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The Big Speak Out is our weekend residential for 11 to 18 year olds which, this year, is being held at Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge near Bradford.

The event starts at 6pm on Friday 24 July and runs through until 2pm on Sunday 26 July 2020. 

It will be a weekend of fun and friendship, during which we will explore our faith and be equipped with the skills and ideas that can help us make a difference in the church and the world,  finding those things we feel strongly about and championing our cause. There will be fun activities, good food, workshops, speakers, worship, games, movies, prayers, and free time to spend getting to know each other and building friendships. The setting is a boarding school set in its own grounds (complete with its own church building and its own theatre/cinema!) and a short walk from Apperley Bridge station on the line between Bradford and Leeds. 

As in previous years, there will be a Leaders' Gathering running parallel to this event, providing training and networking opportunities to any leaders (volunteer or paid) of youth groups, children's groups, Pilots companies, Junior Church etc. 

Both events cost £69 full board if booked before 5pm on 30 March 2020. Bookings after 5pm on 30 March 2020 will be at the full price of £85. If financial help is needed, talk to your local church or synod as many of these are providing financial support for the event. Alternatively email us at children.youth@urc.org.uk. You can also use this address or phone us on 020 7916 8637 if you want to know more. 

Bookings are now open on www.urc.org.uk/tbso.  Book before 12 noon on 25 May 2020 to secure a place. 

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Joint Public Issues Team Conference 

Concerned about the climate crisis? Keen to be part of the change needed to protect our planet? JPIT’s conference is aimed at inspiring innovative responses to this crisis, imagining how things could work for the good of all creation. #JPIT2020

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Crossfire Camp is an exciting event for young people aged 12+ organised by GEAR (Group for Evangelism and Renewal within the United Reformed Church). The camp takes place each May to explore more about faith in Jesus Christ through small groups, teaching, worship and a whole range of fun activities. Why not join them in 2020 for a great weekend of fun, meeting new people and exploring the gospel. 

Crossfire takes place across the second May bank holiday in Leicestershire and is only £30 when booked before 30th March (£40 after) with tent hire available from £5. For more information visit the Crossfire website

Youth Eco Day

Do you care about the environment? Want to know how you can make a difference? Well this is the day for you!
There will Speakers, workshops, and activities to explore how you can tread more lightly on the earth.
When: 21st Feb, starting at 10:00 am
Where: Elswick URC, 4 Linden Fold, Preston PR4 3YF
Find out more and register         Daleen.TenCate@nwsynod.org.uk

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Do you know a child or young person who is playing their part in the Mission of God? 

We at Children’s and Youth Work are delighted to announce the launch of the Lundie Memorial Award.

A trust fund, established in 1895 in memory of the Revd Robert Henry Lundie, has recently been re-purposed to enable us to spotlight some of the amazing work done by children and young people across the synods.

This award is designed to spotlight and celebrate individuals using their God-given skills, time and talents to good effect within their church, their community, their synod or even nationally.

Each month for 100 months we will make an award to one such person—they will be presented with a certificate, a very special medal, and £100 to be spent on something of their choice that benefits children and young people in their church or synod. Nomination forms should be filled in and sent to your Children’s and Youth Development Officer (CYDO) or equivalent for your synod.

Suggested nominations: a young carer, young person running a holiday club, child volunteering at a dementia café, young person fund raising for a messy church outing, a young person providing live music for services, a child raising money for an overseas development project, a young person training older people in the use of technology, etc.

The awards will be made by region: Yorkshire, East Midlands, Eastern in January; Scotland, Northern and North Western in February; Wessex, Thames North and Southern in March; and Mersey, West Midlands, Wales and South Western in April in the first instance. Nominations will need to be submitted by the 8th of the preceding month (the end of November for January) 

So start nominating those amazing children and young people and let’s celebrate the things they are doing to put their faith into action.


Nomination form [word]

How to nominate someone (PDF leaflet)


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