2011-12

StChads

2011-12

December 2011/

January 2012

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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.

Here’s where to find us:

Abbey Lane

Linden Avenue

Church

House

St Chad's

Church

Church

Office

Camping Lane

Chesterfield Road

Abbey Lane

School

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“Before I was a vicar, I was a lawyer, and I would never

allow anyone to sign a contract without ensuring that I had

explained all the terms and conditions to them.” Anyone

who has done baptism or marriage preparation with me will

probably have heard me say that at some point during our

time together.

It sometimes seems that there are a lot of promises

involved in the Christian faith, and we occasionally hear

talk of “the marriage contract” (though when I rehearse

couples before their wedding day I often have to tell the

bridegroom to take his bride’s hand as though he were

about to kiss it, rather than as if he were going to seal the

deal with a formal handshake!)

I think that it is important when meeting with families who

are looking into baptism, or a couple wanting to get married, that they do

understand the nature of the promises that they are making. We live in a

culture where a two year mobile phone contract seems like a long time.

How then are we to understand the lifelong promises of marriage and

baptism?

I recently attended the licensing of Harry Steele, the new vicar of

St Peter’s Greenhill, and I was struck again at how deep and allencompassing

are the promises that a new vicar has to make to serve

and care for those in his parish. In fact, like the promises that we make

at baptism and at our wedding, they are impossible for us to keep by

ourselves. That is why when the new vicar is asked “will you be faithful

to this calling?” he replies “By the grace of God, I will.” It is only through

God’s grace that we can keep true to the promises that we make.

The grace of God that supports us in our promises and forgives us

when we fail points us to the fact that the Christian faith is not just about

promises, but it is also about The Promise. The Promise is the great

event of Christmas.

From the beginning of human history God promised that the time would

come when He Himself would walk into the world, take the burdens of the

broken promises and fractured lives on to Himself, and reconcile human

beings to his love. Christmas is the celebration of how he did that in the

unique incarnation of Himself in the person of Jesus Christ.

All the promises that we make are really responses of gratitude to God’s

keeping of His great Promise. That’s why I like to explain to people what

their promises are really all about because unlike most legal contracts,

these promises really are good news!

Rev Toby Hole,

Vicar,

St Chad’s Church,

Woodseats

Promises, Promises

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Who looks after Father

Christmas when he’s ill?

The National Elf Service!

What is the difference

between the Christmas

alphabet and the

ordinary alphabet?

The Christmas alphabet

has NOEL!

It was Christmas and

the judge was in a merry

mood as he asked the

defendant,”What are you

charged with?”

“Doing my Christmas

shopping early”, he replied.

“That’s no offence”, said the

judge.

“It is if you do it before the

shop opened,” he answered.

Where does Santa go so

he’s fit enough to slide down

chimneys?

The chimnasium!

Jim and Bob

went out in the

woods looking for

Christmas trees.

They looked all

day without

any luck.

Near

nightfall

Bob finally

said,

“Jim, I’m

takin’ the next

tree we come to,

whether it has lights

on it or not!”

What

happened to

the man who

shoplifted a

calendar at

Christmas?

He got 12

months!

What do you

give a railway

station

master for

Christmas?

Platform

shoes!

Festive Fun

Who’s never

hungry at

Christmas?

The turkey -

it’s stuffed!

What do you

get if you eat

Christmas

decorations?

Tinsel-itus !

Don’t worry,

we’ll not

get lost.

Wise Man

number one

says he’s

got some

sort satnav

system that

will get us

there!

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What’s On

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

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

Health Walks Walks

lMondays Mondays –– 10am: 10am: Graves Graves Park. Park.

Meet at the Animal Farm car car park; park;

lTuesdays Tuesdays –– 10.30am: Ecclesall

Woods. Meet at at Abbeydale Industrial

Hamlet; Industrial Hamlet;

lThursdays

Thursdays



10.30am:

10.30am:

Lowedges.

Meet at the Community Wing,

Lowedges. Meet at the Community

Lowedges Junior School.

&Call Wing, 0114 Lowedges 203 9337. Junior School.

Call 0114 203 9337.

December 3

Winter National Festival Council for Divorced,

Heeley Single City and Farm Widowed

11am-3.30pm

Tuesdays 8-11pm

Heeley Norton City Country Farm Club annual event with

food, entertainment and a variety of

Club offering friendship and social

festive activities and stalls.

www.heeleyfarm.org.uk

activities.

Call Magdalen on 0114

December 2394326. 4

Festival of Light

St January Luke’s Hospice 30 - February 5

6pm AEGON British Tennis Tour

Join

Graves

in the

Tennis

magic

and

at St

Leisure

Luke’s

Centre

annual Festival of Light - a moving

occasion

World ranked

when

players

the hospice

compete

gardens

are alongside transformed local into Sheffield a Christmas players.

Wonderland Call 0114 by 283 thousands 9900. of lights,

each shining out to celebrate a life.

This February year’s 5 ceremony will include

brass Book band Sale music, community singing

and 36 Crawshaw refrehments. Grove, Beauchief

To dedicate a light call 0114 236 9911.

10am-12pm

December Good quality 11 second-hand books

Lowedges for sale in aid Farmers’ of the Alzheimer‟s

Market

Greenhill Society. Donations & Bradway of Tenants paperback

Meeting

novels or

Hall

biographies in good

12-4pm

condition are welcome (but not

The Farmers Market, to be opened

by larger the Mayor, books due will feature to space both indoor

and limitations). outdoor stalls selling local

produce and festive items.

There February will also 5 be entertainment

including Free Environmental Dronfield Brass Activities Band,

choirs Millhouses and a Park mini fun-fair.

December 10.30am-12.30pm 17

Hallam Obstacle Choral course Society and stream Christmas

Concert dipping activities for 8 - 13 year

St olds. Oswald’s Church, Abbeydale Road

7.30pm Call 0114 263 4335.

Hallam February Choral 8-12 Society performs a

collection Jamaica of Inn well known and less

well Ecclesall known All Christmas Saints Church music and Hall

readings. 7.30pm

www.hallamchoralsociety.co.uk

A play presented by Ecclesall

December Theatre Company. 19 Tickets: £5.

Sheffield Call 0114 Bach 230 Society 8842.

Christ Church, Dore

7.30pm February 12

Come Free Environmental and Sing Messiah Activities with

Sheffield Millhouses Bach Park Choir.

Price

1.30-3.30pm

£9

www.sheffieldbachchoir.org.uk

Nature quiz trail, stream dipping

December and bug hunting 20 activities for 8 - 13

City year of olds. Sheffield Youth Orchestra &

Peter Call Cropper 0114 263 4335.

Ecclesall Parish Church

7.30pm February 12

Performance Free Environmental of Berlioz: Activities Harold in

Italy.

Ecclesall Woods Sawmill

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions, £4

children, 10.30am-12.30pm students.

www.csyo.org.uk

Nature quiz trail, stream dipping

and bug hunting activities for 8 - 13

January year olds. 7

Sheffield Call 0114 Symphony 235 6348. Orchestra

Ecclesall Parish Church

Sheffield February Symphony 20 Orchestra

present their annual New Year’s

Why Not Try A Bike

Concert featuring light popular

favourites Greenhil Park such as Ketèlbey’s In

a 10am-2pm Monastery Garden and Arthur

Benjamin’s Rediscover Jamaican your cycling Rumba skills in

together Greenhill with Park. a selection The rangers of Viennese will

waltzes, provide a polkas, bike, helmet marches and and

overtures. instruction. Meet at the Bowls

Tickets:

Pavilion,

£10,

Greenhill

£5 students

Park.

and

children.

www.sheffieldsymphony.org.uk

Booking is essential.

Call 0114 283 9195.

Beauchief Abbey holds holds a a variety

variety of services of services and anyone and anyone is

is welcome welcome to to attend. attend. For For more more

details see the Abbey notice

board.

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It will hopefully not have

escaped your notice that at St

Chad’s we are celebrating our

centenary in 2012. We are planning

many ways of celebrating this

landmark and Impact will be carrying

full details as they emerge.

As part of our centenary

celebrations we thought that it would

fun to have our own special beer

brewed. One or two have raised

their eyebrows at this: “the Church,

brewing a beer?!” In fact churches

and beer have a closer connection

than many people think. Before

the Reformation it was common for

churches to have regular ale festivals

with the proceeds going to the poor of

the parish or the maintenance of the

church building. Monasteries were

famous for their production of beer.

I am therefore proud to introduce

you to “Chad’s Ton Up”, brewed

by the Two Roses micro-brewery

in Darton. A small group of hardy

volunteers from St Chad’s travelled to

the brewery in September to sample

the various beers on offer and we

were unanimous in choosing the ale

that we felt was right for us. Chad’s

Ton Up is a light ale (3.8%) made with

New Zealand Sauvignon hops. This

gives it a citrus flavour of limes and

lemons not dissimilar to the famous

Sauvignon wines from New Zealand

and is certainly a very distinctive beer.

Chad’s Ton Up will be sold at £2.50

a bottle or £25 for a case of 12. In

order to comply with licensing laws

we will be selling it on set days each

year. The first of these days will be

Rev Toby

Hole with

bottles of

Chad’s Ton

Up

December 10 (just in time for your

Christmas orders) so if you would like

to buy a bottle or a case then please

complete the order form and send

it in with payment before the 10th.

Here’s to a happy 100th anniversary.

Cheers!

Here are some of the events planned

to celebrate St Chad’s centenary over the

coming year:

Centenary

February - Youth Orchestra in Church - date

to be finalised

March 4 - Celebration Centenary Service with

Bishop Steven at 10am

April - Clean up event in Woodseats

May 20 - Church Picnic and Open Air Service

at Chatsworth Park

June 9 - Marriage Celebration Service

June 29-July 1 - Visit by Roly Bain the Clown

July - Scarecrow event - TBA

September 14-16 - Flower and Art Festival

September 29 - Salvation Army band 7-9pm

October - Community Project TBA

November - Riding Lights Group TBA

December - Living Advent Calendar

December 7 - Sheffield Folk Chorale

Calling all couples married at St Chad’s...

Within the last 100 years many couples

have wed at St Chad’s and still live within our

city boundary. Others have moved away.

As part of our centenary we plan to hold a

service to celebrate the many long marriages

which were blessed here as well as the

recent marriages not yet celebrating their first

anniversary.

Please will you help us to locate the

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whereabouts of any couple? We want to

write and invite them to join us for a Marriage

Celebration Service in June.

If you can give us their name, current

address and date of their marriage, we will

do the rest. Please contact Yvonne Smith,

St. Chad’s Church Office, 15 Camping Lane,

Woodseats, Sheffield S8 0GB, phone 0114

2745086 or email office@stchads.org.

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org


St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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‘I

promise’ is such an easy

thing to say. ‘I promise I’ll

remember to put the bin out.’

‘I promise I’ll pick you up from

the station.’ ‘I promise I’ll tidy my

bedroom.’ All fairly easy promises to

keep and all quite inconsequential

should the promise slip from your

mind.

It’s easy to make promises but

sometimes not so easy to keep them.

God however has made promises

to us and the Bible contains lots of

instances where God spoke to His

people and made promises to them.

In a dream God told Abraham to

pack up all he had and set out on a

journey that would be long and hard.

Abraham trusted God who promised

that he would father a son and be

the patriarch of a whole new nation

despite the fact that he and his wife

Sarah were both very old and had long

since given up hope of having their

own family. God fulfilled his promise

to Abraham and Sarah bore a son

called Isaac. God renewed the promise

through Isaac and then to Isaac’s son

Jacob.

In Genesis God says to Jacob “I

am the Lord, the God of Abraham

your father and the God of Isaac; the

land on which you lie I will give to you

and to your descendants; and your

descendants shall be like the dust

of the earth … and by you and your

descendants shall all the families of

the earth be blessed. Behold, I am

with you and

will keep you

wherever you

go …” At the

time Jacob may

not have known

that he would

be going to

Egypt and that

for 400 years

his descendants

would be slaves

and that the

promise would

lie dormant until

God confirmed

it afresh

with Moses.

Moses led the

Israelite people

through the desert, was given the Ten

Commandments on Mount Sinai and

they settled in the Promised Land.

An epic story of the birth of a nation

demonstrating that God keeps His

promises but not always in a way

people might expect.

Even greater than these though

is the promise God makes to us

through Jesus. In order to mend the

broken relationship between Himself

and humankind God sent His only

Son to earth as a baby, born in a

stable, destined to die for our sins. He

promises us that if we believe in him

we will have eternal life. The promise

to end all promises and the greatest

gift that Christmas brings.

Louise Tinniswood

God’s Promises

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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website: www.stchads.org


Follow That

A

community

advent calendar is a

series of window displays that

appear in local houses each

day throughout December to build up a

community walk or drive/walk.

And ths year, St Chad’s has organised

one to take place in the Woodseats and

Beauchief area.

Each window will be different but each

will display their date number and, to fit

in with the overall theme, a star will be

either hidden or obvious

somewhere in the display

for people to find.

The windows

will be illuminated

between 4pm and

10pm on their selected

date and then everyday

until Epiphany (Twelfth

Night – January 6).

We’ve put together a list of the

addresses and a map so you can view

the windows either on a daily basis, as

they appear, or as a full or partial walk

ending at St Chad’s Church House,

Abbey Lane on December 24.

This is a great opportunity to get out

and about with friends, neighbours

and family to brighten up the dark

winter evenings whilst preparing for the

Christmas festivities. We hope you enjoy

it!

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org


Star...

6

4

7

5

Chesterfield Road

1

2

BEAUCHIEF

11

8

9 10

13

Hutcliffe Wood Road

12

23

20

21

22

Abbey Lane

24 19

18

3

WOODSEATS

Meadowhead

Abbey Lane

Bocking Lane

CHANCET

WOOD

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• This map is just meant

as a guide and does not

show the exact location of

addresses.

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Follow That Star!

1 – 773 Chesterfield Rd (Open House)

2 – 13 Bingham Rd

3 – 11 Bromwich Rd

4 – 115 Moor View Rd

5 – 10 Cawthorne Close

6 – 9 Periwood Grove

7 – Fraser Rd (The Ale House)

8 – 59 Dalewood Ave

9 – 132 Folds Lane

10 – 105 Folds Lane

11 – 51 Dalewood Rd

12 – 28 Hutcliffe Wood Rd

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GREENHILL

13 – 54 Folds Cres

14 – 76 Westwick Rd

15 – 2 Crawshaw Ave

16 – 10 Cockshutt Ave

17 – 38 Robert Rd

18 – 23 Harbord Rd

19 – 50 Abbey Lane

20 – 49 Strelley Ave

21 – 48 Strelley Ave

22 – 31 Strelley Ave

23 – 172 Abbey Lane

24 – 56 Abbey Lane (Church House)

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Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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Guiding Promise

The promise many young people

make as a member of the

Guiding movement is not just

to each other but also to our God,

Queen and Country.

Each member makes this promise

whether they are a Rainbow just

starting to embark on their Guiding

journey or a leader who is renewing

her promise after many years service.

The four elements to the promise

are very important and are one of the

foundations for programmes within

the Guiding units. Members attend

church parades, complete badges

which enable them to develop skills

for later life and where possible they

do their bit for the community. The

Promise means that the girls commit

to a common standard and it makes

them feel they belong to the worldwide

Guiding family.

Here we asked a couple of people

involved in Guiding to tell us more

about their Promise...

Keeping promises can

be quite a challenge when

you have young children.

Christmas Eve frantically

trailing round the shops for the latest

must have toys, Girls World, Cabbage

patch doll, Donkey Cong, Marino’s

cement factory etc. Back in the 1970s

Amazon and internet shopping were

unheard of. Later there was the

promise, “of course you can borrow

the car when you have passed your

driving test”. A few years down the

line and you promise to help them out

financially to go back packing half way

around the world. Anxious times, but

the exciting thing is we hope to make

and keep some of the same promises

all over again with our grandchildren.

One of the most significant promises

I have made as an adult was 32 years

ago when I made my promise to

the Guide movement. Looking back

over the years I have been privileged

to enrol dozens of girls, nervous

little Brownies making their promise

I promise that I will do my

best to love my God,

serve my Queen and

Country,

to help other people

and keep the Guide Law.

and joining what I consider to be a

wonderful organisation. It is extremely

rewarding watching the girls progress

through each section and eventually

become leaders themselves.

Every year on February 22 all over

the world we hold our Thinking Day

celebrations; at these events every

member young and old renew their

promise. It is also on these occasions

that I realise how lucky I am to have

made my promise to the world wide

sisterhood of Guiding.

Norah Brown

I have made my promise

as a Rainbow, a Brownie, a

Guide and now as a member

of the Senior Section. I am

also a young leader at Rainbows

which is really enjoyable!

Girl guiding has always been a big

part of my life as it is so much fun!

Through it I have made some amazing

friends, and have learnt some great

new skills, from how to cook on an

open fire to being the perfect hostess!

Girl guiding has also provided me with

some great opportunities.

At the beginning of September

this year I went on two International

Selection weekends (one for Sheffield

and one for North East England),

which were brilliant as I got to meet

lots of other girls my age! I then

received a letter asking me if I would

like to go on an international trip to

Mexico next summer! This is a once

in a life time opportunity to visit a

Guiding world centre and experience

the culture of Guides from the other

side of the world which I would have

not had if I had not made my promise!

Elin Turton

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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Hello folks, It’s lovely to be

given an opportunity to

introduce myself to you all.

My name is Nick Seaman and I’ve

just been appointed to the post of

Woodseats Combined Churches

Youth Worker.

Firstly a little bit about me. I was

born in Sheffield and moved to

Woodseats aged four. I have spent

the best of my growing up years in

this part of the city attending both

Abbey Lane and Meadowhead

schools. I’m now 29 and still have

all my hair, contrary to popular belief

(we’ll see how long it lasts).

I’m very happily married to Amy, we

have a little boy called Zachariah and

another baby on the way. We were

married at St Chad’s in 2003.

Woodseats is a great place to

live and I love the benefits of being

close to a big city centre, yet only

a few minutes away from the Peak

District. This is great for me, as I

love walking and regularly wander

on various moors and dales, usually

accompanied by Tala our yellow

Labrador.

I love sport in general but have a

particular passion for Ice Hockey and

Roller Hockey. I play both of these

although the Roller Hockey is my

first sport. I play on a recreational

basis with a team called

Sheffield Kings. This team

has its origins in a group

of my Abbey Lane School

class mates. I also really

enjoy playing guitar and

bass. I would not claim to

be particularly good at either

of these but really enjoy it

nevertheless.

My last eight years

have been spent as

a serving front line

police officer in

Sheffield. These

years have been

very exciting and

have had a strong

influence on my personal skills and

abilities. I have taken great enjoyment

from this line of work and would have

happily continued my career in the

Police had God not intervened.

So why youth work? (Because

I need help!). No seriously, I have

always had a heart for serving young

people and really enjoy spending

time with them. Young people have

such an enthusiasm towards things.

This can be both constructive and

destructive depending on where the

enthusiasm is channelled and who

influences it. There are some strong

spiritual reasons why I have been

called to this post but ultimately I want

to see young people achieving their

full potential.

I have a large amount of experience

working with young people. This has

mainly been church related, running

Sunday morning groups and Friday

night youth clubs. A few folk out

there may remember a Friday night

youth club at St Chad’s that Amy

and I started up and ran for a few

years. I have also been involved in

the running of Summer Youth camps.

This would involve taking around 80

ten to 17 year olds for two weeks to

a boarding school and putting on a

program of fun events and activities

for them to take part in.

I’m really looking forward to

the challenges of working

with the young people in the

Woodseats area. Keep an

eye on Impact magazine to

find out what is planned over

the coming months as I settle

into the role. Alternatively

why not pop in and see

me on a Sunday at

the 9.30am family

service at Woodseats

Methodist Church

or the 11am Lifted

service at St Chad’s.

God bless you.

Nick

Nick Seaman

Our new Youth Worker...

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Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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This January why not be two

faced!

As far as we can tell New Year’s

Resolutions can be traced back

to the Babylonian empire of about

4000 BC when on New Year’s Day

– then March 23rd – people would

return things they had borrowed

earlier in the year.

I suppose it was a form of

amnesty for all the things that you

had asked to borrow and then

had kept for so long that you were

afraid to return them hoping that

the original owner had forgotten

who they had lent it to. If you had

borrowed, for example, a tool from

your neighbours you could return

it, no questions asked. It must have

been great to wake up on New

Years day morning to find, on your

doorstep, all the things you had

forgotten you had loaned out during

the past 12 months.

Much later the Roman god Janus

who was a popular figure – so we

are told – around 150 BC came to

represent New Year’s Resolutions.

When the Romans invented their

solar calendar, to more closely

reflect the seasons, they named

the first month after Janus – to this

day the name for our first month still

reflects this.

The interesting thing about Janus

is that he is often depicted with two

faces one looking back to the past

and the other one looking forward

to the future. That is why in Roman

times Janus’s double headed image

was used as a symbol of change

and forgiveness.

The New Year’s Day Festival was

a time to seek forgiveness from

people you had wronged and to look

forward to forging new friendships.

Over time New Year changed to

being a time when we would commit

to being a better person in some

shape or other. A time when we can

reflect on the person we feel we

should be and try and become more

like that person. I suppose it helps

that New Year’s Day comes after a

time of feasting with the Christmas

period and then New Year’s Eve

coming so close together, that

sometimes one does overdo it a

little and feel the need for change.

Interestingly the top ten New

Year’s resolutions are evenly

balanced between giving things up

and doing things better. Resolutions

such as, stop smoking, don’t eat

so much, quit drinking, don’t be so

lazy and spend less are balanced

by more positive resolutions such as

enjoy life more, be more organised,

have a better work/life balance, be a

better person and help people more.

So don’t wait for this New Year

to make a resolution to be a better

person. There is no time like the

present so decide how you would

like to change, tell someone about

it so that you can be accountable

to someone and then do it

immediately. Now who did I borrow

that book from, and the three CDs

and the hedge clippers not to

mention the lawn mower and the ...

Steve Winks

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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 To Sunday, be held Reflections February Monday 13 by at Candlelight’ June 7.30pm 20 to Monday be held July

on 18, November 7.15-8pm 28 and December 5, 12 and 19 at

• 7pm. A contemplative and meditative form of worship

with Wednesday, the theme March Seeking 9 at Stillness 7.30pm with Jesus .

Ash Wednesday Service

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4pm

Friday 16th December

7.30pm

Contemporary

Carol Service

An unconventional,

cafe-style, all age carol

service.

Sunday 4th December

Christmas Eve - Saturday, 24th December

11.30pm

Christingle Service

An informal service with traditional

Christingles especially for children

10.30am

4pm

Sunday 18th December

6pm

Traditional

Carol Service

A traditional carol service

with lessons and carols

followed by mince pies and

refreshments

Pre-school Nativity

0-4yrs, with figures from the manger

Crib Service

For all ages, especially children

Midnight Communion

Traditional service

Christmas Services

Christmas Day - Sunday, 25th December

10am-10.50am Christmas Day Service

Informal service for all ages

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Many of us, especially those

who work in the public

sector, have to make

promises to our employers - or to an

even higher authority.

These promises may be embodied

in our contracts of employment.

Sometimes, however, we are formally

required to make a special promise.

Probably the best known “promise”

is The Hippocratic Oath which is an

oath historically taken by doctors

and other healthcare professionals

swearing to practice medicine ethically.

It is widely believed to have been

written by Hippocrates, often regarded

as the father of western medicine, or

by one of his students. A widely used

modern version of the traditional oath

was penned in 1964 by Dr. Louis

Lasagna in the USA.

Lawyers in this country have

to promise to abide by a Code of

Conduct, set and updated regularly

by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority

(SRA). It includes confidentiality,

conflicts of interest and many other

promises around their behaviour,

integrity, probity and client service.

This code is also backed by the Law

Society and, occasionally, one hears

of a lawyer being “struck off”.

Within the 43 police forces in

England and Wales, officers are

attested under section 29 of the Police

Act 1996. The prescribed form of

words requires them to declare and

affirm that they will serve HM the

Queen and covers fairness, equality,

integrity, diligence, impartiality, keeping

the peace and preventing crime to the

best of their ability.

Civil servants and others working

for the Government are commonly

required to sign a statement to the

effect that they agree to abide by the

restrictions of the Official Secrets Act.

This is popularly referred to as “signing

the Official Secrets Act.” Every

Government employee is bound by the

Act, which deals with confidentiality,

whether they have signed or not.

The breaking of promises by any

professional who has committed

to obey a code or taken an oath

is usually followed by dismissal or

even criminal proceedings. However,

sometimes, if an individual feels that

their employer has done something

illegal or has acted unethically, the law

allows them to “whistleblow” with full

protection, as long as they have acted

in good faith.

Recently, of course, we have seen in

this country, the “hacking”

scandal, where some

journalists have used

unethical, and, sometimes

illegal methods to find a

story.

Perhaps all

employees should

make a promise to

their employers

that they will act

ethically, with

professionalism,

integrity and always

within the law.

David Manning

Promises at Work

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Most of you will remember The contract was awarded to

last winter as one of the Direct Gas Ltd of Dronfield, a

inside down, on a board worst or in piece recent of memory Tie the ends company into a that knot the or church bow. had

old cardboard. with Push heavy a drawing snowfalls, pin record low used before to replace our Church

through each temperatures, marked point, travel all the chaos and House boiler. However, this was a

way through school your pages, disruption leaving throughout you the different proposition and the boiler

with three (or country. five) holes. It was referred to as The we needed in church was seriously

Then sew Big it up, Freeze using by your national string media and it big.

or ribbon, in was the the following coldest sequence winter in Britain for The work started on September

(for three-holed 31 years. spines):

12 with the removal of the old

Against this backdrop, the two boilers and controls. Direct Gas

35-year old boilers at St

did not disappoint, with all the

Chad’s decided that

work being completed in

enough was enough There you have it four – a days. little book. We now have

and steadfastly

Now comes the fun part one – large filling condensing the

refused to heat

pages! You could insert

boiler,

photographs

a boiler room that

or copy a poem into it to make a

A Warm Welcome

Or, for the five church holes: to

an acceptable

temperature. Indeed

there was one

occasion when the

water in the flower vases

froze.

Clearly something had to be career. done

but the thought of replacing the

boilers gave our treasurer sleepless

nights. The church started putting

money aside each month and the

Diocese gave us a grant of £4,000.

The balance of £5,500 was raised

by the church family in a special

appeal.

The process of seeking

independent advice, obtaining

quotes and permissions from the

Sheffield Diocese started early in

2011.

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is unbelievably tidy and

present for a family member or

modern system controls

friend. Or give it, blank, to a child, so

that monitor the outside

they can write and illustrate their very

own story. It‟s a great

temperature

way to

to maintain

encourage a reluctant a comfortable hand-writer. inside

And – you never temperate. know – it could be

just the start Of of a course, flourishing the most literary obvious

advantage of replacing our boilers

is a nice warm church Amy Hole but we do

take our responsibilities to the

planet seriously and it has been

estimated that we will stop pumping

out 9.77 metric tons of Carbon

Dioxide each year. What you might

call a win-win result.

I would like to thank Sheffield

Diocese for their Grant, Direct Gas

for doing such a good job and our

congregation for their generous

support of our boiler appeal.

Nigel Belcher

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In September, I was part of

a group visiting the Holy

Land. We went with a group

of people from the Midlands, who

had kindly agreed to a couple of

“Sheffielders” joining them.

I had been to Israel four years

ago, and spent most of the time

as a volunteer in Nazareth; this

Pilgrimage was a much wider visit

to all the major sites and “authentic”

biblical events. For example, at

Bethany, one man was selling the

original sling used by David when he

fought Goliath. Amazingly, as soon

as he had sold one original sling, he

produced another original sling and

then another...

Visiting Bethlehem means passing

through military checkpoints, as this

is Palestinian territory. Now, as at

the time of Jesus, Bethlehem is an

occupied area. We queued up with all

the other vehicles, and when our turn

came, two armed soldiers walked up

and down the bus to check us out. The

return journey going back into Israeli

territory was even more thorough as

they needed to check that we were not

hiding Palestinians without papers in

the bus.

I will never sing ‘O little town of

Bethlehem’ in the same light.

For a start it isn’t little! Today

Bethlehem is a town of about 30,000

people, and is very busy! The streets

are bustling with a variety of shops,

hotels and eating places. So, “How still

we see thee lie” doesn’t immediately

accord with the bustling town that

today is a centre of Palestinian

culture and tourism. We did visit the

‘shepherd’s fields’ on the outskirts of

the town, which is largely unchanged

since the days when the shepherds

heard angels proclaiming a holy birth,

and it is easy there to imagine ‘the

silent stars go by.’ But the town itself is

hardly in a ‘deep and dreamless sleep.’

Although Bethlehem today is largely

a Muslim town, much of its tourism

trade comes from visitors from around

the world seeing and remembering

the significance of the town as the

birthplace of Jesus Christ. The Church

of the Nativity in Manger Square is

visited by thousands of people each

year. It is said to be built on the ‘cave’

in which Mary gave birth to Jesus,

and visitors can go down a staircase

into this cave to see the spot where

this is said to have happened. Much

to my dismay, on the day we visited,

the queue to go down to the cave was

very long and we were warned that

we would be queuing for at least an

hour before we even got near. This

turned out to be an under-estimate

and we were actually standing in the

heat for much longer. The positive bit

of the queuing turned out to be the fact

that we were standing behind a group

of about 100 African young people,

whose excitement and joy at being at

the place where Jesus was born was

infectious. It was a useful reminder that

in many parts of the world, Christianity

is growing and is attracting people of

all ages and backgrounds.

So; ‘O little town of Bethlehem’- not

really! ‘How still we see thee lie’-

maybe it was on the outskirts, but

certainly not in the town itself. And

certainly not on the armed checkpoints

controlling who goes in and who stays

out.

But - as we waited with that large

group of young African Christians, it

somehow seemed very true - ‘ So God

imparts to human hearts the blessings

of his heaven.’

David Harris - a local preacher at

Greenhill Methodist Church

O Busy Town of Bethlehem

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‘The Best

Christmas

Pudding I Have

Ever Tasted’

Preparation time: overnight

Cooking time: 2-3 hours

Serves: 6

Ingredients

75g self raising flour

75g breadcrumbs

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, cinnamon

and mixed spice

350g mixed dried fruit

125g brown sugar

1 grated carrot

1 grated apple

1 tablespoon marmalade

50g suet

50g melted margarine

1 tablespoon golden syrup

grated lemon rind

1 egg

1 tablespoon lemon juice, milk and

brandy

Method

1 Mix everything together and

stand overnight. More brandy can

be added if you like. This can be

cooked as individual puds in dariole

moulds or teacups or as a single

pud in a 1 kilo pudding basin. The

steaming time will depend on the

size of the pudding, but as a guide

this one can be steamed for 2-3

hours to start with.

2 Alternatively it can be “nuked”

in a microwave. Cook on high

for 5 minutes, leave to stand for

5 minutes repeating the process

and then finally cooking for 4

minutes. Allow to cool and store

until Christmas. Steam for 2 hours

before serving. Flame with brandy

and serve.

• For more seasonal recipes

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Broken Promises?

During our lives we all experience

broken promises, and, at some

time, we all break them.

In childhood we learn to come to

terms with this, but when it seems like

God has broken his promise to us it is

much more difficult to accept.

Recently, a group from St Chad’s

went to Doncaster Minster to support

Pauline Johnson as she was licenced

as a pastoral worker. We were

inspired by the powerful building and

assumed it must be very old. In fact it

is only around 150 years old.

The original church was indeed

mediaeval, towering, cathedral-like,

on the banks of the river that gave the

town its name. Then on

February 28, 1853, it

was destroyed by fire.

Picture the scene:

clergy and people

gazing in disbelief at

the smouldering pyre.

Among them, the young

organist Jeremiah

Rogers, searching the

rubble for remnants

of his instrument. But

there is nothing left.

Even the ivory keys are

reduced to ashes and the pipes, along

with the church bells, are just twisted

metal. The north wind blows smoke

and ash into his eyes, but the phoenix

is already beating its wings - the

people of Doncaster resolve to build

an even greater church.

Within seven days a rebuilding

committee was formed and within

14 days the sum of £11,000 was

promised, the most notable donations

being £5,000 from the town council,

£500 from the Archbishop of York and

£100 from Queen Victoria - not noted

for giving her money to charity.

George Gilbert Scott - the leading

architect of the day - was charged

with the task of restoration; choosing

to rebuild it in the mediaeval style of

1280 to 1340 (called Decorated for

architecture buffs).

The rebuilding took only four years

and the new church was consecrated

in 1858. Meanwhile Jeremiah Rogers

searched Europe for an organ builder

to build an instrument worthy of it. An

order was placed in 1857 to with a firm

called Schulze in Germany, most of

the parts arriving in 1860. Much of the

construction took place in the church,

the builder working from 5am until

midnight and sleeping on the bellows.

The organ, still a world-class

instrument, was dedicated at a service

in September 1862 with choirs from

all over Yorkshire taking part. Thus

it celebrates its 150th anniversary in

2012.

And so, due to Yorkshire grit

and determination, the

promised new church

replaced the one which

took 400 years to build,

four hours to burn down

and a mere four years to

rebuild.

Thus, those of us who

went with Pauline, like her,

were moved and inspired.

Pauline said she felt “faith

echoing from the walls

and trust in God from its

foundations”. Perhaps the

most moving part, she felt, was after

the anointing when we all sang the

words “Here I am Lord, I’ve come to

do your will,” and she felt the strength

and encouragement of all present.

So out of what may seem like

broken promises can come new life. A

flower must die before it can produce

seed - that’s the way of the world. Out

of brokenness came come goodness,

out of darkness can come light.

In his book Breaking the Rules,

Eddie Askew says: “When people ask

me how I can believe in the face of so

much evil, all I can say is how can one

not, in face of so much good.”

“He that goes forth weeping,

Bearing the seed for sowing,

Shall come home with shouts of joy,

Bringing his sheaves with him.”

Psalm 126 v6 (RSV)

Sylvia Bennett

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Mrs Palfrey The at Heavenly the Man

other she than joins his memory the ranks and God, he

Claremont by Brother Yun with Paul Hattaway started

of

to

the

take

rejected

the good

at the

news of

by Elizabeth ISBN Taylor 185424597X

Claremont Hotel. We

Jesus to the people of China via

ISBN 978-1844083213

discover that she is

illegal house churches. This gentle

T

lonely too. She is not

his is a remarkable and true man

This quiet, sharply

close

brought

to her

many

daughter,

people into a

story of a Chinese Christian relationship

geographically

with the

or

Lord.

observed novel brother is called Yun.

Yun emotionally, suffered inhuman or her and

set in the pleasant It presents like a modern day horrendous grandson, torture who when lives captured by

Claremont parallel Hotel to the book of Acts in the the „Public nearby Security but is not Bureau‟. He

somewhere Bible: in London spiritual warfare, the power of fasted expected for 72 days, to visit having her. no food or

towards the end Holy of Spirit, the visions, dreams, water, Mrs living Palfrey only finds by God‟s grace.

20th Century. miracles, near death experiences, During herself, this against fast Yun her was repeatedly

The residents torture are and escaping from impossible tortured, better humiliated judgement, and beaten by

elderly; not situations. rich,

Prison introducing Guards and to the fellow prisoners. In

yet affluent enough Brother Yun experienced all these, prison residents violent and a handsome, dangerous men

to have avoided

after following God‟s calling since the observed impoverished Yun‟s faith young and obedience

a state-supported

age of 16. Through illegal house to God. man, They who realised she meets that he was not

old people’s home.

churches he helped spread

a criminal, after a just fall outside a committed his Christian

The have chosen

Christianity through China, whilst and flat, came as themselves her grandson. into a deep and

instead the more genteel life in

The novel explores

this residential

evading

hotel.

the

There

Chinese

is Mrs

authorities who loving relationship with Jesus.

her relationship with this young man.

Arbuthnot,

saw

crippled

him as

with

a dangerous

arthritis, Mr

criminal. Miraculous and loving interventions

Unfortunately it is not a “and they all

Osmond, forever After writing his conversion, outraged Yun fasted

lived

for helped Yun for example jumping over

happily ever after” ending.

letters to the 100 Daily days Telegraph, on just a bowl of rice, a ten foot wall; walking through the

I enjoyed reading this novel by

Mrs Post, constantly knitting, praying and for a chance to open doors of a high security prison

author I had not come across

Mrs Burton, reeking of whisky glance by at a Bible; his unobserved and walking after his legs

before. In her very well written

lunchtime. All passing the family long were hours concerned book, Elizabeth

were so

Taylor

severely

examines

broken

the

(he was told

of each day as best they for can, his sanity. lonely, To be indignities he of would ageing be with crippled sensitivity for life after this

yet somehow too reserved found and with a Bible and would shrewdness. punishment). She never mocks

unable to form friendships have with meant each serious her characters, Whatever but treats Yun them experienced, with God

other.

consequences and compassion. repeatedly She has demonstrated a keen eye his

Into this mix comes the punishment. recentlywidowed

Laura Palfrey, honoured described this fast the and demeanour family of to elderly cope alone. people We who will

God and ear for faithfulness the pain lurking never behind leaving him or his

as “a handsome woman”, prayer someone sending Yun have a been probably cast aside never by our experience “throwaway

society”. persecution As Mrs but Palfrey this book states, is testimony

this kind of

who “straightens her back Bible. and He gives immediately

herself a good talking to”. read She and has memorised “It is hard to work the being incredible old.” power of God and his

no self pity and is prepared chapters to endure from the Bible. Ann Lomax, Holy Spirit. a member of the St

whatever life puts in her

With

path.

few

The

resources Chad’s 3rd Age Ministry’s Book Sian Mann

reader can only feel sorry for her as

Club

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Where’s that

from..?

A Lick And A Promise

Meaning - a cursory attempt to do

something hurriedly with just a hint of

returning to finish it properly later on.

Derived from - children who, from a

young age, dislike washing and, when

asked to do so, make a very quick and

half-hearted attempt.

As long ago as 1860, Walter White wrote

“We only gives the cheap ones a lick

and a promise” in his book, “All Round

The Wrekin”.

The saying could also allude to the way

in which a cat licks in order to clean

itself.

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Have you made a will?

If not, you are among

the 53 per cent of the

UK population who will die

intestate, according to a recent

survey.

People have different reasons

for not making a will. Many of

us just don’t like to think about

dying. Some of us think there’s

no point in making a will; that it

costs too much; or we just can’t

decide who to leave what to.

• Why make a will?

Few of us feel comfortable thinking

about dying, but if you die without one

it is likely to be very stressful for your

loved ones to have to sort out legal

problems at the same time as having

to cope with being bereaved.

A will can also ensure that your

loved ones will be provided for after

your death. For example, if you and

your partner aren’t married they are

likely to receive nothing when you die.

If you have young children, you

need to write a will so that you can

appoint legal guardians for them in

the event of your death. A will is the

best way of ensuring that if you want

to give a personal item to a particular

person, that they will receive it. It can

also be a good way of ‘doing good’

even after death, by leaving legacies

to charities whose work you want to

support. For many charities, legacies

account for up to half their income.

• How do I make a will?

Although it’s possible to write your

own will, it’s highly advisable to use a

solicitor to make sure it’s legally valid

and reflects your wishes.

contested. A solicitor can also keep

a record of your wishes in case your

will is lost or destroyed. You can find a

local solicitor through the Law Society

(www.lawsociety.org.uk) or through

Will Aid (see below). You will need to

provide the names and addresses of

your intended beneficiaries.

Once you’ve made your will, you

need to keep it somewhere safe and

tell your family or friends where it is.

You should also remember to update

it if your circumstances change.

The Will Aid website (www.willaid.

org.uk) contains lots of useful

information about making wills,

including a will planner (which sets

out the information you need to obtain

and decisions you need to make

before going to see a solicitor), a

‘jargon buster’, and a flow process

indicating what happens to your

estate if you die without making a will.

Amy Hole

Making a Will

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A Sprinkling of Grace

My eldest son was baptised

in a Norman font in an

ancient parish church in

Cambridgeshire. My younger son

was baptised in a baby bath at my

theological college. None of my

nephews have yet been baptised

(having a thanksgiving service

instead) and I was baptised as a

teenager in a freezing cold homemade

baptistry in the depths of

winter. My family probably sum up

the remarkable diversity of attitudes

towards baptism in the UK today.

Although baptisms have declined

dramatically since the middle of last

century, when it was still normal

for children to be baptised, 12% of

children are still baptised in their

parish church each year. In 2009 this

equated to 138,300 baptisms, 11,010

of whom were adults (adult baptisms

are increasing year on year).

So what is baptism about? Let’s first

get our terminology right. Baptism and

Christening both describe the same

thing. The word Baptism comes from

the Greek which means “to immerse

or dip”. The word Christening means

“to make a Christian”. It’s not the

case that christenings are for babies

and baptisms for adults. Whether the

baptismal candidate is eight months

or 80 years baptism is a sign that they

are accepted into God’s family.

For many people of course a

baptism will mean other things as well

– it is a time to celebrate the birth of a

child with family and friends and it is

an opportunity to present their child to

be prayed for and blessed in church.

The popular service of thanksgiving

is also a way of doing this without

having to make the profound promises

associated with baptism.

And the promises made at baptism

are profound and lifelong.The parents

and godparents promise to pray for

the child, to draw them by example

into the worshipping life of the church

and to share the Christian faith with

them.

That’s one reason why godparents

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themselves need to be baptised.

And then, on behalf of the child,

the parents and godparents make

six statements (called the Decision).

Three of these statement are

negative. They renounce the devil,

the corruption of evil and the sins

that separate us from God. Three are

positive. They turn to, submit to, and

come to Jesus Christ as Saviour, Lord

and the Way, the Truth and the Life.

There is a lot of thinking that needs

to be unpacked here which is why at

St Chad’s we run a short preparation

course for anyone who asks after

baptism.

Once these promises and decisions

have been made, the candidate is

baptised with water. Water symbolises

many things – a new start (like the

waters of birth), a cleansing from sin

and evil and the life-giving energy

and power of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps

above all it represents death. The

early church, and many churches

today, baptise by submersing the

candidate and then bringing them

out. This is why our younger son was

baptised in a baby bath! The going

under the waters and coming out

of them reminds us of Jesus’ death

and resurrection and the promise of

resurrection for all who believe in him.

At St Chad’s most baptisms are

done by using the font so baptism

is done by sprinkling rather than

emersion. By being baptised we

surrender ourselves to God’s grace,

we are born again, and we have

the promise of sharing in Jesus’

resurrection.

Most baptisms that I do are of very

young babies, but sometimes I baptise

an adult who has come to faith and on

rare occasions I baptise someone who

is very close to death, which is where

the deep symbolism of baptism really

leaps out at you. I recently baptised

a brave young man whose funeral

followed on all too quickly from his

baptism. It is in memory of Will that I

dedicate this article.

Rev Toby Hole

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Registers

2011

Baptisms

October 23

Jonathan David

Hopkinson

Funerals

August 24 Joyce Lofts (85)

August 30 Philip Haige (56)

September 2 Miriam Lomax (100)

October 24 William John Driskell (34)

You don’t have to be a churchgoer to

have a wedding in church, nor do

you have to 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 two services and give

parents an opportunity to ask any

questions.

Please call the church office on 0114

274 5086 if you are interested in attending

and to find out the latest dates.

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CHURCH OFFICES 15 Camping Lane 274 5086

S8 0GB

Term time office hours:

Mon & Thurs 10am1pm;

Tues 10am12pm; Fri 9.30am11.30am

Church Office Administrator

Helen Reynolds

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Vicar Toby Hole (Vicarage) 274 9302

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Reader/Assistant Minister Yvonne Smith 274 5086

for the elderly

Youth Worker Nick Seaman 274 5086

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Besom in Sheffield

Steve Winks and

Darren Coggins 274 5086

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Church Wardens Nigel Belcher 281 1750

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Malcolm Smith 274 7159

Deputy Wardens

Jimmy Johnson

Linda McCann

Caretaker Mark Cobbold 274 5086

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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