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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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Rogation Sunday Walk

Join us this Sunday (13th May 2012) for a sturdy walk around the whole parish boundary.

You’re welcome for for part or all of the venture as we do a traditional “beating the bounds” pilgrimage from the bottom of Pitsmoor Road, to the Wicker, up through Burngreave Cemetery, then along Scott Road, Barnsley Road and Norwood Roads.

We turn up through Roe Woods and go over the top to Parkwood tip, around the tip and land down by the river, taking a dog-leg all the way to Herries Road and the old Wards End Cemetery.

Then it’s back along Club Mill Road, along the riverside, through Neeps End to end where we began.

The going is road way for the first chunk, woodland path through Roe Woods – and when we go over the hill and down to Wards End there’s a bit of a scramble.

Some join us for part, some do the whole thing.

If you’d prefer the virtual tour here’s a link to the parish map.

[written by Huw Thomas]

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One year – congratulations!

It’s one year today since Philip and Frances joined us at Christ Church – congratulations to them both!  And a big thank you to them for all the hard work and energy they’ve put into their first year here.  We thank God for all that has been achieved, for the new friendships and relationships formed, for the growth in the Kingdom, and we pray for God’s blessing on Philip and Frances in the next year.

One year on :: 4 May 2011 :: Rev Philip Ireson inducted at CCP

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Karen Palm Sunday celebration

We have a large Karen population in Sheffield, and at Christ Church, and our Palm Sunday service was led by Karen choirs and prayers.  With so much happening in Burma this week, we were especially glad that we were able to join in prayer for the country with personal insight. Here’s some pictures from the service:

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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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The Cup of Tea

The traditional post service cup of tea is often a point at which we pick up some of the more pointed or controversial things said in our ministry.

Here, Huw Thomas reflects on virals, bubbles and money.

“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come”. So begins the ‘Kony 2012’ video, a viral that thrives through the internet and has inspired our young folks to action. It highlights the actions of Joseph Kony, leader of the awfully named “Lord’s Resistance Army”, a gaggle of thugs who have terrorised the north of Uganda and surrounding areas through a particularly sordid campaign of kidnapping, abusing and brutalising their army of child soldiers.

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We love to worship God in all kinds of different ways at Christ Church. We sometimes use more traditional hymns but also love to worship Jesus with contemporary Christian music. A new band has just started to lead worship in church services.


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New website – welcome!

Welcome to the new on-line home of Christ Church Pitsmoor.

We’re an open Evangelical church in the heart of one of Sheffield’s most interesting and exciting areas.  We have a wide range of cultures, ages and expressions of worship, and we try to be open to learning from each other.  If you’re interested in finding out more about Jesus, and how we’re trying to live out His good news, get in touch or come along – we’re happy to talk.

We’re still working on this new website, but there’s already a lot of information here, and more will be added regularly.

New features, just launched, include our downloads page, where you can see this week’s newsletter and download some of the teaching materials we’re working with at the moment.

There’s also a new jobs page, which will be updated shortly, when we’ve finalised the advert and job spec for our new youth worker. We’re hoping to have all that information up on the site in the next week, but do feel free to get in touch before then if you have any questions.

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Confirmations with the new Bishop of Doncaster

Last night saw the confirmation of 9 people at Christ Church, with the new Bishop of Doncaster the Rt Rev Peter Burrows.  The church was packed, the atmosphere full of celebration, and there was a true sense of God’s presence with us.

Bishop of Doncaster before the confirmation service

The Bishop early on in the service

The candidates for confirmation

Making the sign of the cross

Spreading water around...

The peace

All together now...

Congratulations and prayers to Morgan, Peggy, Walter, Edith, Angela, Demetrius, Craig, Erna, Jane and Joan, and remembering Robert too.

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