Here’s a few dates you might want to put in your diary about things happening in the coming weeks & months:
27th April: Gardening Day / Spring Clean. Join us for some tidying up, tree planting and hedge laying. There’ll be soup and a roll at lunchtime for all volunteers. (If Fridays snow forecast of 15cm turns out to be accurate we’ll obviously be cancelling – watch this site for updates)
4th May: Quiet day led by Rev Judith Jessop. 10am until 3pm – please bring a packed lunch.
13th June: Quiet evening led by Rev Judith Jessop. 7-9.30pm
27th June: Evening Prayers led by Sue Green.7-8.30pm
We’re looking to improve facilities at Yew Lane in the next 12-18months. We hope this will include new kitchen facilities, a new activity room, with potential for creche space and new double glazing.
So the question now is: What new activities and services would you like to see the building being used for?
Here’s some suggestions from other people – but we’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts too, you can add your comments below.
- Art therapy sessions
- Dance therapy sessions
- Gardening therapy sessions
- Other therapeutic sessions
- Counselling & support services
- Adult education / learning
- Sessions for adults with learning disabilities
- Guided meditation
- Relaxation classes
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.
Think 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.
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
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.
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)
Bluebells last year at Yew Lane
With the weather improving (hopefully) we’re turning our minds back to work in the Quiet Gardens, we’ve got a number of days work planned already and will hopefully put in more regular slots as the year progresses. Next Thursday we’re hoping that with the help of some students from Sheffield University Chaplaincy team, we’ll be able to build up the beds in the front gardens using some of the unused sleepers from the back and loads of compost!
In addition we’ve bought some new planters for the “Cloistered garden” so we’ll have fun planting those up soon – as well as having another blitz on all the weeds to continue to come up despite all the efforts to keep them away. If you’re interested in helping out as a volunteer in the garden just leave a message here or ring Nick on 07432 092683.
As well as the work days we,ve got some more quiet days and evenings planned:
Thursday April 19th: Quiet Evening with Judith Jessop (7pm for 7.30pm – finishes at 9.30pm)
Saturday 12th May: Quiet day with Judith Jessop (10am for 10.30am – finishes at 3pm)
For more information on either of these contact Judith on 0114 231 3518 or e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
From 23rd February we’ll be starting with a new regular weekly quiet space at The Cross at Yew Lane. The building and gardens will be open from 10am until 3pm every Thursday and will offer a quiet space for anyone who wants to use it for; prayer, relaxation, reading, studying or even a quick nap!
Each session will be hosted by someone from the team at Yew Lane, and it will also be possible to book times to meet with someone from the new Listening Service based in Parson Cross with PXI. At 12.30pm there’ll be chance to enjoy some more hospitality and share some soup and bread with each and enjoy some shared time together. Keep watching for more information.
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.
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.