Good News Stories

This page is for all the good news stories out there worth sharing. Please do send us stories and photos of the things that you are doing (big or small) in your local church or synod, and let’s celebrate together how God is at work within our children and young people throughout the United Reformed Church.

diagramofdreamsEarlier this year, a group of young people gathered alongside the East Midlands Synod Meeting. After enjoying a visit to the Cinema in the morning to see ‘Storks’, they spent the afternoon discussing the Theology they could find in the film and the implications this had for them, their lives, their faith and their relationship with the Church.

This family comedy, which follows storks as they decide to stop delivering babies and start delivering packages instead, which they think, initially, to be a better business move, had much for the young people to pick out, consider and explore.

Over the course of the day, the group discussed respecting others, treating everyone how they wanted to be treated, loving each other and supporting each other along the way. They also spoke about listening to what God is calling them to and, very importantly, doing it! Even if God’s plans are not the same as our plans, seeming strange, uncertain and questionable, we are not on our own. We always have guidance and support as we move along the journey of life, even when we don’t think we’re going in the right direction.

Read more: Diagram of Dreams

The Synod of Scotland has always prided itself in caring for its young people, making sure they have a voice and responding to their concerns in Synod meetings, regional clusters and local churches alike.

As such, when the Synod of Scotland’s Youth Forum expressed their wish for more opportunities to come together and do different things (see video), the Synod was ready to respond, gathering from around Scotland for the first ever ‘BIG Praise’.

Young people spent the day rehearsing, getting to know each other better and, very importantly, eating pizza. The ultimate aim of these endeavors? To design, organise and deliver a service of praise and thanksgiving which everyone could enjoy. And, of course, to have fun whilst doing it!

In the evening, family and friends joined the young people in worship, where they shared the music they had prepared, accompanied by a brilliant band, ‘5 Strings’.

Read the latest news from the Synod of Scotland here.

LucyMooreChurches in the South Western Synod have been enjoying the opportunity to learn from world-renowned international speakers Rebecca Nye and Lucy Moore.

Moore, of 'Messy Church' (pictured with 'Messy Church' mug), and Nye, of ‘Godly Play’ (also pictured), are both known for their energy and creativity, representing organisations which seek to find innovative ways of engaging with children and families, nurturing their relationships with God.

RebeccaNyeChurches already engaging with these exciting programmes have enjoyed deepening their understanding of the needs of children and families around them, allowing them to better serve their communities. Others, who are new to such initiatives, left inspired by the many great stories and examples which were shared of how new and creative ways of being Church together can make a real difference in sharing the Gospel with people who might otherwise see no place for themselves alongside followers of Jesus.

 

Click to find out more about Godly Play and Messy Church through their websites.

mh2Georgia Whelan, of the URC’s North Western Synod, recently returned from a wonderful experience with the Mission House programme in The Netherlands.

The Mission House provides an excellent opportunity for eight young people between the ages of 18 and 25, inclusive, to gather together from across Europe to form a community in the heart of Amsterdam. Lasting for ten months, this programme sees participants working in a whole range of church-related voluntary projects, focussing on the needs of the most vulnerable and neglected in society. From homeless shelters to immigration drop-ins, detention centres to children’s clubs this experience is, without doubt, challenging and eye-opening, even life-changing, but it is always, most assuredly, every time, 100% worth it!!!

Read more: Georgia's Adventures with Mission House
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