E-Letter 206 - 15th October 2015


E-LETTER NO: 206 – 15th OCTOBER 2015


Deeply embedded in the faith memory of all Christians is the command to ‘love the stranger’, and this command comes always with a reminder, that we were once strangers ourselves. The whole biblical story is of a people called, or driven, to leave a settled existence and move on and out to a strange land.  Within our own tradition we look back to stories of ejection from the established church, and for some that meant travelling across the Atlantic in a tiny ship to find a safe place to live and worship.  As the hymn says: ‘We’re a travelling, wandering race, we’re the people of God’.  It is because we ourselves are strangers that Christians are glad to offer true hospitality and welcome to those who come to us as strangers, and especially those who come because they are fleeing war and persecution.

Those of you who attended Synod or read the Synod papers will have read those words before.  They begin the preamble to the Resolution on the refugee crisis which we passed at Synod in Worksop on 10th October.  Our Resolution seeks to offer some suggestions for practical action our government could take in response to this situation.  It has been picked up by other United Reformed Church Synods.  Two of them passed the same Resolution on Saturday, while others are putting the same or similar Resolutions to their Synod meetings later in the month.   Some the proposals are similar to those called for by judges and senior members of the legal profession on Monday.

It is not enough just to pass Resolutions.  What are we going to do with them?  Synod as a whole will send them to the Prime Minister and Home Secretary, with copies to leaders of the Opposition and other political parties.  As members of this Synod are you willing to send the following East Midlands Synod Resolution to your MPs and ask them to raise your concerns and proposals for action in the House of Commons?

The East Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church calls on Her Majesty’s Government to:

  • Recognise its responsibility to help protect refugees arriving in Europe
  • With European partners to provide safe and legal routes into Europe to tackle people smuggling and traffickers
  • Promote the establishment of proper, EU run processing centres at key borders
  • Accept its fair share of refugees who have arrived in Europe, in cooperation with other member states of the European Union
  • Make necessary arrangements to provide immediate shelter and support for refugees and longer term to arrange for full resettlement for those wishing to remain
  • To provide local authorities who are taking refugees with additional financial resources to help meet the costs.

Helen Lidgett, Synod Clerk



  • It is with sadness that we advice you of the death of Mrs Margaret Norburn on 7th October 2015, our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret’s family and friends. An Act of Worship in celebration of Margaret's life has now been arranged for Monday 9th November 2015 at the Bardon Park Chapel, Shaw Lane, Bardon Hill, Coalville, LE67 1SY (formerly LE67 1TD), at 12 noon. Margaret's cremated remains are to be buried in a family graveplot in the chapelyard immediately following the Act of Worship in the chapel. Light refreshments afterwards at the nearby Charnwood Arms Hotel, Beveridge Lane, Bardon Hill, Coalville LE67 1TB. Owing to the limited capacity of our car-park, those who are able to do so are encouraged to park at the Charnwood Arms Hotel or in the lay-by beside the main A 511 Road (Bardon Road) on the Coalville side of the roundabout near the cabin-cafe, and then to walk to the chapel. 


MILTON KEYNES THEOLOGY FORUM - invites you to - Values – British or Christian? On Monday 9 November, 7.30 - 9.00 pm at The Ridgeway Centre, Featherstone Road,
Wolverton Mill South MK12 5TH. An open discussion for thinking Christians with contributions by Fr. Allan Jones, Revd. Peter Ballantine and Sherry Gladwin


CHRIST CHURCH, DUMBLETON AVENUE, LEICESTER - is to host the first regional performance of Roger Jones’s exciting new musical “Barnabas”. Roger (cmm.org.uk) will conduct the performance which will also feature his regular soloists. The event will take place on Wednesday 11th November at 7.30pm, Tickets: £7 can be obtained from Mrs Sheila Forryan: 239 MAIN STREET, STANTON UNDER BARDON, MARKFIELD.  LE67 9TQ  Tel: 01530 245098.   CHEQUES PAYABLE TO CHRIST CHURCH URC.   PLEASE ENCLOSE A SAE. It is recommended that tickets are purchased in advance since admission on the night cannot be guaranteed


SHERWOOD URC – ‘In Harmony with the Major Oak Chorus’ – On Saturday 17th October from 7.30pm at Sherwood URC, 1 Edwards Lane, Nottingham, NG5 3AA . Cost: £5. This event is in support of the work in India by Terry and Val Leivers.

THE DALES – Our Church Building is Celebrating 85 years of Worship, it was opened in 1930. On Sunday 1st Nov we will hold a Celebration Worship, followed by a ‘bring & share’ lunch. The afternoon will be followed by the usual "WHAM" afternoon.                                                            Other dates for your diary: - 14th November - NOTTINGHAM UKULELE BAND - £6 (for roof fund) 21st November - Autumn Fair -  2pm-4pm / 5th December - Christmas Tree Festival 10.30am-5pm     On 6th December the 10.30am worship will be followed by a soup & roll lunch: £2 – in the afternoon (2pm) Carols & a Christmas Film, please join wham2 for this event!



East Midlands Synod Development Team invites you to an Advent Refresher Event!

Led by Revd Dr Deborah Baird, All are welcome!

Come together to hear and discuss new ideas for your church this advent and take time to reflect while being led in Bible Study at Sherwood URC, Nottingham, NG5 3AA on Saturday 7th November from 2pm – 5pm. To book please contact Hannah Bones at the Synod Office: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk


COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP ROADSHOW – being Church within the Community whatever that means .....

A day to explore, celebrate and strengthen existing connections between our faith, our church and our communities, and stimulate new connections being made; encourage and equip ourselves to become a more meaningful presence in our local contexts – living our faith as the Church in our communities.

The day offers ample opportunity for churches to dig deep as they think about their own perspective and develop their own individual mission-in-the-community action plan. It’s a day of networking-bouncing ideas around between the churches. It’s interactive with lots of discussion, and learning from each other, plus videos and real life case studies.

Bring a car load or two from your church and be prepared for challenge. You will go home inspired, renewed and filled with enthusiasm and ideas!

Northampton – 7th November 2015 – Abington Avenue URC

Kincardine – 12th March 2016 – Tulliallan Police College

Bridgwater – 23rd April 2016 – Westfield URC

Manchester – June 2016 – Chorlton URC

Newcastle – June 2016  /  London – April 2016

For more information contact Tracey Hardingham: tracey.hardingham@urc.org.uk



Please take a look at this link to the YouTube film of the wonderful Multicultural Celebration 2015 event at Carrs Lane URC, Birmingham.  You may even see some familiar faces!


Please also give it a ‘thumbs up’ and . . . maybe there will be Multicultural Celebrations appearing in other synods




Please join us for safeguarding training led by our CYDO, Jane Henderson. Booking is essential please email Hannah B at the synod office to book or to arrange training nearer to you: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk


Thursday 15th October 2015 – Wigston Magna URC – 7pm  9.30pm

 Wednesday 4th November 2015 – Abbots Road URC – 6.30pm – 9pm


Saturday 21st November 2015 – Weedon URC – 10am – 1pm


Thursday 21st January 2016 – Friary URC – 6.45pm – 9pm


For 11-15 year olds (school years 7-10) A free training day for young people to explore their God given gifts and skills in leadership and team work through games, problem solving, worship and reflection. On Saturday 7th November, 9.30 for 10am start – 2.45pm including lunch at Toton Methodist Church, Stapleford Lane, NG9 6GA. To book email Hannah B: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk Or for more information contact Jane Henderson (CYDO)

This is a joint partnership between URC East Midlands Synod, Derby Diocese and the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.



30th October 2015 at The Dales URC

  • School year Reception to year 6       2pm to 4 pm
  • School year 7 – 8                              6.30 – 8.30pm

31st October 2015 at Wellingborough URC

  • School years Reception to year 6,     6pm – 7.30pm



22nd – 24th January 2016 – Roots and Foundations: Growing in Faith at Whitmoor Lakes, Alrewas, Staffs. A weekend for 15–25 year olds to:

  •  Focus on Jesus
  • Share in community with other young people
  • Explore what it means to be church together.

Cost: £100 (if booked before 8th November) £120 (if booked after 9th November). If you are interested email Jane:


  • Please note that Maureen Dodd, Treasurer at Little Eaton URC, has a new telephone number. Maureen can now be contacted on: 0115 8375451 all other details remain unchanged.
  • Please note that Diane Statham, Secretary at South wigston URC, has a new email address. Dianne can now be contacted at: di.statham@btinternet.com all other details remain unchanged.
  • Please note that The Crossing, Worksop, have a new Secretary, Mr Griff Wynne, 30, Blyth Road, Worksop, S81 0HW. Tel. 01909 473669 Email:  griff@cgwynne.net.