ADWICK-LE-STREET METHODISTS MEET THE BISHOP OF SHEFFIELD
For many years now Adwick-le-Street Methodists have welcomed their friends from St. Laurence Parish Church to their Covenant Service each January, and each August we have been pleased to worship with them on the occasion of their Patronal Festival Sunday service in August.
St. Laurence (31st December 225 to 10th August 258 A.D.) is famous for standing up to the Roman authorities when they gave him three days to collect all the riches of the Christian church in Rome and give them to the Imperial Treasury. During those three days St. Laurence gave away all the Church wealth to the poor and needy of the city. On the third day, at the head of a small delegation, he presented himself to the Prefect of Rome. When ordered to deliver the treasures of the Church, he presented the city's indigent, crippled, blind, and suffering, and declared that these were the true treasures of the Church: "Here are the treasures of the church. You see, the church is truly rich, far richer than your emperor!" St. Laurence was martyred after serving a prison sentence.
On Sunday 6th August this year the inspiring Sunday service was led by the Bishop of Sheffield (The Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Wilcox), who made the visiting Methodists feel very welcomed. The sermon was based on St. Matthew 16, 13-23 with the text being “On this rock I will build my church.”