December 2017/January 2018


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to over 5,000 homes in S8.

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wonder which nation you think is the most generous in

the world in terms of individuals giving time and money

to those who need help? Or which is the most generous

nation in Europe?

The answers might surprise you. According to the

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), whose global survey of

giving was published earlier this month (,

the answer is Myanmar where 91% of the adult population

give money to charity and 63% will help a stranger. Sadly

this generosity appears not to extend to the Rohingya

Muslims, whose tragedy we see regularly on our TV screens,

so statistics don’t tell the whole story. Even so, its notable

that one of the poorest countries in the world is also the

most generous. Or what about Iraq, which tops the list for

having the most compassionate population (81% of Iraqis will help a

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neighbour) – in a country torn apart through sectarian violence and civil

war, the vast majority of Iraqis will still look out for their neighbour.

And the most generous country in Europe? Well, the answer is the

United Kingdom – 69% give to charity, 61% help a stranger and 33%

actively volunteer for a charity or community organisation. Perhaps I

am too pessimistic about my country sometimes – and it is true that

compared to the world’s big givers (Australia and the USA join Myanmar

in the top three) we don’t give as much as our national wealth might

suggest – but this survey has shown me that the British do still seem to

be, at heart, a nation that cares about the poorer members of our society

and want to work for the good of our community.

That is the good news of the CAF report. The bad news is that the top

20 wealthiest countries in the world (which includes the UK) are all giving

less now than they were. African countries, on the other hand have

increased on all counts.

Christians, like members of the other great religions, place a great

emphasis on giving to the poor. Some of us believe that to give a tenth

of our income away is an appropriate response to the need around

us. Likewise, to help the stranger is something mandated by the Bible.

This is not about “do-gooding” or feeling self-righteous. It’s about a

recognition that all of the world is made and loved by God, and so the

financial blessings that I receive through having a job and living in a

wealthy country need to be shared out with those who are less fortunate.

As someone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ, I

try my hardest to live up to the Christian ideals of giving

money, loving the stranger and serving my community.

But these are not uniquely Christian virtues, and my hope

is that all of us will go against the trend of giving and

loving less and that in the year to come we can be more

generous with the money and the time that we have.

After all, giving is the discipline of a lifetime, not just


Rev Toby Hole, Vicar, St Chad’s, Woodseats

Global Giving

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“‘Jesus, Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ is a bit

long for the form. Maybe you could just call

him Jesus.”

Why didn’t Rudolph

go to school?

He was elf-taught!

What do you get

if you cross a

Christmas tree with

a Pink Lady?

A pineapple!

Who doesn’t eat at

Christmas? The turkey,

because it is always


What is the

best Christmas

present in the


A broken drum,

you just can’t

beat it!

Why is it

getting harder

to buy Advent



their days are


A lady lost her

handbag in the

bustle of Christmas


It was found by

an honest little boy

and returned to her.

Looking in her purse,

she commented,

“Hmmm.... that’s

funny. When I lost

my bag there was a

£20 note in it. Now

there are 20 £1


“The boy quickly

replied, “That’s right,


“The last time I

found a lady’s purse,

she didn’t have

any change for a


Why did Santa put a

clock in his sleigh?

Because he wanted

the time to fly!

How much did

Santa pay for his


Nothing – it was on

the house!

Fun and Laughs

Anderson Tree Services

Bill Anderson

131 Holmhirst Road

Sheffield S8 0GW

Telephone: 0114 274 9101

Email: 274 5061

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What’s On

If you have an event you would like

to see included in our What’s On

section, email

Health Walks

•Mondays - 10am: Graves Park.

Meet outside the Rose Garden


•Tuesdays - 10.30am: Ecclesall

Woods. Meet at the Visitors

Centre at Abbeydale Industrial


•Thursdays - 10.30am: Lowedges.

Meet at the Gresley Road Meeting

Rooms, Gresley Road, Lowedges;

•Thursdays - 10.30am: Ecclesall

Woods. Meet at the JG Graves

Discovery Centre off Abbey Lane.

•Fridays - 10.30am: Graves Park.

Meet in the main entrance, Graves

Leisure Centre.

Call 07505 639524 or visit www.


for details about any of the walks.

November 30, December 1 and 2

Christmas with Woodseats

Musical Theatre Company

Abbeydale Sports Club

Evenings and Saturday matinee

A musical evening of songs from

the shows and fi lms. Also, optional

pie and pea supper, or afternoon

tea at the matinee.

Call 0114 264 4803.

December 1

Christmas Tree Festival Launch


St Chad’s Church

The opening night of our Christmas

Tree Festival and offi cial switch-on

with carols and refreshments.

The festival runs until January 4.

December 3

Nether Edge Farmers’ Market

Stalls, entertainment and various

activities held in the streets around

the old Nether Edge Market Place.

December 3

Pedlar’s Corner Car Boot &

Community Flea Market

Abbeydale Picture House


December 4


Sheffi eld Cathedral


Sheffi eld Bach Choir with the

National Festival Orchestra.

December 7

Roundabout Quizmas

Queens Social Club

Doors open 7pm for 8pm start

A fundraising pub quiz for youth

housing charity Roundabout.

Tickets are £8 per person and

include a meal of pie and peas.

Call 0114 253 6753.

December 9

Abbeydale Singers in Concert

St Mark’s Church, Broomhill


The Abbeydale Singers present a

programme of music for Christmas.

Call in for a Cuppa

at Church House, 56 Abbey Lane

10am to 12noon

on the last Saturday of each month

Bring & Buy (new items)

Handicrafts and Home Baking

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offi ce: Linden Avenue, Sheffi eld S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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Send details of your event to or write to: Impact,

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

December 9

Wreath-making Workshop

Health Ecclesall Walks Woods

Mondays 1-3pm – 10am: Graves Park.

Meet Learn at how the Animal to make Farm a Christmas car park;

Tuesdays wreath. Cost – £5. 10.30am: Ecclesall

Woods. December Meet 9at Abbeydale

Industrial Christmas Hamlet; in the Library

Thursdays Greenhill Library – 10.30am:

Lowedges. 10am-3pmMeet at the Community

Wing, Children’s Lowedges crafts, Junior games, School. stalls

and Call singing 0114 203 from 9337. the GameByrds,

Greenhill, Lowedges and Abbey

National Lane school Council choirs, for soloist Divorced, James

Single and the and Greenhill Widowed Songsters.

Tuesdays December 8-11pm 10

Norton Christingle Country Service Club

Club St Chad’s offering Church friendship and social

activities. 4pm

December Call Magdalen 10 on 0114

2394326. Abbeydale Community Christmas

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

January 11am - 4.45pm 30 - February 5

AEGON A seasonal British celebration Tennis including Tour

Graves Abbeydale Tennis Industrial and Leisure Hamlet’s Centre Tilt

World Hammers ranked Choir, players living compete history, live

alongside music and local handcrafted Sheffield wares. players.

December Call 0114 11 283 9900.

The Victorians and the Christmas

February Season 5

Book Bishops’ Sale House


Crawshaw Grove, Beauchief

10am-12pm A talk by Danny Wells on the




of the





Christmas as we know it today.

for sale in aid of the Alzheimer‟s

Society. December Donations 14, 15 and of paperback 16

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books due to space

Dore Male Voice Choir performs a


Christmas Concert with Neil Balfour

February December 5 16

Free Christmas Environmental ConcertsActivities

Millhouses Sheffield City Park Hall


3pm and 7pm

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and

Obstacle course and stream

Black Dyke Band with a concert of


carols and



for 8 -


13 year


Call 0114 263 4335.

December 17

Carols by Candlelight

February St Chad’s 8-12 Church

Jamaica 6pm Inn





Saints Church Hall

7.30pm Sheffield Oratorio Chorus Carol

A Concert play presented by Ecclesall

Theatre St Andrew’s Company. Church, Tickets: Psalter £5. Lane

7.30pm Call 0114 230 8842.

Sheffield Oratorio Chorus presents

February a carol concert. 12 Tickets are £10

Free (concessions Environmental £8; students Activities and

Millhouses under 16s £5). Park


December 23

Nature Pre-School quiz trail, Nativity stream dipping

and St Chad’s bug hunting Churchactivities for 8 - 13

year 10.30am, olds. with crafts from 10am

Call 0114 263 4335.

December 24


Crib Service


St Chad’s Church

Free Environmental Activities


Ecclesall Woods Sawmill


December 24

Nature Midnight quiz Communion trail, stream Service dipping

and St Chad’s bug hunting Churchactivities for 8 - 13

year 11.30pm olds.


Call 0114


235 6348.

Christmas Family Service

February St Chad’s 20 Church

Why 10amNot Try A Bike

Greenhil Park

10am-2pm January 6


Christmas Tree



cycling skills in

Outside Abbey Lane School

Greenhill Park. The rangers will


provide a bike, helmet and

Take your Christmas tree along


to be shredded








Pavilion, donation Greenhill of £2 in aid Park. of St Chad’s

Booking Scout Group. is essential.

Call 0114 283 9195.

Beauchief Abbey Abbey holds holds a variety a

of variety services of services. and anyone For is more

welcome information to attend. see page For 9. more

details see the Abbey notice


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Gifts of the Magi

Isn’t it exciting to receive

a gift, especially an

unexpected one? Birthdays

and Christmas spring to

mind, but even a bit of

unexpected discount at the

checkout can have us walking

out of the shop with a grin as we

clutch our surprise bargain.

Imagine how Mary and Joseph

felt when a bunch of kings on

sporty looking camels rocked up

outside their house in Bethlehem

– ‘have you got the right address,’

they probably asked.

‘Oh yes,’ said the kings, bringing

even more surprises as they

handed over some fancy presents

– gold, some special incense, and

some expensive fragrant lotion.

Biggest surprise of all – they

knelt down and worshipped Mary

and Joseph’s little boy, Jesus.

And then they were gone; the

Bible doesn’t tell us their names,

or where they came from exactly,

just The East. It calls them Magi,

which could mean wise men,

magicians, even scientists.

They’ve become part of the

mystery and drama of Christmas.

What did Mary and Joseph

make of their presents? Gold is

always handy, of course, and as

they would soon fi nd themselves

refugees and migrants in Egypt it

would be extremely useful.

What about the frankincense

and myrrh?

Mary was a refl ective young

woman; she treasured and turned

over in her mind the things that

Anna and Simeon said to her

when she and Joseph took Jesus

to the temple to offer a sacrifi ce.

And she had been visited by the

angel Gabriel before Jesus was

born – clearly this was no ordinary

child, and these were no ordinary


Maybe she kept them – or a little

of them – all her life, refl ecting on

their meaning.

The popular carol We Three

Kings gives us some hints about

these gifts; gold honours Jesus

as king, frankincense speaks of

worshipping him as God, while

myrrh points to his sacrifi cial


The carol’s last verse says

“Glorious now behold him arise;

King and God and sacrifi ce;

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Rings through the earth and


The mysterious Magi and their

surprising gifts tell us a great deal

about Jesus – he is a king, and

not just a king but God in human

form; he has by his death on the

cross made a sacrifi ce which can

bring us peace with God; and he

has risen and lives forever.

Recognising him can make our

Christmas surprisingly special,

because he is the best gift of all.

Ken Goodier

• You can read

the story of the

Magi in Matthew’s

gospel, chapter

2, verses 1-14;

Luke’s gospel has

the story of Anna

and Simeon in

chapter 2, verses


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visit us

Family optometrist and

contact lens practitioner



High quality tuition in street dance, pop singing and

musical theatre for ages 2-18 years!

Limited places available:

Saturday 13 th January

Call Helen on 07979189177

• Free sight test and glasses for all under 16s

• Private and NHS sight tests

• Contact lenses for children and adults

• Rayban glasses and sunglasses

• Home visits by appointment

• Prescription sportswear

• Use your two-yearly Westfield allowance

• Ample free on-street parking

Terminus Road, Millhouses S7 2LH

0114 262 1955

Services during Dec & Jan

Holy Communion:

Sun 3rd Dec 11.00am

Advent Sunday

Sun 10th Dec 11.00am

Mon 25th Dec 10.30am

Sun 31st Dec 11.00am

Sun 7th Jan 11.00am

Sun 14th Jan 11.00am

Sun 28th Jan 11.00am

Evensong ( third Sunday):

Sun 17th Dec 3.00pm

Sun 21st Jan 3.00pm

24th December

Christmas Eve Carol service

7.00 pm

please arrive early

Please note the 10.30

start on Christmas day

All Welcome

Our Services are based on the Book of Common Prayer &

Refreshments are served afterwards


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Acts of Kindness

Christmas can be a time

when job lists multiply

and panic buying of gifts

online is juggled around

all the extra Christmas


My attitude towards this time

of year however, and gifts and

generosity in general, was

challenged a couple of years

ago when I innocently signed

up for 40acts. 40acts is a Lent

initiative launched by the charity

Stewardship, which wanted Lent

to be ‘more than just giving stuff


An email dropped into my inbox

with a generosity challenge for

each day of

Lent – creative


to offer an


word, gift,

act of service

or listening

ear to those

around. My

attempts had

to fi t around

a day with two young children

but I was amazed at how I was

able to complete the challenge in

manageable ways, that really felt

too simple to make an impact.

You don’t always know

the impact your acts have

on others. In this case many

were anonymous, but positive

feedback on social media from

participants across the country

motivated me to continue.

Having also been on the

receiving end of others’

generosity in the form of meals

on the arrival of a baby, a thank

you card here and there and

a kind individual letting me go

ahead in a supermarket queue

when my toddlers (and I) were

clearly struggling with the wait,

I trusted that even the smallest

of gesture could have a positive

impact on another’s day. The 40

days had a profound impact on

me, lifting my head out of my own

circumstances as I looked around

to consider the needs of others,

and gave a lightness to my day

which I had not anticipated.

I have since read that this same

impact has been found to be true

in a research study – generosity

can actually help to de-stress the

giver. It seems counter-intuitive

but it has been shown that

people who perform fi ve acts of

giving over

six weeks are

happier than

those that

don’t; when

you give, you

get reduced




lowered blood

pressure and

increased endorphins; and that

acts of kindness reduce anxiety

and strengthen the immune


There are lots of things in the

world that aren’t so good, but with

apparent benefi ts to both giver

and receiver, maybe small acts

of generosity are a simple way to

lighten our days and change the

culture of places we work or live.

Christmas provides us with

a great opportunity to consider

the simple, thoughtful ways that

we could bless those around us

and resist the the commercial

message from the high street to

panic buy to our limit.

Gill Millard

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offi ce: Linden Avenue, Sheffi eld S8 0GA

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Wednesdays at 7.30pm

starting on January 10th, 2018

at St Chad’s Church,

Linden Avenue, Woodseats

For details email

or call 0114 274 9302

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Church Offi ce: Linden Avenue, Sheffi eld S8 0GA

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#Findtheangels this C

Did you fi nd one of our Christmas

Angels last year? For the last

two years, throughout December

small plastic angels have been

placed around Woodseats,

Beauchief and Chancet Wood and we’ve

invited you to take them home.

Many people have taken part – and

sent us pictures of them with the angels

to be published in Impact. It’s been such

a success that we’ve decided to do the

same again this Advent.

We would like to encourage you to

look out for these angels and, when you

fi nd one, please take it home as part of

your Christmas decorations. This year, if

you don’t want to hang it in your home,

why not bring it to St Chad’s during our

Christmas Tree Festival and hang it on

the large church tree?

We would love to see your ‘selfi e’

photographs of where you fi nd your

angel or where you display it – and

maybe of you or members of your family.

Send your photos to christmasangels@ and we will then publish

them in Impact, on St Chad’s website

at and on Facebook

and Twitter. You can also post them

yourself on Twitter with the hashtag

#fi ndtheangels or on our Facebook page eld

This is a fun way of remembering

0114 453 4716

Healing Rooms

at the Big Tree Pub

Wednesday mornings


1st & 3rd Wednesday evenings

7.45- 9.00

As part of an international

Christian organisation, we seek

to freely serve the local

community in prayer for the sick.

Tel. 0114 3600616 (answerphone)

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the angels’ part in the Christmas story,

spreading their message and wishing

you all a very happy Christmas.






















TEL/FAX: 0114 2817022

M: 07929188450


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Giving Your Time to


One of the ways we can give

is through our time. We asked

four people from St Chad’s to

share how they help others in

our community and city.

Here are some extracts from

letters of thanks to Grace

Food Bank:

“I have just been given the

best Christmas present ever.

Thank you from the bottom of my


“A huge thank you. You helped us

three years ago when our daughter

was very poorly and my husband had

lost his job. We are now in a good

place. You really helped us when we

were in desperate need.”

These illustrate why people who

volunteer at food bank, including

myself, give our time. God gives us

unconditional love. It’s not too hard to

share that love with those with those

who, for whatever reason, need our


Ann Lomax

To fi nd out more, visit www.gracefoodbank


In becoming a Street Pastor, I

committed myself to 12 days of

training and a further 12 nights

out on patrol a year.

Three years on, its early ISunday morning of freshers week

and I am in a cafe having a short

break with the rest of the team,

before going back out on patrol.

We’ve spoken to door staff, people

of all ages out having a good time,

given out fl ip fl ops for those whose

high heels became too much, bottles

of water, space blankets, hand

warmers and lollies – few say no to

the lollies.

Most will have no need of us, but

for the few that do, it’s why there is a

team out every Friday and Saturday

in all weathers.

Kevin Blow

To fi nd out more, visit

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offi ce: Linden Avenue, Sheffi eld S8 0GA

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Help Other People

For the last fi ve years I have

volunteered at 127th St Chad’s


Both my daughters loved

their time in Girlguiding as

Rainbows, Brownies and then Guides

at St Chad’s – it was something

they could do outside of school, an

opportunity to make new friends and

have new experiences.

Initially I wanted to give something

back so I went as a parent helper

“doing my bit”, but actually it didn’t

take long for me to realise that I was

enjoying myself too and now I’m one

of the Brownie leaders there.

At Brownies we play games, do

crafts, complete challenges to earn

badges, go on pack holidays and

generally HAVE FUN!

After a day at work, I find it’s a

chance to switch off and be a bit silly

but know I’m offering girls adventure,

fun, friendship and a space to be


Beth Turton

To fi nd out more, visit

St Chad’s Befrienders are a

small team who visit people

who may be housebound,

lonely or in need of a

good chat. Here are a few

examples of how they use their gifts.

On an early visit one visitor asked if

the new friend came from that area to

discover both were born there giving

a common bond! Many said being an

active listener was invaluable to help

coax a chat along and encourage a

conversation sometimes helped by

a local Sheffi eld book. Some tell of

times when praise and encouragement

help bring joy or when a displayed

photo led to an enlightened personal

story. Another shared of a time she

received a tearful farewell for the

kindness shown for giving time to visit

a forgetful lady. All Befrienders do rely

on patience as they faithfully continue

their monthly visits sharing love, joy

and friendship. I thank God for their


Yvonne Smith

To find out more, visit


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Services at St Chad’s

Sunday Services





Sunday Services

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Weekday Services

Weekday Services

Morning Prayers

Morning Prayers

Morning Prayers

Morning Prayer

Evening Prayers

Evening Prayers

Evening Prayers

Monday to Thursday at 9am

Monday to Thursday at 9am

Monday to Thursday at 9am

• Monday to Thursday at 9am - a half-hour service

of prayer and Bible readings in church

Monday to Thursday at 5pm

• Monday Friday at to 9am Thursday - up to at an 5pm hour of prayer, blessing

for Monday the community to Thursday and at prayer 5pm ministry if requested

The Thursday 10am Service

The Thursday 10am Service

The Traditional Thursday in style 10am Service service


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of church

Held in the Lady Chapel at the back of church

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Are Women More Generous?

Stereotyping is dangerous.

Humanity is too varied

and intricate to make

convincing generalities,

but over the years there’s

one stereotype that has stuck;

women are simply more generous

and kind than men. Now a new

piece of research by Philippe

Tobler, an associate professor

of neuroeconomics and social

neuroscience at the University of

Zurich, has found that there may

be some truth in the stereotype.

In his research, he and his

colleagues found that the brain’s

dopamine-based reward system

may be geared towards

‘pro-social’ or sharing

behaviour in women,

and more selfcentred


in men i.e. the

‘natural high’ of a

dopamine release

is triggered in

women when they

are generous, and

in men when they

are selfish. Professor

Tobler was very clear to point

out that this chemical reward

was almost certainly the result of

social and environmental factors,

rather than any inherent biological

makeup. For instance, girls are

often praised for being ‘pro-social’

(kind, generous etc.) and as such,

their reward systems learn to

expect rewards when they repeat

generous behaviour, with the

reverse often being true for boys.

Whether you’re male or female,

your generosity is one of the

greatest forces for good in this

world. If we want to build a society

that looks out for each other,

caring and sharing for one another

as we would want to be cared for,

then generosity is the key. Britain

is a fairly generous nation. We

have laws in place to ensure a

percentage of the national budget

goes to international development

and foreign aid, we have regular

nationwide fundraising events like

Children in Need or Macmillan

Coffee Mornings, and when

devastation has hit a community

or country then the British public

is often quick to respond through

disaster relief funds like the

Grenfell Tower Fire fund which has

raised over £11m. These acts of

generosity are fantastic examples

of what it means to be generous,

but our generosity should

not just be reactive,

responding to

someone or

something ‘in


True generosity

is a whole life

calling, a desire

to share with

everyone something

of ourselves, to be

sacrificial in the way

we handle our time, our

finances, and our skills. This is

the form of generosity that we see

modelled by Jesus Christ, who

spent his life caring for everyone

he came in to contact with, often

breaking down social and racial

barriers to share love with anyone

willing to receive it. It’s this

generosity that will rid the world

of the hatred, selfishness, and

bitterness that is so often at the

root of the problems we face on

local, national, and global scales,

and it starts with each one of us,

choosing to be more generous

every day. A simple calling that will

change the world.

David Stout

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Office: Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

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How to find £

Three years ago, I set out to the

congregation of St Chad’s the

plans for changing the church

building – our Reshaping the

Church project. I also set out how

I intended to raise the funds for it – a mere

£300,000 (the final bill is much closer to

£500,000). Since then I have been asked

by a fair number of people how we went

about raising this money, so in the event

that any Impact readers are involved in

fundraising for their own projects – church,

or otherwise, here is what we did, and the

lessons that we learned.

1. Be realistic about the costs involved,

and don’t trust the initial estimates by the

architects, builders and quantity surveyors.

Our original (pre-tender) estimate of

£240,000 (ex. VAT) ended up as a final bill

of £390,000. The significant increase was

partly down to the tenders coming in at a

much higher than estimated value, but also

because as the project progressed our own

ideas of what was needed changed as well

as unforeseen (and so, unbudgeted for)

costs arose.

2. See whether you have already the

resources to fund a major part of the

project. We owned a residential property

that had once been our parish office. By

selling this we knew that we were already

a significant way to reaching our target.

If you’re having to raise all your funds

from scratch it can be a very long and

disheartening process.

3. Be wise in applying for grants,

applying maximum effort to the grants that

are likely to give you the most and are

most likely to be successful. Even in these

times of austerity there are still many grantmaking

bodies who want to give money

to well thought-out community projects.

We were able to get £50,000 from

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Viridor landfill tax credits and three other

organisations gave us grants in excess

of £10,000. Some organisations that

look attractive may prove less profitable

– perhaps they are not really interested in

your particular type of project, or perhaps

the community that you are seeking to

serve is not in their target demographic.

It’s worth spending time researching who

are the best people to apply for, and ask

others who have done similar projects.

4. Present a vision, and keep on

presenting it. We were clear that the

purpose of reshaping St Chad’s building

was not so the congregation could have

a warmer church with nice toilets and

a kitchen. The project was so that the

church could be of benefit to the wider

community and show God’s love and grace

to all who use it. This helped us in our

fundraising and helped keep our focus on

the purpose of it all.

5. Trust in the generosity of the

congregation and grace of God. We

decided from the outset that we would

raise the money from amongst ourselves

so that our church would truly be a gift

from us to our community. We ended up

raising £100,000 just through the giving of

St Chad’s members – many of whom are

retired or who are not on high incomes.

I was humbled by the giving of some

members who gave out of their savings

to ensure the success of the project.

Unexpected gifts from legacies also helped

us immensely.

Looking back I am amazed that we

raised so much money – £450,000 all

told. I wonder to myself whether I would

have had the courage to ask for that much

money three years ago had I been aware

of the final cost! We still have outstanding

bills to pay and so once again we have

asked the congregation to give so that we

are able to enter 2018 debt-free. Even so

I feel proud of St Chad’s and the effort and

sacrifices made by many of us. We serve

a God whose generosity and love is seen

in the ultimate sacrifice of his son Jesus

and no amount of our giving can ever

repay him. I hope that our new church will

stand as a beacon to his love for many

years to come.

Rev Toby Hole

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Office: Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

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What are your Gifts?

Do you think of yourself as

talented? Possibly not,

but I read this recently:

“Everybody’s good at

something” – and I guess

it’s true. If so, what are your

gifts? It might help to ask several


Where do our gifts come from?

Frequently a gift is handed down

through the family. Perhaps

your grandmother was an

accomplished painter and now

you feel drawn to a career in art.

The Bible goes even further back

and says that “every good and

perfect gift is from above

coming down from God our


When the Israelites

were in the Sinai

desert, God told

Moses to build a

portable ‘church’

or tabernacle, but it

required numerous




and weavers.

Where could

they be

found? In

Exodus 31

we read that

God promised

to fill key people

with his Spirit

with “skill, ability and

knowledge to engage in all the

different crafts needed”. And the

job got done. Similarly, the gifting

you have comes from the Lord.

What kinds of gifts are there?

As many as you can think of!

The skills you need for your job,

the running of your family or the

hobbies you enjoy. We’re all

different and God loves the variety

of so many wonderful talents he

has given us.

How do we recognise them? I

remember sitting in a church once

being asked to fill in a survey of

our gifts. I was surprised to find

most of those around me hadn’t

a clue! Many of us miss out in

life because we don’t know what

our gifts are. To find out I suggest

three things. Ask God to show

you, ask a trusted friend for their

advice and ask yourself what you

like doing best of all.

How should we use them? It’s

fine to make a beautiful

garden for sheer

pleasure, but I think

there’s a higher

use of our gifts

and that is for

the benefit of

others. The first

century church

at Corinth

was becoming

proud and selfcentred

about some

‘supernatural’ gifts

they had and Paul had to

remind them that the Holy

Spirit had given them “for

the common good”. In

other words, let’s make

sure we’re using our gifts

to honour God and bless

other people.

How are you developing

yours? I can’t imagine Mo Farah

saying, “I’ve won so many medals,

I’ll not bother doing any more

training now.” You have to keep

exercising your body if you’re

going to win more! It’s the same

with our gifts. If we bury our

talents in the ground, they will

wither away.

So how are you doing?!

Jeremy Thornton

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Office: Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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The Holly and the Ivy

David Allen takes a look at a traditional

carol and shares some thoughts on its


If you type The Holly and The Ivy into

YouTube you’ll find several versions

– some which are churchy and some

that swing. Whatever gets you

humming along, if not singing, then

play it and have a listen to the words.

Celtic Christians were great at remodelling

older ‘god beliefs’ into the

Christian way. The origins of this carol

may be Druidical – Holly Oak and Holly

King – or from the Roman Saturnalia

celebrations or Norse Yule or Jewish

holiday of Hanukkah.

With the Christian Christmas goes carols

and these should cover the whole of Jesus’

life. The Holly and The Ivy does struggle to

fit the format, but here goes...

The chorus symbolises ‘purity of life’ –

well, seeing ‘the rising of the sun’ may be

okay at this time of year but in summer?

And how often do we see deer running

about these days? Human purity, I think,

should be more exciting than music from

an ‘organ’ and ‘sweet singing’.

The first verse proper has no direct

Christian content. It is the only time ivy

gets a mention despite being in the title!

Both plants are evergreen so stand out

in winter woods, and both provide shelter

and food for wildlife. Some say the ‘holly’

and ‘crown’ point to Jesus (male), and ‘ivy’

(female) to Jesus’ mother Mary. Does this

push it too far?

In the second verse, white lily flower is a

symbol of purity and Jesus, being without

sin, fits perfectly. Jesus came to save us

from our lack of purity hence to be our

Saviour. Being saved from our impurity

just has to be sweet!

The third verse jumps to Good Friday

and Jesus’ death on a cross – the blood

red of the berry and of Jesus’ own blood

from nails and a spear. Good for us impure

people as the carol says, and Good as in

Good Friday’s name – a perfect match.

The fourth verse tells us holly prickles

are sharp, but comparing it to child birth?

Thanks to my wife I’ve seen a few and

it’s not in the same league. The thought

of God in pain because of our impurity I

find hard to fully fathom. Does this really

apply here? As an alternative, someone

compared the shape of a holly leaf with the

tongues of fire at Pentecost when the Holy

Spirit revitalised the Disciples – a different

and powerful thought.

The fifth verse refers to bark and gall.

Gall was offered to Jesus just before he

died reminding us that being redeemed

cost Jesus his life.

The sixth verse in most versions is a

repeat of the first verse but in my version

there is a change. Verse one has ‘When

they are both full grown’ and in verse six

‘Now both are full well grown’. The ‘When’

changing to ‘Now’ brings a sense of travel.

This version of the carol takes on board

all the key points of Jesus’ life through the

annual life cycle of holly in the imagery

going through its ‘blossom’, ‘berry’, ‘prickle’

and ‘gall’. We don’t follow the black fruit of

the ivy (impurity) but take up the red berry

of the Holly (purity) that comes through

Jesus. So with some imagination we can

make this a true carol.

So knowing I’m definitely not pure, I

come to seek forgiveness and give thanks

and praise for God acting first in sending

Jesus. So join me using holly and ivy to

decorate our homes this Christmas and

through humming or singing this carol we

can glimpse God sending Jesus to us in

our celebrations.

David Allen

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Office: Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

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A relaxed and friendly place for a chat

Coffee morning for anyone over 50

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25th April 2017

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The Gift of Life

My lovely friend Sarah

lives up the road in

Greenhill. She is very

chatty, outgoing, likes

playing board games

– and she needs a new pair of

lungs. Sarah has cystic fi brosis,

a genetic disease that causes

persistent lung infections and, as

time goes by, makes it harder to

breathe. She doesn’t go out and

about without her oxygen tank.

I really, really don’t want Sarah

to be one of the 500 people who

die each year while waiting for a

transplant! She makes this world

a better place. So this is a bit of a

personal plea – please consider

signing up to the NHS Organ

Register if you haven’t already.

The more who sign up, the more

likely it is that Sarah and the 6,500

or so others on the UK Transplant

Waiting List will have their lives

(or sight) saved. Sarah has been

waiting for two years so far.

I realise that organ donation

can be an emotive subject,

and one that people who have

recently lost their loved ones don’t

necessarily want to think about.

But if you sign up to the register

and discuss your wishes with

your family now, it will be easier

for them to consider donating

your organs if the worst should

happen. In September, 13-yearold

Jemima Layzell made the

news for donating her organs to

a record eight different recipients,

including fi ve children. Obviously,

her family were devastated to lose

her (she died unexpectedly of a

brain aneurysm). But because

they had happened to discuss

organ donation with her two weeks

before her death, they knew this

was what she would have wanted,

and they felt proud that so much

good had come out of her death.

Please go to www. to register,

or phone 0300 123 23 23. It’s a

very simple process, and you can

do it at any age.

But you don’t have to die in

order to save lives! Blood donation

is another really vital way in

which you can regularly give

others the gift of life. You only

give blood three or four times a

year, it takes an hour of your time,

and you get free biscuits… what

more can I say?! The people who

work in the blood service are in

my experience always friendly

and very professional, and they

really make it easy. The nearest

blood donation centre to us is the

DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton near

Meadowhead, but you can also

donate at the donor centre on

Church Street in town.

Go to or

phone 0300 123 23 23 to get

further information and make an

appointment. Every time I go I

think of the people I know who

have needed a transfusion at

some point in their lives. It’s very

fulfi lling to think that I can help

others in similar need at so little

cost to myself.

Amy Hole

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

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by David Baddiel

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I am a big fan of

reading. Some of my

favourite authors are

Enid Blyton, David

Walliams and Roald

Dahl. Recently I have

discovered David

Baddiel. I have just

fi nished reading his

book AniMalcolm.

AniMalcolm is the

story of a boy called

Malcom. Malcolm

doesn’t like animals,

which is a problem

because his family

love them. Whilst on

a school trip, Malcolm

gets hypnotised by

a goat. The book

then follows Malcolm

as he turns into a whole lot of

different animals and has loads of

exciting experiences.

My favourite part of the book

was when he turned into a chimp

and saved his little brother from

the other chimps.

The book is very funny. David

Baddiel is very good at telling

funny tales. The way he tells it

makes it very easy to imagine a

picture in your head of Malcolm

and his animal friends.

The story gets going straight

away from chapter one and

David Baddiel’s writing keeps you

hooked all the way through to the

last line. I never got bored! I felt

like I really knew Malcolm and

how he was feeling as he had his


The ending of the book was

brilliant, but I’m not going to tell

you what happens because you

need to read it for yourself!

I would highly recommend this

book to anyone of any age.

AniMalcolm is the second book

I have read by David Baddiel. I

fi rst read The Person Controller,

late last year, which was also

very good and I really enjoyed

reading it.

I’m looking forward to getting

stuck into another one of his

books soon!

Alicia Smith, aged nine

Book Review

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Registers 2017



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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 dignifi ed 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 offi ce. For funerals please tell

your funeral director that you would like

to have a church service.



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• If you have 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


The morning

will explain

the difference

between the

two services and

give parents an

opportunity to ask

any questions. Please

call the church offi ce on 0114 274 5086

if you are interested in attending.

St Chad’s Church has two

rooms available for hire at

56 Abbey Lane

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