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 firstname.lastname@example.org
November 23rd collection safely delivered
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
Advice for staying safe when attending church services this winter
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A great chance to hear the stories behind our church and churchyard along with a special visit to the Bell Tower.
Summer has arrived
Different ways you can do God's work in Dore and beyond this June
Genesis Shop collection until Monday 5th June. Clothes in good condition or new to Joan Giles garage.
Saturday June 10th 10am to noon with Sheffield Wildlife Trust in the churchyard. All ages will learn about the ecology and count nature. Refreshments served and collection for building project.
Saturday June 24th Family Fun Day at Totley Primary School 1pm to 4pm and loads of fun. All the churches in S17 giving to the community.
Saturday July 1st 11.00am to 12.30pm. History tour of Christ Church followed by a chance to see into the Bell Tower. Donations of £10 as you are able tot he building project
Safari supper will now be in October
FURTHER DETAILS OF ALL FROM PARISH OFFICE
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:
Deanery Synod representatives are:
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.
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.
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 (thesundaycentre.org) 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
our architects Walker Cunnington
our fundraising efforts through individuals and also Gifted Philanthropy
Prayer is being coordinated by Diana Downing and watch this space she will be getting further information about how you can be involved.