Weekly news for 1.10.23

Dear Friends

I hope you can join us Sunday as we celebrate and treasure God’s bounty at our Harvest Service.

A little word

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.                                                                                                                                Genesis 8.22 (NIV)

God’s promise made to himself after Noah had exited the Ark and offered a sacrifice, seems to be implying that it is in spite of humanity not because of humanity. In the face of our ability to mess things up God will not give up on our planet. The cycle of resting and growing, activity and inactivity, changing seasons and storing up for the future will endure. We celebrate our benefit of that promise this weekend and marvel at how nature, given a chance, can reassert itself even in an urban setting like ours.

We also steel ourselves to work against those who seek to derail it. All those forces who through ignorance or wickedness seem to be doing their utmost to wreck our planet and steal the future of our children and grandchildren. We can and must be part of the solution.

Things to pray for

  • Give thanks for nature in all its bounty.
  • For the victims of the Libya floods and our Thursday food ministry. 
  • For those working on our building repairs.


Sunday Gathering at 9.15am.  

AAW at 10.30am. A time for Creation – Treasuring

Readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 & Luke 12:16-30

See message below about Harvest gifts.

Refreshments to follow.

Sunday evening at 7pm

Taizé style

10am on Thursday  

Holy Communion, followed by Coffee and Lunch Club.

Harvest – on Sunday, 1 Oct.

As well as an opportunity to give thanks and celebrate it is an opportunity to share. Please bring cans or packet goods that we can pass on to the foodbank, or a cash gift (pop it in an envelope marked ‘Harvest’) which we will split 50/50 between Christian Aid’s Libya Flood Appeal and our Thursday evening food ministry.

Events this week

Wednesday – After 8 taking place in the Holroyd Room at 7.30pm each week.

Thursday – International Meal in church at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm) (first Thurs of month)

Friday – Craft and Chat in the Welcome Centre at 1.30pm each week 

Two requests to pray

Bill and Sara would be glad of your prayers as Sara has an op to remove a cancerous tumour in the next few weeks. The good news, it hasn’t spread, for which they are very grateful! Thank you!

Last Tuesday our friend and colleague, and Associate Archdeacon, the Revd Ian Parkinson suffered a stroke. Ian is in the Hallamshire hospital receiving excellent care. Please do pray for Ian and the family. Nadine, his wife, has particularly asked that we “pray for the Holy Spirit, who breathed breath into us and creation, to breathe breath and oxygen into all the tiny parts of his brain that have been damaged and other parts to help them compensate for the damaged parts.”

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

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