Remembrance and Reflection

Superhero Light Party

Join John Froud and the Zephaniah team…. Light Supper, songs, activities and a story.

RSVP: Zephaniah Trust 01274 533 732 office@zephaniah.org.uk Optional Superhero fancy-dress!

Around 100 people of all ages enjoyed the fun and fellowship at the Light Party. Sizzling Hot Dogs were on offer, a sensory room was set up with glittering lights and everyone had a great time!

Two Bands to Provide the Entertainment

The latest concert proved a great success with guest band London Metropolitan Brass taking one half and delighting everyone with a stirring arrangement of “Ilkley Moor b’aht at”. After refreshments, our own Hall Royd Band opened the second half and the finale saw the two bands combine for the final rousing piece.

Everyone who attended said it was a wonderful performance.

A retiring collection was taken with money being donated to Northcliffe Church but also to “Jessie’s Fund”, a charity which provides music therapy for children with complex needs.

Harvest Celebration

Our service was prepared and led by members of our congregation. The children helped with Bible readings and collecting our offering for All We Can and gifts for the local Food Bank. The focus was on material provided by All We Can based on ways to support farmers in Ethiopia who struggle to combat climate challenges. We zoned in on potatoes and even wrote chip prayers which we placed in chip baskets and then read out during the service. As the church was set out in cafe style it was easy for the children to come round offering us potato nibbles – crisps, hula hoops and so on. We enjoy potatoes in so many ways. It was good to hear how potato seeds are helping families in Ethiopia too.

Our AGM Service

We tried a new (to us) way of conducting the business of the AGM alongside our worship. We were keen to ensure that as many people as possible were involved in decision-making and hearing about the full life of the church. Reports on Safeguarding, Mission and Finance along with the Leadership and Pastoral reports and all sat comfortably amongst our readings, prayers and hymns. The children had prepared reports on their views on Sunday Club and made an excellent job of delivering these.

We were pleased to welcome visitors from Little Lane who joined us in worship.

All URC churches have been allocated £3,000 for Mission so we used this opportunity to present three proposals as to how we might use this money to best effect. One suggestion was that we develop the downstairs entrance hall to make it a more comfortable reception area for the many visitors who use our community rooms through the week. The second recommendation was to develop our outside space into a calming, reflective community garden; proclaiming God’s love of creation. The third proposal focused on developing our front of church to make it more inviting to passers-by, possibly with new doors, a ramp, and the vestibule upgraded into a more open reception area. Everyone had their chance to indicate their preference by using 10 stickers which could be allocated to one proposal or shared out between 2 or all 3 of the ideas.

As you might imagine, each suggestion was well received but the one which attracted more stickers was the one to proclaim our presence by improving the front of church both externally and internally.

Hall Royd Band in Concert

Spectators were treated to a varied and exciting programme of music from Hall Royd Band on Saturday 11th May 2019. The percussionists enjoyed taking part and music included the theme from Game of Thrones among other foot tappers. It was good to see young members of the band taking part and showing their skills.

Thanks to Gillian and the team for organising the event along with refreshments of tea/coffee and cake.

Proceeds from the evening will go towards the church’s building funds for much needed improvements downstairs.

Northcliffe is proud its long links with Hall Royd Band and grateful for their support given to the church.

Prayer and Praise

Our children led us in our opening prayers this morning.   

They also helped lead our first hymn “Shine, Jesus Shine” before going down to their Sunday Club where they learned how Jesus healed the centurion’s servant. 

The children left the adults to enjoy a service of celebration and reflection led by Caroline Pathak.

JMA benefits from Coffee and Cake

Over £170 was raised for the Junior Mission for All at our Coffee Morning and Cake Stall. Congratulations to the team who organised and ran the event and provided a range of yummy cakes. Thanks to all friends, neighbours and church family members who were able to support it.

 

Child Friendly Church Award

We are pleased to announce that Northcliffe has met the criteria to gain the Child Friendly Church Award,

recognising our welcoming approach to children and young people and the value we place in their input into church life.

 We currently work with children in our Sunday Club (Junior Church), a youth group for 8-12 year-olds which meets on Monday evenings and a thriving Brownies, Guides and Ranger pack on Tuesdays. The Parents/Carers and Toddler group continue to meet on Thursday mornings and Hall Royd Band with its long association with the church has a number of young people in its group.

Our “Charter for Children” has been accepted at General Church Meeting and we actively seek ways to include the children’s views.