Our service on Sunday is All Ages All Together. It will be good to have Ali back with us to lead the service after her month working from Wales and Ben will be preaching. There is a Baptism service at 11.30.
The graft team families will be in Totley on Saturday morning to spend time together. Weather permitting they will have a wander down to Gillfield woods then come back to church for refreshments and a mixture of bible thoughts about the graft, prayer and a short get to know you with Ali. Please keep praying for the graft members and for all of us at All Saints as we get to know each other.
We know that many of you will already have donated to the appeal for aid for Ukraine but there will be a plate at the back of church on Sunday for anyone who would still like to give. The money will be sent to the Disaster Emergency Committee. Christian Aid, Tear Fund and the Red Cross are all members of this.
If you have any goods that you can donate, Liz Hayden is willing to take them to a collection point if you bring them to church on Sunday. Some of the items requested are warm clothes, shoes, underwear, blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, tents, backpacks. Also plasters, bandages, painkillers (sealed/unopened packs), nappies, sanitary wear, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, canned food, bottled water, formula milk, tooth brushes and toothpaste.
The one thing we can all do is to continue praying. Thanks to Angela for passing on the following item from the Sheffield Methodist Newsletter which is a real encouragement:
My sister (Helen Franklin, former local preacher in the Ecclesall circuit) works for Scripture Union and has been to work in Ukraine a couple of time, training children’s workers. She is still in touch with Scripture Union colleagues there, and last Sunday received this message from Oksana, one of her colleagues.
“Please keep the prayers coming. These are words from soldiers who are fighting: “We feel your prayerful support.
Sometimes something really incomprehensible happens, as if someone’s invisible hand really takes bullets and shells away from us, and they fly past us. We emerge victorious from very difficult situations, as if someone is accompanying us. We become invisible to the enemy, we see for ourselves even in the dark, and we know what to do and how to do it.
It inspires us and empowers us.
We believe that The Lord Jesus himself is for Ukraine. We ask you not to stop, support us and pray further.”
March is also the month when Arise Sheffield calls on all the churches to prayer walk in their neighbourhood, praying for their communities and neighbours. We haven’t signed in to the app to record where we have walked this year but it would be good if we could each consciously remember to pray for those around us as we are out and about. There are more details on the Arise Sheffield website if you want to know more.
Time to go and ring the church bell and turn out the lights as we pray for Ukraine,
Every blessing, Ann & James