Weekly news for 19.11.23

Dear Friends,

Here’s the update for the week

A little word 

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.      Matthew 5.14 (NIV)

The contrast between light and dark comes frequently in our liturgy at this time of year and is repeated many times in the scriptures. After the clock change the days do seem so much shorter. And the world in many ways seems like quite a dark place at present.

But Jesus calls us to be light, his light. And the fact that our light cannot be hidden might make us think about what we are revealing. The discussions at general synod this week are important, but we must remind ourselves that the things we hold in common are so much more than the things we might disagree on.

Shining a light on how to love each other and be good neighbours, how to stand for justice, how to treasure all of creation are equally important.

Things to pray for

  • Give thanks for the light of Christ in us. 
  • For our PCC meeting on Monday.
  • For refugees and Asylum seekers, and their fair treatment.

Sunday services 

9.15am Sunday Gathering

The Sunday Gathering is happening as usual at 9.15am

10.30am Morning Worship

Second before Advent

The reading is Matthew 25.14-30

CoG’s children’s group meets this week.

Refreshments to follow.

7pm Reflective service

Reflective Communion

Giving news

Envelopes – new boxes are available for those who wish to use them. Please see Karen to get your pack.

Gift aid – a reminder that if you are a taxpayer, we can reclaim an additional 25% on your giving. If you give under gift-aid and stop being a taxpayer, you will need to let us know. Karen can help you with forms.

Contactless giving- we know not everyone has cash these days. We have a contactless giving card reader on trial. If this would work for you, give it a go.

easyfundraising – We are registered with easyfundraising, which means you can raise FREE donations for us every time you shop online. Over 7,000 brands will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – at no extra cost to yourself! These donations really mount up and make a BIG difference to us, so we’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up and support us. It’s completely FREE and only takes a moment.

You can find our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/christchurchpitsmoor/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pmc&utm_content=gs-email1

What’s on this week?

Wednesday 10am – Stay and Play – in the Welcome Centre

Wednesday 7.30pm – After 8 – at 225 Nottingham Street

Thursday 10am – Holy Communion followed by coffee and Lunch Club in the Welcome Centre.

Friday 1pm – Craft and Chat – in the Welcome Centre