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 Welcome to Issue 100

2 September 2022
100th edition

Welcome to the 100th edition of the e-Newsletter.  It is hard to believe that we have now reached our 100th edition since the e-newsletter began way back in April 2020, at the beginning of the first lockdown.

In this edition we meet the newest member of the Synod Team, Lucy Cooke who has joined us as our Learning and Development Officer.  We are advertising for a new Moderator for Northern Synod in readiness for Dave Herbert's retirement next Summer.  News from churches around the Synod includes, some of our churches taking part in Heritage Open Day events in September.  Details of these can be found in the newsletter - as well as a link to the Heritage Open Day website which has geographic details of organisations taking part.  Jesmond URC have a programme of organ meditations starting at the end of September and St Margaret's in South Shields are planning their 70th anniversary celebrations.  There is a link available so you can listen to a service from Robert Stewart Memorial Church at 8.30 on Sunday 4 September.  Events are also included for St Cuthbert's Centre on Holy Island and an article from Rev Julie Mooney from The Church of the Good Shepherd LEP in Wallsend.

We are always looking for news of interest and events so, if you have any items that you would like to be included in the newsletter, please send them to or  Please remember that if you are including photographs, you need to gain the permission of the people in them for it to be shared.  If you have anything that you would like to be included, the next issue of the newsletter will be published on 16 September.  Until next time ...

Lisa and Wendy
Our next Northern Synod Moderator
As Dave Herbert, our Moderator, is retiring next year, the process to call Dave’s successor, has begun. You can find information about the Synod profile and role description by clicking here.  Please pray for this calling, and our future moderator; that they would be led and inspired by the Holy Spirit to work among us.
Meet the Team
Hello!  My name is Lucy and I’m delighted to be joining Northern Synod as Learning and Development Officer, initially on a part-time basis for 2 days a week. I live in Blyth, Northumberland with my husband Tim and 2 children: Andrew (aged 18) and Sophie (aged 13) and we all worship together at St Andrew’s URC, Monkseaton (although as Andrew has just received his A level results, he’ll be heading off to university where he’ll hopefully connect with the URC in Cambridge!)

I enjoy singing and music of all types and also cycling – last year I completed a cycling challenge to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society. Some of you across the Synod may already know me as I regularly lead worship in a few different places as well as being a member of the management group for the St Cuthbert’s Centre on Holy Island. When I’m not spending time with my family or working/volunteering in the Synod, I have another part time role as Volunteer Co-ordinator for Newcastle Cathedral where I have been for the last 3 years. My main focus in this role to start with will be the Stepwise programme and so I am very much looking forward to getting out and about around the Synod to meet with all of you and talk about how Stepwise could work for you and your churches. I hope to see you soon!
Northern Synod News
Churches' Legislation Advisory Service Update

Please click here to read the latest update from the CLAS.  Items which may be of interest include:
  • Staged implementation of the Charities Act 2021
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (p8) – churches are urged to ensure that all of their residential properties comply.
Could you help ?

The Synod Trust would like to hear from anyone who feels they could join the Property Subcommittee.  No specialist knowledge or qualifications are required, just an interest in historical church buildings.  The Property Subcommittee's main remit is to make grants for work on church properties, review survey reports and oversee property transactions.  If you feel you would like to be involved in this important work please contact Andrew Atkinson, Trust Officer at the Synod Office.
Morning Prayers    

Everyone is invited to join the Northern Synod morning prayers. Join at 9 am for 15-20 minutes, Monday to Friday, through Zoom or by phone.
More details and joining instructions here.

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Northern Synod 2022 Prayer Diary Available Here
News of Churches around the Synod
Church of the Good Shepherd LEP
Spaces for Reflection and Contemplation

Rev Julie Mooney, Vicar and Minister, Church of the Good Shepherd LEP, Battle Hill has written an article about spaces for Reflection and Contemplation.  You can read more by clicking here.
St Cuthbert's Centre, Holy Island, Saturday 3rd September

St Cuthbert's Centre, Holy Island, are holding a Gift Day on Saturday 3rd September between 2 and 4.30 pm.  Click here for more details including the safe crossing times.
St Cuthbert's Centre, Holy Island, Artist in Residence

St Cuthbert's Centre, Holy Island, Artist in Residence exhibition 21st to 23rd September.  Details can be found here, please check the safe crossing times.
Heritage Open Days, 9th - 18th September

Jesmond URC, St Columba's URC in North Shields, St James' Church in Alnwick and Stockton Road URC in Sunderland are all taking part in Heritage Open Days.

Further details for Jesmond URC events can be found by clicking here.

You can find more details of other buildings taking part by visiting the national Heritage Open Day website by clicking here.
Jesmond URC, Organ Meditations, Fridays at 1 pm

Jesmond URC are holding a series of Organ Meditations on Fridays at 1pm starting on Friday 30th September.  Further details can be found by clicking here
Robert Stewart Memorial Church - Listen Live

Click here to listen to Radio Tyneside broadcasting RSM's Praise service on Sunday 4th September at 8.30 am.
St Margaret's URC, South Shields

St Margaret’s URC, South Shields are celebrating their Platinum Jubilee on Sunday, 25th September 2022.  All are warmly invited to join them at their 10am service to celebrate this milestone. Following the service, a tree will be planted in the garden to commemorate not only St Margaret's 70 years, but also the Queen’s Platinum year.
This will be followed by cake and refreshments. There will also be a visual display of church life throughout the last 70 years. St Margaret's look forward to sharing this special day with you.
 National URC News
Ministry Enquirers Event, Saturday 1st October
Church House, London

Ministry Enquirers' Event, to help you think about God's call to Stepwise, Worship Leading, Lay Preaching, Lay Pioneering, Ministry with children and young people, the Ministry of Word and Sacraments or Church Related Community Work.
Come and chat in person with those in ministry
and find out what God is calling you to!

Enquirers’ Event Saturday 1st October 2022
10am-1pm at Church House
Further details can be found
Tending the Vineyard

As the United Reformed Church (URC) celebrates its 50th Jubilee, the Church Life Review Group would like to hear your views.

In John 15:5, Jesus says: “Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

With that verse in mind, we wonder what tending would enable the URC to be more healthy and fruitful?

You can find out more details and how to get in touch with the Church Life Review Group by clicking

Hybrid Church, Wednesday 7th September 7.30 - 9.00 pm


50th Jubilee Events - O
pportunities to help at the 50th anniversary London celebrations

The role of steward at the Worship Service will involve arriving at the venue on the day in time for a briefing and run through from 12.30 pm onwards. Some stewards may be positioned outside the hall, while others will usher people into the hall and ensure seats are filled up from the front and that no gaps are left. The main job of the stewards at the service will be to deliver the elements of communion to the ends of each row. There will be trays of bread and trays of communion wine and some of these will need to be carried upstairs to serve those seated in the balcony, so it is important that anyone volunteering feels confident in climbing stairs while carrying these trays. Stewards will also be asked to help clear URC items from the venue after the event, and will be finished by 6.00 pm.
Stewarding at the Open Church House event will involve welcoming visitors, guiding them around the building and helping manage safety and security. All volunteers will need to arrive at Church House between 8:30am-9am. The Open Church House event will finish in time for everyone to walk or travel to Westminster for the start of the service.

If these are things you, or anyone you know, might be able to help with, please email as soon as possible.

 News from other places

Trustee - Northumbria Historic Churches Trust

The NHCT are looking for new Trustees for the Trust.  Further details can be found by clicking here
Christian Aid’s East Africa Hunger Crisis Appeal

You can find out more about Christian Aid's East Africa Hunger Crisis Appeal by clicking here.  Information is also available on the Christian Aid website which you can find by clicking here.

Disasters Emergency Committee - Pakistan Floods Appeal

Devastating floods have hit Pakistan leaving 6 million people in need of urgent help.
You can find out more about the DEC's appeal by clicking here.

Tutor in Ministerial Formation
Northern College is seeking to recruit a full-time tutor in this role which focusses on the personal and practical formational development of students.  Further details can be found here.
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URC 50th Anniversary
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