• Belonging online conference still available to watch after the event


    BELONGING – Including children and young people with additional needs.

    While this online conference offered by the Methodist Church and screened in three locations by the URC is now over, the videos are still available online. You can see eight lightning talks on the Methodist website and the conference itself on http://ow.ly/5n9C30lNXBz#BConf18  

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  • CWM Europe Regional Youth Programme 2018


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    For more information please contact Children’s and Youth Work Office children.youth@urc.org.   Download an application form here.


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  • SING and make music,,,,

    Music eventCalling all musicians of URC Youth

    If you are aged 14-25 and enjoy making music with others, then this is the event for you. Running alongside our Youth Exec meeting in Staffordshire in November, this event will give you opportunity to share your skills and enthusiasm to explore the use of music in and as worship. Contact the CYW office for more details and to register your interest. Download the booking form here. 

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  • One Body: Youth Assembly 2019

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    Bookings are now open for the 2019 Youth Assembly at Whitemoor Lakes next January. 

    Click here to go to our online booking form.




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  • World Communion of Reformed Churches Internship opportunities – Sorry, this opportunity is now closed

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    This year's internship applications are now closed. Watch this space if you would be interested in applying for a WCRC internship in 2019. More information can be found on the WCRC website internship page 

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  • Clearing the way for children to come to church

    School Path

    Chandler’s Ford URC have quite literally cleared a path to enable children from the neighbouring infant school to walk to the church without having to go on the public path by the road! This greatly reduces the ‘form-filling’ for the school and makes accessing the church for visits very easy! Sue Scott, church secretary, has been building links with the school who held their carol service there, were invited to Mothering Sunday and have volunteers from the church going in to listen to children read. ‘We are a church without children on a Sunday morning, but ready to welcome children any day of the week! Our new minister is coming to us in September and both the church and the school hope this will take our working relationship even further.’

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  • Leaders Gathering

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    Do you need a little refreshment? Do you feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall sometimes? Have you run out of new ideas?

    Then come along to the leaders event as part of The Big Speak Out. If you bring two young people with you, it is free as well.

    Run by youth and children’s work professionals, the event is planned to renew and refresh you in a fun and interactive way (meaning that  it won't be a heavy, being talked at training event).

    So what are you waiting for? Click here for more detailsand then call the Pilots desk or email us and we can get you on the list. 

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  • Holy Orders in Winchester

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    United Church, Winchester have a thriving cafe with some very special customers. Every week a Year 7 class from Osborne School, a local school for young people with additional needs, come in. The welcoming volunteer staff at the cafe give these them all the time they need to choose their food and drinks, place their orders and pay, working out their money for themselves. It is a ministry of enabling these young people to enjoy everyday experiences and develop their life skills in the most welcoming of places.

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  • Taize Trip Transformed Faith : Mersey Synod

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    Taize Trip Transformed Faith

    As young person I was dragged along on a URC Mersey Synod trip to Taize organised by the then CYDO Malcolm.  I was a reluctant participant, only in at all church because my family were.  But one evening in the worship I felt God tap me on the shoulder and ask me what I was doing with my life.  Since then my faith has been real. I have been back to Taize a few times, Greenbelt, and travelled to New Zealand, experiencing different traditions of worship. I am now back in Mersey Synod, an Elder/Deacon at Ainsdale Village Church (joint URC and Baptist) and lead the youth work there. My prayer is that the next generation of children and young people in the URC will have opportunities to encounter God for themselves.     Lucinda

    There is an opportunity to join a URC group going to Taize this summer. See here for further details.

    And we are still looking for a couple of URC Youth Ambassadors to join us at Greenbelt, Click here to register your interest.

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  • Kidfit – St Andrew’s Roundhay URC

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    Kidfit – St Andrew’s Roundhay URC is responding to the needs of the children in their local community by offering a fitness club in the church! The weekly exercise class for age 7 upwards has grown out of the holiday clubs and other projects. Beverley Gilbert, the children’s and youth worker, says ‘we want to see children flourish in every aspect of their lives – physical, emotional and spiritual: we also offer a fresh fruit platter to encourage healthy eating’. This is just part of the wide-ranging programme the church offers, including a thriving Messy Church, Eco club and Sunday night Youth club.

    St Andrew's also has a 9 day holiday club in August which is "Around the world in 9 days" each day we will be exploring a new country, looking at it's culture, craft, music, sport, religion as well as preparing, cooking and eating traditional food of the country.  

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  • Peace and Justice Forum opportunities - sorry this is now closed for this year

    Please watch this space for more opportunities from the Joint Public Issues Team and the Peace and Justice Forum 

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  • The Big Speak Out – Sorry, this opportunity is now closed

    Postcard front rgb The Big Speak Out was a residential weekend for young people aged 11 to 18 connected to the URC. 

    It was held in Nottingham from 6-8 July 2018 and photos and a review of the weekend can be found here as well as on our facebook page (see link in our pages menu). 

    Watch this space for news of the next residential event which will be held in the first half of July 2019. Details are still being finalised. 

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  • Crossfire Youth Camp May 2018 – Sorry, this opportunity is now closed

    crossfire imageCrossfire is an exciting annual event each May for young people in the URC aged 12+ to explore more about faith in Jesus Christ through small groups, teaching, worship and a whole range of fun activities. Watch this space for details of next year's camp. 

    To find out more and view our promo video visit www.crossfirecamp.org.u

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  • Junior Yearly Meeting – Quaker Youth Event – Sorry, this opportunity is now closed

    Quaker youth event imageThis year JYM is a residential event at Lee Valley YHA. It happens alongside the all age Quaker event, Yearly Meeting at Friends House, London.

    What you need to know: 

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  • Feel Uganda

    Volunteer experience: Find Out, Explore together, Encourage one another, Live the dream: FEEL Uganda

    Feel Uganda imageThe FEEL Uganda Volunteer Scheme is a unique opportunity to experience a different culture. This is a travel experience without simply becoming a spectator. You will have the chance to get involved across our two local projects. We will also help you to discover and enjoy Uganda, ‘the Pearl of Africa’. This project is facilitated in the UK by the Romans One Eleven Trust (Charity Number 1012736, website: www.romans111.org.uk) and is run in Uganda by a partner charity YAP, run by the Revd Samuel Muhumuza and his team. Romans 1:11 has worked with Samuel for more than 20 years.

    Location: The Centre in Kibaale, where you will be based, is in Rakai District, in the south of Uganda about 210 kilometres from Entebbe Airport (3.5 hours drive via Kampala). Kibaale is a relatively poor community, where we have a church, a school, a home for orphans and a house for our volunteers. 

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  • URC Rep for the Ecumenical Youth Forum for Justice and Peace Issues

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    Following the success of the first Ecumenical Youth Forum (EYF), with 35 attendees engaged in a day filled with passion, excitement and a thirst for justice, the question is what next?

    A proposal has been made to create a ‘committee’ or a focus group of young people that meets four times a year to discuss topics which are important to young people and examine how JPIT can engage better with young people. 

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  • The run up to Christmas for a Church Related Community Worker

    We are lucky enough to have 2 reflections at once this week! This second reflection has been written by CRCW Alison Dalton, who is based at the Building Bridges projectat Tonge Moor, Bolton. This time of year can be busy for anyone, as there is so much more to squeezeAlison Dalton Dec Reflection into the days leading up to Christmas and being a Church Related Community Worker is no different!

    One example was to help organise Christmas gatherings, as Alison explains: "On the Friday of this week I had great fun with our partnership lunch club (Age UK, Church at the Centre and Tonge Children’s Centre) before I find myself acting as entertainment officer for a local community group: FUSION. This evening they held their Christmas dinner, 4 courses, for 30 local residents. Luckily another CRCW kindly shared some quiz questions with me, thanks Mal!" (Mal Breeze CRCW of the North East Blackburn Group).

    If you would like to take a look back with Alison, over the last couple of weeks, to see just how busy herself and those at the Building Bridges Projecthave been, take a look at this: The run up to Christmas for a Church Related Community Worker.

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  • Levenshulme Women's Group - A reflection by Liz Kam

    “One of the privileges of being a CRCWM (Church Related Community Work Minister) is having time. Knowing that your post willinspire Levenshulme WebPhoto last at least 5 years, and may be even 10, gives a CRCWM an opportunity to develop strong working relationships and trust with local people, and to walk with them through journeys of transformation.”

    In the second reflection for June, CRCWM Liz Kam talks about her work with an inspirational Women's group in Levenshulme: "...they are a flourishing group of women committed to breaking down barriers of difference, ethnicity, age, culture and religion".

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  • Community Conversations Event 2017

    CommunityConversations2017 FinalAmended Web cropChurch Related Community Work (CRCW) ministry is going on the road again this summer with a new event, Community Conversations. This informal event aims to encourage and equip any individuals or churches who would like to get more involved within their neighbourhood and local communities.

    The event will take place at Vicars Cross United Reformed Church, Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester, CH3 5LL on Saturday 24 June 2017 from 10.30am to 4pm.

    The event is free to attend and will include a complementary light lunch. Go ahead and book your place today! For more information (and to book) please contact Samara Andrews, CRCW Programme Administrator, on 020 7916 8653 or at: crcw.admin@urc.org.uk

    Download a PDF of the event flyer here.


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  • 'More than Welcome' with the URC

    URCGroup'Church Related Community Work (CRCW) ministry in the United Reformed Church is about working collectively to bring about transformation in local neighbourhoods and churches for the Common Good. Tackling the big issues which affect people’s lives locally is central to that work; issues which include the impact of unemployment, poverty, health, the environment and community cohesion.'

    Steve Summers, CRCW Development Worker for the URC (and
    URC at Greenbelt project coordinator) has written the first of 3 blogs for Greenbeltfocusing on the URC's theme for this year's festival: 'More than Welcome', which ties in with Greenbelt's own theme: 'The Common Good'. Steve says: 'The United Reformed Church’s theme of ‘More than Welcome’ at Greenbelt this year will explore issues around who is, or isn’t, welcome in our communities and churches and what generous welcome can look like in practice.'

    To read the blog in full, visit the Greenbeltwebsite.

    For more details about the URC's involvement with Greenbelt in 2017 or how you can purchase tickets, please contact Samara Andrews.


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