St Polycarp Church

History of St Polycarps

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St Polycarp – was the first Christian martyr after the days of the new testament. When asked to say “Caesar is Lord” he fiercely replied “For 86 years I have served the Christ and he has done me no wrong” He was burnt alive over a pile of wood as symbolized on our church emblem. Jesus said ” Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and the gospel will save it”

Milestones in the history of St Polycarp’s Church

1879    School church opened as a mission from Wadsley Parish Church

1900    Iron church built

1934    Rev Adkins
               1934: January 11th &12th: Dedication and consecration of 
                         current church building followed by the Institution of Rev Adkins 
                         and the ordination of Rev Wright 
               1937Each member of Sunday School given a New Testament 
                         in Coronation binding
1939    Rev Fulljames 
               1945: Hillsborough United Churches Council formed 

 Rev Gilmore
1958    Rev Clarke
               1959: Direct Giving Scheme launched
1962    Rev Frogatt
               1964: Missionary link with Miss Gwen Parkes established 
                         (until she retired in 1974)
               1967: New hall building began 
               1968: Iron church and hall pulled down 
               1969: New church hall officially opened 
               1973: First Junior Church Camp at Bradfield 

1974    Rev Bill Watson 
               1976: Parish weekend at Scargill House, Kettlewell 
               1977: First woman churchwarden elected 

1979    Rev Alan Whitely 
               1980: Flood memorial plaque moved from St Mark’s
               1984: Golden Jubilee service and reunion 
               1992: Re-ordering of church 

1995    Rev Mark Cockayne
               2000: Rev Chris Stebbing served as curate July 2000 to January 2004 
               2002: Church Hall extension opened 27th January 2002
               2005: Rev Cockayne became vicar of St Mark’s Haydock

2006    Rev Patrick Coghlan
               2009: 22nd February – Celebration of 130 years since the mission began 
                         and 75 years of the St Polycarp’s church building 

2013    Rev Gina Kalsi                                                                                                                                        2014 –  Rev Carl Chapman – became assistant Curate                                                                          2014 – Remembered the 150 year of the Sheffield Flood                                                                        2015  Libby Lane – The first woman to be ordained as a bishop in the Church of England on                      26th Jan.                                                                                                                                          2015 – 10-13 September – Crossroads Mission – The Archbishop of York led a team of 21                   bishops in four days of mission across Sheffield Diocese . They worked across all the                       deaneries of our diocese

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