Belle Isle, Nesfield Road, Leeds, LS10 3LG  Tel: 0113 2703935   Dewsbury Road, Leeds, LS11 5HN. Tel: 0113 2707458

URC in South Leeds - new church building (photograph courtesy of Steven Dixon Calls Architects)

URC in South Leeds – new church building (photograph courtesy of Steven Dixon Calls Architects)

Minister: Vacant

Secretary Mr Glyn Pearce: email Glyn here

Our Mission Statement
We are God’s family through the common bond of faith in Jesus Christ.
In gratitude for God’s love and grace,
and empowered by The Holy Spirit,
we commit ourselves to grow in love,
to worship God faithfully, to nurture one another,
to share the Good News,
and to stand alongside all people,
both as individuals and in the community. 

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Regular Weekly/Monthly Activities Sponsored by the Church

4th Monday of each month

11.30am – ‘Songs of Praise’ in Nesfield Lodge, care home, Belle Isle

1.45pm – Holy Communion in the lounge at Dewsbury Road open to everyone

Tuesday:

9.00am to 4.30pm – Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People) open at both Belle Isle and Dewsbury Road. Each offering daily activities for members and the option of a hot meal daily

9.30am to 3.30pm Charity Shop, Dewsbury Road

Wednesday:

9.00am to 4.30pm – Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People) open at both Belle Isle and Dewsbury Road. Each offering daily activities for members and the option of a hot meal daily

Thursday:

9.00am to 4.30pm – Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People) open at both Belle Isle and Dewsbury Road. Each offering daily activities for members and the option of a hot meal daily

9.30am to 3.30pm Charity Shop, Dewsbury Road

6.00pm Beavers and Cubs, Belle Isle

6.30pm Alternate Thursday South Leeds Carers group, bingo for carers and their families, Belle Isle

7.30pm Scouts, Belle Isle

Friday:

9.00am to 4.30pm – Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People) open at both Belle Isle and Dewsbury Road. Each offering daily activities for members and the option of a hot meal daily

6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies, Belle Isle

7.30pm Guides and Rangers, Belle Isle

7.00pm Last Friday of each month – Games evening, fun for all ages, Belle Isle

Saturday:

10.30am to 12.30pm – Trinity ‘Reflections’  dementia café (2nd Saturday in the month)

10.30am to 12.30pm – Trinity Network Community café (3rd Saturday in the month)

Monday to Friday at both Belle Isle and Dewsbury Road we operate our Trinity Network activities for the older person (previously known as our Over 55 activity clubs), between 9.00am and 4.30pm.  Members have access to a hot meal daily.  The kitchens also provide hot meals to a number of luncheon clubs in the Leeds area.  Between both sites in the last 12 months over 34,000 hot meals were prepared and served.

Activities vary daily and cater to a wide range of abilities.  For the more active there is a walking group, salsa, line dancing etc and for those less active we offer chair exercises, dominoes, bingo, quizzes, craft groups plus lots more.

Take up on the regular holidays and day trips that are organised is high.

New members are always welcome the only criteria is that the individual must be able to self manage.

Feel free to pop in for a coffee and chat and see if you would like to join us either as a member of the club or as a volunteer.  Any of the staff would be happy to speak with you and outline more on what we offer.

For our Belle-Isle site please ring 0113 2703935 between 9.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday

For our Dewsbury Road site please ring 0113 2707458 between 9.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People) belongs to the Charity that the URC in South Leeds manages.

The charity is known as the South Leeds Team Ministry Charity Ltd

Registered Charity No: 514118 Company No: 1721708

 

Other users of Our Buildings

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Belle Isle – Nesfield Road, Leeds, LS10 3LG

Wednesday 5.00pm to 6.00pm ICON Dance Academy (Gymnastics), for more information contact Cassie 07583687066 or www.facebook.com/love.team.icon

Dewsbury Road – Oakley Terrace/Oakley View, Leeds, LS11

Monday to Friday inclusive – Angels Housekeeping (Social Enterprise) Office Hours

Monday  7.30pm to 9.30pm Kick Boxing

Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm Kick Boxing

Thursday 7.00pm – New Testament Church of God prayer meeting

Friday 

Sunday 11.00am New Testament Church of God, morning worship

Newsletter Snip It’s

Terry & Doris Maher's renewal of wedding vows

Terry & Doris Maher’s renewal of wedding vows

Snip It’s from Sunday Link July 2014 Triple Celebrations in July

We are a small congregation striving to make a difference within our local communities.  Below gives a flavour of what we are continuing to achieve.  Thanks to everyone who offers their support however small to enable this work to continue.

Firstly – New Minister for our Church

Welcome to our new minister (after 8.5 years).

On Sunday 14th July we celebrated the Ordination and Induction of our new Minister the Rev. Anne Lewitt to the shared pastorate of the URC inSouth LeedsandWestPark, Leeds URC.

It was a joyous and happy occasion for all as we welcomed Anne and her family to the Ordination and Induction service which was led by our Moderator Rev. Kevin Watson.  The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, friends from other churches and Anne’s friends and family were all present to share this day of rejoicing and celebration.

We rejoice in Anne’s coming amongst us and working together to further God’s kingdom in this area.

Secondly – PQASSO Accreditation for Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People)

Trinity Network is the charity arm of our church which has been running for around 30 years.  As a charity which receives a large chunk of our running costs through a contract with Leeds Adult Social Services we took the decision last year to work towards a PQASSO accreditation.

PQASSO was designed specifically for the voluntary and community sector.  Since its introduction in 1977 is has been used by many thousands of organisations.  It is the most commonly used quality system in theUKvoluntary and community sector and is increasingly being used internationally.

For funders and stakeholders there is a confidence that the charity they are working with is not only outward looking but is inward looking as well.  Too often charities build standards around the needs of their users without ensuring the organisation has processes in place to ensure its own governance and management are complete and up to the task.

PQASSO points to best practice in the government and management of an organisation, so ensuring users get the best possible service.  To achieve PQASSO we had to meet the required levels in the following areas:

  • Planning
  • Governance
  • Leadership & Management
  • User Centred Service
  • Managing People
  • Learning & Development
  • Managing Money
  • Managing Resources
  • Communications & Promotions
  • Working with Others
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Results

All staff and members of the Executive Committee worked very hard to achieve this award.  The PQASSO Reviewer commented on the dedication of the staff and was very impressed with our organisation.

As well as interviewing some of the staff, volunteers and executive members the Reviewer spoke to some of our members who told her the difference that Trinity Network makes to their lives and that for many people it is a lifeline as most who attend live alone and would otherwise be socially isolated.

Trinity Network the charity arm of our church are now delighted to announce that we have received our certificate to say that we have been awarded PQASSO level 1.

Thirdly – Victory for the 2nd South Leeds Cub Scouts

In the Golden Jubilee year of our 2nd South Leeds Scout Group our Cubs won theSouth Leedsand Morley District UNIHOC trophy.  Well done to all the groups that participated in this event and congratulations to our cubs on their success.

Sunday 17th February

A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who made last Saturday and Sunday with Anne Lewitt such a successful weekend.  If you haven’t heard already Anne has accepted the call to become our new shared minister for ourselves and West Park, Leeds.  We look forward to working with her.

The work now begins between our two churches in making all the necessary arrangements for Anne Lewitt to join us once her time at college ends.  A meeting has already taken place between both elderships and it has been agreed that whenever the ordination and induction takes place it will be held here at Belle Isle for both churches.  Anne will then lead worship at West Park, Leeds the Sunday immediately following her ordination and induction.  The dates have yet to be agreed and confirmed with all the relevant parties.

Sunday 7th October

SCARECROWS WITH A STORY IN SOUTH LEEDS 

Over the weekend of October 6 – 7 , as part of our harvest celebrations we held a Scarecrow Bible Festival.  Adults, children and young people from the church, community, and two local schools made small, life-sized and LARGER THAN LIFE-SIZED  (Goliath of Gath), to illustrate familiar bible passages.

Our Harvest Festival Parade Service was a scarecrow extravaganza, celebrating the themes of some of the displays, and relating them to the needs of those who would receive our gifts. (Caring For Life – a Leeds based charity providing work, homes and support for homeless and vulnerable young people)

The displays were splendid.  A ‘big thank you’ to all who participated, particularly all the children who entered the scarecrow competition.

Whilst this event was not a fund raiser we received £60 in donations and took £95 on refreshments.

Easter Sunday 2012

SIGNS OF GROWTH IN SOUTH LEEDS

On Maundy Thursday Anne Parker, our Interim Moderator, prepared, provided for,and presided at an agape celebration which was attended by 12 members. It was a moving and inspiring experience for all of us to sit together around the same tables at which members of our Trinity Network, serving older people in our community, regularly share their lunch. To be enabled to remember and re-enact the Last Supper in this way, and enter into the experience of the first 12 disciples at that meal was a most meaningful way in which to mark this special day.On Saturday, April 7th 22 children and 12 adults ( parents and grandparents ) took part in ‘Expressing Easter’. The children were helped to make and fill their own little Easter baskets to take home, and had fun hunting for Easter eggs around the building. Everyone participated in the story of Holy Week and Easter by helping to make an Easter garden and a floral cross. These were used as a focus for a short prayer time at the end of the afternoon, and in worship on Easter Sunday. After worship the cross was planted in the church garden as a sign of witness to the community. In a week when the media had been full of gloom and doom about childrens’ lack of familiarity with the Lord’s Prayer it was encouraging and uplifting to discover how much many of our children knew about the details of the gospel stories, and the origins of Easter customs. We give thanks for the positive and enthusiastic responses to these events, further signs of growth and renewal in the life of The United Reformed Church in South Leeds.

26th February

It is with much sadness that we report the death on Friday of Brian Simpson, his loss will be felt by all as he was he was a great supporter of Belle Isle Church and the South Leeds Team Ministry for many years.  We send our love and prayers to Catherine and Steven and Brian’s wider family as they mourn the loss of a much loved father and grandfather.

25th December

NEW MEMBERS RENEW MARRIAGE VOWS.

On December 23rd two of our newest members, Terry and Doris Maher, celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary by renewing their marriage vows. They were married in the old building at Belle Isle on this date twenty five years ago, have been attending worship regularly since our new premises were opened, and recently were received into church membership. It was good to share this special service, and a champagne reception afterwards with Terry, Doris and their family, and we are delighted that they are now so much a part of the church family in South Leeds which continues to grow.

11th December

COMMUNION

There is bread that we can’t earn,
though we work till the end of days,
There is bread that we can’t buy,
though we’ve money to pay.
Jesus is that Bread of Life,
in whom God asks that we’ll believe,
He’ll feed our hunger, quench our thirst,
it’s through his Grace that we’ll receive.
So we gather round this table,
letting go our earthly ‘treasures’.
There we take the Bread he offers,
accepting life beyond our measure.

27th November

Yesterday’s Advent craft and music event was a great success.  We had a good attendance and the building rang to the sound of families eh=enjoying themselves.  We heard the Christmas story, made angels with bendy legs, Christmas cards and a giant Advent calendar.  A big thank you to all who took part especially with the cleaning afterwards.

30th October  

Thank you to everyone who helped make yesterdays, official opening and dedication the great success that it was.

It was wonderful to see the church and building as a whole so busy and full of life, the atmosphere was astounding. Many of our visitors commented on the enjoyment they had from the beginning to the end.

23rd October

We look forward to next Saturday when we will be seeing many friends and visitors joining with us to celebrate the official opening of our Annexe and new worship area.

 

Our Moderator Kevin Watson and the Lord Mayor will be with us and each will be topping off the two trees to commemorate this special occasion.

9th October

If you attended our Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People) on Wednesday here at Belle Isle you should have had a wonderful time as both our centres joined together to celebrate the International Week for Older People.

All our rooms were in use in the building which was a hive of activity throughout the day.  In the main hall there was a range of information stalls together with several stalls offering items for sale.  We had a variety of professional people coming through the building looking at what we can offer within our own Trinity Network and we were able to showcase our own wares extremely well.

It was good to see members from both our centres joining in the various activities through out the day, and Sylvia’s healthy food demonstration was extremely well attended,

The Yorkshire Evening Post who had advised would come at 2.00pm unfortunately arrived at around 3.45pm (when we were in the process of clearing up and many of the members had left via transport) this said there was a small photo shoot of those who were still around and hopefully it may be in Friday or Saturdays evening post!

Thank you staff, members and volunteers for all your hard work in the run up and on the day for making this day the success it was.

2nd October

Today we welcome Emma Ayling to lead our first parade service in our new building.  We also welcome all our uniformed organisations young people, leaders and any family members and friends who have joined us for today’s service.

Congratulations to Emma Chambers and Rachel Cooper who have successfully achieved their Queens Guide award.  This is the highest award in guiding.  Well done on this tremendous achievement to you both.

Did you know?  You can now find out what is happening here at YOUR church by googling urcinsouthleeds.  This will then enable you to access our web page which is updated regularly.  If you would like to advertise an event that is occurring in your organisation on our monthly diary of events or would like to share news of things that have happened please contact our web editor Janet Howse with your information.  Janet’s contact detail for information is: – janet.howse@yahoo.co.uk

On Saturday 15th October from 10.30am to 12.30pm we are holding the first of what we hope will become a regular ‘Community Café’, where you can drop in for a drink and a chat and tell us what you would like to see happening in this building.

18th September

Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People) raised £300 plus from their Jumble Sale and refreshments on Friday.  The monies from this are to be used towards their Christmas events.  Thank you to everyone who offered their support.

On Tuesday 21st September we are hosting the Leeds Mission and Care meeting at Belle Isle.  Coffee/tea will be served from 7.00pm with the meeting starting at 7.30pm.  Anne Parker will be the guest speaker and she will be talking about the URC national initiative on ‘Zero Intolerance’.

All Mission and Care meetings are open to anyone so if you would like to join us please come along, transport can be organised for anyone requiring it.

Next Sunday is ‘Back to Church Sunday’.  We look forward to seeing faces ‘Old and New’.  Let us remember the success is not how many come through our doors but the knowledge that an invitation was offered.

4th September

Today is a very special day in the life of Our church as we welcome into membership Michael Derrigh and Doris and Terry Maher.

Jessica Isherwood will be ordained and inducted into Eldership, Michael Beard and Elizabeth Myers (currently non-serving Elders) will be inducted to serve on the Eldership for an initial 3 year period and Barbara Lockwood will be inducted for a second 3 year period of Eldership.

We offer our thanks to each of these seven friends as they make their special commitments today.  For all of us this is a day of great rejoicing.

To celebrate all of this we will all share together in Holy Communion.

During our service we will also be incorporating our Annual General Meeting and we think of Anne Parker and Shirley Rawnsley who have had the responsibility of drawing all of this together.  After this very special service we invite everyone to share with us in a light lunch that will be available.

31st July

Was attended by lots of people of all shapes, sizes and ages, looking at all the many wonderfully colourful and fascinating stalls which packed full every available space in the church building.

There were many complimentary remarks made about how wonderful the new building is and what a lovely friendly atmosphere pervades here. Michael did a roaring trade with his beef burgers, hot-dogs and especially his tasty bacon ‘butties’ – yummy!  As usual the refreshment bar was a hive of activity serving delicious looking buns.

Many appreciative comments were made about how good it was that there was so much for the children of all ages to do such as ‘hook a duck’, hoopla, soft toy tombola and the craft workshops which were well attended by children making cards, boxes and the most enjoyed by all concerned,  the  making of  scarecrows – there was hay everywhere – messy but such fun.  Even the little ones had a go at colouring pictures or joining the teddy bears in their picnic!

Sunday saw less but a steady stream of people which started off the day early with a good old community singing session which was done with gusto, the children helping to show us the actions to the song ‘If you are happy and you know it’ and we each had a good laugh getting all the actions mixed up!  Some people with children who only came for a quick look stayed a couple of hours and two young girls who came on their own wanted to join and they had fun too – amazing.  Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and all the helpers worked very hard but agreed it was worth it.

Roll on the Autumn Fair!

Diane Maxwell 

 

'Zaccheus in his tree'

‘Zaccheus in his tree’

Our Church

 

URC in South Leeds also showing our Over 55 Club (renamed Trinity Network)

URC in South Leeds also showing our Over 55 Club (renamed Trinity Network)

It is an exciting time for the members and friends of both our Church and Trinity Network facility as we now start to operate fully from our new Annexe and re-furbished Trinity Network (previously known as out Over 55 Club) building, which were formally handed over on Friday 27th May 2011.

Click on the here to find us on the map:

 

Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People)

Meeting area inside the annexe

Meeting area inside the annexe

 Belonging to the South Leeds Team Ministry Charity Ltd
Registered Charity No. 514118

 

Good News for Trinity Network (Social Opportunities for Older People)

As many will know our services are grant funded through Leeds Adult Social Care (ASC).  Last year these services were reviewed, and resulted in a number of recommendations being made that we were required to implement if we wanted our funding to continue.

In November we were advised that as we had successfully implemented the recommendations ASC would be recommending that we be moved to a contract.

Today 17th January ASC have confirmed that we have been successful in securing a contract for 3 years with the possibility of 3, 12 month extensions.  It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded from 1st April 2012.

This is very good news for all who have been involved in moving forward with the changes asked for and now gives us the opportunity to move forward and develop further the services we provide.

On behalf of the Company I would like to thank everyone who has helped make this possible, particularly the staff and volunteers for whom the past 2 years have held a great deal of uncertainty, but for whom now there is some stability.

Let us now look forward to what we can achieve over the next 3 years within Trinity Network.

Yours

Janet Howse – Company Chairperson
South Leeds Team Ministry Charity (Ltd)

 

Become a Member! 

We are a community based organisation supporting older people to enjoy and improve their lives.

You will have an opportunity to meet new people and create new friendships, receive support from our friendly and caring staff team.

We can assist you with any problems you may have and you will be able to participate in our social activities, trips and holidays with people you can trust and rely on.

Why not visit?

You are assured of a very warm welcome and a great cup of tea!

Benefits
Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm
Hot meals available
Holidays
Day trips
Line dancing
Gentle exercise
Monthly walking group
Active in age group
‘Extend exercise’
Volunteering opportunities
Classes and activities
Quizzes
Bingo
Shopping trips
History group
Cinema & theatre trips

Something for everyone!

On the second Saturday of each month at our Belle-Isle site we host ‘Reflections’ a dementia café for carers and those for whom they care at Belle Isle.

Alternate Thursday’s at 6.30pm we facilitate South Leeds Carers group, bingo for carer’s and their families at Belle Isle.

(also evening and weekend activities)

Trinity Network
Nesfield Road
Belle-Isle
Leeds LS10 3 LG

TEL: 0113 2703935

Trinity Network
Oakley View
Leeds LS11 5HR

TEL: 0113 2707458

Lynda Williamson – Manager – lwilliamson@trinitynetwork.org.uk

TRINITY NETWORK

SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR OLDER PEOPLE

If you are interested in volunteering to help in any of our projects then please go to our TrinityNetwork website on www.trinitynetwork.org.uk

Or contact our manager Lynda Williamson TEL: 0113 2703935

 

Service of Celebration and Dedication of the URC in South Leeds
Topping off following the Service of Celebration and Dedication of the URC in South Leeds

Topping off following the Service of Celebration and Dedication of the URC in South Leeds

Service of Celebration and Dedication of the URC in South Leeds, Saturday 29th October 2011.

Below is a flavour of the events from the above day, which was a wonderful celebration enjoyed by all.

Following the welcome and opening sentences from the church secretary, Shirley Rawnsley, the opening hymn was ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness.

This was followed by an introduction of Prayers of Praise and Thankfulness complied and read by Diane Maxwell, church member.

Introduction 

For some of our present Congregation our journey has been a little Nomadic to this present place, a bit like Moses leading God’s people out of Egypt through the wilderness to the Promised Land.

A nucleus of churches have bound themselves together in commitment to a combined worship and travelled through the ‘Dark Valley’ with the hope and expectation of a fulfilment of being about  (our) ‘Father’s business’ as Jesus put it.

Prayer  

We thank you Lord that You have sustained us as we have sought to do your will, giving us strength of will, hope when all seemed a hopeless and dark future,  keeping our faith strong when all seemed to strive against plans, giving us the determination to face the hard work ahead and the battles presented before us, struggling to see it through to the final fulfilment of all we sought to do/ achieve in Your Name.

We praise You  and give you the Glory for this wonderful building and seek Your guidance to reach out into the community and may it always be our ‘Mission’ to ‘go out and spread the Gospel of Peace to all people’ both in gentle words and loving actions.  May all who enter this place feel a sense of peace and belonging and want to share in all that there is to offer here and feel part of a caring community.

We ask you to keep us strong in our faith when we weaken and never forget Your great love for us as we ‘go out into all the world’.

This we ask in the Precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

AMEN

 

This was followed by the Lord’s Prayer.

Our early journey was then conveyed by Rev. Graham Cook retired/former minister in South Leeds 

THE BEGINNING OF THE SOUTH LEEDS TEAM MINISTRY  

How do you tell the story of the first sixteen years of the South Leeds Team Ministry in five minutes?

 

We could tell stories about:

v    Persuading different churches to work as one;

v    Creating two elderly persons day centres;

v    A centre in which families could learn to care for their children;

v    A hostel for homeless young people;

v    And a workshop for unemployed young people;

v    Of thousands upon thousands of meals on wheels delivered;

v    Of sending our representatives to chair Community Health Councils

v    To serve on broadcasting bodies;

v    To help recreate Leeds Pottery with people whose medical history prevented them from finding work.

We could tell stories about

v    A woman who gave the last years of her active life to work as a voluntary social worker amongst us;

v    another woman who instead of retiring as a minister came and gave years of ministry to the church at Belle Isle; and came back from retirement after retirement to take up new challenges amongst us;

v    a young minister who was as competent in social work practice and theory as he was in scripture and the tradition of the church who came to work on the frontier between social services and the church;

v    another young minister whose background was in industry and trade unionism who came to minister here;

v    a young woman who left college to work amongst us as a minister for a year and stayed  for five to become the ecumenical minister at Cottingley;

v    a woman who allowed us to use her flat as a place in which to invite her neighbours to come and share a communion service and so begin that church in Cottingley

v    another young minister who came to work with us for five years and then stayed for a further six to continue the work at Cottingley and as well as the church in Morley.

v    A woman who in addition to her own job went to live in and care for young homeless people in our hostel;

v    A man whose intellectual ability, personal skills and physical drive had taken him to a senior management position in the BBC who was overtaken by serious ill health at an early age devoted his remaining years and energies into becoming a voluntary ‘Ministerial Associate’;

v    A man who had been called from the world of scientific research into traditional ministry who shared his skill as a printer and his managerial skills to run the training workshop.

We could tell stories about the many, many more who

v    cooked the meals in the Day Centres,  and the Meals on Wheels;

v    drove the vans and the minibuses day after day;

v    who attended worship, said their prayers, wrestled with scripture year after year;

v    who taught young people skills in woodwork, engineering and catering in the workshop;

v    who acted as church secretaries and treasurers who spent hours writing minutes and years keeping accounts;

v    who regularly turned up at meeting after meeting to make decisions and give support;

v    who swept the floors, moved the furniture, made the tea and buttered the bread and maintained the buildings.

 

We could tell the stories about institutions such as

v    the United Reformed Church who saw the need  and agreed to use its resources of ministry and buildings to serve this community;

v    the local authority who encouraged its social services department to work with us in imaginative and new ways;

v    Manpower Services Commission who along with the local authority looked at what we were doing and saw that it was good and trusted us with many hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money for the sake of this community.

There are many stories that could be told and they all would be true. But at the end of the day there is only one story and it is true. That is the story of the God who came in Jesus. Who in both the words and the work of Jesus showed that he loved the world and its people. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment he said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ He went on to say that the second commandment was, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

The only story I have tried to tell is about a group of people who heard both of those commandments and tried to live by them and just see where it led. And that, I believe, is what you are doing still and it is that which has brought us here today.

 

This was followed by the hymn ‘Thy Hand O God Has Guided’.

Rob Craggs, Architect of the Calls Architecture, then outlined the journey through the build and the growth of the building.

This was then followed by the hymn ‘The Love of God Comes Close’

Followed by the Bible Reading John chapter 20 v 19-31 read by Brian Simpson, church member.

 

Our Moderator Kevin Watson then gave the address: “Unless I see… I will not believe”, which was followed by the hymn ‘We are Your People’

Prayers of Dedication for the Building and the Triptych were then offered by the Moderator, using the words of Rev. Jean Mortimers hymn ‘ On This Day of Celebration’.

On this day of celebration
As we dedicate this place
May God’s love, made known in Jesus,
Reaching our through time and space,
Build us up for faithful service
Strengthened by the gift of grace.

May each room within this building
Planned with vision, skill and care,
Be a place of friendly welcome,
Peace and love for all to share.
May these walls of bricks and mortar
Resonate with praise and prayer.

As Christ’s living bricks and mortar
Bonded in fidelity,
May we honour all whose service,
Given with integrity
Strengthens human trust and sharing,
Building up community.

As Christ’s church and as his people,
May we work for what we pray,
Loving people as we find them,
Listening to what they say,
Living out our faith in action
As we follow in this way.

Our Present and Future Vision (words compiled and read by Jessica Isherwood, church member and elder). “The first time I came to Belle-Isle to a church service in the day centre, was at the beginning of July 2010. The footings for this building had just been dug and there was great excitement. Imagine after all those years of planning, work and worry, that you have been hearing about, and one day arriving here to see the layout of the new building, each room picked out and at last it’s really happening. I caught that excitement, excitement that has given us the momentum to keep moving forward with our vision for the future. A blind man heard that Jesus the healer was coming to town. So he got himself to the roadside and sat there shouting out to Jesus. When Jesus came by and heard the man he went over to him and said, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus did not presume that the blind mans’ most pressing problem was his blindness.

It is not right that we presume to know what this community needs from us. We have to ask the question ‘What do you want us to do for you?’

So we have opened our doors, we’ve held events and we have others in the pipeline.

We’ve had a Flower Festival and a Summer Fair both very well attended and in two weeks’ time we will be hosting a Christmas Fair. We’ve had the first of what we hope will be a successful and regular Community Café. During Advent we are having a crafting afternoon for families in this area to come along and hear the Christmas story while having fun cutting, gluing, painting and also learning to rap! That is rap without a W.

We now have a church member who liaises on our behalf with the uniformed organisations. They are now meeting weekly in here and we have been able to re-establish Church Parades. Another link with young families in our community.

Here and at our Dewsbury Road site we have Trinity Network our charity giving social opportunities to older people. A wide range of activities take place in the clubs throughout the week from holidays away and days out to line dancing and gentle exercise; bingo and dominoes to the monthly Age UK surgeries.

Trinity Network also gives us an opportunity for volunteering and getting to know one another. Some of the Trinity Network members are now involved in their own outreach to the Hamara Project where they are sharing their knitting skills with a group of Asian ladies.

We have a good relationship with Nesfield Lodge our very close neighbours here. Residents and staff have enjoyed coming across to some of our events and partaking of a cream tea or two and we hope to establish a dementia café for residents and their families to visit. We take communion to the residents once a month and they enjoy singing the hymns which they remember from long ago.

We run a charity shop twice a week from our Dewsbury road site which gives us outreach into the community there. People don’t just come in to look round the shop and pick up a bargain, they come for a chat, to say or to ask for a prayer, to seek advice on all sorts of issues and we can usually point people in the right direction to get the help they need.

There are a variety of groups coming in to use these premises during the week like the community bingo and the Tuesday evening zumba group.

We are hoping to establish links with Health for All and with the Careers Leeds young people’s group.

All of these activities provide people in our community with the chance to come into this building to see what we are about, to enjoy themselves, hopefully to go away thinking they want to come again. The big thing for us is the opportunity to be among those people saying, ‘We are here,’ and asking that all important question ‘What do you want us to do for you?’

 

One vital thing we do need to continue working in this way is finance. We are blessed with two people who give of their time and expertise to do serious fund raising on our behalf. We are very grateful for the funding we have already received from successful grant applications.

We will of course continue to support and care for each other in this place. Since we moved in at the beginning of April several people have started to worship regularly with us and we have three new members. Together we will go on worshipping God and seeking to serve him in our community.

Jesus often helped people with the practicalities of life before he could address their spiritual needs. Life is no different today and if we want people to come and worship with us then we have to be here for the day to day things.

So our vision for the future will change and adapt but we will always be here, with our doors open, willing to listen and act.

Being part of our vision is challenging – scary – exciting – hard work and well, well worth being part of.”

This was followed by Closing Prayers and The grace and our final hymn was ‘You Shall Go Out With Joy’

After this joyous celebration and dedication we all adjourned to share in a finger buffet, people were encouraged to sign our visitors book below are some of the comments from the day:-

‘A wonderfully uplifting occasion’

‘Well done South Leeds’

‘Lovely time great food’

‘I am so happy to have shared this day with you’

‘Thank you for your invitation and all your hard work.  Fabulous food.  Very uplifting afternoon’

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'David and Goliath'

‘David and Goliath’

Scarecrow Bible Festival – Saturday 6th October 2012

SCARECROWS WITH A STORY IN SOUTH LEEDS 

Over the weekend of October 6 – 7 , as part of our harvest celebrations we held a Scarecrow Bible Festival at the United Reformed Church in South Leeds.  Adults, children and young people from the church, community, and two local schools made small, life-sized and LARGER THAN LIFE-SIZED scarecrow displays, (Goliath of Gath), to illustrate familiar bible passages.

Zacchaeus climbed up a cherry tree in the garden. The woman who lost one of her coins found it at last, with the help of young visitors, in a cupboard which had been transformed into her dimly lit room. The lost sheep was brought back into the flock. The five thousand were fed in our café, where visitors also received tasty refreshments throughout the day. Sardine sandwiches, however, were not on our catering team’s menu! We ‘considered the lilies of the field’ and saw King Solomon ‘in all his glory’.

Joseph showed off his special coat. Noah and his wife herded the animals into the ark, with help from our Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and leaders. Goliath towered over David, and everyone else, carefully supported by their flag stand and made with imagination and flair by our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders. In a quiet area set aside for thought and prayer, Jesus hung on the cross and Mary knelt in the garden at his empty tomb.

Visitors were invited to place a flower in the Easter garden in memory of lost loved ones, and as a sign that God is with us in times of grief and distress. Each display was accompanied by bibles marked at the appropriate passage and a child friendly, illustrated version of the story. There was a quiz sheet with questions on each passage and the opportunity to comment on which display people liked best.

Here are some of their words.

ZACCHAEUS – ‘ Because he is literally OUTSIDE the church, and Jesus didn’t recognise restrictions.’ (a visiting minister) NOAH AND THE ARK‘ Because I liked the boat.’ ‘ (6 year old Beaver) – ‘Obviously the children were completely involved. You can see the joy it must have given them to be part of it’ (member of local community) ‘CONSIDER THE LILIES ‘ – ‘King Solomon looked very regal. ‘(volunteer at our Charity Shop). THE LOST SHEEP – ‘ To the point and charming.’ (church member) DAVID AND GOLIATH – ‘Whilst facing the most daunting and frightening of tasks, with God by our side, we can achieve anything. Well done to the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. They captured the scene

perfectly.’ (visitor from another church)  ‘ Because it showed the scale of the story.’ (our church secretary) ‘It was very impressive and a lot of work and imagination had gone into it.’ (church member, one of our competition judges)  ‘ ‘Because it showed not to bully.’ (8 year old boy on a class visi ) THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION – ‘Placing a flower in memory of a lost loved one makes you feel as if they are sharing the experience of the festival with you.’  (member of local community) ‘ I liked the tomb’ (8 year old boy on class visit) ‘It was a wonderful idea to place flowers in the Easter garden.’ (visitor from another church) THE LOST COIN -‘ I liked looking for the coin and finding out why it meant so much to her.’ (8 year old Brownie)

GENERAL COMMENTS

‘It was uplifting and encouraging to see parents, grandparents, great grandparents, children and teenagers sitting together and reading the bible stories.’ (one of the festival organisers) ‘What a delight to see the smiles on everyone’s faces, young and old alike, as they entered  the room full of scarecrows made by children and young people from 3 to 18 for our competitions ! ‘(another festival organiser) ‘It was ALL wonderful and it was good to participate. We enjoyed our visit. Everyone was friendly and the coffee and lunch were delicious.’ (visitors from another church).

Our Harvest Festival Parade Service was a scarecrow extravaganza, celebrating the themes of some of the displays, and relating them to the needs of those who would receive our gifts. (Caring For Life – a Leeds based charity providing work, homes and support for homeless and vulnerable young people) We heartily recommend a Scarecrow Bible Festival as an inclusive, enjoyable and interactive way of doing Christian Education, informal outreach and pastoral care. Our church has only 28 members, some of whom are over 90 years old, so if you think that your church couldn’t do it, remember David and Goliath and think again ! We are thankful for the skill, enthusiasm, artistry, effort and prayer of all who helped us to make this festival such a joyful and meaningful occasion, and especially for the generous sponsorship of  The Westhill Foundation.

Jean Mortimer. (‘retired’ minister and member of the URC in South Leeds)

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