Weekly news for 10.5.20

Dear Friends

If you normally get this by email, check spam if you can’t find it, we are using a new method.

Here is the latest news, but do please also check in with the facebook page www.facebook.com/ccpitsmoor/   and website  www.pitsmoor.church/  during the week.

New for this week

Services

If you’d like to join in on Sunday, here is a reminder of the link

https://zoom.us/j/303159289?pwd=NXdpQkFJQWdLTlpIYTc2alZ6VUhqUT09

Meeting ID: 303 159 289  Password: 597076

Alternatively, for audio only, you can phone in to this number: 0131 460 1196, and follow the instructions.

We start to gather online from 10.00, our service starts properly at 10.30.

For this week……

Christian Aid week starts on Sunday with the theme “love never fails”.

On Sunday, we’d like to think about places in the world that might be very different from here. We may never visit these places but perhaps we can feel a connection with people and their lives.

So, to help that connection here’s a challenge for you! 

Could you find out some facts about one of the countries below? What is their national dish? Could you draw their flag? What’s the top ancient site that tourists visit? Could you draw a map and show us where it is? What’s the population? Anything you think would help us “walk in the shoes” of people who live there.

On Sunday we’ll ask at the start who has a fact to share and we’ll give you an opportunity to hold it up for all on Zoom to see. So, it needs to be written down or drawn. 

The countries we are focusing on are:

India                      Palestine                             Uganda

Thanks in advance for your contributions!

Christian Aid week

This year we are having a virtual CA week. We will host a quiz on Zoom on Weds 13 May at 7.30pm. Ask friends to form a team (4-6 people) and we’ll ask each team to donate to CA. Let me know if you are entering a team ([email protected])

The meeting ID is below; each team member will need this!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86907222756?pwd=ZVFXclFKR3dXSmNjQ0lianVISkhjZz09

Meeting ID: 869 0722 2756 Password: 874906

A little word on giving

Several folk who use the envelope scheme have been asking about how they can give whilst we are not meeting. You can pay it direct into the bank using

30-97-78

61571868

Christ Church Pitsmoor

If you are a taxpayer who utilises gift-aid our preferred method for you is the Parish Giving Scheme; they have now got a telephone sign-up system in place.

Call the dedicated telephone line:            0333 002 1271

One of their administrators will take you through the sign up process – this normally takes around 15 minutes. You will need to have the following information to hand:

• Personal bank account details

• The name of the parish: Christ Church Pitsmoor

• You will need to confirm if you want to increase your gift in line with inflation each year

• Confirm if you are eligible for Gift Aid

• The PGS code for the parish:  350635050

Family focused activities

Ideas and activities for this Sunday

https://www.rootsontheweb.com/i-am-looking-for/public-copies/worshipathome10may

Another weekly story and activity connected to the readings for each Sunday

https://www.facebook.com/childrensworker.beth.9

+ The SALT project has issued a helpful resource to support ‘families of all shapes and sizes’ during the lockdown period. We are aware how demanding it is at present not least for parents of primary school age children, often having to juggle paid work with parenting and home-schooling. This little guide is crammed with imaginative tips and suggestions.

https://www.sheffield.anglican.org/UserFiles/File/CRT/WC_4_May/Self-Care-at-Home-E-Reader.pdf

Faith at Home’ is a national campaign to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. It seeks to inspire parents and children to nurture Christian faith in the ‘new normal’ of the home.

https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/faith-home/i-am-parent

This included family worship on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4.00

A reminder of previous stuff

Maureen on Furlough

We have had to make the difficult decision to put Maureen on furlough, but rest assured on full pay. This means that she isn’t allowed to ‘work’. Emails to the ‘office’ account will be dealt with but inevitably not as swiftly. It’s fine for you to keep in touch with her if you have her personal contacts but just not in a work capacity.

Keeping up

Pip & Sara are happy to receive calls or messages about people who are unwell or in need. All our contact details are on the website if you don’t already have them saved.

Foodbank

If you would like to drop stuff off at the Vicarage that is fine. Alternatively, lots of the supermarkets have a place to drop donations when you shop. The Foodbanks are working collaboratively so it is all effective.

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