EMURCE No 279 1st Novemberber 2018

E letter No: 279 - 1st November 2018
Edited this week by: HELEN LIDGETT
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WHAT COLOUR IS YOUR POPPY?
The hanging baskets of flowers have all been taken down and every lamp post in our village now sports a large red fabric poppy.  The railings around the war memorial are also adorned with poppies.
A few days ago I was involved in a conversation about the use of animals in warfare, horses of course, millions of them in the First World War.  Also cats deployed to catch rats in the trenches and pigeons as messengers.  Dogs too in a variety of situations.  “Did you know” said one young woman, “there are purple poppies for animals killed in war?”  Another responded “Really?  I’m going to wear one with my red poppy.”  Seizing my chance I added “You can wear a white poppy too.”  The first young woman looked surprised “What are they for?” she asked.  I told her they are peace poppies.  Before I could tell her they were first introduced in the 1930’s and are sold by the Peace Pledge Union, another colleague, a former history teacher, said: ‘They’re also for conscientious objectors”.  He went on to explain the different types of conscientious objectors, many of whom were Quakers, those who were willing to drive ambulances at the front, care for the wounded and bury the dead; those who worked the land to provide food for the population; and those who refused to do anything that could be construed as helping the war effort and were imprisoned.  Some who were refused exemption were conscripted anyway.
The Peace Pledge Union website explains:
“There are three elements to the meaning of white poppies: they represent remembrance for all victims of war, a commitment to peace and a challenge to attempts to glamorise or celebrate war.  In wearing white poppies, we remember all those killed in war, all those wounded in body or mind, the millions who have been made sick or homeless by war and the families and communities torn apart. We also remember those killed or imprisoned for refusing to fight and resisting war.”
So you can wear your red poppy to remember members of the British armed forces killed in war whose names are poignantly listed on war memorials across the country and in many of our churches.  Perhaps too you can wear a purple poppy in remembrance of animals drafted into war service, like Michael Morpurgo’s “War Horse” immortalised in book, play and film.  And you can wear a white poppy, demonstrating commitment to peace making and remembering the many who die in wars even today, not just armed combatants, but millions of civilians.
Purple poppies are produced by Murphy’s Army: purplepoppycampaign.org (they are now sold out and recommend purchasing them from their ebay account).
White poppies can be bought from the Peace Pledge Union: www.ppu.org.uk
Helen Lidgett, Synod Clerk

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
 

TRAIDCRAFT STALL - Eastwood United Reformed Church, Alexandra Street, Eastwood NG16 3PB (small car park accessed from Queen's Square) On Saturday 3rd November from 10 am - 12 noon
THE RIDING LIGHTS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT ‘GOSPEL STREET …… it’s GOOD NEWS’On Saturday 17th November 2018 at 7pm at Bulwell URC, Broomhill Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9GJ. Tickets: £5

From: 01904 613000 / 07773 335443 or online: ridinglights.org/gospel
Another generation is looking for answers – a rich young executive, an angry gang leader, religious fanatics streaming live, baristas, professors, YouTubers, activists, a surprising refugee and the pizza delivery bloke who bought some seriously expensive jewellery. People are out on the street. Despite their differences and social divisions, everyone wants to meet one extraordinary person: Jesus has arrived on their street. There’s always trouble on the street and he’s looking to do something about it…
GOSPELSTREET is a powerful mix of theatre, comedy and spoken word – a breath-taking ride through all the important issues of life, death... and miraculous street food. Good news with wisdom, laughter, energy and insight.
NOTTINGHAM WORLD CHURCH SUNDAY -  November 25th, to be held at Bulwell URC at 4pm with "bring & share" tea. Speaker: Pastor Joseph Zulu, on Extending Compassion to the people of Zimbabwe.  Note the date -  posters available later. For further details contact: ian.sylvia@salmon.2.co.uk

You are invited to - XMAS BASH! alt: Derby at  7pm on Saturday 1st  December at Derby Central URC, Victoria Street, Derby. 
Come along for music, party food and conversation.  With special Guest Speaker Dave Tomlinson, A
uthor of: Post Evangelical, Re-enchanting Christianity, How to be a Bad Christian, The Bad Christian’s Manifesto, Black Sheep and Prodigals, Still Waters & Sky Scrapers.

LINCOLNSHIRE
STEPPING OFF THE MAP - Engaging with New Housing Areas. A conference for churches and individuals keen to share Christ’s love in Lincolnshire’s 100,000 new homes.
SPEAKERS : Rev. Alison Boulton and Rev. Penny Marsh. On Saturday November 24th : 9.30a.m. to 4.30p.m.
Bishop Grosseteste University , Lincoln. Tickets £35. To book—click http://www.ctal.org.uk/sotm.html
Or email admin@ctal.org.uk
NEWS FROM TRAIDCRAFT AND TRAIDCRAFT EXCHANGE
Traidcraft plc is in serious financial difficulties due to the fall in the value of the pound against the US dollar following the 2016 European Union Referendum.  Following its ethical principles, Traidcraft refused to reduce the amount it pays its producers, unlike many of its UK competitors, and experienced rapidly rising costs and consequent serious financial losses. It is now exploring a new business model which does not include buying products from many of the craft producers who have been supplying them in recent years. Further the Board has announced that it is in consultation with its staff about restructuring and has issued redundancy notices.  The Board must make a decision on the future of Traidcraft plc by 31st December 2018.  At the recent East Midlands Synod meeting, the Moderator asked for prayers for the Traidcraft Board, the staff facing redundancy and the many producers around the world.
Traidcraft Exchange, Traidcraft plc’s partner charity, a campaign organisation fighting injustice in trade, is not affected and has sent a letter to all their supporters explaining what they are doing to mitigate the effects.  They write:
We have been working alongside Traidcraft plc producers since our very beginning and are concerned for the future of these small businesses, their employees and their families.  Our immediate mission is now three-fold:
1. To use our expertise in trade to support those producers worst affected
2. To secure enough support and funds to continue our work this year in helping over 300,000 very poor people get a better deal from trade
3. To continue to fight for a world where all trade is fair.
We are urgently considering how we can use our limited charity resources to support craft producers who have relied on sales to Traidcraft plc for their livelihoods.  This situation has developed rapidly so we can’t tell you yet exactly what this support looks like, but it’s likely to involve helping the most vulnerable groups find new buyers for their products, so their businesses can survive into the future.
If it is to do this, Traidcraft Exchange needs financial resources and has issued an appeal for support.  To find out more go to www.traidcraft.org.uk

SYNOD MISSION FUND PLAQUES

The Synod Mission Fund was created in 2008 and has distributed funds provided by the Synod Trust to 28 churches and 3 ecumenical mission projects in the 10 years since then.   Several churches have applied for and been awarded further grants after the success of their first application.  The Panel’s assessment of applications is rigorous and not every application is successful.  Applicants must now involve their Mission Enabler in preparing their application which has improved the quality of applications.  Representatives from the church are now to be invited to meet the Panel to discuss their project and respond to questions before a decision is made. This has proved helpful to both the Panel and the applicants.  At its last meeting the Panel agreed that a church applying for a grant for Children’s or Youth work must get the support of the Synod’s Children’s and Youth Work Development Officer.  Details of how to apply for a grant are on the Synod website under “Mission Resources’.

The Synod Treasurer has identified several funds within the Synod Accounts which are available for projects in particular areas or counties.  The Panel is sometimes able to add a grant from these to a successful applicant for a Mission Fund grant. 

The Panel recently purchased plaques for churches to display.  The plaques feature the United Reformed Church logo and state: “Mission made possible with funding support from the East Midlands Synod”.  At the October Synod the Moderator presented plaques to representatives from Bulwell URC, the ELM Pastorate (Eastwood, Marlpool and Langley URCs), Fountain Square Church Tideswell (URC/Methodist), Gainsborough URC, Gregory Boulevard URC Nottingham and Well Street United Church Buckingham (URC/Baptist/Methodist). See picture above.  Further plaques will be presented at Synod meetings for projects due to begin work later or awarded grants in future.

If your church received a grant in the past and would like a plaque to display, please contact Chris Willis at the Synod Office.  She will ask you to make arrangements to collect your plaque as they will be expensive to post.  Please note that if your church is a listed building or in a conservation area you must have permission to display your plaque.  Contact the Synod Listed Buildings Advisory Group through Robert White at the Synod Office for advice.

 Helen Lidgett, Convenor, Mission Fund Panel

 

                                         

ELDERS GATHERING
East Midlands Synod are holding an Elders Gathering on Saturday 10th November from 11am – 2pm at Castle Hill URC, Northants. This is an opportunity for Elders to meet to share experiences and be led in Bible Study by our TDO, Revd Dr Deborah Baird.
To book your place please contact Hannah Holmes at the Synod Office – Email:
trainingpa@urc5.org.uk  Telephone: 0115 9609241.
Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

SYNOD ADVENT REFRESHER

On Saturday 1st December 2018, from 10.30am – 2.30pm at The Synod Meeting Room, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 3AA. Bring your own lunch.

This event is led by our Training and Development Officer, the Revd Dr Deborah Baird and all are welcome. Come along to share ideas, join discussions with other churches and be led in bible study and advent reflection. Booking is essential, please contact Hannah Holmes at the Synod Office to book your place: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk  Tel: 0115 9609241

 
URC Youth are hosting a Music weekend for young people aged 14 to 25 from 23 to 25 November 2018, costing £75. It is being held at Whitemoor Lakes, Barley Green Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 8QT
The weekend is sure to be full of music making, worship and workshops exploring how we can use music in, and as, worship.  We will also be discussing how to create more musical opportunities for young people within the URC in the future.  On the Saturday evening we will be holding a talent show so please bring along something prepared or use the free time to join up with friends and create something to show.  It doesn’t have to be a musical act, it can be dance, drama, comedy or anything else you’d like to share.
For more information contact: Children and Youth Work Office
Email –
children.youth@urc.org.uk 
 

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E letter No: 277 -4th October 2018
Edited this week by: Revd Dr Deborah Baird
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A reporter once said to Mother Teresa, “I wouldn’t do your job for a million dollars.”  Her response?  “Me neither!”  The question is, what would our response be?  In our culture we value our independence, and we gather to ourselves wealth, we value our jobs and status, and we set our own goals.  To loosely quote the Vanity Fair TV serial, we ‘strive for things that are not worth having,’ and we in the West, become empty and lonely.  But independence is not a gospel value, the gospel values community, and the longing for community is in all of us.  Who doesn’t long to love and be loved?  “We have to create an environment where it is easier to be good,” said Dorothy Day, and we need to be intentional about creating communities that are good for all and not just for some.  When we live in community we are able to recognise, and walk alongside, those who need us, because that is what we were made for.  Not only does this countercultural attitude give life to others, but it gives us life as well.  All we have to do is decide to live differently, in a Jesus-like way, and allow ourselves to be transformed by God.

Every blessing,

Deborah

PEOPLE

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Revd David Stapleton, retired minister living in Woodbridge, who passed away on 12th September, 2018. David served at Garston, Watford 1955-58; Greenwich 1958-65; Wood Street, Walthamstow 1965-71; Garston, Bricket Wood & Chiswell Green, 1971-74.
 

It is with sadness that we advise you of the death of Revd Peter Blezard, who died on Saturday 29 September. Peter served in Darwen, Lancashire from 1977 - 2011. Funeral arrangements are not yet available.
FAIRTRADE AT SYNOD – Saturday 13th October
Please order in advance for Advent Calendars - choice of 3 sorts- or catering packs of tea/coffee. See: traidcraftshop.co.uk for details. Orders to ian.sylvia@salmon2.co.uk
 
PRAYER HANDBOOKS AND DIARIES

Prayer handbooks and diaries have now been ordered. Can you please confirm your orders by 10th October so that they can be prepared for the meeting. There are still some spare copies available, if you need to place an order please contact Chris at the Synod Office: Email: admin@urc5.org.uk     Tel: 0115 9609241

SYNOD MEETING - SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER
A quick reminder to everyone that the Synod meeting is fast approaching. All those on email will receive their papers today. If you are one of those receiving papers by “snail mail” they should be with you this weekend. Remember if your church rep is unable to attend the meeting another person from your church can attend in their place.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the Synod meeting. I still have some spare Prayer Handbooks and Diaries available.
Thank you, Chris

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

THE RIDING LIGHTS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT ‘GOSPEL STREET …… it’s GOOD NEWS’On Saturday 17th November 2018 at 7pm at Bulwell URC, Broomhill Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9GJ. Tickets: £5
From: 01904 613000 / 07773 335443 or online: ridinglights.org/gospel
Another generation is looking for answers – a rich young executive, an angry gang leader, religious fanatics streaming live, baristas, professors, YouTubers, activists, a surprising refugee and the pizza delivery bloke who bought some seriously expensive jewellery. People are out on the street. Despite their differences and social divisions, everyone wants to meet one extraordinary person: Jesus has arrived on their street. There’s always trouble on the street and he’s looking to do something about it…
GOSPELSTREET is a powerful mix of theatre, comedy and spoken word – a breath-taking ride through all the important issues of life, death... and miraculous street food. Good news with wisdom, laughter, energy and insight.

NOTTINGHAM WORLD CHURCH SUNDAY -  November 25th, to be held at Bulwell URC at 4pm with "bring & share" tea. Speaker: Pastor Joseph Zulu, on Extending Compassion to the people of Zimbabwe.  Note the date -  posters available later. For further details contact: ian.sylvia@salmon.2.co.uk

THE DALES -  October the 17th, Wed; 7.30pm A Tribute Evening, for the life of Pollyanna Pickering. For many years, Pollyanna & Anna Louise came & gave lovely talks on their adventures for the saving of the Wild Life. Such joyous evenings, sadly not to be had again. The Dales people are so saddened by Pollyanna’s death, such a lovely lady, full of wonderful talent, but so humble, always so approachable. The first part of the evening, is to be a short Tribute memorial to Pollyanna, the rest of the evening coffee/ cakes/ cards (made from Pollyanna’s create & craft papers). Anna Louise will be attending the event and bringing calendars & cards along on the evening.

DERBYSHIRE

WEST DERBYSHIRE URC – Invite you to their 150-year anniversary celebration which will take place on the weekend of October 13th/14th this year.  On the Saturday there will be an open day from 10am to 4pm with displays and photographs telling the story of the church over the years.  There will be craft activities for young and old and of course, refreshments.  On the Sunday at 2.30pm there will be a celebration service for all ages with dramatisations telling the story of church life over the years.  The service will be led by our Minister Revd Camilla Veitch and church historian and former Moderator of General Assembly Revd Dr Stephen Orchard.  The celebration will conclude with a bring and share tea in the adjoining Glenorchy Centre.
LINCOLNSHIRE
STEPPING OFF THE MAP - Engaging with New Housing Areas. A conference for churches and individuals keen to share Christ’s love in Lincolnshire’s 100,000 new homes.
SPEAKERS : Rev. Alison Boulton and Rev. Penny Marsh. On Saturday November 24th : 9.30a.m. to 4.30p.m.
Bishop Grosseteste University , Lincoln. Tickets £35. To book—click http://www.ctal.org.uk/sotm.html
Or email admin@ctal.org.uk
WORSHIP MATERIAL FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
A unique resource has been published on the URC website, available as a downloadable pdf. For over 60 years the URC has had a Covenant of Pulpit and Table Fellowship with the Protestant Churches in the Palatinate region of Germany, the ‘Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz’. Drawing on this partnership for the 100 years commemoration of the 1918 Armistice, the URC have been working with our German partners to produce a shared resource, which can be downloaded as two separate booklets.
Entitled ‘One hundred years after the First World War: Looking back, looking forward’, the first booklet contains personal stories, reflections and poems written by British and German contributors. It includes a pilgrimage to the Somme this year undertaken by Pfarrer Martin Henninger from the Pfalz and the Revd David Pickering, Moderator of the Synod in Scotland. Their grandparents served on opposing sides during World War One. An accompanying booklet provides worship material: meditation, prayers, newly written hymns and biblical reflections and closes with a commitment to peace building.
Download by following this link: https://urc.org.uk/british-german-remembrance-resources.html
MINISTRY ENQUIRERS’ DAY - IS IT I, LORD?
Saturday 10 November 2018 , 10am – 4pm , Westminster College, Cambridge.
Explore opportunities for service through the United Reformed Church

• Ask the questions that are on your mind and heart
• Hear from people engaged in a variety of lay and ordained ministries
• Listen for the voice of God as we worship and pray together

For full details contact: Vivienne Williams  T: 020 7916 8649
E: vivienne.williams@urc.org.uk
GOPSEL CHOIR OF THE YEAR AND SONGS OF PRAISE  
AT THE ALBERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM

 
THE SPECTACULAR GOSPEL CHOIR OF THE YEAR 2018 – Is taking place at the Albert Hall, Nottingham on Saturday 20th October, from 6.30pm – 10pm. Tickets are free but limited so book now at: songs.of.praise@avantimedia.tv or call: 0161 873 7073.
With special performance from The Kingdom Choir, conducted by Karen Gibson, who recently performed at the Royal Wedding.
Come and be part of the TV audience as David Grant hosts The Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year. Five choirs will compete in front of the celebrity judges, but will they pick your favourite?

SONGS OF PRAISE – Is taking place on Sunday 21st October, from 6.30pm – 9.30pm at The Albert Hall, Nottingham. Join us in a celebration of hymns and songs with some very special guests. Get in touch to book your place:
SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv or call: 0161 873 7073.

Stepwise now has its own button on the home page of the URC website and the latest information is available here: https://urc.org.uk/stepwise.html

We are looking for up to 15 “early adopter” groups for Faith-Filled Life between now and Christmas, please get in touch if you are interested.

Stepwise are also very happy to introduce the newest member of the Stepwise Team.

-           The Revd David Salsbury has joined the team as the Stepwise Programme Manager. He will largely be working from his home in North Wales, although coming to Church House on a frequent basis. Some of you already know him from his previous post as a pastoral minister and Synod Training and Development Officer in North Wales. His direct e-mail address is david.salsbury@urc.org.uk and his direct line is 07547 983 063.

-          Ms Marion Brown has been in post since 1st August as the Stepwise Programme Assistant. She is working three days a week, based at Church House. Her usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Her e-mail address is stepwise.assistant@urc.org.uk and her direct line is 0207 916 8648

ENERGY SAVING – ADVICE FROM JPIC  
(Justice Peace And Integrity Of Creation Group)
Summer is definitely over now and many of us have started using the heating again – both at home and at church. October is a great month to think about how we use our energy, and more importantly what we can do to keep warm in the most efficient way. Here are a few suggestions:
  • At Church: The URC is working with an project called Green Journey who are helping churches both to get the best deal for their electricity and gas (100% renewable energy) and to help congregations work out the best way of saving energy in their building. Contact Mark Rudhall by email: mark@greenjourney.org to arrange an energy audit or ring Charles Jolly 01298 22557 to talk through what they do.
  • At Home: The Energy Saving Trust offers lots of useful advice. From thicker curtains (and closing them at dusk) to making sure that your boiler, radiators or thermostats are set correctly. www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
  • In the Community: If there are old or vulnerable people in your community you could possibly help them to keep warm this winter, while hopefully saving energy. Citizens Advice gives support on a range of energy issues www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/ … and look out for Big Energy
 

For Children and Young People aged 5yrs-25yrs on Saturday 13th October 2018 10.30am – 4pm at Marlpool United Reformed Church.

Join in with others from across the Synod to discover more about this Pilgrimage Festival.

 

Booking is essential, to book please email Hannah Holmes at the Synod Office for a booking form: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk

UPCOMING SAFEGUARDING TRAINING
Synod Safeguarding training sessions currently planned are as follows:
October 6th – Newport Pagnell URC, 10am – 1pm
October 10th – The Dales URC, Nottingham, 6pm – 9pm
October 27th – Spalding URC, 1pm – 4pm
To book a space on these sessions
please email Hannah Holmes trainingpa@ur5.org.uk
If you would like training in your church the training team are very happy to travel across the synod to deliver training.

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