Quite a bit of updated and new info this week. Thanks to all those who ran the prayer day last week.
A little word
The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Rom 8.19-21 MSG
Romans 8 is quite deep and complicated. This little bit reminds us of the inter connection between people and planet that we have been thinking about over the last few weeks. The hope that all will be restored, everything made perfect again, extends to creation as well as us. That is why we care so passionately, because God does. We live in hope not despair, and we work for the future now in the present.
Things to pray for
- Give thanks for signs of hope and the COP26 meeting.
- for those affected by the end of furlough and the removal of the Universal Credit uplift.
- university students settling into new places
In-Church worship Sunday at 10am. Holy Communion Service with CoGs. – Creation Emergency – Restoration
Face coverings please and be especially conscious of how some people will still want to be cautious.
You can also watch by live-stream on the church facebook page
This week’s readings are: Genesis 9.8-17 & Psalm 126
To think about for this Sunday: can you remember the time when there were 20X as many hedgehogs? Can you remember a time when you have really enjoyed nature?
10am on Thursday
Holy Communion in Church
We are going to continue with our current Sunday morning pattern at 10am through to the end of November. We don’t want to be changing constantly. Now that the schools are back the children’s work has restarted also. We will review it again for the later Autumn and adapt as we go.
Being all together in one service means some differences from ‘normal’. We would love to know what you have liked and found valuable and if there are ways we could adapt.
Harvest next week
Next Sunday, 3 October, will be an all-age Harvest Celebration. We will be collecting offerings for the Foodbank. Tins and packets are welcome, particularly, tins of fish, meat, tomatoes, beans, pulses, baked beans, and soup. Also, long-life milk cartons, and pasta sauce. Please no Pasta or rice, they have a mountain of it!
A message from Sara
Sometimes you see small miracles happening which you know could only be happening because God, in His love, is at work and His people are praying. Thank you for your prayers last Sunday.
Curate’s learning curve: small strimmers are just not up for tackling Wildflower meadows! Does anyone have a (much) beefier one I could borrow please?
Refugee/Asylum Seeker drop-in
Thanks for those who have come forward. We will have a meeting in Church at 10am on 5/10 to plan.
Things are gradually getting back to normal.
Youth group in the Welcome Centre is back (Mon for Girls) Tues for everyone
The Toddler group has restarted on Weds at 9.30-11.30 in the Welcome Centre.
Thursday lunches are back on again
There will be a Deanery Confirmation service with +Sophie at Chapeltown on 28 November. We will be running a course to prepare people, but it could also be used as a refresher course if that would be helpful for you. You do not at this stage have to have made your mind up about Confirmation. Pip or Sara would love to hear from you if you are interested.
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