May 2024

We are collecting clothes for adults and children this month for Genesis shop. Donations to Joan Giles. If you dont know her phone no/ address then please  ring the office. Donations desperately needed for struggling families in S2.

News from our Annual Meeting

We have church wardens appointed and new members of our Church Council or PCC:

Congratulations church wardens Sarah Oxby and Lena Plaskitt

And to the elected members of PCC Dawn Carter, Jill Mitchell, Bob Hunt, Olayinka Oluwole, Margaret Winstanley, Paula Dowson, Kath Crosby, Paul Archer and Jane Closs, our Deanery Synod representative. 

Hot off the Press- this is such an opportunity- download the poster now and spread the word

Our regular Filling Station with a difference. You are invited.

Dore Boundary Walk for CCD - Version 4.docx

Are you all ready for the boundary ( or shorter) walk this Sunday 19th May? 

Print off the map and get the boots on.

You will be rewarded with our Pentecost bring and share meal at 5.30pm in the Community Centre.


Sponsorship Form for you to print off. Your sponsors can donate direct to the redevelopment fund. See Giving 

Remember our Annual Meeting Tuesday 14th May at 8pm in the Community Centre all the papers are ready for you at APCM

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April 2024

Congratulations to Revd Di Williams

Christ Church members celebrated with Di on 28th April. It was 30 years since she was ordained a minister. She was in the first cohort of women to be ordained in the Church of England. Wonderful to be able to celebrate this with her.

Dore Boundary Walk for CCD - Version 4.docx

Notice of events this Spring and Summer

Throughout May-Our yearly collection of summer clothes for Genesis Shop, Manor Estate: clothes to be left with Joan Giles or phone Parish Office 01142363335 to find out the address to leave them at.

Build-It-  kids' construction based activities Friday May 17th 3.30pm to 5pm in Christ Church Dore Community Centre- reserve your place by emailing

Individual sponsored walks:  members of Christ Church are walking on May 19th from 9.30am. If you are away then you can do when you are available. Walk around Dore and choose the route you feel most comfortable with. Get friends and family to sponsor you. All proceeds go to the redevelopment fund if you use the bank details for redevelopment. Sponsorship forms from  Map available from the office above this text to download.

May19th Pentecost service and bring and share meal:  wear red and/or orange if you can. Come as usual to Christ Church Dore Community Centre for a 5.30pm start. Bring any type of food you are comfortable with. We always have a great variety and sufficient.

June:  take time to visit the churchyard and wonder at the wild flowers, butterflies, bugs and birds we have there.  A quiet time of reflection in nature.

Family Fun Day:  watch out for further details of this to come. Save the day- Saturday 22nd June 1pm to 4pm at Totley Primary School.

June 29th noon to 4pm: Sunday afternoon in the Kirkmans' wonderful garden with a barbecue. Additional stalls selling cakes. Suggested donation for the afternoon and food is £20 per person. 

July 6th: Rake and Cake in the churchyard at 10am to noon. Bring your own rake and bags for the cuttings. Refreshments will be provided. Taking off the cuttings helps next year's wild flower display.

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With great sadness Christ Church announces the death of Alison Saxton, treasurer and past churchwarden. Her funeral arrangements are as follows;

The family would like to invite members of the church family to Alison's funeral on

Friday 12th April at 11.30am in All Saints Ecclesall, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield, S11 7PP

The service will be followed by a buffet celebration from 12.30pm at

The Prince of Wales Country Pub & Restaurant which is directly over the road from the church on Ecclesall Road South. They have kindly offered the use of their car park, for people who are attending the service, during the service.

Her husband, Mark, would like people to dress as they would if they were meeting Alison for a coffee.

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March 2024

There has been an enquiry about the pattern for these wonderful chicks. This is the one the CCD Knitting Chicks have used.

The Christ Church Dore Knitting Chicks have made 72 chocolate filled chicken to be given to residents of The Elms and Fairthorn. Any extra will be given out in the village.

Easter 2024 CCD.pdf

February 2024 update on the building redevelopment now available

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February 2024

Easter Crafternoon Tea-2.pdf

A treat for the children after school.

Sunday 9.30am online service has concluded 

due to very low attendances and people preferring the 5.30pm service in the Community Centre on a Sunday.  We hope you enjoy the livestream of the Sunday 5.30pm service if you are unable to get to the it in person.

Are you interested in the history of our church and how it has influenced life in Dore?

There is a blog with monthly stories of life in Dore past. The recent February entry tells an interesting story about our church

 Christ Church has recommited to being a Fairtrade church

We hope to raise awareness of the struggle farmers and producers throughout the world, especially with climate change. We can work through buying fair traded goods to mitigate the economic effects on them and their families.

January 2024


Church building now closed for renovation and reordering as of 15th January 2024

The contractors are now in charge of the church building and there is no access other than that authorised  by them. Our vicar requests that anyone with the old keys to the building should hand or post them into the Parish Office now.

Please see our new diversity and inclusion policy. It is now for all members of the church to read this and live accordingly. 

Look out for the posters about the next Filling Station. The speaker is Rev Andy Patrick. Saturday January 27th -6.30pm Fellowship  and 7.00pm meal

Anyone can find out more about the Christian faith and what it means for them. Come along and bring a friend.

4.30pm today Sunday 7th January, Christ Church Dore Community Centre come along for afternoon tea followed by our usual service at 5.30pm

Clearance of pews and other items from Church first two weeks of January

We have had a number of enquiries about how you go about  obtaining a pew or part pew for domestic use. You will need to contact T&C Williams (Builders)Ltd now before 8th January 2024 on 0114 255 7387. Donations to Giving and choose the redevelopment project please.


December 2023

Important news about the closure of the Churchyard from January 2024 please see Step into the Light 

Happy Christmas from Christ Church

Lucky residents of Fairthorn and The Elms are about to get a lovely present of Ferrero Rocher filled Christmas Puddings from the Christ Church knitting team.

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


November 2023

Inside Genesis Shop on the Manor Estate showing displays of clothes and children's toys for Christmas

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

Genesis shop collection of toys in the boot of a car for delivery

November 23rd collection safely delivered

Follow the Star poster for 8th December

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 

QR code for Christ Church Dore easyfundraising website

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.

poster of black women who lead

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

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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.

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a photo of a teddy's for to fly certificate held by a child

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. 

candle, drawing of interior of re-ordered church and outside of Christ Church at disco with lights outside

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.
Godly Play motif with schematic of children holding hands

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.

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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

photo of path through churchyard with headstones either side

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.