Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Summer and Early Autumn 2013

Once again, time has been our enemy, and blogging has had to take a back seat.  Over the months there have been hundreds of copies of leaflets made and distributed.  "Summer 2013" and "Autumn 2013" were both distributed to over 600 homes.
Two editions of the newsletter have also been produced and printed.  
Susannah and Jonathan have represented the church at meetings for the circuit outreach events, and all the leaflets were produced for the circuit outreach stall at Sheffield Fayre in Norfolk Park.

The event was a great success, with many conversations being had with people passing by, and many requests for prayer being left with us.  We gave away many leaflets, texts, bibles, tracts and books.
Some of our members found the attractions of the Fayre an added bonus!
There was a circuit meeting at Mayfield in early September, and a meeting to examine the outcome of the outreach events in early October at Hampden View Church.

Over the three months, Susannah and Jonathan preached at 13 appointments, including a visit to Hough Lane Wesleyan Reform Church in Wombwell, where we were sent on the "Connexional Plan".  This an arrangement whereby preachers are asked to volunteer to be at churches where they would not normally visit.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

March, April and May 2013

Apologies to our readers, but Susannah and Jonathan have had a busy three months, which has meant that blogging has taken a back seat.  In addition to everything at church, we have closed a business ("Bright and Beautiful", a pet supplies shop on Fulwood Road) and opened a new one ("S and J's Pantry", a stall on ?Sheffield Market selling Traditional, Artisan, Local and Fairly-Traded produce)  If you would like details of the new business, please have a look at
In the three months, Susannah and Jonathan have preached at 13 services,
produced and printed two newsletters, a leaflet and several posters.
We have got to church in dreadful weather
We have attended the circuit Good Friday service, two church meetings, a local preachers' fellowship and two planning meetings for the proposed circuit outreach event.  We also cooked for the pie and pea supper at our Owlerton Church,
and attended a concert at Philadelphia.
There were meals, and events to organise,

and the visit of the Union President to Sheffield to cater for at our Philadelphia Church.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

February 2013

At the beginning of February Jonathan was busy producing the printing the newsletter ready for the new month.  Susannah was preaching at Mayfield on the 3rd, when she Christened Jasper.  On the 10th, Susannah preached at our Greenhead church and Jonathan preached at Tapton Hill Congregational church at 2-45 in the afternoon.
Jonathan then had to produce about 600 copies of the "Early 2013" leaflet and then he and Susannah had to distribute them round the area before the Lent course started on the 19th.
On the 17th, Jonathan preached at our Philadelphia church and Susannah was again at Greenhead.
On the 24th, Jonathan preached at Mayfield at 10-30a.m., and at Grimesthorpe at 6-15p.m.,  Susannah preached at Tapton Hill Congregational Church at 2-45p.m.
On the 28th, Susannah and Jonathan attended the meeting regarding outreach opportunities for the Sheffield Circuit.  Jonathan chaired the meeting, which was very productive.

January 2013

On January 6th, Jonathan led the covenant Service at Mayfield, and Susannah led the Covenant service at our Greenhead chapel. 
On January 13th, Susannah led worship at Mayfield. 
Susannah led the meeting at Chapeltown Methodist Church in the afternoon of the 17th.  Jonathan attended the cleaning day at Mayfield. 
On the 18th, Susannah went shopping for the food and other bits for the church party on the 19th.  On the 23rd, Susannah and Jonathan attended the funeral of "Mac" Collier, a member of the congregation, which was led by Brian Kay. 
On the 24th, Susannah and Jonathan went to the circuit Preachers and leaders of worship fellowship where Andy Wilcock led our thoughts on "Leading your congregation in prayer".  On the 25th Susannah went to the coffee morning at Greenhead.
The Church AGM was due to be held on the 30th, but we decided to postpone the meeting due to the weather.  It was subsequently rescheduled for the 13th of March.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

December 2012

Earlier in the year, we were inspected by the Food Standards department of the Environmental health office at Sheffield Council.  We are proud to say that we have been awarded top marks by the inspector.
Early December started with taking out about 700 Christmas cards to the local area.
On the 6th, Jonathan and Susannah attended the circuit meeting at St. Mary's church.  Jonathan chaired the meeting.
Several visits were necessary to the shops too get the ingredients for the "Five courses and Carols" on Dec. 13th.  Preparation of the meal and property started on Wednesday evening.  After the meal, the property needed getting ready for the Advent carol service, this was done on Friday.
The circuit calendar had to be prepared.  This involved getting people to send pictures of the churches in the circuit and preparing an engagement calendar.  This had to be printed and circulated to church secretaries.
On the 28th, Susannah and Jonathan took their sons to the coffee morning at Greenhead chapel.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

November 2012

November was a busy month, is addition to the events, there were 800 copies of the church Christmas card to print, assemble sign and put into envelopes, ready to distribute in the area, and post to our mailing list.
On 4th November, Jonathan was preaching at our Greenhead church.
 They had recently erected a new noticeboard outside the church to advertise their activities.
 In the afternoon, Susannah was preaching at our Coal Aston Church.
On the 8th, Jonathan was speaking at Hatfield House Lane Methodist Church Guild.  His theme was heaven and the afterlife.
On the 10th, Susannah attended a prophetic prayer meeting at St. Peter's Church in Ellesmere.
Susannah preached at Mayfield on the 11th in the morning.
On the 14th Susannah went to Hampden View to speak at the midweek meeting.  On the 15th she represented the circuit at the third sector assembly meeting.
On the 16th, Susannah and two other members took our boxes to "Operation Christmas Child"
On the 17th, Susannah went as a circuit representative to the Union Half-Yearly meeting at our Syresham church.
On Sunday 18th, Jonathan visited Sharrow Vale Church as part of his commitment to visit every church in the circuit.  This is home to "The Crowded House"  He was able to check out their claim to offer some of the best coffee in Sheffield!  The inside of the building has been extensively remodelled.  A picture is available at their website.
In the afternoon Jonathan preached at Tapton Hill Congregational Church, and in the evening at Grimesthorpe Wesleyan Reform Church.

On the 25th, Jonathan preached at Mayfield, the final service in the series on the book of Ephesians.  In the afternoon, Susannah preached at Tapton Hill Congregational Church.  
On the 27th, Susannah went to discuss the report about the half-yearly meeting to the circuit meeting.
On the 29th, both Susannah and Jonathan went to a meeting at Hampden View Church for the circuit to discuss opportunities for outreach.  Jonathan chaired the meeting.  The outcomes were decisions to further investigate a stall at Sheffield Fayre next August, and to hold events at each church followed by a central circuit event at a later date.  It is quite exciting!!