WALL HEATH REMEMBERS
Members and friends of St. Andrew’s URC in Wall Heath are fortunate to have a magnificent tribute to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War displayed on our church building. The poppies fall from the roof down to the flower border which faces onto the main A449 road in front of the church. We have already had people stopping and commenting on how beautiful it is, and drivers have sent messages to say how eye catching and truly amazing the display looks when they drive past.
The stunning piece of artwork was created by two of our members, Anne Jones and Lynn Wilding, who got their inspiration after seeing the poppies at the Tower of London. They started working together on this some time ago with various materials and glue guns and lots of enthusiasm, and after many hours, and many blistered fingers, they produced the amazing work of art that we are privileged to be able to see and appreciate. It is a wonderful achievement and we offer our very sincere thanks to both ladies for this very moving and fitting tribute.
Free community meals made from food discarded by supermarkets.
A new venture begins at Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church on Wednesday 31st October at 7pm Details, which may be of interest to churches in other places at www.foodcycle.org.uk
The Burslem Church have these silhouettes installed as part of Stoke-on-Trent Remembers period.
There have been two Saturdays when the public have been invited in to see the War memorial and details of people mentioned on it. For a number of Fridays people have been invited in to see the silhouettes.
The photograph is of a few of them installed in the pews. The reflection is the large stain glass window in the Burslem Church. A number of people who have been in and seen these have been moved to tears and have sat for a while in remembrance. We intend for these to be out again during the Remembrance period in November.
The figures can be obtained from the 'There but not there' charity - details here (tbnt.pdf) of available grants for community organisations.
City Centre offices to let
Attached to The Church at Carrs Lane opposite Birmingham Moor Street Station, but with its own entrance, Dale House will offer newly refurbished self-contained offices from late February 2018. Each office for about four people has a toilet, kitchenette, store, and superfast internet and phone line.
A situation suitable for charities or other organisations which would benefit from being close to others serving the community. Similar work of the church and its partners is based there. May also suit a small business.
More details at http://carrslane.co.uk/city-centre-offices-to-let/
If interested email email@example.com
Sharing the Dementia Friendly message more widely
Mhari McLintock, our dementia friendly advocate, recently addressed a gathering of heritage organisations on how their sites might be made more demential friendly. The photos show Mhari at the gathering in Hampton Court Palace on 22nd November and in conversation with the CEO of the Alzheimer's Society.
A LETTER FROM GLOBAL & INTER-CULTURAL MINISTRIES
At our recently concluded Mission Council (November 2017), the moderators of General Assembly kindly allowed me to inform Mission Council of our intention to write to congregations of the United Reformed Church to consider contributing to an appeal on behalf of the Rohingya people, whose plight continue to be that of displacement, suffering, persecution, death and rebuilding lives.
We have been briefed of the work (small but significant) that our partner Church, the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar (PCM) has been doing on the ground. These include the provision of shelter, food, clothing, and care especially for the displaced children. We are also aware that the Council for World Mission is working with both the PCM and the Church of Bangladesh (another CWM Partner) to find helpful ways to respond to the situation.
Mindful that many in our churches are concerned about the situation and may wish to contribute towards helping the Rohingya people (if they have not already done so), we wish to let you know that you can, through a Special URC Appeal for the Rohingya People of Myanmar, make a contribution.
All monies received will be sent to support the work that PCM churches and partners in Bangladesh are already doing from their meagre resources to address the needs of their persecuted sisters and brothers.
Should your congregation or an individual wish to contribute, kindly send donations (payable to The URC Trust) and in care of
Global and Intercultural Ministries
The United Reformed Church
86 Tavistock Place
London WC1H 9RT
Please specify that the contribution is for the Rohingya people.
Whether it is through this appeal or your own charity of choice, let me thank all on behalf of the United Reformed Church and our Partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh for their ongoing prayers and tangible support towards the plight of these sisters and brothers.
May grace, love, and generosity continue to abound.
Kind regards and blessings
Michael Jagessar (Revd Dr)
Global & Intercultural Ministries (Mission)
New resources published
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The new discipleship resources from the URC are introduced - watch the video.....
NEW LAY PREACHERS
Information of those who are commissioned within the Synod is to be found on the Lay Preachers page.