Christ Church Pitsmoor

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Riding Lights Theatre Company – Fantastic Acts!

We have the amazing privilege of hosing the Riding Lights Theatre Company as they bring to us Fantastic Acts. The tour will be with us on 27th November at 7:30pm. Below is some helpful information regarding the show from the Riding Lights website.

Riding Lights Take On The Book Of Acts… And Beyond

Julia needs some space.

Away from constant pressure, the whirlwind of work. Somewhere to find a bit of balance. The Mediterranean, perhaps? Sun, sea and… a few surprises.

What she discovers goes way beyond ‘switching off’. Extraordinary stories, random acts of kindness, blindness and divineness… but a bucketload of questions.

Can the unsettling power and people of the book of Acts help her find what she’s looking for?

Could their fantastic acts help her stay on her feet in a cross current of misgivings and hope, persecution, faith and risk?

In classic Riding Lights style – with laughter, insight, vivid story-telling and surprising energy for a holiday in the sun – FANTASTIC ACTS! invites you to take an invigorating dip into the remarkable lives of the men and women who formed the first churches.

Following acclaimed tours of INHERITANCE and A DIFFERENT DRUM, Riding Lights new play is touring autumn 2014.

Touring the UK 8 October to 29 November 2014.

Tickets: £10 (groups – buy 10 and get the 11th free)
National Box Office: 01904 613000 or book online

Please note: there are no additional charges for booking via the phone or in person.
Booking online includes a £1.50 charge per transaction.

http://ridinglights.org/

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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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Le Tour blasts through Burngreave

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It took all of three minutes for the Le Tour to get through the parish, they missed all the delightful things we enjoy so much about here, but it was great to cheer them on.

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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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Breath Deep

We had a great day on Saturday 25th January, 2014 with 200 young Christians from all over south Yorkshire for Breathe deep!

12 young people went from our mission partnership which is fantastic. We had a great day worshiping God, exploring being a Christian in different settings, playing games, eating, laughing and having a great time.

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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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Alive

end of evening prayer and worship

end of evening prayer and worship

Alive

A worship event that is organised by churches across the city and is for young people 11-18 from across the city. The worship band were from All Saints Ecclesall, teaching provided by Mark Russell with fun and enthusiasm provided by the young people. throughout the evening young people gave heart felt response and a longing to meet with God.  the teaching was focused on the lords prayer in particular “our farther”, trusting God and trusting the power of praying in the name of God.

There were 3 C’s to remember

C – caring

C – Close

C – Competent

we look forward to the next one on 10th July.

http://www.forgeyouth.com/_Events/Alive

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ELEMENT Weekend Away!

The time has arrived! Element are going to Keswick in the Lake District on Fri 1st- Sun 3rd Feb to enjoy some quality time together in the lovely countryside.

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Anthony who?

Anthony Stevens :: Youth Worker

Anthony Stevens :: Youth Worker

Born: Birmingham in 1986, I know there are few people at Christ Church who know or have lived in Birmingham so to be specific I was born and raised in Selly Park (in between Selly Oak and Bournville)

Favourite Food: I don’t think I dislike any food and I find it equally hard to state a favourite. I think a food I could eat every night and not be bored is Pizza or Curry…….curry Pizza now there’s a thought

Sport: I like Cycling and I do enjoy the Gym (even if it doesn’t show)

Me: as I’ve said I grew up in Birmingham I could not wait to leave school so when I could I became an engineer. I attended college for 3 year as an apprentice I specialised as a turner on lathes, because of this skill the company also made titanium wedding rings. This meant I learned to polish in various styles, diamond set, inlay precious metals, laser weld and sell. During this time I had a strong calling from God to do youth work (I ignored). A friend asked if I could cover her place on a beach mission and I was hooked. When I returned I realise that I was not serving God in my workplace or listening to God generally. Lots changed for me and I would say I suddenly became aware that God is everywhere and I can serve God anywhere. After a year and God laying on strongly the calling to be a Youth Worker I decided to try it by volunteering. 4 years later people prayer and heard God (me included) that I should grow up and do what I needed to do so I could grow. This was a Degree in youth community work and practical theology, to say I found it tough is an understatement (but that is my personal journey). Rejoice I did it and learned loads on the journey so I’m now Anthony Steven BaHons.

Why Pitsmoor: I saw the Job advert and thought that is me, I saw the church profile and thought that’s a place I can worship, serve and be; so I applied for and here I am. When I was applying for the job and equally when I got the job people would say “Pitsmoor do you know the area?” i have to say even though people rubbished the area I love it here there is no more trouble here that any other area i have lived (i have witnessed less trouble here in fact). So why exactly, discipleship of young people who are committed to Christ and community I love the diverse nature of the place and the endless possibilities.

contact: Youth@christchurchpitsmoor.com

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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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