Activities

This page outlines the various activities and ministries which take place at our church and which we are engaged in.

Social Activities

St Andrew's choirCHOIR St Andrew's church choir leads us in worship, but they also enjoy the social side of their activities. The choir is looking for members to swell their ranks, especially sopranos, tenors and basses. They practise weekly on Thursdays from 7.30-9pm, with a varied repertoire of traditional and modern hymns and a wide repertoire of anthems from ancient to contemporary. The ability to read music is helpful (but not necessary for our Community Choir--see below). To find out more, contact our organist and choirmaster on 0114 2215627.

Walk at YoulgreaveST ANDREW'S SOCIAL GROUP runs a varied programme of events including talks, demonstrations, handicraft sessions, packing shoeboxes, parties and outings. We organise lunches, concerts, and  talks in the church hall.    These activities allow members to participate and enjoy fellowship with each other and with friends. Income from the events supports the church and charities.  For our current programme, see the church calendar.

TENNIS CLUB St Andrew's Tennis Club was founded by church members and their friends in 1922. Since then, tennis has been played almost continuously on the two red championship courts. There are currently about 50 playing members, mostly adults. An active social programme of barbecues and tournaments takes place. Though the club maintains its links to St Andrew's, membership remains open to anyone.

Visit the Tennis Club's own web pages at standrewstennisclubsheffield.co.uk.

Reaching out into the community

The BROOMHALL BREAKFAST provides a hearty cooked breakfast on Friday mornings 8-10am. Cooks, waiting staff and people to eat breakfast are always in demand.

Another Youtube video about the Breakfast can be found here.

THE COMMUNITY CHOIR is a recent initiative.  We started in November 2013, meeting in St Andrew's Church every Tuesday morning from 10a.m. till 12 noon. The idea was to encourage people who enjoyed singing to get together and to encourage community involvement and friendship around Broomhall.  We welcome anyone, from any part of the city, who likes to sing to join us, whether or not they can read music.
The choir is led by Steve Vickers, a skilled musician, recently retired from teaching music, a patient and most enthusiastic leader, with whom we have all made great progress over the last 12 months, singing in four part harmony.  Our numbers have steadily grown from 10 to around 25 who meet regularly. We make a good sound and really enjoy ourselves. Refreshments are on offer during a break after the first hour.  To cover expenses, everyone pays £2  at each meeting.
Anyone interested in joining can call Sheila Cooke on (0114) 2620718 or Margaret Fall on 07710245204, or come along on Tuesday mornings.

THE SOUP WAGON is a Christian charity that provides soup and sandwiches for the homeless. St Andrew's provides a venue with financial and other support, for an increasingly successful and popular Christmas dinner.

ST ANDREWS CHILD CONTACT CENTRE.

A Contact Centre is a place where children from split, usually divorced, families can meet the non-resident parent and siblings in secure, friendly, supported surroundings. More than 400 such Centres in the U.K. are affiliated to the National Association of Contact Centres (NACCC).

St Andrew's Child Contact Centre opened in October 1996 after funds had been obtained to provide the materials necessary - toys, furnishings, including safety guards on the hot water radiators, and a payphone. Serviced rooms and other facilities are provided at a reduced rate as part of the church's donation to charity.

Only SACCC provides free supported contact in South Yorkshire. The Centre is staffed by a paid Co-ordinator and by trained volunteers drawn from Sheffield and the wider area, including a number of students.

A CTBB WORKER WITH OLDER PEOPLE supported by all four churches is making a real difference to the lives of many older people in the area, not only members, both in their own houses and in residential homes.

THE STARTER PACKS SCHEME functions under the auspices of Sheffield Churches' Homelessness Forum. It is run at and by members of St. Andrew's aided by members from St Mark's and Central URC. Money is raised to make up packs of essential new items (e.g. duvets and covers, cutlery and washing up bowls, loo brushes etc.) that are required to make a newly allocated empty flat a home. What is particularly appreciated is that the items are all new. In 10 years, 712 single and double packs have been distributed, helping 1,000 people. The packs are distributed through agencies working with people who are homeless.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE WORKPLACE CHAPLAINCY. St Andrew's is a member of the South Yorkshire Workplace Chaplaincy (SYWC). SYWC works on behalf of the major Christian denominations to bring together the worlds of work and Christian faith. Originally the main focus was chaplaincy in the steel works, but now it is present in a range of work places. SYWC is involved in a number of issues, e.g. disability, home-working and marginal employment, striving for a more fair and just society.