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

“…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

Space2Grow Sessions

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Here’s the new Winter 2012-13 Space2Grow poster ….. as well as the Thursday afternoon sessions, we’ve got a garden “Working Day” on Saturday 17th November at Yew Lane – everyone is welcome to come and have a look around and help with planting the new raised beds. We’ll even provide snacks for lunch and plenty of drinks!

Remember … Remember

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Remember … remember … some dates for November!

The November fog and damp has arrived, but that hasn’t stopped us from planning various bits and bobs over the next month or so, here’s a list of things we’ve got to look forward to:

17th November: Garden Work Day organised by Creswick Methodists and PXI-Space to Grow. We’ll be adding new planters to the front garden and planting them up, as well as doing more work on the inner garden. We’ll also find plenty of time no doubt to sit and chat and share some food together – if you’re interested let Nick know on 07432 092 683 or just turn up on the day from about 10.30am.

24th November: The annual Christmas Fair from 10am while 12noon. Come along and grab a bargain.

Throughout November: This November Nick from PXI will be growing something different  – a moustache!

This will be as part of “Movember” which is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. The funds raised in the UK are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and their men’s health partners, Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research. Movember works with these partners to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with their strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Nick said: “Testicular and Prostate cancer is still something that many of us don’t like to think about – let alone talk about – and it’s certainly not the kind of issue you’d usually bring up over a pint or a coffee….. but for mens health its a really important issue. In my twenties I had to have a testicle removed – thankfully it was not cancerous – recently a friend of mine also had to have treatment for testicular cancer – sadly these things are far more common than we might at first realise.”

If you want to support Nicks Movember challenge with a donation – and see how his growing efforts go, you can follow this link to his Movember donation page:

http://uk.movember.com/mospace/3003789

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.

 

Tree of Life (1)

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Last night saw around fifteen young people from Don Explorers join with Ric Stott and Nick Waterfield from PXI to start work on a street art mural entitled “Tree of Life”. The design is at the back of the building in the kitchen garden at Yew Lane – more work will be done in the coming weeks to complete the art work.

Photos from painting session on 22 August 2012

You can see more photos on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.338680212886468.90122.258529847568172&type=1