Please don't forget the news sheet below, which has much more detail about what's going on.
Stop Press: The day on Icons scheduled for Saturday has regretfully been cancelled - this will be rescheduled for summer 2023
At a meeting of Christian leaders in York yesterday we heard from various people working with students. They told us some things that are not surprising, including the huge amount of mental health problems among our students, and some things that perhaps are more surprising, including the fact that a worldview survey of students has found a significant majority have never been told the story of Jesus, but would be open to hearing it, and have never been to church but would be open to going if a friend invited them. The question, then, is how can we make space in our city and in our churches for young people to hear the story of Jesus, and how can we be church in a way that we feel confident inviting younger generations to? And can I encourage you not to leave the answering of that question to the younger generations. I'm sure most of us don't have friends at university. But a lot of us have children, and grandchildren... What kind of church would we need to become...? What kind of churches do we need to become...?
Farewell lunch for the Days
Following our 10.30 services on Sunday, all are invited for lunch at St Chad's, which will be both a Harvest lunch and a fond farewell to John and Stephanie, who are leaving us after six years at St Chad's, two with St Clement's and one with St Andrew's. I do hope many of us will be able to attend and to give them a fitting send-off as John takes up his new role as Growing Healthy Churches Adviser. More details on the attached sheet.
Any food given on Sunday at our Harvest services will be donated to CareCent and to local food banks.
Giving to Pakistan
Katherine Peters, whose family are from Pakistan, has shared with me an appeal from the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan for donations to aid the response to the terrible recent flooding. The letter is attached - if you would like to give, please contact Hazel Williams, Treasurer at St Clement's, by email - [email protected]
Prayer Meeting and Sheet
You'll find attached a sheet from the monthly prayer meeting, which you might find useful in helping you to pray for mission and ministry in our parishes. The next monthly prayer meeting will be on Wednesday 19 October - coffee from 7pm and prayer 7.15-8.15.
Sunday 2 October
9am Eucharist at St Clement's - Jenny Wright, Archbishop's Chaplain, presiding
10.30am Harvest Eucharist at St Andrew's with Bishopthorpe Methodists - Simon presiding and preaching
10.30am Harvest Eucharist at St Chad's - John Day presiding and preaching, followed by lunch (all welcome - see attached sheet for details)
4.15 at St Chad's - Richard leading and Simon teaching
6pm Engage at St Chad's - Mhairi leading and Simon teaching
Sunday 9 October
9am Morning Worship at St Clement's - Simon leading
10.30am Eucharist at St Andrew's - John Roden presiding and preaching
10.30am Eucharist at St Chad's - Michael presiding and preaching
4.15 at St Chad's - Bridget leading and Simon teaching
6pm Engage at St Chad's - Simon leading and Richard teaching
We'd love people to join in the pattern of prayer, activity and study during the week:
· Monday and Wednesday, 9.30am online - Morning Prayer
· Tuesday 7.30pm online - Explore the Bible
The Zoom links are on the attached Word document. All welcome
· 1st Thursday of the month 7pm, St Chad's - Taize Service - all welcome
· Other Thursdays 7.30pm, St Chad's - Love Worship. Love Worship doesn't happen in prayer meeting weeks.
· See the news sheets for details of youth groups, bell ringing, choir and much more...
Midweek services in person
1st Tuesday of the month, 10.30 at St Chad's (next 4 October)
2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, 10.15 at St Andrew's (next 14 October)
3rd Thursday of the month, 9.30 at St Clement's (next 20 October)
Watch this space for more midweek things at St Clement's, tbc
Grace and peace,