CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Please contact Lynne or Pete to add information to this page.



WELCOME AND REFRESHMENT ROTAS JUNE TO AUGUST 2022

The rotas from June to August are now in the members area.  We really need more pwople to volunteer for these rotas as the burden of service is falling on a few people.  Please contace Lynne ASAP if you can help. 



My name is Caroline Dawson, I am one of the pastors at Life Vineyard church, Newcastle. I am getting in touch to let you know that we are having our women's conference 'Beloved' on Saturday the 21st of May at our Wallsend Site, and I would love to invite the women in your church to join us. We have not been able to meet in person for this for a long time so we are very excited.

There is a inviational video and a promotional video about Beloved and more information on our website lifevineyard.church/beloved

I would be delighted if you could share this invitation with your church-I hope it will be a real encouragement to many churches.
 



Bassenfell 2022 18th to 20th November.

We are now open for bookings. Unfortunately we have had to increase our adult prices this year but do not want that to exclude anyone.

Please do speak to Neill, Andrew, Kath or Heather if you are concerned about the cost.

Please return the booking form, to Cathy parker if you intend on coming, as soon as possible, but ideally by 22nd May, which is the 6 month cut-off point after which we cannot cancel without losing our deposit (and future slot!).  Go to the Members PAGE FOR INFO AND BOOKING FORMS



 

News from the NBA

 

FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

 

ECUMENICAL ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS

OUR regional ecumenical body, North East Churches Acting Together, is organising a couple of events to help churches with practical help and mission in relation to the environment.
1. Reducing Energy Costs in our Homes and Churches - Tuesday 17th May, 7.30pm, online
This is an evening where help and advice will be given on practical steps we can take to conserve energy and reduce costs. To find out more and to book in, visit the Eventbrite link;  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reducing-energy-costs-in-our-homes-and-churches-tickets-333597969507
2. Forest Church Taster Day - Saturday 11th June, 10am, Shincliffe
This is a practical taster which will offer insight and advice on how to engage missionally with people who enjoy the natural world and can be helped to encounter God through creation. Two Baptist ministers will be involved as part of this event.  The attached flyer includes the Eventbrite link, which is also set up to take payment.

 


 

Ukranian Refugees
THE NBA is looking to play its part in helping and supporting refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.  Many of our churches are responding with fundraising and sending necessities.  At the moment, we're still in discussions ecumenically and nationally about how to offer community sponsorship for a group of refugees - more information will be coming soon.
In the meantime, please visit the Baptists Together website Ukraine pages for more information.

 



SBC RESPONSE VTO THE UKRAINE CRISIS

Following the zoom meeting on Wednesday night a small team are getting together to organise our repsonse.  In the short term Gareth Davies-Jones has sent the links below,  for those thinking of hosting Ukrainain refugees  under the government's "Homes for Ukraine" scheme, please find below some training events and support details from recognised charities that would be helpful.

Here’s the links to the training and resource so far….

Cities of Sanctuary - training for those considering being hosts - 7th April 2-3pm need to sign up

https://cityofsanctuary.org/events/sponsoring-ukrainians-at-home-practical-advice-on-hosting/ 

Reset - introduction to Community Sponsorship - different from Homes For Ukraine but could be really useful to know about. 20th April 6pm - also need to sign up. 

https://resetuk.org/join-in 

Christian Aid - Prayer Resource and info about their Ukraine appeal

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/ukraine-crisis-appeal

We are hoping to also engage with local community as well.


Friday 8th July - Sunday 10th July 2022 Camping Trip

We are planning to go back to Wooler for our annual church camping trip again this year all being well!

Campsite: Highburn House Country Holiday Park, Wooler 

For those who haven't been before, you just need to bring your own tent and food for the weekend - we all pitch on the top field on the Friday afternoon/evening.  

On the Saturday evening we tend to all eat together, using individual BBQs or some people get takeaway from Wooler and bring it back to the site.

On the whole, it's just a chance to relax together, and people can do their own thing or we often do a walk on the Saturday, depending on the weather (which Neill Parker kindly arranges to ensure it's HOT AND SUNNY)

If you would like any further info, or just want to chat about how it usually runs etc... please feel free to give Lou Thomas  a ring.

If you would like to come along please let me know so I can collate numbers/liaise with the site etc.


ECO CHURCH

Our church has finally achieved a Bronze Eco Church award. 

As we continue on our Eco Church Journey, do consider the following:

Our church participates in Eco Church https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

*   Take a look at our new Eco Church Resources, to support, guide and inspire you in the five key areas of      church life that th Eco Church survey addresses.  (got to the eco church website)

*   Stay connected, and receive updates, and inspiration from the Eco Church community.

*   Come along to our first eco church prayer forum on Thursday 24th February from 7.30-8.30pm, find out more on the Eco Church website and register to attend.



Growing Leaders Course

 'Growing Leaders'  will be run out of Cranmer Hall in Durham during 2022.  Ian Galloway, who leads the free Church track training in Durham, will be leading the course, and you can see his own commendation below.  Please have a look at the attached flyer with more information. 

The course will help to grow leaders in two ways: firstly your existing team in their understanding of leadership and confidence as leaders; secondly in identifying and mobilising new leaders in the life of the church.

As we consider how to develop leadership in our church,  this course is highly recommended. It involves 10 sessions over a year, but you could go on the taster session on Tues 25th Jan to give it a try.

Click below for more information:

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Shoe Boxes for Romania 2022

There are a large number of shoe boxes in prayer room which are not wrapped.  Please could folks take a few shoe boxes,  wrapping them with their spare Christmas wrapping paper (there is also spare wrapping paper in the office!)  and returning it back to the prayer room ASAP.  A great free act of service!  Great preparation for November 2022! Many thanks

251 Boxes werre filled in 2021.

Please remember to collect shoeboxes throughout the year, and anything else that would be able to fill the boxes.



Prayer Requests

Remember to log in to the Members Area for updated Prayer requests.  If you cannot rember your log in name contact Lynne Frost for your log in Name. You can then reset your password on the website.  Lynne does not have access to anyones passwords.

 


Friday morning prayers for Prudhoe and the Tyne Valley 

Encouraging ecumenical prayer group meets every Friday morning at 8.30 am to pray for Prudhoe and the Tyne valley. Coordinated by Paul Revill. If you would like to join pass your email adress to Paul and he'll put you on the circulation list!