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Harvest Festival 2021

Harvest Festival 2021

The members of our Junior Church and Youth Group lead a thought-provoking service today and we thank them for all their hard work and careful preparation.

Thanks, too, are due to everyone who made donations of flowers and food and to all those who decorated the church for this special service. Gifts of food are begin taken to be used or distributed by The Friary.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Current, Harvest, Junior Church, Worship, Youth Group
150th Anniversary Service

150th Anniversary Service

Our special Anniversary Service took place on Sunday, 5th September 2021 to mark the end of our anniversary year, celebrating the 150 years since our building opened on the corner of Goldsmith Street and Chaucer Street in Nottingham.

Worship on 5th September was led by our minister, Rev’d Chris Ford, and the preacher was Rev’d Geoffrey Clarke, Moderator of the East Midlands Synod of the URC.

A year ago, our service to mark the beginning of our anniversary year had to be a video because of government restrictions consequent on the Covid-19 pandemic so it was good to be able to celebrate this occasion “in person”, in our building… and with cake!

 

 

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Current, Report, Worship

COVID-19 current situation

September 2021:

  • Our church is open for public worship on Sunday mornings and, following the removal of Government restrictions on social distancing indoors, there is no longer a requirement for those attending to book a place in advance.
    • We recognise that some members are more vulnerable or more cautious than others and are also aware that the infection rate in and around Nottingham fluctuates. We are therefore suggesting that those who would prefer to wear a mask (and sit among others wearing masks) to sit on the right-hand side of the church (as you look towards the communion table) and, if you prefer not to wear a mask, to sit on the left-hand side.
    • Tea/coffee is being served in the Fellowship Room after the service. We are opening the doors to the courtyard to maximise ventilation and there is seating outside in the courtyard for those who prefer to socialise in the fresh air.
  • We live stream our Sunday morning services on our YouTube channel and our Recordings of Worship page.
  • Our email newsletter (now fortnightly) is continuing for the next few weeks.
  • Participation at Zoom “after worship coffee time” has dwindled and this session seems to have reached a natural end but Wednesday Afternoon Tea (a time to chat for an hour or so over a cup of tea or coffee from about 3.15 pm) is available for members and the link is circulated each week to all on our members mailing list.
  • Our church halls are opening for meetings, step-by-step, but we are currently limiting concurrent bookings.
  • We will endeavour to keep this website updated as often as possible. Do visit frequently to check for updates, and also check our Facebook page. We would be glad to receive feedback that you think may be helpful.
  • For further information, follow the link below to read our Covid-19 page, which includes advice from the URC nationally and links to Government and Local Government advice.

Covid-19 (last updated on 21st September 2021)

We wish to continue offering pastoral support to all members of the congregation. Any member of the congregation may contact their Elder if they, or someone they know, may need help in connection with a pastoral need or a practical need – we are here to support each other and do what we can for our communities. Any member of the Secretarial Team may be contacted if your Pastoral Elder is not available.

DO LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ANY HELP.

We continue to pray for those who are having health difficulties or who have responsibility for taking decisions in relation to this difficult situation.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2020, 2021, Current
Video for Sunday Worship

Video for Sunday Worship

We intend to live stream worship again this week, and this will begin by about 10:55 am on Sunday.

The link to our YouTube channel is HERE.

N.B. Please click “refresh” if the live stream does not start automatically before 10:45 am. Until the live stream does start, this link will list previous weeks’ services. From about 10:30 to soon after 10:55 am, the stream has been set up to show a countdown timer and there will be no sound until just before the service commences.

 

 

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Current, Worship
Virtual Pilgrimage for Christian Aid 2021

Virtual Pilgrimage for Christian Aid 2021

Virtual Pilgrimage in aid of Christian Aid

Members have completed their collective virtual pilgrimage, travelling around the British Isles visiting places of religious significance.

Thanks to Nicola R for organising this and for researching the route and creating our journal entries and to Derek G for producing the maps.

Over £3000 was raised for Christian Aid and you can read about the journey HERE.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Christian Aid, Current, World Church

URC pandemic prayers

The URC is sharing prayers each week during this time of pandemic.

You may read the prayers by opening the links on THIS PAGE.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Current, Prayer
Anniversary Exhibition

Anniversary Exhibition

Our Anniversary Exhibition was due to be staged in church this weekend but, due to coronavirus restrictions, we decided to create a “virtual” version.
The exhibition is now open and the link to the Exhibition Galleries is HERE.

Posted by gdjjennings in Current
We’ll meet again – Ukuleles

We’ll meet again – Ukuleles

By popular request…
The Ukuleles of St. Andrew’s with Castle Gate United Reformed Church, Nottingham
share their video of “We’ll meet again”

This rendition and the video was made under self-isolating conditions in May 2020 during the week of the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2020, Current, events, news
Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to our special Advent and Christmas services this year.

As a result of collections at our own services, carol singing donations and at events held at church by other organisations, we have been able to send over £1800 to our Christmas charity, Children in Distress.

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Christmas, Current