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 January 11th &12th: Dedication and consecration of
the current church building followed by the Institution of Rev Adkins and the ordination of Rev Wright
1937 Each member of Sunday School was given a New Testament in Coronation binding.
1939 Rev Fulljames.
1945 Hillsborough United Churches Council was formed.
1947 Rev Gilmore
1958 Rev Clarke
1959 Direct Giving Scheme was launched
1962 Rev Frogatt
1964 Missionary link with Miss Gwen Parkes was established until she retired in 1974.
1967 New hall building began.
1968 Iron church and hall we’re 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 was 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 from July 2000 to January 2004.
2002 Church Hall extension opened on 27th January.
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 until February 2020.
2013 Messy Church Launched.
2014 Rev Carl Chapman became assistant Curate.
2014 Remembered the 150th anniversary of the Great Sheffield Flood.
2015 Libby Lane – The first woman to be ordained as a bishop in the Church of England on 26th January.
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 walked across all the deaneries of our diocese.
2017 Louise Yaull started 18 month curacy
2017 Messy Divas launched
2018 Carl Chapman, assistant curate, passed away. RIP
2019 Major Roof Repairs.
2020 March 1st – church went into Interegnum.