St Thomas News 7th May 2021
Dear Church Family,
As usual, our service on Sunday is live-streamed on Facebook or YouTube or on the Zoom call (631 970 6882) at 10.30am. Of course, you can also now join in the building - please consider doing so, and let me know if you would like to be there and haven't already been in touch.
This week, we'll again be looking at our vision - some lovely bookmarks have been produced to remind us of this, and will be given out in church. But if you won't be there and would like a bookmark before you come back again, please let me know and we can get one to you.
We'll be talking more over the coming weeks about how we can all be involved with serving one another and the wider community. On a practical and more immediate note, please get in touch if you would be willing to:
- help with hosting Zoom during the services
- help welcoming on the door (we have to do this more efficiently while the Covid restrictions are in place)
- help on the sound desk - you can be fully trained up in this
Building Project Update:
Claire writes: Thank you to everyone who input their views towards the start of the building project. We had over 60 people directly contribute, and many more reached. Take a look at the report - it's got nice maps rather than lots of text!
As a PCC, we also had a discussion about possibilities for funding for the project. Jo Bloss has summarized our discussion and decision in this document.
This coming week:
Tuesday - Prayer Meeting on Zoom at 9am (Zoom ID 631 970 6882)
Wednesday - Communion service at 1pm, followed by an outdoor cafe (groups of six round tables) until 3pm - weather dependent.
Wednesday 7.30pm - My Licensing at St Wulstan's - unfortunately only a small number can attend because of Covid restrictions, but I'm hoping the service will be streamed online, and when I know the details, I'll send them on! Please pray for this new partnership.
Thursday - A new Tiny Tots group for pre-schoolers and parents is running on Thursday mornings (please contact Charlotte for more details).
On Sunday May 23rd at 6pm we will have our Annual Meeting. It will be open to in-person and Zoom attendance. We will aim to get the annual report out the week before.
If you would like to join the electoral roll (the closest thing to officially 'joining the church' in the C of E), forms are here and copies available in church.
If you are interested in standing for the PCC or the Deanery Synod, please let me know. The PCC are essentially the trustees of the church and help to shape our vision and strategy and make important decisions. The deanery synod is the local group representing the Anglican churches in York which meets to discuss important issues we are facing as churches together. It would be great to have at least one person standing for the synod.
Rev. Alistair Rycroft
St Thomas' Church, York
"You will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed on You, who trusts in You." (Isaiah 26.3)