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“…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.

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