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21st July 2021
COVID GUIDANCE UPDATED:
Our Guidance here at St John’s is to keep everyone safe and is not to move away from all Covid Legislation, but to take steps to remove the restrictions. We recognise that removing the restrictions completely would mean a significant increase in anxiety for many people. It is important not to make assumptions about how others feel about moving to Step 4 of the roadmap. We have taken time to consider this and therefore with immediate effect it is our guidance to communicate the following guidance to you:
15th July 2021
Please use sanitiser on entry and exit to the Church and respect people’s personal space.
Please wear a mask when moving around in church or singing. This is a step to help people feel secure as we are indoors and want the congregation to feel safe.
Singing is now permitted in church by the congregation, and we ask that you wear your mask whilst singing.
The choirs will enter and exit the church with masks on and up to 14 people will sing at any one time in the stalls. The choirs will not wear masks whilst singing as they will be significantly spaced out.
The one-way system for serving Communion will remain in place. Please follow a church officer.
Communion will take place with bread only for the time being.
Social Distance will remain in the side aisles. All social distancing has been removed in the central aisles, but we ask that you respect others space.
The number of people permitted in church at any one time is 300
We will issue hymn books, and ask that people leave them on the pews after the service for 48 hours and they will be collected by a church officer.
Track and trace – we will no longer keep your details if you have attended, however you can use the NHS track and trace QR code if you would like to and this will be displayed at the entrance to the church.
Coffee at the end of the service will hopefully resume in September as the new school and choir term return.
Clinically extremely vulnerable (CVE) – if you are CVE you are no longer advised to shield, however you should continue to follow government guidance.
Toilets will be available for use in an emergency.
The church will continue to be cleaned between services and groups.
The guidance will be updated again in September before the term resumes.
When the music is as good as it is week in week out at St John’s it’s easy to forget how blessed we are to have such an excellent team of musicians enhancing our worship in church. As the choir term draws to a close today we say a huge ‘thank you’ to Georgina Hulse, Joe Hutchinson, Fran Wells, Julian Gunn, Matthew Warbis and James Stone for their dedication and hard work. For over a year now we have been in a Director of Music ‘interregnum’ and dealing with all that a global pandemic brings. Throughout this extremely challenging period this team and our choirs have been led, guided and encouraged by a gentlemen whose musicianship, energy and patience in the face of ever-changing restrictions have been nothing short of remarkable. On behalf of the whole church family at St John’s may I therefore express our deep gratitude to Derek Grover for all that he has done to keep the standard of music so high at a time when many churches have fallen silent. Thank you, Derek!
28th June 2021
Congratulations to Matt!
Matt Wood our curate was ordained at Sheffield Cathedral on Saturday and we celebrated on Sunday with him and his wife Clare with a parish picnic. The link to watch Matts ordination is here: https://fb.watch/6pkgEb1Jn-/
Some photos of the weekend are here:
Matts ordination will take place on Saturday 26th at 4pm in Sheffield Cathedral. To watch the service visit the Cathedral You Tube Channel.
24th June 2021
We are allowing our grass to grow this year to assess the range of flowers and grasses with the aim of creating a wildflower area in 2022. We have already identified Bee Orchids. Once the flowers have seeded we will mow all the grass for the remainder of the season. The first cut will probably be in mid July. This is part of a wider project to encourage insects, bees and birds within our Church grounds
17th June 2021
CHRISTIAN AID TOTAL - the total raised in our Parish for Christian Aid week is £4591.10 +gift Aid. Click here to find out more about our Christian Aid Week activities.
10th June 2021
Bridgets 90th Birthday Afternoon Tea will take place on Thursday 8th July at 3pm. Details are here:
10th June 2021
We are celebrating Matts Ordination with a parish picnic on Sunday 27th June straight after the morning service.
30th May 2021
Our Christian Aid total this year from Ranmoor is around £4,500. Huge thanks to everyone who has took part in our various events in May. From the breakfast cafe and plant sale, to the flower demo and talent show. From the book sale and fun quiz to the door drop. Pauline Heath also walked an incredible 300k steps!!
This year we were raising money to fund projects aiming to provide water in drought stricken communities in Kenya. Christian Aid is focusing on the threats to people’s lives caused by the climate crisis. Thanks again for your support. Click here to see some of the activities we took part in for Christian Aid.
20th May 2021
BACON BUNS AND BOTANICAL BARGAINS – MONDAY 31ST MAY (BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY), 9AM-11AM By popular demand here at St John’s is the breakfast café and plant sale! Bacon rolls and hot drinks will be available. There will also be a plant stall -donations welcome! Proceeds, as before, to Christian Aid.
20th May 2021
St John’s has joined with the Diocese and hundreds of organisations and individuals in declaring a Nature Emergency for Sheffield. Please consider signing up as an individual:
Visit our ECO pages here
19th May 2021
Our APCM will take place on Sunday 23rd May
at noon. Please click here for more information.
17-23rd May is Dementia Action Week.
10th May - Message from St John's Eco Church group: please share this widely!
On 12 June at 9:30 -1:30 the Diocese hosts a free A Rocha Eco Church festival on Zoom. Interactive workshops have something for everyone, including sessions for all ages! As a silver award Eco Church we hope people from St John's will support this event organised by Cathy Rhodes (DEO) and the Working Group.
Harriet Carty, Director of 'Caring for God's Acre' speaks on why churchyards are so brilliant for nature, why recording wildlife is important and welcoming both nature and people to your churchyard (part of Churches Count on Nature week). Listen to landscape architect Nathan Edwards on where to start with sustainable church green spaces, or Revd Canon Prof John Rodwell on 'Growing with Trees' alongside the Tiny Forest team from Bristol. Dr Nicky Rivers of the Wildlife Trust will talk about nature recovery networks, and Lu Skerratt-Love speaks about Forest Church. If buildings, boilers and heating are your thing the session on reducing carbon footprint has quick wins and ideas with national CofE lead Catherine Ross, with specialist heating advisor Matt Fulford and Archdeacon Malcolm Chamberlain.
As Christians we lament and grieve for for the climate and nature emergency and Hannah Malcolm (Thought for the Day speaker, editor of 'Words for a Dying World' and 2019 Church Times theology slam winner), is alongside Bishop Pete to lead a room of Lament. Bishop Sophie will be in a session for all ages to listen and speak with younger people, and all are welcome to join the founder of Muddy Church Lucie Hutson leading us in 'Wondering and Wandering' together! Jo Chamberlain will talk about Climate Justice and A Rocha's Helen Stephens will give expert advice on the Eco Church journey. Rachel Mander from Hope for the Future and Young Christians Climate Network is with Linda McAvan OBE (European Climate Foundation, previously MEP) to give expert advice in lobbying our MPs in the lead up to COP26. All are then welcome to a Q&A chaired by Archdeacon Javaid Iqbal, with our MP Olivia Blake and Alex Stafford, MP for Rother Valley. Book your place and get more info at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eco-church-festival-with-churches-count-on-nature-2021-tickets-146787807283
21st April 2021
We are undertaking our annual preparation of the electoral roll. Our APCM will take place on Sunday 23rd May.
19th April 2021 - The foodbank collection takes place this Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.
19th April 2021
Join us and take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.
Christian Aid Week Activities have launched for May 2021. For all the details visit our Christian Aid Pages here on the website.
9th April 2021
Statement by the Archbishop of York on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip
6th April 2021 -
I join with many of you across the country as we mourn the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was a remarkable man who lived a life of service dedicated to his country, to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II and his family. At eighteen, Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy and served with distinction throughout the Second World War. At the same time, the beginnings of a cherished friendship with Princess Elizabeth began to blossom. That friendship resulted in a marriage that lasted for over 70 years and has been a source of mutual joy, support and comfort in private moments but equally as they have both navigated a very public life together. Having become the longest-serving British consort, Prince Philip has been unstinting in his support, leading Her Majesty to famously comment. ‘he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.’ His faith in Jesus Christ was an important part of his life and one which shaped who he was. For so many in this country and around the world, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an enormous part of Prince Philip’s legacy. The award has allowed countless young people to develop and discover skills, which have instilled confidence in them and given them an encounter of working together for the common good. Prince Philip was patron to hundreds of charitable organisations, covering a wide range of disciplines all of which benefited from his wit and wisdom and his inquisitive mind. Do join me in praying for members of the Royal Family as they mourn and may God bring them comfort. As we give thanks to God for a life lived to the full, may Prince Philip rest in peace and rise in glory.
The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell
Archbishop of York
Our normal pattern of services resumes this week. Our main service on Sunday is at 10.30am and 6.30pm. both are live from church, on zoom and Facebook live. Our Morning Prayer is at 9am Monday to Saturday on ZOOM and Compline is at 8pm Monday to Thursday on zoom.
Some pictures of Easter are here:
Ranmoor Ringers playing the handbells after the Easter Service can be heard here
The choir singing on the Easter Morning Service can be seen here
Holy Week 2021 -
Our holy week services are live now. Please follow the link to holy week to find out more.
23rd March -
We are open all day today as we remember the first anniversary since the first National Lockdown.
A year in a pandemic - watch this tribute to all those affected which has been put together by St John's Ranmoor
22nd March 2021
We are opening the Church Building tomorrow *Tuesday 23rd March, for the National Day of Reflection.
We will then be open this Sunday for Palm Sunday and our Holy Week Services. If you are coming to the Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday services please ensure you reserve a seat on Eventbrite.
18th March 2021
We have published our Holy Week and Easter Services. For all the information about Holy Week please click here
Wednesday 17th March 2021
St Mary’s Walkley
is in our Mission partnership - Our Vicar Matthew was licensed on Tuesday 15th
March as Priest in Charge of St Mary's Walkley. The licensing of both the Revd Sue Hammersley and the Revd Dr Canon Matthew Rhodes as Priest in Charge and Assistant Priest took place online by the Bishop of Doncaster, the Right Revd Sophie Jelley. Watch the service on youtube here.
Thursday 11th March 2021
National Day of Prayer and Reflection 23rd March
As we mark a year since the first lockdown,
St John’s will be open throughout the day for private prayer. Please let people know. If you can spare an hour to welcome others, please contact Claire. There will be a minute’s silence before twelve when a bell will be tolled. We are encouraged to send cards to those who have lost loved ones in the past year and to plant flowers or tie yellow ribbons in their memory. At 8pm we are invited to put candles or lamps in our windows. The church will also be open on 24th between 10 and 12 when the Foodbank collection takes place but the digital organ is being moved that morning so there may be some disruption.
28th February 2021 - Following the UK Governments announcement earlier this week, we will remain online with our church services throughout March. A plan outlining the re-opening of the Church Building will be published soon, however it is hoped we will re-open the Church Building during Holy Week.
22nd February 2021 - Mothers Day Sunday 14th March
18th February 2021
We have been awarded the Silver Award as an ECO CHURCH. Please find out more.
17th February 2021
Ash Wednesday Service with St Marks, St Johns and St Marys was a great success. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
11th February 2021
We have some lovely services coming up Valentines Day, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday - click here to find out more.
9th February 2021
Philip Walshaw has made his own adaption of another 2 well known songs.
for the full list of Philips adapted songs during COVID - they are on our Christian Aid pages - please scroll down.
9th February 2021
The road up to church is treacherous this morning and temperatures are not going to change much so we have postponed the Burngreave Foodbank Collection until next Wednesday 17th Feb 10-12noon. As it is Ash Wednesday on teh 17th, the church will also be open between 10 and 12 for private prayer.
2nd February - this Sunday our services are: 10.30am ALL AGE and 6.30pm BCP Communion
18th January 2021
We are delighted to announce that we are now part of “Inclusive Church Network”. Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision. The vision of Inclusive church network is:
"We believe in inclusive Church - a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ."
For us at St John’s this means we are continuing to welcome everyone and we do not discriminate. By joining the network of churches we are making it easier for people to understand that they are always welcome.
15th January 2021
Charity Collections – our next collection for the following charities:
For more information please get in touch with us.
Will be on Wednesday 27th January 10am – 12noon from St John’s Church
15th January 2021
The photographs of snowy church were taken today by Richard Watts photographer. They really are beautiful.
Laptops for kids – if you are able to donate a laptop /device, please complete this link here:
8th January 2021
– Following the latest government announcement the church building will be closed. This closure will be reviewed again on the 25th
January. We will be providing our services and worship on ZOOM and Facebook Live. If you would like to access the church for private prayer please get in touch and we will be happy to arrange this for you.
4th January 2021
We will be following government guidance and Church of England advise. Check back later this week to understand how the latest Covid lockdown will affect our services here at St John's. If you need to speak to us contact the office 0114 230 1199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd January 2021
It was lovely to celebrate Epiphany in church this morning with some of our children taking the role of the three kings presenting gold, frankincense and myrrh. The choristers sounded beautiful as always. It was nice to see so many families in church, on zoom and Facebook live.
We three Kings of Orient are video that has been put together featuring St Johns choir and our congregation can be viewed here
Some tickets are left still to attend our Lessons and Carols on Sunday 20th December. Visit our Christmas Services page.
16th December 2020
Our Service of Lessons and Carols is coming up this week. If you would like to book for either of the services please do not miss out. There are a few tickets left for the 4pm and 6.30pm service. click to the christmas pages for more details.
Our Christingle Service took place today with so many families joining us and that was lovely to see. We also were delighted to have our choristers singing today in Church which was the first time since spring they have been in the stalls. A delight to hear. Well Done! Also, well done to our children who read the readings so beautifully during the service and helped with the prayers. A lovely service in aid of the children's society. Click here to listen to the choristers sing Away in A Manger.
Diocesan Synod votes to declare a climate and ecological emergency - Read more on our Eco Pages
Christian Aid Carols – Our choir have recorded advent Carols and are supporting Christian Aid this year online instead of their normal Carol singing on Fargate in Sheffield. Please follow the you tube link here to listen to the recordings. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCLfCv6DSsiu2ZgDC1Q8Ryg
We will be opening our doors on Sunday 6th December to the public again following the second lockdown.
Our Christmas Services are here (click)
30th November - Guidelines for entry and exit of church services effective from Sunday 6th December 2020:
Re-Opening Church after Lockdown 2 - Following the Governments announcement this week, the City of Sheffield will be in Tier 3. This means for Places of Worship, communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. We will therefore be able to re-open the Church Building for Church services on Sunday 6th December. Once the Church of England has published detailed guidance, we will communicate this.
Please follow the link here to find out what is on at Christmas.
The first meeting of out Advent Study Group will be next Monday 30th November at 6.45pm. The course can be accessed via the church Zoom account.
We are following the diocesan Advent course which is called 'Light in the Darkness’. It is available on the 'Lights for Christ' website. https://www.lightsforchrist.uk/lightinthedarkness. The notes for each session are available on the website to download and print in a PDF format if you would prefer a printed version. The first session will be led by Matt Wood.
Please contact Sandra Green (01142309180) if you want any more information.
FOODBANK COLLECTION AND BABY BASICS COLLECTION -
Thank you to everyone again for your generous donations to the foodbank and to Baby Basics. We are delighted to be launching our Christmas Appeal for the foodbank. In addition to the shopping list of items, we are asking for chocolates, Christmas treats and any items that will help lift the spirits of families during this time. CHRISTMAS COLLECTION DATES FROM ST JOHN’S 25th November and 9th December
Second National Lockdown – Following the governments announcement of a second lockdown in England we have closed the church doors to the public from Thursday 5th November for 4 weeks. Our services will continue every Sunday at 10.30am and 6.30pm. Both services will be on ZOOM and Facebook Live. We will also continue with morning Prayer at 9am Monday to Saturday on ZOOM and Compline, Monday to Thursday at 8pm on ZOOM. We can allow people to come into the church for private prayer. Should you need to access the Church for this please contact the office 0114 230 1199 or email@example.com or Matthew and/or Matt.
11th November 2020 - Philip Walshaw who is a member of our congregation and Editor of our Inspire Magazine has written another Covid Song with a twist. His latest song is to teh tune of Love me Tender - click on the link to listen. We hope they make you smile.
REACH Sleep-In for Roundabout - Our young people were hoping to hold a Sleep-Out event this autumn to raise awareness about the plight of Sheffield’s homeless. The current restrictions make this difficult so they will be taking part in a Sleep-In instead. On a night of their choosing between now and late November, they will be giving up their beds and sleeping on their bedroom floor, in another part of the house, or in the back garden. The project is a collaboration with Roundabout, a Sheffield charity that works with young homeless people in the city. If you would like to sponsor this venture you can make a donation via the REACH JustGiving page – go to JustGiving and search for St John’s Ranmoor or use the link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stjohnsranmoorreachsleep-in2020
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