The Hallam Ascent Group was formed in the Summer of 2003 and although based at St Francis’ Parish, Sandygate, Sheffield, is open to all in and around the Hallam Diocese.
The group is aimed at those over fifty, retired or perhaps preparing to retire. Both men and women are welcome. The three strands of the group’s focus are the development of spirituality, mission and friendship.
Hallam Ascent meets once a month, usually on the first Wednesday of the month at 1.45-3.45pm. There is a varied and interesting programme of events.
The monthly meetings begin in prayer, followed by discussion and end with tea. There are also social gatherings including walks, pub lunches and games afternoons.
More details about the group are available on the website http://hallamascent.weebly.com.
Currently, the programme for 2018 is:
7 February: Talk about Lourdes by a member of the Diocesan Pilgrimage Team.
14 February: Ash Wednesday Soup and Cheese Lunch after Mass at noon. In aid of the charity the group is supporting this year.
7 March: Stations of the Cross at St Michael’s Chapel, Rivelin, Sheffield.
4 April: ‘Relaxing with God’ led by Fr Geoffrey Bottoms.
12 April: Pub Lunch.
2 May: Members’ contributions.
24 May: Trip to Chatsworth Garden Centre.
6 June: Retreat Day at Hathersage, led by Fr Martin Clayton.
21 June: Walk at Longshaw.
4 July: Tour of St Marie’s Cathedral.
1 August: Yorkshire Day Tea.
5 September: Hallam Ascent’s 15th Anniversary Day in Yorkshire.
3 October: Talk on Human Trafficking and Slavery by Sheena Field of the Medaille Trust.
7 November: Talk by Rev Stephen Parker, Deacon at St Francis of Assisi Church.
5 December: Advent celebration.