Heaven's very special child
A meeting was held quite far from Earth,
It’s time again for another birth.
Said the angels to the Lord above
This special child will need much love.
His progress may seem very slow,
Accomplishments he may not show,
And he’ll require extra care
From the folk he meets down there
He may not run, or laugh, or play,
His thoughts may seem quite far away.
In many ways he won’t adapt
And he’ll soon be known as handicapped
So lets be careful where he’s sent,
We want his life to be content.
Please Lord, find the parent who
Will do a special job for you.
They will not realise right away
The leading role they’re asked to play,
But with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.
And soon they’ll know the privilege given
In catering for this gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild
Is Heaven’s very special child.
The Hallam Caring Service has recruited and trained a number of volunteers who are willing to ‘walk alongside’ parents of children with special needs. These volunteers are called ‘Parent Befrienders.’ This name is meant to indicate their role as ‘friends’ rather than ‘advisors’, as they cannot legally advise’.
The ‘Befrienders’ role is to try to help parents come to terms with some of the personal and educational issues which surround their children. Some of them have children of their own with special needs, whilst others have knowledge of special needs through their work or other experiences.
They will be able to offer a confidential listening ear, to be a ‘friend’ to help with form filling and generally fulfil a supportive role. If you are a parent who would welcome this sort of support, then the Hallam Caring Service can be contacted on 0114 258 0000 and they will endeavour to match you with a suitable ‘Befriender’ who has knowledge or experience of your child’s particular need.
Alternatively, this service can also be accessed through our schools, or in the parish by contacting Kathleen Simpson on 814095, or Maria Stockton on
The ladies Wednesday Club meets every week in the Presbytery from 2 pm until 4. We have a chat, a prayer, a cup of tea and of course a raffle.
It is all very informal. We organise regular coffee mornings in aid of various good causes and we support the work of Sister Cecilia and her helpers in their mission at Eldoret in Kenya. At the moment we are preparing to fund the repairing of the grave of three former priests, where we meet to pray each year on Remembrance Sunday.
This year we had an outing to Whitby, and in the past years we have been to Stratford-upon-Avon, Beamish, York, the theatre at Rotherham, Chatsworth House and the Yorkshire coast resorts.
We extend an invitation to any ladies who might be at a loose end any Wednesday afternoon and assure them of a warm welcome.
After a massive row, my husband and I ended up not talking to each other for a few days. Finally, on the third day he asked where a certain shirt of his was.
“Oh? I see,” I said. “Now you’re speaking to me”. He looked rather puzzled and replied, “What do you mean?” I then asked if he’d noticed I hadn’t spoken to him for two days. He replied “Oh I just thought how well we were getting along”.
Seen on the back of a Plumber’s Van
“In our game, a flush beats a full house”
Seen on the side of a Church
“Get in touch with God by Knee Mail”
Sign in the window of a Women’s Fashion Boutique
“Ladies, don’t faint outside the shop, come inside and have a perfect fit”