A Message from the Wardens – 21st January 2021

Dear Friends,

Since becoming churchwardens, one of the new experiences for us has been attending meetings via Zoom or one of the other systems. The PCC has continued to meet each month so here are some of the decisions made at the meeting on 11th January:

  • Charitable giving from the 2020 budget was agreed – £2,500 to David Kereto’s work in Kenya; £200 to Soulroots youth project, £200 to Transport 17.
  • The date for this year’s Annual Parish Church Meeting was fixed for 25th April.
  • The decision to suspend worship in church is to be reviewed at the meeting on 8th March
  • The architect plans to work on the plans for the Garden of Remembrance extension this month with the aim of a site meeting in February to discuss the suggested amendments (Covid regulations permitting.)
  • The Zoom licence is to be renewed for 6 months. It has been good to have more people joining the coffee and chat sessions on Sunday at 11 o’clock and we have enjoyed catching up with each other. You don’t have to be there at the start or stay for the whole hour, just come when you can and we’ll be pleased to see you. This log in information will be the same each week until the end of March, please contact the Wardens if you do not have the link.

Correction

Dorothy has asked us to point out that the campaign which lead to M&S ceasing all sourcing from the Uyghur region and cutting all ties with suppliers implicated in the Chinese Government’s forced labour system was by CSW (Christian Solidarity Worldwide) not Christian Aid as we stated. Sorry Dorothy!

Knitted Angels Appeal

The chaplains at the Mental Health Trust in Sheffield would like to offer knitted angels to patients on their hospital wards who are ill with mental health difficulties or dementia or have a learning disability. Liz Hayden has offered to collect and deliver any that you may like to contribute so please contact her with any enquiries.

Thanks to Liz for this creative message of HOPE photographed outside a church.

One of the first Zoom meetings we attended last year was a joint meeting of Ecclesall and Attercliffe deaneries for a presentation of the Diocesan vision and strategy for a New Model of Ministry. Similar meetings have been held at all the deaneries in the Diocese. A FAQ document has been produced on the basis that “questions are so often the way by which vision becomes clarified and progress is made.” Attached are details so that you can see some of the planning that has been done towards a new model of ministry. Some good news is that the Diocese has received a grant of £4.9 million from central funds to support the implementation of the new strategy.

It has been encouraging to hear during the week of quite a few people receiving their first dose of a vaccine and more with appointments made.

With love and prayers, James and Ann.