Dear Church Family
It was important to spend time last weekend remembering past wars, and particularly the First World War as we commemorated Armistice 100. I hope you took the opportunity from Saturday to Wednesday last week to look at the helpful and creative displays in church, telling stories of what it was like in that Great War of a hundred years ago. A big thank you to Pam Lydiate and Richard Horton for all their hard work in getting church ready and presenting things so well.
CHURCH FAMILY DAY
Coming up very soon - on Sunday 25th November - is our Church Family Day. Instead of having our usual services, we're looking forward to a fun-filled afternoon of eating and chatting, of learning and praying, and of worshipping and praying. We rarely get together across our services and small groups, so this is an opportunity to enjoy being family together, so please do join us. Starting at 12 noon and finishing at 6pm, you can see the timetable and find all the details of the day by clicking here. If you can only make it for one part of the day, do still come and join the rest of the family, particularly at the hog roast at 4pm and the final worship from 5pm-6pm.
Before then, on Thursday 22nd November - which is this coming Thursday! - we have our termly Evening of Prayer in church. Please come with your Belfrey Group and join us as we pray for various people and situations in York and beyond, including praying for those involved in prisons. We begin at 7.30pm and plan to end at 9.15pm. Please do prioritise this prayer meeting as it's the powerhouse of our church!
Ben and Ellie Doolan will be leaving us soon as they prepare for the new church plant in Newcastle. If you'd like to contribute to their leaving gift, you can give at the end of the services on Sunday, give online by clicking here (and when asked, in 'Your Message' say that it's for the Doolans), or drop off a cheque to the Parish Centre.
We're starting to prepare for Christmas and for our Carol Service in York Minster on Sunday 9th December at 7.30pm, so our choir has begun rehearsing. We still need more people to sing, so please do consider joining them at rehearsals on Wednesday evenings. You can sign up for the choir by clicking here. As well as singing carols and hearing an inspiring message, Riding Lights Theatre Company will also be performing at the Carol Service. We value all that Riding Lights does, as they reach in out in mission through drama and the creative arts. Our creative media team will have our Christmas Services material ready to distribute at the Church Family Day, so do be thinking now who you might invite to one of our Christmas events during the festive season - particularly the Minster Carol Service.
We have baptisms at The6 this Sunday as a number of brand new believers mark what Christ has done in their lives! I hope, like me, you're thankful for our church family, for those new to the faith and those who've been following Jesus for many years. Each one is loved and valued.
Have a lovely weekend.