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handoverKaren Morrison leaves her post as Head of Children’s and Youth Work today (24 February) after 18 years of service with the United Reformed Church.

Colleagues and friends from Church House gathered in Lumen URC, London, to say goodbye to Karen and wish her well for the future. She received many presents, including book and gardening gift cards, cookery books from one of her favourite restaurants, and five fruit trees (to be delivered to her home...)

Read more: ‘Hand over the keys’ to children and young people

sewingChristine Hall, church secretary at Moldgreen United Reformed Church in Huddersfield, tells how they have been inspired to explore faith through art in a series of missional projects.

‘In 2013, the fellowship at Moldgreen URC – ably assisted by an Interim Moderator, the Revd John Jenkinson – wanted to build on the legacy of our previous minister, the Revd Sue Macbeth, who had recently left for a calling in Devon.

Read more: Exploring faith through art at Moldgreen

Syria image 17The United Reformed Church is calling on local churches to continue to support the Syria Appeal, as desperate levels of suffering continue.

Thanks to the generosity of United Reformed churches, over £13,000 has been raised since the latter part of 2015 for the relief and rehabilitation programme of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL), which provides assistance to those who have been displaced, lost loved ones, or are in need of food and water.

Read more: Churches raise thousands for Syria and Lebanon – and more is needed

In a joint letter and statement to the Home Secretary, the leaders of five Churches – including the United Reformed Church – have denounced the suspension of the “Dubs” programme for the safe re-settlement of unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United Kingdom.

The statement was signed on behalf of the URC by General Assembly Moderators, the Revd Kevin Watson and Mr Alan Yates. Kevin Watson commented, ‘We lament this decision made by the Government, which must do all that is within its power to recognise and uphold the rights of children fleeing conflict.’

Read more: Church leaders denounce suspension of “Dubs” policy