E - Letter 194 – 16th APRIL 2015


E-LETTER NO: 194 – 16th APRIL 2015


Greetings from Canada; Oshawa in Ontario to be precise. 

I arrived at church with my daughter, Ruth, and grandson, Bradley, 'just in time' as the service commenced. It is the 2nd Sunday of Easter - and I wonder why the minister is dressed as a clown, the assistant minister looks a bit like Little Bo Peep and about half of the congregation are dressed in a myriad of different and colourful clothes, and why Bradley had taken his fire chief hat with him? 

I look at the order of service and it becomes clear - it is entitled Holy Humour Sunday, I am intrigued. Where do we find 'humour' when we go to church. It soon becomes very clear. With a great mixture of spoken words (jokes even), some very recognisable Bible passages, including laughter, and a lot of 'audience participation' we begin to make a joyful noise unto the Lord and see that worship can be much wider, dare I say 'fun', than that what is often taken as routine (dull?) in some of our Churches. I must admit I did wonder a little how the 'Holy Humour Breaks' would work during worship, but they did and it all went very well I'm pleased to say. And we all had Easter eggs as well! 
I was impressed by the banner on one of the walls (in the picture alongside). It shows the footprints of some of the children from the church. Look closely and you might see each pair of feet has the child's name and has been 'made into' a butterfly.

Finally, keeping on with the humour - A young boy goes to church with his Mum and Dad and says 'I like it at Church, especially when everyone sings about that guy Ollie Louya'!!

David Greatorex




The Loughborough United Reformed Church in Frederick Street will be hosting a concert by the Loughborough Concert Band on Saturday April 18th at 7.00pm. The concert band play a wide variety of music including songs from shows and films, light music and original concert band repertoire. The Loughborough Concert Band, founded in the year 2000, is celebrating fifteen years of giving pleasure to many audiences. Admission to the concert is £8.





Raising money for Emmanuel House & Help A Nottinghamshire Child

The Nottinghamshire Police Band will once again join together to raise money for two amazing local charities by performing a spectacular show at St Mary's Church on Friday 24th April 2015. All money raised from the event will be shared between homeless day centre Emmanuel House and Help A Nottinghamshire Child, the charity branch of The Galleries of Justice.
Tickets are available online via Gigantic  and discounted family tickets are also available. You can purchase tickets at: https://www.gigantic.com/nottinghamshire-police-band-charity-concert/st-marys-church/2015-04-24-19-30

The concert is a family affair, with refreshments and homemade cakes served in the interval as well as family friendly entertainment. Gary Glover, the band's director of music, said: "This is a concert for everyone, and will feature everything from classical music through to film music and songs from the shows. There'll probably also be some Disney in there, as well as Skyfall, from James Bond."
For more information or if you would like to volunteer on the night or are interested in becoming a sponsor of the event, please contact admin@emmanuelhouse.org.uk


All Synod members should now have received a copy of the Synod Minutes and associated papers. For those members not on e-mail copies were sent on Tuesday 14th April. Any member on e-mail all documents were sent yesterday. If you have not received the necessary paperwork please contact Chris at the Synod office.




Please come along to one of our Lay Preachers Gatherings, a chance for fellowship, reflection and Bible Study. To book a place please contact Hannah Bones at the Synod Office: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk


Wednesday 24th June 2015 - 7pm-9pm - Sherwood URC


Tuesday 30th June 2015 - 7pm-9pm - Abbots Road URC


Friday 26th June 2015 - 7.30pm-9pm - Toller URC


Saturday 20th June 2015 - 3pm - 5pm - Sinfin Moor LEP

Please note that The Study Day with Lawrence Moore, scheduled for the 18th July, has now been cancelled but will be re arranged shortly.




CORE SKILLS TRAINING - Led by Jane Henderson

There are still 3 remaining Core Skills Sessions taking place over the next few months being held at Loughborough URC.

If you are involved in Children, Youth and Families work, why not come along?

-      Saturday 18th April  2015                - 10am–1pm       Programme Planning

-      Saturday 9th May  2015                    -10am-1pm       Children and Community

-      Saturday 13th June  2015                - 10am – 1pm     Pastoral Awareness

To book please contact Hannah B at the Synod Office: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk tel: 0115 9609241



For the first time this year,  Children and Youth, included a form in the Annual Returns, there were two sides to this form, one was asking about Youth and Children's Elders and the other side was about Safeguarding.

We are gathering information so we have a clearer picture about Safeguarding across the Synod and to help us plan training. It is important that this information is sent in even if you are a LEP and using another denomination's policy as we need to know that information too. If your church has not yet returned their forms, please do so as soon as possible. Forms are to be sent to: Hannah Bones at the Synod Office: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk


EXTEND working on behalf of Churches Together in Groby, Leicestershire is  seeking a committed Christian who wishes to train for Children and Families Ministry (through Midlands CYM, starting September 2015) while developing the churches’ ministries to local children and families alongside teams of volunteers.

EXTEND is offering an attractive package, which is flexible depending on the successful applicant's circumstances but may include: accommodation, expenses, a living wage salary, assistance towards tuition fees  and book allowance.

Please apply to:

Mr C Ashby, 18, Pymm Ley Lane, Groby, Leicester, LE6 0GZ  E-mail:  cliffashby@gmail.com

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS certificate



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

3 year contract (job share will be considered) starting from Sept. 2015.

We are a vibrant, exciting, lively and growing church on the northern outskirts of the city of Nottingham.


-      Are you a gifted and committed Christian looking to grow with us and help in our ministry team with children, youth and families?

-      Are you talented in leadership, to help 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

Closing date for applications: 30th April 2015       



Church on the Heath, Elvetham Heath, Fleet, Hampshire

The Church on the Heath was planted 15 years ago on a new housing development in the north of fleet. We are a partnership of Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and URC churches with one minister and one lively, growing congregation of around 200. Our passion is to serve Christ effectively in the community of Elvetham Heath.

We are currently at an exciting stage in our development and looking to appoint an experienced youth minister to grow our work with 10-18 year olds both inside and outside the church. If you are prayerful, strategic, creative, and long to see young people grow in faith and use their gifts in the life of the church then we would love to hear from you.

Salary: £20-23,000p.a and accommodation provided. This is a senior post and you would be part of a supportive staff team. Closing date for applications: 15th May 2015   Interviews: Saturday 30th May 2015. For an application pack, including a person specification, please contact: office@churchontheheath.org.uk For an informal chat phone Revd Patrick Butler: 01252 400237

There is an occupational requirement for the job holder to be a practising Christian, and any appointment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS clearance at Enhanced plus level.




We have been advised that the following entries are missing from the yearbook:

-      Mrs Jane Henderson – CYDO – tel: 0757 229 1007  e-mail: ycwd@urc5.org.uk

-      Revd Pauline Rate – Minister – 65 Downing Drive, Evington, Leicester LE5 6LL                         Tel 0116 241 8501  e-mail: prate82@gmail.com

Error in yearbook

-      Mrs Daphne Beale – Unfortunately her details are in the yearbook as Mrs Daphne Smith can you please amend your yearbooks to read Mrs Daphne Beale.

-      Stantonbury LEP, We have been advised that the Minister Revd Liz Baker has now moved away and is no longer in the Milton Keynes area.

-      Revd Peter Ballantine retires from his role in Stantonbury LEP at the end of this month.

AND FINALLY: - Please send any comments or feedback on this e-letter to: admin@urc5.org.uk
The URC East Midlands Synod, 1 Edwards Lane, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 3AA.
Email address for E-Letter Editor: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk Copy Date for Next E-Letter:27.04.2015