Rugby was my team game and I preferred playing to spectating. Now I am an armchair enthusiast, except when I’m allowed to Twickenham, especially when it comes to the Six Nations competition. How refreshing to feel excited about the home team’s prospects and also to be proud of the team spirit. What pressure Stuart Lancaster is under to take advice, be politically astute towards the clubs and to compromise on the bigger picture for short-term gain. He is patient, professional and transparent and well aware of the even bigger picture of being proud about your players as people as well as performers. Exactly why there are sporting metaphors for religious life in the New Testament! Well done Stuart and, it must be said, Roy.
Abbey Lane & Newport URC’s new website is now live
We hope it gives visitors a flavour of our Church and activities.
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The Revd William Clayton’s only church pastorate was at Abbey Lane. He was ordained here in 1809 and left in 1831 to become chaplain at Mill Hill School. Continue reading “The Minister in 1811”
On the day before demolition of Abbey Lane’s old chapel, the minister preached rather pointedly on Hebrews 10: 25 (‘Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together’). No church to meet in? Not a problem Continue reading “The Barns”
Two hundred years ago the Abbey Lane congregation wanted a new meeting house. The old one was too small and dilapidated. It lacked the dignity and modernity appropriate to a growing church whose leading members had key roles in making Saffron Walden prosperous. Continue reading “No Planning Permission required!”
Many women are named in Abbey Lane’s records around 1811. They appear as church members, as mothers of children being baptized, and as subscribers to the fund for ‘the Support of the Gospel’. But what part did they play in the church’s life? Continue reading “What about the women?”
Abbey Lane chapel was built in 1811. Other events of the year included.
King George III was declared unfit to rule. The Prince of Wales was appointed Regent. Continue reading “What else happened?”
In April 1807 twenty esteemed citizens met to sign a revised property deed for Abbey Lane meeting house and burial ground. Continue reading “The Purse Strings”
The Abbey Lane trustees’ minutes (12 November 1810) state that the contract for building the new meeting house was given to William Biggs of Linton. Continue reading “Mr Biggs the Builder”
On September 15th 2007 we celebrated the opening of our renovated and extended Church Hall. The new extension provides a permanent home for our friends in the Salvation Army. After 20 years in the town for the first time it provides them with their own permanent base in the centre of Saffron Walden.
We retain the existing hall but it has been extended with new toilets, a modern kitchen and much needed storage space. The larger and more flexible space is a welcome addition to our Church facilities and for the many external organisations who made the original hall their home.
For both Churches the project has been an exciting journey. We met regularly to join in prayer and seek God’s purpose in our working together. We got to know each other through occasional joint services and by building friendship and trust by working together on fund raising projects such as our annual Funday.
We look forward to working together using our new facilities as a base from which to build on the outreach activities of both Churches for all the people of Saffron Walden, young and old.