Full details of all our Christmas services are here.
A little word
We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1.2-3
Paul nearly always starts his letters with a prayer and affirmation of his readers. This is no exception. The Thessalonian Christians were steadfast in hope. Hope is one of our Advent themes. The good thing about hope is that our carrying of it can bring hope to others who have lost it. At its best it is contagious. May we have that same hope in Jesus and spread it where we can.
Things to pray for
- Give thanks that hope triumphs over circumstances.
- For all the special Christmas activities bringing joy and hope.
- For the Palmer and Ramsey families, both with funerals this week.
Holy Communion in Christ Church at 10am with CoGs groups.
This week’s readings are: Isaiah 35.1-10 & Matthew 11.2-11
Refreshments to follow.
Sunday evening at 7pm.
Advent reflection. Have yourself a Reflective Little Christmas.
10am on Thursday
Holy Communion is now back at Christ Church in the Welcome Centre, followed by Lunch Club.
If you would like to help with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies after the Carols by Candlelight, please see Pip or Ali. Contributions of Mince Pies (homemade or bought) would be appreciated.
Flyers with all these details are available on the welcome desk.
Advent Course – Thursdays
7.00 arrivals for 7.15 start, finish by 8.45, in the lounge.
The course is ‘Travelling Light’ and it focuses on the comings and goings of biblical characters, particularly in passages related to Advent and Christmas, to see what light they shed on our own Christian journeys.
New service pattern from January
In January we will be going back to having two services in the morning. At 9.15am, there will be a more informal offering with more discussion and group participation; at 10.30am we will meet broadly as we do at present with CoGs running too.
A new Curate
We are delighted to announce that Will Gowers will be joining us as a stipendiary (full time) Curate next summer. He will move in June with wife Lucy, and daughters Eloise and Phoebe. Will and Lucy both come from Sheffield, he trained as an actor, and worked as Youth Minister at St John’s Owlerton before Ordination training at Trinity Bristol. We hold them all in our prayers in the coming months.
Free money for church
Easyfundraising is a simple way to donate to Christ Church with lots of your on-line shopping. It is often only a few pence per transaction but soon mounts up if there are quite a few people doing it. We’ve just been sent £30 and that’s with only a couple of us using it.
Use this link to get started
Victor Mujakachi and Endalk Sisay are both asylum seekers living in Sheffield. Their stories are at the heart of this new musical which celebrates our city, the UK’s first City of Sanctuary. Tues 13 – Thu 15 Dec at Library Theatre. Details here Library Theatre: Sanctuary | Sheffield Theatres
Reminders of contact details:
Maureen (for admin queries). [email protected], 07765 232789.
Pip (for everything else!). [email protected], 07799944436.
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