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Prayer candlesThe United Reformed Church General Secretary, the Revd John Proctor, and the Moderators of General Assembly, the Revd Kevin Watson and Mr Alan Yates have contacted Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, to send their sympathies and condolences on behalf of the URC to all those affected by the bombings at two Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday.

Their greetings included assurance that prayers will resound for peace in Egypt and freedom for all and they issued the following call to prayer:

Read more: Prayer for the Coptic Church in Egypt after Palm Sunday bombings

JPIT New LOGOThe United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church and the Church of Scotland have spoken out in support of the UK’s most vulnerable children – in the light of ‘fundamental changes’ to benefits for families.

Changes in Universal Credit, which came into force on Thursday (6 April), mean that the benefit will not offer help to the third or further children in a family.

Read more: Churches condemn ‘fundamental changes’ to benefits affecting families

coming together News images 554x415Celebrating the rich diversity of culture in Wales, and the unity of humanity, was at the heart of an intercultural celebration at St David’s Uniting Church, Pontypridd, earlier this month.

The Together Stronger (Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae) programme of events, from 9 to 12 March, aimed to affirm that every person – whatever their gender, ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality or status – is a much-loved child of God and should be treated as such.

Read more: Breaking down barriers to become ‘Together Stronger’

Palm SundayPolitical power and the power of the crowd come second to the power of love, says the Revd Ruth Whitehead, moderator of the South Western Synod of the United Reformed Church.

Every year, the Church begins Holy Week by marking Palm Sunday. You can read one version of it in Matthew chapter 21, verses 1 to 11. Jesus comes into Jerusalem surrounded by crowds of people, who carpet the road with their cloaks and spread branches from the trees in the path of the donkey Jesus is riding. They shout out: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ Apparently ‘the whole city went wild with excitement.’

Read more: Palm Sunday reflection: 'Hosanna to the Son of David!'

Mothering News images 554x415What does it mean to truly be a mum? Commitment-phobe looks at what can we learn from the best-known of all biblical mothers about this most challenging of roles?

As a mum, I regularly feel like I am falling short and, rarely, do I remember to pat myself on the back. Using Mary, the mother of Jesus, as my Christian example of motherhood is, I have found, not so helpful. She had it rough, and she never complained. There are no reports of her dumping Jesus into Joseph’s arms when he got back from a day of carpentry and, as she opened a carafe of wine, saying: ‘Your turn now!' When I lose my temper, having been asked for the 20th time for a pair of shoes to be put on, I have the little voice of Paul in my ears saying: ‘Love is patient.’ (1 Corinthians 13) Well, in my house it isn’t, Paul!

Read more: Mothering Sunday reflection: on a journey as a mum