St Thomas News - 18th November 2020

Dear Church,

Please join in our prayer meeting tomorrow evening if you are able. 7.30pm on Zoom (ID 631 970 6882). We'll be thinking and praying together about God's priorities for our church into next year. As the body of Christ, let's be listening out for his voice together. 
If you are able to fast during the day, this can be helpful in developing our hunger for God. And please do send me any thoughts and words you have if you can't be with us in the evening.
The church building is open for prayer tomorrow 12-1.30pm, so feel welcome to come if you'd like to.
Christmas:
Jo shared with us on Sunday about the ways we hope we can still shine light into our community this Christmas, even with restrictions in place. Among other things, we hope to create a Christmas trail in the building to invite people into. Here are some ways you can help us make an impact this year:
1. Donate a medium to large tree- real or lend an artificial one (we need 12)
2. Provide a decorated tree as a family
3. Lend or donate tree decorations and lights
4. Lend nativity sets (we need about 10)
5. Lend long extension leads for lighting
6. Volunteer to help out with preparations and making decorations
7. Volunteer to set up the church in mid December
8. Volunteer to be on church opening team from mid December
9. Volunteer to distribute Christmas cards from the middle of next week
10. Help with getting information out on social media
Please contact me or Jo.
Sunday:
We have our live service at 10.30am on Facebook and Youtube and Zoom (631 970 6882) as usual. It was lovely to have more people on Zoom for our special service last week - if you enjoyed it, why not Zoom again? This week we'll be looking at Ezra 7-8.
Some of you will have known Chris Leach, a long term leader at the St Thomas' scout group, and previously a member of the church. Chris sadly died on November 5th, and her funeral service which took place yesterday can be seen here.
Thanks to all who joined in with our special service and AGM last Sunday. Once again we are so grateful for what God is doing among us. I hope to record a new Verse of the Week soon. God bless,
Al
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Rev. Alistair Rycroft
St Thomas' Church, York

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