Christ Church Pitsmoor

Christian Community for All Nations

Mission 2014

The end of July kickstarts the holiday season for many people, however this july it meant gearing up to serve. Over the past year christ church pitsmoor has undertaken detached work, prayer walking, family craft sessions and youth groups. Mission 2014 was an amalgamation of CCP’s activities into a 3 day event.

Each morning consisted of fellowship including breakfast and worship (sung and biblical reflection) moving into a time of teaching provided by Snowdrop project and Chocolate box Project. With Snowdrop the group were learning about modern slavery as well as trafficking around the world. Church Army (a linked charity to CCP) were enlightening the group about the amazing work they do with vulnerable women in Sheffield. The point of inviting these projects to share with us was to enable us to learn together about issues in our community, that we could be apart of changing.

The afternoons consisted of practical tasks to help our local community. These consisted of litter picking, park cleaning (huge thanks to Sheffield parks team), prayer walking and fun on Nottingham Cliff

Tuesday the group had a great time providing fun activities in Nottingham Cliff park. Activities included football, basketball, face painting, using the play area, bouncy castle, parachute games, bracelet making and a BBQ. The team met lots of people they had talked to while cleaning the park or litter picking. On the park members of the team also set up a prayer tent. This was well used by members of the public as a space for reflection and prayer. 2 young people on the team in particular got a lot out of praying for people they didn’t know, it was fantastic to see them grow in confidence and shearing faith.

we could have organised a mission trip in another country but it was amazing to learn about and make a different in our community.

A great article by one of the young people
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/letters-opinion/today-s-star-columnist-zach-smith-member-of-ecclesall-church-s-uncut-project-1-6749170

The projects who came and opened our eyes
http://snowdropproject.co.uk
http://www.chocolateboxpitsmoor.org.uk

Get involved
If you have an idea to help your community then share it with someone!
This is a great link to get you on the rite track https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/out–about/parks-woodlands–countryside/parks/events/organising-community-events.html

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“As i walk”

Well, we’ve done it! Very satisfying. Superb support from Chris Limb and Chris Barber who walked every step with faith and determination. We had a bit of a low point as we slogged along the road from Swinton to Rotherham in the absence of an expected towpath on the canal. A 4 mile to Rotherham sign popped up, followed by a hill up to Rawmarsh, but real guts and determination (including Jill O’Sullivan who had joined us for the day) clicked in and we made it into Rotherham, total of 15 miles for the day. On our diverted way through Swinton, Jill met a work colleague who was passing in a car, and coming into Rotherham we ‘bumped’ into an contact from my HMP Doncaster days, another one of those God moments. Here is the prayer we have been giving out to anyone we have met on the way:

“As I walk through life
during the smooth quiet times,
the rough difficult times,
the foggy, unclear times,
please give me a sense that Your Presence is with me
At this moment may I know that my footsteps have a guide
and a sure hand to lead me”

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Centenary Walk

Just a reminder that the two congregations come together on Sunday at 10.30a.m. for a Pentecost Communion with Archdeacon Malcolm Chamberlain.

Philip Ireson, Chris Barber and Chris Limb set out on a Centenary Walk across the Diocese from Adlingfleet in the far north east and then walk 60 miles over four days along rivers and canals to Sheffield Cathedral. Watch out on our Facebook site, Christ Church Pitsmoor,  for updates

 

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Mission Weekend 2013

On the 27-29 September Christ Church Pitsmoor had a great weekend. For the weekend we hosted our dear friends from All Saints Ecclesall (http://www.ecclesall.parishchurch.org.uk) to serve the community of Pitsmoor. we managed to fit quite a lot into one weekend. It all started Friday night with GenR8 youth club to help both groups mis and give an opportunity for All Saints to have a tour of Pitsmoor. saturday we litter picked, cleaned a park (Nottingham Cliff Park). In the afternoon we had a fun afternoon on the park which consisted of a climbing wall, bouncy castle, face painting, BBQ and lots of games. Sunday we took over the service and shared testimonies and worshiped as load as we could. One of the aims of the weekend was to provide an experimental place for young people to explore mission, for young people to come away with stories that would enhance, change, inform and transform their story. This was fascinating in practice as so many young people came away with stories of things that had happened or thay had witnessed. One conversation i had the privilege of having was with one young lady who hadn’t realised until that weekend that prostitution happens outside of London. It was truly amazing to see young people (and adults) come alive with the Holy Spirit, so fired up and passionate about mission in their city.

end of the day photoI know its difficult to tell in this photo but the atmosphere was incredible, seeing so many families using the park was lovely. you can see the hubbub by the climbing wall we had face painting, bracelet making and BBQ over there as well and you can see the bouncy castle poking out. it was the end of the day so no football or basketball which was talking place on the newly cleaned courts. Clean courts is something that started a conversation with a parent at the fun afternoon, we chatted about how great it is that someone cares, not only cares but cares so much that they got up and did something. My hope and prayer for the future is that more people who care will get up and join in. also i hope that people we met and are still meeting will see that ultimately God cares. God cares so much that God gave his one and only son as a sacrifice for our sin bringing us back in unity with God.

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Alpha Away Day

 

We had a great day over at Woodsetts Church for our Alpha Holy Spirit Day. We enjoyed great teaching, fun together, intimate worship, prayer ministry and a lovely pub lunch followed by a short walk. About 25 of us spent the day together.

 

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Alpha at Christ Church starts next Wednesday!

Image invite friends, family, neighbours. It will be a great opportunity. team met Monday evening for some training and we are really expectant that God is going to work in people’s lives. Also consider coming for your own faith if you have felt a bit dry recently or struggling with faith. It’s a great place to come as you are and explore.

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Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

prayer from my recent talk..some of you asked for the words

Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

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Happy birthday Yvonne!

One of our Church Army workers, Yvonne Hayes, who runs our charity shop ‘Rainbow’s End‘ celebrated a rather special 60th birthday today.

Ange made this incredible piece of art for her – which we just wanted to share with the world too:

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Future Light

Christ Church has many different nationalities. Future Light is a group which meets monthly. It is primarily for members for whom English is a second language. We aim to study the Bible together and to share unique insights with the church from a developing world understanding. We are also seeking to develop leadership and confidence within the group. 

Future Light meeting at the Vicarage

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Alpha course tonight!

Hannah and her team are heading up the second Alpha evening at Christ Church, starting 7pm. Why not come along and join 25 young people for food and discussion about things that matter to you.

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