Thinking about our Thanksgiving Gift Day on Sunday I (Ann) have been looking back over the last 18 months and thinking about some of the things we can be thankful for. In March 2020 we could not have imagined what lay ahead and everyone’s experience will be different. I am thankful for God’s faithfulness and love which has sustained us, for the commitment of the people in the NHS who worked so hard throughout the pandemic at great personal cost, for the amazing work in developing and distributing the vaccines, for our local shopkeepers, for the way we have learned to communicate on zoom etc. The list is endless but it is a helpful exercise as we still live with uncertainty and frustrations.
During the service on Sunday we will have the opportunity to place our gifts on the collection plate, moving in the same way as we do for communion. If you plan to make a donation via BACS you could put a note in an envelope saying “I have given/ intend to give £.. to All Saints Gift Day via bank transfer.”
If you are not in a position to give at this time that is fine, please do not feel under any pressure.
We know that many parts of the world are experiencing great suffering and Dorothy has sent the following message:
MESSAGE FROM CHRISTIAN AID
“30 million people in 20 countries are teetering on the brink of famine. Christian Aid is on the ground in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Burkino Faso, and Afghanistan”.
For further information go to the website www.christianaid.org.uk.
or if wishing to donate by post the address is-
Christian Aid. 35-41, Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RL
As half of our gifts will be given to the work of the Diocese through the Common Fund it is good to remember that we can also contribute to this work by our prayers.
DIOCESAN VISION PRAYER.
Living God, Jesus calls his followers to seek first your Kingdom.
Renew us as we make your love known;
Release us to share freely together in mission; and
Rejuvenate us to be fruitful in your service.
Give us courage, wisdom and compassion, that strengthened with the grace of the
Holy Spirit, we may, as the Diocese of Sheffield, both flourish and grow,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Please also pray for David Kereto and the Maasai people who were having a very difficult time when we last had news from them.
Coffee and Chat, from 11.15. The details are as usual. Please contact the Wardens if you need them.
Congratulations to Vi Roberts who celebrated her 90th birthday last week. She sends her thanks for the card and plant she received from All Saints.
With love from Ann and James.