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The moderators of General Assembly, Alan Yates and Kevin Watson, offer a prayer for us all, in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack on Westminster.

Dear Lord,

Our hearts go out to all those directly or indirectly affected by the atrocities in London yesterday. We pray especially for those killed or injured by this senseless and indiscriminate violence, and for their family and friends. God who cares, we particularly remember the family and friends of PC Keith Palmer.

Read more: A prayer for the world

Lisa Oakley pcrThe United Reformed Church has extended its Past Case Review (PCR) deadline to 30 June 2017 and issued new resources to help churches and individuals acknowledge past abuses, show Christian love and build a stronger, safer Church community.

Review organisers have urged all within the URC to spread the word about it so that the Church can learn from the past and do better in the future. The new resources – a poster, church magazine article, and statement for churches – are now available here. The second phase of PCR, launched in October last year, sees the public being invited to raise concerns formally about the behaviour, or conduct, of anyone affiliated with the URC since its formation in 1972. Concerns may involve all forms of abuse, including sexual, financial, spiritual, psychological and emotional.

Read more: Past Case Review: ‘Learn from the past and make the future better’

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It’s the final booking countdown for the United Reformed Church Big Day Out at Warwick Castle on Saturday 20 May 2017. Have you made sure of your place yet?

A highlight of the event, organised by Pilots for the whole Church, will be the festival on the Castle’s Pageant Field, taking place between 10am and 5pm. Activities, games and workshops will tell of the role which feasts, festivals and celebration play in sharing the Kingdom of God – both within the URC and beyond.

Read more: Don’t miss out on festival of faith and fun at Big Day Out!

wine and fishPlanning is well underway for the United Reformed Church’s contribution to this year’s Greenbelt festival of arts, faith and social justice. The popular event will take place at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, from 25 to 28 August 2017 – and the URC will be there for its second year as an Associate Partner.

The United Reformed Church enjoyed a very successful debut at the 2016 event with the attention-grabbing theme of ‘Scrap the Church?’ Over 500 people wrote down their comments about what the Church could scrap or improve and the URC activities prompted many a conversation and personal reflection about the role and effectiveness of Church in society.

Read more: ‘More than Welcome’ at Greenbelt 2017