Here’s the new programme from March for The Cross at Yew Lane; now the building work and new activity room is all finished we’ve been able to start developing new activities such as the new Wednesday morning Space to Grow through Art group which will run alongside the rearranged gardening sessions. Of course we’ve still got our regular sup lunch times on a Wednesday from 12.30pm for anyone who wants to come and share a meal with us – whether you’ve been with during the morning or not.
We’ve still got the regular Quiet Days and evenings which offer that time for you to explore your personal journey in a context of faith and spirituality:
Saturday 29 March
10am – 3pm
Quiet Day: Pause for Lent
Wednesday 16 April
7 for 7.30pm
Urban Reflections: Feed my people
Wednesday 21st May
7 for 7.30pm
Saturday 21st June
10am – 3pm
Quiet day: The Heart of Spirituality
Wednesday 23 July
7 for 7.30pm
Urban Reflections: Rebuilding Jerusalem
Wednesday 20th August
7 for 7.30pm
Amongst our Quiet Space Programme, we’re also creating a new space for reflection, discussion and prayer called Urban Reflections these sessions will focus on a different issue each time and provide time for a short discussion before some quiet private reflection and prayer on the topic.
And of course the fortnightly Resting Room returns offering time and space to pray, rest, take time out and just enjoy the peace:
· Useful for people with stressful lives wanting some ‘time out’
· Helpful for people who prefer to read and pray in the company of others
Bring your own lunch ingredients with you – toaster, microwave, hob, oven available.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available.
Make yourself at home!
2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month (except holiday weeks) 10am – 4pm
March 11 & 25
April 8 & 29 **
June 10 & 24
July 8 & 22
** extra date
Here’s a few dates you might want to put in your diary about things happening in the coming weeks & months:
27th April: Gardening Day / Spring Clean. Join us for some tidying up, tree planting and hedge laying. There’ll be soup and a roll at lunchtime for all volunteers. (If Fridays snow forecast of 15cm turns out to be accurate we’ll obviously be cancelling – watch this site for updates)
4th May: Quiet day led by Rev Judith Jessop. 10am until 3pm – please bring a packed lunch.
13th June: Quiet evening led by Rev Judith Jessop. 7-9.30pm
27th June: Evening Prayers led by Sue Green.7-8.30pm
January snow in Parson Cross park
The Quiet Day which was postponed from 18th January because of snow – will now take place on 2nd February.
It will still be led by Rev Judith Jessop and will be around the theme of “My God – Our image of God”
Do you see God as some stern old wo/man demanding our very best at all times on pains of punishment and withdrawal of love ….. or maybe as some kind of “Fairy” Godmother/father who just waits in the wings ready to grant your every wish. Or maybe you see God very differently …..
As how we see God shapes how we develop and grow in faith the question of what God is like is an important one for all believers.
POSTPONEMENT DUE TO SNOW
In view of the poor weather prospects for this weekend Judith has decided to cancel tomorrows Quiet Day event and re-arrange it for a future date.
Think about God ….. what images come into mind?
How we see God is really important when it comes to deepening our faith and relationship with God. Our first Quiet Day of 2013 this Saturday (18th January) led by Rev Judith Jessop will help you to explore your image of God.
As the forecast for this weekend is for significant amounts of snowfall it will be worth ringing Judith on Friday evening to check if the Quiet Day is running or not ….. she can be contacted on 0114 2313518
As the last of summer disappears into our memory and the first signs of Autumn begin to emerge – it’s another good time to take time out and reflect and be still with God. As such, as well as the regular Thursday “Resting room” and “Space to Grow” sessions, we’ve also arrange a couple of quiet times:
Saturday 15th September: Quiet Day from 10.00am til 3pm
Thursday 27th September: Prayer Spiral from 7pm till 8.30pm
Both sessions are free, but for those who can afford we ask for a donation to cover costs. Refreshments will be available.
Instead of the more usual trip to LEAF for the Space to Grow session this Thursday I went to an event organised by the NHS called “Spirituality and Mental Health” – it was an interesting morning with both some honest and heart touching real life stories from service users of Sheffields mental health services about the role spirituality played in their path of recovery – but also challenges to both NHS and faith communities about how to provide support that better met the mental health needs of people.
It began with a discussion of what we might mean by “mental health” and shared with us this definition by the World Health Organisation: “Mental Health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Based on this definition Sheffield Health and Social care (SHSC) Trust have made a commitment to regard spirituality as a key element in the holistic approach to recovery.
This holistic approach is exactly what lies behind the Quiet Garden idea at Yew Lane, whether you come to us for worship, a quiet day retreat, a gardening day, or for soup on a Thursday in the “Rest Room” we try to create a space that provides that caring and compassionate space that we all need to recover from the stresses and strains of life.
And the final quote from the day: “Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it.” Henri Nouwen. Here at the Cross at Yew Lane we hope and pray that we will always have that “inner disposition to go with others”.
Our next Quiet Day is on Saturday 23rd June and starts at 10am (it will finish by 3pm). Our Quiet Days offer an opportunity to enjoy a change of pace, to rest, to be, and to find God in the stillness. They also offer a space to reflect on your past experience of God and gain insight strength and wisdom for Gods future leadings.
This Quiet Day will focus its reflections on The Dandelion: Flower of Today and Flower of Tomorrow
- Helping you to reflect on those times of life when you are getting into your stride in your job, career or role at home. Times of feeling useful or valued. Times of inner strength and real character.
- Helping you to reflect on those times of life when you no longer seem to have a role of purpose. Times of endings with no future? Or times of sowing seeds for the future?
The day will be led by Rev Judith Jessop.
Tea, coffee and juice will be available throughout the day, but please bring a lunch if you want one. The is no charge for these days but we suggest a donation of £7 to help cover the costs of the day for those who wish to give. You are most welcome to join us.
Dates for further Quiet Days:
Wednesday 11th July (1.30-4.00pm)
Thursday 9th August (7.00-9.30pm)
Saturday 15th September (10.00am – 3.00pm)
Pentecost sunset over Parson Cross
27th May 2012
This week is what has been traditionally known as Whitsuntide – a time which starting last Sunday marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost.
In celebration of this Cross at Yew Lane have organised another series of labyrinth prayer sessions. The Pentecost prayer labyrinth will help you reflect on your gifts and graces, and what God might be calling you to do at this time in your life.
The labyrinth will be open on 28th , 29th and 30th May from 2-3.300pm and from 7-8.30pm.
Refreshments will be available throughout.
Bluebells last year at Yew Lane
With the weather improving (hopefully) we’re turning our minds back to work in the Quiet Gardens, we’ve got a number of days work planned already and will hopefully put in more regular slots as the year progresses. Next Thursday we’re hoping that with the help of some students from Sheffield University Chaplaincy team, we’ll be able to build up the beds in the front gardens using some of the unused sleepers from the back and loads of compost!
In addition we’ve bought some new planters for the “Cloistered garden” so we’ll have fun planting those up soon – as well as having another blitz on all the weeds to continue to come up despite all the efforts to keep them away. If you’re interested in helping out as a volunteer in the garden just leave a message here or ring Nick on 07432 092683.
As well as the work days we,ve got some more quiet days and evenings planned:
Thursday April 19th: Quiet Evening with Judith Jessop (7pm for 7.30pm – finishes at 9.30pm)
Saturday 12th May: Quiet day with Judith Jessop (10am for 10.30am – finishes at 3pm)
For more information on either of these contact Judith on 0114 231 3518 or e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org