Weekly news for 6.8.23

Dear Friends 

Here’s this week’s news. 

A little word 

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?  

James 2.14 (NRSV) 

The reformer Martin Luther famously called the letter of James an epistle of straw. For the reformers in their time anything that suggested anything other than salvation by faith alone was problematic. But that would be a misreading of James. I think what he is saying is that faith that doesn’t change you isn’t really faith. ‘All words and no action’ is problematic. Faith truly encountered means we will never be the same again.  

Things to pray for 

  • Give thanks for the times your faith has challenged you to think and act differently. 
  • For those not able to join with us due to illness or infirmity. 
  • For aid and development agencies fighting for justice for the marginalised. 


Sunday Gathering at 9.15am.   

All-age Worship at 10.30am. Feeding a crowd. 

Refreshments to follow. 

  Sunday evening at 7pm 

This week is Taizé. 

10am on Thursday   

Holy Communion, followed by Coffee. Lunch club takes a break for August. 

Services in school holiday time 

Now the schools have broken up the CoGs leaders are taking a well-earned break until September. Families are, of course, welcome to join in the service at 10.30 every week. There are some toys and the new Sensory bags at the back if that is appropriate for you. 

If you are busy in the mornings, the Reflective evening service follows the same theme most weeks and is a lovely peaceful end to the day. 

Morning Prayer 

Will and Pip say Morning Prayer together in Church on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 9am. It lasts about 1/2hour. Anyone is welcome to join us. 

Toddler Group 

In September we plan to re-start the Toddler Group on a Wednesday morning. More details will be given soon. If you are interested in helping have a word with Will or Lucy Gowers. 

Free to a good home 

Following a clear out of the vestry and other hidey-holes there is a collection of lost property and books at the back of church. Help yourself to anything you want. Donations (optional) can go in the collection box. It will be there for a couple of weeks before recycling/throwing. 

Huw & Kate’s Big Ride for Palestine 

Huw and Kate are riding from Wales to England. Details and donations on the link below 


Keeping up 

Reminders of contact details: 

Maureen (for admin queries). office@pitsmoor.church, 07765 232789. 

Pip (for everything else!). vicar@pitsmoor.church, 07799944436. 

Will will@pitsmoor.church, 07354887660 

Earlier news 

Previous editions of this news update are on the website if you can’t find it in your in-box.