News about the Churchyard
Sadly we have lost an old tree in the high winds of storm Franklin. Sheffield City Council has responsibility for our Churchyard, as it is closed, and you may have seen them working on the tree itself. The other concern is that the roots have damaged the wall adjacent, and that will require repair.
The good news is that we are now displaying the Commonwealth War graves sign; something we have been planning for some time.
St Valentine's Day
Local Mission Group were trying something new in Dore. In preparation for St Valentine's Day we were giving away cards and chocolates. Thank you for the lovely people who made them. They were really appreciated. Loads of smiles outside the Co-op today.
Sunday 20th February in Church 10am then The Old School. " The Ten Best Ways," a session for 4-11 year olds.
Pop up Spirit Cafe
We are holding our first monthly pop up Spirit Cafe in the Ark at Christ Church Dore Community Centre, Wednesday 9th February, 10am-12noon.
There will be free coffee, tea and biscuits, prayer ministry, prophetic ministry, friendly faces and fellowship!
Godly Play is 10am first and third Sundays of the month. Meet in Church and then go over to a welcoming space in Dore Old School. The story of Exodus will come to life this Sunday 6th February. Children aged 4 to 11 years will love this.
We draw your attention to the bottom right corner of the notices section of The Star today 27th January 2022. The Diocesan Chancellor has asked us to go through certain steps to try and locate any living relatives of the three deceased buried in our churchyard adjacent to the path alongside church which will be disturbed during the renovations we hope to start later this year.
A very Happy New Year to all our Church Family and all who follow us on-line. We pray that this year you and yours may find a peace which comes from our Lord.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps."
A very Happy New Year to all our Church Family and all who follow us on-line. We pray that this year you and yours may find a peace which comes from our Lord.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps."
Thank you to our minister Andy, and all the team who have worked wonders and so tirelessly for God's glory this Christmas time. Look under on line services on this website to see some of them, including our Dore Christmas Choir performances at the Carol Concerts of December 19th.
A personal thank you from the editor for the Crib Service on Christmas Eve, a chance for little ones to connect their daily lives with the story of a baby Jesus Christ born in a manger.
Banner up in village.
We hope to see you and your family over this Christmas.
Christmas events and services information
Lisa from Genesis shop sends Christmas goodwill and heatfelt thanks to the people of Dore and Furniss Avenue WhatsApp group who have given selflessly this Christmas. The collection is now closed and they have loads of toys to sell.
Godly Play Sunday 5th December
We will be welcoming the Holy Family at our Godly Play this Sunday at 10am. For children aged 4 to 11 years.
Lantern Parade Nativity Photo Booth
Wednesday 1st December 6.00pm to 7pm we will be outside Almas with the gazebo. One family at a time in the booth, bring you phone or camera. We have nativity clothes or bring your own. A lovely idea is to make your own family Christmas cards with these photos. We have some giveaways and it is an opportunity for you to pass on what Christmas is really about to your children now Advent is here.
Christmas Market 2021
Thanks go to Rosemary Kirkman and other members of Mothers' Union for the return of the Christmas Market. Undaunted by snow and high winds there was a moderate turnout and money was raised for Mothers' Union charities and also the Community Centre. We are pleased to announce almost £400 was raised for charities and £182.05 for the Community Centre. Wishing everyone a wonderful Advent and hope to see some of you at the Christ Church Pop Up Nativity Photo Booth on Wednesday 1st 6pm- Lantern Parade.
Rake and Bake Saturday 20th November at 10am
The Memorial Garden has been looking tired for some time. Some of the roses are past their best, and often are no longer flowering. Over the next few months we will be removing the older ones and replacing them with new.
We know there will be concerns that this may disturb the ashes of loved ones, but we can asssure you that this will be done as sensitively as possible. We want to make it a beautiful space that is respectful to the memories of your loved ones who have been interred there, and it is a pleasure to visit and remember them.
Advent Calendars from Arise Sheffield and much more
Advent is almost here and we are planning to tell the Christmas story whenever and wherever we can this year. Calendars will go out, there will be a nativity photo booth at the Lantern Parade on 1st December, Christingle preparation day 11th December and Christingle service 12th December amongst other events.
We Will Remember Them
The poppy net is up again. This has been started by some members of the church and it is there for you to add to in the lead up to our village Remembrance Service on Sunday 14th November at 10.45am at the Green.
Last year many people, young and old, attached poppies and messages to loved ones. This is our tribute to those who have gone before and given their lives and time for our precious freedoms.
If you want to support the Royal British Legion, as well, here is the link:
Hot off the Press from Dore Methodist Church
The children's area in Church is ready for 10am on Sunday 7th November when we will be looking at what the story of Noah's ark means today.
Welcome to our new Priest in Charge, Andy Patrick. Licensed today Monday 1st November 2021.
Andy will be writing more in this column in the future.
Craft work from our children decorating Church
The message pumpkin is inside the church porch for this week. If you are passing church betweem 8am and 2pm this week please go in and write about the things you are thankful for
Autumn Crafts for Children in Christ Church
Children are very welcome to our family service at 10am each Sunday in Church. This week -October 24th we have craft activities for children led by Paula and Beth.
Licensing Service for Andy Patrick Monday November 1st,
7.30pm at Christ Church Dore
As you may know our new Priest in Charge, Andy Patrick is to be licensed on November 1st by Bishop Sophie. He has been seen about the village getting to know how things are here. We welcome him; we look forward to meeting him and working with him.
The service will be livestreamed for people who are unable to attend. It has to be a ticket only service, as numbers have to be restricted due to coronavirus mitigation. On the day, the service can be followed by clicking the livestream link on our home page, which will take you to Worship/Online services.
Christ Church supports Arise Sheffield initiatives working with Churches across Sheffield. See if you can decorate one of your windoiws for the last week in October!
Newsletter October 2021
Harvest Service and Appeal
October 10th 2021
September 11th sees the launch of the new Community Centre
Newsletter September 2021
Church is open each day from September 9th
You will remember before the pandemic we used to have church open for people to look around, to say a prayer or just take shelter. Well we are delighted to be able to do this again from 8am to 2pm daily. In addition the Church will have people on hand on Thursday afternoons when it is open later to 4pm. If you wish to light a candle or have a prayer said for you or a loved one, Thursday afternoon is for you.
Our new Parish Administrator starts September 6th
We are pleased to welcome Katie Casson to our Church as our Parish Administrator. She will be taking up her post on September 6th and will work the same hours that Sarah did previously; 9am to 3pm Mondays to Wedenesdays during school term. At other times the office phone messages are picked up by a church warden.
Katie is a member of Dronfield Baptist Church. We hope she will be able to come to a service in Christ Church later in September or early October so people can meet her.
More information for you about September 11th in Dore.
The flier for September 11th Filling Station. You will be very welcome to what will be a wonderful evening with friends.
Information about The Filling Station, 11th September 7.30pm
Christ Church Community Centre, Townhead Road.
Dates for your diaries
We have a busy autumn. On Saturday 11th September we have the launch of the newly refurbished Community Centre with activities there and at the Church building from 10am til noon. In the afternoon it is the Dore Show and in the evening at the Community Centre -the first ever in Dore -The Filling Station.
Then later in September -Saturday 25th we have a Band Night at the Community Centre.
From our new Priest in Charge- Andy Patrick,
It was announced in Church today (8th August 2021)that Andy and his family will be joining us at Christ Church Dore in September.
Sunday 10am service on-line goes back in Church
There will be some changes to the way things were before COVID lockdown, so long ago in March 2020. Whilst the legal ‘rules’ have gone away, we are applying what is emerging best practise coming from communications from the Diocese of Sheffield and the Church of England. We are very aware that whilst some people are welcoming the removal of restrictions, others are still very wary and feeling vulnerable with the changes they see around them. This will be a staged approach, as we move into this new world.
We will make changes as the situation evolves, but as a start we are proposing:
The wearing of masks throughout the service, and the use of sanitizer gel as you enter the building
Through ventilation will be enabled in the church building, ie all doors open, so wear coats and jumpers if this feels chilly
The service will be displayed through the AV system, using the PowerPoint format we have used for our online services
There won’t be any printed service sheets. The weekly email will continue with details of Notices and services. These will also be displayed on the AV screen at the start of each service.
Worship - Initially there will be no singing. Music will be provided via the AV system, and we ask you to listen and enjoy what you are hearing. Responses to prayers through your mask is acceptable
With regard to Giving, there will be a retirement collection plate available by the font. We will not be passing the collection plates along the pews. We do encourage Giving via digital means. Details, including the QR code, are on the green notices in the pews
Communion – as is happening at the Sunday evening services, bread will be shared, but wine will only be consumed by the communicant (minister)
In the ‘Giving Thanks’ section of the service, people will be asked to come up to use the lectern mic. If you aren’t able to be at a service, you can pass details of your ‘Thanks’ to someone else to share on your behalf
We will not be streaming the services in the first few weeks. We hope to start the online streaming towards the end of August. Note that this will be a one-way process. You will be able to view, but not actively participate. The ‘Giving Thanks’ and ‘Baptisms’ sections will not be streamed due to safeguarding considerations
There is a Risk Assessment on the Church Website here about our church services.
We hope you will join us on 8th August in church, as we start our journey.
Alison Saxton and Julia Stevens
Church Wardens Christ Church Dore
Opening the Church for larger services
The Churchwardens' risk assessment for having larger numbers of people in Church is available on the Worship page. This will apply to the 10am Sunday service including baptisms and funerals. Since July 19th, when legal restrictions ended, we have planned with the Guidance from the Church of England, and our knowledge of the the situation in Dore and in our building. This is the risk assessment which will apply through the summer. We are adopting a staged approach, mindful of the increase in cases of coronavirus in Sheffield over past weeks and which may not peak until later in August. As soon as we have confirmed which Sunday we transfer from on line to Church we will let you know on this page. This is dependent on sufficient volunteers being available to ensure the service can run smoothly.
Open Space Thursday
Every Thursday between noon and 4pm a number of us open up the Church for people to come in and maybe light a candle, exchange a few words, just be in God's space. This week we will have to forgo this as we have many people away and we need to get the Church ready for a wedding the following day. We are sorry about this break in our offering to you. We will be back next week 29th July at the same time.
Rake and Cake
Jill Mitchell explains the reasoning behind the Rake and Bake event. She says that we should have fun and a sense of community and be thankful to God for what we have here.
Sunday 10am services announcement from Churchwardens
On July 5th the Government forewarned us that England would have Covid restrictions lifted on July 19th. Whilst we have had services in Church, they have been small and socially distanced, along with other Covid mitigation. The move of a larger congregation from purely virtual to being in Church was always going to be a more difficult change to plan.
The Church Council and churchwardens have discussed this, and the fact that individuals and organisations are to risk assess what they do in relation to themselves and to others, and have concluded that we will be able to move back into the building after July 19th. However the Churchwardens also have to take into account the capacity at this time of year within the service planning group, our leaders and priests we may invite to services. Taking all this into account we have not got a definite date, but will keep you informed on this website and by other communication channels. Christ Church wishes to thank everyone for their patience in this matter. We still invite you to our virtual 10 am Sunday service on Google Meet. A warm welcome is awaiting you.
Christ Church loves Arise Sheffield and this is a service which went out across Sheffield on Sunday 4th July encouraging us all to pick ourselves up and invite God in as we come through the pandemic.
MU Strawberry Fayre update- Over £630 was raised at the Fayre on Monday 28th June, to help give holidays or day outings for deprived families in the Sheffield and Rotherham area (AFIA MU charity). This is a very good total compared to previous years.
Our Churchyard is alive with many beautiful wild flowers. We are trying to care for God's creation and keep the area tidy for visitors. We must be patient; it is a work in progress.
The notice on the Church door invites comments from church members and the public about where the mown paths should be. We have a RAKE AND CAKE event Saturday 10th July to do some more tidying in repsonse to comments coming in. You are invited 12noon to 3pm for a fun community event. BRING a RAKE or SECATEURS. Refreshments provided. Children's activities in addition.
We understand there is a Nature emergency and if you feel you want to help nature in a tangible way come along. ALL WELCOME.
Dore Festival Planning
Some people may have seen an announcement of a service in Christ Church on July 11th as part of the Dore Festival publicity. This went to press before the situation became more uncertain again, and the PCC has decided that events inside the Church building without social distancing are not wise at present. This Festival service will not therefore take place this year. Other socially distanced events and services can continue to happen in our Church building. We wish the festival planners evry success in the events which can go forward and Christ Church members will be supporting them.
10am Sunday morning service
The PCC or Church council has discussed the move of this service from virtual to the church building. The churchwardens have the responsibility for this and at the present time the leadership is unsure of the position on the move provisionally planned for 27th June. With all the uncertainty at present the best plan may be to leave this until September. It may become clearer when the government clarifies its position for 21st June removal of lockdown restrictions. The church council endorsed the previous approach of not moving back into church until all members felt safe to mix without social distancing in the building. Further updates will be posted on this page.
We invite everyone to join us virtually each Sunday at 10am.
Wednesday virtual service
For devotees of the Wednesday morning (9.30am) virtual service led by Martin and Yvonne there is a break now for 3 weeks until it starts again on June 23rd. When the Sunday 10 am service goes back in church possibly at a later date it is important we keep an on line service offer for you. Therefore you must keep in touch as the Wednesday virtual servce is likely to move to an evening to catch a larger group of people. We will keep you informed. 😘
Christ Church Dore is advertising for a Parish Administrator
A reflection on love from our Lay Evangelist, Jill.
Godly Play from Sunday 9th May
From Sunday 10am virtual on 9th May
Newsletter May 2021
News about Sunday 10am service
The Church Council has agreed that we will be going back into the Church building for our first face to face service on 27th June 2021. The details of this depend on further guidance from both the Government and the Diocese of Sheffield and the constraints of our building. Please keep logging on to this website for further news.
We recognise some people will still need a virtual service and we are working towards live streaming 10am services. However you may be interested in our Wednesday morning virtual on line service on Google Meet. A friendly welcome awaits you.
This is continuing and starts at 9.30am each Wednesday https://meet.google.com/rqi-nemv-nej
Christian Aid Week May 10-16th 2021
Christian Aid depends on your contributions, more now than ever, with governments pulling back on aid and the devastating effects of covid around the developing world. Christ Church members donate each year and it is just one click here to donate.
Parish Profile for Christ Church Dore
In order to recruit a new Priest in Charge at Christ Church we have written a profile which is essentially a snapshot of life in our church in April 2021, as we are starting to come out of lockdown. It tells a story of life in our church and in Dore and shows our strengths and weaknesses. We hope you enjoy reading it.
Sheffield City Council grants planning permission for our Church development project
The Building Development Group are so happy to announce this planning permission has been granted. This is in no small part due to the contributions and comments of members of our church on the planning portal. There was much local support and the church leadership is very grateful for this.
Christ Church is on a journey and will need the redeveloped church building along with the Christ Church Dore Community Centre to provide what is needed for our community, as we live together in the post pandemic world.
News about Emma Ineson
Many of you will remember Emma who was part of our Church when she and Matt were curates here.
Unconscious bias training
Unconscious Bias Training - As part of our continuing engagement with Black Lives Matters initiatives, we would like to invite everyone to take part in this training module from the Diocese of Sheffield, on Saturday 22nd May 2021 09.30-12.30.
Gal3:28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
There is no charge, booking tickets is so that you can be sent the link to take part.
We particularly recommend it for anyone who is likely to service on PCC or in a leadership role this year.
Church Wardens re-elected
Christ Church has re-elected Alison Saxton and Julia Stevens as our Church Wardens for the next year. The church is thankful for the leadership they have shown during the recent months of pandemic and look forward to building on this with them.
Welcome to our new PCC members
At our annual meeting we elected six new members of our Parochial Church Council or PCC. It is a good sign that so many people in our church are stepping forward to help develop our vision and our offering to the community of Dore and beyond.
Christ Church Dore Community Centre
As many will already be aware Christ Church Dore recently announced significant new developments regarding the future use and management of Dore Church Hall on Townhead Road.
The building will be renamed 'CHRIST CHURCH DORE COMMUNITY CENTRE' as a reflection of the commitment that it will be used for the benefit of the church and wider local community.
The intention is to develop the building and the facilities within it into one that will serve the varied needs of the local community and ensure that they remain accessible and affordable to all.
The church cannot, and does not wish to, take forward this refurbishment project and ongoing management of the centre on its own. We welcome any offers of support from the local community, both from those able to volunteer their relevant skills and experience (including administration ,project management ,marketing, and fund raising ) but also further financial donations to enable the development of a Community Centre which we can all be proud of . If you are able to offer support in any way, then please contact the CCD Parish Office (email@example.com).
The community website is at: https://community.dorechurch.org.uk
Newsletter April 2021
Progress towards appointing a Priest in Charge
Christ Church PCC has chosen 2 Parish representatives to work with the Diocese of Sheffield and Rotherham to appoint a Priest in Charge. They are Alison and Julia, our churchwardens. They will be put forward along with our Parish Profile to the Archdeacon on 27th April. We have received excellent feedback on our part of the Parish Profile and we hope to be able to share this with you after 27th April.
Yes a massive thank you to all those members of Christ Church who pounded the streets of Dore and beyond prayer walking. Also to those of you who are at home but virtually prayer walked. You are not alone. Christians are joining together across the city with a powerful message and it does not stop here!
Martin talks about Maunday Thursday service 7.30pm on our Facebook Page. Take a look now.
All welcome on Thursday by joining link https://meet.google.com/ids-mnek-nmb
which is our virtual service Google Meet.
Chicks and eggs safely delivered to Fairthorn, The Elms and others in our church community.
Thanks to Paula, Alyson, Joan, Rosemary, Yvone and her mother and Sarah in the Office. All were well received and brought smiles to people's faces along with good conversations. Fairthorn are having a special tea party on Thursday afternoon and the chicksand eggs will be given out then.
NB 11th July was cancelled and Godly Play restarts in September
Crosses are appearing in gardens in Dore. Have you seen any on your walks? They are to remember Jesus who died for us.
March 28th is Palm Sunday and Christ Church members are used to having their Palm crosses ready for the service. Yvonne and Martin B are leaving them for you to pick up outside Church 10am to 11am on Saturday morning.
Arise Sheffield 2021 Blessing
We bless this area to see God’s kingdom come and for Jesus to be glorified. We bless your Church to be one and to be a light in this community. May your church arise and may many hearts turn to you Lord Jesus.
We bless every home in this area to be full of life, of health and well-being. Father, release your peace and your hope. Heal all who are sick and comfort all who mourn in this community.
We bless each person to have what they need, may every home be warm, dry and have food provided. May every person know they are valued and have a sense of purpose and meaningful employment.
We bless every family to be connected and relationally healthy. Each child to be safe, nurtured and educated. Each person living alone to be connected, cared for and supported. Bless the elderly in this area at this time.
We bless every business in our community to prosper. We also bless those who lead in this area and those with influence. Give them wisdom and resources to lead well. May they lead with vision, integrity and honour.
We bless this community to be one of peace with crime eliminated. We bless this area to be one of justice and to be totally free from racial inequality and discrimination of any kind.
Father thank you, that we can join with your heart to bless. We pray all these things in your name Jesus, Amen.
Re-opening of the church building
We are so pleased to announce the re-opening of the Church building each Thursday 12pm to 4pm from April 15th for Open Church (individual quiet time and prayer in Church in a socially distanced way) and evening services at 5.30pm each Sunday from April 18th. Booking services only through the office on 0114 236 3335.
A new oversight minister and priest at Christ Church
It was announced in our church service yesterday the great news that we are embarking on the recruitment process for priest in charge. It is an exciting time for Dore and prayers and support are needed from everyone. The Diocese of Sheffield is supporting us through this process. Watch this page for any news.
Sunday 14th March, the net on Church and what it signifies
The net will be up next weekend for people to give thanks to God for people who have been significant in our lives. A simple flower or message or drawing can be added to the net on 13th and 14th March. Old and young who can get out are invited to do this to make a lovely display of our love.
A Word from God for S17
Jill, our Lay Evangelist has been attending an S17 prayer meeting along with others from our church. Since Christmas we have been on a journey; we have been linked to Arise Sheffield 2021 and we are prayer walking the whole of Sheffield. Now we are linking with the churches in S17. Let Jill explain to you about the word from God.....
Annual Church Meetings
The electoral roll of Christ Church Dore is being revised in preparation for the Annual Church Meetings on 13th April. This means if you wish to add your name then your form needs to be in the Parish Office by 23rd March when the electoral roll officer will prepare a new roll.
As the meeting on 13th April will be held virtually again this year, you will need to register that you will be attending. Please ring the Parish Secretary on 0114 236 3335 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be given the Zoom link or telephone number and PIN to join the meeting.
Newsletter - March 2021
Godly Play from 28th February
The Mystery of Easter
Arise Sheffield - Get walking
The time has come as we prayer walk our streets towards Easter.
Remember if you cannot get out walking, Sarah in the parish Office can help you choose a road to pray for, and she will mark it off for you on the App which is accessed through the Arise Sheffield 2021 website.
Watch on the App as all the streets in Sheffield turn gold.
Christ Church Dore - Community Centre
CCD Community Centre will be opening. Please see this attached communique which you will also find on notice boards around the village.