Ardeen Road, Intake, Doncaster, DN2 5EV.
Mr Roderick Garthwaite
27 Newland View, Epworth, Doncaster, DN9 1SH. Tel:01427 873680
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Service Times – 11:00am
Intake United Reformed Church
Intake United Reformed Church was a mission church established as a Congregational Church in 1939 to serve the people of Intake in Doncaster. The area has changed over the years and the church lies on the edge of two estates; one of them mainly private housing and the other social housing. We are a small welcoming fellowship and beginning to grow gently. Apart form worship we have many other weekly and monthly events which are listed below.
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The Church family worships every Sunday morning at 11.00 am. Services are traditional but informal. The children leave the main worship space part way through the service for Bible teaching and craft activities. They return for the blessing and show or speak about what they have been doing. The fellowship are well served by a local URC preaching team and by its own members as well as one or two Methodist lay preachers.
Led by the Spirit, the Church started a weekly prayer meeting. It started in 2006 and has met without break throughout the year in a Sanctuary space. Prayers are said for those friends that we know are in need and to celebrate the many prayers answered. As well as those attending bringing news to pray about, we have a ‘prayer box’ into which visitors at any event can place written information about someone in need. We also encourage others outside the fellowship to send details of those in need via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Church has a regular weekly Bible study which is open to all and is for anyone wishing to further their Biblical knowledge. Meetings are Bible based and the discussion is question-led. The atmosphere is relaxed and informative with all those present being encouraged to share in the discussion.
Café church meets on the first Thursday of each month for about an hour. We are a small group of up to fifteen friends and visitors. Refreshments are served before we have a short act of worship which includes some ‘ice-breaker’ discussion. We usually watch a commercially produced DVD on the theme of practical Christianity focussing on how we live our lives. This is followed by some questions which lead to discussions on various aspects on how we see out role as Christians in the world and how it affects our daily lives and the way we treat other people. It is good to share ideas, bringing together many different experiences.
The Keep Fit class was born in 1975 and originally we did fairly strenuous exercises. We continue to meet on Monday evenings but after 40 years the exercise is a little gentler. But we work hard and welcome new members to share with us. Part of our time is spent doing line-dancing. We must be doing something right as one of our ladies turned 100 last year. Most of our members support the worship and work of the Church and all support fund-raising vents with enthusiasm. New comers are welcomed enthusiastically.
Our ladies group is not as rebellious as it sounds! We just breakaway from housework and husbands for one evening a month.
For nearly twenty five years we have met at the church and heard speakers on every topic imaginable, supported local theatres, stretched our ‘breaking away’ to days out and weekends away, even a trip to Bruges!
Our ladies are enthusiastic supporters of the social and charity fund raising events at church and can always be counted on to bring cakes and husbands to the quiz nights!
As a Church we have chosen one charity to support each year. Members are asked to recommend charities and their names and details are brought to Church Meeting in order to select the annual cause. In the past few years we have provided desks for a school in Madagascar, contributed to a local charity which provides transport for cancer patients, purchased a Shelter survival box for use in international emergencies and helped a local youth football team to afford a pitch and training opportunities in a local school.
Over 60’s lunch
The over 60’s lunch began in 2008 and is held on the third Thursday of each month. Those attending are able to purchase a ticket costing £3.50 and are served with a two course meal with tea and coffee to finish. Paul O’Grady who ran the Children’s Centre café cooks the first course which varies from month to month and volunteers provide the dessert of which there is usually a choice of three. Volunteers from the fellowship serve the meal and usually share a table with those attending. We have approximately 45 regular attenders, serving 40 meals each month. The occasion has been found a valuable social event for our visitors.
We are attempting some ‘Messy Church’ sessions. Although these are yet to be regular, those we have already tried have been successful enough to encourage us in the future. They are proving to be valuable for the youngsters, their parents and the helpers.