Remember and Reflect Lockdown Anniversary

23 March 2020 11:30am

Ruth Wollaston will be leading a short reflective service (on Zoom) on the Anniversary of the start of the lockdown. This will include the minute silence being promoted nationwide by Marie Curie (in a similar way to Remembrance Sunday.) While the meeting will open at 11:30, worship / reflection will start a little later to allow for greetings and everyone to settle, and conclude about 12:05.

Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 830 1024 0406
Passcode: 694220

All are welcome

Lent Discussions

Caring for Creation

Our Tuesday discussions continue on into Lent and from Tuesday 23rd February we will be looking at the York Course “Caring for Creation”. The sessions start at 7:30pm and will run until 23rd March (5 weeks) using the same meeting details as the earlier discussions:

  • Meeting ID = 867 1203 3672
  • Passcode = 694220

In addition, the series will be repeated on Wednesday afternoons at 2:00pm starting Wednesday 24th February. If you would prefer to join the Wednesday afternoon session the meeting details are:

Meeting ID: 811 1987 1368
Passcode: 694220

To get the most out of the series, you will need a copy of the accompanying booklet, so please liaise with Graham Tarn ( to arrange for him to get a copy to you or you can order direct from York Courses.

New Year restarts

Happy New Year to you all! Here’s hoping the road ahead continues the tentative improving trend, despite the lurch back into lockdown. This too shall pass!

Some of our regular activities, which are open to all those associated with our local churches, are restarting:

  1. Tuesday Discussions – The Scripture conversations, discussion, study (however we choose to call it) on Tuesdays recommences on the 12th January at 7:30pm on Zoom:
    • Meeting ID = 867 1203 3672
    • Passcode = 694220
  2. Midweek Worship – Ruth Wollaston’s ‘thought for today’ on 1st and 3rd Thursdays recommences on 7th January at 2:00pm:
    • Meeting ID = 936 519 5146
    • Passcode = 1251
  3. Coffee Morning – our regular chance to meet with others in the partnership for a chat/news sharing on Fridays recommences on 8th January at 10:30am:
    • Meeting ID = 936 519 5146
    • Passcode = 1251

We look forward to catching up with you at one/some/all of the above!


Understanding how to be church both in lockdown and in whatever it will mean to be post-lockdown are issues some of us wrestle with daily. With that in mind I would like to flag up ‘Umoja’ – a series of sessions that I will be running from the end of September to help us think about what it means for us to be disciples of Jesus shaped for mission in the places where we are.

Each session will explore a theme centred on a Bible passage and draw on learning and experience from the world church. You may only want to do one session or you may feel like all 5 are relevant – that’s fine.

The sessions are spaced fortnightly to avoid overwhelming people alongside everything else but I want to stress that these are for everyone – church members, role-holders, elders and secretaries alike.  For that reason it is only going to be possible to run this on zoom in the present climate. It was my hope to deliver this in person to each partnership but that won’t be possible at the moment. However I do hope that those who come are able to consider taking back what they learn to run the course or individual session themselves in their local churches.

Each session will be run in an afternoon and an evening slot to make this accessible for as many as possible. If you would like to sign up for one or more of the sessions please contact me via email or phone. I have attached a flyer.

Session 1 – God’s Blueprint for Mission – restoring the earth to how it was created to be. Genesis 1

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 30th September  

Evening – 7pm Wed 7th October

Session 2 – How Jesus-shaped is my church? – being a holy people where we are. 1 Peter 2

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 14th October

Evening – 7pm Wed 21st October

Session 3 – Following in the footsteps of Jesus – learning to be good news and kingdom-minded. Mark 1; Luke 4

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 4th November

Evening – 7pm Wed 11th November

Session 4 – What can I bring him? Learning to serve within and beyond our limitations. Mark 6

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 18th November

Evening – 7pm Wed 25th November

Session 5 – Everybody needs good neighbours. God’s bias – loving people ‘on the margins’. Luke 10

Afternoon – 2pm Wed 2nd December

Evening – 7pm Wed 9th December