E - Letter 184 – 20th November 2014


E-LETTER NO: 184 – 20th NOVEMBER 2014


I have recently returned from a visit to Germany, staying with my German minister friend and his family. Lars is the minister of a United Lutheran and Reformed Church which fascinatingly and movingly was one of the churches that formed part of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Confessing Church" movement. This is a church which has remained fully committed to the work of peace and reconciliation since the war even after their building was burnt down by the British troops occupying Bad Oeynhausen. Older locals feel deeply aggrieved about this but of course no one knows whether it was an accident or deliberate.The Americans built them a new building which they worship in to this day. In 2007 Coventry Cathedral awarded the rather appropriately named “Die Auferstehungskirche" (being translated "The Resurrection Church or The Church of the Resurrection ) , the "Nagelkreuz" or "Cross of Nails" award for their commitment to reconciliation and peace. This year I had the wonderful chance to speak to Pfarrer (means Minister or Pastor) Johannes Lohmann, whose father was a minister before and during the war and was arrested by the Gestapo for being a vocal member along with his church of Bonhoeffer's church circle. Johannes told me that many churches in the region were part of the Confessing Church movement, openly working against the Nazi regime. On one occasion a Roman Catholic bishop who lived in Bad Oeynhausen and known to be sympathetic to Bonhoeffer's movement was arrested and insisted on being walked through the streets in his full robes so that what the Gestapo were doing could be seen in full daylight as it were. These are just some of the brave people we don't hear much about who with the allied forces opposed Hitler at great personal cost and I was privileged to share the stories with their now aging children. We are entering soon the time of Advent when we prepare to celebrate the coming of our Saviour. We do so with great joy and feasting, and that is right. However, even at eight days old, Simeon brings to our attention in the Temple that this child is destined to suffer for his people. Jesus reminds us that the work of peace and reconciliation comes at a cost, sometimes at a great cost.

With much love, Peter


  • It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the death of the former President of Luther King House, Dr David Goodbourn. The funeral service takes place on Friday 21 November at 11.30 at Wilbraham St. Ninian's United Reformed Church in Chorlton, Manchester. After the service there will be a short committal service and a gathering at LKH to celebrate David’s life.

Please note that Robert White, Synod Property and Trust Officer, is no longer using the

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ADVENT QUIET MORNING - Time to reflect on Advent themes and prepare for Christmas, 10am – 12.30 pm on Saturday 28th November, The Gateway, Dale Abbey DE7 4PN. Led by Revd Ruth Allen. £5, please, to cover heating and drinks. For more information, or to let Ruth know that you are coming, please contact her on 07974 835171 or preferably RevRAllen@aol.com.

MARLPOOL URC – Have replaced their paper towel holders with efficient hand dryers. If any Church would like the paper towel holders (2) then they are welcome to have them. If you’re church is interested then please contact Duncan Smith:

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ABBOTS ROAD URC - Nativity Festival! Come and discover the real meaning of Christmas! Everyone is welcome to this free event on Saturday 13th December from 10am to 3pm. There will be displays telling the Christmas story, displays of many different nativity sets to see, children’s activities, storytelling and refreshments. Then on Sunday 14th December at 10.45am there will be morning worship led by the choir singing a Christmas musical “While Shepherds watched” then later at 4pm join us for ‘Messy Church Christingle’: thinking about Christmas for all the family.

SILENT NIGHT CAROLS (1914-2014) – Hope 2014 Churches, Hinckley AFC & Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council present ‘Silent Night Carols’ on Friday 12th December, 7pm at Hinckley Market Place, Guest Speaker, Linvoy Primus (ex Portsmouth FC legend).



HOPE NOTTINGHAM - who now lease the ex Beeston URC church, are steadily improving the usefulness of the church space for providing help to the most vulnerable in the local community and beyond. In January they will have reached a stage where they need the space occupied by the Communion chairs and table and another smaller table. The furniture is now being offered to any church who can make use of all or separate items. The HOPE Nottingham van would be able to deliver the furniture. Contact details are either Russell: facilities@hopenottingham.org.uk or Barbara Parker: barmparker@ntlworld.com

THE CROSSING LEP – The Circuit Choristers Presents – ‘Joy to the World’ A celebration of Christmas, on Friday 12th December at 7:30pm at The Crossing, Newcastle Street, Worksop. Tickets cost £5 and proceeds will go to Bassetlaw Hospice.

BULWELL URC – are pleased to invite you to a ‘Riding Lights Theatre Company’ presentation – GOOSE CHASE, A feather flying tale of the first Christmas. In the depth of a Russian winter, what on earth could make frail old Baboushka cross hundreds of miles of snow on foot? And why is she armed only with a feather duster and a set of Russian dolls? Goose Chase is a startling reworking of the famous Russian folk story, served up richly spiced with traditional songs and carols. At Bulwell URC on 20th December 2014 at 12.30pm, Riding Lights tells the tale with a characteristic blend of riotous humour, mystery, and magical glimpses into the heart of the first Christmas. Tickets cost - £7 (£5 children) £20 (family of 4). For more information or tickets tel: 07773 335443


"IMAGINE"- NEW WAYS OF BEING CHURCH - 29 November 2014, from 10am-2pm Wellingborough URC, Salem Hall, Wellingborough. An opportunity to value the church as we know it and think about what the church may become.  All are welcome to come and explore the ideas and opportunities for mission with example from Fresh Expressions churches. Bring a packed lunch.  Tea and coffee will be provided. Any questions, contact Revd. Martha McInnes, 07519831405



As some of you may know The United Reformed Church is partnering with Christian Aid to promote their advent campaign, which focuses on raising money for maternal health projects in Kenya and Malawi – where mothers and babies die every day from completely preventable causes.

 Please do take the time to read the story and watch the film (it’s less than three minutes).  And please be aware that this campaign in match funded – which means that the UK government will double every pound raised during the appeal period – which started on 7th November and ends on 6th February 2015. 

Do something amazing. Join us in delivering hope this Christmas.



Why not take advantage of local/city events in Interfaith Week?  16 – 22nd November 2014

An opportunity to:

  • Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels

  • Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and wider society

  • Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs


For details of events near you visit: http://www.interfaithweek.org


Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at Mount St Bernard Abbey, Leicestershire

Do you enjoy taking photos and would like to explore ways to make use of them alongside your faith?

If so, then this introductory day is for you.

Led by former professional photographer, Revd John Potter, we will look briefly at how images can enhance our faith, some tips on taking better pictures, and an opportunity to get snapping.

You don’t need expensive equipment, just a camera and enthusiasm!

To book please contact Hannah Bones:

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Mission Council last week agreed to ask the Assembly Arrangements Committee to make contingency plans for a re-called meeting of General Assembly for one day on Saturday 27th June 2015 in Birmingham.  The decision on whether to recall the Assembly will be made at the May meeting of Mission Council in the light of the report from the General Secretary, Rev John Proctor, on the responses he has received from local churches and Synods on the consultation on the marriage of same sex couples.

Everyone who is on the Roll of Assembly may attend, even if they were unable to go to Cardiff in July.  However no substitutes are allowed for anyone unable to attend on 27th June. Mission Council meets on 8-10th May 2015 and you will be informed of the decision as soon as possible after that.

There is a report on Mission Council in the latest URC News Update (or rather the latest two editions - the main one for November and a correction sent the next day!).  If you do not already subscribe to the News Update, email nu@urc.co.uk to be added to the list.  If you are on Facebook, go to the URC Face book page for a report.



YOUTH ASSEMBLY - Treasures: Gifts from God 

An opportunity to grow in faith, to meet and share with other young people, discussing and exploring issues affecting the church and society. Youth Assembly is on 23-25th January 2015 at Whitemoor Lakes.  If anyone is interested please could they email their details to Hannah Bones,

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 East Midlands Synod are holding core skills training for children’s and youth leaders in 2015, the course is taking place over 4 sessions being held at Loughborough URC from 10am – 1pm on: Saturday 14th March, Saturday 18th April, Saturday 9th May, Saturday 13th June. For more information contact Jane Henderson:

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Full time Position with salary £17,000 - £22,500 (dependent on qualifications and experience)

3 year contract (job share will be considered)

We are a vibrant, exciting, lively and growing church on the northern outskirts of the city of Nottingham. We are seeking to appoint a gifted and committed Christian to serve as part of the ministry team to oversee and develop our vision to bless and grow the church in its ministry with children, youth and families.

For an application pack and full details please email info@bulwellurc.org.uk Or download forms and documents from www.bulwellurc.org.uk We’re up for it, are you?

Closing date for applications: 28th November 2014


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