Synod News and Events
A Request from Barnard Castle Church
Alethia Moseley, the secretary at Barnard Castle Church is making a request for a hymnal that any church is no longer using/needs. Barnard Castle’s hymnal is now obsolete and even if they can obtain spare parts, there is no guarantee that the instrument will work. If you can help in any way please contact Alethia on firstname.lastname@example.org
New Pastorate for Greg Thompson
Greg Thompson was inducted on Wednesday, 26 August at Bedlington Trinity LEP. Greg’s new pastorate now consists of Bedlington Trinity LEP, Blyth URC, Elsdon Avenue LEP at Seaton Delaval, and Seghill Methodist Church.
New Church Secretary – Crook
Ann Layburn, the church secretary at Crook LEP is retiring on 31 August and her successor will be Mr Roger Stone. Roger can be contacted at email@example.com
Andy Lie – Great North Run and Yorkshire Marathon
Andy Lie, the Synod’s Ecumenical Officer will once again be taking part in the GNR on 13 September followed by the Yorkshire Marathon in York on 11 October ….. a total of 39.3 miles.
Andy’s chosen charity this year is Christian Aid which celebrates its 70th year and he is hoping to raise £3,930. If you would like to support Andy you can visit his JustGiving page at this link.
On-line donations are preferred but if you would prefer to send a cheque please make it out to Christian Aid (and not to Andy Lie) with details of name (or church), full address with postcode, GiftAid or not, to:
Andy Lie, Ecumenical Officer, URC Northern Synod, 4 College Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8JJ by 31 October 2015 at the latest please.
A Message from Rachel Poolman, Holy Island
I’m taking part in the Myeloma UK Skydive Event on 05/09/2015 to raise money for Myeloma UK and I’d really appreciate your support. I’m going to be raising money in memory of Sylvia Poolman.
It’s easy to donate online with a debit or credit card – just visit my JustGiving page –
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Myeloma UK and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Thank you for your support
Heritage Open Days – Jesmond United Reformed Church
Jesmond URC invites you to come and see their lovely building refurbished this year with its fine stained glass Lewis/Willis organ and unusual war memorial. In addition you can visit the new community garden, there will be activities and displays for adults and children and live music and refreshments. The church will be open Saturday, 12 September: 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 13 September: 10 am – 5 pm (and garden open at all times). Morning service, Sunday, 10.45 am. Songs of Praise, Sunday 3 pm with your requests. flier attached.
Advent Workshop 2015
An Advent Workshop is to be held in St Andrews Dawson Street, Crook on Friday 9th October, 10am -3pm. The day will comprise of new and exciting resources for Advent such as new hymns, songs, bible readings, music, poetry, art, crafts, prayers and much more. The material will be particularly suitable for Sunday worship, home groups and quiet days. The day will end with a short Advent service.
The workshop is suitable for all stipendiary, non stipendiary and retired ministers, worship leaders, local preachers, youth leaders, church related community workers, church members and friends in the URC Northern Synod. Tea and coffee will be provided: bring a packed lunch. Flier attached.2 Crook Advent Workshop Poster Sept 2015
North East Events
Churches Together Events
THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL: an important ecumenical event will be held at Durham Cathedral on Sunday, 6 September, 3.30 p.m. Christians from around the North East are invited to join together for a service to celebrate our common call to proclaim the Gospel, and rededicate ourselves anew to the vital ministry of mission and evangelism.
The service will be preceded by a dialogue between the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd and Rt Hon. Dr John Sentamu, and the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Revd Malcolm McMahon, and conclude with a commission to live out the joy of the Gospel in our communities. The service will be jointly hosted by the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, and the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, the Rt Revd Séamus Cunningham.
This initiative has been inspired by ecumenical work taking place nationally, and in particular the recent meeting of the Archbishop of Canterbury with the Pope, and their words on ecumenical evangelism.
It is hoped that congregations will engage with this initiative in their own parishes through a series of Bible studies before the day, on the theme of ‘telling our stories.’ These will focus particularly on the stories of St Andrew, St Mary Magdalene, the Ethiopian (from Acts 8. 26 – 39), and St Paul. Preparatory material will be sent out to subscribers without any cost to the parish.
To request tickets for the event and the Bible study material, please contact the Liturgical Assistant at Durham Cathedral, Mr Alexander Crawford, either by email or in writing.
The Cathedral Office, The College, Durham. DH1 3EH.
A ‘recovery walk’ will take place on Saturday, 12th September at The Sands, at 12 noon. This is a national event and the organisers are expecting a lot of visitors . It raises awareness of addiction and recovery issues, and helpers are needed to assist with stewarding and other practical tasks. If you are interested and can help please email: firstname.lastname@example.org The charity UK Recovery Walk raises awareness of addiction & recovery. It is expected that between 5 – 10k people will attend this event, with bands & food stalls etc by The Sands. A clip from YouTube of the UK Recovery Walk 2014, Manchester is: http://youtu.be/g0ry6MVG_zw For further information please contact Rev Joanne Thorns, Regional Officer North East Churches Acting Together : 0191 386 8049 Email; email@example.com
Help and Advice
The Help and Advice Bulletin No 47 Employment update is here
How to Get Your Church Noticed
Want to make sure your church stands out from the crowd? Want people to know all about its activities and events? This is the companion website run by the Diocese of Portsmouth to 100 Ways to Get Your Church Noticed published by Church House Publishing in November 2014. You’ll find helpful advice here on everything from church notice boards to parish magazines, logos to leaflets. http://getyourchurchnoticed.com/
Christian Initiative Trust (CIT) Awards 2015 (formerly Mustard Seed Awards)
The Christian Initiative Trust are giving away up to £25,000 to grow or bring to life a number of social initiatives. To win an award, ideas must be fresh, fiercely innovative and built on Christian values, And, most importantly, need to have a big, positive impact on people’s lives.
Entries opened on 3rd June 2015 through the online form on www.christianinitiativetrust.org.uk – and close on 6th October 2015. A poster is available to download, which I hope you can put up in your church or community space. If you’d like more information about the CIT Awards, please go to the CIT website at this link: CIT website