• Educational trip to Israel and Palestine September 2019

    Israel and Palestine 2019

    One representative from each synod is needed, by the URC mission department, to take part in an educational visit to Israel and Palestine from 18 to 28 September 2019. There is also an additional opportunity for a young person between the age of 18 and 25 (inclusive), although the Synod representative could also be within that age range. Most costs will be covered, but two key requirements are that the person commits to a modest amount of local fundraising, and to sharing their experience around their synod upon their return. The deadline for applications is has been extended to 4 January 2019. Contact carole.sired@urc.org.uk, Administrator for Mission, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, for more information and the Children's and Youth Work Office for a booking form (if you are between 18 and 25). (Picture: The West Bank barrier, separating Israel from Palestine/Philip Brooks)

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  • Belonging online conference still available to watch after the event

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

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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.

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  • ‘More than Welcome’ at Greenbelt 2017

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    There are many resources available to help you, and your church, to explore some of the issues tackled at Greenbelt. Here are just a few of them. Keep checking this page as more are added!

    Why go to Greenbelt?


    Looking back at Greenbelt 2016


    'Scrap the Church?' at Greenbelt 2016


    Making a Scrap Church from Scratch!

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  • Greenbelt 2017 - How can you get involved?

    Greenbelt 2017 - How can you get involved?

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    Preparations are going on behind the scenes in the build up to the Greenbelt festival, which takes place on the August bank holiday, 2017. The URC was an associate partner in 2016 and continues to be this year. It was a wonderful experience last year and we look forward to an even better one in 2017! The ideas emerging from the URC planning team have been plentiful and there have already been some fruitful meetings, with lots coming to the table.

    Talking of fruit (and a table) we would like you to get involved, if you can. We are calling for all URC Churches and individuals to come together (or alone if you’d prefer!) and help us to create an enormous bundle of knitted or crochet food items.

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  • Celebrate, reflect, party at Youth Assembly!

    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.

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  • Ministry Enquirers’ Day

    Is it I, Lord?

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    Ministry Enquirers’ Day - Saturday 18 March 2017
    Luther King House, Manchester.

    Explore opportunities for service through the United Reformed Church
    Ask the questions that are on your mind and heart
    Hear from people engaged in a variety of lay and ordained ministries
    Listen for the voice of God as we worship and pray together

    For more information, contact Vivienne Williams by calling:
    020 7916 8649 or email: vivienne.williams@urc.org.uk

     

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  • Joining in with PokéMission

    Bramhall youth imageBramhall URC in Stockport decided to join in with the phenomenon that swept the nation this summer: Pokémon GO!

    The game, played on mobile phones, involves searching for – and catching – cartoon characters (called Pokémon). The characters appear on screen in houses, public areas, parks, beaches, gardens, shops, libraries and churches. If players want to catch Pokémon characters and score points, they have no choice other than to go to the physical place where the virtual characters might appear.

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  • General Assembly 2016

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    We were delighted to be given the opportunity to give a presentation at this year's General Assembly about the URC's involvement with the Christian festival Greenbelt for 2016-2017.

    Steve Summers (pictured) is the CRCW Development Worker for the URC and also the chair of the URC’s Greenbelt planning group. He told Assembly: "For myself and hundreds of thousands of others over the years, Greenbelt has been much more than an annual festival. It’s become a dynamic and enduring movement, a spiritual sanctuary, a creative environment to encounter new ways to worship and to view God’s creation and a seedbed for learning about ways to be disciples in our own neighbourhoods."

    To find out more about the URC's involvement with Greenbelt for 2016-2017, follow us on our facebook page or email me at: crcw.admin@urc.org.uk

    Steve was not the only member of the CRCW programme to be on stage at General Assembly.Karen Campbell edited 1 CRCW minister Karen Cambell was also captured on stage giving an illuminating bible study. Read more about karen and the work she is involved in at the BPBHCC project in Luton.

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  • The Big Question at Greenbelt Festival

    Scrap the church logo bronzeHaving just had a quick flick through this month's Reform magazine, it was good to see the first article in Digestabout the theme of the United Reformed Church presence at this year's Greenbelt Christian festival: "Scrap the Church?"

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