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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.

Read more: Celebrate, reflect, party at Youth Assembly!

31062563672 997ef1ef1a o imageThe Moderators of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, Alan Yates and Kevin Watson, have issued the following call to prayer:

It was with deep sadness that we received the news that President Trump has barred entry to the US to the nationals of seven countries. As the ruling was immediate, it caused severe distress and personal loss to many.

Read more: 'Immoral and iIllogical' immigration rules in the US

The Revd Sue McKenzieA new Council for World Mission video series on Growing Missional Churches includes the story of Groby United Reformed Church. The church’s minister, the Revd Sue McKenzie, explains how travelling light and working with others through the Love Groby ‘Tasters’ event has helped the Leicestershire congregation to be increasingly, and intentionally, missional.

This is the transcript to the Groby URC film:

Sue McKenzie, minister, Groby URC: Groby is a reasonably sized village north west of Leicester in the United Kingdom. It's about eight and a half thousand population. When I came to this church four years ago, one of the things that impressed me was the church's desire to be missional. So that has been at its heart. They've always been an outward-looking congregation, from what I know of their history.

Read more: A ‘missional heart’ at Groby United Reformed Church

racial justiceThe United Reformed Church global and intercultural ministries team is offering a collection of poems, prayers, hymns, stories and artwork to help churches mark Racial Justice Sunday, which falls on 12 February 2017.

Launching the resources, the Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, said: “Racial Justice Sunday is an opportunity for all Christians to join together to reflect on the importance of racial justice, to acknowledge the racism, in its various forms, that continues to be perpetrated in our society and to find ways in which to resist it.

Read more: Resources ready for Racial Justice Sunday