December 2023

December update about progress with Step into the Light - such exciting news for the parish. 


November 2023

Genesis Shop Collection of toys

Please continue giving new toys for this not for profit shop on the Manor Estate. The toys go like hot cakes and will put a smile on the faces of many children this Christmas. If you do not know the drop off point please ring or email the office. 0114 2363335 or

November 23rd collection safely delivered

Details of our Christmas events will be on this news section and also  found  at Christmas 

candles to illustrate the peace vigil

Genesis Shop Collection

Genesis Shop is a not for profit shop selling clothes, linen and toys for people who live on the Manor estate. Staffed by volunteers, it is associated with St Swithun's Church. We support it with collections in May and November. In November we focus on children's toys so Christmas is more special for parents and children coping with the cost of living crisis. We are looking for donations of good quality second hand and new toys. Please arrange the drop off with Joan Giles. If you don't know her telephone and address please ring the Parish Office 236 3335.  Thank you.


The Act of Remembrance

Christ Church Dore will join members of the community in an Act of Remembrance at Dore War Memorial at 10.45am on Sunday 12th November. Refreshments will be available after the service in Dore Old School as usual. 

Fundraising for Step into the Light which will not cost you a penny

We are entering the phase of crowdfunding for our redevelopment project Step into the Light. Thank you everyone, trusts, foundations and individuals who have contributed to this so far. Many large retailers and other companies are happy to donate to our cause and we have set up this site through easyfundraising. You have to be an online shopper but you could contribute an average of £15-£20 per month if you are willing to sign up. 

Further information about the project is to be found on 

Redevelopment Plans and Giving 

Advice for staying safe when attending church services this winter

At the time of writing, the Church leadership is aware of an upturn in Covid infection in the UK as a whole and, in particular, in the region of Yorkshire and Humberside. We are aware that Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust has recently mandated the wearing of facemasks in all their facilities as a precautionary action.(As of 14 November we are pleased to see the level of Covid infection decreasing. However we still have other respiratory viruses circulating and the following advice will help keep us all as healthy as possible).

Taking this into account, the leadership of CCD have made the following recommendations in the control of the spread of Covid:

·       Face masks are to be made available for the individuals in the congregation to wear should they so choose.

·       Hand cleaning stations will be refreshed and maintained for those attending church to use.

·       Singing without face masks will continue to be practised

·       A 2m physical separation between people in church is not required

·       People who have tested positive for Covid should not attend Church under any circumstances until either a negative test result has been returned or a suitable period of time has elapsed from the first symptoms

·       People who feel ill or ‘under the weather’ but have not tested positive for Covid, are requested that they avoid attending Church until they no longer have symptoms.

·       Those individuals in vulnerable categories are encouraged to obtain their Covid and influenza booster injections

This guidance is not intended to be exhaustive and will be subject to regular review over the Autumn/Winter period. The leadership of CCD are grateful for the support and consideration of all members of the church family in minimising the risk of Covid in our community.

October  2023

Please take a look at the redevelopment section for the October 2023 update on progress to starting Step into the Light project construction phase.

Saluting our Sisters for Black History Month 

Come to our service at 10am on Sunday 22nd October to help us celebrate the achievements of some exceptional women. 

Boiler gives up today- Friday 6th

Just to forewarn you that although the weather should be warm you may wish to bring a coat to church on Sunday 8th. Our boiler is ancient and about to be replaced, we hope, in the redevelopment. It will be mended to tide us over next week

Here it is; the video you have been waiting for!

Eleven days of celebration of Christ Church Dore comes to a close.

God has been good and forged new relationships and strengthened others. Together the members of this church worked to raise an amazing £154, 150 last Sunday 24th September Gift Day, and with Gift Aid this increases to £192, 437.  All of the gifts and pledges have not yet come in and this does not include  the community events. The church membership had set themselves a target of £200,000 and it looks as though this may now happen this week. This is important as it enables the fundraising team to apply for a larger grant from a trust that required us to have reached this point in our fundraising. Great work Christ Church!

September  2023

07 Oct Rake and Cake.pdf

Following on from our 11 Days of Celebration at Christ Church Dore!

Things do not come to a halt at our 1st October Celebration and Harvest service. You have to think about our Safari Supper and our Rake and Cake.

Rake and Cake with a difference this year. On Saturday 7th October 10am you are cordially invited to help clear the churchyard for winter, plant and stamp in Yellow Rattle seeds and talk to members of DART (Dore Archives Research Team of Dore Village Society) about the Adopt a Grave scheme. This event is going to be a fusion of caring for the natural history and the social history of our churchyard. Anyone with an interest in the history of those who came before us in Dore will find it thought provoking. Maybe you can sign up to looking after one of the graves and find out about the people buried there and their family. We are so blessed to have had people with vision living in Dore down the ages. We owe it to them to care for the churchyard and the building which reflect their love of God and God's glory.

October 23.pdf

We are celebrating Christ Church for 11 days. Come and join us and build on what these brave teddies have started . See below for STEP INTO THE LIGHT details.

Teddies of Dore came out today to help save Christ Church building. They were checked over before and after their daring zip wire flight. Thank you to everyone who made this a success. 


Programme for Step into the Light Show 30th September 7pm

This is a great opportunity for you and your neighbours/friends to spend a little time meeting other members of the community and seeing what opportunities there are and will be for them at Christ Church in future. Book tickets now via Eventbrite - £5 a ticket or ring the Parish Office for further information 0114 236 3335 

a teddy Zip- wiring from the top of the Bell Tower.

Welcome back

The children will be very welcome this autumn term to Godly Play. It starts 10am and gather in church to walk to the Old School. Children from 4 years.

17th September 5th November

24th September 19th November

8th October 3rd December

22nd October 17th December

August 2023

Step into the Light- update 

We need to raise £200,000 more this autumn so we can start to redevelop the building towards the end of the year. A massive effort is needed by the church members and the village to achieve this. We have done it before to get this far.

So two things you will be asked to do if you feel able:

1. Bundling up leaflets- a fun event with coffee and pastries delivered. Turn up at church Tuesday 22nd August 9.30am. We will be wishing a special member of our church a special Happy Birthday at the event and having some fellowship. It will last about 2 hours. 

2. A chance to get fit walking round delivering the leaflets to be collected from the back of church 22nd August to 3rd September.

Come to church  next Sunday 20th August and see the next installment of Step into the Light video. See what the fundraising group has in store for you and our community.

Step into The Light Ext v2.mp4

New Deputy Treasurer - announcement from PCC

The PCC is pleased to announce that Steve Clarke, a committed member of our church, is going to be working alongside Alison Saxton our treasurer. He has been co-opted to the PCC as deputy treasurer and will also be working on Standing Committee. We welcome him and look forward to working with him.


July 2023

Adopt a grave scheme; you can agree to tidy up and maintain one of the graves with a horizontal memorial. If you sign up on the list in the porch of church then we should not get duplication. We look forward to an even more beautiful churchyard to host events throughout the next year.

Saturday 22nd July 6pm Sheffield West Filling Station. 

Just click on the picture below and get your tickets for a wonderful night of food and worship

Why do we do Rake and Cake?

We have a growing season from April to the beginning of July when we encourage nature in our churchyard. You will have seen the abundance of wild flowers and bees and butterflies. At the beginning of July we have to cut everything back and take it off the soil. Wild flowers flourish in nutrient poor soil. So by doing a rake and cake we have fun, get exercise and help nature!

A celebration of God's creation on Sunday 2nd July was the product of a nature count during Love your Burial Ground Week, involving members of the community, Dore Primary School and Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. Here is a lovely video of this work and the wonderful photographs submitted for our photography competition.


June 2023

You will have seen these posters all over S17. Make sure you tell your friends and neighbours. This Saturday 24th June, Totley Primary School, Baslow Road 1pm to 4pm. It will be a great day for children and parents alike.

Church Redevelopment Update.docx

Please go to Redevelopment Plans for the full story and new simplified drawings.

Dates for your diary

Sunday 25th June- have your photos of the nature in the churchyard in for judging-details below

Sunday 25th June-  information about progress on the project Step into the Light in our services from Andy Patrick

Saturday 1st July 11am History Tour and open Bell Tower starts 11am see below

Sunday 2nd July- exhibition of God's creation in church and prizes awarded for the photography competition. 10am service - everyone is very welcome.

Support for Step into the Light

This week our vicar and deputy church warden, Lena, attended a presentation at Cutlers' Hall. The Cutlers Combined Charitable Trust have given a donation for our re-ordering work. Thanks go to them for their support at this crucial time for us.

 We need your photos 

The wild flowers and the grasses will be strimmed and then raked away at the beginning of July. Saturday 15th July 10am will be our rake and bake session. This is done to take away the nutrients from the soil and help the wild flowers flourish next year. 

Therefore the next two weeks are your last chance to take photos of any nature you may find. 50 species identified in our churchyard on iNaturalist App in the "Love Your Burial Ground" group. We will be featured nationally for our work here. Photos will be displayed in church and featured at our service on July 2nd.

Newsflash...... remember the Nature count event in churchyard this Saturday 10th June with Sheffield Wildlife Trust- wonderful weather forecast suitable for all ages see below for poster. 

Also the Safari supper has been delayed to October as so many people are away on July 1st. Still having the history tour and bell ringing for the village in the morning. 

History Tour 2 CCD.pdf

A great chance to hear the stories behind our church and churchyard along with a special visit to the Bell Tower.

May 2023

Final Garden Party poster.pdf

Summer has arrived 

Different ways you can do God's work in Dore and beyond this June


New Churchwardens and PCC members

At our Annual meetings new churchwardens and PCC members were elected.

We welcome Sarah Oxby and Martin Blower as new churchwardens and thank Julia Stevens and Alison Saxton for their service to Christ Church over the past three years. 

New members of PCC are:

Nick Payne

Lena Plaskitt

David Wood

Deanery Synod representatives are:

Alison Saxton 

Anita Campbell

Christ Church celebrates the coronation of King Charles III

A special service will be held in church at 5.30pm, Sunday 7th May 2023, to celebrate the coronation of Charles III. 

may 2023bfinal.pdf

April 2023

Building work to start 2nd May

We are really grateful to our donors who have enabled a start on our redevelopment Phase 1. They are:

numerous faithful members of our church, Congregational and General Charitable Trust and Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust.


The Christ Church "Knitting Chicks" deliver the Easter chicks around the village.

Some more lovely chicks with Easter eggs for Fairthorn.

April 23.pdf

March 2023

Easter 2023 CCD.pdf

Advance dates for your diary:

Good Friday there will be part of the Sunday service outside Village Greens where a cross will be erected for the day. The congregation will bring the service into the village and after the service will serve hot cross buns, in additon to offering them to passers by. 

Easter Saturday  there will be an event for the children of the village in the morning. Further details will follow.

Easter Sunday services in church along with an extra sunrise service.

3rd -11th June  A Rocha UK promotes churchyards. This is "love your burial ground week." We invite you to help us count nature, there will be children's activities on Saturday 10th.  A chance to enter your best photos of our churchyard in a competition. It could be about nature, or about the history revealed through the grave stones.

Saturday June 24th- S17 Churches Family Fun Day  a free event at Totley Primary School hosted by all the churches of S17. 


Thank you to all those in our community who nurture others. Sunday March 19th was a time we could express this with beautiful bunches of daffodils.

The Sunday Centre

The Sunday Centre ( helps feed, clothe and support guests who are without a home and vulnerable.  Alyson, a member of our church, has volunteered with them for some years. The charity has been nominated for the Aviva Community Fund with a target of £4,000. This is a tough target which will be matched by Aviva. It would certainly be a lifeline for them. See if you can help.

Notices 2023-03-05.pptx

Two dates for your diary:

History Tour of the Church 25th March at 2pm

Bistro evening 29th April 7.30pm at Community Centre

Bring your friends and neighbours to these two fundraising events for our Church building redevelopment. Further details and booking through Parish Office.

0114 236 3555

march 23[1].pdf

Prayer walking throughout March with Arise Sheffield

Prayer walking starts on March 1st. You can do it in person out on the streets; you can pray on any street in Sheffield and perhaps that may be at work; you can pray in your home if you think about the needs of that street; you can mark the app yourself or you can ask Katie in the office to enter your list of roads and streets.

Together we will pray for everyone in Sheffield and the streets will turn gold for Jesus.


If you have used it before your previos username and password will work. If not you will need to create an account.

February 2023

Services for Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday (22nd February this year) marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season (excluding Sundays) that helps us prepare for the events of Easter. As a preparatory season, Lent calls us to repentance so that we can receive the good news of Jesus anew.  Our services this year are at 10.30am and 8pm.

Get ready for March and prayer walking the whole of Dore. Christ Church has prayed for our streets the last two years. We need prayer more than ever.

Community Centre poster about open day Saturday 22nd April 10.30am to 12.30pm

On our way to Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2030

Our PCC or church council has taken the bold step to work with the Diocese of Sheffield to reach a position of net zero carbon emissions before 2030. We have made a great start in 2015 with  our environment statement based on the Church of England's five marks of mission. This has informed our decisions ever since. But now we have to step up a gear and show leadership in our community. For the sake of our children and their children we are compelled to act to protect God's Earth.

We have reviewed our church Redevelopment Plans Step into the Light and this will get us to a position of much lower carbon emissions. There are compelling reasons now to re-apply to Sheffield City Council (rejected in 2021 application) for visible photovoltaic cells so we can give electricity to our church and to the grid, in order to offset some of our essential emissions. We may need some other projects to contribute to to offset these essential emissions.

We will be drawing up our net zero carbon plan which starts with our 2023 re audit. We are looking for people with some expertise to help us in this. Thus far we have been reliant on a small group of enthusiasts. You don't have to be a member of our church to care deeply about the state of our planet. 

We are looking for about 4 individuals with a passion for this who can help. Please contact

Spring events programme 

This year is a special year in the life of our church when we re-order our church in preparation for our ongoing mission in Dore. The project is named "Step into the Light." This is taking a supreme effort by the church leadership and membership. Raising the money is not easy, but we all have our part to play.

We are planning a series of fun fundraising events, the first of which is a history mystery tour around the church and churchyard on Saturday March 25th at 2pm.  Anna de Lange will take the tour and it will be suitable for all ages. Further publicity will follow.

Other events in April, May and June will  involve a bistro and a concert. Let us know  if you have ideas for an event you would like to see in June.


January 2023

Christ Church looks forward to welcoming you on Sunday for what promises to be a talk which is affirming and challenging. Welcome to Christ Church Matthew.

Weekend Away Registration Form CCD 2023-2.pdf

Places are going fast so please book now . Form attached here

Sunday 15th January

A date for your diaries. Come along to 10am Family Service when you will hear testimony from local Dore man Matthew Gavins. Prepare yourself to hear the amazing things that God has done in his life and the effect it has had on others around him. Those with, or without faith, will be challenged to see life differently after hearing him. Hope to see you there. If you cannot make it remember it will be livestreamed and you can view it later on this website at Services Online 

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey about Christ Church over Christmas

We now have views from the church congregations, users from the village and beyond. This will help us in our planning for serving the community through our people, our events and our building. Please if you have not responded then the survey on line is live until the end of 3rd week in January.  If you want to know about the project for development of our building, 'Step into the light' click here

(The survey has ended on 16/1/2023).


Prayer for the Church building

Now the building work on the Church has been approved we need people to pray for:

Prayer is being coordinated by Diana Downing and watch this space she will be getting further information about how you can be involved.