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We will all be changed

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"Week of Christian Unity 2012" image from ctbi

For those of you with diaries with such things in them, you will know tomorrow sees the start of 2012 Week of Christian Unity, a time when Christians are invited to spend time together in worship. For those without such diaries, or those who don’t know what this week is about, here’s a bit of background.

The Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (ctbi) website talks about the theme for this week, and says:

“Change is at the heart of our Christian faith. Saint Paul said that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, and we are called to live as children in the light.

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 comes to us from the churches in Poland, who have reflected upon their own experience as a nation, and in particular how, as a nation, they have been changed and transformed by the many upheavals of their history, and sustained by their faith.

Change is also at the heart of the ecumenical movement. When we pray for the unity of the church we are praying that the churches that we know and which are so familiar to us will change as they conform more closely to Christ. This is an exciting vision, but also a challenging one. Furthermore, when we pray for this transforming unity we are also praying for change in the world.”

In Parson Cross the week begins tomorrow night (18th January at 7.30pm) with worship at The Cross at Yew Lane – do feel free to join in at this or any of the other celebrations listed here:

18th January: 7.30pm Cross at Yew Lane, Yew Lane

19th January: 9.45am St Thomas More, Margetson Crescent

20th January: 12 noon Mount Tabor, Wordsworth Avenue (bottom of Southey Hill)

21st January: 7.30pm The Malt House, Monteney Crescent

22nd January: Local Sunday worship (with preacher swaps)

23rd January: 12.30pm Lunchtime prayers at SOAR Works, Knutton Road

24th January: 7.30pm church on the Corner, Buchanan Road

25th January: 9.30am St Pauls, Wordsworth Ave

The start of another new year

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Well we’re already a couple of weeks into a new year and so it felt like time to provide an update on things we’ve got planned in the the coming weeks. For a full update on all the quiet days, and regular Sunday worship check in on the diary page – but for now lets just remind you that Saturday will see the first Quiet Day of 2012 at Yew Lane, and be quickly followed next week by a service of Prayer for Healing – you are most welcome to join us at these.

We hope soon to announce a special date for all of you who enjoy singing (even if you’ve been told you’re not a good singer!) so watch this space for more details.

Also we were overjoyed to hear that Yew Lane has been awarded a grant from Sheffield City Council Climate change grants to update the heating system so work on that will hopefully begin soon – we apologise in advance for any inconvenience this might cause in the short term but know that anyone using the building will feel the benefit once the work is done. Thank you to the funders from everyone at Yew Lane.

Wishing you a happy Christmas ….

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With Christmas getting closer and closer I just wanted to take this time to wish everyone a happy and blessed Christmas – here to help you reflect on the season are some images from the recent PXI Street Art Project which involved work with a long time friend of Cross at Yew Lane, Ric Stott.

The Angelat the Ritz

Nativity at Parson Cross Hotel

Prayer angel at the Skatepark

For more of Rics reflections on his work you can read: http://iaskforwonder.com/street-art-adventures-4

Get Ready ….

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Tomorrow is the start of Advent , a time which about preparing ourselves for God, getting ready not just for Christmas and celebration of the birth of Jesus, but getting ready to meet with him each and every day ….

At The Cross at Yew Lane as well as our regular Sunday worship times during Advent, we’ve got a series of themed Advent reflections led once again by Rev Judith Jessop.

 30th November:Advent Prayers. 7 for 7.30pm (Finishes 8.30pm)

The Angel at the Ritz - part of the Advent street art project in Parson Cross

7th December: Advent Prayers. 1.30 for 2.00pm (Finishes 3.00pm)

12th December: Advent Prayers. 7 for 7.30pm (Finishes 8.30pm)

19th December: Advent Prayers. 1.30 for 2.00pm (Finishes 3.00pm)

Elsewhere on the estate PXI and local Methodists are celebrating Advent in a various ways, from the Street Art project with Ric Stottto the “Big Christmas Sing” at Mount Tabor on the 8th December (6-8pm) where there’ll be a chance to sing all your favourite Christmas carols and songs and raise money for Christian Aid and Chaucer schools Ubunye project.

Nearer Christmas PXI (Space to Grow) will be organising cakes and Carols on the allotments at Parson Cross Park and LEAF on Herries Road.

Starting it all off tomorrow is the Advent Youth event at Tabor “Get Ready …. Christmas is coming” with live band, art activities, free food and a chance to bring your instruments and play with the band.

Hopefully there’s something for everyone there and so we hope to see you and together share in this special Advent time …….

Oh yes ….. if you’re up early tomorrow tune into BBC Radio Sheffield at around 7.20am and listen to PXIs Nick Waterfield as he discusses Advent with Sarah Major.

Love yourself …..

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Eight people attended the Healing and Wholeness- Quiet Afternoon this week, in particular the session explored the theme of “Loving yourself and others”.

The session took at look at Jesus’s Great Commandment:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind … and your neighbour as yourself.”  The last bit of that commandment proved  interesting – “your neighbour as yourself”.

How do we love ourselves?

Do we love ourselves?

We’ll be continuing with the Healing & Wholeness theme at the Quiet Day on January 14th and it will be reflected in the Service of Prayer for Healing on Nov 16th, do feel free to join us.

A Change of Season

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Well Autumn is now in full swing and in fact there’s starting to be a real feel of winter on some days….

A mushroom grows in the front garden at Yew Lane

the nights are getting darker, the wind is getting colder, and next week (30th October) the clocks go back – so don’t forget! .

The 31st October in the celtic & pagan calenders marks the first day of winter and the start of the celtic new year – nowadays of course its got far more linked to the highly commercialised season of Halloween and “Trick or Treats” – the new ASDA in Parson Cross has shelves stacked with costumes and decorations, as well as sweets and treats for children who will no doubt use the night as an excuse the eat more chocolates and sweets than are good for them!

The 31st October also sees another Quiet Afternoon at Yew Lane, led by Judith, the theme will be “Healing and Wholeness”.

In the Christian calender we are only weeks away from the start of the season of Advent when we look forward and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This year we’ll be holding a special advent series of prayers and reflection – so please take a look at the diary page and come along to as many, or as few, as you you want.

Harvest Time

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This Sunday sees the celebration of Harvest Festival by the congregation at The Cross on Yew Lane (see diary page for details), this year the official collection from the church will support the work of the local PXI – Food Bank project based at Mount Tabor.

Boxes of Lord Lambourne apples harvested locally today.

That said, church members, and local Abundance volunteers have been out and about today bringing in their own local harvest of apples (Lord Lambournes to be specific) grown in one of the houses round Creswick area. The apples that have been harvested are now safely stored at Mount Tabor. This year already Abundance (in North Sheffield) has gathered in around 400llbs of apples and pears from the area, all of which will be put to good use.In the next few weeks it will be distributed to local groups, and for use in local events for making apple juice and chutney, and of course numerous pies and crumbles.

Obviously we’d like to thank Jean for the offering of her trees into this years harvest, and to everyone who helped today, but as it harvest time lets also take a moment out to give a special thanks to God.