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Rt. Rev’d Paulina Hlawiczka-Trotman

Rt. Rev’d Paulina Hlawiczka-Trotman

We were delighted to be joined by our friends, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Lutheran church leaders, friends and family for the first service that Paulina has led following her consecration and instalation as Biship of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain.

Rt. Revd Paulina Hlawiczka-Trotman
with United Reformed Church and Lutheran Church leaders

This was a very happy occasion and we were delight to celebrate with Paulina, her family and friends and the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Thank you to everyone who helped prepare for this service and all those who provided refreshments.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2024, Current, Ecumenical, news, World Church, Worship
Multi Faith statement regarding the current situation in Israel and Gaza

Multi Faith statement regarding the current situation in Israel and Gaza

Representatives of the Jewish and Muslim communities in Nottingham met along with other faith leaders and representatives of Nottingham Inter Faith Council to listen to each other, share prayers and to agree and sign a statement arising because of the current situation in Israel and Gaza.

The meeting was organised by the leader of Nottingham City Council, Cllr David Mellen and Cllr Sajid Mohammed, portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion.

The statement reads:

“In light of the heart-breaking events unfolding in Israel and Palestine (Gaza) this week, all Nottingham’s multi faith communities stand together in shock and sorrow. The tragic loss of life deeply affects us all. We wish to emphasise that the targeting and killing of civilians is utterly wrong. The need for unity is so crucial during such trying times.

Our communities share a profound connection to Nottingham and to each other. We work together, our children learn side by side in schools and our commitment to this city is unwavering. We cannot allow any room in our city for hatred, neither antisemitism or Islamophobia can be tolerated. We firmly assert that there is no place for hatred within our city.

We, as a diverse group of people of faith including British Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindu and Sikhs, and other religions pledge our commitment to the safety and prosperity of each other. Together, we will actively call out and challenge all forms of discrimination. We call for understanding, respect, and unity in our beloved city.”

13.10.2023

The Free Churches Group statement on the the situation in Israel and Gaza may be read HERE.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, news, World Church
Prayers In A Time of Conflict

Prayers In A Time of Conflict

The URC has offered this prayer following the outbreak of hostilities in Israel and Palestine:

You Shall Not Kill

O Lord,
we hear the news and don’t know what to say,
we see those scenes of violence and don’t know how to pray;
we read of people fighting over the Land and know it was ever thus.

We see the surprise and shock,
hear the cries for revenge,
taste the violence begetting more pain and sorrow,
and touch the bitterness of oppression and loss breeding yet more violence;
a vicious circle that destroys life and land leading to despair and hopelessness.

We hear of international outrage and messages of support,
but know there’s more to this complex story of land, justice, faith, security, and history
than can be encapsulated in easy sound bites.

We watch, listen, read, and try to pray but there are no words in us.

Lord, You told us not to kill;
a commandment venerated and wrestled with by Jews, Christians, and Muslims;
a hard commandment:
one we always want some wiggle room with
yet today we see Your children killing each other.

Violence
as a weapon of oppression,
purporting to be a weapon of protest,
seeking to be a bargaining chip
disfigures our humanity, distorts our perception, and disables our discipleship.

In these desperate times, Lord, give strength to those who work for peace:
diplomats and governments calling for restraint,
the Red Cross offering to visit all who are detained,
faith leaders proclaiming Your commandments in a world at war
and peace lovers praying for justice.

Bind up the broken hearted,
give grace to those seeking to end the spiral of violence,
grant wisdom to those seeking peaceful ways to resolve age old conflicts;
and give us the prayers, words, and perseverance needed
to make our discipleship, our efforts for peace and justice count.  Amen.

Other prayers from the URC may be found HERE.

 Embrace Middle East, an ecumenical Christian charity working for peace, have shared prayers for peace and de-escalation HERE

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, Current, Prayer, World Church
Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Members will have the opportunity to respond to the appeal for aid through the DEC appeal at church over the next few weeks.

Christian Aid has shared the following prayer:

God of time and space, we cry to you for your children – our neighbours – in southern Turkey and northern Syria, following the earthquake that has devastated hundreds of lives. Only they and you know what it is like to experience such trauma in the middle of the night. 

We give thanks for the aid that is already being given and for the promises of help that have been made by many nations. 

Comfort, we pray, 

   those who are trapped in collapsed buildings; 

   those who have lost loved ones; 

   those who wait for news and 

   those digging through rubble to save others. 

Grant the gift of hope so that those caught between life and death know that you are with them and that others are ready to support them as they seek a future that overshadows the experiences of today. 

We ask this in the Name of Jesus, who endured so much for love of them. 

Amen

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, charity, news, Prayer, World Church
Special events

Special events

On Saturday 10 September, many of us are attending the East Midlands Synod celebration to mark the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the United Reformed Church. (The URC was formed with the union of the Congregational Church in England and Wales with the Presbyterian Church in England. In 1981, most of the Churches of Christ in the UK also joined the union.)

On 2nd October, we have a special service followed by a congregational lunch as our own celebration of this milestone in the life of our denomination.

We have our Harvest Festival Service on 16th October and our Commitment for Life service on 30th October.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Forthcoming Events, notices, World Church
Virtual Pilgrimage 2022

Virtual Pilgrimage 2022

We are very grateful to Nicola R who researched an organised our 2022 Virtual Pilgrimage to raise funds for Christian Aid.

This year, in recognition of the 50th annivserary of the United Reformed Church, our pilgrimage took the form of a virtual tour of the URCs in the East Midlands Synod.

The journal of our pilgrimage may read read HERE.

Thank you, also, to everyone who participated in the pilgrimage or supported this project in any way.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Christian Aid, events, news, World Church
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, World Church
Christmas Shoeboxes 2019

Christmas Shoeboxes 2019

On Sunday, we dedicated fifty shoeboxes of gifts prepared by our Junior Church for children overseas.

These will be transported and distributed by the Teams4U charity which was set up by Dave Cooke, the originator of Operation Christmas Child.

Thank you to everyone who contributed items for the shoeboxes, to the children who wrote letters to the recipients and to the adults who helped them pack and wrap the shoeboxes.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, charity, Christmas, Junior Church, Report, World Church, Youth Group
Upendo Junior School

Upendo Junior School

For a number of years, our church, Junior Church and individual members have given support to Upendo Junior School in the town of Kiminini, Kenya. This school was founded by Dr. Masibo Lumala to provide education for children in need.

In September, the church pleased to welcome Masibo, with his colleagues Stella Chebii and Hardlyne Lusui. Masibo spoke during worship to thank the church for our support and tell us more about the school.

Masibo Lumala, Stella Chebii and Hardlyne Lusui

The classrooms that we helped fund are now in full use and the school is working to improve security and sanitation for its pupils. We were glad to make a further gift to contribute to this.

Following their return to Kenya, Masibo has written:

Greetings from a warm and sunny Kiminini.

I wish to that this opportunity to first thank you and your minister Chris for hosting us at your lovely church on 1st September. It was wonderful talking to your congregation and having a chit chat with you over coffee after the service.

Second, please convey my deep gratitude to the church and the elders for their generous gift to Upendo Junior School. The money will go a long way in enabling me to complete the toilets for the children. May God bless everyone who has continued to give to us and to ray for our work here.

Masibo

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, Junior Church, news, World Church, Worship, Youth Group
Junior Church link with Upendo

Junior Church link with Upendo

Much of the money raised by the Junior Church (mainly through sales at coffee time) is donated to support work at Upendo Junior School in Kenya, helping to change the lives of over 120 children, many of them orphans.

The new buildings that we helped to fund are now in use. Upendo’s three biggest needs currently are for sponsorship for individual students, laptops for their community children’s computer lab and furniture for the classrooms. (At the moment, children often have to sit on the floor to work.)

Posted by gdjjennings in 2017, Junior Church, news, World Church, Youth Group