Reform subs

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for to enable young people and young adults (and even the more confident writers from URC Children) to make a visible contribution to the church and make their voices heard. Reform magazine have invited us to form a panel of writers to produce a new youth column for their monthly magazine. Here is the remit from Editor Steve Tomkins. You can contact him or the Programme Officer Lorraine Webb if you would like to learn more. 

Reform, the United Reformed Church’s national magazine, is planning a new column, written by younger members of the Church. The provisional title is ‘Here & now’. We would love to hear from people who are interested in writing for it.


The scope of the column is broad: we want to hear what you have to say. We want to hear the stories you have to tell and the points you have to make. What is it like being a Christian in today’s world? How are you living out your faith? What do you have to say to the Church? How do you want to change the world? How do you want to change the Church?

Contributors will be about the age of URC Youth, or possibly URC Children – but there is no strict cut-off point at either end.

The column will appear in every issue of Reform, so there will be ten instalments a year. The same contributor might write for it repeatedly, but there will not be a strict rota, and we hope to hear from a good number of different voices.

Provisionally, the length of the column is between 650 and 750 words.

Submission dates will be arranged with contributors. Text should submitted by email to Lorraine Webb at

 Steve Tomkins, Editor

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After the success of last year's Big Speak Out, we are delighted to announce that 11 to 18 year olds associated with the URC will be able to take part in another TBSO weekend this year, this time in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Repton. Repton School is a beautiful old boarding school which takes over much of the village and we have the use of two boarding houses (with common rooms), the Junior Common Room, the chapel and three of the classrooms for the weekend, with full catering.

From arrival on Friday from 6pm onwards, when you'll settle into your room in one of the two boarding houses and share in a delicious hot meal, there will be times to explore your faith, times to develop skills and talents and think about making your mark, times to hang out with old friends and make new ones, times to play games, watch movies, share in worship, times to take part in workshops, to discuss, to learn, to make music or do craft, and times to chill and relax. What an action packed weekend! 

As last year, there will be a Leaders' Gathering running simultaneously for adults who work with children and young people. Persuade a leader to bring you and stay for that as it is an excellent networking opportunity with a chance for training and mutual encouragement in a relaxing atmosphere. Leaders should contact the CYW office for more information. 

Early bird bookings before 5pm Friday 26 April £69
Bookings after 5pm Friday 26 April £85                                Bookings close Monday 10 June 2019

Remember, if finance is an issue, you can ask your church, your synod or the CYW small grants fund for assistance.

Please click here to make your booking for The Big Speak Out.

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Crossfire is a weekend youth Christian camp which is run by GEAR (Group for Evangelism and Renewal in the United Reformed Church in conjunction with URC Youth. It has been running for over 35 year and this year event is being held from 24 to 27 May at Stathern Lodge in Leicestershire. Bookings are now open to young people aged 12 and upwards at a cost of £40, with an Early Bird offer or £30 available until 30 March. And if you don't have your own tent you can arrange to hire one for a nominal fee. 

Its a fun weekend of talks, small group sessions, sung worship led by the Crossfire worship band and fantastic cooked food. Expect a great weekend of learning more about Jesus, fun activities and meeting new people. The main speaker for the event will be Yan Nicholls and you can find out more about him on the website. 

You can find out more and fill in a booking form on the Crossfire website

There will be a leaders’ gathering alongside The Big Speak Out at Repton School, Derbyshire from 5 to 7 July. This will bea chance for leaders to get refreshed whilst someone else runs the young people’s programme! It is for Pilots leaders and other volunteers who run groups for children and/or young people connected with the United Reformed Church. It should prove an excellent opportunity for networking, for finding out more about the support that the CYW team and Pilots Desk can offer, will see some information being shared about our new programme and should leave you feeling enriched, inspired, resourced and refreshed. For £85 you will have all this plus full board at Repton School. 

Click here to find a booking form for the event. If finance is an issue, please contact the Pilots desk, your synod or the Children's and Youth Work team as appropriate as some support with costs may well be available. 

Youth Ambassadors  Greenbelt 

Calling all 16 to 25 year olds!

The URC needs you! Once again the United Reformed Church will have a presence at Greenbelt, the massive Christian Arts and Social Justice Festival, during the August Bank Holiday 2019. And after last year's success with our amazing team of Youth Ambassadors, the CYW office plan to provide an opportunity for 10 more young people to experience the festival in that role. As part of this new team, your job will be to promote the URC at Greenbelt by taking on shifts in our tent where we provide activities for all and by supporting URC Youth in running Cake and Debate sessions for younger visitors (11-18s). After the event your role will be to promote Greenbelt in the URC, by actively engaging in sharing your experiences around your synod. You may also be asked to take on a specific role such as helping with Comms, vlogging, taking photographs etc during the event and will be challenged to try something new every day. 

Following feedback from last year, we have decided to run a team-building and training session on 20 July to ensure that you are properly prepared for your experience and that you all know each other as a team. Then you will be needed at the venue from setting up on Thursday 22 August to packing and moving out on Tuesday 27 August (though there may be some leeway on this if needed). You will be asked to provide £25 towards costs and to provide your own tent and sleeping bag (sharing is recommended and much more fun too!) and transport but food will be provided along with the outstanding cost of your ticket. We will be camping together as a team and there will be a support team from CYW on site. 

If you're still wondering about it, read what last year's ambassadors had to say and watch these fantastic videos from Jacob and Isaac. You can also look at the Greenbelt website. You can contact the office with any questions or we can put you in touch with one of last year's youth ambassadors if you prefer. Convinced? Why not fill in the application form and tell us why you would be the perfect person to be a URC Greenbelt Youth Ambassador in 2019. 


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