• Eco Church survey launched

    How central is caring for God's creation to your congregation?

    The new Eco Church online survey from A Rocha UK gives churches in England and Wales a way to assess their environmental impact and efforts to care for creation.

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  • Embracing Eldership

    Join elders from around the URC exploring what it means to exercise the ministry of eldership today.

    The theme of this year’s elders’ event is “Resourcing our Elders”. The conference will be considering what it is to be an elder drawing on the material recently designed for the United Reformed Church by Eastern Synod Mission Development Officer the Revd Peter Ball and South Western Synod Moderator the Revd Ruth Whitehead.

    Monday 21st March - Wednesday 23rd March, 2016
    Westminster College Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA

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  • HOPE

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    The United Reformed Church is a partner with HOPE. HOPE brings churches together in mission. The goal is to see individuals and communities in villages, towns and cities throughout the UK transformed by Jesus’ love.

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  • Inter Faith Week

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    Inter Faith week will usually begin on Remembrance Sunday, and run until the following Sunday. The additional Sunday is intended to provide the opportunity for other weekend events to take place as well as those linked to Remembrance Sunday. It is a programme of the Inter Faith Network, of which the URC is a member. The aims of this specially designated week are to:

    • strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels in our increasingly diverse society;
    • encourage local faith groups and communities to reach out to each other and build stronger bonds of understanding and cooperation;
    • increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, with a particular focus on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society;
    • increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs and;
    • encourage the development of new partnerships within local communities and by faith communities with statutory and third sector partners.

    Information about the week can be found at www.interfaithweek.org (for England and Wales) and www.interfaithscotland.org/scottish-interfaith-week (for Scotland).

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  • Season of Invitation

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    Season of Invitation is an annual opportunity encompassing Back to Church Sunday that promotes churches across the UK and overseas to invite people to come with them to church on five “event” Sundays.

    Over the past several years Back to Church Sunday, held annually on one Sunday in September, has brought in many new people to church, yet research revealed that people are much more likely to come to church and keep coming if they’re invited several times.

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  • TLS Developing Community Experiences

    TLS Developing Community Experiences (DCE) 1 Year course

    Beginning September 2016

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    Developing Community Experiences is a one year TLS course, which aims to build confidence and enhance skills in the fields of community engagement and mission, thereby helping to transform people's lives.

    Download the TLS DCE flyer (PDF) for more information and contact the CRCW Programme Administrator if you have any questions.

    For more information of TLS courses in general, please go to http://www.urc.org.uk/clergy-and-office-holders/education-and-training/training-for-learning-and-serving.html

     

    CRCW Spring/Summer Road Show!

    Community Photo Large Web cropWe are delighted to be able to share with you details of the first CRCW road show for 2016. Our road shows are designed to show the ways in which community initiatives are making an impact among particular congregations and communities. For us, this event is all about good conversation and storytelling.

    Please join us at: Bishop Latimer United Church, Beeton Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 4QD on Saturday 4th June, 2016 from 10.30am — 3.30pm.

    For more information on the programme or to book your FREE place, please contact CRCW Programme Administrator: Samara Andrews by email or telephone: 020 7916 8653 

    To view/download a PDF of the Roadshow flyer, please click here.


    A good question: How can church be more creative?

     

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    In this month's Reform magazine, four people contribute an answer to the question: How can church be more creative? One of the contributers is our very own CRCW minister Helen Stephenson from the Sunderland and Boldon CRCW project. To read her response, as well as the others: Paul Northup (Creative Director of Greenbelt festival), Elizabeth Gray-King (Education and Learning Programme Officer for the URC) and Linda Rayner (Fresh Expressions Coordinator for the URC), click here.

    Tonge Moor Press Release: Hate Crime Awareness Week

    Hate Crime Awareness Week recently took place on 8-14th February 2016. One of the Building Bridges Project's main aims is: 'To foster mutual respect, trust, support and kindness between generations, faith and cultures'and therefore, the project felt compleled to get involved:

    "Building Bridges and others involved with the primary schools, churches, uniformed organisations and youth groups within Tonge Moor took part in a poster design competition."

    To read more and more importantly, to see the winners and runners up of this competition, please take a look at the press release PDF.

    United Reformed Church partners with Greenbelt

    Greenbelt group photo Web smallOn 13 January Greenbelt and The United Reformed Church signed an agreement, making the denomination an Associate Partner of the Greenbelt festival for the first time.

    We are incredibly excited about this partnership and if you would like to find out more, please visit our facebook page.

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