• Levenshulme Women's Group - A reflection by Liz Kam

    “One of the privileges of being a CRCWM (Church Related Community Work Minister) is having time. Knowing that your post willinspire Levenshulme WebPhoto last at least 5 years, and may be even 10, gives a CRCWM an opportunity to develop strong working relationships and trust with local people, and to walk with them through journeys of transformation.”

    In the second reflection for June, CRCWM Liz Kam talks about her work with an inspirational Women's group in Levenshulme: "...they are a flourishing group of women committed to breaking down barriers of difference, ethnicity, age, culture and religion".

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  • Community Conversations Event 2017

    CommunityConversations2017 FinalAmended Web cropChurch Related Community Work (CRCW) ministry is going on the road again this summer with a new event, Community Conversations. This informal event aims to encourage and equip any individuals or churches who would like to get more involved within their neighbourhood and local communities.

    The event will take place at Vicars Cross United Reformed Church, Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester, CH3 5LL on Saturday 24 June 2017 from 10.30am to 4pm.

    The event is free to attend and will include a complementary light lunch. Go ahead and book your place today! For more information (and to book) please contact Samara Andrews, CRCW Programme Administrator, on 020 7916 8653 or at: crcw.admin@urc.org.uk

    Download a PDF of the event flyer here.

     

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  • 'More than Welcome' with the URC

    URCGroup'Church Related Community Work (CRCW) ministry in the United Reformed Church is about working collectively to bring about transformation in local neighbourhoods and churches for the Common Good. Tackling the big issues which affect people’s lives locally is central to that work; issues which include the impact of unemployment, poverty, health, the environment and community cohesion.'

    Steve Summers, CRCW Development Worker for the URC (and
    URC at Greenbelt project coordinator) has written the first of 3 blogs for Greenbeltfocusing on the URC's theme for this year's festival: 'More than Welcome', which ties in with Greenbelt's own theme: 'The Common Good'. Steve says: 'The United Reformed Church’s theme of ‘More than Welcome’ at Greenbelt this year will explore issues around who is, or isn’t, welcome in our communities and churches and what generous welcome can look like in practice.'

    To read the blog in full, visit the Greenbeltwebsite.

    For more details about the URC's involvement with Greenbelt in 2017 or how you can purchase tickets, please contact Samara Andrews.

     

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  • 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. 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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  • 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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  • URC Youth back at Greenbelt!

    Greenbelt FestivalIf you're free this coming August Bank Holiday Weekend, there's only one place to be: Greenbelt at Boughton House (25-28 August 2017)

    As the URC continues is partnership with his popular festival, where arts, faith and justice collide, URC Youth will be in attendance, once again, sharing activities, reflections, fun and fellowship with everyone at Boughton House. Read on to find out how you can join them!

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  • CWM Training in Mission 2018 - Apply Now!

    TIMLOGOAre you looking for a challenge? Would you like to engage in Mission around the globe? Are you ready to learn, grow and develop through a programme of work and education with young people from other parts of the world?

    The Council for World Mission (CWM) has been investing in equipping the young people for the ministry and mission of its member churches since 1981, especially through its flagship ‘Training in Mission’ (TIM) Programme. In 2018, participants will engage in mission work and education in Fiji, Kiribati and New Zealand from 1 May to 30 November. Want to join them?

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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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  • Internship Opportunities for URC General Assembly 2018

    GA1Ever wondered how the URC’s General Assembly is run and who’s behind it all? How about...YOU!

    The URC is seeking to recruit two young people, aged 18-25 to serve as Interns at the next Assembly in Nottingham from 6 to 9 July 2018.

    This is a fantastic chance to experience, firsthand, the workings of the URC’s largest decision-making council. There’s much to learn, gain and enjoy for young people of all abilities, so don’t miss out!

    Interested? Click here for more information.

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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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