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:
Last Sunday a group of us met at Yew Lane to think about what it means to be a “Christian Community”.
The group itself was an interesting mix of “30-60 somethings” plus the energy and fun that a couple of small children automatically bring along with them; all felt they wanted to explore something beyond what their normal church life experience apparently had to offer them. Searching for the illusive “way” is of course the exact territory of Jesus (Matthew 7.7) and indeed Old Testament prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 29.13) “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Seeking out Jesus, seeking out the “way” is what we hope to continue to do as a new christian community – we’ll be continuing on our journey every fortnight from 2nd September at least until October half term. If your interested in learning more or in taking part, please contact Rev Judith Jessop on 0114 231 3518 or ask to join the online forum http://sheffieldchristiancommunity.freeforums.org/
Our next Quiet Day is on Saturday 23rd June and starts at 10am (it will finish by 3pm). Our Quiet Days offer an opportunity to enjoy a change of pace, to rest, to be, and to find God in the stillness. They also offer a space to reflect on your past experience of God and gain insight strength and wisdom for Gods future leadings.
This Quiet Day will focus its reflections on The Dandelion: Flower of Today and Flower of Tomorrow
- Helping you to reflect on those times of life when you are getting into your stride in your job, career or role at home. Times of feeling useful or valued. Times of inner strength and real character.
- Helping you to reflect on those times of life when you no longer seem to have a role of purpose. Times of endings with no future? Or times of sowing seeds for the future?
The day will be led by Rev Judith Jessop.
Tea, coffee and juice will be available throughout the day, but please bring a lunch if you want one. The is no charge for these days but we suggest a donation of £7 to help cover the costs of the day for those who wish to give. You are most welcome to join us.
Dates for further Quiet Days:
Wednesday 11th July (1.30-4.00pm)
Thursday 9th August (7.00-9.30pm)
Saturday 15th September (10.00am – 3.00pm)
Well we’ve been blessed by being able to welcome some new visitors to the Cross at Yew Lane over the past couple of weeks; on the 26th April, Rev Vernon Marsh (Sheffield Methodist District Chair) came as part of his visit to PXI – Parson Cross Initiative. Judith and I were able to share with him the Quiet garden vision and how we were hoping to both develop the gardens and the buildings to create an even better and more welcoming space.
Sharing a meal – Making new friends
Today we welcomed a group of students through Sheffield University Chaplaincy team, their visit a few weeks ago was cancelled with all the heavy rain we got. After sharing a meal together and explaining something of the work of PXI and the Quiet Garden at Yew Lane, they set about working in the gardens building a new front bed planted with lavender and geraniums.
Mahdi, Vlad and Claire complete the front bed.
We’re hoping to organise a garden work day for a Sunday afternoon in May or June when we’ll do some tidying work, and some more work on both the Front garden and the Cloistered garden. Keep watching this blog for dates and details.
Thursdays at the Cross at Yew lane are of course always a time you can come to enjoy the quiet or do some gardening. The building is open from 10am and you are free to come and go throughout the day as you choose. The “listening service” (offered as part of the PXI District Centre Chaplaincy service, it provides a confidential service with a trained listener for you to talk to and share your worries and problems) and the “resting room” (where you can relax, rest, study, meditate and pray) are both available all day 10am till 3pm. At lunchtime (12.30pm) we offer the opportunity to share soup and a roll, and some fruit; and in the afternoon (1-3pm) “space to grow” provides the chance to spend time working in the gardens. There is no charge for anything on the day – but we ask that those who can would make a donation to support the Quiet Garden. …. we hope to see you there one day.
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.
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.
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.