A Message from the Wardens – 18th March 2021

Dear Friends,

The link below gives lots of suggestions for taking part in the National Day of Reflection, on, 23rd March, the first anniversary of the UK lockdown, to commemorate the loss of life and stand together with people who are grieving. We plan to ring the church bell to mark the end of the minute’s silence at noon. One suggestion is to plant a seed, a bulb or a bush as a sign of hope. Another idea is to tie yellow ribbons to a prayer tree or railings to represent prayer and support for all who are bereaved


This week Arise Sheffield will be sending out Easter cards across the city. Please pray for people as they receive them. There will be an opportunity to respond and ask to make contact with a local church. Colleen, Hilary and Ken, with support from Angela, have been nominated as Text Responders for All Saints so would be the first point of contact for anyone in our postcode area. It would be great if as many of us as possible could commit to praying for 15 minutes each day for them and everyone involved.

Thank you to Catherine Wrigglesworth for contributing the following: “At the beginning of the year l saw a course advertised in the Totley Independent by the People Keeping Well programme called ‘Connecting with Nature for Well-being.’ As l had experience of zoom through church and l’m a keen gardener l decided to apply to join. The leader, Caroline Cook was friendly and l soon felt able to contribute to the discussion and get to know the others on the course. It was a surprise on week two when Colleen popped up and joined in! She’s also encouraged one of her neighbours on Totley Hall Lane to come out of retirement and conquer her fear of technology!

We’re now well into the second course and have been asked by Phil Harris, the editor of the Independent, to write an article about our experience for the next edition of the magazine. We achieved this on a tight deadline and even included our own collaborative poem!

So look for us when the magazine comes out on Easter Saturday 4th April, which incidentally will be free and hopefully delivered to your door by volunteers .(Amy and l have already signed up for Laverdene Avenue.)”

Phil Harris would be pleased to hear from anyone else who would like to help with delivering the magazines. Earlier this week 70% of the area had been allocated but help was still needed with Back Lane, Glover Road, the side roads off Aldam Road, some of the Green Oak Estate and Totley Hall Drive and Mead. His number can be obtained from the Wardens.

PCC updates:
The date for the Church Annual Meeting has been fixed for Sunday 25th April and will be held via

Zoom. More details nearer the time.

Some progress has been made towards the memory garden extension after a zoom meeting with the architect. The next stage is for her to liaise with the diocese so that we can obtain a faculty.

Whilst the church hall is out of action we plan to take the opportunity to have some decorating done and are in the process of obtaining quotations.

Coffee and Chat from 11.00 on Sunday (Don’t forget the census!). Details available from the Wardens.

With love from Ann & James