Last week we advertised the Arise Sheffield initiative, focussing on the prayer element. Having downloaded the app is looks as if almost the whole of Totley has now been covered! Of course we can still continue to pray as we go for our exercise. This week it would be good to pray for our schools, staff and children and young people as they make the adjustment to being back in the buildings. Also please pray for the PCC meeting on Monday.
Arise has three main elements:
- Prayer – believers across the city joining in to prayer walk every street in Sheffield between 1-31 March.
- Share – local churches are devising additional (Covid-safe) ways to share their faith in their communities.
- Invite – Arise Sheffield is sending an Easter card to every home in Sheffield via Royal Mail. The card will go to over 220,000 homes. It will invite local people to connect with their local church and watch an online video about the Gospel message, and followers of Jesus in Sheffield.
At All Saints we are engaging with the Share element during Holy Week as we put posters or pictures in our windows showing the story unfolding.
“How better then, to respond to the present pandemic than by taking up (the prophet Jeremiah’s) ancient challenge, praying to the LORD for our city of Sheffield and by seeking its welfare in the coming months. Arise Sheffield provides us with that opportunity and I commend it to you — with confidence in the Gospel and joy in the Spirit.” – Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield
Gay picked another item from the Diocesan News. The Bishop of Norwich has been invited by the Archbishops to lead the C of E’s Environment Programme. Every candidate he confirms receives a hazel tree to plant. (Mother Julian of Norwich, the 14th century mystic, reflected on the glory of God as she held a hazelnut in the palm of her hand.)
We will be having a series of sermons after Easter focussing on the environment.
Dorothy asked us to include the following: Thank you for all my birthday greetings and cards and the lovely “bee friendly” planter. I shall look forward to watching the wild flowers appear in the summer. Dorothy.
Coffee and Chat from 11am on Sunday details as usual are available from the Wardens.
And finally, thanks to Liz Hayden for the following which brightened our day!
Love from Ann & James