• Don’t miss out on festival of faith and fun at Big Day Out!

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    It’s the final booking countdown for the United Reformed Church Big Day Out at Warwick Castle on Saturday 20 May 2017. All booking forms need to be returned by 31 March at the latest; have you made sure of your place yet?

    A highlight of the event, organised by Pilots for the whole Church, will be the festival on the Castle’s Pageant Field, taking place between 10am and 5pm. Activities, games and workshops will tell of the role which feasts, festivals and celebration play in sharing the Kingdom of God – both within the URC and beyond.

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  • ‘More than Welcome’ at Greenbelt 2017

    wine and fishPlanning is well underway for the United Reformed Church’s contribution to this year’s Greenbelt festival of arts, faith and social justice. The popular event will take place at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, from 25 to 28 August 2017 – and the URC will be there for its second year as an Associate Partner.

    The United Reformed Church enjoyed a very successful debut at the 2016 event with the attention-grabbing theme of ‘Scrap the Church?’ Over 500 people wrote down their comments about what the Church could scrap or improve and the URC activities prompted many a conversation and personal reflection about the role and effectiveness of Church in society.

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  • Greenbelt 2017 - How can you get involved?

    Greenbelt 2017 - How can you get involved?

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    Preparations are going on behind the scenes in the build up to the Greenbelt festival, which takes place on the August bank holiday, 2017. The URC was an associate partner in 2016 and continues to be this year. It was a wonderful experience last year and we look forward to an even better one in 2017! The ideas emerging from the URC planning team have been plentiful and there have already been some fruitful meetings, with lots coming to the table.

    Talking of fruit (and a table) we would like you to get involved, if you can. We are calling for all URC Churches and individuals to come together (or alone if you’d prefer!) and help us to create an enormous bundle of knitted or crochet food items.

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  • Celebrate, reflect, party at Youth Assembly!

    Youth Assembly image'A weekend full of wonderful celebrations – celebrations of God’s love for us and God’s open invitation to all.' The words come from Dan Morrell, Youth Assembly Moderator for 2016-17, in describing the 2017 event. ‘Yet, at the same time, we remembered those who may feel marginalised,’ added Dan, ‘and we acknowledged that life isn’t always full of celebrations and happiness.'

    Feasts and Festivals: We’re all invited was the theme of the Youth Assembly at Whitemoor Lakes, Staffordshire, from 27 to 29 January. The keynote speeches were delivered by the Revd Jenny Mills who focused on several festivals and helped Youth Assembly participants to ask questions about believing in what they were singing. They discovered that well-known songs like Away in a Manger weren’t all they seemed to be! Small group discussion allowed people to talk about what they’d heard, and pray together.

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  • Ministry Enquirers’ Day

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    Ministry Enquirers’ Day - Saturday 18 March 2017
    Luther King House, Manchester.

    Explore opportunities for service through the United Reformed Church
    Ask the questions that are on your mind and heart
    Hear from people engaged in a variety of lay and ordained ministries
    Listen for the voice of God as we worship and pray together

    For more information, contact Vivienne Williams by calling:
    020 7916 8649 or email: vivienne.williams@urc.org.uk

     

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  • Book Now for the URC Big Day Out 2017!!!

    Open up those 2017 diaries and make a date for Saturday 20 May when the whole URC is invited to enjoy The Big Day Out, organised by Pilots, at Warwick Castle.

    This is a festival for all ages where activities will run from 10am to 5pm in the historic and beautiful setting. Individuals and groups, with their church communities and wider family and friends, are all welcome to be part of what promises to be a day to remember.

    Tickets include access to the castle and attractions where Big Day Out visitors can have a go at archery, watch birds of prey in flight, take part in worship with hundreds of others, listen to influential and engaging speakers and workshop leaders (including including John Proctor, our General Secretary, Neil Thorogood, Principal of Westminster College, Paul Northup of the Greenbelt Festival, representatives from the Christian Aid Collective, representatives from Messy Church and Wayne Hawkins of CWM to name but a few), visit the beautiful conservatory tea house, relax in the peacock garden, and enjoy a celebratory picnic.

    Hugely popular Big Days Out have previously been held at a wide range of settings, include Cadbury World, Legoland, West Midland Safari Park – and Warwick Castle. Next year’s event will form part of the United Reformed Church’s 2017 theme of Feast and Festivals, and organisers have asked as many church groups as possible to bring a colourful banner on the day!

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  • URC Youth Assembly 2017 - Feasts and Festivals: We Are All Invited

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    Are you or young people you know of Year 10/S3 school age?

    The URC Youth Assembly is annual event, run by the United Reformed Church, providing an excellent opportunity for Pilots to meet with young people from across the URC, delve into God’s word, reflect and discuss important topics and share together in worship. Youth Assembly is for all young people aged 14-25 associated in any way with the United Reformed Church.

    The URC Youth Assembly will next meet from 27 – 29 January 2017, at Whitemoor Lakes, Staffordshire, to focus on ‘Feasts and Festivals: We’re All Invited’.

    Whether you’ve just found out about the Assembly or been involved for years, are exploring your faith or strong in your beliefs, this event is for YOU, so make sure you sign-up soon...

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  • Joining in with PokéMission

    Bramhall youth imageBramhall URC in Stockport decided to join in with the phenomenon that swept the nation this summer: Pokémon GO!

    The game, played on mobile phones, involves searching for – and catching – cartoon characters (called Pokémon). The characters appear on screen in houses, public areas, parks, beaches, gardens, shops, libraries and churches. If players want to catch Pokémon characters and score points, they have no choice other than to go to the physical place where the virtual characters might appear.

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  • General Assembly 2016

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    We were delighted to be given the opportunity to give a presentation at this year's General Assembly about the URC's involvement with the Christian festival Greenbelt for 2016-2017.

    Steve Summers (pictured) is the CRCW Development Worker for the URC and also the chair of the URC’s Greenbelt planning group. He told Assembly: "For myself and hundreds of thousands of others over the years, Greenbelt has been much more than an annual festival. It’s become a dynamic and enduring movement, a spiritual sanctuary, a creative environment to encounter new ways to worship and to view God’s creation and a seedbed for learning about ways to be disciples in our own neighbourhoods."

    To find out more about the URC's involvement with Greenbelt for 2016-2017, follow us on our facebook page or email me at: crcw.admin@urc.org.uk

    Steve was not the only member of the CRCW programme to be on stage at General Assembly.Karen Campbell edited 1 CRCW minister Karen Cambell was also captured on stage giving an illuminating bible study. Read more about karen and the work she is involved in at the BPBHCC project in Luton.

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  • WCRC General Council 2017 Global Youth Gathering - 'Meet the World'

    WCRC2017logoAre you aged 18-25? Would you be interested in meeting with young people from around the globe?

    In late June/early July 2017, as part of celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) will host its next General Council in Leipzig, Germany.

    Prior to this Assembly, there will be a Global Youth Gathering, from 23 - 28 June 2017, giving young people the chance to 'Meet the World'.

    Participants will engage in Christian fellowship as they worship together, study the Bible with one another and exchange what it looks like to be a disciple of Christ in their own, unique contexts.

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  • The Big Question at Greenbelt Festival

    Scrap the church logo bronzeHaving just had a quick flick through this month's Reform magazine, it was good to see the first article in Digestabout the theme of the United Reformed Church presence at this year's Greenbelt Christian festival: "Scrap the Church?"

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  • Children design posters for Hate Crime Awareness Week

    TongeMoorCompetition webChildren within a community of Bolton saw their posters used to promote Hate Crime Awareness Week, as part of a neighbourhood design competition, which was led by one of our very own CRCW projects.

    The winning poster design was created by Shelby and Alexus from Moorgate Primary School (pictured right). The story even featured in The Bolton News.

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  • Eco Church survey launched

    How central is caring for God's creation to your congregation?

    The new Eco Church online survey from A Rocha UK gives churches in England and Wales a way to assess their environmental impact and efforts to care for creation.

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  • Embracing Eldership

    Join elders from around the URC exploring what it means to exercise the ministry of eldership today.

    The theme of this year’s elders’ event is “Resourcing our Elders”. The conference will be considering what it is to be an elder drawing on the material recently designed for the United Reformed Church by Eastern Synod Mission Development Officer the Revd Peter Ball and South Western Synod Moderator the Revd Ruth Whitehead.

    Monday 21st March - Wednesday 23rd March, 2016
    Westminster College Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA

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  • HOPE

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    The United Reformed Church is a partner with HOPE. HOPE brings churches together in mission. The goal is to see individuals and communities in villages, towns and cities throughout the UK transformed by Jesus’ love.

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  • Interfaith Week

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    Interfaith Week will take place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 13 to 20 November 2016.

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  • Season of Invitation

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    Season of Invitation is an annual opportunity encompassing Back to Church Sunday that promotes churches across the UK and overseas to invite people to come with them to church on five “event” Sundays.

    Over the past several years Back to Church Sunday, held annually on one Sunday in September, has brought in many new people to church, yet research revealed that people are much more likely to come to church and keep coming if they’re invited several times.

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  • TLS Developing Community Experiences

    TLS Developing Community Experiences (DCE) 1 Year course

    Beginning September 2016

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    Developing Community Experiences is a one year TLS course, which aims to build confidence and enhance skills in the fields of community engagement and mission, thereby helping to transform people's lives.

    Download the TLS DCE flyer (PDF) for more information and contact the CRCW Programme Administrator if you have any questions.

    For more information of TLS courses in general, please go to http://www.urc.org.uk/discipleship/education-and-learning/training-for-learning-and-serving.html

     

    CRCW Spring/Summer Road Show!

    Community Photo Large Web cropWe are delighted to be able to share with you details of the first CRCW road show for 2016. Our road shows are designed to show the ways in which community initiatives are making an impact among particular congregations and communities. For us, this event is all about good conversation and storytelling.

    Please join us at: Bishop Latimer United Church, Beeton Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 4QD on Saturday 4th June, 2016 from 10.30am — 3.30pm.

    For more information on the programme or to book your FREE place, please contact CRCW Programme Administrator: Samara Andrews by email or telephone: 020 7916 8653 

    To view/download a PDF of the Roadshow flyer, please click here.


    A good question: How can church be more creative?

     

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    In this month's Reform magazine, four people contribute an answer to the question: How can church be more creative? One of the contributers is our very own CRCW minister Helen Stephenson from the Sunderland and Boldon CRCW project. To read her response, as well as the others: Paul Northup (Creative Director of Greenbelt festival), Elizabeth Gray-King (Education and Learning Programme Officer for the URC) and Linda Rayner (Fresh Expressions Coordinator for the URC), click here.

    Tonge Moor Press Release: Hate Crime Awareness Week

    Hate Crime Awareness Week recently took place on 8-14th February 2016. One of the Building Bridges Project's main aims is: 'To foster mutual respect, trust, support and kindness between generations, faith and cultures'and therefore, the project felt compleled to get involved:

    "Building Bridges and others involved with the primary schools, churches, uniformed organisations and youth groups within Tonge Moor took part in a poster design competition."

    To read more and more importantly, to see the winners and runners up of this competition, please take a look at the press release PDF.

    United Reformed Church partners with Greenbelt

    Greenbelt group photo Web smallOn 13 January Greenbelt and The United Reformed Church signed an agreement, making the denomination an Associate Partner of the Greenbelt festival for the first time.

    We are incredibly excited about this partnership and if you would like to find out more, please visit our facebook page.

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