• 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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  • 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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