-4pmactivities for 8 - 13 year

olds.

Call 0114 263 4335.

February 12

Free A Christmas Environmental outdoor and Activities indoor

Millhouses market with Park food stalls, cakes,

1.30-3.30pm

jewellery, crafts and gifts plus music

Nature from church quiz trail, choirs stream and brass dipping bands.

and December bug hunting 12 activities for 8 - 13

year Carols olds. by Candlelight with

Whirlow Call 0114 Hall 263 Farm 4335. Trust

Ecclesall Parish Church

February Doors open 12 at 7pm

Free An evening Environmental of carols by Activities candlelight

Ecclesall led by Anna Woods Wright Sawmill with choirs

10.30am-12.30pm

from local schools, Ecclesall All

Saint’s children’s choir and Sheffield

Nature quiz trail, stream dipping

University Chamber Choir.

and

Tickets

bug

£7

hunting

for adults,

activities

£3 for

for

children

8 - 13

year and £5 olds. for concessions.

& Call Call 0114 0114235 2352678 6348.

December 13

February 20

Escafeld Chorale in Concert

Why Ecclesall Not Parish Try A Bike Church

Greenhil 7.30pm Park

10am-2pm A mixture of seasonal music

Rediscover and readings your in aid cycling of the skills Motor in

Greenhill Neurone Disease Park. The Association. rangers will

provide December a bike, 20 helmet and

instruction. Sheffield Oratorio Meet at Chorus the Bowls

Pavilion, St Oswald’s Greenhill Church, Park. Abbeydale Rd

Booking 7.30pm is essential.

An Call evening 0114 of 283 music 9195. for Christmas.

Beauchief Abbey Abbey holds holds a variety a

of variety services of services. and anyone For is details

welcome see the Abbey to attend. notice For board. more

details see the Abbey notice

board.

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Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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Have you ever wondered

about volunteering but never

found time to look into it, or

maybe thought I can’t do it?

Well I once felt the same way.

There came a time in my life when

my three daughters had all flown the

nest. Our parents had all passed

away and there was a huge gap in

my life to fill. Friends suggested I

should look to volunteer at St Luke’s.

I made an appointment at the volunteer

bureau in town.

There were numerous opportunities

but none that

It’s a privilege to

work in such a caring and

compassionate place

appealed to me, so

I arranged an appointment

at the

hospice. Then

after a few weeks

I became the Friday

flower lady. Initially I found

going into the wards quite daunting

and uncomfortable then Liz, who has

become a very dear friend, came to

help. We spend every Friday afternoon

in the hospice caring for all the

flowers and plants. We spend time

talking with the patients, their relatives

and friends and even manage a

quick cup of tea. Through Liz, I have

also become a Chaplain’s assistant

and we take a service in the hospice

chapel once a month.

It is such a privilege to work in such

a caring and compassionate place. A

place full of dedication and love from

all who work there. The relatives are

also cared for and there is nothing

that is too much trouble.

I recently attended a “thank you

evening”, for volunteers, where I met

a lovely lady who volunteers twice a

week as a companion, talking with

the patients. There was also a gentleman

and lady who had met whilst

volunteering at on of the hospice

shops, they too had become good

friends. I too have made several new

friends which has led me to join a

sewing group, go out for lunch and

has generally enriched my life. It has

made me appreciate all the good

things in life, families, friendships but

above all love for one another.

The hospice has a new initiative

to redevelop the in-patients unit to

provide 14 single rooms, with private

bathrooms, sleepover facilities for

family and friends, balconies

or terraces but

above all privacy

and dignity for all.

They need to raise

5.5 million pounds!

Can you help?

There are many

volunteering opportunities at St

Luke’s working in the hospice, from

helping with occupational therapies

to bag packing and many more. If

you have a couple of hours to spare

weekly, monthly or as a one-off, why

not give it a go? I can guarantee you

will come go home feeling so uplifted,

all it takes is a little time. I used to

say to my daughters “the best thing

you can give someone, is your time”.

Check out the website at www.

roomto.org.uk or call 0114 235 7600

– who knows how your life may

change by helping someone in need.

Chris Brown

Giving your time

CALLING THOSE OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE: Do you want to spend a pleasant

couple of hours making new friends? The Monday Over 50s and the Thursday

Friendship Clubs would love to welcome you to our two hours activity. Please contact

the Church Office on 0114 274 5086 for details of the next meeting date and call in.

We would love to meet you. The groups are open to all.

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Centenary celebrations

Thanks for

your support

A big thank you to all

those who helped with

the spring bulb planting

in the Fraser Road flower

beds. October 20 was a

beautiful, sunny morning

and about 25 people,

made up of residents and

members of St Chad’s

met for a lovely couple

of hours – weeds were

discarded, around 1000

bulbs planted and new top

soil for all three beds.

I would also like to say

a big thank you to the

residents who came to

plant bulbs in memory of

loved ones and I hope the

resulting flowers will give

everyone, especially them,

a lot of pleasure in the

spring.

Joy Winks

You’d think it

would be simple

enough… one

carpenter on

his own, pops down to

Bethlehem, registers for

the census and nips back

home again. No problem.

But Mary wants to

come too, and it’s not an

easy route, especially

carrying an extra

passenger or two. Then

there’s the risk of scallywags

and ruffians, to

say nothing of bumping

into undercover angels,

Persian philosophers

and a wildly mischievous

camel called Desmond

(heaven knows where

he’s going!). Odd things

St Chad’s

1912-2012

Family show takes

road to Christmas

Festive folk

are happening on the way

to the census office. Still,

everyone’s counting down

the miles to Christmas!

You’d think that would be

simple enough...

Nationally acclaimed

theatre group Riding

Lights brings its

Christmas show Only 80

Miles to Christmas! To St

Chad’s on December 1.

With puppetry, hilarity

and extraordinary storytelling,

‘Only 80 Miles To

Christmas’ is a warmhearted

show for all the

family.

The performance starts

at 2pm and tickets are £5.

Call the church office on

0114 274 0198.

Sheffield Folk Chorale will present a

programme of carols and folk songs

at St Chad’s as part of our centenary

celebrations.

The concert takes place on Friday

December 7 from 7pm.

Tickets are £4 and are available from

the church office on 0114 274 5086.

To advertise in call 0114

274 5086 or email impact@stchads.org

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When I was asked to write an

article on the most popular

UK charities I was pretty

certain that the top one would be

the Donkey Sanctuary or maybe

the PDSA. To my surprise neither

of these even made the top 10 or

anywhere near.

To save you looking it up the top 10

UK charities for last year are:

The Gavi Fund Affiliate

The Arts Council Of England

Cancer Research UK

The Save The Children Fund

International Facility For

Immunisation

Royal Commonwealth Society For

The Blind

The Royal National Lifeboat

Institution

Macmillan Cancer Support

Oxfam

The British Red Cross

NSPCC

I was surprised that all the charities

were people focussed rather than

animal focussed. I was pretty certain

that people left large sums of money

to the animal charities, and I am sure

they do, but animal charities don’t

make the top 10.

My biggest surprise was that I had

heard of all the charities except the

one that actually came out top. Last

year the Gavi Fund Affiliate received

more than five hundred million

pounds in donations and yet I had

never heard of them.

Gavi is short for Global Alliance

for Vaccine and Immunisations.

According to their website, every

year 1.7 million children die from

diseases which could be prevented

by immunisation. That’s one child

nearly every 20 seconds. Another

way of putting it in context is that

it is the equivalent of more than 6

jumbo jets full of children crashing at

Heathrow every minute!

The fund was set up in the year

2000 to fund vaccines for children in

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

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Work supported by Gavi in

Myanmar

the world’s seventy poorest countries

in order to save lives and protect

children’s health by giving better

access to vaccines. The charity

brings together partners such as The

World Health Organisation, The Bill

Gates Foundation, Unicef and The

World Bank as well as much smaller

organisations such as churches and

non-government organisations.

We are not talking about

malnutrition related diseases, which

is a different issue, the diseases that

the GAVI Fund Affiliate are interested

in are those diseases that our

children are either not exposed to or

are automatically given either early

in life or as part of a programme for

school age children.

Sometimes we need other

vaccines if we are travelling abroad

and we can just purchase them from

the doctors. The sort of diseases I

am talking about are ones such as

Measles, influenza or the human

papilloma virus which is related to

cervical cancer.

I guess I hadn’t heard of the fund

because it mainly takes from very

large donors rather than the usual,

ever shrinking, pool of smaller and

individual donors. However it does

some amazing work and I am sure

deserves to be top of the list.

If you want to know more try their

website www.gavialliance.org.

Steve Winks

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The top charity I’d never heard of

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Community

Following the success of St Chad’s first

community advent calendar last year,

we have decided to organise another

for Christmas 2012.

As indicated on the map and list opposite,

each day at from 4pm until 9.30pm from

December 1 to 24 windows will be lit in the

community depicting a Christmas carol or

song. Each window wil be lit on its selected

date and then everyday until January 6.

This year there is also a competition for

people to try and name all 24 of the carol/

song titles depicted. Send your entry

with your name, contact details and list of

titles to St Chad’s Church Office, 9 Linden

Avenue, S8 0GA, by January 10. There will

be a prize for the winner.

We hope you enjoy the shorter walk

or drive around all the windows this year

whether you do it on a daily basis when all

the windows are lit!

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Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

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Advent Calendar 2012

8 9

10

11

Hutcliffe Wood Road

20

21

Abbey Lane

7

18

19

6

2423

1 22

14

15

16

5

2 3 4

17

Chesterfield Road

12

WOODSEATS

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• This map is just meant

as a guide and does not

show the exact location of

addresses.

The windows...

1st 56 Abbey Lane (Church House)

2nd 28 Mitchell Road

3rd 20 Bromwich Road

4th 11 Bromwich Road

5th 13 Marshall Road

6th 14 Linscott Road

7th 115 Moor View Road

8th 9 Periwood Grove

9th 10 Cawthorne Close

10th 10 Aisthorpe Road

11th 62 Nettleham Road

12th 13 Chantry Road

13th 13 Bingham Road

14th 121 Holmhirst Road

15th 8 Moor View Road

16th 15 Booker Road

17th 23 Harbord Road

18th 49 Strelley Avenue

19th 31 Strelley Avenue

20th 28 Hutcliffe Wood Road

21st 172 Abbey Lane

22nd 50 Abbey Lane

23rd 15 Camping Lane

24th 9 Linden Avenue (The Vicarage)

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Giving What we Can

Toby Ord is an Australian

philosopher. There are lots

of responses that you might

want to make to that statement,

some more witty or derogatory than

others, but I would recommend

that before you dismiss the phrase

“Australian Philosopher” as an

oxymoron, to go and look at his

website: www.givingwhatwecan.org.

As far as I am aware Toby Ord is

not religious, but he and I have more

than our first name in common,

particularly the principle that

everyone should strive to give away

a tenth or more of his or her income

to help the poorest in our world. “A

tenth” I hear you cry, “by the time

that I’ve paid my mortgage, energy

bills, food costs, car tax etc, I don’t

have two pennies to rub together.

How could I give a tenth away?”

Well Dr Ord thinks that most of us

can, and I am inclined to agree.

A family of four in Britain having

a household income of

£25,000 a year is

in the top

13% of global wealth. We might not

feel very wealthy because we will

know plenty of people who appear

to earn more than that, but in real

terms those of us who earn the

average wage are doing very well.

If you don’t already, spend some

time thinking about what you spend

your money on. Yes there will be the

household bills, the “cost of living”

and everything else that drains our

money away. But for many of us

there will also be the meals out, the

holidays, the little luxuries (some

not all that little) and the impulse

buys. What if we imagined that for

every £10 we spent on a takeaway

we could save a child’s life? What

if we thought before we clicked the

checkout button on Amazon that

we could instead be providing vital

medication for a malaria victim,

or clean water for a small village,

or….? The possibilities are endless.

Christianity and Judaism have

practiced the principle of giving a

tenth away for thousands of years.

Both of these religions hold that

human life is sacred and that it is an

obligation for the wealthiest (which

is me, and probably you) to help

the poorest. I am delighted to see

that non-religious people like Toby

Ord are catching up with the idea.

Perhaps you might consider whether

you too would like to play a part in

the saving of lives. And you don’t

have to be called Toby to do so.

Rev Toby Hole

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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What would your ideal

Christmas present be?

The latest iPad, iPod or

iPhone? If you are a parent and

your child asks for one of these,

you’ll certainly be able to say: I

Paid!

Most of us today have to think

carefully about how we spend our

money, and perhaps this

year more than ever we

have to be creative and

selective about the presents

we buy for those we love. I

believe that there are three criteria

for choosing the ideal present for

someone. You’ll want to buy something

that (a) has some meaning for

them (eg a football shirt for a fan),

(b) will be useful (eg a pair of socks

or a tie for dad!), or (c) will remind

them of you.

Even if your present doesn’t cost

very much, the person receiving

your gift will know that you’ve put

time, thought, love and consideration

into the choosing. Your gift will

have a real meaning for them, and

sometimes it is this meaning that

has more value than the present

itself.

Let me tell you a very old but very

true story about choosing presents.

Many years ago in the Far East, a

group of men carefully packed their

saddle bags and rode their camels

across miles and miles of desert and

wilderness. They had no guide for

their arduous and risky journey other

than to follow a unique and marvellous

astronomical event, the appearance

of a new star, the brightest and

most magnificent in the heavens.

These men were wise and intelligent,

perhaps with access to the

ancient writings of sages, philosophers

and prophets, and knew that

it had long been written that such an

appearance would lead to the birth

of a new king. On arrival at their

destination, not a palace, fortress or

even a humble place of lodging but

a shelter for animals, the men discovered

a new-born child wrapped

in cloths and who lay in an animal’s

feeding trough.

The men were overjoyed, bowed

down to worship the new-born King,

and presented three presents, each

present carefully chosen with meaning

and usefulness. The first present

was gold, fit for a king, yet valuable

enough to provide food, shelter

and clothing for a poor family. The

second was frankincense, a perfume

used by priests in the Temple,

emitting a fragrance when burnt, like

prayers going up to God. The third

was myrrh, a bitter herb used at funerals

and a reminder of death and

suffering, yet useful and priceless as

a medicine for healing and life. Such

were the presents, (a) full of meaning

for the child-King, (b) useful and

life giving, and (c) a reminder of the

Sender, the Father of all who sent

His precious Son as the greatest gift

for every man, woman and child, for

you and for me.

Daren Craddock

The Wise Men

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Delivering gifts

in

Last year 1.2 million shoeboxes left

the UK to be given to some of the

world’s poorest children.

My husband Brian and I have seen the

distribution of shoeboxes on seven occasions.

Each time is different, the venues

are different, the areas of the country too

and the needs of the children also. Some

of the places we have been are as follows:

ORPHANAGE for abandoned children

aged from one month to four years. The

children are really bubbly just to see strangers.

When they get a shoebox the fun

begins. There are squeals and excitement

by the ton – we wish we could bottle it! Take

one little girl who opened her box. She put

on her hat, gloves and scarf first. She gave

a staff member her soap, toothpaste and

brush. These are then put into the stock

cupboard for when her supply runs out.

Toys were hugged and kissed; dolls or soft

toys talked to and loved. And then came

a jumper (we don’t usually put clothing in

boxes but someone had). She tried to put

it on with her hat, gloves and scarf still in

place. What a delight to watch.

ORPHANAGE/SCHOOL for those aged

eight to 18 with very poor eyesight and

other problems. A difficult one this as poor

eyesight, (almost blind) means problems

to see what they really have in their box.

One lad found a high bounce ball, bounced

it and then couldn’t see it to catch it. I finished

up on my hands and knees to retrieve

it from under the desks. A box of coloured

pencils were greeted with ecstasy. He held

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them up and shouted “crayons, crayons” to

the class. No one looked up they were all

too busy with their own box. All the children

were thrilled to receive their boxes.

SCHOOLS The first thing you notice

is how poorly equipped the schools are.

Shoeboxes bring joy and excitement. The

colour alone is such a pleasure the surroundings

are usually very drab. When a

child says “Is this all for me?” when she

gets her box it is very emotional but it is

great to be able to say “Yes, it is!”. ALL

children loved soap, toothbrush and paste.

Cuddly toys are loved by all ages even

10-14-year-old boys, but please keep them

small to make room for other things.

MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTIONS It

is different again to define as the problems

are so diverse. Excitement is definitely

manic here. The volunteers all came out

exhausted by the noise and buzz of the

children but so glad that we had seen the

joy the boxes gave. These children are

usually abandoned by parents as they are

too difficult to manage. I was so happy that

I had been able to give them a wonderful

couple of hours.

PRISONS - YES for children: boys 14-

21 and girls 11-18. Here again a change

in reactions. The boys distribution took

place in a large theatre-type setting. They

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miracles, near death experiences,

torture and escaping from impossible

situations.

a shoebox

Brother Yun experienced all these,

after following God‟s calling since the

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age of 16. Through illegal house

churches he helped spread

entertained Christianity us with music through and song. China, As whilst I

then handed evading out each the box Chinese I said authorities God Bless who

and one young saw him man as in a perfect dangerous English criminal.

said “thank you After Ma’am his conversion, I wish you a Yun Happy fasted for

Christmas 100 and days God Bless on just you a bowl too”. of In rice, the

girls’ prison they did open praying their boxes for a chance and to

were delighted with them. glance It was at not a Bible; the his

same excitement in the prisons

family were

but the

concerned

boxes were well received.

for his sanity. To be

STREET SHELTERS The shelters are

for children aged two to 16.

found

Some

with

have

a Bible

run

would

away from an abusive home,

have

some

meant

have

serious

been thrown out by parents consequences (usually alcoholic).

These shelters are punishment. places filled with God

and

love and care. The boxes honoured are greeted this fast with and

excitement and shouts. prayer Usually sending no more Yun a

than 25 children are placed Bible. here He so immediately they

can receive individual care. read After and memorised they are

placed, parents undergo chapters parenting from classes. the Bible.

If they pass, the children With can few go back resources if they

wish or into an orphanage. Sadly many

choose the orphanage, it makes you wonder

just how bad their home life was.

HOMES Home visits usually take place

in poor villages. Here are children with illnesses

such as Downs, Cerebal Palsy or

Epilepsy. The parents want to keep their

child at home and are desparate to find a

cure. How sad that we have to say that

even in England there is no cure. Talking

with these parents is hard but the shoebox

experience softens it all as they help their

child to go through the gifts.

So I hope I have given you a taste of the

happiness and joy the boxes bring. The volunteers

are seasoned packers and checkers

and know the kinds of gifts that boxes

contain but seeing the children receiving the

“treasures” is so different, so rewarding after

all the work we have put in.

Thank you to each and everyone who

fills a box. I hope you can now feel it was

all worthwhile. Please fill at least one box

this year. The joy it brings will make your

Christmas much happier. I just wish I could

take you all to see it. God bless you all.

Freda Harpham

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During this fast Yun was repeatedly

tortured, humiliated and beaten by

Prison Guards and fellow prisoners. In

prison violent and dangerous men

observed Yun‟s faith and obedience

to God. They realised that he was not

a criminal, just a committed Christian

and came themselves into a deep and

loving relationship with Jesus.

Miraculous and loving interventions

helped Yun for example jumping over

a ten foot wall; walking through the

open doors of a high security prison

unobserved and walking after his legs

were so severely broken (he was told

he would be crippled for life after this

punishment).

Whatever Yun experienced, God

repeatedly demonstrated his

faithfulness never leaving him or his

family to cope alone. We will

probably never experience this kind of

persecution but this book is testimony

to the incredible power of God and his

Holy Spirit.

Sian Mann

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Services at St Chad’s


Sunday Services

The 9am Service

● Traditional in style

● Includes Holy Communion, a sermon & hymns

● Includes refreshments afterwards

● Taken from Common Worship: Holy Communion


the Lifted, 10.30am 11am Service

● Informal and relaxed in style

● An emphasis on families

● Includes music, led by a band

● Includes Refreshments refreshments served from before 10.15-10.45am

the service


Weekday Services

Morning Prayers

• Monday to Thursday at 9am

Evening Prayers

• Monday to Thursday at 5pm

The Thursday 10am Service

• Traditional in style

• Taken from Common Worship: Holy Communion

• Includes Holy Communion, a sermon & hymns

• Held in the Lady Chapel at the back of church


Other Services


Prayer and Praise

Advent Sunday, Reflections February 13 – at Preparing

7.30pm

Ourselves 18, 7.15-8pm for Christmas

Ash Services Wednesday of quiet reflection Service on

• To be held on Monday June 20 and Monday July

• A contemplative and meditative form of worship

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Sunday 9th December

Christmas Eve - Monday, 24th December

11.30pm

4pm

Christingle Service

An informal service with traditional

Christingles especially for children

Sunday 16th December

6pm

Traditional Carol Service

A traditional carol service with lessons

and carols followed by mince pies

10.30am

Pre-school Nativity

0-4yrs, with figures from the manger

Craft activities from 10am for under 5s

4pm

Crib Service

For all ages, especially children

Midnight Communion

Traditional service

Christmas Day - Tuesday, 25th December

Christmas at St Chad’s

10am-10.50am

Christmas Day Service

An informal service for all ages

to celebrate Christmas Day

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etter to give than receive”

is one of those saying that,

“It is

as a young boy, I just couldn’t

understand. It was later in my

life that I learnt that this saying is

attributed to Jesus, as recounted

in Acts 20:35, and that He was

absolutely right.

St Paul, in his letter to the

Corinthians, had some very good

advice about giving: ‘Each one must

give as he has decided in his heart,

not reluctantly or under compulsion,

for God loves a cheerful giver.’

At St Chad’s we strive to follow

this advice and rather than give what

is left over, we happily commit to

donating 10% of the money received

from our generous church family.

In 2012 we will give £9,100 to

charities and good causes and we

will also donate £14,821 to Sheffield

Diocese to support the Christian

mission throughout the area. The

charities and good causes we

support this year are:

• £1000 to Open Doors (www.

opendoorsuk.org) – a charity which

supports individuals and churches

in countries where Christians are

persecuted for their faith.

• £1000 to Wycliffe Bible translators

(www.wycliffe.org.uk) – a charity

dedicated to translating and

supplying the bible to every people

group globally.

• £900 to Interserve (www.

interserve.org.uk) – a charity which

directs funds to people working with

abused children in India

• £600 to Tear Fund (www.

tearfund.org) – a Christian charity

which provides disaster response,

development aid and humanitarian

work throughout the world

• £1200 to Christians Against

Poverty (www.capuk.org) – a

national debt counselling charity with

a network of 218 centres based in

local churches.

• £600 to Christian Legal Centre

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(www.christianconcern.com/

christian-legal-centre) – a Christian

legal organisation which exists

to defend Christians in the public

sphere and to protect the freedom

of Christians to live their lives in

accordance with their beliefs.

• £600 to Church Army (www.

churcharmy.org.uk) – a Christian

organisation communicating the

message of an unchanging God

to a fast-changing culture. Their

evangelists reach out and meet

people where they are by creating

fresh and relevant expressions of

Christian community.

• £1600 to Besom in Sheffield

(www.thebesominsheffield.co.uk) –

The Besom exists to form a bridge

between the church and those in

the greatest need in Sheffield. They

take that which someone wants to

give, whether it is time, skills, money

or good quality things, and finds

someone who genuinely needs it.

• £300 to Woodseats Healing Room

(www.woodseatshealing/rooms.org)

– a Christian healing organisation

which meets in the Big Tree pub on

Wednesday for anyone to receive

prayer for any sort of physical,

emotional or spiritual healing.

• £500 to St Chad ’s Holiday Project

– a group based at St Chad’s which

can provide holidays for people in

need referred to them by Social

Services and similar organisations.

• £400 contingency for emergency

appeals or for Christmas charities if

unspent during the year.

In addition to this we give our

harvest collections to the Cathedral

Archer Project, our Christingle

collection to Children in Need and all

our Christmas services’ collections

to HARC, a Sheffield charity

providing a day shelter, which is

open to all homeless and rootless

vulnerable people during Christmas

and the New Year.

Nigel Belcher

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The Gifts of Infancy

The Gifts of Infancy

A

t around the age of three

months a baby begins to gaze

wide-eyed in wonder at his

hands. Clinicians and psychologists

see this as a major milestone of

development, but parents witness a

tiny miracle taking place as the child

receives and responds to the gifts of

infancy.

Thomas Traherne, a 17th century

country parson wrote poems and

meditations, many of which were

written as if seen through the eyes

of a child. Here are some lines:

“These little limbs, These eyes

and hands which here I find... Where

have ye been? behind

What curtain were ye from me hid

so long?

When silent I, So many thousand,

thousand years... How could I smiles

or tears,

Or lips or hands or eyes or ears

perceive?”

Did Mary and Joseph watch Jesus

as he beame aware of his hands

as gifts from his Heavenly Father?

Did he know, even then, what those

hands would accomplish or that

At around the age of three

months a baby begins to gaze

wide-eyed in wonder at his

hands. Clinicians and psychologists

see this as a major milestone of

development, but parents witness a

tiny miracle taking place as the child

receives and responds to the gifts of

infancy.

Thomas Traherne, a 17th century

country parson wrote poems and

meditations, many of which were

written as if seen through the eyes

of a child. Here are some lines:

“These little limbs, These eyes

and hands which here I find...

Where have ye been? behind What

curtain were ye from me hid so

long?

When silent I, So many thousand,

thousand years... How could I

smiles or tears, Or lips or hands or

eyes or ears perceive?”

Did Mary and Joseph watch Jesus

as he beame aware of his hands

as gifts from his Heavenly Father?

Did he know, even then, what those

hands would accomplish or that

they would, one day, be pierced

by cruel nails? There is a

Heaven.” (Matthew 18; verses 1-4)

Traherne soul-searching writes: “From dust I moment

near the end of Elgar’s

oratorio The Apostles

when a Mystic Chorus

asks in child-like

wonder, “What are

these wounds in thy

hands?” answered by

the words, “Those with

which I was wounded

in the house of my

friends”. Jesus loved

children and the

children loved

him back.

I believe

there was

always

something

of the

child in

rise. And out of nothing now awake;

These brighter regions which salute

mine Eyes; A Gift from God I take:

The Earth, the Seas, the Light, the

lofty Skies, The Sun and Stars are

mine; if these I prize.”

Perhaps this is the time of year for

all of us to look intently at our own

hands and consider what we have

accomplished with them. Looking

back over St Chad’s centenary

year’s events, I would say many

people have accomplished a great

deal. But if, like me, you feel you’ve

gone and messed it all up again,

take heart. My Nan often used to

say to me “It’s never too late to

mend” - and she was right. A brand

new year lies ahead - St Chad’s

101st. So let’s say thank you to

God for all the gifts he has given

us and try to make good use of

them in the coming year. Whether

they would, one day, be pierced

by cruel nails? There is a soulsearching

we bake cakes, pursue a trade or

moment near the end of craft, provide hospitality, teach or

Elgar’s oratorio The Apostles when care for the sick; or perhaps paint a

a Mystic Chorus asks in child-like

picture or arange a flower festival;

wonder, “What are these wounds in

thy hands?” answered by the words, whatever we do this year, let’s make

“Those with which I was wounded something beautiful for God!

in the house of my friends”. Jesus “A stranger here

loved children and the children loved Strange things doth meet, strange

him back. I believe there was always

Glory see...

something of the child in Jese, just

as there is in us. When the disciples

Strange and all New to me

asked “Who is the greatest in the But that they mine should be who

Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called Nothing was,

a little child to him and said, “Truly I That Strangest is of all; yet

say to you, unless you become like

brought to pass”

little children, you will never enter

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Jesus, just as there is in us. When

the disciples asked “Who is the

greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Jesus called a little child to him and

said, “Truly I say to you, unless you

become like little children, you will

never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Whoever humbles himself, like

this child, he is the greatest in the

Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18;

verses 1-4)

Traherne writes: “From dust I

rise. And out of nothing now awake;

These brighter regions which salute

mine Eyes; A Gift from God I take:

The Earth, the Seas, the Light, the

lofty Skies, The Sun and Stars are

mine; if these I prize.”

Perhaps this is the time of year for

all of us to look intently at our own

hands and consider what we have

accomplished with them. Looking

back over St Chad’s centenary

year’s events, I would say many

people have accomplished a great

deal. But if, like me, you feel you’ve

gone and messed it all up again,

take heart. My Nan often used to

say to me “It’s never too late to

mend” - and she was right. A brand

new year lies ahead - St Chad’s

101st. So let’s say thank you to

God for all the gifts he has given

us and try to make good use of

them in the coming year. Whether

we bake cakes, pursue a trade or

craft, provide hospitality, teach or

care for the sick; or perhaps paint a

picture or arange a flower festival;

whatever we do this year, let’s make

something beautiful for God!

“A stranger here

Strange things doth meet, strange

Glory see...

Strange and all New to me

But that they mine should be who

Nothing was,

That Strangest is of all; yet

brought to pass”

Thomas Traherne (1637-1674)

Sylvia Bennett

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John George Graves

Philanthropy literally means

“the love of love, in the sense

of caring for, nourishing,

developing or enhancing humanity”.

There are several modern definitions

that encompass individuals doing

things for the public good, giving time

or valuables for public purposes,

focusing on quality of life.

When people talk about

philanthropists, the

names Rothschild or

Rowntree usually

spring to mind,

but in Sheffield

many people feel

that our greatest

philanthropist was

JG Graves. Graves

donated over £1 million to

Sheffield, including the establishment

of Sheffield University’s Student

Union. Part of the Union building is

known as the “Graves Building” .

The name “Graves” is well known

to anyone familiar with the City of

Sheffield. Graves Art Gallery, Graves

Park, Graves Trust Homes and

Graves Tennis Centre are some of

the well known gifts to the City which

bear the name of the donor. There

are, however, many more which do

not carry such an obvious indication

of their connection with Mr Graves,

for example Tinsley playing fields,

Concord Park, Blacka Moor and

Ecclesall Woods.

John George Graves was not a

Sheffielder by birth but moved to

the city aged 14 from Lincoln, to

commence his working life as an

apprentice watchmaker. He started

his own watch making business aged

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There can be little

doubt that he was

one of the Sheffield’s

great benefactors.

20 and gradually expanded it, adding

to the range of goods it sold. A major

move forward occurred when he

started to sell goods by mail order

and this was soon a very successful

and profitable activity which enabled

him to amass a considerable fortune.

The company employed, at its peak,

3,000 people in Sheffield and had

an annual turnover of £1m. The

company was absorbed

by Great Universal

Stores after Graves’

death.

A keen art

collector, Graves

donated nearly

£60,000 towards

the development

of art galleries in

Sheffield, including Sheffield Central

Library, the Graves Art Gallery and

the Mappin Art Gallery. He also

contributed hundreds of pictures from

his private collection.

He made his first gift in 1903 and

made many others subsequently

in a personal capacity before the

formation, on 7 August 1930, of the

charitable trust bearing his name

which endures today. The trust was

chaired and dominated by Mr Graves

until his death in 1945. The initial

funding for the trust was from shares

in his business and this has been

carefully nurtured by successive

trustees. The funds have been

enhanced over the years by legacies

and gains from property transactions.

Graves became involved in the

municipal affairs of his adopted

city and performed the roles of city

councillor, Lord Mayor and Alderman.

His life was always influenced by his

Methodist upbringing and affection

for his adopted city. He was greatly

enthused by the public ownership

of open spaces. Whatever his

motivation, there can be little doubt

that he was one of the Sheffield’s

great benefactors.

David Manning

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The Christmas season is nearly

upon us – bringing with it the

annual dilemma of what gifts

to buy.

One option can be to make

your own presents – and if these

are sweet and edible you’ll make

yourself popular into the bargain.

A few homemade chocolate

Chocolate truffles

This is adapted from Nigel

Slater’s recipe in Real Food

(of which an entire section is

devoted to chocolate). Halve

the quantities if it seems

overwhelming.

Ingredients

450g plain Fairtrade chocolate

275ml whipping cream

200g Amaretti biscuits, finely

crushed

Method

Chop up the chocolate. Put

into a large heatproof bowl

and melt over a saucepan of

simmering water. (Try not to let

the bowl touch the water itself.)

truffles, popped into a little

cardboard box decorated with

stick-on jewels, make a lovely

and personal gift to show your

appreciation.

Boxes and jewels are obtainable

from online companies such as

Yellow Moon: for the truffles, read

on...

Bring the cream just to the boil

in another pan, then pour onto

the chocolate. Beat it up with

a wooden spoon until all the

chocolate has melted.

Put the bowl in the fridge

for 30-60 minutes until the

mixture thickens but doesn’t set

completely solid. (If, like me,

you forget about it until it’s like

rock, soften it over simmering

water again.)

Get a large plate ready to put

your truffles on. Make a large

teaspoonful of the mixture into

a walnut-sized ball. Roll in the

crushed biscuits and transfer to

the plate. Repeat for the rest of

the mixture, and then leave the

truffles in a cool place to set.

Make your own gifts

Whisky truffles

This comes from Prue Leith’s

compendious Cookery Bible.

Substitute brandy for the

whisky if you like.

Ingredients

225g milk Fairtrade chocolate

4 tablespoons double cream

3 tablespoons whisky

30g unsalted butter

Sifted cocoa powder for rolling

Method

Break the chocolate into

bits and melt it in a heatproof

bowl set over a saucepan of

simmering water.

Bring the cream to the boil

in another pan, then pour onto

the melted chocolate and mix

well.

Add the whisky and beat in

the butter.

Put in the fridge for 30-60

minutes until it’s thick and firm.

Make into balls the size of a

walnut and roll in the cocoa

powder.

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The Grace Food Bank

The Grace Food Bank Sheffield 8 is being set up to cover Lowedges,

Norton, Batemoor, Jordanthorpe and surrounding areas. ANN LOMAX

tells Impact how this new venture is a community helping a community

What is it?

Members of St Chad’s and other

churches in the area have set up a local

community group which is

collecting donated food and

is about to distribute it to

those in need in Sheffield

We are hoping to be up

and running by Christmas.

This project, and others

like it in Sheffield and

nationwide, is needed

in this time of recession

and unemployment, as

many people struggle to

feed themselves and their

families.

Where does the food

come from?

Food has been coming

in steadily over the past

few months from giving at harvest festivals,

from boxes in community centres and

churches and from direct appeals to

shoppers in one of our local supermarkets.

(Thank you to Asda, Woodseats). Letters

have been delivered to local businesses

and posters are on display in shops.

How will it be decided who gets a food

parcel?

Contacts are being made with Social

Services, doctors, health

visitors, nurses and midwives

– the health care professionals

working in our area. They

know where the needs are.

Who will pack and deliver

the food?

It could be you! More

volunteers are needed to pack

and deliver.

Those already involved are

excited by the way this new

venture is coming together so

well and so quickly.

God is answering

prayer and opening doors.

Premises to store the food

have been given. Shelving was urgently

needed. Shelves were offered, though

not absolutely ideal, but they needed

collecting. An email arrived the following

day from a man in Leeds who had seen a

poster when visiting Sheffield. The email

stated that he was moved to contact us

and really wanted to help. If it was any

use he had a large van and could collect

anything for us! He then went on to say

that his workplace might be throwing away

some shelving and he would try to get hold

of it for us!

If you would like more information visit

www.gracefoodbanksheffield.org.uk or

email office@gracefoodbanksheffield.org.

uk. We also need volunteers to help with

admin, food collections, and care teams.

If you feel you can be a part of this, the

number to ring is 07763 635440.

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We associate giving and

receiving with Christmas,

inside down, but I wonder a board what or kind piece of of

‘receiver’ old cardboard. you are. Push a drawing pin

through I remember each on marked reaching point, 21, all the

I way expected through my your relatives, pages, who leaving you

unfailingly with three gave (or five) me holes. birthday

presents, Then sew would it up, offer using me something your string

special or ribbon, – money in the would’ve following been sequence

nice! (for three-holed Instead I was spines): given a pair

of clothes’ brushes in pig’s leather

cases and a dressing gown. I was

bitterly disappointed. I know they

were useful but I didn’t

appreciate them then!

Switch scenes.

Imagine Christmas

Day with Or, latelywidowed

Aunt

for five holes:

Florence. Lunch is

over and the family

is round the tree

opening presents.

Your four year old is passed an

attractively wrapped parcel. It’s

eagerly snatched, ripped open and

on seeing three pairs of lovingly

knitted woollen socks, the words

scream out, “I don’t want them, I

don’t like them. I wanted a scooter.”

Your offspring is hustled out of the

room with profuse apologies to

the deeply-offended aunt. Maybe

you’ve been there.

Of course you’d never do anything

like that now you’re an adult. We

learn to respect each other’s

feelings…or do we? Has it ever

occurred to you that you might be

reacting in a similar way to that

child? Of course you don’t stamp

and shout, Tie the embarrassing ends into a knot others or bow. any

longer.

But what if the God of the

Universe personally offers you an

incredible gift and you refuse to

receive it? Mostly people say, “I’m

not interested.” “I’m too busy.” “I’m

not religious.” “I don’t want handouts”

– all of which are polite ways

of saying “I don’t want it.”

So what does God offer us? He

offers There Himself. you He have offers it – a to little restore book.

Now comes us to the a personal fun part – and filling the

pages! You living could relationship insert photographs

or copy a poem with into Him it – to the make most a

present for a loving, family member gracious, or

friend. Or give yet it, powerful blank, to and a child, so

they can write holy and Person illustrate in their very

own story. It‟s universe, a great way all courtesy to

encourage a of reluctant Jesus. hand-writer.

A rescue

And – you never from know self-centredness – it could be

just the start and of a a flourishing freedom to literary

career. be one of his sons or

daughters, living in the Amy Hole

sunlight of his presence, even

beyond death itself. Jesus called it

‘eternal life’. And it’s completely free

– with no small print. So what kind

of a receiver then are you?

The Bible tells us. “To all who

receive him, to those who believe

on his name, he gives the right to

become children of God.” As The

Message puts it, “Thank God for

this gift – His gift. No language can

praise it enough.”

Jeremy Thornton

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Where’s that from..?

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

Meaning - if someone offers you an

unexpected gift, accept it with gratitude

even if it’s not quite to your liking. Don’t

examine it too much, otherwise the

generous giver may think that you’re

assessing its value and implying that its

not something worth having.

Derived from - looking into a horse’s

mouth and inspecting its teeth can give

an indication of its physical condition and

age. If the animal is in poor condition

and getting on in years (hence another

phrase - “long in the tooth”) it may not be

worth much.

“Then they opened their treasures

and presented him with gifts of gold,

frankincense and myrrh” THE BIBLE

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Black Mirror

by Nancy Werlin

ISBN 0-00-714168-8

Nancy Werlin writes books

for teenagers and Black

Mirror deals with the subject

of a young girl, abandoned by her

parents, who is trying to come to

terms with the suicide of her brother

Daniel.

At a New England boarding school

where both Frances Leventhal and

her brother have won scholarships,

her investigations into the mystery

of her brother’s lifestyle leads her

into danger. Daniel had belonged

to a charitable organisation within

the University called ‘Unity’ and,

realising that she ought to volunteer

to work for them to carry on her

brother’s good works, she joins.

It is not long before she realises

that all is not what it seems within

this organisation and that perhaps

it is a cover-up for something more

sinister. Conversations Frances

overhears and the efforts of some

of Daniel’s friends to dissuade

her from joining up make Frances

increasingly suspicious.

Frances doesn’t know who she

can trust and eventually confides

in Andy, a labourer in the college

grounds. Although Andy has

special needs, his insights and

thoughtfulness comfort Frances and

she recognises him as a true friend.

Frances has always had very low

self-esteem and has issues with the

way she looks, having been born

of Japanese and Jewish heritage

and appearance. Through her

exploration of art at college she is

able to express herself better and

comes to the conclusion that: “If you

think you already know what you are

looking at, you might not see what is

really there.”

The title ‘Black Mirror’ is taken

from the Jewish custom of draping

mirrors with a black cloth whenever

there is a death in the family. In

the past Frances has always been

afraid to look in a mirror because

she was uncomfortable with the

way she saw herself. As the story

unfolds Frances realises that not

only has she been wrong about her

own self image; she has been totally

blind about her brother. Images

and voices from her past,

memories of her brother’s

behaviour lead her to

acknowledge that she did

not know her brother at all.

Who is telling the truth?

Who is hiding a story of

violence, drugs, lies and

betrayal?

This story twists and

turns and keeps the

surprises coming until the

very end.

A good read, and not

just for teenagers!

Vicki Harris

St Chad’s 3rd Age Book Club

Book Review

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For Weddings and Funerals

You don’t have to be a churchgoer to

have a wedding in church or be

‘religious’ to have a dignified and

meaningful funeral service at St Chad’s.

If you live in the Woodseats or Beauchief

area, St Chad’s would be delighted to help

you, whether it is planning the Big Day or

saying goodbye to a loved one.

For weddings please contact St Chad’s

church office. For funerals please tell your

funeral director that you would like to have

a church service.

l If you have recently had a new

baby and would like to celebrate that

baby’s birth with a service in church then

please come to one of our thanksgiving

and baptism mornings at St Chad’s.

The morning will explain the difference

between the services and give parents

an opportunity to ask any questions.

Please call the church office on 0114

274 5086 to find out the latest dates.

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Contacts @ St Chad’s

CHURCH OFFICE 9 Linden Avenue 274 5086

S8 0GA

Term time office hours:

Mon 10am1pm; Tues 9.30am1pm;

Thurs 9.30am1pm; Fri 9am11am

Church Office Administrator

Helen Reynolds

email: office@stchads.org

Vicar Toby Hole (Vicarage) 274 9302

email: toby@stchads.org

Reader/Assistant Minister Yvonne Smith 274 5086

for the elderly

Youth Worker Nick Seaman 274 5086

email: nick@stchads.org

Besom in Sheffield

Steve Winks and

Darren Coggins 07875 950170

Impact magazine Tim Hopkinson 274 5086

email: impact@stchads.org

Church Wardens Malcolm Smith 274 7159

Jimmy Johnson 274 5086

Deputy Wardens

Nigel Belcher

Linda McCann

Buildings Manager Nigel Belcher 274 5086

email: nigel@stchads.org

Uniformed Groups

Group Scout Leader Ian Jackson 235 3044

Guide Leader Jemma Taylor 296 0555

CHURCH HOUSE 56 Abbey Lane 274 8289

Bookings Helen Reynolds 274 5086

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PLEASE NOTE: The inclusion of advertisements in Impact in no way means the

advertiser is endorsed or recommended by St Chad’s Church.

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