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St Columba's Crosspool

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Thank you and Scottish Blessing

April 30, 2021

I would like to Thank You so much for the gifts from you all, which was so so generous. I look forward to wearing my stole which will remind me of services taken in both church buildings in Crosspool, Sheffield and I intend to put the rest of the gift towards a bike, which will […]


Easter Message from Revd. Iain Lothian

April 8, 2021

Dear All, Easter feels particularly poignant this year as we not only come out of winter into the new life that spring offers but we also emerge out of lockdown into the gradual releasing of restrictions. The opening up of the tomb that locked down Jesus mirrors the opening-up of our lives after months of […]


Seeing God’s Kingdom in a Vaccination Centre

March 28, 2021

I’ve been walking past St Columba’s, the church used to host the vaccination programme in Crosspool, for weeks. During the heavy snow of January and February, the people in their yellow high vis jackets cheerfully cleared the paths so that those in wheelchairs could still access the building. Always chatting, always smiling, always laughing, a […]


The Annunciation by Denise Leverton

December 17, 2020

Mary is clearly central to the Christmas story; there would be no incarnation – no God becoming human – without her. This wonderful poem attempts to get into the mind of Mary as she responds to the call to give birth to God’s son. Annunciation by Denise Levertov We know the scene: the room, variously […]


I visited St Columba today to pray.

July 10, 2020

I visited St Columba today to pray, it looked beautiful and I had a very warm welcome (thank you Brenda and Bryony!). I love sitting in silence to pray and enjoyed that, and also took a few minutes to pop my headphones on and listen to an app called ‘Pray as you go’ which provides […]


The Church has never been a building

March 23, 2020

The Church has never been a building, it has always been a people. We are about to discover what that means. From this Sunday onward the Church will meet as usual, but it won’t be happening in our buildings. It will be happening in our hearts and our homes.” At 10.30am and 7.00pm every Sunday, […]


Little shoots of hope from humble beginnings.

December 12, 2019

I don’t know about you, but it seems that this year, more than others, does seem to have been an ‘’annus horribillis’’, to quote the Queen, with a deeply divided Britain, and deeply divided world: a world broken with violence, oppression, poverty, homelessness and pain, the list could go on. On top of all this, […]



December 2, 2019

Extract from ‘The Secret Jesus’ by Brian Maclaren I’ve become convinced that although Jesus’ message was personal, it was not private. I’ve been convinced that it has everything to do with public matters in general and politics in particular – including economics and aid, personal empowerment and choice, foreign policy and war. The fact is, Jesus […]


If the only prayer you ever said was thank you that would suffice – Meister Ekhart

June 3, 2019

To those who followed Columbus and Cortez, the New World truly seemed incredible because of the natural endowments. The land often announced itself with a heavy scent miles out into the ocean. Giovanni di Verrazano in 1524 smelled the cedars of the East Coast a hundred leagues out. The men of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon were temporarily […]


Beauty will Save the World

June 28, 2018

Dostoevsky in his novel, ‘The Idiot,’ had a character called Mishkin, a Christlike figure, who others referred to as the Idiot because he was so out of kilter with the values of the world and those around him, kept repeating the phrase, ‘Beauty will save the World.’ It is an enigmatic phrase that maybe has some credence. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, another famous […]