KNOWING AND GROWING IN CHRIST
SERVING AND SHARING CHRIST
Rev. Paul writes
In the words of the song….it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. It seems the secular world skips Advent and moves straight to the main event. There is so much wonderful imagery and richness in Advent as we reflect on the events leading up to the birth of our Lord. I want to encourage us all to immerse ourselves in all the blessings of Advent. To put ourselves in the story, reflect on the Advent readings, to pray and to prepare our hearts to celebrate the wonder and mystery of the events which provided the world in need of saviour with divine transforming grace.
Of course I’m jumping the gun as Advent begins after the last Sunday in the church year… Christ the King. November itself has much richness to immerse ourselves in. Remembrance and memorial services happen in our churches. All saints day gives us opportunity to reflect on the impact of Christian witness through history and Christ the King Sunday is a reflective and celebratory time to give thanks for Jesus.
I came across the following prayer on a school website. A prayer, I think, for every day as we wake and begin our daily routines.
I know you are the King of all creation;
all that I have comes from you.
All I can offer you in return is to promise to work to the best of my ability and to try to live a good Christian life.
Bring all people into your holy kingdom,
so that your peace and glory reigns
throughout the whole universe.
Blessings today and every day with Christ our King.
THANK YOU FOR BEING A READER.
You may have already noticed when reading our Church Newsletter that for each Sunday this now includes the Bible Reading for all the services in the current month. These readings are taken from the Lectionary.
Paul will not normally be contacting you but will rely on each person to take a copy of the Newsletter and take a note of the Bible reading for your day. As usual if you are not able to make your Sunday please change with someone and let them know what the Reading will be. If this is not possible please ask them to contact Paul who will let them know, or they can always check on the Newsletter.
If you need to contact Paul he will be happy for you to do this , but, please not on a Friday as this is his day off.
Have you got your tickets yet for Friday 8 November at 7.30pm here at St. Andrew’s
Wonderful evening of music, songs and fun starring local celebrities :-
£10 (to include soft drinks and nibbles)
For tickets contact: Keith 07817656126, home 01142891366.
Maggie 01246 415423
There is also a Fundraising Concert to raise money for the Peace Garden School Nepal on Friday 6 December at 7.15 in the Dronfield Civic Hall. An evening of Christmas favourites from stage and screen with special guests Andrea Ryder, Mark Cunningham, Dronfield Junior School Choir, Birkdale School 6th Form Singers and local rising stars!
Tickets £9.50/£9.00 concessions please call 07877 834169
or email email@example.com
GIRLS RESCUE CENTRE IN NAROK KENYA
As a church we have committed to supporting this venture. It is a safe refuge for teenage Maasai girls at risk of fgm. David Kereto, the Maasai pastor who founded it will be in our area for a weekend at the beginning of December .
There will be open house for anybody who would like to meet David and hear him speak at David and Sally's home (12 Sheards Close) on Sun. 1st Dec. from 6.30 to 7.30
‘Hallo MEA U.K Trustees,’
‘I want to bring you good news that we were able to host our young Maasai rescued girls in our MEA Girls Rescue Center in the August holiday. Grace and Nixon were in charge of the programme. We hosted 36 girls and all of them came from different parts of Maasailand.
Each girl was welcomed and given a bed, blankets/bed-sheets, towels and other personal items for them to use and feel at home. Every morning they will have morning devotions before having their breakfast. During the day they will several educational sessions, group workshops and Games. Then in the evening they had dinner before they had evening devotions and go to bed.
We provide food, clothes, personal items and learning materials. Teachers, Pastors & Doctors teach lots of subjects that have to do with God’s word; the disadvantages of Female Genital Mutilation and knowing their rights. Christianity was emphasised and five of them gave their lives to Christ and others were prayed for.
All of the went back to school when the schools opened in September and we hope to host them again in December. Please pray for funds to pay their school fees and funds for a December visit. Pray also for their spiritual growth and for all involved in the rescue mission’.
There will be rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 7pm starting on 7 November for anyone who would like to sing in a group for the Christmas carol service at church. Please let Sally know if you wish to be involved. Tel. 767838.
I know some of you will be posting Christmas cards very soon and I wanted everyone to know (that is if they don't) that you can buy Christian postage stamps. These stamps have been around for a few years now but a lot of people don't know about them and that is because they are not generally offered! If you ask for them then they should be available. Sally
It was good to welcome large numbers of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides to our Harvest Service and to have a large amount of items to donate to The Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project.
Thanks to Norma for once again creating an unusual and delightful display of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Thanks also to those who helped her.
JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM
As in recent years Churches Together in Dronfield and District is to mount a series of plays in the open air, prior to Christmas, dramatising four different elements of the birth of Jesus. At St Andrew's we are responsible for the scene depicting Mary being told she is to give birth (The Annunciation) and events immediately afterwards. It is to be presented on the lawn outside the Library on the morning of Sat. Dec.14. If you would like to be part of this (by taking a small acting part, moving props, erecting the gazebo and chairs etc. etc.) please contact David on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 767838
A reminder that Carol Harrison is willing to collect any items of clothing or goods to sell in the shop at The Terminus project. There is always a need to raise money for the project and at the same time help those who can benefit from the reasonable priced items.
We are sad to learn that Jean Collier, wife of Harold (who attends the Monday Men’s meal and is a former member of the Music Group) passed away peacefully on Wednesday 23 October. The funeral will be at Chesterfield Crematorium on Tuesday 5 November at 2.30pm.
Sew4others this year made £300 for MacMillan’s. We have done this for the past 7 years and have made a total of £1726.41p.
Sew4others celebrated our 8th birthday on that day as well and since we began we have made and given away 5000 quilts/blankets, as well as over 4000 knitted hats, and 1300 cardigans and over 2000 bags as well as numerous puppets, fiddle quilts and muffs, bootees, mittens, shawls, teddies etc. Such a lot of work and love has gone into making these. They have been given to Women’s Refuge, Baby Basics, local Care Homes, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Neo Natal at Calow, Share Sheffield, The Foster Care Agency, vulnerable families via Beson as well as contributing lots of toiletries to help ladies in the Women’sRefuge., As you know we don’t fund-raise for ourselves and I am still amazed at where the fabric and wool comes from - people are very kind - particularly the ladies (and gent) in our group who provide their own fabrics/wool as well as their time and talents.
[This is a group which meets on our premises on the last Friday Morning each month and we thank them for using their time and talents to help so many needy people.]