Meetings & Events

September 2016

Sunday, 4th September
Evening Service at St Andrew’s Church – 6pm
Tuesday, 6th September
Team Council Meeting
Wednesday, 14th September
Alpha course—St Mary’s Church – 7.30pm for 11 weeks
Wednesday, 28th September
St Andrew’s Centre Mtg at 4pm

October 2016

Saturday, 1st October
Diocesan Development Day
Tuesday, 4th October
St Helen’s DCC
Thursday, 6th October
St Lawrence’s DCC
Tuesday, 11th October
St Mary’s DCC

A Tribute to Derek Walker

The nights are getting lighter at Treeton.

Yes I know the days are lengthening everywhere, but at Treeton this has been helped by recent repairs to the flood lights and other new lights that have been installed to light up the Church Yard.

Monica has funded the illuminations in memory of her husband Derek, who was a long serving member of St Helen’s church and an electrician. Derek was responsible for installing the illuminated cross on the top of the church tower in the 1960’s, sadly long since broken, which could be seen for miles around, and also the original flood lights in 1991.

It is also fitting that Derek should be remembered by lights, because he brought the light of Jesus into many people’s lives including mine at an Alpha course many years ago.
Derek was a wonderful Christian, a friend and he put into practise Jesus words in the Sermon on the Mount, when he said.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matt 5:14-16)

Carole Robinson


Table Top Sale

St Andrew’s Church, Brinsworth
Saturday, 5th March 2016
10am to 12pm












If you would like to help on the day, like to donate any goods or cakes, or need any further information, please contact Judith Luckett on 01709 366446



RSCM Sponsored Walk and Sing


Helen would like to thank everyone who sponsored her for the Royal School of Church Music Walk and Sing. Together with twenty others, she walked six and a half miles following part of the Six Churches Walk around the Wentworth Estate. The group sang at five churches – Wath, West Melton URC, Brampton Bierlow, Wentworth Old Church, Wentworth New Church, and two follies – Hoober Stand and Needle’s Eye, as well as discovering something about the architecture of the churches and the history of the Fitzwilliam family.

So far, Helen has raised £350-00 towards upgrading the keyboard at St Helen’s and providing a permanent keyboard at St Lawrence’s. These will help to enhance our worship in the future. Thank you very much for your support and generosity

FoodCycle Cafe

Come along to our new FoodCycle Cafe!

Every Tuesday at 12.00pm

St. Lawrence Church

(£1 suggested donation)



What is FoodCycle?!?

“a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.”

Reducing Food Waste…

Reducing Food Poverty…

Training Volunteers…

Building Communities…

Tinsley Toddler Group

coollogo_com-252105286Every Friday morning at St. Lawrence Church 10:00am – 12:00pm

All children under 5 and their parents/carers welcome

Come along and meet new friends, have a cup of tea, and have fun with your children!

For more information, contact Alison on 07741419651 or

Sunday Services in The Rivers Team

The following service pattern was agreed by Team Council to start on September 6th for a 3-month trial period

St Helen’s Treeton
Sunday at 3.30 pm, followed by tea, coffee and cakes
Monthly Pattern: 1 All Age / Baptism, 2 Communion, 1 non-Communion

St Mary’s Catcliffe
Sunday at 10.30 am, Breakfast beforehand, refreshments afterwards
Monthly Pattern: 1 All Age / Baptism, 2 Communion, 1 non-Communion

St Andrew’s Brinsworth
1st Sunday in the month, 6.00 pm Evening Service
Thursdays at 2.00 pm – Soul Space
Monthly Pattern: 2 Communions, 2 non-Communions

St Lawrence’s Tinsley
Sunday at 10.30 am, Refreshments afterwards
Monthly Pattern: 1 All Age / Baptism, 2 Communion, 1 non-Communion

Team Service
This will continue whenever there is a 5th Sunday

A little goes a long way!

vicarageA little goes a long way! There is a saying ‘one step at a time’ and it’s amazing where you can get to one step at a time! A little really can go a long way. Over the past year, I have walked 874 miles around this area and in other parts of the UK and South Africa, the equivalent of walking from Land’s End to John O’ Groats. This is the distance which appears on the signpost at Land’s End. I have walked on average two to three miles each day, sometimes more, sometimes less. Thank you to everyone who came and joined me for my last five miles followed by wine and cheese at the vicarage.

nevisThank you too for sponsoring David on the Three Peaks Challenge. Seven intrepid explorers set out, supported by three drivers. This turned out to be a bigger challenge than expected with terrible weather for the beginning of June. With deep snow on Ben Nevis, icy temperatures, teeming rain and a climb up Scafell Pike in the dark, this was a demanding challenge. Snowdon, abandoned due to high winds, still beckons. There is now talk of tackling the more manageable Yorkshire three peaks challenge or, even better, the Norfolk three peaks (highest peak 103 metres)!

Both of these supreme efforts formed part of the Team Anna 30 30 Challenge, raising money for much needed Brain Tumour Research. The challenges were organised by our younger daughter Rachel in memory of our older daughter Anna. Combining the total from both our challenges, we have raised a total of £2,170. Together with the other Team Anna 30 30 events, Rachel has raised a truly amazing £9,160 and the total is still rising. This will sponsor three days research at one of Brain Tumour Research’s centres of excellence.

Thank you so much for all your support. We really appreciate it. Brain Tumours are still the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and we want to do as much as we can to help research into better treatments to improve this terrible statistic.

Thank you again!


The Rotherham Deanery Pilgrimage 2015

One of the 12 beautiful tapestries on display in Bridlington Priory

One of the 12 beautiful tapestries
on display in Bridlington Priory

By Thelma Maguire

June 6th; a bright sunny day although there was a biting wind, was the day of the annual pilgrimage for the Rotherham Deanery. This year we went to Bridlington Priory.

The coach set off in bright sunshine taking the scenic route through wonderful countryside. We saw Howden Minster on the other side of the Ouse, Holme – on – Spalding Moor Church, and a panoramic view of Shipmanthorpe. No wonder so many Yorkshire folk tell me “Yorkshire is Gods own county”.

Arriving at the Priory is an awesome experience. The Priory was founded in 1113 by Augustine monks. It was a wealthy centre for pilgrimage in the Middle Ages but became a semi-ruin after Henry VIII’s devolution of the monasteries. It then became a parish church in Victorian times.

The communion service was led by Revd. Matthew Pollard and the talk was given by Revd. Glyn Owen. The talk began with the definition of “Pilgrimage”. It can be a journey of spiritual significance or a journey to a religious place. He concentrated on our spiritual journey and that we need to recognise and see God in, and through everything.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God, and only through Jesus is the truth of God revealed. In Bridlington after the service each and every one of us, I think, felt we had lunch in the best fish and chip café; although many of us chose a different café or restaurant!

My day finally ended with a sail on the Pirate Ship. A wonderful ending to a very enjoyable and awe inspiring pilgrimage to Bridlington Priory.



Crossroads Mission

crossroadsWhat is the Crossroads Mission?
The Archbishop of York is bringing a team of 21 bishops to engage in four days of mission across Sheffield Diocese 10-13 September 2015. Some of them are bringing small teams with them and one or two bishops have been allocated to each deanery and also to the city centre of Sheffield.

What is the aim?
The aim is to sow the good seed of the gospel in many different places, in partnership with the bishops who will come and join us and their teams. Our hope is that through Crossroads many people will join enquirers’ courses in the autumn and come to a living faith.

Rotherham Deanery Preparation

  • Week of Prayer from 31st May – 7th June Pick up a leaflet from any of the Churches within the Team with Bible readings and prayer pointers
  • Evening of Prayer and Preparation with Bishop Chris Edmondson, Bishop of Bolton on Tuesday 16th June–7.00 to 8.30pm at St Mary’s

A prayer for the mission
Loving God, This world you love stands at the crossroads. Help us help others to discover your Way to know your Truth and to share your Life in your dear Son, Jesus Christ. Inspire us by your Spirit to sow the good seed of the gospel throughout this Diocese with imagination and compassion, that many will come to know you and many will be strengthened in their faith, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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