September 2019

Sunday, 1st September
Evening Service at St Andrew’s Church – 6pm
Thursday, 5th September
Clergy and Warden Meeting at St Andrew’s Centre – 7.30pm
Thursday, 12th September
Meeting Point at St Andrew’s Centre at 6.30pm



Clergy and Wardens Meetings – 7.30-9.00pm @St Andrew’s Centre 1st Thursday of each month
5th September
3rd October
7th November

Team Council Meetings – 7.30-9.00pm
3rd Tuesday of each month
17th September @ St Lawrence
19th October @ St Andrew’s

Congregation Meetings
St Helens after Sunday service
13th October
15th December

St Mary’s 7.30pm St Lawrence’s including St Andrew’s 7.00pm
15th October
17th December

Please pray for all those who serve us on these groups and try to attend your congregation meeting.

Centenary Project Update

Screen-Shot-2016-10-06-at-17.21.10[1]An update on what is happening with the Children’s and family’s work across the team.

I have a new objective which is very exciting and that is to oversee the Sunday Kid’s work. I have visited both St Lawrence’s and St Mary’s where this work is taking place. I am looking forward to working with both teams of volunteers.

Work has already started at St Mary’s where the volunteers and I had a chat over scones to discuss where this group is going and how it may change in the future.

St Andrew’s Toddler Church increased in families on the second time it opened in May. Carrying on with the story of Noah and the promise God made with a colour theme of the Rainbow. The jelly rainbows were a hit.

God Bless – Sarah Clayton

Catcliffe Heritage Day

15481299297_0cdae45b2a_mCatcliffe Kiln is a listed monument with Historic England, and is an undervalued asset to that community. Catcliffe Parish Council and other community groups share an interest in promoting the kiln and looking at ways to raise its profile, to showcase it to the wider community, not just across the borough but Nationwide.

Councillors used some of their ward budget as match funding with Rother Valley West Area Housing Panel, which enabled them to provide a power supply to the Kiln. This has allowed us to work with Museum staff, Friends of Catcliffe the Church group and the Brinsworth and Catcliffe local History Group to hold an annual
nativity scene and carol service.

Plans are now underway for the next Catcliffe Heritage day which will take place on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 10.00am and 3.00pm. This family-orientated event will celebrate the heritage of Catcliffe, with a number of historical displays, photographic talks, and glass and pebble decorating.

The kiln will be opened by museum staff who will be giving a guided tour at 11.00am, 12 noon and 1.00pm.

We will be running a Catcliffe Heritage day arts competition for local children to take part in. We are asking children to draw or paint a picture of the Kiln or St Mary’s church. The images will then be displayed on the day and the Mayor of Rotherham will be awarding the winners with their prizes. Twelve of the images will be chosen to make into a 2020 Calendar that will be available in December.

We have two new lambs for the Catcliffe Kiln Christmas tableau, bought by St Mary’s Coffee Pot, and there will be a competition to ‘Name the Lamb’. St Mary’s is hosting this event, i.e Tea/Coffee/Squash and nibbles which will be provided by Morrisons.

Rotherham Deanery Pilgrimage Report

Rotherham Deanery Pilgrimage to Bolton Abbey Priory and Skipton – by Thelma Maguire

On Saturday 6 July we set off in pouring rain, but arrived at Bolton Abbey Priory on Lord Devonshire’s Estate two hours later in glorious sunshine.

For over 800 years people have come to the Priory to worship God: some to thank, praise and glorify Him; others asking Him for help, even pleading with prayers and penitence. The order who lived in the Priory were the Austin Canons, or the Black Canons. They tried to follow the example of Jesus by helping and caring for the community and travellers.

The 11am Communion service was led by Peter Hughes, Rector of St Albans, Wickersley, assisted by Neil Bowler, House for Duty Priest in the Silverwood Mission Partnership, with Andrew Rose leading the prayers.

The theme was “The Wine of the Kingdom”: Matthew 9 v 14-17. “No one pours new wine into old wineskins.” No, they pour new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved. Jesus is referring to the making of wine and the new wine has to be poured into new skins. The tradition was to pour the newly fermenting wine into new goat skins where the wine would expand and continue to ferment and the skins would stretch with the volume of the wine. Jesus was illustrating the importance of renewing religious structures and emphasising that He brings us a newness of life that cannot be confined to old forms.

Peter’s father had taken up wine-making; unfortunately he didn’t secure the flagon tightly, causing the wine to explode loudly! He explained that Jesus came to bring newness of life to us all, but this cannot be constrained in the old law – that is, the goat skins. However, new life in new skins brings us Grace and makes us new when we receive the Holy Spirit and become more like Jesus. Jesus will change us. He will renew us in our hearts and faith.

Peter referred to the problems facing Sheffield Diocese where many churches are without a vicar and we face reduction in numbers of stipendiary incumbents. The diocese needs to lead the way of change within our own structure. New groups of disciples will meet not necessarily in churches but in houses, cafés, community centres.

All were in agreement that both service and setting were among the best we have celebrated on or Pilgrimages, and we look forward to the next one.

After the service the coach took us to the historic town of Skipton for a really enjoyable afternoon.

Diocesan Development Day

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Freed to be God’s People

The annual Diocesan Development Day for 2019 will be held at St Thomas Philadelphia on Saturday, 5 October.  The day will focus on the Renewed and Released elements of the Diocesan Strategy.

The keynote speakers are Bishop Emma Ineson, Bishop Philip North and Joëlle and Andrew Warren.

In addition to the keynote speakers there will also be workshops on:
Resilience in Prayer - Sources of strength in a time of change.
This Time Tomorrow - Making connections between our everyday lives & Sunday services.
Shape course - Releasing church members into their gifts and calling.
Focal Ministry - Leadership roles in a changing church.
The reality of living out Monday to Saturday callings -
Joëlle & Andrew will speak from their experience in business and education
Chaplaincy - Explore lay chaplaincy with a variety of chaplains.
Prayer stations - The popular prayer stations (from 2018) are back and will be running both morning & afternoon.
Lights for Christ - The diocese is working to equip and encourage all the baptised (ie people like you) to be Lights for Christ – living for Jesus in your daily life.

More details about this initiative will be given in a dedicated slot on the day.

There are limited numbers allocated to each church. If you would like to book a place, please contact Linda Read (01709 361630).



God’s Grace is Sufficient

dvickersby David Vickers

In June’s Newsletter I had been beside the Red Sea for two days, finishing off my stay in the Middle East with a bit of seaside relaxation. God had other plans. The following day I woke with a rigor (shaking fever), vomiting and was very weak. After ruling out other possibilities, I knew it was a reaction to a bacterial infection. Three days previously I had grazed my leg when I tripped in the street. This had been the entry point for the infection. I stayed in bed for two days and kept hydrated. There was no help at hand.

A few days later I made the ten-hour return coach journey to Cairo, barely able to stand or walk. On arrival at my Cairo hostel, the guys there took me to Cairo University Hospital immediately. I stayed there for a week.

God then showed me how much He loves me through all the people who supported me (like an army of angels). Muslim and Christian friends saw to my every need and brought such things a toothbrush and paste, deodorant, new underwear etc.

I had no insurance, but my hospital bill was paid. At one point I was being prayed for by so many people. Many were in UK, and in Cairo I was prayed for in the Coptic cathedral, two other Coptic churches, Cairo evangelical church, Cairo Church of Scotland, a Mormon temple and several mosques. A Coptic pastoral team brought consecrated bread for communion and we prayed together. I received good care and gradually improved enough to be discharged and fly home.

My Muslim friends had invited me to speak at a large iftar gathering (breakfast during Ramadan). But I couldn’t make it. I was to speak on “Grace”. However, they were still keen to hear what I would have said and asked me to write it up for distribution, including to several Islamic scholars.

Back at the hostel for a few extra days, God used me to share His Word with several backpackers from around the world (all part of His plan).

I was given wheelchair assistance for the whole of my return trip. I came back via Casablanca in Morocco. As I flew over each country of North Africa, I felt that God was showing me that this was still my mission field.

So, even in my vulnerability and sickness, He was telling me how much I am loved, that His grace is sufficient for each day and that He still has plans for me.

When I returned, I was led to Psalm 92 v 14 – “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green”. Thank you for your prayers. I am now well. Halleluiah

Bishop Peter’s Retirement Service

Bishop Peter Burrows’ Retirement Service
28th September 2019

The Farewell Service for Bishop Peter will take place on Saturday 28th September at Doncaster Minster at 4.00pm. It will be a Service of Holy Communion at which Bishop Peter will preach and preside. The service will be followed by light refreshments and a presentation.

Please confirm your attendance so we can cater for all who will want to attend.
If you would like to contribute to the gift which will be presented to Bishop Peter that afternoon, in expression of our heartfelt thanks to him for his ministry in this Diocese and of our affection for him, please bring or send cash or cheques to either Bishopscroft or Church House, clearly marked ‘Gift for Bishop Peter’.

Services in the Rivers Team during August

At a recent Team Council meeting it was decided that due to many people being away during August we would have Team Services each Sunday meaning that there will be only one service in the Team which everyone is invited too.

Please make sure that you note these dates and times in your diaries and if you see folk who might not know remind them.

Sunday 4th August St Helen’s Treeton @ 3.30pm
All Age Worship followed by Tea/Coffee

Sunday 11th August St Lawrence Tinsley @ 10.00am
All Age Worship and Holy Communion followed by Tea/Coffee

Sunday 18th August St Mary’s Catcliffe @ 11.00am
Breakfast served from 10.15am
All Age Worship and Holy Communion followed by Tea/Coffee

Sunday 25th August St Andrew’s Brinsworth @ 10.30am
All Age Worship followed by Tea/Coffee

All other services within the Team will not change


Saturday, 6th July at St Alban’s Church, Wickersley
at 7.00pm featuring

Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir


Tickets £8 available from Ian Wall, or payable at the door

All proceeds towards providing holidays to Rotherham and District disadvantaged families.

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