E-LETTER NO: 243 – 27th April 2017



Looking back over the last three years as Lay Pastoral Consultant for Derbyshire (in close co-operation with Revd Camilla Veitch) and as an Elder of Marlpool URC Church, I feel there has been a recognition that many Churches face various issues but many tackle the issues in a way that affirms their faith and devotion to spreading the Good News.

Yes, churches often have ageing congregations but many also look to the future to see how they can best serve their Lord and their local communities in different ways.

In my own Church we have very few young people attending on a Sunday morning (and most of them are members of my family!) but so much goes on at other times of the week! The Pilots Group have several leaders who imaginatively present the challenges that face all of us and the young people respond in an impressive way to the possibilities that could spread the Good News.

We have a Mother and Toddler Group on a Friday morning with around 30 toddlers and 30 adults attending. The links with these parents/grandparents through Facebook and IT gadgets means they have access to advice and friendship from a whole range of people including some Church members.

Several User Groups use the premises for the benefit of the community, one example being a Wednesday Lunch Group which caters for around 40 adults, many needing support to get to and from the venue and some very rarely go out of their home during the week. The Catering and Support Staff offer fellowship to them and they appreciate what is on offer.

This is nothing new! Many Churches find new ways of delivering support for those in need and we cannot expect Sunday Mornings to provide all that is required in our complex and multi-faceted communities. Let us all share our good ideas with each other and I would suggest try something new in your Church to see if it helps with the Mission that we all wish to focus on so that God’s love and support can reach those in need.

Duncan Smith (Convenor of Search Group)




  • It is with deep regret that we inform you that Revd Tom Irvine, a retired minister who was living in Nottingham, has died. Tom passed away on Easter Sunday just before 10am at City Hospital, his family were at his side. Tom was well known and loved throughout our Synod and will be greatly missed. He was Minister at Hucknall URC from 1983 – 2010. The funeral service will take place on Saturday 6th  May at 10.30am at  Hucknall URC, Farleys Grove, Hucknall, Notts, NG15 6FG. All are welcome. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s loved ones at this difficult time.


  • We regretfully inform you of the death of the Revd Frank Glendinning who died on Saturday 8th April. Frank trained at Westminster College, Cambridge and served Hunt's Cross, (64-75), and Castle Hedingham and Halstead (94-97) and retired to Kirkcudbright. We remember his daughter Katherine at this time. The arrangements for his funeral service are:  11am Wednesday 26th April at Kirkcudbright Parish Church followed by a Service of Committal at 1pm at Roucan Lock Crematorium near Dumfries.


  • We were very sorry to learn of the death of the Revd Victor Launder, retired Moravian minister in Ockbrook, Derbyshire.  Victor did some valuable work for the Synod as Contact Minister for the ELM pastorate and also Interim Moderator at Ilkeston URC where he went on to become a member.  He also led worship on many occasions at our churches in the Derby area. Victor died in hospital on 12th April after a very long battle with cancer.  The funeral will be at Ockbrook Moravian Church at 12:30pm on Thursday 4th May.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Victor’s wife, Sylvia and the family.



GAINSBOROUGH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH- will open for the West Lindsey Churches Festival over the weekend of 13/14 May 2017.  The church, built as a memorial to John Robinson, ‘Pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers,’ will be open 10am-4pm on Saturday 13 May and 2-5pm on Sunday 14 May.  There will be an informal concert including music, singing, poetry and drama at 7pm on Saturday and opportunities to hear organ music during the weekend. Highlights include a Bassetlaw Christian Heritage exhibition about the Separatists, an exhibition ‘Illuminating the Mayflower Pilgrims’ Story’ created by Retford artist Jenny King, and a display from the Art Club which meets at the church.  Adrian Gray, historical adviser and director of Pilgrims and Prophets, will give a talk, ‘Why did they come from here?  Gainsborough’s radical Christians’ at 3pm on Sunday.  Light refreshments will be served, including lunches of soup, pudding and hot drink 12-1.30pm on Saturday. A Big Cake Sale will begin on Saturday morning and continue until all cakes are gone!  For further information of the West Lindsey Churches Festival see: www.churchesfestival.info.



BIG SING: SINGING FOR JUSTICE - Saturday 13th May, 2pm – 4.30pm. Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Rd, Oadby, LE2 4LA. Come and sing songs of peace, justice, community, and celebration from the world church, and raise money for Christian Aid at the same time. Join your voice with others in harmony (and unison!), as we explore song from the places and people that Christian Aid will be focusing on during Christian Aid Week. All are very welcome - no singing experience necessary. Donations to the work of Christian Aid. Organised by the East Midlands group of the Iona Community.

 More information from Tricia on tricia36lockley@googlemail.com / 0116 367 6474, or Emily on emilyjw23@yahoo.co.uk



WELLINGBOROUGH URC - Wellingborough Community Gospel Choir will be presenting an evening of Music & Song on Saturday 13th May 2017 at 7.30pm at Wellingborough United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4HW. Tickets for this event: £10 and Concessions £8 with refreshments included. Tickets are available from the CHURCH OFFICE 01933 278137, or can be purchased on the evening at the door.  This is a fund-raising event for the church and we will welcome your support.  





The April Newsletter is now available on the ACAT Website - you can view and print it from here:  http://acat.uk.com/membership/newsletter.php. As always, we are covering issues that we think will be very important to you, including:  The Budget; Changes to the GASDS scheme; Accruals Report & Accounts Templates; Trustees Finance Responsibilities; Fit & Proper Persons; Building Security.


There are still a few places remaining on the ACAT Foundation Training Course taking place in Leicester on Saturday 20th May 2017. The venue is St Martin's House, 7 Peacock Lane, LEICESTER LE1 5PZ .

 The Course will cover:

  • The Role of the Treasurer
  • Legal & Financial Overview
  • Budgeting
  • Principles of Charity Accounting
  • Employment
  • Gift Aid and GASDS
  • Year-end Routines
  • VAT and LPWGS

Whether you are new to the role or have been in post for many years, you will find something in the course to benefit you.  The cost is £45 and includes all course material, refreshments and a buffet lunch.  Registration will be from 9.30 am onwards for a prompt start at 10.00 am and the course will finish by 4.00 pm.  Please book now to secure your place if you wish to attend. You do not have to be a member of ACAT to take part in our training.   To book a place visit our website: https://www.acat.uk.com/leicesterfound.html




Leicester @ The Cross - The Revd Peter Meek at the Good Friday service. This event was organised by the Diocese in cooperation with ecumenical partners to bear witness to the Good Friday message.



An Invitation To our popular event: COME DINE WITH US

On Tuesday 9th May at 7.15pm at Friends Meeting House, Clarendon street, NG1 5JD

"Enjoy excellent home-cooked food and great conversation with people of other faiths and cultures (including dishes acceptable for most faiths all clearly labelled)"

Please book (1 or 2 persons) not later than Tuesday 2nd May to: Mrs. Mel Gotheridge, (Events co-ordinator of NIFC) melgotheridge39@aol.com

There is no charge for the dinner, but donations towards our chosen foodbank will be very welcome.


SYNOD STUDY DAY – All are invited to our Study Day, led by Revd Dr David Cornick on the theme of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On Saturday 15th July 2017 from 10am – 4pm (please bring a packed lunch) at Sherwood URC, Nottingham. Booking is essential, to book please contact Hannah Holmes at the Synod Office: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk  Tel: 0115 9609241

YOU ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE FREEDOM – On Sunday 11th June, East Midlands Synod are asking churches to dedicate the day to celebrating the Reformation. There are many ways you can do this, through services, tea parties, special events, shared lunches …. Be as creative as you like! Resource packs with ideas, games, service ideas and bible study have been sent out to all Churches. We would love to know your plans, so please do send details of what you are planning to: cydo@urc5.org.uk so that we can keep everyone posted on our website.

CONSTANCE COLTMAN CENTENARY SERVICE - on Sunday 17 September, 3pm at the American International Church in London.  All are invited. Please let Francis Brienen know of women to invite especially who have played a pioneering role in our churches:  francis.brienen@urc.org.uk




Youth Camp is being organised by East Midlands, West Midlands and Wales Synod’s. It is being held at Beaudesert Activity Centre, Cannock Wood, Rugeley, Staffordshire, from 5th August to 12th August 2017

Is the camp for you?:

If you are aged between 11 and 17 then we hope that you will join us. The event is run inclusively, that means everybody is welcome and involved in every part of the week. Fun, adventure and positive experiences are at the heart of the planning. There will be a whole range of activities and events that will be stimulating, interesting and entertaining for everybody.

East Midlands have 10 spaces available and there is help available with funding Cost £100. Contact Jane Henderson for more information.  If you are interested in being part of the team please also speak to Jane.  Email: cydo@urc5.org.uk  Tel: 07572 291007



The dates of our upcoming safeguarding training events are:

  • Monday 8th May 2017 – Toller URC – 10am – 2pm (bring your own lunch)
  • Monday 15th May – St. Stephen’s, Leicester – 12 Noon – 4pm (bring your own lunch)
  • Tuesday 27th June 2017 – Melbourne URC – 7.30pm – 9.30pm

All are welcome. To book please contact Hannah Holmes at the Synod Office: trainingpa@urc5.org.uk  Tel: 0115 9609241



Chaplain – Christian, IRC MORTON HALL LINCOLN in Newark-on-Trent

External FT Vacancy    Ref: 7516      Band: 5        Closing date for application: 3rd May 2017 at 23:55 hours.

Interview dates: Interviews are expected to take place in May 2017

Salary: £25,520 - £28,776        Hours of Work: 37 hours per week

Job description: The Christian Chaplain can be Anglican or Free Church

Overview of the job: This is a Chaplaincy job in an establishment which provides pastoral and faith specific care to prisoners and staff.

Summary: The job holder will provide for the religious care of prisoners and staff in the Anglican faith tradition including sacramental provision, and appropriate pastoral care for all irrespective of faith or tradition.

The job holder will work with colleagues to ensure the delivery of the specification “Faith and Pastoral Care”, and also the broader work of chaplaincy in delivering faith and non faith based courses. Will contribute to the process by which the Governor and Head of Chaplaincy/Profession at HQ are assured that the specification is being delivered.

The job holder will engage with, and build contacts with their own faith community towards aiding the resettlement of offenders.

For more information visit: https://www.freechurches.org.uk/current-vacancies/2017/4/18/chaplain-chr...



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The URC East Midlands Synod, 1 Edwards Lane, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 3AA.
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