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FONT 554x415The Revd Lythan Nevard tells of developing community – and a church – in Cranbrook, a new town on the edge of Exeter.

I work as part of an ecumenical project funded by the URC, Methodist Church and Church of England and my job title is Minister for Cranbrook; I love that I am minister for a place not of a church! Cranbrook, which is still being built, will eventually have a population in the region of 20,000.

Read more: Building a Cornerstone of community at Cranbrook

Keld 554x415The Revd Stephen Collinson, one of the Ministers of Word and Sacraments at Tees and Swale Pastorate, tells how new life was breathed into a historic Yorkshire site.

Keld United Reformed Church, Upper Swaledale, is one of a cluster of church-owned buildings with a long and special history. Often people describe this cluster, in its beautiful setting, as a “thin place” – a phrase borrowed from Celtic spirituality to convey the sense of a location occupying a fine line between earth and heaven.

Read more: New life for Swaledale’s ‘thin place’ at Keld

conversations554x415The United Reformed Church’s Secretary for Church and Society, Grace Pengelly, reflects on what it means to offer a radical welcome.

By the time you read this, the General Election will have happened and the UK will have elected a new government. Whatever the election statistics, it’s certain that some of us will feel jubilant and others deflated about an unwelcome outcome, while Parliament will be gearing up for the next chapter in this continuing story.

Read more: Leave behind your comfort zones!