E - Letter No. 182 – 23rd OCTOBER 2014

E-LETTER NO: 182 – 23rd OCTOBER 2014


It is easy to be overwhelmed by the stories of need and of difficult situations that we hear in the news at the moment. In his second inaugural address, January 20, 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” It seems to me that we are going backwards and yet we are made for giving and sharing. This is not just about our money, but about our time, our encouragement and our understanding. It is by doing things, and doing them together, that we can effect change for the good of everyone because we cannot exist without mutual help. As Calvin Coolidge said, 'Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good.' We have two hands, one to give and the other to receive, so let us give to others as God gives to us, and together we might change the world! Deborah


  • It is with regret that we pass on the news that Revd John David Cox, a retired minister living in Cornwall, has died. John’s ministries were at Bettws & Llanvaches, Frampton Cottrell Bristol and Walton Liverpool. Please contact the South West Synod Office: 01823 275470, synodoffice@urcsouthwest.org.uk, if you would like to know the funeral details when they are available.

  • We have sadly received the news that Revd Donald Schofield died on Sunday 12th October. Donald had served at:  Digbeth-in-the-Field, CCWM, Mandritsara, Hanover, Peckham, Widmore Road, Bromley & Shortlands. A Service of Thanksgiving will take place at 3pm on Monday, 27th October at St Columba’s URC, Oxford followed by light refreshments.  


KETTERING AND DISTRICT CHURCHES TOGETHER - For the fifth year Kettering and District Churches Together will be running Kettering AlterNativity, a Christmas gift fair where you can buy your family and friends an alternative gift in their name to help the poor, hungry, sick and homeless both in Kettering and across the world. The money from each gift purchased will be donated to your chosen charity and will then be used to help those in desperate need. We have a wide range of charities so that you can really choose a gift that will mean something to the person you have brought it for. Come along on Saturday 29th November from 10am – 2pm to the new location of: Fuller Baptist Church, Gold Street, Kettering. The change of location is due to renovations taking place at Toller URC. If you are unable to attend the event you can still buy gifts by mail order. Contact Sue Burdett at susankburdett@gmail.com for more details of how to do this.


MELTON MOWBRAY URC - Christmas Concert on Saturday 22nd November 2014, Come along to a spectacular Christmas Concert at Melton Mowbray URC to include the very talented Edgars Cuzinskis playing classical piano, organ and piano accordion. Edgars will be joined by his guest soprano Rose Rowley, the young pianist Thomas Corden, soloist May Perks and the Old Dalby Singers. The concert will include a time of carol singing and will start at 7.00pm to include refreshments at the interval. The concert is ADMISSION FREE (a collection will be taken during the programme for church funds). For further information contact Church Secretary Marcia Coxhead: 01664 668158.   


REVD CHRISTOPHER WHITE - and all at Clifton thank those who attended the special service to celebrate fifty years since his ordination: also the many churches and individuals who sent greetings for the occasion. Revd Trudi Norris was present at the service: she continues in good spirits although quite frail and suffering from back pain and sends greetings to all who know her.

WORLD CHURCH SUNDAY - A Cafe Service event at Boulevard URC on 16th November from 4-6pm.  Revd. Malcolm Fife will be sharing his very recent experiences in Jamaica with a CWM Faith and Culture visit. See poster on website for further details or contact ian.sylvia@salmon2.co.uk

LONG EATON URC CHOIR PRESENTS – ‘Home for Christmas’ A commemoration of World War One and a selection of Christmas songs on Saturday 29th November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Long Eaton URC, Church Hall, The Green, Long Eaton. Tickets cost £4. To get tickets for this or for EXCERTS FROM HANDEL’S MESSIAH (tickets are free of charge but are required for seating purposes. A collection will be taken for /rainbows Children’s Hospice) - On Sunday 7th December at 2.30pm with choir, band and soloists at Long Eaton URC please telephone Hilda Wright: 0115 9734177 or Sarah Richards: 07968 608331



Like many other organisations, the United Reformed Church is marking the centenary of the First World War. We are recalling the stories of those who fought, those who chose not to fight, and those who served from home.

We are especially honouring those people who are often forgotten – women; black and Asian soldiers; members of faith traditions other than Christianity; conscientious objectors.

Some of our churches are ‘bringing to life’ the names on their commemorative plaques, emphasizing the human dimension of a conflict which took the lives of millions of men and women.

Visit: http://www.urc.org.uk/mission/church-and-society/commemorating-ww1.html to read and download recollections and stories relating to wartime; contemporary reflections and commentary about war and peace; worship resources for remembrance and other special services; prayers, Bible studies, hymns and devotional material for private study or church services and news of what local churches are doing.


May I commend an excellent new free resource produced by the Martin Luther King Peace Committee and Newcastle University.  It is based on the remarkable Christmas Truce on the front-line in 2014.  For a few hours the world teetered on the brink of sanity.  This is primarily for use at Christmas from 2014 - 2018, but might also be helpful for Remembrance.  Several people took the flier at Synod, but if you missed this I’d be happy to email it to you. Charles.jolly1@talktalk.net.

 The URC Peace Fellowship is in the process of adding items to the sections of URC webpage ‘Commemorating World War 1’ - http://www.urc.org.uk/mission/church-and-society/commemorating-ww1.html 

 See in particular the new worship resources for Remembrance Sunday included here:  http://www.urc.org.uk/news-from-churches/worship-resources.html

 Charles Jolly, Church and Society officer


The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988, states that when any music is being played, whether live or through radio, cd’s etc, then it is seen as being a “live performance” and to comply with the Act, the premises must have the relevant licences. Activities such as a Church café, or coffee shop, or music being played for dance or keep fit groups which may be open to the general public are seen under the Act as being a business use of the premises, even if done for charitable purposes. Owning a cd only entitles you to use it in a domestic context.

It is likely that Churches will need both a PRS and PPL licence. Fees from a PRS licence go to the songwriters, composers and publishers, whereas fees from a PPL licence go to the performer. Both PRS and PPL operate a wide range of tariffs depending on various factors, such as frequency of use and the size of the room(s) where the music is being played. Churches need to be aware that PRS & PPL are entitled to claim for previous years (up to 6) where no licence exists and music has been played. Helpful information can be found at prsformusic.com & ppluk.com. Churches may wish to consider including the cost of any licences when fixing room hire fees.


MISSION COMMITTEE OCTOBER 2014 – feedback to the Synods

The Mission committee met earlier this month. Please visit: http://www.urc5.org.uk/content/mission-committee to read the feedback from this meeting.


All are welcome to our Synod Advent Refresher Session being held at Sherwood URC on Saturday 1st November 2014 from 2pm – 5pm. Come together to hear and discuss new ideas for your church this advent and take time to reflect while being led in Bible Study by Revd Dr Deborah Baird, Training and Development Officer.

To book please contact Hannah Bones at the Synod Office:

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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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There are 2 safeguarding training sessions taking place this November.

Sleaford URC – Saturday 1st November 2014 – 10am – 1pm

Groby URC – Saturday 8th November 2014 – 10am – 1pm

To book your place contact Hannah Bones at the Synod Office:

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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) starting from September/October 2014

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


Church Outreach Worker 30 hours per week

As ‘A Vibrant Family Church at the heart of the Community’ with 180 in services on Sunday and a passion to reach the community with the Gospel, we are looking to make an appointment for a Church Outreach Worker.

You will join the LMC Leadership team in this exciting challenge and work alongside the church fellowship volunteers. Further details of responsibilities are given in the job description.

This is a permanent appointment for 30 hours per week.(flexible working required). It is an occupational requirement that the post-holder is a committed evangelical Christian.
There is potential for this to be a job-share.
Salary: £11-15k/year depending on experience/qualifications Closing date for applications: 31st October 2014

Post start date: 1st December 2014

For more information and an application pack: visit www.lmclife.org.uk email:

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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.
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