Dear Church Family
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Church Family Day on Sunday afternoon, which was a real success. It was great to see all ages mixing at the various events and activities. We sensed the enthusiasm to gather together more often and so the aim is to do something similar three times a year and we'll begin planning for that.
As a church family we're a saying a fond farewell this weekend to Ben and Ellie Doolan as they prepare for the exciting move to Newcastle. Please join us at their leaving party at Burnholme Centre this Friday evening at 5pm. Ben will be speaking across the day on Sunday - his last day with us. Don't forget that Sunday marks the start of Advent, and so services are:
- 9am Morning Worship (beginning with breakfast, in St Michael le Belfrey Church)
- 4pm Christingle (for all ages, especially families)
- 6pm The6 with Holy Communion
We launched our Christmas publicity last weekend - for more details, click here. These are beautifully designed and in the form of an invitation - so you can give them away to friends and neighbours. Please do be praying about who you'll be inviting. If you want, you could take a number and give them to everyone in your street or workplace. We can easily produce more if numbers run low, so let's get inviting!
As we think about Christmas, if there's anyone known to you in church who is housebound and would like to receive Christmas Communion a few days before Christmas Day, please let Ruth Somerville know (by clicking here) and we'll arrange for them to be visited by one of the visiting team. Also, if you'd like to offer Christmas lunch to anyone in church who would otherwise be on their own at Christmas, do contact Ruth. Or if you think you'll be on your own, and would like linking up, Ruth can arrange this too. Many of us do this anyway. What we want to ensure is that no-one is missed. It's all part of being church family!
Lee Kirkby has been with us now for six years, doing such a great job as our Head of Youth and Children's Work. Before that he worked for six year at Beverley Minster. He's due a period of sabbatical rest and so I and the PCC have been pleased to agree this with him. This will start from Christmas Day lunchtime, for eight weeks. Lee is working with me, Liz Hunt (our Children & Families Worker) and with Dave Kelsall (our Youth Worker) to ensure all runs smoothly while he is away. So please pray that this will be a refreshing and renewing time for Lee and Rachel and the girls. If you'd like to contribute towards costs that will enable Lee to travel abroad and attend conferences, there'll be a retiring collection in church on a couple of Sundays in church, or you could send donations to the Parish Centre.
Happy Advent to you all!