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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

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Planning ahead

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For a while we’ve been looking at how we might improve the space at Cross at Yew Lane in order to better meet the various needs of those who already use, and those we hope will use in future the premises and the garden.This year, thanks to a grant from Sheffield City Councils “Climate Change Fund” we’ve already replaced our old heating system with a much better, greener and more efficient system – but we still have plans for more over the coming months and years. these include:

  • Double glazing to windows in the main room.
  • Improved kitchen and serving area.
  • New meeting and activity room to replace the obsolete boiler and activity rooms.
  • Washroom, toilet and store accessible from the garden area.

On our new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CrossAtYewLane there’s a poll asking which of the new refurbishment you’d be most likely to use, if you’ve time and access to Facebook please let us know – if you don’t “do” Facebook then why not leave a comment here about the ideas, and any further suggestions you have for improvements to the space or activities you’d like to see take place.

 

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

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.

 

Work and Rest Day

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I’ve recently agreed to be a volunteer “master composter” and have been learning about ways of composting. All this recent composting chat though got me thinking about life and the way God can turn all the rubbish in our lives into something that is good and life giving. To make good compost you need to treat the “rubbish” and waste in different ways depending on what it is.

Good compost needs a mix of organic waste “greens and browns” as they are called. The “greens” include things like potato peelings, apple cores, eggshells and so on, “browns” things like hedge clippings, and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner with all the carpet muck (mainly made up of dropped hairs, tiny pieces of dead skin and the soil from outside we carry in on our shoes and feet), all things that have had life but have had there time and have just been cast off and of no personal use to us anymore. But this “waste” combines and is broken down over time to create wonderful rich compost ….. in a similar way God can take the “rubbish” of our lives, the hurts and pain from the past (some of which may have had a use at some time), old habits that have outlived their usefulness (if they ever were useful), and from them make a new life that is filled with
life and goodness.

The Space to Grow -“Work and Rest day” on 10th September will spend time looking at some of these ideas as well as carrying out specific tasks in the Quiet Garden. We’ll start first thing with some personal prayer and reflection time, before heading out into the garden.
The day starts at 10am and will be over by 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch if you want one as well as suitable gardening clothes.

Space to Grow …. Roots

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Weeding the raised beds at Space to Grow.

Space to Grow – Roots, is a gardening and social group for teenagers & young adults with learning disabilities, their friends, families and carers. Over the summer we’ve been meeting up once a month to do planting and weeding in the gardens – from September we’re changing the time we meet to a Monday evening from 6-7pm, the next session is on 26th September.

During the winter months we’ll still be meeting up but possibly spending more time inside where its warm doing jobs like creating a new all mosaic for the gardens,  as well as making sure there’s time for a biscuit, a drink and a chat.