Category Archives: Quiet Days

New Programme – New Activities

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S2G Marc-June 2014Here’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

Evening prayer

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

Evening prayer

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 **

May                             13

June                            10 & 24

July                                8 & 22

August                        12

 

            ** extra date

Dates for your diary

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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

 

Quiet Day (Re arranged date)

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January snow in Parson Cross park

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.

Quiet Day – Our Image of God

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GodThink 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.

WEATHER WARNING:

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

September Quiet Days

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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.

 

Spirituality & Mental Health

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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”.