Sunday 21st March - Fifth Sunday in Lent - Passiontide

Notices for Sunday March 21st  2021
Fifth Sunday in Lent - Passiontide

Services live and online
We are open again for public worship today, at 10am. The social distancing rules will apply, and unless there are further changes, music will have to be provided by the computer. We will continue with streaming the service online.
You can watch the videos for all the churches when they “premier”, or later for your convenience by clicking on this link:
From this link you can also find Paul Mellar’s / St Andrew’s service, Joel and his family’s “Church at Home” and Ian Webb’s Covid Island Discs. Prayers on-line are available each day.

Coffee after the Sunday services – 11.15am by Zoom:
We invite you to “virtual” after (or before??) service refreshments.

Church open for private prayer
The church will be open for private prayer Wednesdays 9.30am - 4pm and Sundays 11.30 - 4pm

Readings and Collect
Jeremiah 31. 31-34
John 12.20-33

Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son out of love for the world;
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion.
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord

Please remember in your prayers: Olga, and Marion Giles, now back home

Tuesday 23 March, 12noon, Louise Lee
Thursday 25 March, 11am, Victor Smith.

National Day of Reflection 
Tuesday, 23 March 2021, is the first anniversary of the UK lockdown. To commemorate the tragic loss of life and to stand together with everyone who’s grieving, whether as a result of Covid or other causes the Church of England is supporting a National Day of Reflection. Our church will be open for prayer 2pm – 4pm, and a prayer sheet will be Emailed out with these notices for you to use in any way. Peter will also produce an online reflection that day in addition to the daily prayers.

Congratulations, love and good wishes to dear Bernard Broadhead, who has celebrated his 97th birthday! He is in a nursing home in Sheffield. He and his wife Jess were loyal, loved and
valued members of St Johns for over 50 years – and happily, he still is.

News: As we can’t meet together as we used to do, do you have any news to share? Please send items to the office by 9am on Thursdays

From Peter:
The church gardens keep sprouting with new life and delight. I love these hellebores though you have to get down low to appreciate their beautiful flowers.…

“Big Read” – Singing in Babylon

For Lent this year we joining in with "The Big Church Read" looking at "Singing in Babylon" - a book that looks at stories of Daniel and how we can respond and thrive when we don't get what we want - Daniel was in exile, we are in lockdown... We will have "zoom" groups so we can share what we think, or you can just read it by yourself. Copies can be obtained at £10 from

The Zoom groups are:

Sundays 6.30pm - hosted by Ian Webb

Mondays 6.45pm - hosted by Paul Mellars

Wednesdays 2pm - hosted by Tony Bethel

Wednesdays 7.30pm - hosted by Joel Bird

Please just join any group you want to by clicking on the link at the appropriate time. You shouldn’t need the meeting ID and Passcode.

Also for Lent, a weekly Zoom Prayer meeting, led by Paul Mellars:

Starting at 7.30pm on Monday 22nd February.

Everyone welcome.

Live Lent
Many have enjoyed “Love Life Live Lent” resources in past years – we recommend them again – available by Email, or audio versions via an app or smart speaker!:
#LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story - our Lent reflections | The Church of England

Easter Eggs
Following their distribution of 106 bags of Christmas cheer to isolated and lonely people in the area, Life Dronfield plans to distribute Easter Eggs. Can you help with supplies? Your egg should be generous-sized, and preferably Fairtrade; bring to Dronfield Baptist Church  each morning for 2 weeks from 9-noon from Monday March 15th onwards for distribution  on Monday 29th March by volunteers from local churches.   If you would like to help but can’t get down to the church you could send a donation to :

Life Dronfield
​​​​​​​Sort code 08 92 99
Ac no. 65849536  00
Reference - Easter Eggs

Thank you!!