Category Archives: Spirituality

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

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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

“…A time to build”

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“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
 a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
  a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
  a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

These words from Ecclesiastes remind us that in nature, and in life, things change, it talks about the seasons of change that are all too familiar to those of us who garden.

Photos from our garden work day on 17th November 2012

At Yew Lane the building season is entering an exciting new phase – as well as significant work in the front garden, we hope in the next year to also refurbish and upgrade the kitchen and begin work on developing a second and completely new activity room. But as well as this physical building work we’re also looking at new activities and new sessions to take us forward into 2013, these include:

  • Thursday afternoon Space to Grow gardening and cooking sessions.
  • “Movement Medicine” dance for women (hopefully to start in January 2013)
  • Songs for the Soul singing sessions (Next session: 30th November. 7-9pm)

In  all this we are looking to build a “family” – not of course one built on birth relationships and genetics, but one based on people wanting to be together, grow with each other; share, care, love and support for each other. We don’t imagine that all our family will be Christians, or even that they will be of any faith, we simply want to offer the opportunity to be part of it everyone who wants it ….. so if that’s you we’ll look forward to seeing you.

Songs of the Soul

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Share in singing songs from a variety of sources, including the Taize and Iona Communities.

We will share in unaccompanied singing in four parts, enabling us to tune in to the joys and sorrows of life as we repeat the songs. The evening session will be led by Jill, Nick, Mark & Gill, who regularly sing these songs, and who led a session at Yew earlier this year. We will learn the songs by ear – so no musical experience is needed. The evening runs from 7pm until 9pm and is open to everyone (church goers and non church goers alike).

There is no charge and refreshments will be provided, for more information contact Judith on: 0114 231 3518

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.