A little word
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Hebrews 12.1
All Saints’ Day on Sunday is an occasion to remember all the Saints not given their own special day. In reality that means almost all of them. Saints are not stained-glass super-heroes but ordinary faithful followers of Jesus. Paul addresses nearly every letter ‘to the saints in….’ often now translated as ‘God’s holy people’ If he wrote a letter to us it would be to the Saints in Pitsmoor. As we remember all those who have gone before us, picture them in the grandstand cheering us on (Hebrews above), and so live out your calling and run the race before you.
New for this week
9am in Christ Church, Holy Communion.
Aimed especially at those who can’t access the on-line services. Please bring a face covering and hand cleanser. Numbers are limited, and it will take longer than usual to take your seat, so please be prompt.
Please be mindful of the need to avoid ‘mingling’ It is natural to want to greet each other, but we must do all we can to protect one another.
QR code check-in is now available if you have the NHS Covid-19 app.
10.30am on Zoom.
We are continuing our on-line services for the foreseeable future. The link is the same every week.
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.
This week’s reading is Revelation 7.9–17
Things to pray for
- Give thanks for all those faithful saints who have helped and inspired you
- for our nation as we respond to hungry families
- for all working for justice to those fleeing horror abroad and seeking a safe home
Annual Church Meeting
Thursday 29 Oct at 7pm.
To keep people as safe as possible we will do it in a mixed format with a zoom link for online or socially distanced attendance in person. Please use the zoom option if you are able to.
We need to meet to elect 2x Church Wardens, 2x Deputy Wardens, 2x Deanery Synod reps & 4x PCC reps, (there are also 4x vacancies on the PCC unfilled). To find out more or nominate someone please contact Maureen ([email protected] or 07765 232789). We will be able to accept nominations by phone and email as well as a form. Each vacancy needs consent of the candidate plus a proposer and seconder (all 3 must be on the Electoral Roll).
An invitation to our first Ecclesfield & Hallam Deanery Prayer Event
Saturday 7 November 9.30am-12noon on Zoom
Join together with friends in our paired Deanery as we hear from Bishops Pete and Sophie, and Katie Bell, our new Diocesan Secretary.
This is a great chance to meet the new team, learn about how things are going in the diocese and pray together. The prayers will be led by members of our deaneries – if you’d like to be involved please let us know. This event is open to everyone, so do let others know.
The meeting is on Zoom. Please sign up via the Diocesan website, here is the link
We look forward to sharing this time with you. Pip & Matthew, Area Deans
Remembrance Sunday 8 Nov
We will have an act of Remembrance around the war memorial at the end of our 9am service in Church.
In the evening we will have the church open from 5pm for those who would like to light a candle or record a name of someone they have lost. At six we will have a short act of worship to draw it all together. Folk can just pop in or stay longer. Please get this message out to those you know who are grieving. All the usual social distancing arrangements will apply. If someone would like us to do it on their behalf, because they can’t attend, they can contact Pip to leave details.
Utopia Theatre Production – Here’s what she said to me
Amanda wants to draw your attention to this “a moving story of daughters and mothers in the world of migrations and shifting identities, braving life with an undying hope, optimism and resilience”. It’s at the Crucible with a Livestream on Tues 3 Nov. Full details at
Use of Church
Just a gentle reminder to all our key holders… access to the building is still on a limited basis. You must ask permission from Pip if you wish to go in for anything. We need to keep everyone safe. QR code check-in is now available if you have the NHS Covid-19 app.
Earlier week’s news
Previous editions of this news update are on the website if you can’t find it in your in-box.