Holy Trinity Congregation


CTR News September 2017

Flowers rota for October.

1st. Mrs. D Challenor

8th. Mrs M Lee

15th. Miss M Law

22nd. Mrs M Simpson

Village Show

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out and attended the village show last Saturday. It was a great success and the weather stayed fine for us. Lots of people were welcomed onto our site and it was a real community event. Over £2000 was taken on the day which was brilliant but there are still some expenses to be deducted. The raffle winners were Richard Perry, Elliot Hackney, Angela Brown, Janet Varnam and Ricky Hunt. A full list of all show prize winners is on the board at the back of church and also on the church website, go on the home page and click Village Show. Photos are on the website and the show facebook page. Once again thanks for your support.


of food stuffs and toiletries for Shiloh can still be left each week in the cupboard in the narthex (see poster for suitable items). This is emptied every week and taken down to Shiloh by Jayne Spaven. who volunteers there. If you have donations of bedding/towels/clothing please see Richard Pilley who will happily collect it and take it down for you if you are unable to take it yourself.


Many thanks for your recent donations to Shiloh following your Show and Harvest Festival Services. The generosity of Holy Trinity is unbelievable and so much appreciated by all our guests. John MacDonnell - Chair of Trustees

A Thank You We have received a letter of thanks from Kevin Quinton, Centre Manager at Shiloh following receipt of all our harvest gifts and £75 in donations. A copy is on the notice board in the Narthex if you would like to see it. Steve Wilson

Memory Walk 2017

Once again I will be taking part in the ‘Memory Walk’ on 1st October at Clumber Park to help raise funds in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. Did you know that Around 225,000 people develop dementia every year – that's the equivalent to one person every three minutes? This September and October Memory Walks will be taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to raise money for a world without dementia. Arm in arm, step by step and pound by pound, we will get there! If you feel able to donate there is a donations form on the notice board at the back of church or visit my justgiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mw195305 to donate online. Many thanks in anticipation of your support - Revd Lynn

McMillan Coffee Morning

Will be in the library on September 29th from 10am. Please support our library staff in this very worthwhile cause.

Water Butt at Church

For your information there is now a water butt next to the shed in the upper car park. This is available to anyone attending a grave and needing water for flowers etc. Thanks go to Mick Brooke who sorted this for us a couple of weeks ago - It's already full! We will be putting up posters in Church and TCC but will need to wait until October to get a note in Grapevine. In the meantime , please pass the news around to anyone who you think may benefit from this. Steve Wilson

Shoe boxes.

Please start to collect your empty shoe boxes ready for the Christmas appeal. You may bring them to church where Kath Scott will collect them and store them ready for filling later.

Facebook and Twitter

We are working on refreshing the Facebook page and considering reducing the amount of posts we upload as we have recently found ourselves at saturation point. If we over-post, we run the risk of losing 'likes' and page visits. We plan to keep a couple of days free to use for special, up and coming events and notices. Therefore, we will continue to have a set schedule throughout the week and any additional, last minute posts will be church related only. Where, possible, could users of TCC send to their page instead as this would help promote the centre. Please continue to encourage friends and family to like the page and interact, as when people do, it is also seen by all the people on their friends list - so spreading the word even further afield! We have increased the following by 100+ in the past few months which is fabulous considering it has been done all word of mouth. Let's keep it going!

An evening with 'Steve Rutherford and Friends'

Wednesday October 25th 7pm at Holy Trinity - tickets £3 in advance or £4 on the door. The Village Band are playing and there will be lots of other items of entertainment plus refreshments. All proceeds to Shiloh. Steve (the Birdman) approached Lynn about organising this event so please support him if you can - it should be a great evening. For tickets see Ann Marson (Sat Morning/Sunday morning) or Jayne Spaven (Sunday evening/Tuesday Church).


As you all know the stonework to the remaining 3 sides of the church is in need of serious repair!  We were able to fund renovation of the West End & Tower out of our own funds together with the generous support of our congregation. However, WE as a church will still need to raise additional funds to show OUR commitment to this project, at the moment we think about an additional £5000 together with £20,000 we have already committed from general funds we hold. We are blessed with a lovely church and this grant will help us to keep Holy Trinity weathertight and looking good for many more years. Please would you prayerfully think if you are able to make a donation towards this project. If you are able to then please place your donation in an envelope. If you are able to gift aid your gift that would be even better.

2017 Visit to Hattingen-Witten  -  27 October to 4 November

The Diocese of Sheffield Hattingen-Witten link invites you to join a group visiting our partner diocese in the Ruhr area of Germany at the end of October this year.  Travel is via coach and overnight ferry (from Hull) on 27th October and will return to Sheffield on 4th November. The week will coincide with the culmination of a year of events to mark 500 years of the Lutheran reformation, with a special day of events and services on 31st October which is Reformationstag, and a public holiday this year.  Accommodation will be with families, and it’s not necessary to be a German speaker, though even speaking a few words is much appreciated. The focus of the visit is on learning and sharing together in our life of faith. The programme will be full, so is best suited to those who have the energy to participate in a busy and stimulating week of visits, talks, discussion and worship. The hope is that those who take part will want to share what they’ve experienced with their own parish.  The cost will be in the region of £230 for adults, and £160 for children, inclusive. If you would like to book or simply find out more, please contact Revd Vicky Camber, 01909 771101, or email vicky_camber@yahoo.co.uk or contact link Secretary Jayne Spaven, 07852 312363/email  spaven4@aol.com

Church recording

If you know of anyone who would appreciate a recording of the morning service delivering to their door please let Colin know. This may be short term whilst someone is ill, or long term. The service is now recorded on a CD.


We have recently had a few advertisers not renewing their adverts and at present we have a few spaces available. The income from advertising in the Grapevine is a good income stream for the Church and so to maximise this we would like to fill these spaces asap. The Grapevine is delivered free to every home (approx 2400) in Thorpe Hesley & Scholes every month and so is a great way for a business to promote itself. If you have any work done in the near future by a trader who doesn't advertise in the Grapevine, please make them aware of it, show them a copy and tell them how good it is. If they are interested get their details so that I can ring them. Our prices are very reasonable compared to other publications in the area. Alternatively give them my contact number - 07742 000765. Steve Wilson

Art Group For Fun

Meets on Thursdays 9.30-11.30am in the narthex- pencil drawing, watercolour painting, plenty of chatting, lots of fun- why not pop in and join us. Jane Allonby.


We have now reached the end of the first quarter of our financial year & I would like to update everyone of our progress. When we launched our Stewardship campaign for 2016 our objective was to receive £900 per week through Regular Giving.  13 Weeks in, the objective is to have received £11700.00. I am pleased to report that our Regular Gift Aided giving, Gift Aid to be received, other planned giving (not Gift Aided) has totalled £11094.95.  If we then include the monies received in the collection plate (funerals included) this becomes £11956.05,  slightly ahead of our objective! Can I thank everyone for showing their commitment to the life of the Church.


Offertory Collections During Services

On occasion during services in church a collection plate will be passed during the offertory hymn. If you are a regular giver please continue to do so in your usual way and just pass the plate on to the next person. If you feel it appropriate at this time you may like to take the opportunity to give a little extra.

Trinity Centre Library

Please use the library and encourage friends and neighbours as well - if we don't use it we might lose it!!

Churches together in Rotherham.

Please see the news sheet on the notice board in the narthex for the latest news, information and events.

Children and photographs

If anyone takes a photograph of a child on our site, at Church, Trinity Community Centre, in the churchyard/grounds, or at any other place where an event connected with us is taking place e.g. Scholes Cricket Ground, Church Weekend etc. please will you make sure that the parents or adult with decision making responsibility for that child is happy with the photograph being taken and possibly appearing on a web site. This should be of particular consideration if the photograph is intended for our website the Diocesan/ District website or any other website. Even if the photograph is of the same child taken just a few days after the last photograph taken where permission was asked for, circumstances my change that make it unwise for that child’s photograph to be displayed in such a way. We are therefore asking that on every occasion however short a time elapses that permission is sought.   

Pewsheet by email

If you signed up to receive the pewsheet by email you should now be receiving it. If you have signed up to do this but have not received it please let Joyce know. It may be that your address has been typed in wrongly.

How to Give

Sometimes I receive an enquiry of how to give regularly to Church. Firstly, if you are a taxpayer putting cash in the collection plate, the church looses out on 28p for evey £1 in Gift Aid. It is better to use a bank standing order or weekly envelopes so that Gift Aid can be given. A bank standing order transfers a standing order of money to the Church's bank account each month. You control the amount and the monthly date of payment. If you wish to stop simply advise the bank to cancel the standing order. A standing order with a Gift Aid declaration is available from Church Wardens or Stewards. Boxes of weekly envelopes start on the first Sunday in January and run through the year. There may be a spare set available at other times of the year if you wish to use them. Each envelope has the Sunday date printed upon them. You can vary the amount you give each week or give the same amount. Again these are available from Church Wardens or Stewards. Remember to complete a Gift Aid declaration if you are a taxpayer. If anyone wishes to discuss their giving, in confidence, please contact me Steve Baker - Treasurer 0114 2453928

New book out detailing the history of Thorpe Hesley

One of our Church members, Tom Doncaster, has written the book Images of the Past- Thorpe Hesley covering many aspects of the history of Thorpe Hesley. It is being sold at the price of £4.95 with all profits going into Church funds. Copies are on sale in Church, at the Village Shop on Brook Hill in Thorpe Hesley and Wentworth Post Office. In case of difficulty contact the author at tomdoncaster@totalise.co.uk or Tel: 01142463437.