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Secretary : Mrs Val Morrison
46 Cantley Lane
Bessacarr
Doncaster
DN4 6ND

 
tel:01302 530109
 

Click here to email Val

For Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals please contact the Secretary by telephone or e-mail

We also have extensive premises available for hire. These include two halls and several smaller rooms. Each hall has a kitchen attached and avaliable. All our premises have access for the disabled.  FOR HIRE OF HALLS AND ROOMS Contact Mrs Val Morrison on 01302 530109 or click here to e-mail Val

 

Our church is in the center of Doncaster. It is only ten minutes walk along the High Street from the railway station and travel interchange 

Click here for map  Now you know where we are, why not pay us a visit?  You will be most welcome

Weekly Services
Every Sunday – 11.00am & 6.30pm
Why not come and join us? 
 
Hall Gate United Reformed Church is one of two United Reformed churches in the town
It is situated at the southern end of the town centre on Hall Gate, which is the old Great North Road
and one of the main thoroughfares out of Doncaster to the south.
 
 
 

We also have a sister church in Intake Click here for further details Address Hall Gate United Reformed Church, Hall Gate, Doncaster, DN1 3NG

 

Worship Every Sunday at 11.00 am and 6.30 pm Creche and Junior Church available at the morning service as required. Evening worship follows a more informal style and takes place in the Coffee Lounge.  All are welcome to either service.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated at morning worship on the first Sunday of each month
and at evening worship on the second Sunday of each month
 
 
To find out more about our mission and ministry, click here 
To find out more about our outreach click here 
For the latest news (February 2013) about Street Pastors in Doncaster click here.
To visit the Doncaster Street Pastors website click here 
For information about using our halls and rooms or free use of the Coffee Lounge click here

Forthcoming services
 
 
  
  
 
 

Click Recent Events to find out what’s been happening lately or use the links below  

The Bread of Life Breakfast Service

Every Sunday morning from 8.00 am to 9.30 am in the Church Hall

A special service of thanksgiving for twenty years of outreach to the homeless of Doncaster was held on 27th November 2010 when we gave thanks to God for the work of the Bread of Life Breakfast Service.The service was led by our minister, Rev Phil Baiden, and the sermon was preached by Rev John Marsh, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church for 2008 – 2010

The service was attended by volunteers and supporters both past and present, and during the service the volunteers and church members re-committed themselves to supporting homeless people in Doncaster in a common act of re-dedication.

It was in November 1990 that we first opened our doors for a drop-in for homeless people. What started as simply providing a cup if tea in a warm place, and the opportunity to wash and shave soon  developed into the service we provide today. We offer a free breakfast of cereal, bacon sandwich and tea, together with the opportunity to sit and talk. We provide washing, showering and shaving facilities, and replacement clothing and blankets where needed. Dirty clothing may be left to be washed during the week and collected the following week. In addition, we provide people with a sandwich lunch to take away with them.There is also information, leaflets and booklets to support and help those who come to move on, and to signpost them to other providers

Although part of the mission and outreach of Hall Gate United Reformed Church, volunteers are from other local churches as well as non-church people. In April 2010 most of our kitchen staff updated their training to achieve the HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering. The Breakfast Service is financed by the volunteers themselves, and by generous donations from many sources. Many friends keep us well stocked in good quality second hand clothes

For further information contact Ray Walton or Rod MorrisonClick here to e-mail Ray or telephone 01302 831419Click here to e-mail Rod or telephone 01302 530109

Our Mission and Ministry

We are a joint pastorate with our sister United Reformed Church in Intake.  Although we are two autonomous congregations, we seek to work more closely together.

Our two churches share a common preaching team consisting of the minister and experienced lay people from both congregations including United Reformed Church nationally accredited lay preachers.

We offer a fairly traditional style of worship although occasionally we experiment with differing forms of worship, mainly at our evening service

  • We seek to be a Reformed Church, united under Christ in worship, care and service
  • We will ground our common life together on the Bible and prayer
  • We look to the past with thankfulness and to the future with hope
  • We will be a church for the whole of Doncaster, gathered as disciples, scattered as servants, to the glory of God alone

Outreach

The Bread of Life

We have worked with the homeless and disadvantaged since 1990. For more information about our “Bread of Life Breakfast Service” click here.

We seek to serve, help and support those with skills, qualifications and experience who work with the town centre ‘community’ – whether church members, local charities or professional agencies. So as part of our desire to be a community church we offer our premises at preferential rates for those who work to support those who are disadvantaged in our society .

 

Breakfast Service

For information about using our halls and rooms or free use of the Coffee Lounge click here

Education and Development

Emmaus Course

Several of our members are following the Emmaus Course, to equip them to witness to the Gospel outside the church environment. We meet on Sundays following morning worship at intervals of approximately 6 weeks, and always begin by sharing a meal together. New people are always welcome. You do not need to have attended previous sessions.

Bible Study

A small group led by one of the leaders of the House Group which meets to study the Word of God in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, meeting approximately monthly in the afternoons . It is held during the daytime to enable people who do not wish to come out at night to engage in bible study, and would welcome more members.

Wednesday Prayer Fellowship

Each Wednesday, except the first week of the month, at 11am, there is a short time of prayer, followed by fellowship, often sharing a light lunch, All are welcome.

House Group

Meetings of the House Group begin by sharing in prayer concerns – for the whole church family and others known to the group – and for situations in the world. It meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the evening in the homes of members, and seeks to give members the opportunity to learn and speak about their faith. Currently we are involved in bible study. Involvement in the House Group challenges members to apply what they talk about to their daily lives, and to grow to know God’s will.

   
 
   

Use of Premises

For Hire of Halls and Rooms contact Miss Pam Stevenson, tel : 01302 344387
or click here to e-mail Pam
 
 
 
  
FREE

  use of our Coffee Lounge
Do you want to raise money for your favourite charity?
Why not use our Coffee Lounge – for free!
Ring Marilyn Connell on 01302 853143
or call in the Coffee Lounge any Saturday morning between 10.30 am and 1.00 pm and find out more
 
 

 

   

Work with Young People

Brownies

Brownies have been meeting at Hall Gate since 1961 where they enjoy “fun and friendship” with others.

Recently Hall Gate Brownies celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with a display of Brownie activities over the last fifty years and a service of thanksgiving in the church.

The service was attended by parents and former Brownies and leaders, followed by a party in the church hall.

Brownies are part of GirlGuiding UK and are open to girls between the ages of 7 and 11.

We meet in the church hall on a Wednesday evening from 6.00pm to 7.30pm

For further information please call at the hall on a Wednesday evening (if the door is locked please ring the bell).

 

   

Doncaster Street Pastors (new from February 2013)The year 2012 has been a fantastic year for Doncaster Street Pastors.We commenced the year with 12 commissioned Street Pastors and ended the year with 21 commissioned and active Street Pastors and six dedicated Prayer Pastors, with several Street Pastors also acting as Prayer Pastors when not out on Patrol.Operating out of Hall Gate United Reformed Church we have patrolled every Saturday night, with additional patrols on the Sunday of each Bank Holiday week-end, on Ladies Day during Ledger week, and on Mad Friday (the Friday before Christmas Day), and always supported throughout the night by our Prayer Pastors in the base.We have also established first rate working relationships with the Police, the Health Care professionals, the NHS First Responder teams, the Local Authority, licensees and managers of the pubs and clubs, the door security staff, and with all those who work in the night time economy.Representatives from the above meet every Saturday night at our base room in Hall Gate United Reformed Church for a briefing from the police at 9.30pm prior to Street Pastors going out on patrol. We are represented at meetings of Doncaster Pubwatch and the police Tactical Violent Crime Sub-group. All this has helped develop an integrated partnership of working within the night time economyWe are very welcome in the town, and have built an excellent rapport with the public through offering practical help to revellers and others who may otherwise be vulnerable. We have gained credibility and earned trust within the community.

Training has been on-going throughout the year in consortium with the Street Pastors Initiatives in Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield, whose coordinators meet regularly to plan the training and commissioning of Street Pastors as well as other joint activities.One such initiative was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and Local Agreements between South Yorkshire Police and the Street Pastor Initiatives in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at Crystals nightclub in Sheffield – a highlight of the year. The memorandum is a commonly agreed protocol by which all parties know and understand their individual roles and responsibilities.The signing ceremony took place as part of a lively service of praise and thanksgiving to God, in the presence of Rev Les Isaac OBE, of the Ascension Trust, together with civic and church leaders, police officers, and Street Pastors, Prayer Pastors and supporters from churches across South Yorkshire.

Our first annual statistical report to the Ascension Trust shows that during 2012 we patrolled a total of 1050 ‘Street Pastor’ hours, removed 1533 bottles and 273 glasses, all of which were potential weapons, cleared 58 lots of broken glass, gave out 1051 pairs of flip-flops, 63 foil blankets, 481 bottles of water and 4 New Testaments and a Bible.We attended and assisted in 22 anti-social incidents and 242 other incidents, signposted or referred 11 people to other agencies and administered First Aid on 40 occasions.In total we helped 1786 vulnerable people on the street. In addition we had numerous conversations, supporting people who were bereaved, homeless or lonely, and listening to people who were seeking spiritual or moral guidance, or reassurance and acceptance … or just in need of somebody who was willing to listen.As the Church in Action on the Streets, Street Pastors will offer care, and a listening ear to those in distress.We are grateful to all our volunteers and to churches and Christians from all traditions across Doncaster for their support in prayer and financial contributions which enable this ministry to take place.However, we still need more volunteers if we are to fulfil our plans to patrol on Friday nights as well as Saturdays. If you know of anyone whom you think may be suitable for this type of ministry, please encourage them to find out more by coming out with us one night as an observer.If you would like someone from Doncaster Street Pastors to come to your church or organisation to give a presentation about our work, or for further details of the Doncaster Initiative, or to find out about becoming a Street Pastor or Prayer Pastor, please contact our coordinator, Rod Morrison, on 07763 167311 or e-mail to Doncaster@streetpastors.org.ukIf you want to find out more about Street Pastors in Doncaster, click here or e-mail doncaster@streetpastors.org.uk