Weekly E-Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter 8th January 2021

Happy New Year!  What a busy year it has been already and we are only 8 days in. Out of Europe, into the third lockdown and the COVID vaccine rollout picking up apace. 2021 promises to be as exciting and unpredictable as last year but in more positive ways we hope.

The new lockdown will be difficult for many. Short days and cold weather can do little to lift the spirits in the best of years. You may know a friend or family member who needs extra support but are unsure how to help. Why not use some of the free time you may have to join one of our mental health awareness or first aid courses.

You may be aware of people who are struggling with their finances as a result of COVID. Then the COVID Cash Recovery course may be of interest.

Many people are isolated as a result of the pandemic and would love to speak to a friendly voice. Your church may be able to help with a telephone befriending service.

Why not get a group together in your church for one or all of these events and look at ways to share your new-found knowledge and skills in your community. No community is immune to these issues and they will continue to exist long after COVID has been beaten.

Church doors may be closed again, but the Synod morning prayers continue. Everyone is welcome to join for prayer and fellowship and you can participate by phone as well as Zoom.

Take care and stay safe.  Click here to read the latest weekly E-Newsletter 8th January 2021

Weekly E-Newsletter 18 December 2020 – Christmas Special

This week in our e-newsletter, this new Northern Synod website was launched this week. Your first stop for all things URC locally. Our 2021 prayer diary is also available.

If you’re still looking for presents to buy, then there are some book suggestions for those interested in green issues and you could watch a short video that may change the way you shop – and not only for Christmas.

Feeling frazzled by all the festive activities, then MIND has some tips and information that might help.

Read The Moderator’s reflection which includes the amazing ‘Christmas star’ that is coming to a sky near you – a once in a lifetime experience. Enjoy the poignant version of the Wexford Carol. and for something completely different, the fun version of Ding-Dong Merrily on High.

Just a reminder that the Synod office will be closed between Christmas and the New Year – details below.

Weekly E-Newsletter 11 December 2020

This week in our e-newsletter, there are videos galore including a musical gift from Roker URC, an animated Christmas story and readings from the URC book Colours of Christmas. And don’t miss checking out this year’s MOBO Gospel Award winner.

Weekly E-Newsletter 4 December 2020

This week in our e-newsletter, there is music to watch, listen to and join in with plus lots of items for children.  There are Covid 19 updates now that lockdown has ended.  Plus news of the Synod’s Durham and Gateshead Group minister, Marcus Hargis who has been selected to be an exhibited artist at next year’s Baltic Open Submission Exhibition.

Weekly E-Newsletter 27 November 2020

This week in our e-newsletter, we reminisce about Advents past, and look ahead to virtual and physical activities for Advent and Christmas.  There’s also plenty to make you think.

Weekly E-Newsletter 20 November 2020

Our 31st e-newsletter brings more ideas and inspiration for you.   There is a reflection on the rich history of trusting in God, and we have some tasters ahead of our Christmas concert.

Weekly E-Newsletter 13 November 2020

This week’s e-newsletter is a veritable potpourri of goodies for you.  There are learning opportunities, and things to do, read, or join in!  There’s even a cute relaxing animal video.  We also share a word of encouragement from the Old Testament.

Weekly E-Newsletter 6 November 2020

After the success of October’s Festival of Tents, our e-newsletter issue 29 follows on with a chance to see again John Bradbury’s reflections at Synod, the winners of the photography competition, continuing morning prayers, and news of a Lundie award, a Holy Habits at home group, and an Advent concert.  Peter Rand reflects on patience and learning a new skill, and there’s lots more inside to read…

Weekly E-Newsletter 30 October 2020

Issue 28 of our e-newsletter reflects on the wonders of the world, and our need to take better care of it, and the people in it.  Read more about online church, holiday hunger, and resources for Christmas, along with news, information and events… and find out what you can do with 2000 marbles!

Weekly E-Newsletter 23 October 2020

Today’s e-newsletter comes in the midst of our fantastic Festival of Tents.  We reflect on visual storytelling, along with more news, ideas, activities and events.

Weekly E-Newsletter 16 October 2020

Our 26th E-Newsletter marks half a year since the start.  Who would have thought it?  Our Moderator reflects on our fortnight’s Festival of Tents, which opens tomorrow.  Read also more ideas, events and activities, a face-mask song, and looking ahead to One World Week

Weekly E-Newsletter 9 October 2020

Our 25th e-newsletter reflects on an abundance of apples, with thanksgiving for the harvest and for sharing.  There is also news, details of our Synod meeting and Festival of Tents, a photography competition, resources on black history month, a call to reset the debt, world mental health day, events, ideas, and more

Weekly E-Newsletter 2 October 2020

In this week’s e-newsletter, we reflect on the dilemmas around returning to worship in church buildings, and how different it feels.  We also welcome a new member to the Synod team, and share news, ideas, resources, events, including how to have creative conversations….

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