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Mead News images 554x415Why resurrect an old church hall when you could build a new centre for local people instead? The Revd Jenny Mills explains how the Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church family has come together to fundraise for a community building. 

It is an exciting time in the life of the church and we have just launched the final phase in our fundraising efforts to create a wonderful community resource in the centre of Newport Pagnell.

Read more: From church hall to community hub with ‘Mead 500’

Smile 554x415Pioneer Minister, the Revd Janet Sutton Webb tells how an emerging community’s discipleship has proved transformative in a mid-Devon market town.

'Can we, in the United Reformed Church, do Church differently, in ways which are true to our Reformed tradition and appropriate for today's context?’ That was the question I was tasked with answering when I first came to Cullompton in mid-Devon. 

I had been appointed as the United Reformed Church’s first Pioneer Minister in September 2009 to work in the South Western synod and I moved to Cullompton in July the following year. 

Hug Cullompton came about through a group which began to meet in 2011. Since then it has grown and developed its own set of spiritual practices, as well as demonstrating a high level of commitment to serving the community. Each member contributes what they can and, in return, is equally valued for their skills and talents – whatever they may be. 

Read more: Transforming Cullompton with a ‘Hug’

Fairtrade Malawi 09 10 2017The Revd John Proctor, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, has made the following statement regarding the news that the Fairtrade Foundation is unable to accredit Sainsbury’s new Fairly Traded range of tea products with its official mark. 

‘Over the past two decades, the United Reformed Church has been proud to support the work and aims of The Fairtrade Foundation, which seeks to improve the wages and working conditions for farmers and workers in developing countries. 

Read more: Statement in support of Fairtrade mark following launch of Sainsbury’s Fairly Traded range

Scouts 554x415A Cardiff-based Scout group that faced losing its home will now be able to stay put after raising enough money to buy the site it has occupied for 40 years. 

The Second Llandaff Scout Group, which meets in a hut in the grounds of the former Christchurch Methodist/URC Church in Llandaff North was thrown into difficulty after the church closed in 2015 and the whole property had to be put up for sale. 

Read more: Second Llandaff Scouts congratulated by URC for fundraising triumph

Tessa 554x415Tessa Henry-Robinson has known disappointment and joy in her ministry with the United Reformed Church but it’s a journey through which she traces parallels with that of Constance Coltman, the first woman to be ordained in a British mainstream tradition 100 years ago.

Now training to be a Minister of Word and Sacraments, Tessa has a wide range of interests and commitments as part of the URC’s BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) community. However, on first candidating for ordained ministry eight years ago, she was not successful and her sense of loss was deep: ‘It wasn’t easy but Constance, too, had issues to deal with when she decided that she wanted to be allowed to train for ministry. This led her down a path of finding the courage, spiritually, to fight for the chance to be heard. That was something I had to learn too.’

Read more: How Constance Coltman ‘opened the door’ to ordination for women