Weekly News for 20.8.23

Dear Friends

Here’s this week’s news.

A little word

And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’                                                                                      Mark 3.34-35 (NRSV)

This reading came up this week. Jesus calls those who follow him brothers and sisters, family. The people of God, the Church, is/should be a family. We have a common bond; we share a heavenly father. Families are (hopefully) where we can be ourselves. They know us and accept us at our worst and best. And we stay family. We need to be a home and family for all, where all are welcome, and not cease in getting better at it.

Things to pray for

  • Give thanks for the family we belong to.
  • For carers in homes, hospitals, and institutions.
  • For young people getting exam results, as they go on to make choices as a result of them.


Sunday Gathering at 9.15am.  

AAW at 10.30am. Even the dogs!

Reading Matthew 15.21-28

Refreshments to follow.

Sunday evening at 7pm

Reflective Communion service.

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.

Stay and Play

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.

Mission Action Planning


The Diocese has produced another MAP booklet – standing for Mission Action Planning. On Saturday 23 September, at 9.30, in Church. 

We are going to meet for an intensive couple of hours to look at it and use it as a way of inspiring and guiding thoughts about our mission as a church. This is open to all of the church, and we’d encourage you to come along and share the process.

The MAP booklet can be found here:


It would help to have an indication of who is coming – can you message or email Huw (huwthomas75@googlemail.com) if you plan to be there?

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.